Cover Reveal and Sweepstakes: Hot Pursuit by Jennifer Zane

Title: Hot Pursuit Series: Book #1: Hot Pursuit Series Author: Jennifer Zane Format: ebook Expected publication: September 15, 2014 by Smashwords Edition  ISBN13: 9781310473890

Title: Hot Pursuit
Series: Book #1: Hot Pursuit Series
Author: Jennifer Zane
Format: ebook
Expected publication: September 15, 2014 by Smashwords Edition
ISBN13: 9781310473890

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A fun weekend at a friends wedding in Denver takes a bizarre twist for Anna Scott when her rental car is pulled over due to an “anonymous tip”. In her trunk…one dead body linked to warring crime families in Denver and New York. It should be easy for an innocent woman to be cleared for an innocent mix-up. But was it a mistake? The police aren’t so sure, and neither is the crime boss who wants vengeance for his son-in-law’s death. You see, Anna Scott didn’t exist a couple of years ago, she knows way too much about criminal procedures and about talking to cops. Anna Scott has a secret, and this twist of fate could not only expose her, but place her and anyone close to her in danger.

Jake Griffin is playing a dangerous game. He’s spent the last few months undercover in the Moretti crime family. Anna Scott is a big problem. Moretti assigns him to find out who she is, what she wants, and to kill her if she’s a threat. Jake needs to keep his nose clean and focus on taking down Moretti, not a sexy woman who is a complete mystery. He can’t stop thinking about her; her knowledge, her name, her dangerous associates, her fear, or the bone deep desire every time he sees her. Nick’s at war with the whole world over one alluring, yet vulnerable woman, and he can’t seem to stop taking dangerous chances where she’s concerned. The most dangerous of all might be trusting her with the truth.

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Review and Sweepstakes: Hard Knox (Book #1: The Outsiders Series) by Nicole Williams

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Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the Hard Knox tour hosted by AToMR PromotionsToday, I have my review and a link to the event-wide sweepstakes for you.  If you would like to check out the rest of the stops on the tour just click on the banner above.  Thanks so very much for stopping by RoloPoloBookBlog and have a fantastic day :)

Title: Hard Knox Series: Book #1: The Outsider Chronicles Author: Nicole Williams Age/Genre: NA/Adult Contemporary Published: August 12, 2014 Cover Design: Okay Creations

Title: Hard Knox
Series: Book #1: The Outsider Chronicles
Author: Nicole Williams
Age/Genre: NA/Adult Contemporary
Published: August 12, 2014
Cover Design: Okay Creations

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Knox Jagger. The name inspires resent in every male at Sinclair University, want in every female, and contempt in Charlie Chase.  Charlie can be summed up in three words: independent, independent, and independent. To Charlie, Knox epitomizes everything that’s wrong with college males: prolific one-night stands, drunken senseless fights, and a body that hints at prioritizing gym time over study time.  As an up-and-coming writer for Sinclair University’s newspaper, Charlie’s tasked with getting to the bottom of who’s been dropping little white pills into girls’ drinks at parties. In an ocean of All-American boys sporting polo shirts and innocent smiles, Knox is the obvious suspect. As evidence piles up against the bad boy of Sinclair, Charlie becomes more and more certain it isn’t Knox. But when her drink is dosed at a party and she wakes up on Knox’s couch the next morning, Charlie’s left with more questions than answers when it comes to Knox Jagger.  How can Charlie ever hope to uncover the truth behind a guy so closed off he’s become . . . Hard Knox.

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My Rating: 4/5 stars

My Review:

For Charlie Chase, the only thing in life that is important is the truth!  As a journalism major, Charlie is totally used to being insulted as she walks across campus.  She is used to the stares and the taunts and quite frankly, just doesn’t care.  Charlie has little to no respect for most of her peers and so, exposing the truth of their lives and their activities is not a big deal, it’s her job.  At the top of Charlie’s list of favorite topics, the hazing and partying that goes on inside campus sororities and fraternities.  Though Charlie would rather poke a needle in her eye than go to a sorority or fraternity party, she is committed to her new article on underage drinking. 

