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    Sunday, July 31, 2016

    Review: For Fallon

    For Fallon For Fallon by Soraya Naomi
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    4.5 "I love Luca" stars!!

    I don't know where the heck I've been to not have read this author, but I'm so glad I crawled out from under that rock!

    So obviously I have never read anything from this author and I'm pissed about it. This book was just so raw and so real. I lived in every moment of this book. I'm not quite sure what about it consumed me, but it did. Both Fallon and Luca had me completely wrapped up in their story. From the beginning, although I was aware of Luca's deception, I was rooting for this couple. Did I want him to be honest? Of course, but the events leading up to revealing his truth and his connection to the Syndicate was incredibly exciting.

    This book had it all:

    Guns

    mafiagun

    kidnapping/abuse/torture

    captive

    Lies

    suspicious

    Love

    embrace

    And unfortunately heartbreak

    crying

    The end of this book freaking broke my heart. However, I forgive the author because there is a part 2 in For Luca. Luca was so in love and devoted to Fallon (and she really loved him; not so much the devoted part) and I just want them to get past her issues with what his life is about. Get freaking over it already!! I know what I want isn't very realistic, but this is freaking fiction. It can so happen!

    XO

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    Review: Boss: A Mafia Romance

    Boss: A Mafia Romance Boss: A Mafia Romance by Liliana Rhodes
    My rating: 3 of 5 stars

    This was the conclusion to the series, although it seems the author has written books for some of the side characters. This book covered betrayal against the Gambino family, Dante becoming Don of the Gambino family, and how Don Dante doled out deadly consequences to said betrayal. There wasn't much action and I was left feeling that this book could have been great if the author just gave a little bit more. Ah well, Dante was a master manipulator and I liked how he put all of the players in place for the ultimate coup de grace.

    XO

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    Review: Capo: A Mafia Romance

    Capo: A Mafia Romance Capo: A Mafia Romance by Liliana Rhodes
    My rating: 3 of 5 stars

    This book had less action than the first but seemed to be more about revealing some secrets. Both Dante and Gia had experiences in their respective pasts that hurt them (Gia's was physical and mental while Dante's was emotional and deadly). We get to see how these events shaped them into their present characters.

    The biggest issue I had with this story is that it's vague. Despite it being about revelations, everything was so... meh. Most things were implied and it drove me crazy!

    XO

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    Review: Soldier: A Mafia Romance

    Soldier: A Mafia Romance Soldier: A Mafia Romance by Liliana Rhodes
    My rating: 3 of 5 stars

    This is the first book I've tried from this author. It was ok. Thankfully the action started happening pretty quickly which is always a good thing.

    The plot wasn't too deep and character development left a lot to the imagination. But somehow it didn't really bother me. Dante was cold, calculated and lethal while at the same time he was warm, passionate, loving and loyal. Gia was incredibly innocent and naive without being annoying (plus!).

    It was insta-love for sure with some killing thrown in for spice. I'm still wondering if these characters had sex. It was alluded to but I think maybe it happened behind the scenes???

    Hopefully Capo will be much better than what I've read so far and will have more obvious signs that these characters share a real connection with each other.

    XO

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    Saturday, July 30, 2016

    Review: Unsteady

    Unsteady Unsteady by Shey Stahl
    My rating: 3 of 5 stars

    This story had great potential. It really did. And as it's the first book I've read from this author, it was a good introduction to her work.

    However...

    1. The errors were absolutely atrocious. Whether it was spelling mistakes, wrong word usage, or missing the word completely, it made reading a tad bit difficult.

    2. What was up with all of the similes and metaphors??? I'm all for an author flexing their writing chops. But... most of these were complete nonsense. They made NO SENSE to me. I read and re-read all of them and I still couldn't figure them out. Had me reading this damn book with a stupid look on my freaking face!!

    stupid

    Yeah, that kind of look. And I was in freaking public!

    But I digress...

