Review – Somebody Else’s Sky by Jessica Hawkins

Somebody Else’s Sky by Jessica Hawkins

Sophie’s Review: 

I’m not sure whether I love Jessica Hawkins right now or dislike her a lot. Because HOLY MAMA! That was one intense, powerful read. 

Continuing on from Something In The Way, which wrecked me in the best possible way,  Somebody Else’s Sky only serves to up the angst, up the heartache and up the intensity. My heart and soul are WRUNG OUT! I feel like I’m free falling. BUT! Here’s the thing… I’d quite happily go right back to the start and begin ALL OVER AGAIN!!!! 

That’s right, I said it! I would quite happily start afresh and relive all the heartbreak and devastation that these books deliver because IT IS THAT GOOD! And you know right before the 3rd book releases I will do just that. 

I’m not going to comment on the storyline or what happens in this book, for fear of spoiling it. All I can say is read it, pick up both books, fall in love with the writing wizard that is Jessica Hawkins and simply lose yourself to the addictive power of this breathtaking story.

5 sensational stars!

If I closed my eyes, I could still see them—all blonde sunshine, ocean-blue eyes, and long limbs. The glint of Lake’s gold bracelet. Pink cotton candy on Tiffany’s tongue. My scenery may have changed from heaven to hell, but some things never would: my struggle to do right by both sisters. To let Lake soar. To lift Tiffany up. The sacrifices I made for them, I made willingly.

A better man would’ve walked away by now, but I never claimed to be any good. I only promised myself I’d keep enough distance. If I’d learned one thing from my past, it was that love came in different forms. You could love passionately, hurt deep, die young. Or you could provide the kind of firm, steady support someone else could lean on.

Lake was everything I wanted, and nothing I could ever have. I was nobody before I knew her and a criminal after. The way to love her was to let her shine—even if it would be for somebody else.

Book two in the Something in the Way series.

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Review – Sexy Jerk by Kim Karr

Sexy Jerk by Kim Karr

Sophie’s Review:

Each and every time Kim Karr writes a book, I’m pretty sure I say it’s my new favourite of hers. Each book just gets better and better and I end up falling head over heels in love with them. And with this book, it’s no different. THIS IS Kim’s BEST BOOK to date! I don’t know how she does it but she swept me off my feet with this sinful, yet hella sweet romance! 

I actually lost count of the amount of times I swooned or physically got butterflies. I lost count of the amount of times I thought to myself “I love this guy” and “where can I get me a Nick?”. Kim’s men are ALWAYS quality alpha hero’s but there was just something about Nick that gave him that edge, that made him become my FAVE Karr hero yet! 

The sexual tension that Kim has poured into Sexy Jerk relays so, so well. You feel it bubbling, you feel it building. You feel it EXPLODE. Tess & Nick are incredibly HOT. Sooooo hot. But they are also sweet and sexy. And FUN, my gosh they made my heart swell and my constant smile hurt my face. Their witty banter and hilarious back and forth really solidified these two as one hell of a couple. 

Sexy Jerk as I said at the start is Kim Karr’s best book yet. Sexy and sinful, sweet and full of swoon, it easily covers all the “contemporary romance” bases and then some!

My best friend is married.

Everyone I know is married. It doesn’t bother me. I like my life the way it is.

Since I’m single though, when my best friend and her husband finally decide to go on their dream honeymoon, she asks me to watch their three-year-old son.

Of course I say yes.

What my best friend neglects to tell me is that I won’t be babysitting alone. 

Feeling Max might be too much for me to handle, her husband asks his only single friend to help. 

Nick Carrington and I have met a couple of dozen times. I’ve never really given him a second thought—other than to say he’s kind of a jerk. Out loud. So he can hear. Sure, he’s tall, dark, and handsome. And yes, he has the best ass I’ve ever seen, and I mean ever seen quite literally. You see he mooned me at last year’s Fourth of July barbecue because, like I said, he’s a jerk.

He always has to be the life of the party.

He’s also arrogant.

Imposing.

Rich.

And a playboy.

I’d even go as far as to say he’s a manwhore.

Yet somehow before I know it, this manwhore and I are co-parenting. Living under the same roof. Eating meals together and yes, talking.

Don’t look at me like that—it’s not like I had a choice. Even though I knew every minute would be hell, I had to say yes.

But after two weeks what I didn’t expect to discover is that I’d been wrong about him. 

That under his smart-ass exterior, he’s quite charming.

That his arrogance is really confidence. 

And that the sight of his naked body would do really bad things to me.

So yes, I’d misjudged him. And yes, I like him. Really like him. Although I might still think he’s a jerk…I now think he’s a sexy jerk.

And I want more of him.

The question is—does he want more of me?

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Review – All That I Am by Rachel Brookes

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Sasha Hamilton has everything that she could ever ask for – a thriving business, her dream home, a brother she adores and friends that are have become the family that she can depend on. After losing her mother at fifteen from a heartbreaking choice and then her father to his untimely death, Sasha has set up her walls and love is out of the question. One night stands have become the norm and all her energy is thrown into having a good time. That all changes when the sexy Monroe PD detective Ben Hunt and all his alpha bossiness comes into her life.

