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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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A sassy, sexy story full of intrigue. A “mystery with a twisty, turny plot” that’s fun and relaxing to read.
Jess is determined, independent, in control twenty one year old biology major that wanted to be a doctor and paid her way through school by taking pictures of celebrities. I would dare call her and over-achieving problem solver with a vulnerable side she rarely lets show and never let’s loose. I liked her, even when I didn’t like her preferred livelihood.
William, a.k.a Hot British Guy (HBG), is studying Asian Languages and needs a job that will allow him to continue residing in the US. He’s funny, perceptive and dashing with his English accent and his penchant for talking dirty in Italian. A swoon worthy combination.
While moonlighting as a P.I. William needs to understand the ins and outs of the paparazzo world that dominates L.A. By fortunate chance the first expert on the matter he encounters is Jess. And after some interesting revelations they find themselves in a situation where working together is mutually beneficial.
They didn’t count on their attraction being more than just physical. They understood each other and fit together perfectly like the last two pieces in a puzzle. Falling in love was easy. Staying together though will prove to be almost impossible.
“We were science, we were two substances in a lab that mixed perfectly, whether it was the banter or flirting.”
There were a few things about the story that gave me pause. The most relevant being that I feel this book, which is continuation of the novella A Starstruck Kiss where we initially meet Jess and William, shouldn’t have been divided in two parts. Because I don’t think I would’ve enjoyed as much this one as a standalone.
My other sore points were the insta-love, which I mostly overlooked because the story was truly charming, and the visa situation with William which felt forced and didn’t ring true.
I absolutely enjoyed how this romance novel is practically presented as a Hollywood Rom-Com with tinsel town as the backdrop.
“The movie montage began, reel after reel of our times together playing before my eyes. Our first kiss… His text that night… The thing he said to me in Italian when we made out on his morotcycle… the rollercoaster… My insides melted from the memories.”
Besides understanding each other and bringing out their best selves, the banter between William and Jess is cute, witty and arousing in a very honest, transparent almost pure kind of way.
“Now you’re just talking dirty to me when you use words like eggs, hold the yolk.” I bent my head to her neck, pressing a light kiss near her earlobe, then whispered, “Lettuce. Grapefruit. Whole wheat bread.” She inhaled and moaned quietly, as if I were turning her on with my food talk.
The plot is told from both point of view and is refreshing and quirky. I delighted in Lauren’s writing style and will quickly look for William’s brother’s story in Far Too Tempting.
“He kept kissing me, the kind of kiss that couldn’t be stopped, that was like a comet across the sky, hellbent on having its way. The kiss was its own lifeforce, powerful and potent, and left nothing but pure heat in its wake.”
* I was given an ARC of this book by NetGalley. The excerpts are from that copy. *
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Thunder Storm by, Mimi Foster
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Thunder Storm (Thunder in the Mountain #3)
Suddenly finding herself the sole caregiver for her aging grandmother, advertising executive, Jeni Jenkins, accepts her best friend’s offer to leave Nana in a beautiful Colorado Victorian cottage surrounded by friends and a competent nursing staff. Jeni expects to take care of her thriving New York business and be able to visit frequently.
Setting off sparks every time he and Jeni get near each other, sumptuous local contractor, Miles Jeffries, makes it clear that short-term, long-distance relationships will never be part of his life. As much as she captivates him, he categorically refuses to pursue any suggested entanglements with this zany woman who has no intention of sticking around. But what’s really preventing him from becoming emotionally involved with this unexpectedly enchanting temptress?
With a genuine fondness for Nana, Miles keeps Jeni up-to-date on the sometimes funny, sometimes poignant situations happening in the Colorado high country. Jeni’s worked hard for the remarkable success she now enjoys, but there’s an emptiness in her life with everyone she loves so far away.
A quick-reading, contemporary romantic escape, readers will enjoy the banter and undeniable sexual attraction between Jeni and Miles.
Mimi is a fifth-generation Floridian who grew up all over the country but considers St. Petersburg, Florida, her hometown. Having lived in Colorado for more than four decades, her greatest achievement in life is her five daughters, who have now given her five grandchildren to spoil. Blessed with being married to her best friend, she loves to write about chance encounters that change lives for the better. In addition to being an incurable romantic, Mimi is an award-winning Realtor, as well as a blogger and photographer.
