Review – Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas

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Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



”Time passes by you like a bullet … Don’t doubt yourself, don’t second-guess, don’t let fear hold you back, don’t be lazy, and don’t base your decisions on how happy it will make others. Just go for it, okay?”

For three years, I’ve quietly hoarded Pen Douglas’ books on my kindle, books remaining in the dark, intending to read them, and, regrettably, never doing so UNTIL NOW. Until I decided to finally to bring Penelope Douglas’ words to the light. Until I picked up Birthday Girl and COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. Until I realized how the power of Penelope Douglas’ words pulled me in—line by line and feel by feel—where they tugged my heart and splashed my soul across the pages. Until I finally realized what I’ve been missing.

BIRTHDAY GIRL… JUST WOW, WOW, WOW! Birthday Girl is the most sumptuous of slow burns, A BURNING INTENSITY felt everywhere! It’s a HEADY HIT of FORBIDDEN PLEASURE that pierces straight to the core. MY BODY TINGLED at the tension that taunted me, holding me in its grasp, tension so thick you could cut it with a knife. I ATE UP that angst, every last delicious drop.

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Fear and longing, turmoil and need.

We want it, but we know we shouldn’t.

I loved the slow-burning plot that was UTTERLY ENGAGING and paced to perfection. The characters have charisma in spades and were so compelling—drawing me into their story deeply—that I fell hard for them. This melt-worthy hero OWNED me. Pike is a hot god with a heart of gold. So sexy and all alpha. Just YES! Jordan is the perfect pairing with Pike, a beauty who is wise and witty. Their chemistry was palpable and the build-up of their romance had me on edge! I was almost UNGLUED. OH SO GOOD!

”I want you to want me.”

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Heart-stopping sexy meets pulse-pounding pleasure in a tale that is TABOO TO THE MAX. Birthday Girl is one SCORCHING HOT HIGH!
This forbidden love story is a SLOW SEDUCTION in words. Oh was I wholeheartedly seduced! Hook. Line. Sinker. Penelope Douglas takes you on a tantalizingly taboo, thriller of a ride that bleeds angst and renders you breathless where you’re begging for more Birthday Girl. I was so DRUNK ON BIRTHDAY GIRL. I LOVED EVERYTHING about Birthday Girl, a BANG-UP BOOK! So much LOVE. I. NEED. MORE!

”If I know you want it, too, how will I be able to resist you?”

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JORDAN

He took me in when I had nowhere else to go.

He doesn’t use me, hurt me, or forget about me. He doesn’t treat me like I’m nothing, take me for granted, or make me feel unsafe.

He remembers me, laughs with me, and looks at me. He listens to me, protects me, and sees me. I can feel his eyes on me over the breakfast table, and my heart pumps so hard when I hear him pull in the driveway after work.

I have to stop this. It can’t happen.

My sister once told me there are no good men, and if you find one, he’s probably unavailable.

Only Pike Lawson isn’t the unavailable one.

I am.

PIKE

I took her in, because I thought I was helping.

She’d cook a few meals and clean up a little. It was an easy arrangement.

As the days go by, though, it’s becoming anything but easy. I have to stop my mind from drifting to her and stop holding my breath every time I bump into her in the house. I can’t touch her, and I shouldn’t want to.

The more I find my path crossing hers, though, the more she’s becoming a part of me.

But we’re not free to give into this. She’s nineteen, and I’m thirty-eight.

And her boyfriend’s father.  

Unfortunately, they both just moved into my house.

*BIRTHDAY GIRL is a stand-alone, contemporary romance suitable for ages 18+.
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Pike and Jordan get back late from mudding and are hosing off in the backyard.

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I drop the hose to my side and drag the fingers of my left hand down his abs, my heart pounding so hard it hurts. They tighten as my nails slide across the muscles, and I’m so afraid to look at him.

This is wrong. I know it’s wrong.

But God, he feels good. I can feel his eyes on me, and every thread of my bra is chafing my skin, and I just want to be bare right now. I want him to see me.

I close my eyes. Oh, God.

“Jordan…” He grasps my hand, and I can hear him breathing hard.

I nod, opening my eyes but still unable to meet his. “I know,” I breathe out. “I’m sorry.”

I’m parched, my eyes sting with tears and I don’t know why, and there’s a need between my thighs that is almost painful.

Slowly, he tips my chin up. I finally raise my gaze, but he’s not looking at me, either. His eyes are cast down, and his brow is pinched in pain. “You’re just out of sorts,” he says quietly. “You miss Cole, and I just happen to be here. It’s okay.”

I remain still, my fingers still on his stomach and his hand still on my chin. His chest moves up and down, and for a moment, I think I’m going to turn tail and run. He’s making excuses for me. An easy one to hide behind. It would make sense I’m feeling lost and in need of someone else to escape into.

But what’s his excuse. I know he looks at me. I know he does it when he thinks I don’t see it, but I do.

My eyes sting, filling with tears. “That’s not why I was apologizing,” I tell him.

I raise my eyes, meeting his, and while I’m afraid, I have to dive. I can’t hold back.

“I’m sorry, because,” I whisper shakily, “this isn’t the first time I wanted you to touch me.”

And his gaze freezes on me.

