Review – Ladies Man by Katy Evans

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Ladies Man by Katy Evans

Incredible, intense, and intoxicating, Ladies Man is an all-consuming friends-to-lovers romance that wraps itself around your head and heart—relentlessly tugging and tearing, never letting go. With the pages as the canvas, the mesmerizing and meaningful words are painted, flowing into feelings that touch every part of you. This beautiful, broken, and brilliant book bleeds into you. Belongs to you. Becomes you.

Like the rest of Katy Evans’ enticing and emotional reads, Ladies Man is claiming and consuming me as I read just the first page. I can’t stop devouring these powerful and poignant words that are stealing my thoughts, becoming my dreams. Emotions flow fast and hard, pouring off of the pages. This story just began and I already don’t want it to end.

The build-up is slow. Steady. Swoon-worthy. Sensational. Pure magic. I don’t have to read much of the book to realize that Ladies Man is more than the title. More than the striking cover with the gorgeous and rugged Viking staring so intently. More depth. More passion. More meaning. More everything. For several hours, this book became my world, blending with my reality as the words—each full of meaning—spoke to me with lessons of hard-fought love and life.

Oh Tahoe Roth. Malcolm Saint’s best friend. My valiant Viking. Beautiful and broken. Blond hair. Blue eyes. Yummy facial scruff. Tall. Muscular. Rugged. Cocky. A Golden God.

“Tahoe Roth is hot to the extreme. Six feet four, at least two hundred pounds of man. A power box of testosterone.”

Regina ‘Gina.’ Rachel Saint’s best friend. Beautiful. Brunette. Brown eyes. Curves in the right places. Ever since she turned him down a year ago, Tahoe has invaded Gina’s head.

“You’re staring at the guy who’s been haunting your dreams, and you don’t know what to do about it. What to do about him.”

Gina doesn’t want to want the tantalizing but terribly annoying Tahoe. Perhaps a dirty night with one of the leading players of Chicago will do the trick. At his birthday party, Gina offers herself on a silver platter to Prince Player, a night where she plays vixen to his Viking. One night to screw him out of her head for good. One night to taste Tahoe and then feast elsewhere.

“I’m not a one-night-stand kind of girl, which is why I’m giving you the chance only a few others have ever had. One night with me.”

Holy shocker. The Tahoe Train turns her down. On his birthday. A present that would have changed his life and hers.

“I’ve got nothing good to offer you, Regina.”

And just like that, only three percent into the story, my heart starts to crack for this complex but caring man.

“You need a guy who will always be there for you. One who will never let you down.”

“And you need a thousand women to make you feel good, and I’m only one.”

“Friends then.”

Friends who fantasize about each other.
Friends who should be lovers.
Friends who walk a fine line towards more.

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“I hadn’t realized I was stroking his chest. He’s watching me with a heavy-lidded gaze. The air thickens with awareness. Our eyes hold. His expression is so hungry, and inside that gaze is that primitive look, so intense it borders on pain.”

Push. Pull. Push. Pull.

This cat and mouse game runs rampant as they are friends but aren’t.

The desperation. The attraction. The need. The want.

The angst and anticipation burn as they pull me over the edge, teetering in hope where I struggle to balance as my emotions are suddenly scattered everywhere.

“He may look like an Adonis, but there’s a darkness in his gaze. Sometimes I wonder if I’m the only one who sees it. I see it now as I stare at his gorgeous, haunting face, with a shadow of a beard and full pink lips that I continue to see in my dreams.”

It’s New Year’s Eve and once again, Gina and Tahoe find themselves at a party. Nearing midnight, they have no choice but to kiss. That kiss. It’s electric. A game changer.

“God, this mouth belongs to me, this mouth was made for me.”

Their chemistry is insta-hot. Electric. Palpable. So much anguish as Gina and Tahoe struggle to remain friends when they are already so much more.

“No one is the way they seem. We all hide little pieces, either because we don’t want to be judged, or because we don’t think we’ll be understood, or simply because we don’t want those pieces of us to belong to anyone but us.”

Oh how I’m falling in love with Tahoe. Protector of Gina. Her tamed beast. Her T-Rex.

Tough but tender. Fierce but loyal.

This man wears many layers as does Gina. Tahoe shields himself with meaningless sex to dull a painful past and guard his heart while Gina wears a mask of makeup as a barrier to suppress her emotions.

“I’m bare—more self-conscious about my face than I am about my body. My plump lips and wide, expressive eyes. And right now, Tahoe Roth is taking it all in. Taking all of me in.”

Each is wearing a mask that only the other can unveil as they are kindred spirits. The calm to each other’s storm.