    Aside from all of that, the story was actually quite good. There were many elements I did enjoy. I liked the development of Lenny and Red's relationship. I liked that the author made Red feel guilt for moving on from the death of his wife. It was a natural feeling and made his pain more real for me. Lenny's wacko husband on a rampage definitely added that dose of suspense the story needed. However, my favourite part of this tale was Red's 5yo daughter, Nova. This kid was such a delightful character. I can't tell you how many times she made me laugh throughout this book. She was adorable, sweet, curious, feisty, and scarily precocious. She made this story.

    XO

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    Review: Bossman

    Bossman Bossman by Vi Keeland
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    Vi Keeland's writing, as always, was a delight to read. The opening scene, the infamous bad date, was both cute and funny. The overall tone of this book was almost witty and extremely sweet. Although it touches on some pretty deep topics, it still felt pretty light and fun.

    Who made this book so great for me???

    covermodel

    ^^^ That man right there. Bossman aka Chase aka Gilberto Fritsch. His image is what carried me through this story. This is what I pictured in every single scene. I know I sound perverted and I don't freaking care!!

    Let's just agree that I was a very happy woman while reading this book.

    wink

    Chase's character was handsome, sexy, charming, brilliant, successful, protective, loyal, considerate, passionate, etc. I LOVED Chase!!

    Reese, unfortunately, annoyed me for the first 80% of the book.

    shutup

    That's pretty much how I felt whenever she opened her mouth. Considering the story is primarily told from her POV, I was saying this a lot. She wasn't witty. She wasn't cute. She wasn't charming. I only liked her because Chase was hopelessly in love with her. And I wanted him to be happy. Do I think she's good for him? Absolutely. But I was slow to warm up to her. By the end though, I wasn't a fan, but she and I were cool.

    Honestly, Chase was this story. The tragedy of his past completely shaped him and further endeared him to me (he really didn't need help to get me to like him), and I especially liked how the author wove in his healing, then his backslide, and his path to healing again.

    Great story.

    XO

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    Friday, July 29, 2016

    Review: Becoming Noah Baxter

    Becoming Noah Baxter Becoming Noah Baxter by J.M. Sevilla
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    Incredible. This book was a thrilling, suspenseful, sexy, deep, and heart racing adventure. I cannot lie... I was a little sad to see the end of this story. Was it technically perfect? Nope. But it hooked me well enough that I think it deserved 4.5-5 stars, if only for its guts.

    Jay Lincoln really did become Noah Baxter. And although I think he always was, underneath it all, it took finding Lily to really bring him out. I thought Jay was beautiful in book 1. But in this one, finally getting his POV?! Dayum!!

    I loved Jay. I loved everything there was to know about him. He was badass, Alpha, cold, fierce, loyal, intelligent, sexy, loving, etc. He was THE shining star of this story. His character gave me so many swoon-worthy moments, even amidst the chaos and danger.

    And when this man finally embraced life... when he realized he was free... when he shed his Killer armour... when he could finally imagine a future (with Lily)... damn, it was a thing of freaking beauty.

    Again, the plot was phenomenal. NO DULL MOMENTS HERE! This author has made a spot on my list of faves.

    XO

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    Thursday, July 28, 2016

    Review: The Missing Link

    The Missing Link The Missing Link by J.M. Sevilla
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    Holy Crap!!

    This book... man... it had my heart pounding in freaking excitement!!

    shoot

    And

    bullet

    And

    kidnap

    And

    girlgun

    (towards the end, Lily was quite BADASS!)

    Heh heh. This book had it all!!

    In all honesty, the book does start off pretty slow. We meet Lily, just out of an abusive 2 year relationship. Enter Jay, the hot, brutal, scary neighbour. These two took me on a fantastic voyage of danger, intrigue and awesomeness.

    Jay was extremely reluctant to reveal anything of his past (or present beyond the superficial). Once his secrets were revealed, not only did I feel compassion for his story, but I understood why the author built the story this way. Like a master puppeteer (or the Pied Piper), she led me down the road with bits and pieces, like bait, ill-prepared for each WHAMMY of the plot. And I loved every minute of it!!

    There was so much going on this book but it was all pretty cohesive and intensely titillating.