As if the party isn’t bad enough, Charlie’s night gets even crappier when she is approached by none other than Knox Jagger.  As if she doesn’t already get enough dirty looks.  Knox Jagger is every girl’s wet dream and every guy’s worst nightmare.  If there is even an ounce of truth to the rumors then Knox Jagger has slept with nearly every girl on campus and then some.  He knows how to hold his own in a fight and everyone wants a piece of him.  Except Charlie Chase.  Sure that Knox is drunk, Charlie tries to convince him that he is barking up the wrong tree but the stubborn man just won’t give up.  Thank goodness!  Despite her best efforts and near-constant diligence, later that night Charlie finds herself the victim of a drugging and if I weren’t for Knox, she surely would have been Sinclair University’s latest rape victim too.

 Though the morning after is both awkward and painful, Charlie realizes that Knox may not be quite the asshole she has always thought him to be.  After insuring her safety, Knox encourages Charlie to go to the hospital for testing and to file a police report.  Knox also strongly advises Charlie to rethink her research strategy, especially if it means she will be attending more sorority and fraternity parties on her own.  Charlie, ever the independent soul, chalks the experience up to bad luck and continues on with her research.  The situation takes a critical turn, however when Charlie is drugged a second time.  She may be independent but she isn’t stupid and though she is hesitant, Charlie moves in with Knox (the spare bedroom, you pervert!) so that the two can work on the problem together and Knox can ensure Charlie’s safety.  Safety in numbers, right? 

For months Charlie and Knox attend party after party but the drugging has seemingly stopped.  The girls of Sinclair University are safe but Charlie’s heart is not.  She has lived for months with a man she is fiercely attracted to and though she is sure he is attracted to her, Knox has always maintained his control.  Knox is not at all what the rumors say he is and his every action is taken to insure Charlie’s safety while she conducts her research.  Thanks to the growing sexual tension and the lack of progress in their investigation, Charlie and Knox have a tendency to engage in heated discussions.  Both are strong-willed and convinced of their position so the arguments generally end in a stalemate and the two stalking off to their respective rooms.  Following one such event and in an effort to draw out the drugging culprit and move their investigation forward, Charlie rashly and stupidly decides to attend a party on her own.  Before she knows it, a raging and nearly naked (YUMMY!) Knox is in front of her dragging her out of the party before she can be drugged again.  Though Charlie is wicked pissed, she knows the rage she sees in Knox is a result of his fear for her and her safety and in that moment, both finally allow their relationship to move forward. 

You know it can’t all be good from here and no HEA should ever be this easy J  True to form, shit hits the fan in spectacular fashion: Charlie discovers a treasure trove of information about Knox and his past that she just doesn’t understand, her life is truly threatened and, if it weren’t for Knox (yet again!) Charlie would be all kinds of dead.  Instead, Charlie and Knox are all kinds of something else . . . .

The Bottom Line: Hard Knox was my introduction to Nicole Williams and her writing and I am pleased to have picked up this read.  My only real complaint about this read is Charlie’s general attitude.  She is awfully young to be as jaded and cynical as she is and her general rage against man attitude gets old quickly.  Once Charlie begins to mellow a bit she becomes far more likeable; unfortunately, it takes a life-threatening situation to get Charlie to mellow L  Knox, well, he’s just Knox and unless you read the book, you just won’t get the appeal of his brand of sexy.  He is some kind of sexy and every part of that man is perfection on legs.  Though I pretty much had the big bad figured out early on, it certainly didn’t stop me from enjoying this read and I feel comfortable recommending this read to lovers of light mystery and HEAs.

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I’m the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the CRASH series (HarperTeen, S&S UK), LOST & FOUND series, UP IN FLAMES (S&S UK), The EDEN TRILOGY, and a handful of others. I write stories about everyday kinds of people who find themselves in extraordinary kinds of situations. I tell love stories with happy endings because I believe in making the world a better place, and that’s one tiny way I can make it so. I’m one of those people who still believe in true love and soul mates, and would rather keep my head in the clouds any day over having my feet firmly on the ground.

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Review and Sweepstakes: Worth Forgiving (Book #3: MMA Fighter Series) by Vi Keeland

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Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the Worth Forgiving (Book #3: MMA Fighter Series) tour hosted by TRSOR.  Today, I have my review for you and the link to the event-wide sweepstakes.  Thank you so much for stopping by and have an excellent Hump Day :)

Title: Worth Forgiving Series: Book #3: MMA Fighter Series Author: Vi Keeland Paperback Published: August 21, 2014

Title: Worth Forgiving
Series: Book #3: MMA Fighter Series
Author: Vi Keeland
Paperback
Published: August 21, 2014

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Synopsis:

They say men like a lady in the living room and a whore in the bedroom. I never knew the sentiment was reciprocal. Until I met Jax Knight. A gentleman in public, a commanding, dirty talking rogue in the bedroom.

