Sunday, January 31, 2016

JC's Review ~ Sketch by Laramie Briscoe

SketchSketch by Laramie Briscoe
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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I've read a couple of Laramie's other books, and enjoyed them, but this book blew them out of the water! Sketch is amazing!!

I loved that Sketch was told mostly from the male POV, there are a few snippets from his wife, Nina's POV, but majority of the book is from Devin (Sketch). The storyline isn't something I was expecting from this author, but I'm so glad she stepped out of her comfort zone and wrote this book! Everything about it was great, from the character development to the intriguing storyline, to the emotions you feel as a reader.

This isn't your typical romance story, there isn't an obscene amount of unnecessary drama. It tells the story of a lot of real life relationships. Sketch is focused on his career and making a life for him and his wife. His wife Nina, doesn't see his working so much in the same light, she only wants Sketch to spend more time with her.

This story follows the two of the separating and not only growing apart, but realizing how much they love each other in their separation. The thought processes and struggles they go through are very realistic. I found myself placing myself in Sketch and Nina's situations, trying to figure out how I would react in them.

That to me is what made this book five stars, Laramie Briscoe was able to develop these characters and their situation so well that it's really life-like. It make me think of how I would face the struggles they went through. I felt every emotion for them throughout reading it.

While I've enjoyed her other works, Sketch is by far the best book I've read from Laramie. Nothing short of fantastic.

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Diane's Review ~ Scarless & Sacred by Bethany-Kris

Scarless & Sacred (The Chicago War, #3)Scarless & Sacred by Bethany-Kris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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“The Outfit is full of scars and secrets…”

Could there be even more twists and turns and emotional wrenches in the third installment of this series? Considering the previous books were chock-full of them it’s hard to imagine, but true! This is not a stand-alone so you will want to read the first deliciously tense books in this series first before tackling this emotional story focused on Evelina Conti and Theo DeLuca this time around.

“Babe, I’m a terribly careful man. It’s my job to be careful. Otherwise, I’d be dead.”

Family is everything so when you are called to do your duty, you do it. What happens when duty flies against your instincts and the people you love? Eve and Theo’s families belong to the Outfit but there is no peace between them. Much has gone on, blood has been spilled, and yet the game continues more deadly than ever. Theo’s life has not been easy and his past governs and haunts everything he does. Regret and anger vies with loyalty and he struggles to do the right thing. Eve is his constant but even she can’t fight his demons. Eve knows what it is important and despite danger and tight family ties fights with him.

>“I would rather love a man entirely. Hidden monsters, scars, secrets and all. .. I don’t want a piece of some man’s heart. I want his whole heart, even if that means holding the pieces of it together.”

The revelations and twists to this story never stop! This is not a gentle story but an in your face, balls to the wall, nail-biter! Gritty, violent and filled with rage, those moments are intertwined with tender glimpses of personal discovery and sacrifice. Eve and Theo seem to encapsulate so much of the struggle that goes on. Theo is good at what he does, but what he does is not good. To toe the line, Eve must hurt those she loves. To live your life, each moment, with that kind of struggle and tension, well, medication would surely be required! This series is all about people – the good and the bad – and this installment seemed to really dig into the heart of what it means to be part of this ‘family’. Emotional and gut-wrenching, I don’t know if my heart can take another book in this series… but I can’t wait to find out!


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Diane's Review ~ Reckless & Ruined by Bethany-Kris

Reckless & Ruined (The Chicago War, #2)Reckless & Ruined by Bethany-Kris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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When love has no place….

If you haven’t read the first book in this series, stop and go do that! Each installment builds on the last and, believe me, there is a lot going on in this intense series. A LOT! You can’t miss a page or a paragraph because otherwise you will get lost quickly. Like the best, soapiest of operas, the story unfolds with surprising twists around every corner.

This series is all about the Chicago Outfit and the conflict that has erupted between, and amongst, the various crime families that belong to it. It’s all about the ‘family’ yet people are used as pawns when revenge and ambition are in play. I picture a chess board where people are moved and manipulated as part of a grant scheme or goal. Clear for the people in charge but those chess pieces have no idea what’s coming when rules are thrown out window.

“… being the son of Riley Conti meant Adriano had to follow the god**n rules.”

Alessa Trentini and Adriano Conti know all about the rules that govern their actions. Every step is watched, measured and judged. Each family member has a purpose and when you are called to do your duty you do not question it. That is the family way. When Alessa is called to marry the only man on earth she refused to have she can’t help but spend as much time as she can with Adriano. He has protected her since they were children and while they don’t speak of love, the physical attraction and care between them has only grown stronger.

“I’m not looking for a good man.”
“Just yours, huh?”
“Just mine…”


There is a lot of Romeo and Juliet in this series and this story is no exception. There are few reasons for Alessa and Adriano to be together but so many why they can’t. Families are at war behind the fa├žade of business as usual and loyalties and allegiances are questioned at every turn. Despite that, Alessa and Adriano have to fight for what they have, one of the few things they each can rely on and know to be true. It’s a dangerous game they play and the knots in my stomach prove how tense their situation is… Another taut, intense installment where each page brings something new to the game. Stellar!