    Can't wait to read Part II.

    XO

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    Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    Review: Okay

    Okay Okay by Danielle Pearl
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    The writing was on point as it has been throughout this series. The feels hit right from the damn start and didn't stop until the very end. Gahhhhhh!! I loved it!!

    Short and sweet...

    I obviously loved Sam and Rory. She wasn't so annoying in this one. Okay, she was in the beginning, but she earned back my love pretty quickly lol. Sam. Sam. Sam. He made this freaking story. The fact that this book is told from both of their perspectives absolutely made this incredible for me. I don't want to reveal the plot, but Robin FINALLY gets dealt with. I'm not wholly satisfied with the justice that was wrought, but I'm not the creater of this story so...

    There were a lot of feels. Old friends and new friends offered support. Enemies came out of the woodwork. An enemy redeems him/herself (not revealing the gender cuz I want to keep it as a surprise. Duh!). Just amazing. I'm not a huge fan of how Sam and Rory reconcile, but I'm just grateful they did. Pretty quickly too or I would have been pissed.

    The only thing I'm sad about is that the epilogue wasn't far enough in the future for me. I liked their HFN, but I guess because of all of the turmoil and angst, I was more hoping for a HEA. Ah well. Beautiful story nonetheless.

    XO

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    Review: ReCAP

    ReCAP ReCAP by Danielle Pearl
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    I'm always a little leery about reading "his" side of the story books. And then I saw that this book was actually titled Recap so I obviously approached it with caution. Thankfully, I had nothing to worry about. Although there were some scenes that were repeated from the first book, it was done in a fresh, new way, giving the reader a chance to really understand Sam's perspective.

    I absolutely loved seeing Sam's POV. I cannot even explain how much I appreciated it. And how much it made me love this character even more. I loved how he saw Rory, how he viewed himself, the lengths he was willing to go to in order to have her in his life, his feelings,... everything!

    Still waiting for Robin to fall hard. Preferably breaking his face.

    XO

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    Review: Normal

    Normal Normal by Danielle Pearl
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    First of all, this author is extremely talented. My goodness!! I was immediately absorbed in this story and COULD NOT put it down for the life of me. The writing, the pacing, the character development, the plot, the meat, all of it was just sooooooo amazing!!

    This was a very hard read for me because... trigger! But I was still able to enjoy it while cringing (a lot). I was instantly sympathetic with Rory and eagerly awaited her champion. And her saviour came in such a delightful package. Sam looked like what she knew (arrogant, gorgeous, intelligent), but he was so much more. This boy was such a man! I loved loved loved Sam. He had so much in common with Cam (which was bittersweet for sure) and I wonder if the author rhymed their names intentionally.

    I docked a star simply because Rory, at times, too many times, lacked logic. There were instances where I wondered if she had no access to electronics, but then remembered that she had a cell and there was mention of her deleting all of her social media accounts, so that would mean that yes, she did have access to electronics. So how, in this day and age, did she allow herself to make the kinds of choices she did??? Especially whenever she turned on Sam. OMG I just wanted to throttle her ass!

    So anyhoo... great story and I can't wait to see what is planned for Robin's comeuppance.

    XO

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    Tuesday, July 26, 2016

    Review: Dark Mysteries

    Dark Mysteries Dark Mysteries by Jessica Gadziala
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    "It had never been like this before, this primal. Raw. Like she wanted him to completely consume her. She wanted to be lost in him." - Ellie

    Jessica Gadziala is another author worthy of the 1-click. Her books are raw, dark, gritty, sexy and suspenseful. This book was no exception.

    There were times I felt like this:

    hidingbehindhands

    Like I do at scary movies lol.

    Others I was like:

    comeone

    Xander was a reformed bad boy-turned-P.I. He was successful (although you wouldn't know it based on the way he lived) and the go-to guy when the cops can't or won't help you.

    Ellie was a damsel in distress. She was living on the run, trying to escape the clutches of her abusive ex. She ran straight into Xander and his sexy, muscular, safe arms. But her ex's reach was vast and it didn't take long for him to catch up to her.

