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Review: Black by KL Grayson

Family.
Everyone has one.
Some are close.
Some are dysfunctional.
Some are simply gone.

Nine-year-old Shae Black entered the Witness Protection Program after the murder of her father, mob boss Luca DiMarco. New name. New identity. And a ready-made family that had no idea who she really was.

Fourteen years later, a letter from a ghost thrusts Shae back into the life she was forced to leave behind. As secrets unravel, revealing unexpected truths, Shae sees an opportunity to avenge her father’s death by destroying patriarch Sal Ambrosi, the man responsible for her father’s murder. Getting to the heart of the family will be difficult, but nothing and no one is going to stop her—not even the heirs to the Ambrosi family empire.

She’s prepared for the two brothers, Dante and Rex, to put up a fight, but she isn’t at all prepared for the danger they will bring to her life and her heart.

One will love her.
One will hate her.
One will vow to protect her.
One will vow to kill her.

All in the name of family.

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My Review

“For just one night, I want to let go. I want to explore these crazy feelings rolling around inside of me without fear of repercussions.”

“I want tonight to be burned into your memory. I want to consume every one of your senses, own every sigh. I want to ruin you Shae, bring you pleasure you never thought possible. I’m going to make it impossible for any man to ever live up to what happens between us tonight.”

“She glances up at me, and I feel like she’s looking straight into my soul, seeing all the secrets I’ve got tucked away, and choosing me regardless”

“You own every inch of my heart, Shae Black, and every piece of my soul.”

Black is the exciting, thrilling and sexy new read from author K.L. Grayson. Black hits the ground running and never looks back! This story is told from dual points of view and is excellently paced. From the moment you pick this book up, you will be sucked into the mystery of this story and will be left dying for more.

Black was totally unexpected and has completely blown my mind. This book has it all. From an intriguing and mysterious story line to sexy, sinful characters that should come with their own warning label, to mind blowing secrets and unexpected twists and turns; this book had it all.

I know I haven’t really told you much about this book, but all I can say is that Black is going to take you on one really exciting ride. The characters are just amazing and have such explosive chemistry. You will be kept guessing and holding your breath the entire time! If you are looking for a sexy read, with some great twists, then look no further. I definitely recommend checking this book out.

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

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Review: Luca (Ruin & Revenge #2) by Sarah Castille

Luca Rizzoli was nearly destroyed by a brutal betrayal that cost him his family. Now a ruthless crime boss in the city of sin, he lets nothing touch his frozen heart–until a smoldering encounter with a beautiful stranger ignites his passion. One night isn’t enough for a man who takes what he wants, but his mysterious temptress has slipped away.

For two years police detective Gabrielle Fawkes has lived for revenge. But a night of indulgence with a sexy stranger changes everything. Powerful, charming, and deliciously dangerous Luca, has his own private reasons for offering to help her pursue the drug lord who killed her husband. There’s a lot Luca isn’t telling her and the more she finds out the less she wants to know.

When Gabrielle becomes the target of the drug lord she has vowed to hunt down, she must do the unimaginable: place her life in a mobster’s hands. To save her, Luca must break his Mafia ties–or risk losing Gabrielle forever.


My Review

Ugh! This was such a great read! Luca is dark, thrilling, gritty and sexy as hell. It was everything that I could possibly want in a mafia style book.

Told from multiple points of view, Luca follows the story of Luca and Gabrielle. Ever since her husband was murdered, Gabrielle has had a thirst for revenge. It’s all she’s lived and breathed. What she never planned on was Luca. You see Gabrielle doesn’t date, but meeting the charming and sexy Luca has her questioning everything. He turns her inside out in the most delicious way. But Luca harbors some very dangerous secrets. You see, there is more to Luca than meets the eye. He is ruthless and takes what he wants. These two couldn’t be more opposite if they tried. Will Gabrielle get the revenge she’s always wanted? Will she be able to handle Luca’s secrets? How much will Luca be willing to sacrifice in the name of love? You’ll just have to check this book out for yourself to find those answers and more….