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Title: Broken Course (Wrecked and Ruined, #3)
Author: Aly Martinez
Release Date: November 10, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Seven years ago, my life changed forever. One accident and the person I saw in the mirror no longer resembled the woman I used to be. I was lost and confused inside my own body. I felt alone and disconnected from the world, carrying the incredible weight of guilt and loss that wasn’t even mine to harbor.
Then fate led me to Leo James. He taught me that crazy could be perfectly normal and it shouldn’t hurt to breathe. Don’t get me wrong. Leo isn’t perfect. He has his own cross to bear, and the truth is, that might be why I fell for him in the first place. But despite everything he does for me, learning to forgive myself is infinitely harder than overlooking the flaws of another.
Now, the secrets and lies of our past have begun to dictate our future—threatening to ruin us before we get the chance to try. Perhaps we were cursed from the start. Or maybe, just maybe, the remnants of our fractured lives will fit together to form one whole, where love isn’t questioned and being happy is…well, easy.
Can a second broken soul be enough to fill the voids of my own? Or will such scarred pasts prove too much for our love alone to overcome?
**Each book in this series can be read as a stand alone.**
Wrecked and Ruined
Changing Course (Wrecked and Ruined, #1)
Stolen Course (Wrecked and Ruined, #2)
About the Author
Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Aly Martinez is a stay-at-home mom to four crazy kids under the age of five, including a set of twins. Currently living in Chicago, she passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a glass of wine at her side.
After some encouragement from her friends, Aly decided to add “Author” to her ever-growing list of job titles. So grab a glass of Chardonnay, or a bottle if you’re hanging out with Aly, and join her aboard the crazy train she calls life.
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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A wonderfully unique love story that’s both poignant and happy. It will cause smiles, laugher and swooning while urging to think out of the box. I felt joyfully stunned after reading Fred and Viv’s tale not just because it had a happy ending, but because I’ve never read anything like it. This is one story that will stay with me forever.
“Human beings don’t always fit into a perfect box the way you want them to.”
Before I dive into my review, I’d like to say I’m mostly a traditional reader where alpha boy meets girl and they live happily ever after. Having a drag queen hero was something I had trouble picturing. So I’m both sad and happy that it took me some time to pick this book up. Sad because now that I was exposed to a different perspective, I know I was missing out on a great read. But glad that I dove in because not only did I get to meet these amazing characters, I also got to read the brilliant flip side to this book right on its heels.
“Who would have thought that a drag queen could be my ultimate male fantasy?”
But I’m getting ahead of myself. In Painted Faces we get Freda’s, affectionately known as Fred’s side of how she met, got to know and fell in love with her ridiculously handsome and charismatic next door neighbor.
“With this strangely beautiful man in my life, I have a feeling it will never be the same again.”
Cupcake baking Freda doesn’t fit into the world’s traditional definitions of physically perfect, she often gets overlooked and has a bit of a complex regarding her figure. But true beauty is not skin deep. She’s a good friend and daughter and has humor, wit and snark shielding her insecurities. I loved her inner rants and her tendency to be blunt. I just plain loved her and how real she felt.
Nicholas, or Vivica, is a criminally handsome and addictive, but very broken straight man who seeks solace in dressing and performing as a woman to cope with childhood trauma.
“You’re so pretty Viv, it’s not fair. How can you be pretty and handsome?” ~ Freda
“I like to be a man in the bedroom, but a woman on the stage.” ~ Nicholas
He’s a “wonderfully flawed man,” with scars hidden by charisma, who suffers from loneliness but is at the same time is cheerful, virile, naughty and completely unrepentant. He’s a contradiction and a very atypical hero. I couldn’t help but love him.
“He is such a complex creature, but I’m coming to think that his complexity is what I love about him.”
When these two meet, sparks fly but there’s also an instant recognition of kindred spirits. As an insatiable womanizer Nicholas wants to seduce Freda, but her caution only lets room for friendship, which Nicholas readily accepts. They banter, tease, get to know one another and have fun while doing so. They experience emotional highs and lows and eventually fall in love.