“He’s looking at me as if he can’t get enough.”

The words are arrows piercing my heart, pulling it into this story as I’m consumed more than ever. The passion pours off the pages as I feel it all. The feels start to freely flow. I feel the desperation of Tahoe and Gina. Their hunger. Their anguish. Everything.

The friends who see each other inside and out, but are afraid to take a chance. To ruin what they have. Afraid to get burned again.

“I can’t get on the Tahoe rollercoaster. Maybe before, when it would be a one-night stand, it was an option…I am so scared to get hurt again. To get hurt a thousand times more than I ever have.”

The story is over but the feels don’t stop flowing, as Ladies Man still holds on to my heart. Happy tears. Hopeful tears. Sad tears. Sappy tears. I swooned. I sweated. I ached. I anguished. I lusted. I loved. HARD. All of it. I love Ladies Man so very much as this book is like Tahoe: full of many layers. Deep layers that penetrate it all: heart, head, and soul.

A sweet surprise. Ladies Man is a hidden gem. So much more than a troubled billionaire romance full of heat. It’s heavy on heart too. It’s even more than a hard-fought friends-to-lovers romance. Ladies Man is a story about hope. Healing. Self-discovery. Self-preservation. A book that is meaningful, lingering long after the story has ended with a valuable life message: Don’t change your true self for anyone as when you do, you risk losing your best you.

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Five fierce and fabulous stars but defintely worth more

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TAHOE ROTH.
Irreverent, cocky, playful and naughty.
He’s not the guy you date.
He’s the one night stand.
The one your mother warned you about.
The one your body craves.

You’d think the man who called me succulent would want to strip me down and spread me out on his bed—like he’s done with countless others.
But he passed on my offer….
Just like I’d once passed on his.
He’s wary, like I am.
He’s broken, like I am.
And everyone knows two broken parts can’t ever make a whole.
Tahoe and I are strictly friends.
So I distract myself with other men.
He doesn’t think my new man is good enough. This blond blue-eyed beast doesn’t think any man is—himself included.
But the more time we spend together, the more confused I feel.
I’m trying to open myself to love.
Yet I’m quickly realizing that the only man I want is Tahoe Roth.
The one man who will surely break my heart.

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Review – Hook by Elisabeth Grace

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Sexy, mysterious, suspenseful, Hook is not your ordinary love story. It’s the love story of a hooker and a business man. Neither searching for love, but both finding it unexpectedly in each other.
This was my first read of Elisabeth Grace’s work. The blurb had me intrigued from the moment I read it and the cover had me wanting it even more! Grace did not disappoint with Hook!

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This is a tale of someone who’s been dealt a bad hand in life. Someone who’s struggled. Those who “loved” her turned their backs, when she needed them most. Brandi, the hooker, whore, prostitute. Call her what you will, but one thing stands true. She’s not ashamed of her work. She’s done what needed to be done in order to give her disabled son the best care possible and still keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. She’s overcome obstacles life’s thrown at her….she’s persevered!
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“Early on, life had handed me that lesson on a tarnished silver platter. But I’d be damned if I sat back and let life roll right on over us, leaving its tread marks behind.”

Mmmm Marco. I can’t way enough about him. Marco Valenti is a hotter than sin, sexy, dreamy Italian who’s in Las Vegas on business. His life is work. He doesn’t have time to do relationships; scheduling the occasional prostitute to satisfy his needs. He uses women as temporary bed warmers. That is…..until Brandi.

“Cosa mi stai facendo?” I looked at him in confusion, having no idea what he’d said. ” What are you doing to me?”

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Brandi and Marco have an undeniable, attraction and connection to each other. They come into each other’s lives like a hurricane, shaking up the lives they’ve known since they can remember. The chemistry between these two is breathtakingly palpable! I was in deep swoon with Marco Valenti and if were into chicks, I’d be swooning for Brandi too!

Will Marco’s secrets destroy what they have?

Will Brandi push him away?

“Careful how far out you wade,” he said in a low voice laced with warning. “These are shark-infested waters.”

Hook had me on hooked (pun intended) from page one! The story was mesmerizing, intoxicating. I was so entranced with this story that I couldn’t put it down. Grace brings out the heart pounding, edge of your seat scenes in Hook! I flipped page after page until I had completely finished the book and was left begging for more!

Bravo Elisabeth; on a beautifully written, edge of your seat, steamy read! I can’t wait for Burn!

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5 Smoldering Stars!!!