He holds my eyes, unmoving except for the rise and fall of his chest, and I have no idea what’s going through his head right now, but I don’t think I’m sorry. No more excuses that this is about me being distraught over Cole.

The attraction was already there.

He slowly lets his fingers fall from my chin, both of his hands balling into fists, and he clenches his jaw, suddenly looking angry.

On reflex, I take a step back, but I don’t get any farther. Grabbing my waist, he hauls me into him, snaking an arm round me and gripping my jaw in his hand between his thumb and four fingers. I gasp, loving the feeling of his body hard against mine but scared, too, because he looks so mad.

“No,” he growls, baring his teeth and looking at me with fury in his eyes. “Do you understand? It’s not happening. You’re not getting that from me.”

Tears fills my eyes, and I can barely see him anymore as my body shakes with a silent sob.

His arm is like steel around me, and I can feel the heat of his rage coming off his skin.

He shakes me. “You wanna get laid, then you go hunt somewhere else.”

I suck in air and twist away from him, pushing his body away.

He’s right. What am I doing? Why would I do that? I feel so stupid, and I crouch down, quickly gathering up my shirt and shoes.

But I wasn’t imagining it, was I? There was something between us, and it was coming from him as much as from me. Did I just see what I wanted to see?

I want to scream. Tears stream down my face, and he still just stands there, glaring at me.

“Go to your room,” he orders.

I break out in a laugh, the bitter sound dripping with disbelief. “Go fuck yourself!” I stand up, hardening my voice. “I’ll find another bed tonight, thank you. Anyone will do for a slut like me, right?”

I whip around and run for the back door, but he grabs the inside of my elbow and hauls me back into the wall of his chest. I drop my shirt and shoes, and he forces us forward into the wall of the house. I shoot out my hands, crashing into the siding.

Jesus.

I shake, sucking in short, shallow breaths as my heart races and my blood runs hot under my skin.

What the…

He reaches around, taking my face in his hand and his hot breath in my ear. “Don’t threaten me with shit like that. If you want to act like a brat, then maybe you should get grounded like one, huh?”

I almost laugh through the tears drying on my face. “By all means,” I taunt. “I’m dying to see how you try to take control of me. You can’t even get Cole to do his chores, and when was the last time a woman got hot in your bed? You’re not even a man.”

He growls and slams his palm into the house in front of me.

I jump.

And the next thing I know, his hand is in my hair, and my head is being twisted to the side as his lips crash down on mine.

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REVIEW – Needing Him by Kennedy Fox

Needing Him by Kennedy Fox

I just read my FAVE Kennedy Fox book so far!!!!

I legitimately LOVED everything about this story. It has super hot, intense chemistry. EPIC enemies to lovers, angsty feels and super sweet & swoony butterfly inducing moments!

Evan & Emily are INCREDIBLE. Seriously people the TENSION between these two is OFF THE CHAIN. The whole enemies to lovers vibe in Needing Him is one of the best I’ve read! Honestly Evan is an arse. But I LOVED HIM! He has that alpha dominance to him too that will make you sizzle inside. The connection with Emily is instant, but I’m not talking instalove, I mean just an intense connection that shoots from the pages and takes control of everything inside you. I can’t stop thinking about them and loving them and just wanting more!

These Bishop Brothers are TO DIE FOR. I love reading books within a series that layers everything together. Kennedy Fox are building a world here that I just LOVE to be in. The side characters and additional cast really add definition to this book and ultimately UP the story by 100%. All of it works insanely well. Each book is a standalone but for the full reading experience read in order. I promise, you won’t regret it!!!

Introducing book 2 in the Bishop Brothers series! A steamy new southern romance series by USA Today Bestselling author duo, Kennedy Fox!

Evan Bishop is your typical hotshot doctor.
Hardass, brooding, and all business.

Instead of working on the family ranch, Evan broke the mold and became an ER doctor.
He’s good with his hands—in more ways than one—smart as a whip and is the definition of God’s gift to women. Being a gentleman is in his Southern roots, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t flawed. Exclusive dating has never been a top priority and his tragic past makes him stay at arm’s length. Deciding to let loose for a wild night, he takes a page from the Bishop brother’s relationship book and hooks up with a mysterious girl he’ll never have to see again, which is perfect for this self-proclaimed bachelor.

Emily Bell is a city girl through and through but is determined to get away from her family and past. All she wants is a fresh start and to make a name for herself in the medical field. No random hookups and no dating coworkers—that’s her new motto after being burned time and again. When she agrees to attend a wedding as a plus-one, she’s soon ditched and left to drink solo—but not for long. Mr. Suit is the ultimate temptation with his Southern charm, messy blond hair, and irresistible sex appeal. Everything about him screams bad news, but he makes her reconsider her rules just for one night.

After all, some rules are made to be broken.

They want the same thing—one night of passion then they’ll go their separate ways. No cuddling afterward. No next day phone calls. No awkward goodbyes. Too bad the universe has other plans—one that’ll be obvious when they report to work on Monday morning.

*A contemporary romance with a little Southern drama. This is book 2 in the Bishop Brothers series. Each book features a different brother and can be read as a complete standalone. HEA guaranteed!*
Not suitable for readers under 18 due to adult language and sexual content.