Daughter of legendary fighter “The Saint,” Lily St. Claire knows firsthand how fighters can be. As the owner of a chain of MMA gyms, she’s no stranger to aggressive, dominating, and possessive men. That’s why she’s always kept her distance. But the day Jax Knight walks through her door she’s captivated by his charm. Stunningly handsome, well mannered, Ivy League educated, and confident, he shatters all the preconceived notions she’d come to think were true about men who trained to fight.  But falling for someone so soon after her breakup wasn’t something she’d planned on. And definitely not something her ex plans to allow.

Source: ARC from author

My Rating: 4½/5 stars

My Review:

Jax Knight just can’t escape the wretched that is his father, Preston Knight.  Angry and tired of dodging the press, Jax has decided that the only way to get on with his life is to leave DC for a while and escape into the anonymity that is New York City.  Quite aside from being Preston Knight’s son, Jax has his own life: he is a very successful businessman, he trains almost relentlessly for an MMA “career” and, he doesn’t lack for companionship should he choose to engage in such activities.  Jax likes his life and his privacy but with the scandal that is his father and his father’s reprehensible behavior, Jax just can’t find what he needs in DC. 

On the outside, Lily St. Claire has the perfect life: she is part owner of a successful chain of MMA training centers, Ralley’s Gyms; she is happily single; has a delightful best friend and; takes art classes when she’s not working at the gym.  That’s the outside.  What the world doesn’t see is Lily’s ongoing and intense sadness over the loss of her beloved father and her intense desire to be totally free of her controlling ex, Caden.  While most girls have the luxury of walking out the door and being done with their ex, Lily’s ex is related to her business partner and an MMA fighter who trains in the gym Lily works in.  As if to rub salt in the wound, Caden calls Lily incessantly, questions her every move and action and, can’t take the hint that they are well and truly over.  Lily is generally too nice for her own good but even she knows the situation with Caden has got to change. 

On the recommendation of his DC trainer, Jax checks out a Ralley’s Gym almost as soon as he gets to New York.  The new gym is good, the trainer will work out fine and, the beautiful young lady at the front desk is not just beautiful but talented and intriguing as well.  There are just a few problems: she has a detestable ex who won’t leave her alone and she keeps trying to convince Jax that she doesn’t date.  Huh?  Really?  Then maybe she will just help out a guy new to the city and looking to escape the media.  For Lily, Jax’s presence in her life is as unsettling as it is exciting.  Jax is strong, sexy and, determined to get close to her and that determination only becomes stronger after just a few hours of hanging out with Lily and seeing how Caden behaves around her.  Jax figures out quickly that Caden is bad news and not just for Lily personally but for her business as well.  On many levels, Jax presence is comforting and exciting and sensual but, Lily knows his time in DC is limited and getting involved is dangerous. 

The dance between Jax and Lily is all kinds of fun to watch.  Where Jax is aggressive in a gentlemanly kind of way, Lily is hesitant yet curious.  They are both all kinds of interested in each other and their banter is laced with both humor and innuendo.  Getting Lily to trust him is of the utmost importance but Jax is keeping things from Lily that will most certainly cause her to tuck her tail and run.  Adding to the pressure of the secrets is Caden who is a constant nuisance and an escalating threat to Lily and her safety.  Needless to say, Jax just won’t stand for Caden and his behavior and as things heat up on every level, so does the animosity between the two men. Clearly, the animosity can only be solved in the cage and man, oh man, is that one raging fight J

The Bottom Line: Once again, Vi Keeland delivers a solid and entertaining read that has something for everyone.  There is a steamy romance with more than a little cat and mouse, there is some excellent dick swinging between the boys, there are visits from past (favorite!) characters and, there is an excellent ending that ties up the entire series.  Keeland is seemingly keeping this series short and sweet and as a result, the characters – both old and new – stay fresh and exciting.  Both the short- and long-term plots are interesting and sexy with just the right amount of action.  There is a fine selection of good and bad characters, all of which are fully developed and worth investing in.  One of Keeland’s strengths is her dialogue whether it be quick and witty banter, arguments or, a dirty-talking sexy man.  From beginning to end I was totally involved in this read and on the whole find it to be an excellent conclusion to what has become one of my favorite series.

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 About the author and where to find her:

Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn’t change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work. She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting smut author by night!