Ben Hunt has wanted Sasha Hamilton for as long as he can remember. He’s attracted to her sassy mouth, beautiful body and go for it all attitude. But under all that bravado, he knows her pain and has seen her insecurity. He wants past her walls, to protect her and give her everything that she has been missing out on since she was fifteen. When danger makes its way to the Hamilton family bar and a common enemy targets Sasha, Ben vows to do whatever it takes to keep Sasha safe and show her that love can truly heal a heart.

Oh, this book! So worth the wait… so worth all the agony, doubt and anxiety! All That I Am is one amazing read. There was no way to put this one down once I began reading. I devoured this beautiful love story. So many loves… the love between a girl and her big brother. The love between two very best friends. Who doesn’t want a best friend like Missy? The love of family made in the heart. But the most important love I saw was the love that Sasha was finally able to give to herself after building such high walls to protect herself. Amazing to see how easily that love changed everything and gave Sasha the courage to try.

Ben is… perfect. Bossy though he may be, he is everything that Sasha needs. He’s kind, protective and persistent. He has an incredible sense of humor. Yes, he is divine and so very swoony. He gave me a few jaw dropping moments. He gave me plenty of heart in my throat moments as well. No matter what he said or did, Ben made me smile and confirmed why he’s MY Ben.

This was one of the best reads of the year for me. It was long awaited… and even a little bit delayed in the last month. Regardless of the setbacks and bumps in the road on the way to release, Rachel has written a tremendous story filled with belly laughs, gut wrenching tears, surprising twists and turns and just a good old fashioned heartfelt love story. What a welcome to Monroe.

Brilliantly and beautifully done, Rachel!

Five Sunday Is Our Day Stars!

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A sassy mouth and absolutely no filter – tick
A wall so strong no man could ever tear it down – tick, tick, tick!

Or so I thought.

Until I meet Detective Ben Hunt, the owner of exquisite blue eyes, a god-like physique and a seductive smirk that makes me weak at the knees. He charges into my life like a force of nature. No matter how hard I try to keep the walls up around my heart, he’s made it his mission to shatter them. I have no chance of resisting him, but I would make sure I won this tug of war.

Which was what I wanted.

Right? When did the idea of losing myself to him start to sound so good?

I wish Ben was the only battle I faced. There’s a reason this small town needs a good detective. One way or another I’m going to have to brace for impact, because no wall I build can stop the new threat thundering toward Monroe.

After all, secrets only stay a secret for so long around here.

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PROLOGUE

SASHA

Thirteen years earlier.

 “Mom! I’m home.”

Summer break had arrived, and all I could think about was lying out with Missy, shopping trips into the city with Mom, and spending Sundays dancing and causing underage havoc at my family’s bar, Hamilton’s.

I shrugged off my bag, dropped it on the couch, and then strolled through the house, listening for any signs of where my mom was.

As soon as I walked into the kitchen, I stopped. The familiar aroma of chocolate didn’t greet me, and my mom’s perfume didn’t linger in the air. I turned around quickly and looked to the counter where a fresh plate of brownies always sat on Friday afternoons. But today, for the first time, there was nothing.

I left the kitchen and searched the house.

Living room. Empty.

Dining room. Empty.

Bathroom. Empty.

Everywhere. Empty.

I began to panic. After school, I never arrived home to an empty house. Mom made it very clear that she’d always be here when Drew and I got home. For as long as I could remember, she’d told us that her favorite thing about being a Mom was being able to be home for us.

Now she wasn’t here.

“Sasha.”

I jumped at Dad’s voice calling my name behind me. I turned quickly, smiling, expecting to find Dad and Mom together. As soon as I saw him on his own, my smile fell. He stood in the foyer with his arms folded across his chest, and he didn’t look like my Dad. He looked like a shadow of himself. His eyes would always twinkle when he looked at me, but now they showed nothing but sadness.

“Where’s mom?” I asked as my heart raced.

“Come here, Sash,” Dad said low, his voice cracking.

Hesitantly, I moved toward him. When I was within reach, his hand shot out and grabbed mine and I was pulled toward him.

“Dad, what’s going on?”

We moved through the house in silence. Every step I took, my anxiety soared and my confusion grew. What was going on? Dad held open the back door, and I stepped out onto the porch. Drew leaned against the railing, looking out over the yard, but turned when he heard us arrive. His face was as blank as Dad’s.

I took a seat on the porch swing and held one of the yellow cushions Mom and I had purchased during one of our epic shopping trips close to my chest. “Where’s mom?” I asked softly. “What’s going on?”

If it were anyone else, including Dad, I would of thought he was at the store or at work, but not Mom. She was always here. Our family had traditions. Friday’s were our time.

Dad, Mom, Drew, and me.

“I love you more than anything, Sasha,” Dad said, his voice strangled with emotion and his eyes shimmering with tears. He sucked in a deep breath before saying the words that would forever change my life. “She’s gone, Baby Girl. She left.”

Gone.

Left.

His words hit me hard.

My throat closed as his words sunk in. The tormented look shadowing his face didn’t lie, but I didn’t want to believe it. I wanted to believe there was some kind of mistake, but why would my Dad lie to me about something like this? Gone and left were final. There was no mistaking what they meant.

“Baby Girl, did you hear me?”

“What do you mean she’s gone?” I stammered, as the first tear fell over my cheek.

Dad wrapped his arms around me and hauled me against his chest. The usual comfort his arms provided had no chance of healing the hurt spiraling through me.