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I was pulled in from page one and couldn’t help but be intrigued by Luca and Gabrielle. They made the most unlikely pair and I think that was part of what drew me to them. I mean Gabrielle is a cop and Luca is a Crime Boss. Any type of relationship between the two of them should be forbidden and doomed from the start. But, just being around these two, you could just feel the sparks between them. You knew that what they had needed to be desperately explored. A fire like theirs would not just fizzle out. So, if they wanted to be together, they would have to defy all the odds. Luca fought to be with Gabrielle. His loyalty and family values tested. And Gabrielle, her thirst for justice put her in more danger than she could ever imagine. With danger lurking around all the corners, lines will be blurred and crossed, and the most surprising twists will stop you in your tracks.

Luca was a thrilling and exciting addition to Ruin & Revenge Series. It has just the right mix of action, danger, mystery, suspense, sexy good times, romance and of course some crazy twists and turns. I really enjoyed spending my afternoon getting lost in this mafia romance and look forward to seeing what lies ahead next in the Ruin & Revenge Series.

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

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Release Blitz with Review: Bad Penny by Staci Hart

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“Witty, sexy as all hell, and addictive like no other, Staci Hart BRINGS IT with Bad Penny.”

-T.M. Frazier, USA Today Bestselling Author

 

Bad Penny, an all-new romantic comedy standalone from Staci Hart is now LIVE!

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Synopsis

Nothing good comes after the third date.

See, date three is the crucial point when things get real, which is exactly why I bounce out the door, twiddling my fingers at whatever poor boy I’ve left behind. Because if I stick around, one of three things will happen: he’ll profess his undying love, he gets weird and stalky, or I’ll go crazy. Like, Sid and Nancy crazy. Like, chase-him-through-the-streets-begging-him-to-love-me crazy.

Seriously, it’s better for everyone this way.

So when I meet Bodie, I figure it’ll be the same as it ever was. It doesn’t matter that he doesn’t put a single string on me. Doesn’t matter that he’s funny and smart and jacked and can play my body like a grand piano. Because even though I’m built for love, love has only carved me up like a Christmas ham.

Resistance is something I can only hang on to for so long, and he has persistence in spades. But my heart isn’t as safe as I want to believe, and neither is his. And the second I ignore my cardinal rule is the second I stand to lose him forever.

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My Review

“She’s got her own gravity, and it’s so hard not to want to know her, want to orbit her, even just for a minute. When she walks into a room, everyone turns to look.”

“Penny’s like a wild pony; she’s beautiful and untamed and completely free. Free from the tethers of judgement, free from being controlled, contained. She lives one day at a time, doing exactly what she wants, accepting her consequences without a single care for what anyone else thinks.” 

“I wasn’t just hungry for his body. I was hungry for his heart and soul. I wanted all of him. I just hoped I could hold onto him without it breaking me.”

Bad Penny is beautifully written and is a story filled with humor and a lot of heart.

From the moment we are first introduced to Penny, you just know that you are in for a real treat. Penny is full of life, but afraid of love. Thanks to a horrible ex, Penny lives her life by the motto: “Nothing good happens after the third date.” She is strong, independent and has no plans to change her ways. She’s happy with the status quo. That is until one unforgettable trip to the ice cream parlor. She runs into a man that is going to completely turn her world upside down and make her want to throw all of her reservations out of the window. But, being Penny isn’t easy. She guards her heart and is afraid to let anyone get close, but if Bodie can play the game, he just might stand a chance and break down all of Penny’s walls….

Bad Penny had me from the very first page. I was sucked into Penny’s story and was dying to hear more. Penny is the girl that is impossible to not fall for. She’s an amazing and hilarious friend with an outgoing personality. She is a force to be reckoned with and it is impossible to not be pulled toward her gravity. I loved watching her character grow and attempt to navigate her way through life. She had a lot of relationship issues to overcome, but if anyone was up to the task, it was Bodie. Bodie…He was just perfection. So darn patient and understanding. He’s always known Penny was something special and would do anything to keep her. He is swoon worthy and not afraid to go after what he wants. The two of them together are just dynamite!

Staci Hart definitely hit it out of the park with Bad Penny. This book was a lot of fun, and entertaining. The characters were real and very easy to connect with. I loved all their interactions and honestly couldn’t get enough of Penny and Bodie. This book had just the right mix of romance, drama, laughs and of course sexy good times. A terrific read and one that I definitely recommend checking out.

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

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About the Author

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey.

