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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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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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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Synopsis:

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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Jennifer Lane is giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card and an Advanced Reader Copy of BLOCKED on her Facebook page! You can enter HERE.

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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

goodreads-badge-add-38px[1][1]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.

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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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About the author and where to find her:

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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Review: Tempting a Sinner (Book #2: The Sinners’ Club) by Kate Pearce

Title: Tempting a Sinner Series: Book #2: The Sinners' Club Author: Kate Pearce Format: Paperback, 336 pages Published: July 29, 2014 by Aphrodisia   ISBN: 0758290195

Title: Tempting a Sinner
Series: Book #2: The Sinners’ Club
Author: Kate Pearce
Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Published: July 29, 2014 by Aphrodisia
ISBN: 0758290195

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Synopsis:

Known only to a select few, these inscrutable men are bound by dangerous desires and enigmatic pasts. They are the Sinners Club. . .

Cold Calculation: Within the circles of British intelligence, Benedict, Lord Keyes, is known for his cold brilliance and strict military demeanor. Yet this icy exterior masks a man of smoldering passion and scorching sexuality who will do anything to keep his past a secret. . .

Sultry Satisfaction: Miss Malinda Keyes refuses to be intimidated by Lord Keyes. In fact, she enjoys a good battle, especially one of erotic wiles and carnal cunning. Determined to expose his lordship’s past, she will use every wanton weapon in her arsenal to tease and tempt this sinner into the ultimate sensual surrender. .  .

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My Rating: 5/5 stars

 My Review:

Woot!!  Round two of Kate Pearce’s The Sinners’ Club series quite literally starts off with a bang.  Benedict, Lord Keyes is shot off his horse as he approaches his clearly inhabited ancestral estate in Lincolnshire.  While the grazing gun shot is certainly troubling it brings with it even more trouble and questions.  For example, who’s actually living in the ancestral home, why in Hell did the inhabitants shoot Lord Keyes, why is he now chained to a bed and, where has his memory gone??

Malinda is bound and determined to protect her family and if that means keeping Benedict, Lord Keyes chained to a bed and prisoner in “her” home then so be it.  As far as Malinda is concerned, Benedict and his wretched family owe her big for the loss of her father, her mother and, her heart.  For nearly two decades, Malinda has stayed away from England: her father’s death nearly tore her apart but Benedict’s abandonment did even more damage.  Though she never thought to see the man she once dearly loved again, Malinda has returned to England to settle a score.  In light of some new and very shocking information, Malinda intends to kill Benedict’s father and secure a safe future for herself and her family.  Before she can do that, she needs some answers from the man she just shot.

Waking up chained to a bed isn’t a fist for Benedict since he is a prominent member of the Sinners’ Club.  Waking up chained to a bed after having been shot is a first and the situation isn’t at all comfortable.  With his memory being sketchy at best, Benedict is doing everything he can to secure his release and figure out why the hot angry woman is so angry with him, specifically.  As the days go by, Benedict’s memory returns, Malinda becomes even angrier and, everyone involved starts to realize that things just aren’t exactly as they appear to be.  Malinda begins to understand that the circumstances which led to she and Benedict’s parting weren’t entirely of his making and Benedict begins to understand that Malinda still means a great deal to him and protecting her is vital to both their futures.  Oh, and it doesn’t hurt at all that Malinda is still wonderfully attractive and just as eager as Benedict to engage in a little sexual experimentation. 

For the vast majority of this read, Benedict and Malinda engage is a sort of emotional tug of war.  Both have spent so many years completely misunderstanding the circumstances of the original parting and misunderstanding each other.  Additionally, both have learned to rely on themselves and not someone else so being vulnerable in any way is most disconcerting.  Through all of their ups and downs, through the intense drama involved in unravelling the past and, through all of the miscommunication and withholding of information the two cannot deny their intense sexual desire.  The attraction is all but tangible and once Malinda is properly introduced to Benedict’s life and the Sinners’ Club, naughtiness ensues. 

The Bottom Line: I LOVE IT!!!  Malinda is feisty and daring and the perfect partner for Benedict, a man who is used to dominating, controlling and, coming out on top.  Malinda challenges Benedict in the very best ways and proves to be an equal partner to the spy.  Pearce doesn’t limit herself or her book to well written characters.  Tempting a Sinner also has a fun and mysterious plot that takes the reader back and forth between the past and the present.  There is plenty of action to keep the plot constantly moving forward, there are some creative naughty bits (ggrrrr, Adam!) and, there is, as always excellent dialogue.  Older characters (ggrrrr, Adam!) make an appearance to help Benedict and Malinda with their problem and Pearce introduces a few new characters that will surely make a splash in later installments of the series.  Overall, this naughty ready is quick-paced and entertaining and will most certainly appeal to lovers of period pieces, light mystery and erotica and, HEAs.  For the record, I have already pre-ordered the third book in the series, Mastering a Sinner which is set to release December 30, 2014 :)  Happy sinning!