There was no way she’d leave. Why would she have told me this morning that she breathed for us? That her heart beat for us. My mother was everything I dreamt of becoming, and now I was being told she was gone?

“This can’t be real.” I shook my head. “There has to be a mistake.” My voice became more frantic and louder with every word. “How do you even know she’s gone? Maybe she’s just at the store. Or popped into work.”

I was clutching onto anything that would lessen the pain tearing through me.

“She isn’t at the store.” Dad spoke softly. “She isn’t at Hamilton’s either.”

I tore myself away from Dad and ran back inside. I had to see for myself. I went into every room and found nothing. I hesitated outside my parent’s room and then slowly entered. The dresser was bare. Mom’s jewelry was gone, her favorite perfume gone, her lipstick gone. I stumbled into the closest and was smacked in the face with a brutal reality. Mom’s clothes, shoes, and her suitcase were gone.

Nothing was left.

Everything was gone.

Feeling numb, I walked into my room and lay on my bed. I buried my face in my pillow as the first sob left my chest. Tears saturated my pillow, and my chest ached from trying to catch my breath.

As I pulled the pillow closer, the crinkle of paper sounded. With shaking hands, I pulled out a folded piece of paper from beneath my pillow and held my breath as I saw my mom’s familiar handwriting. I inhaled sharply and unfolded it.

Baby girl,

Please never forget how much I love you. You will always be in my heart, and every breath I take is for you.

Forgive me,

Mom x

The words became blurry as fresh tears hit my eyes. Why would she do this? My mother chose to leave me? Why wasn’t I enough? My chest screamed at me. The pain was excruciating, and I felt like my heart was going to stop.

I didn’t hear my bedroom door open and didn’t know anyone was in my room until I felt my bed dip beside me.

“Squirt, come here,” Drew whispered as he grabbed my hand and pulled me against his body.

I went willingly to him and crashed against his chest. His arms circled me, and I cried against his shirt, soaking the cotton with hot, heartbreaking tears.

“How could she do this?” I choked out through another wave of tears. “What did we do wrong?”

“We did nothing. You did nothing wrong.” The strength in his voice made me look up at him. “We are the Hamilton kids. We will get through this. I promise you, Sasha.”

My brother. My protector.

“I’ll never let anything or anyone hurt you again. You have my word and my protection for life.”

I believed him.

I had to believe him.

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Excerpt Reveal – Salvaged by Jay Crownover 


 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jay Crownover continues her delightfully sexy Saints of Denver series with the next thrilling standalone, SALVAGED! Don’t miss the amazing excerpt below and pre-order your copy today!

 

 

Hudson Wheeler is a nice guy. Everyone knows it, including his fiancée who left him with a canceled wedding and a baby on the way. He’s tired of finishing last and is ready to start living in the moment with nights soaked in whiskey, fast cars, and even faster girls. He’s set to start living on the edge, but when he meets Poppy Cruz, her sad eyes in the most gorgeous face he’s ever seen hook him in right away. Wheeler can see Poppy’s pain and all he wants to do is take care of her and make her smile, whatever it takes.

Poppy can’t remember a time when she didn’t see strangers as the enemy. After a lifetime of being hurt from the men who swore to protect her, Poppy’s determined to keep herself safe by keeping everyone else at arm’s length. Wheeler’s sexy grin and rough hands from hours restoring classic cars shouldn’t captivate her, but every time she’s with him, she can’t help being pulled closer to him. Though she’s terrified to trust again, Poppy soon realizes it might hurt even more to shut Wheeler out—and the intense feelings pulsing through her are making it near impossible to resist him.

The only thing Poppy is sure of is that her heart is in need of some serious repair, and the more time she spends with Wheeler, the more she’s convinced he’s the only man with the tools to fix it.

 

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I rounded the corner at the end of my block and came to a halt. The puppy took that as a sign that we were done playing outside and started jumping all over my lower legs and pawing at my shins. He whined at me until I picked him up, and as soon as he could reach my face, his little tongue started darting all over my chin and cheeks. I wondered if he could feel the tension that made my limbs stiff and the anxiety that tightened all my muscles. I felt my breath catch in the back of my throat and there was no stopping my eyes from rapidly blinking to make sure what I was seeing was real and not a figment of my imagination.

He looked like one of those black-and-white art prints that hung in every diner and restaurant I’d ever eaten in. The one that was a throwback to another era when cool was something you had to cultivate and couldn’t buy on Amazon. He was leaning against a black-and-silver car that looked like it should be on the cover of a hot-rod magazine and not parked on a busy and crowded Capitol Hill street. He had on dark jeans and a dark canvas jacket that had the logo of his garage embroidered on the front. His ankles were crossed on the curb in front of him and one booted foot bounced up and down, giving the impression that he’d been waiting for me for a while. His arms were crossed over his chest and his eyes were locked on mine as I stood still, unsure what to do. He had an effortless kind of charisma that radiated off of him. It was equal parts intimidating and irresistible. I was unsure if my feet wanted to rush me toward him or run me as far from him as possible.

The puppy made the decision for me. Seeing another human, and thus another opportunity for pats and rubs, he threw his wiggling little body out of my arms before I could react. He hit the ground with a little yelp and then bolted right for Wheeler. I let out a gasp and took off after him thinking I could catch the end of the leash that was trailing behind him. I didn’t want him to run into the road or veer off into a yard where he didn’t belong. I was light-years away from being able to handle a confrontation with a hostile stranger that didn’t want the puppy in their space.