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Teaser Tusday: Uncivilized by Sawyer Bennett

Title: Uncivilized Author: Sawyer Bennett Age/Genre: Erotic/Mature Adult Contemporary Romance Release Date: September 8, 2014

Title: Uncivilized
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Age/Genre: Erotic/Mature Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 8, 2014

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Putting a woman on her knees before me is what really makes my cock hard. I fuck with dominant force and absolute control. I demand complete surrender from my conquests.    Savage man, loner, warrior… I am dangerous at my core. I have lived amidst the untamed wild of the rainforest, in a society that reveres me and where every woman falls before me in subjugation.  Now I’ve been discovered. Forced to return to a world that I have forgotten about and to a culture that is only vaguely familiar to my senses.  Dr. Moira Reed is an anthropologist who has been hired to help me transition back into modern society. It’s her job to smooth away my rough edges… to teach me how to navigate properly through this new life of mine. She wants to tame me.

She’ll never win.

I am wild, free and raw, and the only thing I want from the beautiful Moira Reed is to fuck her into submission.

She wants it, I am certain.

I will give it to her soon.

Yes, very soon, I will become the teacher and she will become my student. And when I am finished showing her body pleasure like no other, she’ll know what it feels like to be claimed by an uncivilized man.

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About the author and where to find her:

USA Today Best-Selling author, Sawyer Bennett, is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have two big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn’t have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.

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Cover Reveal and Sweepstakes: Blocked by Jennifer Lane

Title: Blocked Author: Jennifer Lane Age/Genre: NA Contemporary/Sports Romance Expected publication: October 21, 2014

Title: Blocked
Author: Jennifer Lane
Age/Genre: NA Contemporary/Sports Romance
Expected publication: October 21, 2014

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College freshman Lucia Ramirez has a secret crush on Dane Monroe. He’s a tall drink of water — blond, brash, and one hell of a volleyball player. Hijole. Lucia hopes her volleyball scholarship to his school will make him notice her.

Too bad what’s noticeable is Dane’s obvious hatred for Lucia. Her family’s politics contradict everything he stands for. And politics are front and center in both their families. Dane’s mother is about to face Lucia’s father in the race for US President.

When Secret Service throws them together, Dane can’t deny his frustrating attraction to Lucia’s athletic curves and sweet faith in the world. Amid the intense pressure of college athletics and presidential politics, can opposites not just attract, but overcome overwhelming odds to be together? Or do their differences block their match from the start?

About the author and where to find her:

Get psyched for romance with psychologist/author (psycho author) Jennifer Lane! By day she witnesses growth in her psychotherapy clients, and by night she wrangles misbehaving fictional characters as she writes sports romance and romantic suspense with a psychological twist. She can’t decide which is more fun.

A swimmer and volleyball player in college, Jen wove some of her own experiences into Streamline—a military mystery about swimmers. And readers can dip their toes into Jen’s world of swimming romance by sampling her free New Adult novella Swim Recruit.

College volleyball romance Blocked is Jen’s newest release, launching 10-21-14. Peek inside big-time college sports and even bigger national politics when the offspring of two presidential candidates find out whether opposites really do attract, or their match is blocked from the start.

Stories of redemption interest Jen the most, especially the healing power of love. She is also the author of The Conduct Series, a romantic suspense trilogy that includes With Good Behavior, Bad Behavior, and On Best Behavior. Ultimately, whether writing or reading, Jen loves stories that make her laugh and cry.

In her spare time she enjoys exercising, attending book club, hanging out with her plus-size, “I’m not fat, I’m big-boned” Izzie cat, and visiting her sisters and their families in Chicago and Hilton Head.

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Release Day Event with Sweepstakes: Worth Forgiving (Book #3: MMA Fighter Series) by Vi Keeland

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Hello all and welcome to my stop on the Release Day Blitz for Vi Keeland’s Worth Forgiving (Book #3: MMA Fighter Series) hosted by TRSOR.  Today is all about sharing the love for this fantastic series and getting you all ready for the blog tour that starts next week.   Want to check out the series?  Keep reading to see what Vi Keeland has cooked up for you in this hot, hot, hot series :)
Title: Worth the Fight Series: Book #1: MMA Fighter Series Author: Vi Keeland Genre: Contemporary Romance  Age Group: Adult Release: October 3, 2013

Title: Worth the Fight
Series: Book #1: MMA Fighter Series
Author: Vi Keeland
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Release: October 3, 2013

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 It didn’t matter that the ref called it a clean hit. Nico Hunter would never be the same.  Elle has a good life. A job she loves, a great apartment, and the guy she’s been dating for more than two years is a catch and a half. But it’s boring…and she strives to keep it that way. Too many emotions are dangerous. Her own past is living proof of what can happen when you lose control.  Then Nico walks into Elle’s office and everything changes…for both of them. But what can the tattooed, hard-bodied MMA fighter and the beautiful and always steady attorney have in common? A lot more than they bargained for.

