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Review: The Kings of Kearny by Navessa Allen

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Review: The Kings of Kearny by Navessa Allen

Jakob Larson is going to be the death of me.

That’s what I think every time he strides into my bar.

The Kings of Kearny run this small Texas town, and Jakob is their chief enforcer.

The Viking, they call him. He’s a criminal. As dangerous as he is sexy. The kind of man who makes my inner cavewoman sit up and take notice.

Him big. Make strong babies. Bring home mammoth for dinner.

I’m ready to indulge her desires, but just for one night. Unfortunately, Jakob has other plans.

Someone in town is breaking one of the cardinal rules set by the leader of The Kings. And Jakob thinks they’re using my grandmother’s nursing home as a front for their illicit activities.

Now I’m neck-deep in trouble with him, and every time I think I’ve figured out what’s really going on, Jakob reveals another piece of the puzzle.

I need to figure out how far I’m willing to go to protect this town. How far I’m willing to go with Jakob.

Because if I fall for him, there’s no going back. No hope for a peaceful ending.

But Jakob is the kind of man who makes me think that peaceful is overrated, and that descending into darkness with him could lead to something even better than a Happily Ever After. 

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MY REVIEW

The Kings of Kearny is a fun and entertaining read that is sure to entertain readers right until the very end…

The Kings of Kearny follows the story of Krista and Jakob. Krista is new in town and is working at a bar owned by the kings. All Krista wants to do is work hard, keep her head down, and keep on an eye on her grandmother. Unfortunately for Krista, when Jakob gets wind of a potential drug operation at the nursing home that Krista’s grandmother resides in, Krista’s whole world is about to be turned upside down.

Overall, I thought this book was an enjoyable read. I love discovering new authors and have a weakness when it comes to biker romances, so I couldn’t resist giving this one a try. I thought the plot of this book was exciting and refreshing. I liked how the kings were all ex-military and how they looked out for one another. They were totally bada$$ in every way that mattered. I really dug Krista. She was feisty and an unbelievably strong character. I liked that she wasn’t afraid to take care of herself, and didn’t need a man to save her. Poor Jakob had his work cut out for him with Krista. She gave him a run for his money and wasn’t afraid to take him on. Jakob may have had alpha tendencies, but he definitely knew when to give Krista her space and handle herself.

If I had one complaint about this story, it’s that I felt it was rushed in quite a few places. There is so much going on in this book and so many moments or people touched on. I wished that certain moments had been delved in deeper and fleshed out more, especially when the other biker gang came in to play. Some moments felt like more of an afterthought. Now, I don’t know if maybe it was done on purpose. I’m not sure if there will be another book to follow up this one, but it felt to me like there some unfinished business.

The Kings of Kearny ticked off most of my boxes when it comes to MC Romance. This book had insta-love and great banter. It had some action packed moments and a quiet intensity to it. While I did have some issues with this story I think this author has a lot of great potential and I’m looking forward to checking out more from her in the future. All in all, The Kings of Kearny is an easy read and I had a lot of fun getting to know these characters.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

Review: Lizzie & Dante by Mary Bly

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Review: Lizzie & Dante by Mary Bly

The insightful, audacious, and deeply romantic story of a woman whose life turns upside down after she meets an enigmatic chef on vacation in Italy–perfect for fans of Beautiful Ruins or Under the Tuscan Sun .

On the heels of a difficult break-up and a devastating diagnosis, Shakespearian scholar Lizzie Delford decides to take one last lavish vacation on Elba, the sun-kissed island off the Italian coast, with her best friend and his movie-star boyfriend. Once settled into a luxurious seaside resort, Lizzie has to make big decisions about her future, and she needs the one thing she may be running out of: time.

