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Review: Burned

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Burned
Burned by Tara Sivec
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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This is not a slow burning love story, it’s not simmering under the surface tingle. This love story is a full on scorching hot fire that will burn deep, consume and leave permanent scars.

I tend to keep the erotic romances list light because mostly they’re about gratuitous sex, with week characters and weaker plots. But once I read this blurb I couldn’t ignore it.

BLURB:
Seventeen years old when he broke my heart.
Seventeen days later when another picked up the pieces.
Seventeen years together.
Seventeen thousand problems.
Seventeen days of reliving my past and finding a new future.
Seventeen minutes until it all went up in flames.
Seventeen breaths until I took my last.
This is my story…and it’s going to burn.

This story, even though short, is packed not just with an attraction that will put the pages aflame. It tells the about a connection that has survived the test of time and will have to endure more trying trials. It has a solid engaging plot, with a fast pace and an effortless flow that will keep you on edge, and characters enjoy reading about.

I really felt for Finnely, and loved that she became a better, stronger person. Collin was swoon worthy and did I mention he’s a fireman? And “he would be like something right out of firemen’s calendar”

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Burned is second chance erotic romance, told from both points of view. It’s well written (I loved how Tara used and played with the number seventeen), with a good balance between its different emotional elements. If I had been a fan of Tara from her Chocolate Lovers series now I’m a bigger one with The Ignite Trilogy. I won’t say more about this book, I may spoil your fun reading it, but I’ll leave you with this quote.

“Falling in love again… happens when you least expect it, when you realize that a part of your heart and soul always remained in the hands of another. It happens when your past collides with your present and shapes your future.”

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Review: Proving Paul’s Promise

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Proving Paul’s Promise by Tammy Falkner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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A sweet and heartfelt story wrapped up in an artistically sensual package. As with all of the Reed brothers’ books, we get beautiful family ties, hilarity, sexyness and emotional depth that is Totally Talented Tammy.

“That’s the beauty of the Reeds. They look beyond the surface.”

Paul has had the hots and a bit more for Friday since the day he met her. But only until recently has his dream turned to real hope, giving his content life of taking care of his family the possibility of being even better and happier.

Friday hasn’t been alone since she started working at Reed’s, because these guys have wonderful way of taking care of their own. But she’s still erected high walls around herself to protect her secrets and her underserving heart. Does she really need to punish herself? And if she keeps pushing others away, what will it cost her?

Reading this book was like “chocolate being poured over ice cream. It was warm and soothing.” So many things happen in this book and there are numerous elements that I enjoyed that I don’t know where to start and I really don’t want to spoil any of it for you. I’ll try to cover all the bases, be brief and of course, unspoilery.
There is the ever present Reed brood love, intrinsic support for one another and fun. They’ve expanded their family into a beautiful patchwork that keeps growing with new characters.

“I love that they can be so silly, and so loving, and so…them. They don’t hide it. They don’t make a game of it. They just love. They love hard.”

There’s that bad boy vibe they give off because of their tats and piercings some visible some in more fun places, that remind us that they’re just interesting men who live by their own rules and don’t care about what others think, including gender stereotypes.

And then there’s Paul and Friday.

I didn’t think I would fall for Paul like I did for the rest of the Reed brothers. I had him compartmentalized mostly as a father figure and just didn’t picture him in any roll other than Hayley’s dad and the brothers’ keeper. Probably because he was doing a great job at both. But he is not just selfless and loyal, he’s also determined, sweet, cute and “sex on a stick,” burning up the pages with Friday.

Even without being able to forgive herself, Friday is this strong woman who’s had a hard life and has had to make harder choices, but has found a way to not just survive, but thrive and give back.

I loved that there was no unnecessary angst between them. Paul and Friday were pretty much straight forward with each other and were quick to clear up misunderstandings. I enjoyed their open and honest communication, even though it wasn’t easy. Paul had to push and fight for what he wanted but it was worth it.

They were equally perfect for one another though. They both saw and wanted each other as they were.

“Why me?”
“Because you’re you.”

And last, but certainly not least, we get to know Sam just a tad more. He still remains a bit of a mystery to me and can’t wait to read about him. I also dread it, because it will probably be the last in the series.

