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Review: Chance of a Lifetime by Jude Deveraux & Tara Sheets

In one century she loved him madly, and in another she wants nothing to do with him

In 1844 Ireland, Liam O’Connor, a rogue and a thief, fell madly in love with a squire’s daughter and unwittingly altered the future. Shy and naive Cora McLeod thought Liam was the answer to her prayers. But the angels disagreed and they’ve been waiting for the right moment in time to step in.

Now Liam finds himself reunited with his beloved Cora in Providence Falls, North Carolina. The angels have given Liam a task. He must make sure Cora falls in love with another man—the one she was supposed to marry before Liam interfered. But this Cora is very different from the innocent girl who fell for Liam in the past. She’s a cop and has a confidence and independence he wasn’t expecting. She doesn’t remember Liam or their past lives, nor is she impressed with his attempts to guide her in any way.

Liam wants Cora for himself, but with his soul hanging in the balance, he must choose between a stolen moment in time or an eternity of damnation.

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I honestly don’t know how I feel about this book, so just bear with me.

When I first came across this book, I instantly fell in the love with the cover and the synopsis. The cover was just so stunning and the synopsis just pulled at me, pretty much begging for me to read it.

For me, this book started off pretty promising. I liked the idea of the story and found it to be unique and refreshing. I loved the way Liam and Cora fell in love in 1844 and the tragedy of it. However, as the story went on, I felt like it lost some of its spark. I didn’t feel the connection with Liam and Cora in modern times. I didn’t get those feels and those moments of undeniable chemistry. Somewhere along the way, I lost my connection to this story and struggled to get it back. I don’t know. Maybe it’s just me, but this story didn’t work for me at all.

Chance of a Lifetime sounded promising, but in the end it just didn’t work for me. While this book wasn’t a hit for me, I’m still glad to have checked it out and given it a chance.

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

Review: Object Lesson: Ax’s Road to Redemption (No Name MC – A Dark & Dirty Biker BDSM series Book 1) by Lottie Hart

A Dark and Dirty BDSM romance novella, featuring a bunch of hard-core, alpha male, outlaw bikers and one sweet, smart and sexy young woman who is struggling to reclaim her place in the world after years of damaging oppression.

After nearly two years of trying to convince Anna she is special to him, Ax sets out to teach his old lady an “Object Lesson”. When his frustration and darker nature take over, the scene goes too far. Will this BDSM scene gone wrong send Ax on a journey into damnation or put him on the road to redemption?

OBJECT LESSON promises a guaranteed HEA, but ride to get there is rough and dirty.

Pssst… I did mention all the hot BDSM action? Right?

NOTE: This story is intended only for adult readers as it contains plenty of raunchy language (in other words, if the F word offends you, don’t buy this book), graphic sex scenes (explicit, detailed, hot and nasty sex scenes… see previous warning, don’t buy this book if easily offended). This story also contains vivid references to violence. Object Lesson is NOT intended to be a factual representation of the biker, nor BDSM, lifestyles. The sex acts portrayed in the story involve adults only and are NOT intended to be suggested BDSM practices. 

My Review

Objective Lesson was a quick read for me. I was drawn to this book and was intrigued by the synopsis, so I decided to give it a try. I’m gonna be honest with you, I think this novella, is going to be one of those books that you’re either going to love or you’re going to hate. When I first started reading it, I thought it had a ton of potential. However, there were some moments that were just hard for me to get past. Let me just say that when it comes to hot sex, I am no prude. In fact, the hotter the better. However, when Ax decided he needed to teach Anna a lesson, he took it too far for my taste. It was graphic, cruel, and offensive.  Quiet honestly, it pissed me off. That first sexual encounter really turned me off to the story and it made me really dislike Ax. I didn’t really understand or see why he needed to take things so far; especially given what he knows about Anna’s past. And honestly, the only thing that kept me from dnfing this book was that I wanted to see how things turned out for Anna.