She leaves the yacht-owners and celebrities behind and sneaks off to the public beach, where she meets a sardonic chef named Dante, his battered dog Lily, and his wry daughter Etta, a twelve-year-old desperate for a mother. While Dante shows Lizzie the island’s secrets, and Etta dazzles with her irreverent humor, Lizzie is confronted with a dilemma. Is it right to fall in love if time is short? Is it better to find a mother briefly, or to have no mother at all? And the most difficult question of all: What if falling in love inevitably leads to broken hearts?

A transporting, all-consuming story about love, courage, and Italian wine, Lizzie & Dante demands to know how far we should travel to find a future worth fighting for.

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MY REVIEW

Actual Rating is 3.5 Stars!

Lizzie & Dante follows the story of Shakespearian scholar, Lizzie. On the heels of a difficult break-up and devastating heath diagnosis, Lizzie decides to take one last vacation to Elba with her friends. Lizzie knows she’s got some important decisions to make about the future and is quickly running out of time. The last thing she planned on was meeting Dante and his twelve year old daughter, Etta. For once, everything Lizzie ever wanted is right within her grasps, but time is a vicious and cruel character. Will Lizzie take a risk on love and happiness and enjoy the time she has left or will Lizzie let fear control her decisions? There’s only one way to find out….

Lizzie & Dante is a beautiful story that will take readers on one heck of a journey. It’s impossible to not fall in love with the characters, the setting, and of course the food. I adored Lizzie and her friends. I thought Dante was just amazing. Lizzie didn’t plan on finding love when she went to Italy, but love found her anyway. When Lizzie told him about her diagnosis, he didn’t get scared away. If anything, it made him want to fight harder for what little time they had left. And then you have Etta. Etta really stole the show for me. She was funny and had a huge heart. Her pov at the end, left me with tears in my eyes.

All in all, I found this book to be a really beautiful story. The reason for the low rating is for the pacing. As much as I loved these characters, I do feel that because of the slower pace for the first half of the book, it took me far too long to get invested in the story. Sadly, I am the type of reader that will get distracted easily, so the pacing needs to be on point right out of the gate. That being said, I am happy to report that the pacing did pick up for the second part of the book and once I was locked into Lizzie’s story, I never looked back.

Lizzie & Dante is a heartwarming tale of love and enjoying each moment life has to offer. This story made me laugh and swoon and at times, I had tears in my eyes. The pacing was the only issue I had with this story, and that was definitely a “me” problem. I do think this story has a lot to offer and will be enjoyed by many. So, keep tissues on hand and definitely give this book a try.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via the publisher & NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

Release Blitz with Review: The Wedding Game by Meghan Quinn

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The Wedding Game by Meghan Quinn 

Release Date: March 1st

Genre: Romantic Comedy

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USA Today bestselling author Meghan Quinn’s latest bauble is the charming story of a crafting queen battling a jaded divorce lawyer on a wedding reality show.

Luna Rossi is a veritable crafting genius—she can bedazzle and bead so hard her Etsy site is one of the hottest in the world. So it’s only natural that Luna would convince her brother and his husband-to-be to compete on The Wedding Game, a “do-it-yourself” TV show, for the title of Top DIY Wedding Expert.

As a jaded divorce lawyer, Alec Baxter scoffs at weddings and romance. But when his recently engaged brother begs him to participate in The Wedding Game, Alec grudgingly picks up a glue gun and prepares for some family bonding.

Both fierce competitors, Luna and Alec clash on national TV as harsh words and glitter fly with abandon. But as they bicker over color swatches and mood boards, they find themselves fighting something else: their growing mutual attraction. While Luna is torn between family loyalty and her own feelings, Alec wonders if he might have been wrong about love and marriage all along…

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The Wedding Game is the latest romantic comedy from author Meghan Quinn and it follows the story of Alec and Luna. Luna loves to craft and is considered to be a crafting genius. So when she hears about The Wedding Game TV show, she can’t help but convince her brother to compete. That brings us to Alec. Alec is the jaded divorce lawyer who could care less about romance and weddings. But when his brother begs him to participate in The Wedding Game TV show, he can’t say no. Alec wants to make amends with his brother and will do whatever it takes to make things right….

