Review – The Sapphire Heist

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The Sapphire Heist by Lauren Blakely

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“To me, romance and suspense go hand in hand. What’s more suspenseful than wondering how two wonderful people can manage to get together in spite of the world going crazy around them?”~Maggie Shayne

Romance blends with suspense in the sensational Sapphire series by Lauren Blakely, a different kind of book high where the unknown is heightened and feelings are folded with thrills. Lauren Blakely made me fall in love with suspense in The Sapphire Affair and I could not wait to get lost in The Sapphire Heist. I was chomping at the bit for more of this mystery, and dove into The Sapphire Heist with desire and determination.

I was catapulted back into the Sapphire series that boggled my brain for weeks. The Sapphire Heist consumed me from the very first page. Mind racing. Feelings flowing. Heart beating out of my chest. My pulse pounded with each page as I felt the rush of The Sapphire Heist. I was absorbed. I was obsessed. I was alive.

Just when I thought I solved the mystery in The Sapphire Heist, a new one popped up with more twists and turns than ever. This story is swathed in so much suspense that I tried to solve the mystery day and night. I DREAMT diamonds, sapphires, heists, and heat. The Sapphire Heist hijacked my head, danced in my dreams, and blew up my brain.

The Sapphire Heist captivated and claimed ALL OF ME. I never stopped thinking about this series. The Sapphire Heist became my heist. My high. My hope. My adventure. My addiction. Enthralling, engaging, and electric, The Sapphire Heist is full of twists and turns in a thriller that rivals James Bond. I LOVED EVERY MINUTE of this adventure!

Bounty Hunter, Jake Harlowe, the hot knight in panty-melting armor that heated me from head to toe bared more heart in The Sapphire Heist and became even HOTTER. Dark hair, green eyes, tall, and a muscular body to be climbed like Mount Everest. Jake is the perfect man. I love how Jake is tough on the outside but tender at the core. He is tough with a strong sense of right and wrong. Though he will bend the law if the ends justify the means.

Robin Hood met his Maid Marian in a bar one night, steaming up the place with a passionate kiss, and Steph has been the Bonnie to Jake’s Clyde ever since. A beautiful blonde, blue-eyed, and buxom beach gal, Steph Anderson looks and swims like a mermaid, one that Jake is still trying to catch for good. Steph Anderson is smart, sassy, and savvy and I love her!

The Sapphire Heist bleeds angst as Steph and Jake crash and clash a few times, lines blurred and already crossed. Doubt lingers like the salty air near the ocean and trust is tried as it often floats away at sea. One constant is the chemistry that is fire-hot, a burn that only ignites further throughout the story.

“Come closer. Climb on. Sit on my face. I need you straddling me.”

Holy HOT! I was on fire as my body heated from head to toe. I could not get enough of Jake’s dirty mouth. The chemistry burns bright through fights too with fight-sex.

“Can we please just f**k it out now?”

“F**k it out?”

“Yes. Your anger. Our mistrust. My doubt. Can we just once and for all f**k it out and let it go?”

Explosive is the heat between Jake and Steph. Explosive is the story of The Sapphire Heist. Explosive are the emotions left wading in the sea of suspense and angst aftermath. Jake and Steph are have hit some bumps in the road but have new leads to solving the $10 million heist of diamonds along with doubt.

“Think real hard before you say it. Ask yourself if you want to go there?”’

“Go where?”

“You’re about to suggest I’m in on it too, aren’t you?”

The trust teeters back and forth. The suspense builds. Steph and Jake are in doubt, unsure who the enemy is in this game. Love is on the line and needs to be rescued as much as the diamonds if Steph and Jake want to be more than partners or friends or enemies.

“How do I know if any of this between us is real? Or just a setup to take the diamonds?”

The Sapphire Heist is flawlessly executed. Edgy. Enthralling. Emotional. Each chapter of the Sapphire series turned on the movie projector in my head. Move over Nancy Drew as Lauren Blakely is the new Queen of Suspense. Hollywood needs to make The Sapphire Affair and The Sapphire Heist the next James Bond thriller as this series is a suspenseful sensation and a trip of thrills from beginning to end.

The twists and the turns of The Sapphire Heist wove a maze of mystery that kept me on the edge. The intrigue. The intoxication. The level of involvement for the reader in the Sapphire Heist suspense is sheer brilliance. Lauren Blakely’s words are vivid like paint to a canvas where I experienced EVERYTHING. The angst. The attraction. The action. I wore The Sapphire series like a jewel that was a part of me: stunning and spectacular.

I felt the surge of adrenaline that poured from the pages to my body. I lived and breathed this book. I felt ALIVE. I was ALL IN. The Sapphire Heist stole my head and heart and I still crave more of this gem.

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5 suspenseful, spellbinding, and spectacular stars

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Keep your lover close and your enemy closer…

After giving in to a fiery night of passion, island adventurer Steph Anderson and bounty hunter Jake Harlowe are back to square one. With millions in stolen jewels at stake, it’s hard for Steph not to question her new partner’s true motives—no matter how sexy he might be. Jake is hungry for more of Steph, but he can sense her growing mistrust, which only fuels his own doubts. Worse, there’s undeniable evidence that someone else is now after the jewels—and that they are both in real danger.

Fighting against their magnetic attraction is a distraction these two can’t afford. In order to survive, they’ll have to pull off one more heist—and trust each other with something even more precious than jewels: their hearts.