Overall, Objective Lesson was an alright read. I thought it was a bit rushed in places and would have liked to have seen things slowed down; really get a feel for the characters, their story, their chemistry. As far as characters go, I couldn’t really relate to or understand any of them. I did understand some of where Anna was coming from, but would have liked to have seen some of the spark and fight in her that Ax mentions. As I previously stated, I took issue with the first sexual encounter with Ax and Anna and it was hard for me to move past. I will admit there were some sweet moments with Ax that I did enjoy, but honestly, I was just left wanting more. At the end of the day, this book just wasn’t for me.

Objective Lesson is my first book by this author and even though it was a miss for me, I’m still glad I took a chance on this author and checked her book out. If you do plan on checking out this book, it is important that I tell you to please heed the warning the author has placed with this book. This is definitely not a read for everyone.

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

Review: Furious Rush by S.C. Stephens

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Too fast, too furious-and way too hot to handle . . .

Mackenzie Cox has a lot to prove. Daughter of a racing legend, she is eager to show the world that she has inherited her father’s talent in the male-dominated sport of professional motorcycle racing. The last thing Kenzie needs is to be antagonized by her rival team’s newest rider, Hayden Hayes. Plucked from the world of illegal street racing, Hayden immediately gets under Kenzie’s skin. His insinuations that Kenzie is a spoiled princess who was handed her career fuels her desire to win, and much to her surprise, Kenzie soon learns she performs better when she’s racing against Hayden.

As Kenzie and Hayden push each other on the track, the electric energy between them off the track shifts into an intense–and strictly forbidden–attraction. The only rule between their two ultra-competitive teams is zero contact. Kenzie always does her best to play by the rules, but when her team slips into a financial crisis, she has no choice but to turn to Hayden for help. The tension simmers during their secret, late-night rendezvous, but Kenzie has too much to lose to give in to her desires. Especially when she begins to doubt that Hayden has completely left his street life behind…

My Review

When I first heard about this book, I couldn’t wait to read it. I loved the synopsis and how unique it sounded. I think this book had a lot of potential and started off really great. I was really intrigued by the story and couldn’t wait to find out more.

I really, really, really wanted to like this book. But, sadly my excitement for it did not last very long. By 17% or so, I was just over it and this is why: Kenzie…She has to be one of the most unlikable characters I have ever met. She was a total bitch for the entire story and honestly, I don’t understand why Hayden would waste his time on her. Don’t get me wrong, I have no issue with a tough, independent woman. In fact, I don’t mind a little standoffishness and making the man work for her affections, but this was way too much. But, what was really frustrating was that she was a bitch to Hayden, but let her family and friends just walk all over her. She took way too much crap from them and for such an independent woman, I couldn’t understand why she didn’t stand up for herself more and why she let them treat her the way that they did. And Hayden, I was really curious about him in the beginning. I think he had a great air of mystery surrounding him, but as the story went on, I was just left wanting more.

Kenzie and Hayden together was an interesting combination. Yes, they had an instant connection, but I never really felt the spark between the two of them. To me, it felt forced and their connection didn’t feel believable. I kept waiting to see the spark and a reason for them being together, but in the end, I was just left wanting more.

My other issue was the pacing and repetitiveness. The pacing of the story was just too slow for me. I felt like it took forever to get to the point of the story. And when we finally seemed to get somewhere, it just dragged on and at times, left me bored. And then there was the repetitiveness issue. From the scenes where Kenzie is being put down by her father, to the sexual scenes with Hayden; it was just so repetitive. I found myself thinking at times, didn’t I just read this exact thing a few chapters ago??? I’m sorry, but those things are just major deal breakers for me.

Overall, I think this book had a lot of potential, but it just didn’t work for me. I had to many issues with the characters and overall execution of the story. And in the end, I was left feeling disappointed and wanting more….

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

Review: Brave: A Contemporary MMA Romance (Oni Fighters #1) by Natalie Gayle

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A moment in time, that’s all it took. Beauty, pain and tragedy.

Xander “Pretty Boy” Todd was a demon in the ring. A professional MMA fighter with a career that had the world a buzz—but now it’s gone. Or is it?

Eden Sommers had her dreams of an international modelling career within her grasp—and lost it. Gone within a few seconds, leaving nothing but pain.