I didn’t need to worry because Wheeler pushed his long, lean frame off the polished side of the car and reached the scrambling animal within just a few strides. He crouched down as the puppy hurled himself into his arms and scooped the excited bundle up in one fluid motion. Then he was rising back up to his full height, which meant he was towering over me when I made my way over to where he was standing. I was embarrassed at how out of breath I was. I was supposed to be stronger than I was before, but I could hardly handle a little jog up the block or the way my heart raced at the sight of him.

I shook my head and put my hands on my hips as I looked up and into those arctic eyes. He was scratching the puppy under the chin and looking at me from under lashes that had the barest hint of red to them. “Why don’t you have a coat on?”

It wasn’t what I was expecting but his question reminded me that I was cold and that the lightweight hoodie that had the Saints of Denver logo on it wasn’t doing much to keep the bitter chill in the air off my skin. The shirt came from the tattoo shop where both Rowdy and Salem worked and was probably the most exciting garment I had in my closet. It was the only thing I owned that was bright and colorful. I rubbed my arms up and down and fired my own question right back at him. “What are you doing here?”

The puppy barked like he was telling me not to be rude but I was unsettled by Wheeler’s unexpected appearance, and not the typical unsettled that I struggled with because he was a man that I didn’t know. It was the kind of unsettled that made parts of my body I forget could react to an attractive man feel warm and tingly. The kind of unsettled that had me involuntarily leaning closer to him as he started to shift so that he could pull his heavy jacket off one arm without letting go of the dog.

“I wanted to talk to you about the dog. Did you find someone to take him yet?” He shifted the puppy to his now bare arm as I watched the endless amounts of ink that covered his skin move and flex as he shook his other arm free of the coat.

“Uh…not really.” The truth was I hadn’t really put that much effort into finding someone because I didn’t want to let the puppy go. In just a few days I’d grown surprisingly attached even though I knew I wasn’t allowed to keep him in my apartment. I’d already asked since Dixie was allowed to keep Dolly, but the landlord informed they were grandfathered in before the laws surrounding pit bulls in Denver changed. My little guy wasn’t that lucky.

My response made Wheeler chuckle. He stared at me silently as he held out the coat he’d taken off in his free hand.

“Put this on.” I stared at him like he’d suddenly started speaking Russian until he shook the coat again and frowned at me. His voice was serious and left no room for argument when he repeated the command. “Put this on, Poppy.”

 

 

Jay Crownover continues her Saints of Denver series with SALVAGED, available June 20, 2017

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About Jay Crownover:

Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men, The Point, and the Saints of Denver series. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her dogs.

 

 

 

 

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Review – Sexy Stranger by Kendall Ryan 


Sexy Stranger by Kendall Ryan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can’t stop grinning and it’s all because of Kendall Ryan. Sweet SIGH. I have a huge SAPPY SMILE on my face from Kendall Ryan’s latest spicy and swoon-filled sensation, Sexy Stranger. In one HELLA GOOD surprise attack, Sexy Stranger snuck up on me, swiftly swooping in and stealing my heart. This romance ROCKED MY WORLD!

I’m a sucker for small town romances, and the Texas setting is just DREAMY! I LOVED all-alpha country candy, Luke, and sassy and sexy Charlotte. Together they are combustible!

The banter is ENTICING and ENTERTAINING:

“I shouldn’t have assumed that you were all cowboys. You’re clearly just an a**hole.”

“Takes one to know one, sweetheart.”


The FEELS pound the pages:

Was it just me? Or did she feel it too?


The HEAT blazes so hot it BURNS:

“What do you say, sweetheart? Are you ready to ride my cock?”


The FEELS pound and penetrate some more:

“Ask me to stay.”


The SWOON flows in SPADES:

“If you ever need to run again, just promise this time that you’ll take me with you.”


I FELT the heat, the angst, the longing, and the swoon. I FELT IT ALL. This Sexy Stranger OWNED ME.

There is nothing that quite spikes the adrenaline and flames the feels than a feisty enemies-to-lovers tale. This romance POUNDS with PASSION and seduces with steam. Sexy Stranger is a slow burn of a book that blazes with passion and bleeds angst, the PERFECT FIERY FUSION.

Fire-hot and feisty meet sweet and swoon in Sexy Stranger, a heart-pounding love story that leaves you MELTING for MORE. I was DRUNK on this book, as Sexy Stranger was my sweet and slow-burning whiskey, so delicious. IMMENSE INTOXICATION. Kendall Ryan wrote a whiskey-smooth and sweet romance that is UTTERLY UNPUTDOWNABLE. I LOVED this whiskey-coated love story and NEED MORE.

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From New York Times Bestselling author Kendall Ryan comes a sexy and sizzling, enemies-to-lovers romp with bite. 

He’s rude. Arrogant. And too hot to handle. 

And she’s stranded with him for an entire week. 

He knows the sexy stranger doesn’t belong in his small town, but he’s determined to keep her there. The second she opens her smart mouth, he wants to swap a whole lot more than insults with her. She’s got a secret. But he’s got his own agenda. 

Buckle up. 