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Review – Naughty Little Gift by Angel Payne

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I do so love my time in Arcadia. The Cimarrons make the trip so worthwhile. One gorgeous king determined to bring his small island nation into the 21st century. His strong brother by his side protecting his King and his home. And two other siblings that we will know more about soon. I expected amazing things for the spin off of this great series. Temptation Court does not disappoint. Once again I found myself drawn into the mysterious world of the Cimarrons through one of their most trusted and loyal servants.

Mishella Santelle knew her place in her family. She was a commodity, a pawn piece in her father’s plan for more money and position as Arcadia comes out of hiding. Cassian Court, American billionaire and engineering genius, knows Ella’s father’s game and is determined to beat him at it. He sees so much beauty in Mishella and so much hurt as well. They have instant chemistry and they both want more. So Cassian makes a deal with the devil – in exchange for his business with Mishella’s family, her father must agree to allow Ella to spend six months in NYC with Cassian.

Oh, the power and passion between these two! Cassian has his own dark secrets and his own past pain to get through. In Ella, he has found something that he thought he would never experience again. But he can’t allow himself to get close. He figures in six months time he will have gotten the beautiful Arcadian out of his system and given her a chance to spread her wings and discover her true self. Their relationship is so steamy, so sensual. Cassian can run but he cannot hide what’s in his heart. Ella is determined to remain loyal to her family and do what she has to make sure they are supported but can she really step away from the one person who makes her truly complete?

This is the beginning of a wonderful relationship! Cassian and Ella’s love story continues in Pretty Perfect Toy and I thrilled to continue my tour of Arcadia!

FANTASTIC, Angel!

Five Arcadia meets NYC stars!
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Make a wish…

Engineering genius. Billionaire icon. Consultant to kings. Golden-haired god. Cassian Court is a legend before he even steps foot on the remote island of Arcadia—but from the moment he locks eyes with Mishella Santelle, she can see only the man beneath the power, the presence, and the muscles…the bruised soul for whom hers has been destined…

But destiny isn’t a luxury for a woman of the Arcadian Court.

Close your eyes…

When six months of her life are bargained to Cassian in a multimillion dollar contract, Mishella must learn the rules of a more ruthless kingdom: New York City. In this glamorous jungle, paths are harder to discern, enemies are more cleverly camouflaged…and passions are impossible to ignore, especially when awakened by the man who can read her every desire with a glance, control her every arousal with a touch…

And leap…

Helpless against how her body and soul react to this man, Mishella dreads her heart is soon to follow—for the ghosts from Cassian’s past will never free him to return her love. In six months, she’ll simply be a memory to him…the naughty little toy he played with for a while…

Unless she can prove the impossible.

That their love is worth fighting for.

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Review – His to Have by Jade Sinner

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His to Have : The Claimed Series by Jade Sinner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For a few minutes and pages, I hated this story. I read only a few lines on the first page of the first chapter and instantly loathed the main character: the tall, muscular, and attractive Victor. Hot as hell but one burger shy of a happy meal or nuttier than a five-pound fruitcake.

“Obtaining bits and pieces of her life story takes time, but as my cock aches for her pussy, I know the patience will be worth the reward.”

I’m freaked out yet fire-hot.

He acted like a rude and a royal douche. A dirty talker yet cocky stalker trying to lay claim to an unattainable woman as he compiled a file on her life and habits.

“I’ve worked my way into her predictable world and yet she has no idea of my plans.”

Creeeeepy but somehow commendable. Delusional but dirty and still date-worthy. Twisted Victor grew on me as the story unfolded and his infatuation with the beautiful news anchor, Emily, his co-worker and victim was not as stalker-ish.

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“It’s painfully hard with the need to take her, mark her, and make her mine. After all, she is. She always has been. I just need to make her accept it.”

This is not one of the recent sweet and sappy stories that hug your heart that Jade Sinner has recently penned. His to Have is sex and sin, a story that dips into the dark, dirty, and delicious fantasies that wait to be fulfilled. His to Have is explosive, evocative, and enthralling, a love story that is pure pleasure and fantasy fulfillment. 

The naughty but nice novellas from Jade Sinner have become my bi-weekly fix. My addiction. My adventure. My ache that’s rubbed. I look forward to the deliciously dirty treats that I devour quickly, and can’t wait for my next Sinner story.

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4 dirty and delicious stars

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Victor

She’s every man’s wet dream. Every night on the TV, broadcasting the news with her tight skirts and tits in front of the world.

I’ve sat back and watched as she thinks she runs the world, directing everyone and everything. But her time is up. I’ve planned this for too long.

She’s mine and I plan to have her—all of her.

Erika

I’m content. My career is going places. My marriage is safe. I don’t want anything to rock my world, until I have no choice. Until Sir.

Now it will never be the same.

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Review – Deceitful Choices by CA Harms

Deceitful Choices is the next standalone romance from CA Harms, that is a beautiful rollercoaster of emotions.
Zack and Lindsey had a really good character connection from the start, I was excited to see where the couple would go.. however I never saw the twist in the story coming and have to applaud CA Harms for the way the story was spun and laid out.

I do have to admit it took me a while to fully connect to this story as a whole, it could have been because of Haven and the fact that she played a big role in a fast paced story. I would have loved to see more of the relationship once Zack and Lindsey reunited at times I did feel things were slightly rushed.

In saying that I really did like this story and loved Zack, as always CA writes utterly delicious men, Zack is no different!! I love CA Harms and her ability to produce good books that are always fresh and new. Deceitful Choices is a solid 4 star read and without as much emphasis on Haven I definitely would have rated it higher.

Some lies you just can’t come back from.

 

The damage is too deep.