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Diane's Review ~ Deathless & Divided by Bethany-Kris

Deathless & Divided (The Chicago War, #1)Deathless & Divided by Bethany-Kris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Where family is not always safe…

This story is the first in a series about the Chicago Outfit. The Mob. Mafia. Those words alone conjure up so many images of movies that depict what this world may actually be like. This glimpse is another very personal peek into ‘family’ life and all its complicated simplicity… Hold onto your hats… it’s going to get very bumpy indeed!

Lily DeLuca had thought she escaped the bonds she was born into but it seems she only delayed the inevitable. Damian Rossi was to be her husband, the man she pledges her life to. If only she could trust him…

I’m still trying to catch my breath and update my scorecard because this book was a whirlwind of shocking events, criminal intrigue and high emotion. Lily is young but she’s had to grow up fast in a world where mistakes are met with deadly consequences. Considering the life she has led, she still seemed surprised she was drawn back into a world she wanted no part of. She was getting married to a man she did not know. Or did she? Damian had been on the periphery of much of her life and their circumstances were not that different. As the two spent more time together the differences seemed to fade as they found common ground. Lily seemed a bit easier to read as Damian certainly lived up to his “Ghost” reputation though even he had his moments.

“He decided in that moment, right then and f**king there, Lily DeLuca was his and she was d**n well going to know it, too.”

They were two very complex characters, in a crowd of many, living very complicated lives. I wouldn’t say they gave me the warm and fuzzies, they held themselves aloof from so many and I include myself in that group. They certainly were able to open up to each other though and that gave me the opportunity to feel some of the many conflicting emotions they both were going through. To call their story entertaining would be true though uncomfortably entertaining would be closer to the mark. Fast-paced and twisted, an explosive start to a series I can’t wait to read more of.


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Diane's Review ~ Blindsided by T.C. Matson

Blindsided (The Fighter Series #1)Blindsided by T.C. Matson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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When you take a breath and take a chance…

From the start I knew this was going to be an ‘uphill battle’ romance. Not the story itself – the story was funny and sexy with engaging characters – but the actual romance itself. Paige had been hurt before and wasn’t interested in being lied to again. She was beautiful so was used to being hit at the restaurant or when she was bartending. That didn’t mean she fell for every (or any) line that she was fed. Levi was gorgeous but he also seemed to be another player with his practiced patter. She’d heard it all before….

What was unusual though was Levi’s persistence and Paige’s lowered resistance to him. Paige was honest with herself and him – she wasn’t looking for a one-night stand and temporary fling. Levi was honest about his past and his intent to remain unattached. Easy, right? They each go their separate ways, no harm done. Oh, but that would make for a boring plotline, wouldn’t it? And this was definitely not boring.

Levi kept coming back for more even when he was shot down. Repeatedly.

“When I think of Paige, the man stands up and since we text almost every day, I’m a walking woody.”

I admit to smiling more than once over their text messages. Ahh, modern courtship – so sweet!

“He feels good beside me. I feel safe, completed and oddly… cherished.”

While Paige’s preoccupation with the past did seem a bit overdone, the progression of their relationship was spiced up with past lovers and their own insecurities providing twists and conflict that moved the story quickly along. A bit of an abrupt ending – I didn’t realize this was the first in a continuing story – has me eager to find out where these two are headed.


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Release Blitz ~ Bite the Bullet by C.C. Wood



Release Blitz ~ Hot Blooded by Jessica Lake

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Title: Hot Blooded
Author: Jessica Lake
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 30, 2016
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Release Blitz ~ Natexus by Victoria L James

Book: Natexus
Author: Victoria L James
Release Date: 31st January 2016
Genre: New Adult Romance
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Release Blitz ~ River James by MJ Fields




Title: River James
Series: Rockers of Steel #3
Author: MJ Fields 
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 31, 2016

NEW Cover ~ Absolution by LP Lovell & Stevie J. Cole




Title: Absolution
Authors: LP Lovell & Stevie J. Cole
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Cover Design: Ikonic Imagery
Photographer: Wander Aguiar
Model: Garrick Murdie  
 Release Date: January 11, 2016


Release Blitz ~ Same Difference by DD Lorenzo

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Cover Reveal ~ Mine by Lacy Laroux


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By:  Lacy Laroux
RELEASE DAY: February 15th, 2016
Genre:  Erotic Romance
Cover design: Cover Me Darling
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Release Blitz ~ Plaything (Volume Two ) by Jason Luke & Jade West



Title: Plaything (Volume Two )
Authors : Jason Luke And Jade West 
Genre: Erotica 



Blog Tour ~ Wrecked by Sarah Grimm



Author: Sarah Grimm
Title: Wrecked
Series: Blind Man's Alibi Book #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance



She was destined to show him the joy and pain of living.