    Now, I sympathized with Ellie. I did. But when I realized that she was asking Xander for help without giving him enough information to go on...

    rolleyes

    So that was a major reason for docking a star. I hate lies, even if it's a lie by omission.

    Otherwise, this was a fantastic suspenseful read. The torture scenes definitely gave me chills.

    XO

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    Monday, July 25, 2016

    Review: Pennies

    Pennies Pennies by Pepper Winters
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    5 "When No one becomes Someone" stars!!

    Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a huge fan of Pepper Winters. I am completely obsessed with this author and her mad skills with the written word. And yes, I do stalk her ass on social media!

    When I saw that the first book of her Dollar series was available:

    gimme

    oneclick

    Mr. Prest. Elder Prest. Yes, I am absolutely in love with this character. Gaaaaaahhhhhhh! He made this freaking book. He was the epitome of an anti-hero and totally won me over from the start. Was his heart pure? No. Did he have the greatest of intentions? Not so much. However, the code he seemed to live by instilled in him honour, respect, and integrity.

    Tasmin/Pimlico. My heart broke for this unfortunate young woman. The horrors she face, the despicable abuse she had to endure, each scene showcased her inner strength, stubbornness, intelligence, and perseverance.

    I am so excited about this series and cannot wait to see what is in store for Elder and Pim. (view spoiler)

    fangirling

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    Sunday, July 24, 2016

    Review: Detecting Lust

    Detecting Lust Detecting Lust by Mikey Lee
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    Before I start my review, I would like to thank Ms. Pam Nelson for this book. You didn't have to do it but I'm so grateful that you did.

    awesome

    Ok so this book was freaking fantastic! Everything about it was bloody genius! I'm not sure how the author came up with this stuff but he's AMAZING!!

    Seth and Zee were what married couples should look like and be about. They were still in love, still hot for each other, supportive, considerate, passionate, etc. They were absolutely beautiful together.

    Told mainly from Seth's POV, he's a detective for the SVU and he's brilliant at his job. One of his cases is the basis for the plot. Despite the somber, heavy subject matter, this story came off as a light read. Go figure. While at work, Seth showed us that he was actually all around, not just with his wife. He was compassionate, dedicated and determined.

    I took a star away for 2 reasons:

    1. Ashley was obviously infatuated with Seth (and he knew it), but there wasn't a time where I felt that she was put in her place. He didn't show or tell her about being married and I felt this unresolved issue could be a problem. He didn't even mention it to Zee in passing :(

    2. I felt like the ending wasn't really The End. I wanted more and I hope to get it ;)

    This author is new to me but he's definitely one to watch. I can't wait to read more of his books because he is MEGA talented.

    XO

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    Review: Betrayed

    Betrayed Betrayed by Tara Oakes
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    Short and sweet.

    Dom learned that protecting V didn't mean keeping secrets from her in order to protect her. As the new Boss, he had to learn this lesson quickly, otherwise he could jeopardize everything he held dear. V had to learn how to act like a damn grown woman. She still had some growing up to do and needed to learn about better ways to cope with not getting her way, especially with baby DiBenedetto on the way.

    Dom had to juggle the mafia, his company, and his family. Not an easy feat. He had to make some hard choices but he chose right in the end. He and V ended this book in a really good place.

    Theresa and Carmine still had their little side story, which was pretty interesting. And freaking hot.

    Nice!

    XO

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    Review: Boss

    Boss Boss by Tara Oakes
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    As I suspected, the writing in this book was much improved. It was more fluid, allowing for an easier and therefore more enjoyable read.

    So...

    V was still annoying lol

    surprise

    But...

    The story was told predominantly from Dom's POV so for that I was extremely grateful. At last, I could finally see the connection between this couple and it was both sweet and real.

    The only real downfall were the sex scenes. Nothing pissed me off more than those damn sex scenes. They weren't sexy. They were actually awkward and made me uncomfortable.

    awkward

    Like the author refused to use words for genitalia and what each person was doing to whom with what. Because of this, the intimate scenes didn't feel quite so intimate to me.