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Women loathed me without even knowing my name.
Men coveted the very idea of me.
Escort. Call girl. Prostitute. Hooker. Whore.
I’d heard it all. Done it all.
Over the years I’d felt a lot of things about my occupation…but not regret–never regret. I had my reasons for doing what I did and nothing and no one had ever made me question them.
UNTIL MARCO VALENTI.
He’d changed me and I’d naively fed into the fairy tale.
But Marco wasn’t my Prince Charming.
He had secrets of his own.
Secrets that would eventually rip away everything I held dear.

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Series Review – The Broken Promises Series by M. Dauphin

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For Now is a sensational, heart breaking read that thoroughly gripped me while breaking my heart.
Lane and Al are beautiful. A couple so strong, so stunning. Forged from the greatest friendship they move their relationship on while dealing with tragic, heartbreaking problems but blossom into a strong, sexy couple. Their love and passion blazes through the story and there are some insanely hot, sensual moments.
And just when I think my heart is going to be able to be put back together. Bam! That ending……

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4.5 beautifully broken stars

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My name is Lane Sheridan… at least that’s what most of America thinks. I’ve made myself into who I am today with the help of my two best friends. Braydon, the musician, is more of a brother to me than my real ones. Then there’s Alexis…
my Alexis.
I’ve always dreamed of making her mine but am too scared to make the move.
I’m waiting on test results that will change my entire life. Now all I need to ask myself is… do I keep her at arm’s length, or bring her close…
Only if it is just For Now?
*This is book 1 of a 3 book series. This book ends in a cliffhanger*
18+ audience only for language and sexual situations.

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Holy moly, just when I thought my heart would possibly start to get better, M. Dauphin gives us For Her and breaks me even more, and it’s sooo good!
This devastating follow up to For Now was incredibly emotional. I pretty much cried the whole way through. And the whole time I loved every minute.
I thought I loved Lane, but Braydon, OMG. M. Dauphin has seriously changed my mind, messed with my emotions and left me a wreck of thrilling, beautiful feels.
I would really love to write more about this book but in doing so I’ll give too much away and it would sincerely spoil everything that is good about this book.
This series is a hit so far and I sincerely hope that my heart is fixed fully after book 3.

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4.5 devastating heartbreaking stars

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*Book 2 in the Broken Promises series by M. Dauphin. Book 1- For Now- DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU HAVEN’T READ BOOK 1*

He promised me once he would give me the world.
All he gave me was memories that flood my vision every time I close my eyes.
So I don’t. I can’t.
I’m not as strong as him.
*18+ due to adult situations.

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Just when you think you can’t take any more epic feels M. Dauphin rocks out For Us and absolutely kills it.
Like the two previous books in the series this book grabbed hold of my attention and held me captive.
While not nearly as heart wrenching, For Us is still packed with overwhelming feels that rendered me speechless. I laughed, cried, loved, hated and swooned. In other words M. Dauphin sent my emotions into a tail spin.
For Us is a brilliant end to Alexis’ story. Braydon is written exceptionally well in this book. I adore him, my feelings go way past love. He’s perfect! The relationship between Braydon and Alexis is so strong and true that I honestly don’t miss Lane one bit. #sorrynotsorry
The whole broken promises series is an enthralling, heartbreaking series of books that have drawn me in and filled me with stunning feelings while taking me on a beautiful journey. I’ve enjoyed every word, every tear, every tug at my soul and every shatter of my heart. For Us ends the series beautifully and better than I expected. That shattered heart I’ve encountered through this series is now wondrously full.

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5 stunning, emotional, epic stars .

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My life has been peaches and cream up until a few months ago when it was all ripped away. Not the type of destruction you can see coming, either. A type that takes everything from happy thoughts to mass chaos in mere seconds.
Now, I’m left to pick up the pieces of this mess.
Pieces, including my best friend’s girl.
She’s the girl I’d bring home to mom if I still had a mom. She’s the girl I picture having Sunday dinners with at grandma’s house if we did that shit.
But we don’t.
All I know is this… she’s the best damn girl I’ve ever known… and I’m a total tool for wanting her.
I’m Braydon Simms… and this is my story.

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Review – Minute by Minute by Natalie E Wrye

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Minute by minute is the sexy, suspenseful final instalment to the Games and Diversions series.
This whole series has been like jumping from one thrill ride to the next.
Rounds one and two dragged me into Lukas & Elena’s story and held me captive. The heart stopping twists and turns were insanely addictive and round three is no different. If anything, it’s BETTER!

Minute by Minute sees more tantalising twists and turns which threw me off course while reading. My heart sat in my throat and my mind raced throughout. I spent most of the book with my jaw on the floor, shocked with they revelations that are revealed. And just when I thought I had an idea about the mystery behind everything. BAM! Natalie throws a loop that sent my brain into a tail spin.