From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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Review Tour: I Knew You Were Trouble (Oxford #4) by Lauren Layne

 
A feisty beauty must choose between
winning back Mr. Right 
or giving in to Mr. Wrong.
I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE
Oxford Series #4
Lauren Layne
Releasing June 13, 2017
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New York City’s hottest bachelors are stirring up trouble in this fun, flirty Oxford Novel, as a love triangle forces a feisty beauty to choose between winning back Mr. Right or giving in to Mr. Wrong.

Taylor Carr has it all—a sleek job in advertising, a stunning Manhattan apartment, and the perfect man to share it with: Bradley Calloway. Even after Bradley dumps her for a co-worker on move-in day, Taylor isn’t worried. She’ll get her man eventually. In the meantime, she needs a new roommate. Enter Nick Ballantine, career bartender, freelance writer—and longtime pain in Taylor’s ass. Sexy in a permanent five-o’clock-shadow kind of way, Nick knows how to push Taylor’s buttons, as if he could see right through to the real her.

Nick’s always trying to fix people, and nobody could use a good fixing more than Taylor. Sure, she’s gorgeous, with mesmerizing silver eyes, but it’s her vulnerability that kills him. Now that they’re shacking up together, the chemistry is out of control. Soon they’re putting every part of their two-bedroom apartment to good use. Then Taylor’s ex comes crawling back to her, and Nick figures she’ll jump at the chance to go back to her old life—unless he fights for the best thing that ever happened to him.

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My Review

“He wanted to figure out how to fix the part of her that was broken–not because she was a project, or even because she was flawed, because they were all flawed, but because…”

“Her aunt had taught her a hell of a lot, but there was one crucial life skill that her guardian had never passed on. How to survive a broken heart.”

What an amazing, amazing addition to the Oxford Series!! This series just keeps getting better and better!!

I Knew You Were Trouble is a swoon-worthy, enemies to lovers romance that will grab on to your heart and give you all the feels.

Told from dual points of view, I Knew You Were trouble follows the story of Nick and Taylor. Taylor thought she had it all: an amazing job, fantastic boyfriend and an amazing apartment. Yes, all was going well until move in day….On move in day, Taylor finds herself slapped with a Dear John Letter and an expensive apartment. So, what’s a girl to do? Look for a room mate of course. However, the last thing she ever expected was to find herself living with Nick. Nick is sexy, smart and isn’t locked down to just one particular job. On the outside, he is the total package. The one problem? He is Taylor’s biggest enemy. But, desperate times call for desperate measures….Nick likes to think of himself as the fixer. He can fix and solve any problem. The one thing he’d like to fix: Taylor. He knows she is the total package, but can’t handle the vulnerability that she has going on. However now that the two are living together, there are only so many places to hide and with chemistry like theirs, it won’t be long until it explodes. Will Nick and Taylor give in to the intense feelings that they’ve developed? Or will Nick let one little roadblock stop him from getting everything he could have possibly wanted?? You’ll just have to pick up this book and find out for yourself.

What can I say about I Knew You Were Trouble? Well, I loved it. I thought this story was well written and entertaining. It was smart and I really enjoyed the quick wit. I loved the banter between Nick and Taylor. Their total dislike for one another added to their already amazing chemistry, leaving you with some intense will they/won’t they moments. I’m not gonna lie, I couldn’t wait for these two to get together. The sexual tension was just nuts! Sexual tension aside, I though the characters were a lot of fun and they intrigued me. I found them really easy to relate to and couldn’t wait to discover more about them.

I Knew You Were Trouble was a wonderful read from beginning to end. It hooked me from page one and had me quickly devouring each and every page. I Knew You Trouble checked off all my boxes and was exactly the book I was looking for. This book made me laugh. It made me swoon. It pulled at my heart and kept me begging for more. And it had just the right amount of angst and drama.

I Knew You Were Trouble totally exceeded my expectations, providing me with an amazing enemies to lovers romance that not only warmed my heart, but gave me all the feels.

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

Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen romantic comedies.

A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career.

She lives in midtown Manhattan with her high-school sweetheart, where she writes smart romantic comedies with just enough sexy-times to make your mother blush. In LL’s ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books.

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Review: Found Underneath (Finding Me #2) by K.L. Kreig

It began as a ruse.

Take a girlfriend. Divert the press from the fucked up mess that’s my family until my father is re-elected. Stage a public breakup. Move on.