How do you go on, when the one thing that defines you is suddenly ripped away—only to leave scars and a hollow shell in its place? Has the beauty gone forever? Or has it just retreated—to now be hidden, and dormant; guarded by the inner demons?

Can these two wounded souls find the inner strength to fight back the demons together and find the beauty in their lives once again?

To do this, they must first accept—The hardest demons to defeat are the ones inside. They’ll have to be BRAVE.

My Review

So, I’m just going to keep this review short and sweet. I have been hearing a lots of great things about this book.  When I first read the synopsis of this story, I was intrigued. It sounded right up my alley. So, when I saw that this book was available on NetGalley, I didn’t hesitate to request it. Brave started off with a very promising start. It was a beauty and the beast sort of tale. I really liked the idea of the story and found myself intrigued by Eden and her past.

Sadly, this book just didn’t work for me. I had a lot of issues with the pacing of this story. It started off kinda slow, which isn’t normally a big deal for me. However, I kept waiting for the pace to pick up and it just never happened. It just felt like the story was dragging and that nothing was really happening. Honestly it was way too long of a book to be this slowly paced. I found myself getting bored really easily and contemplated DNFing the book quiet a few times.

Even thought Brave did not quite work for me, there were some things that I did like. The characters were likable and interesting. I liked how Xander treated Eden. He worked very hard to earn her trust and make her come out of her shell. This book did have some really sweet moments, but it just wasn’t enough for me. I know that I am in the minority here and that a lot of people really enjoyed this book. This is just my opinion.

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

Review: Prepared to Fight by E.J. Shortall

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preparedtofightLive each day as if it were your last. Worry only about yourself. Work hard and never, ever fall in love. That’s Olivia Buchanan’s motto and she stands by it every day.

Feisty, headstrong and confident, recent graduate Liv is fighting to succeed in the male dominated field she has chosen as her career. As an architect for her best friend’s father’s respected London based company, her chance to shine and become recognised comes when she lands the prestigious account for GO Sports and Leisure.

Armed with her plans and determination, Liv is ready to deliver the presentation of her life. That is, until he walks in. The mysterious personal trainer from the gym. The only man to have ever made her heart flutter. But he isn’t all he seems.

When MMA fighter, Nathan Oakes offers Liv a business proposition to join him in Southern France, she’s left questioning his motives and wonders if she should refuse. She’s also equally intrigued by the prospect of what the trip could do for her career.
Liv has no time for a relationship. Nate doesn’t want one. When forced to live side by side, feelings are stretched and emotions are battled. Can they keep their professional and personal lives separate, preventing them from falling into something they both need to avoid?

My Review

I’m just going to keep this review short and sweet. When I first read the synopsis of Prepared to Fight, I was really intrigued by it. I loved the cover. I was really excited to dive in.

Prepared to Fight starts off really promising and then just sort of falls flat. Olivia is supposed to be this feisty, confident woman who is living in a man’s world, trying to succeed and make a name for herself. While I did see her as a great business woman, I felt that she severely lacked confidence. Her character is not a perfect 10 and has some self esteem issues. Yes, ladies, we all have them from time to time, but this was just too much. I felt like she was always complaining about how she looked. For me, that was very hard to get past. Then we have Nate. Nate is this MMA fighter, who also owns his own gym. He is very intrigued by Olivia when he first meets her. He not only likes Olivia, but wants to help her get in shape. When we first meet Nate, he has all the makings of an alpha male. He’s possessive of Olivia. He wants her. He will do anything to have her. I love a good alpha male, but again, I felt like he just fell flat. Instead of being the alpha male that I was anticipating, he just came across as creepy. Again, this is just my opinion.

I didn’t really feel any real chemistry between Olivia and Nate. They had some moments, but not nearly enough. I needed to see more build, more connection. Why did these two want to be with one another? In the end, I just left wanting more.

Prepared to Fight had a lot of potential, but just didn’t work for me. There were times I found myself wanting to put this book down and not read anymore, but I stuck with it, hoping it would get better. It never did for me. There was a lot of things that were hard for me to get past. Again, this is just my opinion. What doesn’t work for some, may work great for others.

* I was provided an ARC copy of this book via S.B.B. Promotions, in exchange for an honest review*