I thought this book was an ok read. The Wedding Game started off really promising. I loved the idea of this story. I thought it was fresh and unique. I enjoyed the banter, humor, and chemistry between Alec and Luna and looked forward to seeing what would happen next. That being said, as I got further along in the story, I feel like the pacing was off. I started to find myself distracted and had a hard time focusing. I don’t know, it just felt like something was missing. I guess you could say I had a very love/hate relationship with this book.

Overall, I think this book will be a hit for some and miss for others. The Wedding Game had a lot of good moments, but it wasn’t a 100% hit for me. And while it wasn’t a 100% hit for me, I’m still glad I checked it out and gave it a try.

EXCERPT:

“Are you ready?” Farrah says, coming from behind me and massaging my shoulders. I move my head side to side while we both hop up and down. “Did you do those finger exercises I told you about?”

I flex my fingers and nod. “Yup, all warmed up.”

“Do you have your game face on?” Farrah spins me around and grips my shoulders as I mean mug it at her. “Ooo, you’ve been practicing in the mirror. I can tell.”

“When I brush my teeth. I really feel like I’ve mastered the scowl.”

“Honey, you mastered the scowl years ago. Now you’re just coming into your own with it.” She holds up her hands, and I start boxing into them as we leap around the apartment. “Quick on your feet, quick on your feet.” Farrah swings her hand at me, and I duck. “Focus, hone your attention.”

“Focused.”

“Tell me, who’s going to kill it today?”

“I am.” I bob back and forth and then give Farrah a one-two punch to her hands.

“Who’s going to do anything necessary, even sit on someone’s face if you need to, in order to win today’s challenge?”

“I am. Show no mercy. My ass is coming for your face.”

Farrah pauses, winces. “I’m not sure I like that.”

“Just go with it.”

“Okay, Luna’s ass is coming for your face.” She shrugs. “Next week let’s work on your trash talk.”

“Might be necessary.”

Circling again, I box at Farrah’s hands, feeling light on my feet and ready for anything that comes my way. “You’re going to ignore all conversations from Mr. Snobby Shoes.”

“I don’t even know he exists.”

“Your eyes are on the prize. And what is that prize?”

“Giving Cohen and Declan the best wedding possible.”

“Exactly.” She lowers her palms. “Quick, flash me your hands.”

I lift my hands, and she inspects them carefully.

“You lotioned—good. Nails are clipped to a perfect length, and those fingers are stretched and strong. Rotate your wrists for me.” She lowers her ear to my wrists as I circle them around. “Perfect, no cracking, no tension.” She points to the ground. “Fast feet.”

My feet start bouncing up and down, like in those football movies, and I hold my hands at my hips, ready for the call . . .

“Draw!” Farrah shouts.

I pull my glue gun from my hip and point it at her. “You’ve been glued.”

Farrah claps her hands. “Reaction time was spot on. You’re ready.”

“Yeah?”

She nods. “You got this, girl. This competition is yours for the taking. And remember what we talked about: don’t focus on what you think will win . . .”

“Focus on what will bring Cohen and Declan joy.”

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Review: Wraith by Renee Rocco

Review: Wraith by Renee Rocco

Welcome to the new world order—where the villains have become the heroes.

ERIC ‘WRAITH’ SHAW
Once upon a time… Yeah, no. Let’s stop right there. This isn’t a fairytale. I’m not exactly Prince Charming. And I haven’t forgotten the day Jamie Ellis left town in handcuffs. But that feels like lifetimes ago. My high school crush is all grown up and she’s married to the man who’s holding me prisoner. Drugged and tortured, I’ve become a monster who’ll stop at nothing to rip David Crane’s world apart.