 

The effects are too strong, and the path they lead you on can be devastating.

 

One lie only led to another as Lindsay tried to be someone she wasn’t. She wanted just one moment to pretend she didn’t live the life she had been cursed with.

 

She wanted to live without regret.

 

Live for the moment.

 

She wanted to laugh and smile without feeling as if at any moment something or someone would corrupt that happiness. But all lies have a way of resurfacing. Those deceitful words can come back to haunt you, leaving you as the one heartbroken and alone.

 

Zack had taken a trip with a fellow Navy SEAL. Just a weekend away to regroup. Never had he intended to find the girl who would jumpstart his heart.

 

Only then to destroy it.

 

But the shattered pieces of his trust weren’t the only things he left behind when he walked away from Lindsay. There was now an innocent life that had been thrown in to the mix.

 

But Lindsay wasn’t the only one who lied…

 

The odds were stacked against them. There was someone doing everything they could to keep them apart.

 

But when the truth is told, and those secrets are revealed, they must decide if they have what it takes…

To survive the deceit.


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BBB Best Books of July 2016

The Bookalicious Babes Blog (BBB) Team has picked its top 5-star romance reads for July! It was not an easy choice as there has been so much book awesomeness this Summer where BBB has have fallen in love with so many amazing authors’ stories.  

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BBB’s top picks are all ranked 5 stars and are not listed in any particular order. Click on the books to purchase!

 

Pennies by Pepper Winters


At eighteen years old, I was murdered. 
I wish my tale ended there. However, my killer resuscitated me and sold me to the highest bidder, sentencing me to a world worse than Hell.

For the past two years, I’ve lived a life of torment as a man’s property. I suffer in silence and wish for freedom, but I never break. I can’t. I won’t.

But then he arrives. The first stranger since I was killed.

Boss Man by Vi Keeland

When it was over and we parted ways, I thought about him more than I would ever admit, even though I knew I’d never see him again.I mean, what were the chances I’d run into him again in a city with eight million people?

Then again…

What were the chances a month later he’d wind up being my new sexy boss?

Going Down Easy by Carly Phillips

 

Alpha-licious in the most unexpected ways, Kaden Barnes always gets what he wants.

Enigmatic and exacting, he’s unable to keep an assistant for long. Until Lexie Parker arrives. She’s no-nonsense, efficient and all business… She’s also hot as sin and soon starring in Kaden’s dirtiest fantasies.

Hard Luck by Liv Morris

I’ve been called it all. Slugger. Hot shot. MVP. I was the real deal, baby. The diamond was my battlefield and women were the victory celebration. My “Lucky” streak was a given on and off the field.

Then I slept with the wrong woman and she cursed me, literally. Turned my game upside-down in the ballpark…and bedroom. Now my team is paying the price.

Knot by Mo Mabie

 

I ruined him.

I broke her heart.

I keep coming back.

I can’t let her go.

Stoned by Mandi Beck

As the lead singer of one of the hottest bands to hit the rock scene, f*cks are free, drugs come easy, and music is life.

For as long as Stone can remember, Willow has been his music – the notes that weave his soul together. His rhythm.

Until he threw her away.

 

The Sapphire Affair by Lauren Blakely

Bounty hunter Jake Harlowe knows how to track a criminal. So when a group of swindled shareholders hire him to trail their former CEO, Jake expects a quick trip to the Cayman Islands to close another case. Until a devastatingly beautiful woman gets in the way.

Steph Anderson is visiting the Caymans for a rock climbing and dive trip—or so she tells Jake. She’s really trying to find out whether or not her stepfather embezzled money from his company. The last thing Steph needs is the distraction of a sexy, charming man whose kisses drive her wild.

 

Hottest Mess by J. Kenner

Dallas Sykes has a reputation. He is known for his parties, his money, and the countless women on his arm. Yet the Dallas I know is a different man—darker, smarter, and unbearably sexy. Just one look from him can leave me breathless; the anticipation of his touch can make me lose control.

Inextricably bound by our past, we keep each other’s secrets. And while there are people who have the power to hurt us, it’s the truth that threatens us most of all.

 

Sugar Daddies by Jade West


Two hot 
guys seeking their Little Miss Right. Someone who can entertain them, amuse them, fit in with their corporate schedule.

And sex. They want sex. Lots of sex.
Bonus, right? One major dose of epic win.

Until Carl and Rick spill the big one, the one that sends the girls running. A whole string of them before me, running to the hills without so much as a backward glance.

 

27 Truths by MJ Fields

Once upon al girl, and that little girl was me. My fairytale happy ever after always included my black-haired, blue-eyed, knight in shining armor, and that knight was Luke Lane. 

Then I grew up and convinced myself that it wasn’t a fairytale after all. It was Fate.

I twisted Fate to make her story come to life, but Fate fought back, and now I am looking at a man I still love, but he doesn’t feel the same. I have to walk away. Not just for me, but for him. 

ABBY by LK Collins

I followed my heart and took the leap of a lifetime. Leaving everything I’ve ever known behind, diving into the abyss of love. That consuming, sacred, life-changing feeling that takes you captive. And you would do the same, if Latch looked into your eyes the way he did mine. He blurred everything else out.

Abby instantly turned my world upside down. And from the second she gave in to me, I was a changed man. Never the same again. How could I be? She was my once in a lifetime. And now that she’s gone, every part of me is broken, shattered from the inside out.

 

Broken Prince by Erin Watt

Reed Royal has it all–looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’sntire world begins to fall apart around him. Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other. She might be right.