I don’t actually think I can love Lukas any more. He’s epic. Literally epic! No more words needed.
Elena steals my heart for being a sassy, sexy woman who is strong enough to hold her own and is hilarious when drunk.

This book intrigued me, held me captive. It shocked me and surprised me. It made me laugh, swoon and love. The terrific twists and turns kept me on my toes, flicking the pages in an attempt to fit all the puzzle pieces together and play the game. Natalie is extremely clever and has woven a truly unique story that fully deserves 5 sensational, sexy, suspenseful stars.

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Lukas Griffin

I’d heard that chess was a game made for the Gods of Men.

You are not a God… you’re just a man.

But even you can make the rules…

Rule no. 1: Trust no one.
Not even the ones you like.
Not even the ones you love.
Especially not the ones you love.

Rule no. 2: Do not fuck the irresistible blonde.
Not even if she asks.
Not even if she begs.
And she just may…

Rule no. 3: FUCK THE RULES.
To Hell with them.
Set fire to them and watch them burn…
Realize that under the right circumstances, everyone is capable of betrayal.
Even you…

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Review – Worth It All by Claudia Connor

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I so enjoyed this latest installment of the McKinney Brothers series by Claudia Connor. I stand by what I have told Claudia previously – Worth The Fall was one of the very best impulse buys I have ever done. JT and Paige’s love story only added to my love of this sweetly romantic series!

JT McKinney was living and loving his life. Devastatingly handsome and a star college quarterback, all of JT’s dreams ended after a tragic accident with his girlfriend. The nineteen year old wakes up in the hospital and his leg has been amputated. Weighed down by the demands of rehab and overwhelmed by grief, JT makes his way from Virginia to California to rebuild his life.

JT becomes incredibly successful. As a biomedical engineer, he gets to make and perfect protheses for other amputees like him. Still riddled with guilt, Jake throws himself into his work and into his business. That is, until Paige Roberts enters his life. She’s a beautiful hardworking single mother trying to better the life of her daughter Casey. Between two jobs and college classes, Paige doesn’t have time for dates, let alone love. She doesn’t have time to believe in the fairy tales she reads to her very special daughter. But as Paige spends more time with Jake and the two bond over Casey, a very special magic grows between them.

Oh, I was happy throughout this entire book! Paige and JT have such a sweet, slow burning relationship. Even as Paige is torn between taking care of her daughter and being true to her heart, I felt such a connection between them. JT had his own insecurities to conquer in order to be all his girls needed him to be. There were so many sigh worthy romantic moments shared. And Casey? Adorable, inquisitive, heartwarming bundle of energy – how could I not love her?

Such a wonderful, soul warming read! And to think that Claudia struggled with this story and Worth It All almost never was! Matt McKinney (Worth The Fall) will always hold a special place for me, but his brother certainly could give him a run for his money! Great job, Claudia! Fantastic!

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“Read Claudia Connor for a consistently raw and emotional love story,” recommends Carly Phillips. Now the swoon-worthy McKinney Brothers series from this bestselling author continues as JT, the youngest of the trio, discovers that only love can make him whole.

She’s fighting for control. . . . Paige Roberts learned to fend for herself growing up. Now she’s doing everything possible to give her daughter, Casey, the stability she never had. But when the vivacious five-year-old decides she’s done wearing her prosthesis, Paige faces her toughest challenge yet: trusting a handsome, brooding stranger who simply wants to help.

He’s struggling to connect. . . . JT McKinney lost more than his leg in a car accident that stole his dreams of pro football. Eight years later, he’s made a new life for himself far away from his old one. His business is developing cutting-edge prosthetics and he’s more than happy to turn his attention to machines instead of people. Still, he can’t shake the feeling that something’s missing.

Will they take a chance on love? . . . When JT gets the chance to help Paige’s daughter, he takes it. He never planned on the two of them tearing down his walls or teaching him to believe in himself again. Paige might not believe in happily ever afters, but JT wants more than anything to be her prince. They’ll both have to let go of the past if they want a future.

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Blog Tour – Calico by Callie Hart

 

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I have had the pleasure of reading most of Callie Hart’s amazing stories. She writes men with dark, dangerous passions and women who are strong, beautiful and loyal. Really how can you not fall head over feet for Zeth Mayfair or Rebel? But this book is unlike anything I have read from Callie.  It was nothing of what I expected and everything that I could have hoped. It was devastating, heartbreaking, joyful and in the end a total triumph. It is a testament to the power of the true love to overcome the agony of loss and misunderstanding, to stand tall in the face of the ugliness of child abuse and the strength to confront how one moment in time changed everyone in came in contact with. Calico was a moving, thought provoking amazingly wonderful second chance love story.