JAMIE ELLIS
When I left Mayhem at sixteen, a piece of my heart stayed behind with the charismatic bad-boy I’ve loved since kindergarten. But I’m a product of a life gone wrong, and I married David hoping for a better future. Now that I know the depth of my husband’s depravity, I’ll risk everything to ruin his carefully crafted empire—because if Wraith and I want our happily ever after, we’re going to have to fight for it…

Wraith is a complete standalone in the Masters of Mayhem series.

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MY REVIEW

Wraith is the first book in the Masters of Mayhem series and follows the story of Wraith and Jamie. Their story is gritty and intense and is anything but a fairytale. This is my first book by Renee Rocco and it won’t be my last. Renee Rocco delivered a dark, second chance romance that sucks the reader in and has them unable to put Jamie and Wraith’s story down.

As I previously stated, Wraith is a dark and gritty story. It is descriptive and intense. It might be too much for some viewers. I’m not gonna lie, some of these scenes were even hard for me to read. Intensity aside, I think this book was well written and will definitely intrigue the reader. Wraith and Jamie are beautifully broken and are in for the fight of their lives….

Overall, I thought this book was crazy and intense. This is my first book by this author and I’m looking forward to discovering more of her books.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

Review: The Prophecy Trilogy by Victoria Jayne

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Having a choice and having a good choice are two very different things…

The players of the prophecy are all in place. The vampire, the werewolf, and the witch. The fate of all paranormal beings hangs in the balance.

Too bad Divina, the witch in question, wants nothing to do with any of it.

She’s not about to let some ancient prophecy dictate who she’s going to love. She’ll be the master of her own destiny, thank you very much.

But the intense connection she feels to each of her sexy prophecy counterparts is making it difficult to avoid potential magical disaster.

And as everything continues to get more and more complicated, she’s starting to wonder—is she really the witch of the prophecy? Or is she something else entirely?

MY REVIEW

The Witch of the Prophecy is a fast-paced paranormal romance and is the first book in the Prophecy Trilogy. The Witch of the Prophecy really sets the scene and gives a great introduction to the characters. I think this series has a lot of potential and I’m looking forward to seeing how it will all come together in the end.

Rating: 3 Stars

Mistakes were made. Now it’s time to pay the price.

Werewolf Aric is losing his mind—literally. The incomplete mate bond with Divina is slowly killing him, and soon, it’ll become unbearable for her, too. He’s determined to do whatever it takes to make things right with his one true love.

Now all he has to do is find her.

But when his witch slips up and risks exposing the paranormal world to humans, Aric will need to do the unthinkable to save her and every other magical being on the planet.

He’ll have to work with the vampire of the prophecy, who just happens to be his mate’s ex.

Mistakes were made. He made them. And if the price of atonement is more than Aric’s able to pay?

Well, he’ll destroy that bridge when (and if) he gets to it…

MY REVIEW

This book picks up right where the last one left off and dives even deeper into the prophecy. I’m usually not a huge fan of love triangles, but this one worked rather well for me. I loved the push and pull, the angst of making the right decision. The characters had great chemistry and made it super hard for this reader to decide whom to root for. I’m looking forward to seeing what will happen with this prophecy and how everything will come together in the end.

A choice was made. Now it’s time to reap the rewards…or suffer the consequences…

It was all happening according to plan. Rori chose power over love, and as a result, put himself in the running to be the next emperor of all vampires. Then someone threatened to expose his witch (along with all other paranormal creatures) to humans…unless he gave up his claim to the throne, that is.

That’s when everything fell apart.

The Council has no idea what Rori did to keep Divina safe, and if they find out, the consequences will be deadly. It’ll take all his power, connections, and the help of his loyal guard to protect everyone and everything he holds dear.

But with time running out and enemies circling, can Rori survive long enough to complete the prophecy and maybe—just maybe—get a second chance at true love while he’s at it?