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Review – Keeping Dominic by Alyson Reynolds

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My goodness! Keeping Dominic is one incredible read. It’s angsty, romantic… steamy and so so sexy. It is the perfect coming of age story. Dominic Torres and Brooke Caldwell’s tale of best friends to lovers is weaved with laughter, tears, miscommunications and a love deeply rooted in a friendship that as withstood the peaks and valleys of young first love.

It doesn’t hurt that Dominic is not only this dark haired, beautiful guy with a terrific body. He also is talented, devoted and so fiercely loyal to Brooke. He supports her unconditionally and loved her almost immediately. When Brooke makes the decision to keep their relationship completely platonic, he manages to hide his feelings… until he simply can’t. Brooke may not have suspected what his true feelings for her were, she had to have some inkling of an idea. One moment between them changes everything and nothing is the same afterwards.

There were moments in this book that were simply painful and heartbreaking. There were moments that I wanted to scream and throttle these two. They put my heart through the craziest emotion filled roller coaster ride and almost caused me to throw my brand new kindle across the room. Their connection is so solid and the chemistry and steam between these two is something amazing. Talk about an alpha? Dominic has it all in spades!

Alyson wrote a story that tackles some tough issues and demonstrates her growing talent of taking us into a story filled with what every romance reader wants – to be enthralled with the characters from beginning to end and leave us sighing, smiling and desperate to have more. Best friends to lovers doesn’t get any better than this! Truly fantastic, Alyson! Well done!

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No one finds their soulmate at first glance.

Dominic Torres did though. From the second he saw his best friend’s little sister, he knew she was the one for him. Fast forward three years and now she’s his best friend and she has him firmly in the friend zone. He’s convinced he’ll never have the college romance his parents had.

Until the day it almost happened.

Brooke Caldwell’s life fell apart two days after her tall, dark and handsome best friend almost kissed her. A split second of hesitation made her question her entire relationship with her best friend. You wouldn’t think that a kiss that didn’t even happen would make her question her feelings as much as it did. But all of Brooke’s friends had said he had a thing for her.

Unrequited love or a figment of her imagination?

When an argument gets out of hand, Brooke and Dom hit a breaking point that has both of them scrambling into new relationships. Even pissed off and broken, neither of them can ignore the other for long. From best friends to lovers, one night could change everything.

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Review – Blackstone by JD Hollyfield

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The premise of this series really stuck out to me – Four Fathers. Each with their own story to tell but their stories are also interconnected. Each story gives the reader a different area of romance to explore: contemporary, erotic, taboo and dark. The blurbs drew me in and I was so amped to read Blackstone. I have never read anything by JD Hollyfield or any of the other authors.

Blackstone was just amazing. It was a quick read but I fell into immediately. Trevor Blackstone is one of the four owners of Four Fathers Freight. He’s a mathematical genius and that makes him quirky, serious and complex. His past has defined him and it one of misunderstandings, loss and abandonment. He finds solace in the ocean… and being in control. All of that is shattered when a spitfire of a woman moves in next door for the summer. But from the first look, from the first meeting, Lucy isn’t like anyone that Trevor has ever known. She’s funny, strong, observant and she just gets him. She’s peace in the violent storm of numbers, equations and formulas.

Like Trevor, Lucy has her own past filled with things that haunt her. Bad decisions, bad relationships, loss of confidence. Lossing her beloved grandmother was the catalyst for change and for the summer she’s going to take her grandmother’s advice and . She never expected Trevor, his affection, his attention. Weird but so very sexy, he turns her world upside down.

Oh, this was just SO GOOD. The story made me itch for more of Lucy and Trevor’s story. There were a few unanswered questions when I got to the last page and I hope that the next three books will have the answers. I laughed all the way through this read and Trevor is definitely not like any other hero I have ever read. Kudos to Lucy, though. She made that man earn her.

One fabulous first look and a great start to an awesome series! Great job, Jessica!

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I am meticulous. Structured. A single father.
I obsess over things and crave control.
And when a hot, feisty little woman throws a wrench in my carefully laid out plans, I lose my mind.
My every thought revolves around making her bend to my will—until they become less about her doing things my way and more about just her.
My name is Trevor Blackstone.
I am an obsessive, complicated, demanding man.
People may not understand me, but it doesn’t stop them from wanting me.

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Four Fathers Series by bestselling authors
J.D. Hollyfield, Dani René, K Webster, and Ker Dukey

Four genres.
Four bestselling authors.
Four different stories.
Four weeks in April.
One intense, sexy, thrilling ride from beginning to end!

***These books were designed so you can read them out of order. However, they all interconnect and would be best enjoyed by reading them all!***

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Being Sunday, I decide to take a break from memory lane. I snatch a worn historical romance paperback from Gran’s bookshelf and slide into my brand new white bikini. Grabbing my towel and a Mike’s Hard Lemonade from the fridge, I head out back.

The sun feels amazing on my skin. I inhale the breeze, tasting the salt of the ocean on my tongue. I drop my towel on the lawn chair and get comfortable. My shades are down, and my book is ready to be dominated.

“This is nice,” I hum to myself, lifting my lemonade and taking a nice sip.

And out it all repels as I spit and choke on it.