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Review – Hold Me by J. Kenner 


Hold Me: A Stark Ever After Novella by J. Kenner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I open up a Stark series book, I can’t help but breathe out a SWEET SIGH, a SMILE embedded on my face as I SWOON to the sky. The Stark series is one I will gladly devour FOREVER! Each story is unequivocally CONSUMING. Each story OWNS every ounce of me. Each story makes me closer to this family than I’ll ever be to any other in books. Each story in the Stark saga is PHENOMENAL. The Stark series stands on a pedestal, one of power and passion, PURE PERFECTION in words.

The latest Stark series novella, Hold Me, is FLAWLESS and PHENOMENAL!!! This story spotlights Nikki and Damien’s family life and struggles they must overcome. Hold Me is desire meets devotion in one tender tale of timeless love. Oh did I LOVE THEE!!!


He’s strength and intelligence, commanding and tender. He’s honorable and strong, fierce and loyal. And he loves me.


Nikki and Damien are made for each other, so attuned that they are one. One heart. One soul. One perfect union. One perfect romance.


“Tonight you’re all mine, all ways, all night.”


Oh Damien! Such a powerful, passionate, and penetrating man who is sexy as sin and as sweet as pie, Damien is an alpha I so ADORE! I BURNED for him and this book!!!

There is no greater love story than that of Damien and Nikki Stark. Their devotion is UNPARALLELED and EVERLASTING…true love at its finest. Damien and Nikki are, hands down, one of my all-time favorite romance couples!!! I LOVE them sooo much!


“How did you know I was behind you?”

“Sweetheart, haven’t you learned by now? You’re part of me. How could I ever lose sight of you?”


These ENDEARING words MELTED ME!!! I could not stop SWOONING. Sweet, sensual, and seductive, Hold Me is a forever love story that left me breathless and melting for more…so much MORE. A FOREVER HIGH. Hold Me is MAGICAL, so dreamy and utterly divine where you’re guaranteed to float to Cloud Nine.
Hold Me…yes this HEARTWARMING story did. Hold Me held my heart, and it is still holding it where it will likely remain. I’m content to stay wrapped up in this heart-stopping sexy and soul-swooning series, my glorious nirvana. This fairytale full of feels will always be my forever.

I’m embedded in this Stark family created by the incredible Julie Kenner, characters that are so raw they feel real and are a part of me. To reconnect with a family of characters I’ve known for over three years is PURE BOOK BLISS that only gets BETTER. These books make me so HEADY, my heart so FULL OF LOVE for this spellbinding Stark saga. The Starks are my HAPPY PLACE, and this smoldering and sweet sigh of a series will always be HOME.❤️

💋💋💋💋💋 5 ‘hold me forever’ kisses

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My life with Damien has never been fuller. Every day is a miracle, and every night I lose myself in the oasis of his arms. 

But there are new challenges, too. Our families. Our careers. And new responsibilities that test us with unrelenting, unexpected trials. 
I know we will survive—we have to. Because I cannot live without Damien by my side. But sometimes the darkness seems overwhelming, and I am terrified that the day will come when Damien cannot bring the light. And I will have to find the strength inside myself to find my way back into his arms. 

I already know that Damien is running later than I am, because he’d called while I was stuck in traffic. Now I dismiss Bree for the night, then go peek in on both my girls. I want to wake them, to cuddle them close, but I let them sleep, contenting myself with watching the steady rise and fall of their little chests.

Then I take a quick shower, change into yoga pants and a T-shirt, and stretch out on our lovely iron bed, surrounded by paperwork.

That’s where I am when Damien finds me—although I’m asleep instead of busily working.

“Hey,” he says, brushing a kiss on my shoulder. “Long day?”

As I claw my way back to consciousness, he gathers my papers and sets them on the bedside table. There’s a glass of wine, too, and he hands it to me. I try to avoid alcohol since I’m breastfeeding, but I also did the research and know that a little bit isn’t a problem so long as I wait to pump or feed Anne.

“The longest,” I say, then take a grateful sip. I lean sideways against him, my back supported by the pile of pillows that rest against the wall. I give him the full rundown, the highlight of which is Eric’s surprising departure.

“You can handle continued growth,” he says, his loyalty giving me a nice warm boost of confidence. “But you’re also well-positioned to simply hold the line if that’s what you want to do. Even to downsize if it works out that way.”

I push away from him, frowning as my chest tightens uncomfortably. “What?”

“I’m just saying that you don’t have to go back to work full-throttle.”

I sit up straight. “Excuse me? Why? Because you can support us?”

“I can support us. But what I’m—”

“So I’m supposed to feel guilty about wanting to work just because you bring in billions?” Dammit, he knows how important my job is to me. How hard I’ve worked to build my business on my own, not relying on money that comes from Stark International.

He stares at me like someone might stare at a wild hyena. “That’s not what I’m saying at all.”


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Review – Stand by A.L. Jackson 


Stand by A.L. Jackson

My rating: 6 of 5 stars



Have you ever wondered if each day of our lives is purposed? If every step we take is exactly where we’re supposed to be?


Have you ever read a story or series that means more than you can ever pen into words? It’s almost as if fate had a hand in matching you to the perfect story…YOUR perfect story or series. It’s as if those words are meant for you. Every feel from every word…YOURS.