Only that brilliant plan went straight south the moment I set eyes on Willow Blackwell.

I found her.

My center. My future. A soulmate with the will of a mule and the mouth of a harpy.

I now want things I never wanted before. Permanent kinds of things.

Only Fate—and her ex—have other plans for us.

In some sort of cosmic impossibility, our lives unknowingly intersected years before when tragedy befell both our families. Once the devastating truth is finally revealed, the future I’d found in her will come crashing down around us and for the first time in my life I’m completely helpless.

I may very well lose the only woman I’ve ever loved to a past neither of us saw coming.

*warning: 18+ only. Contains foul language, explicit sex and a hot alpha (or two, or three). NOTE: This is NOT a standalone. It’s the conclusion to LOST IN BETWEEN, which MUST be read first.

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My Review

“How do I tell her that she is one I never saw coming? That she’s moved in. Taken up residence inside me without my knowledge, without my permission. Without even trying. How do I make her see something in her I’ve not seen in another woman? Hell, it’s something I never wanted to see in a woman before. Me.”

“In her, I found what was lost in me. She’s color, she’s sun, she’s rain, she’s earth, she’s breath, she’s warmth, she’s salt, she’s sweet. She’s life. She’s mine. Without Willow, I am nothing.

“I believe in him. In love purely for love’s sake. I finally believe in living again. I believe I am worth fighting for. But so is he.”

Oh, have I been waiting to get my little hands on this book!! Seriously, ever since I finished Lost In Between, I have been sitting here tapping my foot impatiently, waiting to see how Shaw and Willow’s story would play out. Well, let me tell you, it was so worth the wait!!

Found Underneath picks up right where Lost In Between left off and I swear, it was like no time had passed. I was immediately sucked back into the story-line and captivated by the characters. This story hit the ground running and left no stone unturned. All the burning questions I had were answered and there were still quite a few shocks and twists along the way. Yes, KL Kreig really kicked things up a notch with this epic conclusion….

What can you expect from Found Underneath? Aside from a captivating and entertaining story-line, plan on clearing your entire day when you read this book, because you are not going to want to put it down. There’s sex. There’s lies. There’s betrayal. There’s shocking twists and unexpected surprises. There is a smoking hot alpha male, who isn’t afraid to go after what he wants. There is explosive chemistry and some sinfully sexy moments. Shaw and Willow’s story kept me on the edge of my seat and had me burning quickly through the pages! And I loved every single moment of it. I definitely recommend checking out this series out!

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

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Review Tour: Real Sexy (Real Dirty Duet #2) by Meghan March

Real Sexy AMAZONIn Nashville, country stars are a dime a dozen.

I swore I’d never get caught up with one, but Boone Thrasher made a liar out of me.

I said I’d never put my heart on the line, but he didn’t ask before he stole it.

Now we’re facing my worst fears, and we’ll see if this country boy is tough enough to see it through.

Girls like me don’t get happily ever afters… but maybe he’ll prove that wrong too.

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My Review

“We’re just getting started, sugar, and I won’t let anyone take that away from us.”

“You only regret the chances you don’t take.”

What a great follow up to Real Dirty!! I don’t know about you guys, but after the way things ended with Real Dirty, I was super anxious to get my hands on this bad boy.

Real Sexy picks up right where the last book off and let me tell you, this book hits the ground running. It packs a punch from page one and will captivate you right to the very end. Poor Ripley is so used to getting the short end of the stick and never having happiness, so when her families drama threatens to turn her life upside down yet again, she’s not sure if what she and Boone share can handle what life has thrown at her. She knows he deserves better, but can’t fight the pull she feels with Boone. He makes her want and desire things that she’s never imagined possible. He makes her see that anything is possible, you just have to fight for what you want. And it will be ever more important now for Boone prove just how tough and strong their love is…..

Oooooh!!!!! There is so much I want to tell you about Real Sexy, but I am not gonna do it. You need to pick up this book for yourself and just see what a fabulous read it truly is. Here is what I can tell you….Real Sexy is a wonderful love story with an intriguing plot and twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Boone is 100% alpha male and totally swoon worthy to boot. He is determined and refuses to give up on the woman he loves. And Ripley…She’s been dealt some pretty crappie cards in her life and it is going to take a strong man to give her just what she deserves. I thoroughly enjoyed Boone and Ripley’s story. I loved watching them navigate their way through all the ups and downs life threw at them.