Callan and Coralie spent their childhood as neighbors. Then as best friends. Finally settling into a first love that would change the course of their young lives. But Coralie held horrible secrets inside and suffered in silence at the hands of an abusive father. Callan only saw his beautiful bluebird and a happy life they were trying to build. Until that dream was crushed and Callan found himself saying goodbye to the one person who would always hold his heart and soul.Twelve long years pass and the young lovers find themselves together again. Can they set aside the pain of the past, forgive each and rebuild their lost dreams? Is the power of their bond stronger than the chains of abuse?

I so admired Callan. He went a bit wild after losing Coralie but even he recognized that nothing was settled between them. For all of her suffering and attempting to put the past behind her, it was clear that the past had such a grip on Coralie that the only way she would be able to go forward would be simply to go back to where it all began. To reclaim her life – to reclaim her love – she would have to stop running and face the truth. Their journey was so incredible, so worth the ugly tears that I shed and red rimmed eyes from reading way too long.

One of Callie’s finest works, I highly encourage you to read and enjoy Calico from end to end. Fantastic!

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5 Well and Truly Deserving Kisses!

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Coralie

Twelve years ago, I ran to stay alive.

Port Royal, South Carolina, was my home. I was born there. I fell in love there. And I nearly died there. I never thought I’d go back. Now, after so many years, I have to return to bury the man who made my life a living hell. Some nights, I used to cry myself to sleep, praying my father would die. Other nights were different. Other nights, there was him.

Callan Cross.

My first confidante. My first kiss. My first love. My first everything: Callan was the glue that held me together when everything else was falling apart. He was my savior. He was there for me whenever I needed him…

Until he wasn’t.

Every night, I’ve seen the love of my life in my sleep. 
I just never thought I’d have to face him again.

Callan 

Twelve years ago, I f*#@ed up big time.

Living life through a camera lens is sometimes easier than dealing with it head on. Scratch that. It’s always easier. For over a decade, I’ve been a master of my art, taking photographs all over the world. Yet despite all of the countries I’ve visited, the amazing things I’ve seen, the beautiful women I’ve screwed, my heart has remained in pieces.

Coralie’s the only woman I’ve ever loved, will ever love. And I’m determined to show her that we’re meant to be together. Even if it means unearthing the bones of the past in the process.

A lifetime and a thousand miles have stood between us. 
Now, there’s no length of time I won’t wait, no distance I won’t travel, in order to make her mine.

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Callie Hart is an obsessive romantic who loves throwing a dark twist into her stories. Her characters are imperfect, flawed individuals who dictate when she eats, sleeps and breathes. Callie’s Internationally Bestselling Blood & Roses series has garnered well over 1000 5 star reviews.

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Review – Fool For Love by Karen Ferry

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Swoooon…. My heart is so FULL! Garrett Thompson, dirty talking, swoonalicious alpha male has well and truly wrecked my heart.
Fool for Love is the heart warming, addictive new release from Karen Ferry.
I have spent today falling in love with Suzy and Garrett, these two have an undeniably strong connection that is SO HOT it burnt through the pages. The delicious build up that winds it’s way through this story is achingly addictive. Garrett and Suzy, both stole my breathe on numerous occasions, sometimes during some insanely dirty scenes and others during some truly heart breaking scenes.
What was great about this story was the fact that the relationship between Garrett and Suzy is so strong from the first time they meet, even if they don’t know it themselves. While fighting external issues and internal battles the love that these two have burns hotter than the hottest bonfires, and sparks brighter than the biggest firework.
I love how Suzy remains strong throughout, never once does she shy away from Garrett and his dominance, infiltrating his stone walls perfectly, while still submitting to his sexy, sinful side.
Garret while being an amazing dominant, HOT alpha, becomes completely entranced with Suzy and it made me love him all the more. He’s so perfect. And did I mention hot?
Karen writes a truly breathtaking story here, a sensational, emotional read that grasped onto me wouldn’t let go. 5 stunning, sinful stars.

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What do you do when everything you thought you knew about yourself turns out to be a lie, forcing you to re-evaluate your life?

Do you face them?
Or do you run?

My name is Suzy. I am the girl who has always believed in fairytales, unicorns, and that wishing upon a shooting star would make all my dreams come true.
I have always had faith that I would find my very own Prince Charming. I have always been certain that we all have a soul mate…that we will find our true love someday, and that we must never give up.

But not that long ago, I started to wonder…

What if my Prince is in fact…a Princess?

Why is it so hard to be seen for who I am?
Love is love, isn’t it?