He looks like a really hot woman. It’s unsettling, but also titillating.
“If I was into girls, I’d do you.”
“Psst, I’ll let you in on a secret Fred… I actually have a cock. Don’t tell anyone, it would ruin my reputation. But feel free to do me any time you want.”
There were times when I would’ve liked to seriously reprimand him regarding his actions towards Freda. But it was clear she meant a great deal to him. More than what he deemed himself to be worthy of. He was electric and magnetic. But there were glimpses of sadness, vulnerability and deep pain underneath the flirty, confident surface.
“But I want all of him. Not just the sex. I want his smiles and his teasing, his smouldering looks. His sad eyes when he thinks nobody’s watching. Most of all, I want his heart.”
This tale was amazingly executed. From the way Freda could look past the high heels and painted face to the fractured man with a very masculine vibrancy. To the way Nicholas with his uncharacteristic view of life sees past Freda’s protective shell. I loved how these two brought color, life and meaning to each other.
“You’ll always be my friend, won’t you Fred? Don’t let me fuck this up. I need you in my life now. I need the golden eyed girl who can make me smile.
This is an unconventional love story, but I think the point is that we can find beauty in the most pleasantly unexpected places. It’s so rare to find originality in contemporary romance, and I just love how L.H. does it time and again.
“I love you Freda… It feels like nobody in the history of the world has loved another person as much as I love you. I love you so much it hurts. You make me smile, you make me laugh, you make me burn.”
If you want the usual and predictable love story, this is not the book for you. If you’re looking for extraordinary and adventurous, I urge you to pick up this book. I can’t wait to start with Killer Queen. Nicholas’ side of this love story.
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* I was graciously given an ARC of this book by the author. The excerpts are from that copy. *
Title: Phoenix Rising
Author: Elise Faber
Release Date: October 7th
Publisher: Blue Tulip Publishing
For Daughtry a simple brush of skin is devastating, the most innocent touch floods her mind with images of death. After months of isolating herself from everyone and everything she’d ever known, a chance encounter with a man from her past brings her hope for the first time since the visions began. But that hope comes with a price: the pursuit of vicious enemies who would force her to use her ability to manipulate death for their own gain.
In an instant her entire world changes and instead of hiding from her life, Daughtry has to fight for the freedom to live it. But with the fight comes the opportunity to recognize her power’s full potential and maybe, just maybe, a chance to find her true love.
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“You should know that I’m horrible at sex,” she blurted…
“You’re not horrible at all,” he said, “In fact, you’re quite good at torturing me.”
“What do you mean?” she asked, giving into the urge to get closer to him, wrapping her arms around his neck, nuzzling his shoulder.
He sucked in a breath of air and spoke through gritted teeth. “Seriously? You’re being all sweet and cuddling, but all I can think is that your hand is exactly six inches above my—”
“Cody!” She hadn’t noticed before, but the hard length of him was pressed against her thigh.
He shrugged. “What can I say? You’re the most innocent temptress I’ve ever met.”
A pause was followed by a grin that made her stomach clench with desire.
The stiffness that had come into her shoulders without her even realizing it dissipated. Cody was a balm to past hurts. He made her feel attractive and like the two of them might actually have a chance—
“Possibilities,” he thought, the words flowing like liquid courage across the bond. “You make me feel as though the frozen fist that has for so long choked my heart could just melt away.”
“That’s beautiful,” she whispered, knowing exactly what he meant.
Their connection took away the games. There could be no pouting, no pretending nothing was wrong without the other knowing, if not the truth, then at least the emotions behind their actions.
They made sense together.
The truth hit her like a baseball bat to the kidney. She loved him.
Despite moonlighting as a zookeeper and then a dog trainer, Elise decided that the only mammals she wanted to work with were her dark and sexy heroes and heroines. She inherited her love of reading from her mother and grandmother who dutifully kept stacks of romances where her teenaged fingers could easily pilfer them. She lives in Northern California with her three dogs, two energetic (read crazy) boys, and her awesome (see prior comment) husband.
by Nalini Singh
A Rock Kiss Novel
Publication Date: September 30th, 2014. TODAY!!