Jeeeesus Christ.”

I knock my sunglasses halfway down my nose as my eyes threaten to fall out of their sockets. Where in holy heavens did he come from? The half-naked man leaning on his balcony across the way. My tongue about falls out of my mouth. Is that Numbers? And holy shit, when did he get so much muscle? I’d call him fit, but that’s not fit. That’s like, “Hi, I eat muscle for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and now I’m just all muscle.”

I wipe at my chin, unsure whether it’s lemonade splatter or I’m drooling. I’m probably drooling. I wasn’t paying attention to much of him yesterday when he was acting all crazy on my front step. I just wanted him gone. To be honest, while he was babbling, I was trying to dig in the back of my brain for my old high school karate moves in case he tried something on me. Looking at him now, I wish he had.

He lifts his hand, threading his large hand through his hair and dragging his fingers down his hard chest covered in a dusting of hair. “Oh boy, where’s that hand going?” I mumble, licking my lips. Oh yeah. I see where this is going. Yep, oh yeah… Did I just moan?

Oh, hell yeah I did, but it’s so worth it. His hand dips down into his board shorts and he adjusts himself. Feel free to pull them down. Show us the goods, I think, mentally visualizing just how big his junk is. He’s a pretty big guy. Big hands. Theory says, and all.

Watching him fondle himself in all his hot glory, my curiosity piques. How old is he really? He sure had a reason to take offense by my calling him old. He certainly doesn’t look old. He surely looks a zillion times hotter than Jimmy, and he was only twenty-eight. I’m not an age wizard, but if I had to guess, I’d say late thirties, early forties. Definitely a bit out of my age range. Why? No idea. No real reason screaming stay away. Well, besides the major one being he wants to evict me, tear down my Gran’s life of memories, and probably build a gym in its place.

Yeah, that’s a good enough reason.

It also reminds me it’s the guys who look appealing on the outside that usually turn out to be dicks on the inside.

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J.D. Hollyfield dapples in all genres, from romantic comedy, contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, fantasy and erotica! Want to know more! Follow her on all platforms!

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Review – Rebel Heir by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland

Rebel Heir by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland

I NEED MORE THAN 5 STARS DAMMIT!!!!!

Smoking hot chemistry – check.

Two insanely, lovable characters – check.

Solid, flawless writing – check.

Intense, heart pounding story – check.

Perfection in a book – CHECK CHECK CHECK!

20% was all it took for me to fall head over heels with this book. 20% in for me and I never wanted it to end. I honestly think I’ve found my new favourite Ward & Keeland book. I honestly think I love a Ward & Keeland hero more than Graham *gasps*. Yes I said it and I don’t regret it. Rush is PHENOMENAL! I’ve fallen head over heels in love with him. I just CANNOT EXPLAIN him well enough to fully tell you how incredible he is!

Rebel Heir is one of those books that just takes you away. Away from the world and all the things happening around you. Vi & Penelope have a way with their writing that is indescribable. They catapult you INTO the story, they make you a part of it and everything seems so real. Not many authors have this ability at all, in my opinion. But Vi & Penelope nail it every time.

As this is the first of a duet it ends with a SHOCKER. A shock-er! But the angst and the build up and the overall feel is so, so WORTH IT! I actually don’t want to tell you ANYTHING ELSE about this book because it will spoil it. You just cannot understand how amazing it is until you READ IT. And you MUST!

Rebel Heir is a sweet and hella sexy novel that builds this duet perfectly. The characters are insanely charismatic. The story is angsty and super addictive. I just love EVERYTHING about it!!

From New York Times Bestselling authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward, comes the first book in a new, sexy duet.

How to kick off a great summer in the Hamptons:

Snag a gorgeous rental on the beach. Check.

Get a job at a trendy summer haunt. Check.

How to screw up a great summer in the Hamptons:

Fall for the one guy with a dark leather jacket, scruff on his face, and intense eyes that doesn’t fit in with the rest of the tony looking crowd. A guy you can’t have when you’ll be leaving at the end of the season.

Check. Check. Check.

I should add—especially when the guy is your sexy, tattooed God of a boss.

Especially when he not only owns your place of employment but inherited half of the town.

Especially when he’s mean to you.

Or so I thought.

Until one night when he demanded I get in his car so he could drive me home because he didn’t want me walking in the dark.

That was sort of how it all started with Rush.

And then little by little, some of the walls of this hardass man started to come down.

I never expected that the two of us, seemingly opposites from the outside, would grow so close.

I wasn’t supposed to fall for the rebel heir, especially when he made it clear he didn’t want to cross the line with me.

As the temperature turned cooler, the nights became hotter. My summer became a lot more interesting—and complicated.

All good things must come to an end, right?

Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.

Rebel Heir is the first book in the Rush Series Duet. Book Two, Rebel Heart, will release six weeks later on May, 22, 2018.

REBEL HEIR is easy Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland best book yet! I URGE YOU to click this, RIGHT NOWWWWW!!!!!

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Review – Bound By Love by Red Phoenix

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It’s hard to believe that there have been 17 books in this amazing series. I’ve been reading since right after these books started. I have fallen more and more in love with Brie and her Sir with every single release. We have met some of the most intriguingly divine doms and they have all taken my breath away. From Sir to Noss, from Faelen to Rytsar and all the deliciousness in between, this series has made my heart trip in my chest and made me sigh, sigh, sigh.