 

Stroked by Meghan Quinn


Reese King: Olympic medalist, underwear model, Greek god. 
His body is chiseled from rock, sculpted by the weight room, and refined by water. There is no denying his sex appeal.

I hate to admit it, but I’m head over heels infatuated with him.

There is one HUGE problem though. His achingly gorgeous abs, inked up arm, and cocky swagger belong to my boss, the high-profile, reality star bitch rom hell and certified heinous human being, Bellini Chambers.

 

Anything but Minor by Kate Stewart

“She’s a nerd.”
“Heyyyy!”
“Okay, she’s a flight instructor.”
“Better.”
“He’s a ballplayer.”
“The best that ever was.”
“He told me he was a player.”
“She told me she was a lesbian.”
“But you fell in love with me anyway.”
“Yeah, baby, I totally did.”

Ball Peen Hammer by Lauren Rowe


I didn’t want to drive from Seattle to L.A. with the guy any more than he wanted to drive with me, but I had no frickin’ choice in the matter–at least, not if I wanted to use his brother Dax’s coveted parking spot at UCLA.

Okay, so it turned out Keane was objectively gorgeous, and, fine, pretty funny, too.  I mean, jeez, the cocky way he flashed those dimples was just so orchestrated. And, honestly, what kind of guy uses the phrase “baby doll” with a straight face? Oh, that’s right: the kind of guy who’s a male stripper.

 

Hitched – Volume 2 by Kendall Ryan

Arranged marriage? Check. Cocky new husband? Check. It’s a marriage of convenience—one I’m determined to keep strictly profe
sional. I can’t be stupid 
enough to fall for this sexy playboy’s charm or advances. I have to be strong, even if he is my husband.

Except he has a huge cock with an even bigger ego, and his main goal in life seems to be getting me to stroke both. The arrogant bastard is like sweet, sugary candy for my libido. I know he’s bad for me. But I want to devour every wicked inch of him.

 

Unexpected Reality by Kaylee Ryan

 

Expect the unexpected. That’s what they say, but it’s easier said than done. How do you expect a change so huge it rocks you to your core? How do you prepare yourself for an event that will alter your life forever?

One breath. One second. One minute. One hour. One day at a time, you learn to live with your unexpected reality.

 

Untimely You by K. Webster

He can’t love her. It simply won’t work. Besides, he’s already bound to the prison he created. A life that owns him.She craves to help him. She’ll make it work. His secrets test the limits of her sanity and morals. Yet he owns her.

The chains will break free.
The demon will be released.
And he’ll be hungry for…her.


Dirty Work by Chelle Bliss & Brenda Rothert

I hate him. Jude Titan is everything that’s wrong with the male sex: cocky, domineering and loaded with swagger. Oh, and did I mention he’s a Republican? Yeah, the guy’s so conservative he leans to the right when walking. And lucky me, I’m running against him for Senate. But I’ve got plenty of fight in me. A golden boy war hero opponent with a smile that leaves melted panties in its wake? Bring. It. On.

Damn, she’s sexy. Reagan Preston intrigues me from the moment I lay eyes on her. And speaking of laying…I want between those thighs. But I want to make her burn for me first. Every debate and stolen moment is foreplay for us. She claims she hates me, but her body tells a different story. I plan to win this election, but I also want to win the sharp, fiery Democrat who captures my attention like no woman ever has. Politics is filthy, just like all the things I want to do to Reagan Preston.

 

Burn by Elisabeth Grace

“No.” One word. Two letters. But those two letters changed everything. 

It was impossible to predict the impact I would have on the life of the only woman I’d ever truly loved. No way to know that I would result in
her ruin.
I’d suffer for eternity with the knowledge that it was me who brought devastation to her doorstep.

Though I deserved the anguish I felt, to see her suffer was unacceptable. I would fix this. Somehow I would prove to her that I wasn’t the monster she thought I was. Even if it meant becoming a monster in order to make that happen.

 

Off Limits by Lola Darling

I hate Max Davis. I hate his Off Limitscocky, overconfident smirk and the way every woman in the office drools over him. I hate the irresistible way he fills out his suit and his manwhore ways. I hate his tempting touch and the
way he makes me want to break all the rules. His Clark Kent Glasses, his cheesy sense of humor, his animalistic desire to have me—on my desk, against the filing cabinet, spread out across the conference table.

I hate that he’s my number one competition and if we’re caught, I lose it all. And most of all, I hate that he’s off-limits and I just can’t stay away.

*** NOTE: This book was too hot for Amazon as it was banned. Boo! We hope that Amazon comes to its senses and showcases Off Limits soon.***

Refresh by S. Moose 

Perfection slipped through Caroline Spencer’s fingers. One moment she had it all, and then it was gone. All she has left are her memories, her pain, and her close friends.

And Mason Ryan was not part of her plan–wasn’t even on her radar. After all, he was her husband’s best friend. But now that her husband is gone, he’s the only person who understands her, feels what she feels, and knows her inside and out.

Together, they try to rearrange the shattered pieces of their pain.

Moore to Love by Faith Andrews

Lane Sheffield is the guy you drool over from afar. One look at him the first day on the runner’s track, and my panties are up in flames. He’s out of my league. Slim, sleek, and athletic to my plump, dull, and unfit. Lane has no reason to like me, but to my utter shock . . . he does and this newfound attention from the opposite sex has me all sorts of baffled.

What starts out as a healthy journey to lose some of the extra me, turns into a quest to find my true self. Will the need to fit in and finally have someone to call my own lead me to my weight loss goal or my happiness goal? I’ve focused so long on being skinny, what will it take for me to learn the ultimate lesson—that beauty is only skin deep?