Genres: Contemporary, Rock, Romance
What happens when the Gentleman of Rock decides to play dirty?
A drummer for the hottest rock band on the planet, David has a single, powerful weakness: Thea, the band’s publicist and the woman who steals his breath away with her every move.
Only problem is, Thea doesn’t date clients—or musicians. Emotionally scarred by a cheating ex, she’s not about to risk her heart with a man who has groupies buzzing around him like flies. Even if his sexy smile ties her up in knots.
What she doesn’t know is that David is a one-woman man…and he’s madly in love with her. David’s determined to prove he’s worth the risk, and willing to court her, step by exquisite step. Thea’s about to discover just how long and hard this handsome drummer can play.
He’d hardly taken a sip of his beer, the dark liquid bitingly cold, when he felt a presence at his back. Instincts honed by a childhood in one of the toughest areas of New York had him focusing on the mirror behind the bar to check out the situation before he turned. A big, bald, and heavily muscled male with a spiderweb tattoo on his neck was standing behind and just to the side of David, a smirk on his pockmarked face.
Belly heating, David turned with a slight smile. “Problem?”
The bald man bared his teeth and, laughing, looked to a table to his right. “Hear that, boys?” he called out to his friends. “The pussy rock star here wants to know if there’s a problem.”
Laughter and shouts from that particular table, while the rest of the men in the bar went quiet. David didn’t move, taking a measure of the players without letting it show. “Always know your opponent” had been one of the first things his father had taught him—Vicente Rivera didn’t believe in turning the other cheek; he believed in teaching his sons how to put bullies on the ground and keep them there.
“Yeah, there’s a problem,” the bald guy said, shoving at David’s shoulder. “This is a real bar for real men. Not pussies.”
Like that, then. Good. He was in the mood to do some violence. Lifting his beer, David took a long drink, then slammed it down… and punched Bald Head in the jaw at the same time that he kicked out with his foot to connect with the other man’s knee. The jackass went down like a ton of bricks.
Roaring in rage, the man’s friends came at David.
He grinned and started to show them what this “pussy rock star” could do.
It wasn’t until they’d broken a table and several chairs, and the bartender had called the cops that David realized Thea would have to deal with the fallout from this. Fuck, fuck, fuck, he thought as he was shoved into a cell alone, his erstwhile opponents in the cell opposite. Sliding down the graffiti-marked wall to the floor, he thought about the phone call the desk sergeant had said he could make and decided against it.
Fox had Molly with him—the band’s lead singer had been waiting for his girl to arrive since the instant Schoolboy Choir set foot in the city. As for Noah and Abe, they both had their own plans. He knew any one of the three men would drop those plans in an instant to come to his aid, but since the cops had made it clear he’d be spending the night in a cell no matter what, why mess up their plans?
“You do or say anything that’ll hit the media, you call me. Day or night. I hate surprises—so don’t you dare surprise me.”
Thea had given that order to all four of them when she’d agreed to act as their publicist. Her up-front nature and dedication to her job was part of the reason they’d hired her; Thea was the best and she didn’t take any shit from her clients. He wasn’t doing himself any favors by not calling her.
Right then, David couldn’t find it in himself to care. It wasn’t as if she could hurt him any more than she already had. And Jesus, how long was he going to carry this torch that was burning him alive? “Fuck, fuck, fuck,” he said aloud, banging the back of his head against the wall.
Additional Excerpt can be found on Nalini’s website HERE
Rock Addiction (# 1)
A bad boy wrapped in a sexy, muscled, grown-up package might be worth a little risk…
Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media’s harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction.
A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that’s all it was meant to be…
Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he’ll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn’t only her body that’s become addicted to Fox, but her heart…
About Nalini Singh
NEW YORK TIMES AND USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series Nalini Singh usually writes about hot shapeshifters and dangerous angels. This time around, she decided to write about a hot and wickedly tempting rock star. If you’re seeing a theme here, you’re not wrong.
Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing. If you’d like to explore her other books, you can find lots of excerpts on her website. Slave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, while Angels’ Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. Once Rock Addiction is out, swing by the site to check out the special behind-the-scenes page, complete with photos of many of the locations used in the book.
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