Blog Tour ~ Knight Heat by Annalie Walker


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BY ANNALIE WALKER


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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Release Blitz ~ Ravaged River by Lindsay Cross

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Ravaged River by Lindsay Cross

A stand-alone novel in the Men of Mercy Series

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Special forces operative Hoyt Crowe wasn't just damaged… he was broken. After suffering brutal torture in captivity, his once lively spirit is shattered. Now his greatest adversary isn’t some unknown terrorist in a foreign country, it’s himself. Hayden James watched Hoyt slide into a private purgatory of post-traumatic stress disorder, taking her heart with him. No longer warm and loving, he is cold. Hardened. A shell of his former self. When an old enemy threatens Hayden’s life, Hoyt must find the strength to slay his inner demons or lose the woman he loves forever.  
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Book Tour ~ Dirty Sexy Saint by Carly Phillips & Erika Wilde


New York Times bestselling authors Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde are bringing you a dirty, sexy, smoking hot SERIES featuring three bad boy brothers bonded by shocking secrets and their damaged past. Sinful, addicting, and unapologetically alpha, these men are every woman's erotic daydream ... And your ultimate dirty fantasy.
Get started with Dirty Sexy Saint and let Clay Kincaid lead you straight into sin!

Dirty Sexy Saint by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde

Date of Publication: January 19, 2016

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Are you ready to get Dirty Sexy with a Saint?

Clay Kincaid knows he's more a sinner than a saint. Especially when it comes to women. With a rough and damaged past that has left him jaded, he doesn't do committed relationships. But he does like sex–the hotter and harder, the better. He likes it fast and filthy, which is why he refuses to even touch someone as sweet and guileless as Samantha Jamieson. Until he discovers that she likes it just as down and dirty as he does. Let the sinning begin . . .
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Book Tour ~ Review ~ Taking The Lead by Cecilia Tan

Taking The Lead by Cecilia Tan

Date of Publication: January 26, 2016

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When the rich and famous come out to play, nothing is off-limits . . .

Everyone knows Ricki Hamilton as the icy heiress living in a billion-dollar mansion, high up in the Hollywood Hills. But few realize that behind the gilded gates, Ricki is the mistress of LA's most exclusive private club. A place where no fantasy is forbidden and no one goes unsatisfied-except for Ricki. If she had her way, she'd leave the business behind . . . until she meets the one man with the power to change her mind.

The hottest rock star in the world, Axel Hawke, has the requisite sexy look and bad-boy reputation. Yet even his biggest fans have no clue just how decadently dangerous he can be. From the moment he meets Ricki, he knows there is no other woman who will satisfy him. He can feel the heat hiding beneath her cool demeanor and he's determined to stoke her flame.

Together Ricki and Axel indulge their every desire. The deeper they go, the more she craves. Submitting to Axel opens her eyes, and for the first time Ricki knows exactly what she wants. All she has to do is take it . . .

Release Blitz ~ Review ~ Owned By The Badman by Hayley Faiman


Title: Owned By The Badman
Series: Russian Bratva #1
Author: Hayley Faiman
Genre: Romance—Mystery & Suspense
Release: January 28, 2016

Friday, January 29, 2016

Book Blast ~ Destroyed by the Bad Boy by Madison Collins



DESTROYED BY THE BAD BOY
Madison Collins
Releasing on January 29, 2016
Self-Published

Feature Friday ~ Review ~ Blurred Line by M. Lynne Cunning

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Lauren Carrington is an aspiring author who supposedly has it all. 

The life. The house. The seemingly perfect marriage to Michael. 

With her husband’s blessing, she uproots herself to attend a creative writing course halfway across the country in the hopes of breaking through the writer's block she's been battling, unaware she is about to inadvertently put everything she treasures in grave jeopardy. 

For her first in-class assignment, she gets partnered up with the alluring and charismatic Dean Bergeron… 

Their undeniable connection, mutual passion, and literary talents, paired with Lauren’s newfound boldness and prowess, soon form the foundation for a catastrophic upheaval of the only life Lauren has ever known. 

But is it actually Lauren's life being thrown into turmoil? The lines become blurred when she introduces herself as Sarah, the main character from the book she's been struggling to write, and boundaries are quickly crossed as Lauren explores her new persona more intimately. 

When her two worlds collide, will she be able to distinguish… 
Which life is real and which is fiction?

Feature Friday ~ Broken Suvivor by Jennifer Labelle

"She's broken...
He's determined to help her put the pieces back together..."


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by Jennifer Labelle 

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Blog Tour ~ Full Domain by Kindle Alexander

Title: Full Domain
Series: Nice Guys Novel #3
Author: Kindle Alexander
Genre: M/M Romance
Published: January 12, 2016