MY REVIEW

A fantastic ending to a really intriguing series. This book had lots of twists, turns, and moments I didn’t see coming. I really enjoyed the romance and paranormal elements. My only complaint is that I would have loved a little bit more from the ending. While it does wrap things up, it still felt a bit open-ended.

Overall I enjoyed this series and am glad to have checked it out!

4 Stars!

*I was provided ARCs’s of this trilogy via the author, in exchange for an honest review*

Review: Bring You Back (Bellsby Beach #1) by Malynda Schlegel

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For Julian Fowler, I am the girl who got away.

It was my fault. One year ago, the summer before our senior year, we almost shared a kiss. That same summer I left our small beach town and our group of friends behind to follow my older brother to college.

We—the Godfreys—are known for splitting, but Caleb and I have always stuck together. We’ve taken care of each other, so there was no other option but to be by his side. I stayed in touch for a few months until my ghosting gene got the best of me and I cut all ties to my old life.

Then my new life stole from me. One wrong decision made by a careless driver took Caleb’s life, leaving me to survive on my own.

The death of my brother led me back to the comfort of that small beach town where I grew up. But Bellsby is not the same. Julian is not the same. He’s distant. Cold. Hardened. Fighting a battle of his own that’s led him into the arms of Reyna. The other girl in our group. The one who saw him first. The one who fell for him first.

In her mind, I left, and Julian got over me. In her mind, his feelings are now for her. But she doesn’t see what I see buried under his guarded exterior. She doesn’t know that she was just there when I wasn’t.

Now, it’s a new summer, and I’m here to take it all back. I want my life. I want my friends. I want my chance with Julian.

I’ll bring him back.
I’ll fix us.
Even if that means other things have to break in the process.

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Bring You Back is an angsty second chance romance and it follows the story of Julian and Camille. The summer before Camille leaves for college, her world is turned upside down. Not only does she almost kiss Julian, but it’s the same summer that Camille leaves college and her friends behind. When tragedy strikes, Camille finds herself returning home and seeking solace in those she left behind. Only, a lot has changed since Camille up and left. If Camille wants her old life back and a chance with Julian, she’s going to have to fight for what she wants….

Overall, I thought this book was a really intriguing read. I was pulled in to Camille and Julian’s story and was desperate to find out what secrets Camille was hiding. Camille put up a very tough front, but she was hurting so much. Her heart was guarded and even though she wanted to let people in, Camille had a very hard time expressing her true feelings. Julian is very cold, and standoffish. He is also very guarded; rightfully so. He wanted Camille and she just cut off all contact. Julian has a weird friends with benefits relationship with Renya, but can’t deny the pull he feels towards Camille. If Camille and Julian are ever going to have a chance, they are going to have to stop fighting, trust in one another, and air out all of their feelings. One thing is for certain, and that Camille and Julian have quite the connection. While it might be a slow-burning one, I can promise you, it will keep you coming back for more.

Bring You Back will hook you from the very first page. The main characters are interesting and frustrating and will certainly keep you coming back for more. That being said, I could have done without some of the secondary characters. A few of them left me scratching my head and wondering why anyone would tolerate them for so long! Let’s just say, they got under my skin, and not in a good way.

Bring You Back is filled with angst, drama, frustrating moments, and sexy ones too! This is my first book by this author and I think she’s got a ton of great potential. I look forward to checking out more of her books in the future!.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

Release Blitz with Review: Savage Lover (Brutal Birthright #3) by Sophie Lark

Title: Savage Lover
An Enemies-to-Lovers Mafia Romance
Series: Brutal Birthright #3
Author: Sophie Lark
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: September 16, 2020
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I saw him in a cloud of smoke, like sin made flesh. Even bruised and battered, I’d never seen anything more beautiful…

Unless I hate myself, I should stay far away from Nero.

He’s a heartbreaker.
A mess-maker.
A walking disaster.

Here’s the problem: I’m in deep trouble with a dirty cop. The only person who can save me is Nero. We’re not friends. If he saw me drowning, he’d throw me an anchor.