    Anyhoo... there were secrets, betrayals, revelations, drama, action, and a hint at a second chance love between two side characters.

    I'm interested in what Dom has planned next.

    XO

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    Saturday, July 23, 2016

    Review: Baby V

    Baby V Baby V by Tara Oakes
    My rating: 3 of 5 stars

    This is the first book I've read from this author and I definitely see a lot of potential.

    I enjoyed the story's concept. However, the idea of an arranged marriage actually wasn't the main focus of the book, which made the preface a bit misleading. The story was good regardless and I'm not sure why this was even integrated into it. It didn't even add that much drama.

    Although the writing was good, it lacked fluidity for me. Especially in the sexy scenes. Nothing messes up my mojo faster than disjointed and choppy sounding fecking.

    Ex. "His hips rise harshly, in sync with his hands as they crash us together, impaling me with his soft spear."

    huh

    No. Just no.

    First of all, why a freaking spear? Ouch!

    Second, has anyone ever tried to insert soft junk inside? Were they successful? Did it feel GOOD?


    sarcasticokay

    Yeah, I highly doubt that.

    Despite all of this, there wasn't really a dull moment, which helped this story immensely.

    Every time Dom's ex Tanya opened her mouth, I wanted...

    slap

    Sadly, it didn't happen :(

    Dom was amazing. I wish this had his POV. I think it might have helped improve my rating. V was a little too innocent and naive for me. It made her seem pathetic and annoying. I don't remember being that dense as a virgin. Anyway, I'm invested enough to read book 2. It seems like the story is about to get even more interesting. I can't wait to see how this author's writing has improved as well.

    XO



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    Friday, July 22, 2016

    Review: Time Stood Still

    Time Stood Still Time Stood Still by London Miller
    My rating: 3 of 5 stars

    I'm not sure what I was expecting of this. Probably the greatness I witnessed throughout this series, but...

    kanyedisappointed

    ohwell

    The parts I liked were:

    1. Lauren and Mishca were still in love

    2. The Bonus Scene the author provided on her website. This was THE BEST part.

    XO

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    London Miller - The Final Hour

    The Final Hour The Final Hour by London Miller
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    5 "There's a new boss in town" stars!!

    This book was a fantastic tale of the turmoil and mayhem that hovered and almost devoured Lauren and Mishca's lives. I'm pretty sure there's more to come, considering Klaus and Luka get their own stories as well.

    Bratva politics. Vengeance. Assassins. Feds. Betrayal. Grief. Love. Friendship. Loyalty. Family. Murder plots. Action. Lots and lots of action.

    Lauren and Mishca were put through the wringer in this book and it was great to see them come through it all stronger than ever.

    I'm extremely interested in Luka's story, not so much for his romance with Alex (Mishca's sister/cousin), but because I want to know his secrets. They were alluded to in this story and it seems they're terrible enough to warrant Mishca killing him over them. What could they be???

    Klaus definitely intrigues me. His homicidal banter with Mishca. The way he seems to soften around Lauren. Even his way with Luka makes me smile. I absolutely need to know more about him. Especially because I need to know who his latest job is.

    XO

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    Thursday, July 21, 2016

    London Miller - Until the End

    Until the End (Volkov Bratva, #2)Until the End by London Miller
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    5 "War was coming" stars!!

    gunshot




    And I can't wait!!

    Aside from some errors and contradictions (editing discrepancies obviously), this made for a fantastic Russian mafia read.

    This book picked up pretty much where In the Beginning ended. Thankfully, Lauren and Mishca found their way back to one another pretty quickly. But nothing about their life together was easy. The author wasn't quite ready to let this couple ride off into the sunset.

    Reunion. Sexy times. Betrayal. Killing. Bratva politics. Kidnapping. More killing. Vengeance. Revelations. Oh yeah... love.

    It seems the Albanians have declared war on the Bratva (on Mishca and Lauren especially). Book 3 sounds exciting!

    panic


    XO

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