Bound By Love is different to for me though. This story seemed to bring everything together. All the struggles, all the unanswered questions… everything was here. The flashbacks, the memories… this wonderful sense of family between Brie, Sir and Rytsar. It was astounding. To see Sir back in his wonderful dominant self and to experience the love that he had for his daughter. No little girl is more loved than Baby Davis. She is special, even down to her name.

And while it may seem that Rytsar is a huge part of this story and he pops in a lot, the truth is that he IS an integral part of the Sir and Brie story. He’s Brie’s knight and protector. He’s Sir’s brother – truer and closer than blood. He should have been in the delivery room. He should care so much for his moye soltnse – his niece, his very sun. Whether they realize it or not, Rytsar is Sir and Brie’s missing piece and watching them together just made my heart so happy. There’s no competition, no animosity, no rivalry for Brie’s love. They both have it and they both know it. It was glorious. It was a bond that nothing and no one could shake. Many had tried – and failed miserably.

This chapter in Brie and Sir’s life was wonderful to be a part of. Sir is still the same sensual, sexy dominant man that he always was but added to that? Fatherhood. And Thane Davis wears it brilliantly. Add also the fact that this man knows with all his heart what he had to lose and how much his wife and family mean to him. For Brie’s part, she is truly a mother but still very much her husband’s submissive. Her bubbly joy tickled me and her passion still knocked me out. She is by far one of my favorite female characters of all time!

There is so much more to Sir and Brie’s story. But not just them. Reading this story and seeing all the many possibilities, I am so excited to continue this journey with these amazing characters! Bravo, Mistress. So very well done!

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A sexy and intensely romantic tale from USA Today Bestselling Author Red Phoenix

Our Love is Epic…

My name is Brie, and I am a submissive.
This is my HEA.

In a world of kinky passions, I have found true love with Thane.The sex is incredible, the level of passion unreal!

My heart completely melts when I look into the eyes of our baby.

This is the beginning of my happily ever after, but it will be a fight because there are those who seek to destroy it.

It seems my life is fated to reflect the sensual play I crave.
To enjoy the pleasure– I must face the pain.

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I am guided down a flight of stairs and taken through the hallway to a set of grand double doors.

The doors open up to a luxurious, multi-roomed suite with an impossibly large canopy bed next to a window overlooking a manicured garden. Everything about this place is over the top.

To contrast against the luxurious surroundings, Sir asks me to strip. I look to my left and see a wall covered in mirrors. As I take off my clothes, I catch a glimpse of my naked body. I bow before him, turned on by the fact he still wears an expensive Italian suit.

I am his, to be used according to his will, and I know from personal experience that his will is kinky and ravenous.

“I will not be the only one you please tonight.”

Rytsar enters the room from one of the adjoining areas. The wicked grin on his face and the bulge in his pants alerts me to the fact he is aroused by what Sir has planned for me.

I have enjoyed quite a few scenes with these two, and look forward to them putting me through the paces. But, we are not alone.

Master Anderson walks in, dressed only in blue jeans and his black Stetson. I bite my lip as I gaze up at his manly chest. He tips his hat to me. He, too, appears to be excited about the evening’s events based on the large erection outlined in his jeans.

So it is to be three-on-one tonight. I am curious how it will play out, considering the impressive size of Master Anderson’s shaft. I start to feel tingles of fear and excitement wondering how much my body will be pushed.

That’s when a fourth man enters the room. I let out a gasp when I see who it is.

I am very familiar with Boa and his shaft, having studied it closely during class at the Submissive Training Center, and then later claimed by it during one of my practicums.

Boa is every bit as challenging as Master Anderson.

I brave glance up at Sir, wondering how much he will demand of me.

“Téa, there will be no safeword tonight.”

My heart skips a beat. We have never played out a scene without a safeword before.

“Do you understand and consent?” he asks.

As always, I have control over what happens next. My curiosity outweighs my fear and I answer confidently, “Yes, Master.”

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Review – Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan

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I’ve tried very hard to put my feelings into words for this book, and words really do escape me. Everything I could say, anything at all seems inadequate for the story that I finished. I’ve been fortunate as blogger to get to read some amazing stories from some truly talented authors. I’ve seen them take risks, delve into controversy and break glass ceilings. All of these things wrapped in true love stories that melt the heart and affirm that some things are worth fighting for.

Long Shot shattered everything I thought I could feel.

It is raw and at times brutal. Honest. Eye opening. Thought provoking. So very real. It left me in triumphant tears and it made my heart ache. Long Shot was filled with cold hard truths and made me look into places that I never believed I would and examine sports culture in ways that I truly never thought of – the ugly, the violence, the cover ups and money used to make thing simply disappear.

Still, underneath of all the ugly, all the anguish and all the anger there is a beautiful love between August and Iris that I envied and coveted. It was magic from the first glimpse and chemistry that flowed like warm honey. These two were meant to be, even if circumstances were working against them. As time passed and they were separated by more than the miles, the bond between August and Iris still grew stronger and more intense. I have to give it to August.  This man was determined and he stayed true to his heart. Always true to his love for Iris. Even in her lowest of lows, Iris found her light in August. There was no denying that the man wearing number 33 was her center.