 

Man of Honor by Sarah O’Rourke

Sheriff Zeke Monroe loves one woman…Honor McKinnon. He is willing to stake his entire future on protecting her…no matter what the cost.

Honor McKinnon knows she is broken. Her body and soul had been shattered by a violent attack years ago. Rather than dealing with her wounds, she chooses to protect herself from any further damage, even if that means that she avoids the one chance at love. But Zeke is determined to break down Honor’s walls…and to find the persons responsible for hurting her and make them suffer.

He’s already killed for her once…and is willing to do it again if it means she’ll know safety and happiness.

 

PowerShift by Winter Travers

Living with nothing growing up, Mitch Jensen always strives to help those in need. Except, he’s never met someone who didn’t want his help.

Scarlett James is running from a life she never wanted but was too afraid to leave. Free from the man who was destroying her, she now has to find her way and build a new life for her and her son.

All Mitch wants to do is give Scarlett what she needs and deserves but with the walls Scarlett has built around her heart, Mitch can’t find a way in.  

 

Aced by Ella Frank

Ace Locke is Hollywood’s hottest action hero. Women across the globe fling their panties in his direction, but Ace isn’t interested in those—he’s more of a boxer briefs kind of guy. Specifically, those of the nearly naked male model on a billboard he drives past every day.

Dylan Prescott just scored his biggest modeling campaign yet. One that has him plastered all over L.A. in not much more than what he was born with. And when he’s cast in Ace’s latest blockbuster, it puts him in close proximity to his ultimate fantasy. And what he wants is the impossible—Ace Locke.

 

Kicked by Celia Aaron

Trent Mr. Perfect-Has-Everyone-Fooled Carrington. He’s the star quarterback, university scholar, and happens to be the sexiest man I’ve ever seen. He shines at any angle, and especially under the Saturday night stadium lights where I watch him from the sidelines. But I know the real him, the one who broke my heart and pretended I didn’t exist for the past two years.

I’m the third-string kicker, the only woman on the team and nothing better than a mascot. Until I’m not. Until I get my chance to earn a full scholarship and join the team as first-string. The only way I’ll make the cut is to accept help from the one man I swore never to trust again. The problem is, with each stolen glance and lingering touch, I begin to realize that trusting Trent isn’t the problem. It’s that I can’t trust myself when I’m around him.

 

Provocative by Alex Lucian

Adele and I loved each other. We thought we were unshakable. But love
isn’t always enough.

It wasn’t enough when I constantly disappointed her.
It wasn’t enough when loss cleaved us in two.
And when she left me, love was not enough.

She didn’t know yet that I’d never stop fighting for her.
But she would.

Review – Blind Landing by Carrie Aarons

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I just watched the AMAZING USA women’s gymnastics team win the team gold in Rio. They were on fire! Brilliant! The Final Five… so talented and made this Olympics so much fun.

It just made me love this book that much more.

Carrie Aarons – a former gymnast herself – has written such a fun, fast paced look into a girl who has sacrificed everything to reach the penancle of success in gymnastics. Her chance to have that gold around her neck in Rio is right within reach – if only she can conquer her fear of falling. This is also the story of a boy who was at the top of his career, the Olympics within his grasp when a tragic injury changed all his dreams forever and ended any chance of becoming an Olympic champion. Natalia Grekov and Spencer Russell embark on a most unconventional and even a little bit forbidden romance between a coach and a gymnast, coupled with the excitement of a chance to see all her hard work come to fruition.

They are attracted to each other from the moment that they meet. Though she wants very much to act on the attraction, Nat must focus on her goals. Emotional ties, especially ties to a coach, are not a part of the plan. Spence can’t seem to shake Nat. He wants her but understands her dedication to her craft. But he sees an opening and takes the chance. He will help Natalia overcome her fear of falling and help her to prefect the dismount that may win her Olympic gold. As they work together, the attraction only gets stronger and stronger until finally there is no way to stop the inevitable. In a tangle of limbs the couple agree to keep their relationship between them.

But even the best laid plans don’t always come together.

This was an inside glimpse into the joy and passion of the competitive world of gymnastics, yes. It was also a glimpse into the ugly under belly of the sport as well. The acts of underhanded aggression. Questionable coaching techniques. The injuries and extremes that the athletes go through to be the best. While reading this, I felt their exhaustion and elation. I felt their frustration, fear and sadness. Most importantly I felt Natalia’s determination to stand at the top of the podium and hear the national anthem and Spence’s pride in her accomplishments. And the steam between them didn’t hurt either.

I so enjoyed Natalia and Spencer’s love story! It was wonderfully written, a very fun and exciting read. Super sexy… Nat and Spence make the gym equipment look like so much naughty fun! Another great sports romance from Carrie Aarons. I’m excited to read the rest of the series. Well done, Carrie!

4 Olympic Gold stars!

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Fear stops dreams in their tracks before they even have a chance. Then again, so do injuries.

Natalia Grekov was born to win a gold medal. As the USA’s top gymnast, she’s calm, confident and ready to make her country proud in just two short months. And her elite athlete lifestyle includes no time for distractions—especially men. When a disastrous fall in practice puts her dreams at risk, it seems the only person who can help her is the one person she wants nothing from.