I have started to lose faith in my once so adamant beliefs: where is my one? Where is the person who will be able to restore my faith in the fairy-tale and the happy-ever-afters?

Is New York the right place for someone like me? Or will she squish me like a small, insignificant bug beneath her feet?

Only time will tell.

***While this is book #2 in The Believe Series, it can be read as a standalone novel. Due to the sexual nature and subjects addressed, it is not appropriate for readers under the age of 18.***

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Release Blitz Lust Is The Thorn by Jen McLaughlin

 

 

Title: Lust Is the Thorn

Author: Jen McLaughlin 

Publisher: Loveswept

Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

Release

Date: April 19, 2016

 

Blurb

 

From the bestselling author of Bad Romance (“A sexy, emotional, steamy read.”—Addison Moore) comes an edgy novel about a reformed bad boy training to be a priest and the fallen angel who makes him think twice about giving up earthly pleasures.

Growing up hard and fast on the mean streets of Chicago, Thorn McKinney didn’t have a prayer—until tragedy inspired him to join the seminary. Now the time has come to take his vows, and yet he’s haunted by the woman he can’t leave behind: his best friend’s little sister. Despite Thorn’s promises that he’d keep her safe, she’s going through hell. And now he finds himself torn between duty and desire, entranced by the seductive pull of her trusting eyes, innocent heart, and sinfully sweet curves.

Trying to let Thorn pursue his calling, Rose Gallagher has been hiding some things: namely her abusive boyfriend and her job as a stripper. But when she hits rock bottom, Thorn is there for her—and now there’s no denying the raw temptation that draws them together in their darkest moments. Rose may have found salvation in his strong arms, but she knows that Thorn must choose his own path: in the church, or in the warm embrace of a woman’s love.

 

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Jen McLaughlin is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of numerous books including the Out of Line Novels and Dare to Run, the debut novel in the Sons of Steel Row series. She has also written under the name Diane Alberts.

 

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Review – Never Let You Go by Monica Murphy 



Never Let Me Go is a soul-searing and spellbinding story of second-chance romance that is filled with heartbreak, hope, and happiness where you can’t help but fall hopelessly in love. This saga is all-consuming as it steals your time. You mind. Your heart. Your soul. Everything. You’re deeply embedded in this saga where all the feels flow freely as Never Let Me Go holds on tight, owning you every step of the way.

Like Never Tear Us Apart, Never Let Me Go is a heartwarming but hard read. There are ugly parts that I wanted to ignore, box away, but I didn’t because that ugly…it needed to be told for the good to unfold. The lows result in highs. With darkness brings light. Hope. A happily ever after.

Back and forth. Two steps forward, one step back. My heart breaks. My heart heals. My gut aches. My body feels. Never Let Me Go. Oh the feels. I felt every word I read starting with the prologue, so power-packed and poignant. I was already tearing up as the words were arrows, piercing my heart, bleeding and branding me as I knew the rest of the book would. Painful.

“I cry. I can’t stop. I cry at night before I go to sleep. I cry throughout the day when I should be doing something, anything to remind myself that I’m alive. I should be living.” 

Powerful.

“But instead I cry for what I’ve lost. I cry for what I’ve found.”

Pondering.

“Gone is the girl I once was. Gone is the woman I was slowly becoming.”

Poignant.

“Now there’s only this void. And there’s only one person to blame for what I’ve become, what I’ve turned into. And his name—his real name—is Will Monroe.”

Wow. So raw and real. The dam of emotions is teetering near flood levels.

Never Let Me Go is as heart-tugging as the prologue, as we revisit Katherine and Ethan in the conclusion of their story. The emotions escape, refusing to be held prisoner, as they pour off the pages, drowning me. Searing my soul. Brandishing my brain. Harnessing my heart. I feel each word I read. I feel these characters. I feel everything.

This powerful and poignant story picks up where Never Tear Us Apart left off, and is retold by Katherine and Ethan. Katherine is stronger than she was before and is learning to assert herself for the first time since her abduction. Her voice has returned and she will no longer hide in shame. Though still dealing with the aftermath of her abduction and abuse.

What hurts more than the abduction aftermath is the betrayal by Ethan that left her more broken. Torn. Split in two. Untrusting and unsure.

“I finally catch a glimpse of happy, of something real and solid and tender and…loving, and it ends up ruined. Ripped from my hands and thrown away. Lies. Deception. All of it.”

My heart that broke for Katherine now also breaks for Ethan, who is devastated that he lied and broke her trust. His heart now bleeds too.

“Inside I’m hollow. Broken into so many tiny pieces, I don’t think anyone or anything could put me back together. I’ve lost the only thing that matters. The only person I’ve ever really loved. And she hates me.”