Long Shot is one of those stories that will stay in your mind for days after it is finished but has marked your soul for much longer. It is brilliant, an emotional ride that left me swaying. Beautifully written words with fantastic characters who simply breathe their truth. There were moments of sigh worthy romance and fan your face and cross your legs steamy sex. There were moments that I couldn’t read. It hurt too much and felt too big. I always came back. I had to. I would not have missed this for anything.

Congratulations, Kennedy. This was everything and a whole lot more. I could not have missed this. Bravo to you!

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A FORBIDDEN LOVE SET IN THE EXPLOSIVE WORLD OF THE NBA…

Think you know what it’s like being a baller’s girl?
You don’t.
My fairy tale is upside down.
A happily never after.
I kissed the prince and he turned into a fraud.
I was a fool, and his love – fool’s gold.
Now there’s a new player in the game, August West.
One of the NBA’s brightest stars.
Fine. Forbidden.
He wants me. I want him.
But my past, my fraudulent prince, just won’t let me go

*Certain aspects of this story may be sensitive for some readers.

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“Iris?” August’s frown, the concern on his face, in his voice, remind me where I am. “Baby, you okay?”

I blink down at him dumbly, swallowing my tears, eating my memories whole and digesting a nightmare from long ago. I nod, my lips a cold, wobbly curve.

“Kiss me,” he whispers, his eyes so tender, so intent.

I remember a magical night under the stars, under a streetlight on the eve of greatness. A night filled with laughter and confidences, pregnant with promise. And I see him so clearly, my prince, asking for a kiss.

And I do.

I kiss him like the world might end tonight because I’ll never take this for granted. Not his kindness, when I’ve known cruelty all too well. Not his tenderness, when I’ve been handled roughly in the past. Not his love, when I’ve been possessed and owned and mistreated.

He thaws me with his kiss, my prince, and I melt into him. We’re chest to chest, with August’s number crushed between us. I take his cock in my hand, aligning our bodies, and two become one in a carnal slide of flesh. I anchor myself by my elbows hooked around his neck, and we kiss until I’m dizzy and our breaths tangle in a cloud of bliss. Under the jersey, his palm spans my back, digging into the naked flesh as our hips lock and roll and grind. My body clenches around him, and we pray, we curse, we moan, we mate like our bodies were made for this moment.

Ours is a love that reimagines—that peels back the sky at high noon searching for the stars, collecting them like shells in a bucket. We bathe in stardust, drink from the Milky Way, and dance on the moon. We pierce the firmament, peer into infinity, and tread on time and space. There is no before. There is no after. Now gives birth to forever. This moment may die, but this love never will. Time is not a line. It’s a circle, and we, August and Iris, we stand at the center.

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Review – Fearless by Carly Phillips

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Getting a new series from Carly Phillips is always so a treat! This time we get to meet the Wards, three sisters that have been through so much and are now facing their past pain and trying to build brighter futures.

This series begins with the incredible Halley Ward. The daughter of a drug addict and a victim of abuse in foster care, Halley has isolated herself from her wealthy family and found solace in her Rosewood beach house and in her art. Rescued by her aunt, Halley has felt that she never truly fit into her new family, their new home and new school. Only one person seemed to understand her pain – Kane Harmon. He was in the midst of his own loss when she arrived at the high school in Rosewood and recognized a kindred spirit. He kept her safe from bullies and she was always grateful for his help.

Kane Harmon has his own demons. A father with his own addiction. A business to run. His confidence shaken by a woman he trusted and was betrayed by. He’s chosen to run his auto repair business and stay away from beautiful summer tourists looking for a fling with the hot mechanic. Kane is sexy, determined and devoted to his family. But he’s also complex, conflicted about his father’s addiction and yes, maybe a bit lonely. All of that changes when Halley Ward’s car breaks down and Kane is the one comes to help.

There is an instant deep attraction between these two. Still many things stand in the way. A history filled with trauma, loss and abuse is just one of those things. It may be that history that brings these two together as they navigate a relationship built on trust and understanding. Kane wants to bring the light back into Halley’s life, to bring her closer to the family she has turned from, to love her the way she never has been. Kane, for all of his own faults, is the one man Halley cannot seem to resist or simply walk away from after a night of hot sex. He’s in for the long haul and he vows not to let the past destroy what they could have or take Halley’s no for an answer. But the memories and reminders of the past aren’t very far behind and these two must decide once and for all to love or walk away.

Fearless was a fantastic read and reminded me that Carly can certainly give her readers amazing family sagas. Emotionally charged, dynamic from the very beginning. I loved Halley and Kane’s slow build to a sizzling relationship. Kane is a perfectly imperfect hero with a big heart and sexy alpha moves. Halley is hurt, unwilling to trust and still so very lost. Her shame, anger and sadness over being abandoned are such a part of who she is. It is easy to understand why she would run from the love her family and a truly wonderful man. What example has she really had of what real love can truly be? Watching Halley grow into her real self was amazing!

Well done, Carly! Another great beginning!