***Author’s note*** THIS IS A STAND-ALONE NOVEL. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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Title: Worth the Chance Series: Book #2: MMA Fighter Series Author:  Vi Keeland Format: Paperback, 300 pages Published: February 17, 2014 by Createspace

Title: Worth the Chance
Series: Book #2: MMA Fighter Series
Author: Vi Keeland
Format: Paperback, 300 pages
Published: February 17, 2014 by Createspace

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Meet Liv Michaels: It may have been seven years, but I’d know him anywhere. Sure, he’s grown, filled out in all the right places, but his captivating blue eyes and cocky grin are exactly the way I remember. Even though I’d much rather forget.  Liv Michaels is almost there. She’s smart, determined and weeks away from landing the job she’s dreamed about for years. Time healed old wounds, even her broken heart from the devastation of being crushed by her first love.

Meet Vince Stone: Women love a fighter, especially a good one. Lucky for me, I’m damn good. But there’s one woman that isn’t interested. Not again, anyway.  Vince ‘The Invincible’ Stone is every woman’s fantasy…strong, sexy, confident and completely in control. Growing up surrounded by chaos, he’s learned never to get too attached. Love will drag you down. He adores women, treats them well, puts their own needs before his own…for the night anyway. With the biggest fight of his life coming up, his focus should be on training.  When fate brings Vince & Liv back together again, there’s no denying the chemistry is still there. But can Vince erase the old scars their past left behind? Or will Liv hurt him instead?

***Author’s note*** THIS IS A STAND-ALONE NOVEL. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the 18.

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Title: Worth Forgiving Series: Book #3: MMA Fighter Series Author: Vi Keeland Paperback Published: August 21, 2014

Title: Worth Forgiving
Series: Book #3: MMA Fighter Series
Author: Vi Keeland
Paperback
Published: August 21, 2014

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They say men like a lady in the living room and a whore in the bedroom. I never knew the sentiment was reciprocal. Until I met Jax Knight. A gentleman in public, a commanding, dirty talking rogue in the bedroom.

Daughter of legendary fighter “The Saint,” Lily St. Claire knows firsthand how fighters can be. As the owner of a chain of MMA gyms, she’s no stranger to aggressive, dominating, and possessive men. That’s why she’s always kept her distance. But the day Jax Knight walks through her door she’s captivated by his charm. Stunningly handsome, well mannered, Ivy League educated, and confident, he shatters all the preconceived notions she’d come to think were true about men who trained to fight.

But falling for someone so soon after her breakup wasn’t something she’d planned on. And definitely not something her ex plans to allow.

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About the author and where to find her:

Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn’t change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work. She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting smut author by night!

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Review: Decker’s Wood (Book #1: Porn Stars of Romance) by Kristy Dallas

Title: Decker's Wood Series: Book #1: Porn Stars of Romance Author: Kristy Dallas Format: eBook, 235 pages Published: June 8, 2014

Title: Decker’s Wood
Series: Book #1: Porn Stars of Romance
Author: Kristy Dallas
Format: eBook, 235 pages
Published: June 8, 2014

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Synopsis:

Decker Steele had it made…Penthouse apartment, VIP parties, girls on tap. You see, Decker Steele is the Pornography Associations award winning, money making machine. But what does a self-confessed, pussy pounding warrior do when his prized package begins to fail? Freak the ‘F’ out, that’s what!

Andi Jennings is the socially inept, geeky and awkward cousin of Decker’s best friend. Only she’s not so geeky and awkward anymore. Now she’s a smokin’ hot country bumpkin, with a smokey voice made for phone sex, and a pair of hot as hell cowboy boots. Everyone adores her, my porn star buddies, my mom and dad, my ‘equipment’.

So, the prized package isn’t so failing anymore, the catch is, it will only perform for Andi…My friend WITHOUT benefits.

What will the prince of porn do? The girl or the career?