From a drama filled family to smokin’ hot sexy good times, this book had it all! I easily devoured this book in one setting and would definitely recommend checking this series out!

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

Real Dirty AMAZONI have everything a guy could want—a new single burning up the charts, more money than a simple country boy could spend, and a woman I’m planning to marry.

Until she doesn’t show up for my proposal.

The life I thought was so perfect, isn’t.

The guy who thought he had everything, doesn’t.
I’ve got my heart on lockdown, but life sends me straight into the path of a mouthy bartender who puts me in my place.

Now the only place I want to put her is under me.

I thought I was done with love, but maybe I’m just getting started.

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Meghan March has been known to wear camo face paint and tromp around in woods wearing mud-covered boots, all while sporting a perfect manicure. She’s also impulsive, easily entertained, and absolutely unapologetic about the fact that she loves to read and write smut. Her past lives include slinging auto parts, selling lingerie, making custom jewelry, and practicing corporate law. Writing books about dirty talking alpha males and the strong, sassy women who bring them to their knees is by far the most fabulous job she’s ever had. She loves hearing from her readers at meghanmarchbooks@gmail.com.

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Review: Stand (Bleeding Stars #6) by A.L. Jackson

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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My Review

“As a kid, I had breathed a million of those wishes. Countless. Infinite. Now I could feel them falling all around me. Burning and bleeding out. Disintegrating into nothing.”

“Standing there, I knew this would cost me. Everything important in our lives did. Nothing was free and every action came with a consequence. No. I’d never been known as a fighter. But looking down at this girl looking up at me? I knew I’d never regret fighting for her.”

“The space between us was alive, rippling and shivering and searching. Like maybe our souls recognized the gravity of what’d gone down last night. Paths had been shifted. Fate deflected.”

“For the first time in years, my fingers itched with the urge to sit down and bring it to life. To create and compose. This song? It would be soft and sweet and tender. Exactly the kind of love this girl would be. I knew it. Felt it bursting in that space between us. Sweet. Uncomplicated. True.” 

If ever there was a series that I didn’t want to say goodbye to, it would be this one. I want to scream and shout and scream some more. I don’t want it to end. I don’t want to say goodbye. But, sadly I have to. But, one thing that I know for sure, it will never really be the end. The words, the lyrics, the writing, the characters….they will forever stay in my heart.

Stand is the sixth and final book in the Bleeding Hearts Series. The series and story has come full circle and now it is time for Zee to tell his story. Told from dual points of view, Stand is Zee and Alexis’ story. Zee has spent the last seven years of his life living the dream….or so it may seem. For the past seven years, he has been living his life in penance for the dream his brother had to give up. Every single thing he does is to honor his brother’s memory, but at what cost? When a chance encounter brings Zee and Alexis together, Zee’s entire life is turned upside down. He knows he should stay away, but is unable to fight the pull…..Alexis would do anything for her twin sister and I mean anything. Her sister’s life has been anything but pretty, but Alexis refuses to give up. When her sister hurts, she hurts. But, just how far will Alexis go to save her sister???

Family. Loyalty. Devotion. Betrayal. Love. Those are the words that I think of when I think of Stand. When I picked up Stand, I knew my emotions would be taken on one heck of a journey, but as with every AL Jackson novel, I am never truly prepared for that journey. Stand is incredibly well written and will make you feel everything. It will tug at your heart and question what you would do if you were in either Zee or Alexis’ position. Zee and Alexis’ story is not an easy one and their road is filled with lots of hurdles. But, the outcome is so worth the journey. What Zee and Alexis have is truly special. They understand each other in a way that no one else can and they have the intense chemistry to boot.

Stand was everything that I wanted and more. I have been a fan of this series for quite some time now and have fallen deeper and deeper with each book. It has been amazing to go on this journey with these characters. To see how far they’ve come and the obstacles that they’ve had to overcome. Stand isn’t just a romance. It is a story of second chances and loyalty. It is a story of regrets and fighting for what you want most in life. It is a story of forgiving oneself and knowing when enough is enough. It is a story of family and friends and love. It is a story with the most amazing and unforgettable characters. AL Jackson has once again delivered another beautiful and poetic story.

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