Katherine is at a crossroads: forgive Ethan and risk having her heart broken and trust betrayed again or cut him off completely and resurrect those walls that Ethan broke free. She hates Ethan. Loves him. Misses him. Though fate finds Katherine and Ethan again and again, with a pull so strong that it’s a force they can no longer fight. Their relationship is taboo, but fate doesn’t care. Forbidden but forever bound.

 

 

“He’s seen me in every way possible, he knows me better than anyone else, and I realize in this single, heart-stopping moment that he is the only person in this entire world who understands me, knows me inside out.”

 

I swoon and melt as the goodness starts to snuff out evil with Ethan being a real-life Superman.

 

 

“He gave me light, when all I’d ever felt was darkness.”

 

Oh Ethan! I want to take away his pain too that has stolen his childhood, self-worth, and more.

 

 

“I’m not good enough for you. I never will be. You deserve better.”

 

Katherine’s Superman doesn’t think he deserves to be happy, despite saving the lady who will always be his. Though he will always rescue her. Forever.


 

“From the moment I saw her, I knew I had to take care of her. In some inherent way, I knew she belonged to me. It just took me years to find her again.”

 

Katherine is Superman’s Wonder Woman, despite nursing a bleeding heart, a heart that will always belong to Ethan. Her sweetness is his drug. His cure to snuff out his dark past.

 

 

“I need the sweetness of Katie to overcome the darkness of my past.”

 

Secrets, lies, and a monster from the past escape, breaking free and threatening Katherine and Ethan’s happiness. Fate needs one last appearance, as these two lost souls are only half but together are whole.

 

 

“It’s not his fault. It’s never his fault. We can’t control the monsters.”

 

Never Let Me Go held my heart from its beautiful and brilliant beginning to its enthralling and emotional end. This soul-searing saga grabbed my heart, wrapped itself around my head, and never let go. This book scared me, scarred me, shred me, and shattered me. Then it healed me, piecing my heart back together, filtering hope and happiness through my head and in my heart.

While the Never Tear Us Apart Duet paints a vivid picture of monsters lurking in the dark, its light and love that snuff out evil is what binds this story together, making it a mesmerizing and oh-so-meaningful masterpiece that you must experience. Monica Murphy has written her best, and most brilliant and beautiful story ever, one of epic love that will stay with me, perhaps for a lifetime.

 5 soul-searing and strong stars

The second and final novel in a darkly sexy contemporary series from New York Times and USA bestselling author Monica Murphy, NEVER LET YOU GO is a tale about forbidden love.

NEVER LET YOU GO is an emotionally powerful novel about moving on from horrific events in the past and learning to love. Monica Murphy deftly delves into the world of romantic suspense and masterfully tackles a difficult subject matter.

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The truth hurts, they say—and my pain cuts deep. While I was falling for Ethan, he was deceiving me the entire time. He held a huge secret, protected by his lies. When I discovered what he was hiding, the truth shook my world, threatening to ruin us forever. Ruin me. But I soon realized that what we share can’t be destroyed.

The connection between us is too strong. It always has been. I can’t deny him any longer. And I can’t deny my truth: I’m in love with Ethan.

I don’t want to let him go.

While we’re trying our best to make this relationship work, other forces are fighting against us. My family, who wants to keep me safe. The media obsessed with my tragic past. The public that feeds off of it. Even Ethan’s father—the man who nearly destroyed me all those years ago. He’s doing his best to finish the job.

Despite my love for Ethan, the doubts creep in, clouding my mind. Is he worth the pain? Will our love survive, or will we have no choice but to end it—end us—once and for all?

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REVIEW – Dirtiest Secret by J. Kenner 


Spellbinding, suspenseful, and scandalous, Dirtiest Secret is a forbidden tale of twists and turns that burns your body, hits your heart, and leaves you panting for more. This is not simply a story; Dirtiest Secret is an enticing and enthralling escape from reality. A guilty pleasure. An all-encompassing romance with everything you would want in a book and more: crime, suspense, romance, passion, and thrills. You’re watching, hearing, and feeling this saga in what feels like a real-life documentary. Dirtiest Secret seeps into you, becoming your secret too.

While I adore all of J. Kenner’s steamy and seductive stories, I haven’t been this excited about a new release from this author since the original Stark trilogy three years ago—Dirtiest Secret had me just as hyped! Who doesn’t love a dirty secret? The forbidden. A taboo tale that is tantalizing too. Sultry, sinful, and already shattering, my sensations were channeled at lightning speed.