But he’s the only chance I’ve got.

He’s no hero, he’s a Savage Lover.

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MY REVIEW

Savage Love is the third book in the Brutal Birthright Series and it follows the story of Nero and Camille. When I first heard about this story, I was like Bully Mafia Romance, sign me up! There is nothing I enjoy more than a hero that you love to hate.

Savage Lover pulls you in from the very first page. Nero and Camille couldn’t be more different if they tried. Nero is the guy that every girl wanted in high school and even though he’s older, that hasn’t changed one bit. And Camille is the girl from the wrong side of the tracks if you will. She’s poor, broken, and has been mocked at every turn. Even with all of that, she’s tougher than she looks. Together, these two are the most unlikely pair, but when Camille goes to Nero for help, she found safety in the place she least expected….

Overall, I thought this book was a quick and easy read. This is my first book by this author, so I wasn’t sure what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. I thought Nero and Camille made for an interesting pair. Despite their differences, their chemistry just soared and left you begging for more. I enjoyed all the drama, action, and romance. All in all, I think this is a great book to spend my evening getting lost in. This is my first book from this author and I look forward to checking out more from her in the future.

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Sophie lives with her husband, two boys, and baby girl in the Rocky Mountain west. She writes intense, intelligent romance, with heroines who are strong and capable, and men who will do anything to capture their hearts.

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Review: Where Dreams Descend (Kingdom of Cards #1) by Janella Angeles

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In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes.

As each act becomes more and more risky and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next.

The Star: Kallia, a powerful showgirl out to prove she’s the best no matter the cost

The Master: Jack, the enigmatic keeper of the club, and more than one lie told

The Magician: Demarco, the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide

Where Dreams Descend is the startling and romantic first book in Janella Angeles’ debut Kingdom of Cards fantasy duology where magic is both celebrated and feared, and no heart is left unscathed.

MY REVIEW

Where Dreams Descend is the debut novel from author Janella Angeles. With a unique and intriguing plot, readers are sure to devour this book in just a single sitting.

When I first stumbled upon Where Dreams Descend, I was immediately intrigued by the cover. It was really unique and had me wanting to know more. So, of course, when I read the synopsis for this story, I knew I had to get my hands on it.

Where Dreams Descend is a promising debut fantasy novel. It’s well written and I really liked the world this author created. I found the characters to be interesting, and I definitely wanted to know more. This story had a ton of fun elements to it. I loved the intrigue, the magic and the darkness of the characters past. For the most part, the story was paced well and the fact that the chapters were pretty short, led me to devour this book rather quickly.

What can I say about Where Dreams Descend? The characters are strong and their world is fascinating. There is a love triangle, which of course kept things interesting. The Phantom of The Opera & Moulin Rouge vibe was a definite hit for me. There’s magic and intrigue. Moments that will keep you guessing and leave you with a million and one questions.  And of course,  an ending that will leave you dying to know what happens next.

If you’re a fan of YA Fantasy and are looking for something a little different, this book is for you. This series has a ton of potential and I’m looking forward to seeing how it will all come together in the end.

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Review: Lead Me Back by C.D. Reiss

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A twist of fate proves wildly explosive in New York Times bestselling author CD Reiss’s smart and sexy Hollywood romance about the cost of running from your past to get to your dreams.

Cutting all ties, Kayla Montgomery drives cross-country to Los Angeles. New start. New life. And an unexpected new job: assistant to Justin Beckett.

The Justin Beckett.

The boy band rebel with the cocky attitude and dreamy bed head who casts a spell over his fans and tests the patience of his handlers.

Now at the peak of Mount Adulthood, he has to build a clean-cut, movie star image. It’s in his contract. No partying. No attitude. No groupies.

To tie it together, he needs a normal girl.

Suddenly, Kayla’s swept up in Justin’s glamorous world, and his arms. But the most dizzying thing is Justin himself. Sweet, generous, reliable, and as eager to shed his past as Kayla is hers.