** Reader Warning** – This novel is NOT a dark romance. There are absolutely no whips or floggers, no matter how much Andi wants to smack Decker over the head at times. There are no BDSM slavery themes, unless you can count that Decker is a slave to Andi’s hot cowboy boots and sexy Texan drawl. Decker’s Wood does however feature glitter rain, manscaping, vajazzle, tequila shots, roof-top dancing and one hell of a dick trick!

For Mature Audiences – sexual situations and language which some readers may find offensive**

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Rating: 4½/5 stars

 My Review:

Here’s how my purchase of Decker’s Wood happened.  I was trolling Facebook one night (seriously, how many stories start out like that, right??) and I came across a post with a list of recommendations.  The poster only half-heartedly recommended this read but I laughed out loud at the title and couldn’t pass it up.  So glad I didn’t!

Decker Steele has the life every man dreams of: he is a gorgeous and well-hung porn star who is enormously successful, wealthy and, he has the pick of the litter when it comes to women and his off time.  Here’s the rub, for more than a year now the legendary Decker Steele hasn’t been able to “perform” and though he has been able to hide this fact from everyone he is beyond frustrated.  After more than 15 years in the business Decker knows he is worn out and totally desensitized but he doesn’t want to ruin the reputation he has built.  What is a boy to do?

 Andi Jennings is country girl born and bred and moving to New York City is the biggest, scariest and, most daring thing she has ever done.  With her only family dead and gone, she has packed her bags, bought a fully stocked bookstore and a plane ticket to the big city.  Thankfully, her old childhood friend (and serious crush!) Decker Steele lives in the city and it more than willing to pick her up from the airport.  Bounding off the plane all bright eyed and bushy-tailed, Andi is ready to begin her new life.  What she isn’t ready for is how drop-dead, panty-wetting gorgeous Decker Steele has become.

Knowing Andi is all alone in the big, bad city Decker makes it a point to come by her place, help her fix up the shop and her apartment and, hang out with her every single second that he can.  Andi is perfection with a Texas drawl and it certainly doesn’t hurt that just the thought of Andi makes every part of Decker’s body react and that is utterly refreshing.  Though Decker is more than willing to explore the connection he has with Andi, he is keeping all kinds of secrets from her and if she were to find out, it just may destroy everything they have between them.

Andi’s past with Decker is hard for her to overcome but in the spirit of turning over a new leaf and starting fresh, she is willing to give it a try.  Andi has always known that Decker is a bit of a man-whore but it isn’t until weeks into their new relationship that she discovers what it is that he does for a living.  Willing to accept that his past is his past and she is his present and future, Andi dives right in and indulges completely in all that is Decker Steele.  Just when things are going way better than Andi ever could have imagined, Decker’s actual present comes to light and everything gets blown all to hell in one spectacular moment.

The Bottom Line: I wasn’t totally sure what to expect with this read but found myself pleasantly surprised.  Decker is totally disillusioned with everything in his life until Andi steps back into his world.  For both Decker and the reader, Andi is a breath of fresh air.  Where Decker is hard and often serious, Andi is soft and silly; where Decker is smoldering, open and, experienced, Andi is sexy in an understated way and willing to experiment.  At times Decker is so brash and dirty as to be almost completely uncivilized (Yummy!!) while Andi, with her southern manners is often surprising with her toughness and mouthiness.  In all, Decker and Andi really are a perfect pair and they play off each other in a fun and sexy way and this made the read all the more entertaining.  With Decker being a porn star, obviously the naughty bits are all kinds of hot but they are actually heightened by Andi’s relative inexperience and general naiveté.   In all, Decker’s Wood could have used one more review by a good editor but that didn’t stop me from thoroughly enjoying this read.

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author - Kristy DallasI grew up on the beaches of North Queensland, Australia before migrating south to the iconic Gold Coast in 1995. I traded the surf and my bikini for pajama’s and a computer when I embarked on writing professionally in 2012.  I write first and foremost for myself. I write characters and ideas that come from my heart, then take shape and evolve into entire landscapes in my mind.  I am fascinated with most creative outlets — photography, art, music, you name it, I love it. I don’t take life too seriously and I love to hear from fans and other like-minded, creative people. So drop me a line or come hang out on Facey or over at the Twitter-verse!