You don’t have to look hard to see the beauty that bleeds into A.L. Jackson’s words, so wondrous…so WOW. Every word that this author writes is FULL OF FEELS. Every word is mesmerizing and meaningful. Every word means everything. Every word is EVERYTHING. Stand is the newest roller coaster of a rock star romance from A.L. Jackson’s Bleeding Stars series that is PURE BEAUTY IN WORDS. Stand shatters and SINGS to the SOUL, making the heart both soar and bleed.

STAND.

I don’t know if I can stand right now, my body wrecked, my soul shattered, and my emotions wrung dry from a story that was both the ultimate heartbreak and the ultimate happiness. This book BROKE ME in the BEST WAY!!! Stand was both my sunshine and storm.

Knowing it’s the final Bleeding Stars story left standing made me want to savor every word slowly.

Knowing that this last Bleeding Stars story would be a soldier ready to battle with my heart, I willed myself to stay strong while reading…I FAILED as my feelings wholeheartedly took over.

Knowing that Stand is the last Bleeding Stars story left standing had me teary-eyed before I even began.

I tried my hardest to savor each word but I devoured them like a hungry lion. These words were the predator and my emotions were the prey. The Prologue GRIPPED and GUTTED ME, my heart gripping every carefully-penned word. So powerful. So poignant. So EVERYTHING.

STAND.

I would try to stand or stay strong so I could swallow this soul-searing story…word to word…heart to soul.

Eyes, already teary from mourning this last Bleeding Stars book, bled with more tears that gushed like a rainstorm. Zee’s story BROKE ME from the Prologue alone. I was on edge where I would remain, my emotions entangled around these words, willing the tears to flow.

I could feel the world splintering around me, my foundation crumbling beneath my feet. Opening to reveal my wrong. It tosses me headfirst into a bottomless chasm. Endless. Purgatory.

After the Prologue, I had to stop reading. I had to catch my breath and reign myself for what would be a battle of emotions. Like the rest of the series, Stand made my heart bleed, breaking it in the best way. I was powerless to stop this emotional wreckage, this story wielding its power over me, but this was a wreck I wanted because I knew I would FEEL EVERYTHING.

Zachary ‘Zee’ Kennedy. Quiet and sweet Zee, Mr. Mystery, it’s finally time for your story. Oh Drummer Boy, big, beautiful, bronze-eyed, and inked Zee. Hidden under that quiet demeanor is a damaged heart, a broken boy I wanted to save. A man who has paid what he believes to be his penance for too long. A man who has never wanted to fight…until her.

Alexis Kensington. Beautiful, blonde, blue-eyed, and petite crosses paths with Zee, perhaps by fate. He becomes her savior but she saves him too. Two broken souls shoved together at the right time. Two beautiful hearts that need to stand.

“Sometimes it gets old, living in the shadows.”

“Is that what you feel? Like you’re invisible?”

“Because you’re the only thing I see.”


These words, both tender and tear-filled, struck my soul. Happy fused with heartbreaking tears flowed fast and furiously. These words…so much MORE.

“You make me remember.”

“What did you forget?”

“You make me remember what it’s like to feel.”

“And you’ve made me feel that way for the very first time.”


Oh Zee! His and Alexis’ words made me swoon so very hard! I LOVED THIS MAN of many layers but with a heart of gold that penetrated those layers the hardest…penetrating my heart too.

A connection, so big as if it beckoned from above, blazes between Alexis and Zee. An aura of fire, fueled by fate, dances around them. Lighting them up. Lifting them out of the darkness…lifting me out of the darkness…if only for a little while.

His mouth crashed against mine. Devouring. Destroying. Demanding. Taking everything I had to offer.


One kiss with passion and power in spades. One kiss that I felt penetrate through me too. One kiss that meant so much more.

STAND.

I wanted to stand, stay in this moment, soak up these powerful and poignant words, soak up this sun and slay the storms cast over this couple. Zee and Alexis’ connection and chemistry were combustible, a force of fate. I could not help but smile a grin filled with hope as I was sucked into a wave of passion, one of soulmates, one of love powerful as those flames that ignite between them. I felt every burn…every blaze…every beautiful and brilliant word…I FELT IT ALL.

“I want to fall. I want to feel it. I want to see stars. Float with them and fall with them.”

“I can feel it. Can you?”


There is so much beauty in these words, as if sent from above, where I saw these beautiful stars in the sky while reading.

“Fight for me.”


STAND.

It’s time for Zee to fight. Fight for Alexis. Fight for him. Fight for his life. Stand for love. Stand for LIFE.

When you read a story that cuts through you like a knife, gripping you, gutting you, rendering you raw…bare…breathless, you can’t help but feel every word as if each were a slice to your heart and a song to your soul.

STAND.

This story stood all over me, stomping over my heart and sending my soul soaring and shattering. I CRIED the WHOLE TIME READING, tears etched into my eyes, soul forever imprinted by this STORY that SLAYED ME. I didn’t expect Zee’s story to storm on me, shattering me the hardest, but that severe storm was worth surviving to see the sunshine and the stars. Starshine that was heaven.

No author makes me unequivocally feel every word I’m reading like A.L. Jackson. No words are a trifecta of power, passion, and poignance like hers. A.L. Jackson writes from the heart and you can tell her heart is poured into every beautiful and brilliant word. Her heartfelt writing hit my heart hard like a hurricane in every single story of this Bleeding Stars series. EVERY WORD MATTERS. Meaningful. Mesmerizing. Magnificent.