Deeply intrigued by the blurb, with determination and desire, I dove into Dirtiest Secret, knowing it would likely be a heart-hitting book that would destroy yet devour me.

I haven’t even started the story yet and my heart is splitting with just the blurb.

“We destroyed each other, he and I. Even now, after so many years, we’re still cracked and broken. And broken we’ll remain, because without the other, we can never be whole.”

After just a few pages, I knew that this tantalizing tale has more dirt and despair than the other J. Kenner stories, as it’s digging itself deeper into my heart. Oh did this story start off with a bang or three. Sultry. Sinful. Scorching. Sensations travel through me at lightning speed as Dirtiest Secret channels the feels, stealing them from me.

Dallas Sykes. Golden-brown hair and blue eyes, tall, and built. He is an Adonis. Known as the King of F**k.


A mega manwhore. Billionaire. Owner of many businesses. Though he is so complex. A tormented man of many layers, most of which are buried way beneath the surface.

“He looks like a man who can run an empire. Who spends millions of dollars on his toys. He looks like a man who can have any woman he wants, and probably has. A man who enjoys life.”

Jane Martin. The love of Dallas’ life. Dark-haired and dark-eyed with curves in all the right places. Beautiful. Sexy. A well-known author of thrillers involving abductions.
Dallas and Jane survived a harrowing ordeal when they were teens that still haunts them today.

Jane is damaged. A prisoner of her past. Permanently locked where her demons hold the key.

“I’m broken, and I have been for years. It’s my reality now, and I’m learning to live with it. To turn the angst and the loss around and make it work for me.”

While Jane is broken, Dallas is battered and bleeding. He thinks he is trash. Unworthy of love.

My heart shatters the most for Dallas, for all the pain he has endured, and the internal stab wounds that may never heal. His demons are bigger and bolder than Jane’s, still lurking in the shadows. His biggest enemy: the forbidden. Jane. Dallas’ longtime love that he’ll never have.

“You knew a boy, Jane. And he grew into a f**ked-up man…I can’t be the man for you.”

My heart bleeds with anguish knowing these star-crossed lovers can’t be together. The chemistry is palpable and pulls them towards each other like a magnet, making it hard to fight the attraction that’s ignited since they were teens. A flame that’s never died but needs to as their love can never come to light.

“It’s just me. It’s just Dallas. Just the two of us and this living, breathing need that beats between us. That we can’t erase, can’t destroy, can’t tame. He is looking at me, and I can see he feels it too. And when he bends his head almost imperceptibly I know that he is going to kiss me. And I want it. I shouldn’t—I know I shouldn’t. But so help me I want this kiss.”

Both Dallas and Jane are swimming in a sea of regret with guilt and heartache that drowns them every day. Like in Romeo and Juliet, Dallas and Jane can’t be together. Ever.

 

 

 

 

“I love you. Christ, Jane, I love you so much it hurts. But I can’t do this to you. I have to go.”

While I love all of J. Kenner’s seductive stories centering on the Stark family and friends with the original Stark trilogy still my favorite, Dirtiest Secret is a close second. Pure pleasure. Dirtiest Secret is delicious. Decadent. Dangerous. And oh is it definitely dirty. Though it so much deeper.

Dirtiest Secret, while scorching, suspenseful, and scandalous, is so much more. It’s a soul-searing story of strength, survival, and second-chance love. I could not help but feel so many things. Hope. Heartbreak. Happiness.

As I dove into this story, little did I know it would remain with me for a long time, perhaps forever. Dirtiest Secret. So deep with a storyline that throws a sucker punch. One I did not see coming. One with twists and turns through the darkness to find the light. One that bleeds angst with two friends who love each other but can’t be lovers. Dallas and Jane own each other’s hearts and always will. Just like Dirtiest Secret owns my heart.

This seductive and suspenseful story spun me into its web, casting a spell, weaving me in deeply where I was all in until the very end. Then I was hungry for more. So much more of this tantalizing, thrilling, and twisted ride.

 5 spellbinding, soul-searing, and sweet stars


It was wrong for us to be together, but it was even harder to be apart.

The memory of Dallas Sykes burns inside of me.

Everyone knows him as a notorious playboy, a man for whom women and money are no object. But to me, he’s still the one man I desperately crave—yet the one I can never have.

Dallas knows me better than anyone else. We bear the same scars, the same darkness in our past. I thought I could move on by staying away, but now that we’re drawn together once more, I can’t fight the force of our attraction or the temptation to make him mine.

We’ve tried to maintain control, not letting ourselves give in to desire. And for so long we’ve told ourselves no—but now it’s finally time to say yes.

Dirtiest Secret is intended for mature audiences.

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