This book made me laugh, swoon, blush and cry. It was perfect and just what I needed.

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ALEC by L.A. Casey (Slater Brothers #2) COVER REVEAL

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Alec by L.A. Casey
(Slater Brothers #2)

Publication date: August 17th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Synopsis:

Keela Daley is the black sheep of her family. She has always come second to her younger cousin Micah. Even in the eyes of her mother, Micah shone bright, and Keela faded to black. Now, in adulthood, Micah is a bride-to-be and the spotlight is solely on her. Keela is a low priority…or so she thinks.

Alec Slater is a bachelor, never one to bed the same woman, or man, twice. He is a free agent who does what he pleases and answers to no one; that is until a fiery Irish redhead with a temper to match her hair colour knocks him on his arse. Literally.

She hates to admit it, but Keela needs a favour from the cocky Slater brother, a huge favour. She needs him to not only escort her to Micah’s wedding, but to also pose as her boyfriend. Alec agrees to help Keela, but has certain conditions for her to abide by. He wants her body and plans to have it before anyone can say I do.

What he doesn’t plan on is losing his heart as well as the possibility of losing his family when someone from his past threatens his future.

Alec owns Keela, and what Alec owns, Alec keeps.

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20737459-alec?ac=1

AUTHOR BIO
L.A. Casey was born, raised and currently resides in Dublin, Ireland. She is a twenty two year old stay at home mother to an almost two year old German Shepherd named Storm and of course, her four and half year old (the half is apparently vital) beautiful little hellion/angel depending on the hour of the day.
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Her first novel, Dominic, was released on March 17th, 2014, and on March 21st, 2014, it became an international Amazon bestseller.
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Exclusive Interview with Mimi Jean Pamfiloff author of Happy Pants

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Mimi’s GIVEAWAY!

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We’ve known Mimi through her books for a while now. She’s the proud writer of the incredible paranormal series Accidentally, her most recent paranormal The King Trilogy, the YA Fate Book and now she’s branching out into contemporary funny romance with the Happy Pants Café series.

We recently had the great opportunity to interview her and get the inside scoop on her and how she comes up with so many great stories and characters.

But first, here’s some info on her most recent book, The Happy Pants Café, in case you haven’t read it yet….

Happy Pants Café

Want coffee? Don’t come here. Want pants? There’s the mall. Want true love? Then step inside and take a bite. We guarantee results in 7 days or your money back.

Signed,
The Happy Pants Café Management

So what, exactly, is the café’s secret to success? Harper Branton, a columnist for the San Francisco Tribune, who’d sooner believe in unicorns than in true love, is about to find out. And it’s the perfect story to save her train wreck of a career.

Too bad she’s got competition. He’s sexy, he’s arrogant, and he thinks she’s crazy. (“What kind of person doesn’t believe in love?”) And this coming from a man!

When these two rivals go head to head, it’s more like a WWF smackdown. A shared history binds them in wonderful, terrible ways quickly turning their duel into more than just a fight for a story.

Will they tear each other apart for the win or end up as two more Happy Pants believers?

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And without further ado, here are Mimi’s interview awesome answers!! Don’t forget to keep reading at the end to learn how to take part in Mimi’s Giveaway

– What made you become a full-time writer?

The same thing that made me become a writer in the first place.  I simply had a burning desire to make it happen. Leaving my big job was not an easy choice, though. In this economy, there are still people struggling to find good positions, and I had one that people were fighting to get. Strangely, that helped me make my decision. I thought that there was someone out there in this world whose dream it was to have my job—a job my heart wasn’t in.  It was time to put my efforts where my heart was and let someone deserving get a shot at my job.

TJ: Bravo Mimi!

– How long does it take you to write a book?

When I was working a full-time corporate job, it took me 5-6 months, sacrificing every spare second I had and a lot of sleep.  Now, I can write a book in 2 months. Being a full-time writer is fabulous!

TJ: More books for us.

– What do you think makes a great story?