Spencer Russell is gymnastics’ bad boy. A cocky, laid-back charmer with abs of steel and a witty mouth, he waltzes around the U.S. Gymnastics Training Camp like he owns the place—even though he doesn’t anymore. After an injury sidelined his career and any chance at glory, he’s now just a coach, helping other gymnasts reach their goals. Serious is not a word in Spencer’s vocabulary. But when Natalia tumbles into his life, he’s suddenly sincerely interested in helping the blonde beauty in any way he can.

Can they vault over the obstacles standing in their way? Or will Spencer be the distraction that causes Natalia’s chance at gold to crash and burn?

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Review – Hard Rules by Lisa Renee Jones

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won’t adhere to any rules. The most any of us can do is to sign on as its accomplice.” ~Tom Robbins

Hard Rules is sin and scandal wrapped in a web of seduction full of twists and turns, and blazes and burns. This is not just a story but an immersion into another world. A world that holds you powerless in its clutches, daring you to escape. Escaping this enthralling tale that possess power over the reader won’t be easy. Trust me…I know.

I just finished my first story by Lisa Renee Jones, Hard Rules, and I’m SPEECHLESS. I’m in a DREAMY DAZE. I can’t think straight. This story has not released my soul that is still swimming in a sea of suspense. My heart is still furiously beating with excitement. My body is going through the motions, directed by my brain that is still under the spell of this story. My mind is not mine. Hard Rules rendered me MIND-BLOWN.

Hard Rules claimed and consumed me from the very first page. Mind racing. Feelings flowing. Eyes wide in anticipation. Heart beating out of my chest. My pulse pounded with each page as I felt the current of Hard Rules flow through me.

Hard Rules was my drug, pushing me to the edge as it transported me to another world where I was left in a stupor. This story slowly seduced me, word by word, weaving me into its spell. Hard Rules leapt to life so vividly, as if I were watching a movie my head. This story bled into me; I was bound to Hard Rules.

“This man is your enemy. And I’m not going to let you forget it.”

“He’s also my brother, and this is my family, who I want to save.”

Shane Brandon is the white knight in a dark world, battling his feuding family for control of their corrupt empire before they all crash and burn. The biggest enemy of all is the one man Shane looked up to for most of his life: his brother, Derek.

“You want to be God. I, on the other hand, prefer the fires of hell.”

Shane wants to rescue his family and make Brandon Enterprises legit, a business of pride and pure good. Women come and go for the gorgeous, dark-haired and blue-eyed, Shane, who fills a suite to perfection in all the right places. Sex in a suit.

All alpha, I fell for Shane hard and fast. I love how he is tough on the outside but tender at the core. Shane is tough with a strong sense of right and wrong. Though he will bend the law if the ends justify the means.

Then Shane meets the dark-haired and blue-eyed Emily Stevens, a woman who awakens not only his sexual appetite but something deeper. She is the light to the darkness surrounding him.

“We’re drawn together because we’re both dealing with a demon or two that won’t let us go.”

Shane meets the lovely Emily Stevens, a woman who stirs up desire in just one meeting. Oh is their chemistry explosive. Not a one-night-stand kind of desire but more. Magical and meaningful.

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“He deepens the kiss, kissing me like I have never been kissed. I am his next breath and I have never been anyone’s next breath.”

These words whirl around as they hit my heart. I feel for Emily, wondering what kind of dark past and hell she has been through and if she has ever been loved. Shane is her drug as she is his.

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“She’s a drug I could easily call an addiction when I don’t have any addictions.”

Emily is running from a past and hiding from the present that includes secrets that may destroy the one man she cares about: Shane. 

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“He sees things I can’t let him see…I’m going to have to tell him the truth or leave.”

Secrets threaten to seep out from their safety net. Lies wait to be leaked. Lives are at stake as they may lay in the wake of mass destruction that may fall from deceit. Love may be the biggest victim in this crime. Shane is the conscience to his family’s corruption. Can he save them and himself from destruction?

Hard Rules set me ON FIRE. I’m still burning with desire in a Hard Rules daze. Enthralling and explosive, Hard Rules is a roller coaster of a romantic suspense that mesmerizes the mind, seduces the soul, and hits the heart hard. I fell for Hard Rules HARD.

This book BLEW ME AWAY. Renee Jones flawlessly executed Hard Rules that ruled every piece of me. This story was my drug. My high. My hope. My adventure. My addiction. Hard Rules captivated and claimed ALL OF ME. The cliffhanger only left me clamoring for more. Hard Rules will be hard to forget until I get my next dose.

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5 spellbinding, scandalous, and scorching stars

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Wall Street meets the Sons of Anarchy in the smoldering, scorching first novel in the explosively sexy new Dirty Money series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones.

How bad do you want it?

The only man within the Brandon empire with a moral compass, Shane Brandon is ready to take his family’s business dealings legitimate. His reckless and ruthless brother, Derek wants to keep Brandon Enterprises cemented in lies, deceit, and corruption. But the harder Shane fights to pull the company back into the light, the darker he has to become. Then he meets Emily Stevens, a woman who not only stirs a voracious sexual need in him, but becomes the only thing anchoring him between good and evil.

Emily is consumed by Shane, pushed sexually in ways she never dreamed of, falling deeper into the all-encompassing passion that is this man. She trusts him. He trusts her, but therein lies the danger. Emily has a secret, the very thing that brought her to him in the first place, and that secret that could that destroy them both.

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Review – Jonquils For Jax by Katy Regnery

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Oh, there is so much sweetness here… so much romance. This is the type of story that draws a reader in and simply wraps around the heart – joyfully. Jonquils For Jax is blissful and just the perfect beginning to the Rousseau wing of the Blueberry Lane Series.