Stand sang to my soul in a beautifully broken book that bled stars into my eyes, an epic love story worth the whole constellation that will always hold my heart. Sunder started with Baz in a A Stone in the Sea, a storm of emotions that like the second book in this duet, left me Drowning to Breathe.

Where Lighting Strikes struck my heart hard, Lyric’s story stealing my soul that bled all the angst.

What I was most anxious for was Baz’s little brother, Austin’s story, my favorite second-chance type of romance, which became my favorite Bleeding Stars book and was well worth the Wait.

Stay struck me by surprise, my emotions entangled so deeply that I wanted nothing more than to stay in Ash’s story.

Stand, the last Sunder story about the mysterious and sweet Zee, stood tall on its own, a story of sun and storms that was the most bittersweet as it’s where the Bleeding Stars shine for the final time.

I got lost in Sunder. In the music. In the connection that was so clear in the four of them…So wild I couldn’t tell if it was my spirit or my feet that had been truly swept away.


STAND.

I’m standing tall and proud, giving the biggest applause to Sunder, a band in a book that is so raw and real to me. This Sunder family and their music, these devastatingly beautiful books, OWN MY HEART FOR LIFE. There has never been a series that has meant more than this one. Sunder has been my life for years, so unequivocally entangled around every part of me, and I’m sad that it’s time to say: The End. The finality of this soul-shattering series strikes a chord of sadness through me. My heart is still in harmony with the BEST SERIES EVER, these devastatingly beautiful books, the Bleeding Stars. My soul will forever sing to Sunder.



These bad, bad boys meant something to these people. They had created something no one else could. Had a chemistry that could only be found in their bond. This mixed up, mismatched family.


Curtains down. Exit stage. The Sunder show is over for good.

I am seriously mourning the end of the Bleeding Hearts books, this ALL-STAR series, one that has now risen to my TOP SERIES of ALL TIME. How can it not with words that make me feel the whole time reading?!? Bleeding Stars should be renamed Bleeding Hearts because, with every book, my heart bled harder. My heart will forever bleed and beat for the Bleeding Stars, sank in Sunder. My soul will always sing to and soar with this soul-slaying series. Sunder, this beautiful band, a family that became my family, I FEEL YOU…now and forever.

No fear. Just life.


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Stand (Bleeding Stars, #6) 

A Bleeding Stars Standalone Novel

“PURE BEAUTY IN WORDS. Stand shatters and SINGS to the SOUL, making the heart both soar and bleed.” ~Karen, Bookalicious Babes Blog

Zachary Kennedy has never been known as a fighter, but he’ll never regret fighting for her…

I’m Zee Kennedy.

Quiet. Reserved. Predictable.

When my brother died, everyone thought I was just the good guy who stepped up to take his place in the band.

No one knew what I was hiding. The one thing I’ve been fighting for.

For seven years, I’ve never lost focus.

Not until one chance encounter with Alexis Kensington.

Now she’s become my greatest temptation.

I knew better than to touch her, but now that I’ve had a taste, I can’t get enough.

Her kiss becomes my air. Her body my salvation.

She needed a savior and somehow she became mine.

Taking her was a betrayal. But keeping her means risking everything.

One look at Alexis Kensington, and I know she’s worth the fight.

Will my past continue to keep me down or will I finally find the strength to pull myself up and Stand… 


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Review – The Rebellion by S.L. Scott

The Rebellion by S.L. Scott

You know it’s bittersweet writing this review. I’ve actually sat for a few days and have NOT wanted to write this review. For total selfish reasons. Let me explain.

See I buy a book, give it a read, leave a review and move onto the next. With this book I bought it, read it and didn’t want to write a review because I didn’t want to move on!!!!!

S.L Scott has written one of my absolute fave rocker series EVER. First she gave us Johnny, then Dex, then Kaz (OH MY GOD KAZ!!). And now we have DERRICK MASTERS! The master of my heart & soul. He’s perfection. He’s raw, flawed, but so, so beautiful and I immediately felt drawn to him and it didn’t take long to fall for him! And his relationship with Jaymes.. Just wow.

The Rebellion oozes tension, that intense, passionate tension that burns, oh so good. Something SL NAILS in this book is the way her characters connect after so long. It’s not rushed or forced or rammed down our throats, it’s built gradually, slowly, made believable and SUPER HOT. Derrick and Jaymes literally sizzle their way through this book, they pulled my breath from me on many occasion, sent my heart galloping off in a wild race and made my soul sing for them. In essence they ROCKED my world.

The Rebellion is my kind of book, the angst, the tension, the passion, the connection, all of it worked so damn well! However, if you’re not a fan of that don’t let it put you off. Aside from all that The Rebellion is a beautiful, breathtaking, second chance love story. SL has breathed hope and love into her broken, battered characters, giving them a chance. It’s so easy to get lost, swept away in the romance that runs deep in this story, the romance that makes you swoon and sigh and just hope right alongside the characters.

I never thought SL would top Kaz’s book to be honest, but she has. She’s penned a book that is the best in the series, she’s made hard work for herself because I don’t know how she’ll top this one at all. SL is a rockstar and this book flies straight to the top of my chart!