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Review: The Houseguest (Complete Series) by Nora Blackstock

 

Title: The Houseguest Author: Nora Blackstock Format: ebook, 131 pages Published: June 11, 2014 by Patchwork Press - Sunbow Press  ISBN13: 9781926433004

Title: The Houseguest
Author: Nora Blackstock
Format: ebook, 131 pages
Published: June 11, 2014 by Patchwork Press – Sunbow Press
ISBN13: 9781926433004

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Synopsis:

My husband Paul was gone for the week. Travis, the eighteen-year old son of my best friend, was downstairs in the living room playing video games. I changed into my new bathing suit, the revealing one I bought yesterday with Travis in mind. I looked at myself in the mirror. The small bikini on my hourglass figure left very little to the imagination. The top was designed for a B-cup, not my D size, so it left much of my breasts exposed to either side of the material. The bikini bottom was a small triangle in front, maybe the size of a playing card, cut low. The back of the suit was barely more than a string, hardly covering my behind at all. My heart pounding, I walked down the stairs, gripping the banister to steady myself. Halfway down the stairs I had second thoughts. “It is wrong. He is the son of my best friend.” But then I realized I had been longing for this moment. I suspected Travis had been longing for it also. I threw caution to the wind and descended the stairs.

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My Rating: 2/5 stars

 My Review:

Joyce and Paul were meant to be happily ever after but that is very hard to do when your husband travels for half or more of every month.  Though Joyce is happy in her marriage and does sincerely love her husband, she is also in her sexual prime and when an opportunity presents itself, it is very hard for her to resist the temptation. 

When Joyce’s best friend calls in a panic about her son, Travis, Joyce is quick to agree to help.  For the summer, Travis will live with Joyce and her new husband so he can attend summer school and his parents can continue on with their planned European vacation.  Having watched Travis grow up and considering him as good as family, Joyce is eager to have the young man with her during the times her husband in travelling.  What Joyce fails miserably to consider is that Travis is no longer a gangly teenage boy but a well-built eighteen year old with a healthy sexual appetite and desire to explore all available opportunities.  Within days of Travis moving in, Joyce takes notice of his “appreciation” for her and begins to ponder the possibilities.

To Joyce’s credit (and believe me, I don’t give her much credit!) she reminds herself on a regular basis that cheating on her husband is bad and flirting with an eighteen year old under her care is morally reprehensible.  And this is where my credit giving ends . . . . Almost instantly Joyce discovers that Travis spends a good deal of time and energy everyday fantasizing about her and though she wants to ignore his activities she finds herself turned on and unable to ignore his actions.  Furthermore, Joyce finds herself not only acknowledging Travis’s actions but altering her own actions to encourage his behavior.  With every trip her husband takes, Joyce and Travis’s actions become bolder, more daring and, more illicit until the moment when they finally cross the line of propriety. 

The Bottom Line: Though I can’t make any complaints as far as editing, ease of reading and, writing style are concerned, I can complain about a few other things.   For example, Joyce’s “friend” at work is an older lady who just seems to know what Joyce is going through and always has an encouraging word.  With little to no explanation about the friendship, Joyce just seems to confide in a woman she only works with.  For me, this makes no sense.  Joyce understands that what she is doing is wrong on so many levels yet she continues to spill her secrets to a woman she seemingly doesn’t know well.  I also take issue with Joyce’s lack of self-control.  Although I fully acknowledge that everyone involved is consenting and technically an adult, Joyce knows better (as she repeatedly tells herself!) yet she still indulges her desires.  Finally, with the opportunity to end things as she should, Joyce encourages Travis and tells him, despite the obstacles and her commitments, they will continue their affair when and where they can.  In all honesty, I took a risk on this title and by the time I got to the end I found myself frustrated and pissy with Joyce’s complete lack of morals, integrity and, just plain common sense. 

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Teaser Tuesday: Uncivilized by Sawyer Bennett

Title: Uncivilized Author: Sawyer Bennett Age/Genre: Erotic/Mature Adult Contemporary Romance Release Date: September 8, 2014

Title: Uncivilized
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Age/Genre: Erotic/Mature Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 8, 2014

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Synopsis:

Putting a woman on her knees before me is what really makes my cock hard. I fuck with dominant force and absolute control. I demand complete surrender from my conquests.    Savage man, loner, warrior… I am dangerous at my core. I have lived amidst the untamed wild of the rainforest, in a society that reveres me and where every woman falls before me in subjugation.  Now I’ve been discovered. Forced to return to a world that I have forgotten about and to a culture that is only vaguely familiar to my senses.  Dr. Moira Reed is an anthropologist who has been hired to help me transition back into modern society. It’s her job to smooth away my rough edges… to teach me how to navigate properly through this new life of mine. She wants to tame me.