About that…

Those ties she thought she’d cut? They’ve followed her across the country with her secrets in tow, and they’re about to test Kayla’s courage, Justin’s loyalty, and a love that wasn’t part of the deal.

MY REVIEW

“You already own me,” I said. “So you might as well just take me.”

Lead Me Back follows the story of Kayla and Justin. When we first meet up with Kayla, she’s moved out to LA for a fresh start. Kayla even went as far as to change her cell phone number. She had no idea that changing her number would turn her whole world upside down. You see, her new number used to belong to The Justin Beckett. Justin is a former musician, turned actor. He’s had a lot of bad press and is looking to reinvent his image. Fate throws Justin and Kayla together in the most unexpected way. Soon Kayla finds herself swept up in Justin’s glamours world. Will Kayla get the fresh start that she’s looking for or will her past catch up with her? There’s only one way to find out…

I thought this book was an ok read. I was hooked on Justin and Kayla’s story from the very beginning. I really liked how the two of them were brought together and how they stayed a part of each other’s life. Justin needed Kayla’s help to deliver messages that she might receive on her phone, so he offers her a job to help her get her feet off of the ground. I liked the banter between the two of them. Kayla was a no nonsense type girl and wasn’t afraid to tell Justin no. I really appreciated the way the author dealt with Kayla’s past. She made her very real and easy to relate to. And while Justin was cocky and annoying at times, he was really a good guy. Together I thought these two made a nice couple. They had some great banter and interactions. They had a good friendly foundation and a slow burn type of romance. The two of them definitely steamed up the pages together. That being said, I did wish that there was a little more romance and chemistry between Justin and Kayla. Don’t get me wrong, I liked them together, I just wanted more feels and to feel more of a connection to them.

Overall, Lead Me Back was a quick and easy read. I was able to finish it in just a single sitting. Even though I wanted a little more from Justin and Kayla in the romance department, I still enjoyed getting swept up in their story.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

Review: Desolation Road (Torpedo Ink #4) by Christine Feehan

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Torpedo Ink is Aleksei “Absinthe” Solokov’s whole life. They’re his brothers, his family—his everything. But that doesn’t stop him from wanting something that only belongs to him. That’s why the tough biker has spent the last six weeks at the library, reading every book he can get his hands on and watching the prim and proper librarian who makes his blood rush.

For the past six weeks, Scarlet Foley has been fantasizing about the handsome, tattooed man whose eyes follow her every move. She senses he’s dangerous. She wants him to get close enough to touch. She wishes she could let him know the real woman, not the one she pretends to be. But Scarlet has a plan to carry out, and she can’t afford any distractions.

Absinthe is well aware that Scarlet is hiding something. She’s a puzzle he intends to solve, piece by intoxicating piece….

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“Torpedo Ink was his identity. His life. His family–brothers and sisters–and their lives were woven together like an old tapestry, and nothing could take them apart…..”

Desolation Road is the fourth book in the Torpedo Ink Series and it follows the story of Absinthe & Scarlet. Absinthe’s life revolves around Torpedo Ink and nothing means more to him than his biker family. But, that doesn’t stop him from wanting a love of his own. So, when he stumbles upon Scarlet at the library, he is hooked. There is just something about her that pulls him in and now he’ll do anything to make her his….

Overall, I thought this book was an ok read. I was pulled in from the beginning and was intrigued by Scarlet and Absinthe’s story. There was more to Absinthe than meets the eye. He’s not just your typical biker. He’s a huge fan of books and the written word. He’s fiercely protective and isn’t afraid to do the work when he wants something. And then there is Scarlet. Scarlet’s past has forever changed her and she’s not the kind of want to forgive and forget. And while she may seem like a prim and proper librarian, she’s got a thirst for vengeance. Together these two made a really interesting couple. I thought they had really great chemistry and they certainly steamed up the pages together.