Sinfully sexy rock stars are the cornerstone of New York Times Bestselling Author, S.L. Scott’s Bestselling Hard to Resist Series. The Rebellion is the newest STAND-ALONE that brings soul-searing romance mixed with heartfelt emotions to fans of this legendary rock band.

I met my muse at fifteen. I’d just gotten busted for smoking behind the school gymnasium. She inspired me with her laugh and nonjudgmental attitude and, before I knew it, we were inseparable. Then I left to pursue my rock star dreams—dreams she encouraged.

I got over Jaymes Grenier no problem. I never think about that little bow at the top of her pink lips, or the way her green eyes admired mine. Nope, I barely recall the way she fit so perfectly in my arms when I held her at night. The sweet way she would whisper she loved me has long faded from memory.

These are the lies I regularly tell myself in hopes of believing them one day. Yeah, I was told I’d get over my first love.

I didn’t. 

Derrick Masters marked me the moment we met back in ninth grade. He called me over—all bravado and bad boy mystery wrapped in a James Dean-esque package. Dark hair and blue eyes with a rebel without a cause charisma. He was everything I was warned about, but I couldn’t resist. I was his from that moment on.

His career took off almost as soon as he did. I knew it would. I just thought I would be beside him as his partner in crime, best friend, and lover. That’s what we had always been … before he left me behind to fend for myself.

Fend? Fight is more like it.

I’ve been fighting ever since. 

Fighting for survival.

Fighting for a better life in a world determined to keep me down.

I don’t have the luxury of letting my head live in the lure of La La Land. His dreams may have come true, but mine were extinguished. These days I fight for something bigger than me, bigger than we were ever meant to be.

When his dreams come crashing back into my reality, is this a second chance at that fairy tale ending or another heartbreak in the making?

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Review – Real Deal by Piper Rayne 

Real Deal by Piper Rayne

4.5 super sexy stars!!
PIPER RAYNE!!!!!! Piper freaking RAYYYYYNE! I love you! I want to thank you! REAL DEAL is just DELICIOUS. I mean SINGLE DAD’S!!!! *ALL the praise hands* Who doesn’t love a HOT SINGLE DAD who DOTES on his kid! 

My gosh, not only is this book, HOT and STEAMY and SEXY but it’s also sweet and swoony and just AHHHHH! Because Marcus is a SINGLE DAD (yes I said it again) and he’s ALPHA-MAZING!!!

Real Deal had me hook, line and sinker! From the off, my trip to Climax Cove was just perfect. The sizzling tension between our lead characters was all consuming. They drew me so deep into their story I never wanted to leave. 

Once again, Piper Rayne also give us some outstanding secondary characters that made this story even better! I’m so excited for more books within Climax Cove.

Red Flags…

Too loud.

Too clingy.

Too much make-up. 

I could go on and on. The other guys in the Single Dad’s Club would say I’m obsessed with finding them. But none of their kid’s mothers call a maximum-security prison home either, so their opinions mean shit.

Caterina Santora has her own list of red flags…

She’s too young.

She’s my client’s daughter.

She’s my five-year old’s camp counselor.

Even after repeating this mantra to myself every morning on the way to Lily’s summer camp, guess what happens the moment I see Cat? Yeah, that mantra turns into ride me, doggie style and reverse cowgirl. 

Every. Damn. Time.

The fact that she doesn’t remember me from six years before grates on me until I don’t have it in me to leave her alone any longer. I have to have her. But our lives are opposites in every way. In no way compatible.

When we’re together all the complications fade away and I have to keep reminding myself, even if I can have her— I can’t keep her.

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Review – Frog Hog by Rachel Robinson 

Frog Hog by Rachel Robinson 

Frog Hog – Valen & Hutch is a super sexy, deliciously dirty, intense SEAL novella with hilarious witty banter and major LOL moments.

I love that Rachel has ventured into writing dirty, raw, kick ass novellas with enough sweetness and fun to make them utterly addictive reads. 

Valen & Hutch have such a deep, sizzling connection. One that’s raw and brutal and you can practically feel the heat rising from the pages as you read. 

Nobody writes a SEAL better than Rachel. Her men are always hard, rough alpha males that are fierce about their women and Hutch was just incredible. In all honesty it took me a while to connect to Valen. But once I did I wanted to high five her and be her best friend. 

This book is a definite winner for those that want a quicker read that’s crazy hot, swoony and littered with enough action to hold the attention!

From the International Bestselling Author of Navy SEAL Romance novels, comes something a little more farcical, humorous, a ROMANTIC COMEDY INJECTED WITH ALPHA. 

/Frôg • hôg/ 1. A woman who only dates SEALs

The first time I did it, I labeled it novelty. The second, I was ovulating and extremely horny, the third time was because I’d had two martinis and he had fourteen abs. Fourteen. You don’t say no to that. 

My name is Valen, and I’m addicted to SEALs. Bag them, tag them, on to the next. One ships out, the next ships in. It has become a hobby, a recreational sport, if you will. Their skills inside the bedroom are comparable to their notoriety on the battlefield. I’m pretty sure it has something to do with their trigger finger. I could be wrong, so don’t quote me on that. 

From the moment I met the infamous SEAL they call, Hutch, my game begins faltering. He wants more than one night, and while I wouldn’t mind a double dip, falling for this lethally good-looking frog would be bad for my health. Counting abs turns into counting dates, and dates turn into something else entirely. Forever.

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