She’ll never win.

I am wild, free and raw, and the only thing I want from the beautiful Moira Reed is to fuck her into submission.

She wants it, I am certain.

I will give it to her soon.

Yes, very soon, I will become the teacher and she will become my student. And when I am finished showing her body pleasure like no other, she’ll know what it feels like to be claimed by an uncivilized man.

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About the author and where to find her:

USA Today Best-Selling author, Sawyer Bennett, is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have two big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn’t have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.

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Review: Juilliard or Else by Nichele Reese

 Julliard or Else goodreads-badge-add-38px[1][1]Synopsis:

This is a twisting story of young love torn in two.

Abigail McCall has been accepted into Juilliard for Ballet. Being nineteen, she’s ready to move out of her tight shell at her parent’s house and in with her new roommates. Abigail finds herself distracted with things she never saw herself doing.

‘Hey, I’m Tucker.
That’s all it took. His own name rolling off his tongue.’

With no job and coming from a broken home with a mother who doesn’t care what happens to him, could you blame Tucker for being so secretive? The dark and mysterious Tucker has his sights set on the prim and proper ballerina. So he knows he has to change his self destructive ways in order to keep Abigail in his life. Which means, betraying his closest friends.

Obstacles are thrown at them.
They don’t approve of the ballerina and the poor boy.

The world won’t let Abigail and Tucker be together. What do they have to sacrifice to stay together…

Can the good come out in the bad? Or does someone always end up hurt and alone?

Tucker has nothing, but Abigail has everything to lose…

New Adult Novel. Contains adult situations, sexuality, some violence, and is suited for ages 18 and up.

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My Rating: 3½/5 stars

My Review:

For the vast majority of her life Abigail McCall has been less than perfect in the eyes of her mother. Though she is well-educated, has impeccable manners and breeding and, is Juilliard bound, Abigail is still not good enough for her mother. The only two times Abigail feels truly free and good enough is when she is intentionally throwing up or dancing. Juilliard is all Abigail has ever wanted and with her acceptance to the prestigious school and the chance to move out of her parent’s house, life couldn’t be better.

Rachel and Jade, friends since forever, fellow Juilliard students and, Abigail’s new roommates are more than Abigail could have ever imagined. Rachel is bubbly and bright, highly protective of Jade and, devoted to her acting studies. Jade is dark but funny, sad but brilliant and, devoted to her cello and other artistic pursuits. Though Abigail’s parents technically own the multimillion dollar apartment the girls are living in, all three are from wealthy families and instantly understand one another and the pressures they each face from their respective families. Juilliard won’t be easy for any of the girls but with each other, they just may get through it.

Tucker’s life is far, far removed from the wealth and privilege enjoyed by Abigail and her roommates but he is drawn to Abigail and her wealth and privilege have nothing to do with the attraction. Tucker’s life sucks and though he has little hope of turning things around he is fighting to do so. Abigail’s presence in his life is both a complication and a miracle and though there is only a very small chance the two will make it, he is willing to hold on to the hope that they will, in fact, make. For Abigail, Tucker is a revelation and though he often disappears for days or weeks on end and won’t tell her why, she isn’t willing to give up on him. Their connection is fast and furiously intense and though the two know they want to be together they are constantly facing one obstacle or another.

Though she is constantly on edge, constantly crying and, constantly struggling to make her way in the world, Abigail is still standing. One of her finest qualities is her resilience and her insistence on making her own way (sort of, daddy does still pay for everything) where her emotions and romantic attachments are concerned. Abigail is determined to have her way no matter who she has to stand up too and what consequences her determination may bring. Though Tucker wants nothing more than to bring Abigail happiness, he is not always as strong as she is, though, when push comes to shove, he will move heaven and earth to come through for her.

The Bottom Line: I was instantly attracted to this read because of the gorgeous and gritty cover. I love a good ballerina story and when you throw in a damaged, hot boy trying to make more of himself than he is, well, I’m all in until the end. Though I got through this read quickly, it wasn’t necessarily an easy read and would have benefitted from one more pass through by a good editor. Additionally, there is a lot of angst and crying in this read. With that being said, I didn’t give up on Abigail and Tucker and though I wanted to choke the life out of both of them a time or two, I was glad to see them stick together and overcome every single obstacle they faced. If you are a fan of angsty reads and wealthy girl meets boy from the wrong side of the tracks then Juilliard or Else may just be the read for you.

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