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Mechanic and garage owner, Kane Harmon is used to the wealthy beautiful women visiting his beach town. He doesn’t get involved because he knows most females would merely be slumming for the summer.

Except Halley Ward isn’t just passing through. She lives a solitary life in a bungalow on the beach. A woman tormented by her past, distant from her wealthy family, different from Kane’s usual fare of town girls who know his M.O.- Don’t expect more than he’s willing to give.

Kane rescues Halley and her broken down car from the side of the road and instantly he’s hooked. She says she’s not interested in him. He knows she lies. And he makes it his mission to bring her back to life, to return her emotionally to her family. To show her the colors around her were as vibrant as the ones she puts on her canvas.

Until past meets present and threatens all the progress they’ve made. Then it’s Halley’s turn to step up and stand up for the relationship and life she’s finally coming to believe she deserves.

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Now…what do you say to some Italian ices? Ever been to Hank’s?”

She shook her head. “I’ve passed it but there’s always been a ridiculous crowd of people out front.”

“Well, it’s worth the wait. Feel like going on the way home?”

She nodded. “If you can keep me occupied while we wait, then I don’t mind.”

He laughed. “I think I like that challenge.”

When they arrived at Hank’s, an outdoor ice cream and Italian ices stand, they discovered a short line. Not enough for him to have to entertain her, and before they knew it, they were ordering.

Because they also had ice cream, Halley changed her mind when it came to ordering and asked for vanilla ice cream with hot fudge topping. Kane got a red Italian ice.

They took their desserts and walked over to a short brick wall and hopped up, sitting side by side, legs swinging as they ate.

He finished his first. “Good?” he asked, putting his cup down beside him.

She glanced over, laughing. “Your tongue is red.”

He stuck it out at her and grinned.

“Want some of mine?” She held out the spoon of vanilla and chocolate mixed.

“No, doesn’t exactly mix with my cherry.” He paused, as if thinking of something. “Unless…”

“Hmm?” She raised an eyebrow.

“Unless I’m kissing you.” And before she could react, he leaned over and swept his tongue over her lips and into her mouth, devouring her quickly but thoroughly.

She moaned into him, leaning in close, savoring the warm cherry flavor he brought to her dessert.

Before she was ready, he lifted his head and met her gaze, his eyes dark and hungry. “Now that is how to eat an ice cream.”

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Review – Tempting Little Tease by Kendall Ryan

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My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

I have not only wanted but NEEDED Quinn’s story since devouring Dirty Little Promise. I needed the oldest Kingsley brother to find love as oh did he deserve to find his soulmate. Kendall Ryan delivers this hero’s happily ever after. Readers will ADORE this STEAMY and DREAMY delight that Kendall Ryan brings to life with the Italy inspired-tale: Tempting Little Tease ! What a DELICIOUS ROMANCE!!! Smolder meets sweetness in Tempting Little Tease , a Cinderella-like fairytale that will charm and claim the hearts of all readers who love a feel-good romance.

Alessandra is beautiful and vibrant with so much life and love to give. I ADORED this sweet and sassy beauty! This heroine captivated me.

”This is the most beautiful view, I say.”

“I couldn’t agree more.” But rather than looking at the horizon, his gaze is locked on mine.

Oh how I LOVED the HOT and BIG-HEARTED HERO, Quinn! There is more to this quiet and calm man than meets the eye. He’s charming and playful. So sinfully sexy with a vulnerability that makes you fall in love even harder. Hidden underneath this devastatingly handsome and powerful man is a swoony romantic who me swoon. This man made me MELT all over, and I pledge my love to Quinn! This hero is tender and touching while still so deliciously dirty—a HEADY COMBINATION.

There’s something so sexy about this back and forth. It’s like playing with fire.

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The playful banter full of heat and heart between this hero and heroine is MAGNETIC!!! I could not resist these explosive characters. They completely WOWED me!

“Tu mi toglie il fiato,” I say, closing the distance between us.

“You take my breath away.”

Oh my SWOON! Quinn and Alessandra are MAGICAL together! This hero and heroine are MEANT TO BE.

Tempting Little Tease is as SWOONY as it is SMOLDERING. The smolder and sweetness burn from heart to core. I MELTED from head to toe. I felt HEADY all over. I was wholeheartedly WOOED—so ENRAPTURED with this love story! Captivating, combustible, and completely charming, Tempting Little Tease is the ULTIMATE FEEL-GOOD ROMANCE.

If this is a game of seduction, I’m determined to win.

4.5 steamy and dreamy kisses

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A hot new standalone romance from New York Times bestseller, Kendall Ryan.

She’s the tutor I hired to teach me Italian.

She’s way too young for me, but she’s also gorgeous, bright and filled with a curiosity about life that I find incredibly refreshing.

It’s fucking adorable.

I’m old enough to know better, but this pretty young thing tempts me beyond belief. And for the first time in my life, I can see myself falling.

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Is this what it’s like to be pursued by an older man? The complete confidence, the lack of expectations, the sincerity?

My God, it’s exhilarating.

Quinn Kingsley is totally unexpected. I’m moving to Italy in three weeks to teach English, and while I never expected something so real to develop between us so quickly, our chemistry is undeniable.