Jacqueline Rousseau has returned to her childhood home on Blueberry Lane after a successful launch of her movie career and an Academy award winning film. But Hollywood wasn’t all that she thought it would be. The lack of privacy, the insincere relationships, the overwhelming loneliness. Her brother’s wedding gives her the perfect reason to come home and reset her course. Really it’s an excuse for her to hide.

Gardener Thibodeaux has come to Blueberry Lane as a gardener for the one of Jax’s neighbors. It is a huge change from what the Louisiana born, Cajun bred beautiful man used to do. One tragic accident takes away most of his eyesight and ends his career as a police officer. Drawing back on the skills taught to him by his father, Gard tries to put his life back together. A chance meeting with a Parisian French speaking Duchess with beautiful emerald eyes changes the life of the dirty Cajun from New Orleans forever.

Gardener and Jax fight not to feel what they know is too soon to feel. They each are full of insecurities, guilt, and pains from past relationships. Still once the feelings begin to deepen, there is no stopping them. The romance between them is so profound. The love so pure despite the little time that has passed since they met. His endearments to her spoken in French made my heart flutter. Her pronouncement that she loves him no matter that he is a gardener… that’s he the help to her snob of her mother made me shout! Let us not forget the white hot chemistry… oh, Mr. Thibodeaux can make a girl’s toes curl! Mon coeur!

Jonquils for Jax made this Southern girl very happy! Even as the story was ending, I sighed and smiled. What a true love story! Katy has done a great job once again. FANTASTIC!

5 Romance has never been sweeter Kisses!

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Did you fall in love with The English Brothers? Were you hot for the Winslows? Katy Regnery’s New York Times bestselling Blueberry Lane series continues with The Rousseau siblings in Summer 2016!

Jacqueline “Jax” Rousseau is vivacious, rich, smart and beautiful…but that doesn’t mean she’s lucky in love: she’s dated doctors, lawyers, actors and politicians who’ve all managed to end up disappointing her. In fact, she’s on a self-imposed hiatus from love when she has an unpleasant run-in with her neighbor’s gorgeous new landscaper, Gardener Lenox. Jax is not accustomed to gruff, ill-mannered men that can’t be charmed, but when he saves her skin, she realizes that something about Gard intrigues her…and if she can find her way through the armor that surrounds his heart, she might finally find a love that won’t let her down.

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Jonquils for Jax, The Rousseaus #1 – available 8.5.16
Marry Me Mad, The Rousseaus #2 – available 10.21.16
J.C. and the Bijoux Jolis, The Rousseaus #3 – available 11.29.16

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Review – Abby by LK Collins

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LK Collins left me absolutely stunned and heartbroken at the end of Latch. Latch sat in the darkness with a gun to his head, believing that without Abby and the baby his life was over, had no meaning… No light. Death would a solace because there was no life without Abby.

Abby begins at that most critical point in Latch’s life. Does he end it all or does he choose to fight for all that he could have? Latch makes his choice based on two very important facts – his grandmother needs him and if Abby can fight, so can he.

This is where the real love story between Latch and Abby begins. Together they must face their losses. Together they must begin to truly build a life based on honesty, trust and commitment.

The road to happily ever after is not easy for these two. Latch’s past as an escort comes back to haunt the couple. Abby’s abuse at the hands of an evil husband throws obstacles at Latch and Abby, even from his grave. Tests. Always tests. Doubts and insecurities. Still at the heart of the matter, these two find that they are much stronger together than they could ever be apart.

This book – this duet – is what every romance reader hopes for. This flawed couple had so much stacked against them. They began their relationship on shaky ground. After a soul shattering loss, they could have chosen to end their fragile union. No way could these walk away. Theirs is a beautiful love story full of angst, anger, laughter and an affirmation of life. It was amazing to share their journey.

Five very well deserved stars for one of the best duets I have ever had the pleasure to read. Very well done, LK.

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Five very well deserved Kisses!

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I followed my heart and took the leap of a lifetime. Leaving everything I’ve ever known behind, diving into the abyss of love. That consuming, sacred, life-changing feeling that takes you captive. And you would do the same, if Latch looked into your eyes the way he did mine.
He blurred everything else out.
It didn’t matter where we were…I was all that mattered.

Now, as I’m slipping – fading – remembering what we shared, I find peace in the darkness, because I have no regrets.

Every motherf*cking rule I’ve lived my life by went out the window the moment I laid eyes on her. Abby instantly turned my world upside down.
And from the second she gave in to me, I was a changed man.
Never the same again.
How could I be?
She was my once in a lifetime.
And now that she’s gone, every part of me is broken, shattered from the inside out.
The connection we shared was so strong that the memories alone will never be enough.

Placing the cold, black steel to my temple, I am reassured knowing that this…is the only way…

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Review – Happily Ever All-Star by Sosie Frost

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Football is a great deal like life in that it teaches that work, sacrifice, perseverance, competitive drive, selflessness and respect for authority is the price that each and every one of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.” ~Vince Lombardi

Football is my favorite sport to watch on TV. I love the fast pace and fierce completion. I love the game. I LOVE FOOTBALL! Hot guys in tight pants with massive muscles scrambling over the ball all day long? Sign me up! Football gets my heart racing and my blood pumping with adrenaline. You’ll find me in front of the TV or occasionally at the game during NFL season where I am so engaged that I should be a sideline commentator. I live and breathe this sport like it’s my religion.