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About the author and where to find her:

author - Kate PearceKate Pearce was born into a large family of girls in England, and spent much of her childhood living very happily in a dream world. Despite being told that she really needed to ‘get with the program’, she graduated from the University College of Wales with an honors degree in history.  A move to the USA finally allowed her to fulfill her dreams and sit down and write that novel. Along with being a voracious reader, Kate loves trail riding with her family, ‘western style’ in the regional parks of Northern California.  Kate is a member of RWA and is published byNAL Signet Eclipse, Kensington Aphrodisia, Ellora’s Cave, Cleis Press and Virgin Black Lace/Cheek.

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Review: The First Sinners (Prequel: The Sinners’ Club) by Kate Pearce

Title: The First Sinners Series: Prequel: The Sinners' Club Author: Kate Pearce Format: Kindle Edition, 87 pages Published: November 26, 2013 by Kensington Publishing Corp   ASIN: B00DV1IT12

Title: The First Sinners
Series: Prequel: The Sinners’ Club
Author: Kate Pearce
Format: Kindle Edition, 87 pages
Published: November 26, 2013 by Kensington Publishing Corp
ASIN: B00DV1IT12

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Synopsis:

Their identities a secret, they are men of mystery with hidden pasts and dark passions. Welcome to the Sinners Club…

Secret Desires: Faith Pelly is tired of being the responsible daughter. She longs for adventure with a man who will introduce her to the secrets of carnal desire. But she never dreams she will meet the Savage Rake who flirts with her, seduces her and takes her as his own…

Dark Secrets: Asked to investigate charges of treason, the Earl of Westbrook attends a house party determined to discover the truth. That includes using all his sensual wiles on the lovely Miss Pelly, a beguiling young woman eager for erotic excitement with a man who will fulfill all her secret fantasies. And he plans on being that man…

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My Rating: 4/5 stars

My Review:  

The Sinners’ Club is both fact and fiction in 19th century London.  For those who know the club to be fact, it is a place they can go to live out their most sinful of secret desires while pleasuring themselves and others with few restrictions and no judgment.  For those who know of the club as a rumor or mere fiction, it is a place of legend, a place where only the most debauched go and only the most deviant of desires are fulfilled.  The truth is somewhere in between fact and fiction.

Pelly Manor is crumbling but that doesn’t stop Faith Pelly, eldest daughter and potential old maid from loving her home.  Faith loves her home and her family but she loves her books and her freedom more – to marry would certainly bring wealth but it would also bring a sort of control over Faith that she has no interest in.  Thank the Lord her younger sister, Margaret is only interested in money and marriage; if things go as planned, Margaret’s future husband will bring the Pelly’s money, the manor can be refurbished and, Faith can live out her days as a well-read and well-educated spinster.

Ian Carmichael, Earl of Westbrook is known to most in English society.  Ian is beautiful thanks to his mother’s Indian heritage and wealthy beyond reason thanks to his deceased English father.  Known as the Savage Rake, Ian’s company is constantly sought after by men and women alike.  His reputation as an inventive if temporary lover is well known and in certain circles his knack for acquiring knowledge is even better known.  Arriving at Pelly Manor under the pretext of courting Margaret, Ian is charged with ferreting out a family member who is exchanging vital state information for gold.  While Ian knows little of the Pelly family, his reputation both in an out of the bedroom is justified and he intends to bring down a criminal and return to his life as quickly as possible. 

Ian’s natural curiosity, his talents and, his reputation make his time at Pelly Manor both exciting and most surprising.  Though he certainly admits that Margaret Pelly is pretty, she is far from interesting and not her sister, Faith.  In fact, Ian’s first few encounters with Faith Pelly are some of the most interesting, sensual and, erotic moments he has ever experienced.  Though he has never, ever considered the idea of settling down, Faith Pelly may just be the adventurous sort of woman he could consider spending his life with. From Faith’s perspective, the idea of life with Ian Carmichael is unfathomable but if that totally ridiculous fantasy were to become a real possibility, then she may just have to change her mind about men and marriage.

The Bottom Line: This is the beginning of the Sinners’ Club and I truly wish Kate Pearce had made this read more than just a novella.  Faith and Ian are a constant and totally interesting presence in the full-length Sinners’ Club reads and as the founders of the club, their history deserved more than a mere 28,000 words.  Length is the only complaint I have about this read.  True to form, Kate Pearce offers a good story, better characters and, some pleasantly erotic naughty bits.  The founding of the Sinners’ Club is vital to the later reads and to better understand the circumstances under which the club was founded is quite interesting.  Ian is sexy as hell and with the ever clever and daring Faith by his side, it is no wonder the Sinners’ Club is a place of naughty legend.

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About the author and where to find her:

author - Kate PearceKate Pearce was born into a large family of girls in England, and spent much of her childhood living very happily in a dream world. Despite being told that she really needed to ‘get with the program’, she graduated from the University College of Wales with an honors degree in history.  A move to the USA finally allowed her to fulfill her dreams and sit down and write that novel. Along with being a voracious reader, Kate loves trail riding with her family, ‘western style’ in the regional parks of Northern California.  Kate is a member of RWA and is published byNAL Signet Eclipse, Kensington Aphrodisia, Ellora’s Cave, Cleis Press and Virgin Black Lace/Cheek.

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