There’s something so sexy about this back and forth he and I share. Flirting with this man is like playing with fire, and I’m bound to get burned.

Io sono attratto da te. I’m attracted to you, he tells me.

But is our attraction enough to get us through the complications of a massive age gap and an international love affair?

Only one way to find out…

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Review – Playing His Way by Erika Wilde

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I am so happy that The Players Club is back! This series is so sexy and so much fun. These sexy alphas are just so yummy. It’s so hard to put these books down!

Brent “Mac” MacMillian is tall, dark and oh, is he handsome! He’s also insanely rich and the proud new owner of The Players Club. He has plans for the magnificent mansion of sensual delights and he wants his partner Dean’s wife, Jillian, to help him to redecorate the and update the club. The one thing he doesn’t want is for Jillian’s boss Stephanie Randell to take on the job. He can’t deny the chemistry between them and he’s been burned before by a woman who couldn’t handle is particular brand of dominance.

Stephanie has other plans for Mac, of course and what she wants, she gets. This man has been denying what they feel for each other for months and this project will finally put them together. She wants Mac’s time and attention. She wants his body. She doesn’t have to have his heart. Or does she?

Things between these two are so steaming hot, so emotional and tangled. Mac and Stephanie certainly get more than what they bargained for. Misunderstandings and miscommunications arise. The past is always lurking. What a great story that these two have! Mac is so very sexy and Stephanie is so feisty and spicy, aware of who she is in her own skin. I loved my time at The Players Club and cannot wait for another story from this series!

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HE’S READY TO PLAY . . . ARE YOU? 

As the new owner of The Players Club, Brent “Mac” MacMillan is all about dirty sex, wicked sin and carnal pleasure . . . served up his way. After being burned in the past, he’s always been careful to choose experienced females who enjoy submitting to his dark desires, and are willing to play by his demanding rules without expecting any emotional attachments in return.

Hiring beautiful interior designer Stephanie Randall to create fantasy bedrooms within his club is his first mistake. She’s curious, flirtatious, and makes his blood run hotter than it ever has before. Innocent when it comes to all the debauchery his sinful world has to offer, she wants to take a walk on the wild side . . . with him.

His second mistake? Saying yes. And his third? Falling for the one woman he knows he can never have.

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Stephanie strolled toward Mac, a mischievous glimmer suddenly brightening her gorgeous blue eyes, putting him on alert.  “I’d like to attend the Masquerade party at The Players Club on Saturday, to get a better feel for the club and what other fantasy elements might work for your members.”

     He stiffened at her unexpected request.  The temptation of having her in this domain—wanting her but refusing to touch her—wasn’t something he wanted to endure.  And watching her possibly hook up with someone else, like Rick? Complete fucking agony.

     He shook his head.  “I don’t think attending the Masquerade party is necessary.  I’m sure you can come up with a few other ideas without being here when everything is in full swing, which is probably going to be more distracting, than helpful.”

     “What if I want to be here?” the little vixen proposed, her voice holding a hint of a challenge.  “You know, to mix a little business with pleasure?”

     His expression remained composed, his resolve, firm.  “I’m going to have to say no.”

     She tipped her head to the side, studying him much too astutely.  “I can always get an invitation from Jillian, you know,” she said as she came closer and closer.

     “No, you can’t,” he countered.  “I put a freeze on any new invitations until I’m done going through the current membership.”

     She laughed softly, huskily, the sound like a stroke along his cock.  Much like her hand was suddenly stroking down the length of his tie before giving it a playful tug.  “Do I make you nervous, Mac?”

     His hands curled into fists in his pockets, because it was taking extreme effort not to grasp her face in his palms and kiss that soft, plush, impudent mouth of hers—hot and hard and deep.  “Do I look like a man who’d be intimidated by any woman?” he asked, his voice surprisingly steady.

     She thought about that for a brief moment before giving her hair a subtle toss and replying.  “Intimidated, no.” Then a sexy, knowing smile curved her lips. “Nervous, definitely, because if you weren’t a little uneasy about whatever this thing is between us, you wouldn’t have an issue with me coming to the Masquerade party and being at the club.”

     “The last thing you make me feel is uneasy.”  Instead, her presence had lust pumping through him like a heady surge of adrenaline.  She was certainly testing his control.

     Her free hand came back up and splayed on his chest, the heat of her touch searing him through his dress shirt.  “If I don’t make you nervous, then prove it,” she cajoled. “Let me come to the party on Saturday. I promise not to be too shocked by what I see.”

     His jaw clenched as she met his gaze and held it, so bold and brazen when she really had no idea what she was messing with, or what he was capable of.  This woman was no shrinking violet, and she was the furthest thing from the kind of submissive, obedient female he preferred—and Jesus, Christ, his dick was hard as stone for her.  This was a woman who liked having the advantage, who enjoyed a little power play, and fuck if that didn’t make him want to pin her against the wall behind her and make it very clear who really had the upper hand between them.

     “So, what will it be, Mr. MacMillan?” she murmured huskily.  “Inviting me to the club on Saturday, or are you going to chicken out?”

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Meet Erika Wilde

Erika Wilde (aka Janelle Denison) is the USA Today bestselling author of over 50 contemporary romances for multiple print publishers.

 

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