While I have been stalking Sosie Frost’s hot covers and drooling over the accompanying book synopses for her football series for many weeks, I had not met one book by this author until now. Until Happily Ever All-Star hit my kindle and I was lost to this football romance. Before I dove in, I could not help but shoot a few eyegasms at the cover because I’m a football fangirl and football players are hot.

Because 7 points = a touchdown (counting that extra point of course)….

REASON #1 WHY YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK: FOOTBALL.

“I don’t bother romance. Football is my only desire.”

There is something so special and sweet about a friends-to-lovers romance. The history, friendship, and realization that there is more make me swoon so much. Throw football into the mix and it makes for one touchdown of a story! A fun and flirty friends-to-lovers meets football romance, Happily Ever All-Star is a touchdown of a tale that’s full of heat and heart.

REASON #2 WHY YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK: FRIENDS-TO-LOVERS ROMANCE.

“God, she was absolutely stunning…But it didn’t matter. One thing hadn’t changed. She was my best friend’s little sister.”

Dark and beautiful, Aurora ‘Rory’ is the neurologist for the Ironfield Rivets. Rory’s newest patient is the blue-eyed, golden-haired, tall, and very fit football player, Jude Owens. Jude also happens to be her step-brother’s best friend. The best friend who has been her secret crush for a lifetime.

REASON #3 WHY YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK: SURPRISE PREGNANCY.

The heroine in this book doesn’t get pregnant at the end. She is already with child. I loved the unexpected surprise!

REASON #4 WHY YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK: PRETEND BOYFRIEND

Rory Jude is the father of Rory’s unborn baby. Or at least that’s what the world thinks. The real-life knight in shining armor, Jude, rescues the reputation of his princess by pretending to be her baby daddy to the public. In turn, Rory will protect his football career.

“Our love has to make Romeo and Juliet look like idiot teenagers.”

REASON #5 WHY YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK: HOT & HUMOROUS

Happily Ever All-Star brought its A game in heat and humor. I laughed and lusted at the lines that made me blush and blurt out with giggles like these.

“Until this point, the pregnancy cravings hadn’t extended beyond orange juice and chocolate. Now I wanted something different.”

“A meat popsicle.”
“A lick of his loins.”
“A peck of his pecker.”
“Maybe a cheeseburger too.”

REASON #6 WHY YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK: CHEMISTRY COLLISION

The chemistry is combustible. A collision of current that can’t be broken. One that is a higher power than friendship, more akin to fate. Rory and Jude can’t ignore the feelings that flow when they are near each other making the fake relationship feel real. Though to make it real, they have to at least test the waters with a kiss and oh what a kiss it was.

“We touched. We kissed. We groaned within comfort of each other’s lips as desire tangled us tighter than our embrace. This wasn’t passion—it was freedom. Permission. A moment of weakness that hid us from our own thoughts and fears and regrets.”

I spun in a sea of swoon as I rooted for love to win the game. I wanted love to burst through the friendship defensive line and make a touchdown.

REASON #7 WHY YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK: PLOT OF PERFECTION

You have to love a twist on the friends-to-lovers romance where the heroine is pregnant at the beginning instead of the end. A story where the hero is really a huge hero—one that will do anything for his friend who is quickly becoming more. A story where lines are blurred to where they cross many times.

“I couldn’t have a fake relationship with Jude. Not when everything already felt so real.”

For Jude, Rory is not a distraction but a reason to fight for the game. Fight for him as injuries keep mounting up and may pave the way to the end. Fight for the possibility of more. Though before the players have even warmed up, trust may be the penalty that stops the game for good.

Lines and blurred. Friends hover into lovers’ territory. The football game and season are on the line while two hearts are as well.

“I knew how to win a football game, but scoring with Rory? It wasn’t just a bad idea; it was the wrong game to play.”

Sweet, sexy, and spellbinding, Happily Ever All-Star packs heat and heart into a touchdown of a tender tale. This story is the perfect second-chance romance for the sports junkie. I was in the stands cheering for the Ironside Rivets, I was in the locker room listening to the team pep talks, and I was on the field chasing the ball with the players as feels were flying. I was in this game for the win.

Happily Ever All-Star is a fierce and flirty football romance that oozes spice and sweetness, an all-star story indeed. I could not help but cheer for love to win the game. This raw and rousing romance is fresh, flirty, and fabulous and I was glued to this sensational sports story like my favorite team playing football. I loved this refreshing read and now I need to date the rest of Sosie Frost’s books.

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5 terrific ‘touchdown’ stars

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Can you fake a happily-ever-after?

Veteran running back Jude Owens is one of the best and most respected players in the league. A brutal concussion nearly ended his career, but Jude refuses to retire without earning the ultimate honor—a championship.

But first, he needs me to clear him to play. As the Ironfield Rivets’ neurologist, I usually treat bad boy quarterbacks and beastly linebackers. I can’t be impartial when my lifelong crush hops onto the exam table. Not only is Jude gorgeous and a gentleman, he’s my brother’s best friend…and the father of my unborn baby.

Or so everyone thinks.

Jude offers to pose as my boyfriend and the baby’s father to save my reputation. In return, he needs my help to stay on the field. The pretend romance keeps me close enough to take care of him, but I can’t protect my heart. Our stolen kisses and nightly indiscretions make this fake relationship feel so very real.

I can’t complicate our arrangement by falling in love, especially as Jude’s obsession with football blinds him to everything but the game. When his symptoms worsen, the only way I can protect him may be to sit him on the sidelines. But ending his career will ruin our Once Upon A Time.

It’s up to me to save my prince charming.
Even if it means I lose my happily-ever-after.

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