While Desolation Road is the fourth book in the Torpedo Ink Series, this book can be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone novel. Desolation Road is filled with intrigue, action and romance. I thought Desolation Road was an ok read and even though it’s not my favorite in this series, I still had a great time getting swept up Absinthe & Scarlet’s story…

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

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Absinthe opened the door to the restaurant for her, scanning the room quickly for potential trouble before allowing her to do the same thing while he turned back toward the street and gave that another quick once-over. Certain no one was paying attention to either of them, he closed the door and followed his librarian’s amazing ass. She was in a black skirt with small white polka dots scattered over it. The material clung to her curves. He appreciated that particular skirt very much.

Absinthe held the back of her chair for her, ignoring the waiter who looked as if he might conk him on the head and abscond with the girl. She looked regal as she took the seat, smiling up at Absinthe, nearly taking his breath away. Whatever it was that she had affected him like some kind of aphrodisiac. Her small teeth. That mouth with her full, pouty lips that were made for a man’s dirtiest fantasies. He hadn’t had them until she came along. Not like this. Mostly he’d had nightmares. The erotic, very graphic dreams were a welcome change.

“Are you a wine drinker?” Absinthe didn’t know the first thing about wine. He could make her any kind of drink she wanted, or talk beer, but wine eluded him. If she loved wine, he was going to be taking a crash course. It wouldn’t take him long to catch up.

She shook her head. “I actually don’t drink very much. Once in a while, if it’s really hot out, I’ll have an ice-cold beer. But other than that, it’s a very occasional drink and usually I go for something girly like a cosmopolitan.”

“I don’t drink wine,” Absinthe admitted. “Like you I’m not a big drinker, but mostly that stems from wanting to be alert all the time.”

“You don’t put your feet up, relax and have tons to drink?” There was the merest hint of amusement in her voice. Mostly she was serious.

He loved the look on her face when she gave him her full attention. He focused completely on her once he was certain the few couples already eating or waiting to be served weren’t interested in them in the least.

“No, that wouldn’t work for me. I do like to put my feet up though,” he admitted. “I’m going to be very up-front with you.” It was confession time. If he didn’t say it straight up, she’d find out anyway. “I’m not good at this. I never know what to say and I come off stilted and awkward, but I don’t want to be that way with you.”

Her green eyes were hard to stay still under. She seemed to see right through his skull into his mind where chaos reigned—thanks to her.

“I’m not so great at this either,” she declared. “I guess we’re going to have to learn. I’m very competitive and I have a fast learning curve. Very fast. Wait.” She frowned at him. “You weren’t reading a help book on dating, were you?”

“Do they have those in the library?”

Her lashes swept down and then back up. A small smile teased the curve of her mouth, causing his heart to accelerate. He found himself staring. Shit. He was going to lose before he got started because he couldn’t stop staring at her.

She laughed. “I’m not telling you. I’ll read them and turn into a scintillating conversationalist in minutes, leaving you in the dust.”

He instantly learned three things. There were multiple self-help books on dating, she read extremely fast, and she really was competitive. He flashed a small grin, looking at her with hawk-like eyes, giving her the predator look just for a moment. Just to see the shiver that crept down her spine.

“I’ll have to be there first thing in the morning before your shift.”

“You know my shifts?” The smile faded, and she sounded uneasy.

He shrugged. “How was I going to ask you out? I went multiple times without seeing you, so clearly you had a shift and only came into the library during those times. I kept having to trade work with friends, and drive here from the coast, so, I found out when you worked. I came as often as I could, and just waited until we’d established a very tentative woman can charm the socks right off a shy man any day of the week.”

“Is that what we established?”

Her laughter got him every time. He found himself actually relaxing. The waiter hovered, and both guiltily studied the menu. She ordered a pasta dish and he ordered a steak. Fresh-baked bread was put on the table, and he suddenly realized he was very hungry.