I cannot stand books that ease in to a plot and build slowly.  I like a story to grab me from the first paragraph and jump on my head screaming until the last page.  Also, I don’t really need or want to love all of the characters. Hate and frustration are equally gripping emotions.  Just as long as they give me a taste of what it’s like to be someone else and see the world through their eyes—good or bad.  I want to be inside the head of a narcissistic chauvinist, a psycho killer who has no redeeming qualities, or a sappy love-sick vampire who’d do anything to be loved.  It should be an experience, and not an affirmation of my own points of view on the world.  Some readers are really not comfortable with that. They have to love everyone, and the characters have to do and say everything they would do or say.  Nothing puts me to sleep faster.  I guess because I already know what I think, and a book should take me to a new place. Oh! And there should always be lots of plot twists.

TJ: You forgot about cliffhangers 😉

– Tell us one thing we wouldn’t already know about you.

It doesn’t matter how many bestsellers I write or books I sell, I still wake up every day saying, “Really? I’m a writer? How did that happen?”  Don’t get me wrong, I love it!  But it’s not something I went to school for or ever wanted.  I literally just woke up one day after reading a ton of Paranormal Romance books and said, “Yeah. I’m gonna write a book! Wait. How the hell do I write a book?”

TJ: LOL, you’ve done a great job.

– Is it difficult to balance family and writing?

Always.  But it’s no different than when I was at my corporate job, so I guess I’m used to juggling.  The only difference now is getting my kids to understand that when I’m in my pajamas, I really am working even if it doesn’t look like it.

TJ: May be we should get you a sign that says Mom @ Work. But hey, we’re always on the job right?

– What’s the most surprising thing you learned in writing your books?

That people are not complete shit heads.  LOL.  I used to have a pretty skewed view of the world, probably because I lived in the corporate world for so long.  But I think my readers showed me that the world is full of genuine kindness.  How else can you explain that people I’ve never met bend over backwards to help me live me dream?  It’s insane. In a really, really good way.

– Where do you get your inspiration from?

I’m not really sure, actually.  The Universe?  LOL

– How much of yourself do we get to see in your characters?

Well, the humor, of course, is my spin on things.  The characters, though… they feel like their own people when I’m writing them.  They say and do things I never would, and my job is to write what I see, not judge them, necessarily.  Sounds weird, but it’s true.  So in a way, there’s very little of me in them, yet, they come from my head so they are 100% me.  Hmmmm… very strange.

– We know some of the names you use are of gals you know, but are your characters based on anyone you know? Say like Sebastian or Juan?

No. They really aren’t. But I did name Sebastian after one of my boys as a joke.  He was like, “Mom, that’s so messed up.” The guy has a pet pig he thinks is a dog and one extra-large eye…. LOL.

– What does your family think about your books?

My kids don’t get to read any of it, not until they are both 30, but they are proud.  My hubby is so over it… it’s normal to him.  He gets more excited about my cleaning the house (almost never happens) than he does a new book.  My dad is proud, but doesn’t get any of it because he’s a classics sort of guy who reads biographies and Tolstoy. My mom reads everything I write.  She’s been there since book one, helping me.   

– For an aspiring writer, do you feel there are certain do’s and don’ts for writing a successful book?

Do:  Write something you love, not what you think will sell (although, it’s a good idea to understand how you will market your book and to whom). That way, if your book doesn’t sell the way you hoped, at least you can feel proud of your work and what you accomplished. If you write a book you love, it’s a win!  If it happens to sell well, then that’s icing.

Don’t:  Let fear become part of anything you do.  I think fear is toxic to a writer. It makes us second guess our intuition. 

– Are you superstitious like some of the folks described in the Happy Pants Café book?

A little, I guess. For example, I think the moment you brag about something or say that it’s in the bag, the universe has a weird way of derailing your plans.  So I’m superstitious about taking anything for granted.

– What are you working on now?

KING OF ME, BOOK 3 OF THE KING TRILOGY. WOOPIE!

Woo hoo, wasn’t that great? Mimi is a doll! Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us. We can’t wait to see what you have in store for us next.

Mimi’s GIVEAWAY, starting now!

Review: Jack and Djinn

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Jack and DjinnJack and Djinn by Jasinda Wilder
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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4 Fiery, paranormal I want three wishes stars!!!

Q1: What happens when an awesome contemporary romance/erotica author, decides to dive into paranormal romance?

Answer: You never know, sometimes they ace it, sometimes they don’t.
Q2: What happens when Jasinda Wilder, decides to dive into paranormal romance?

Answer: We receive and awesome surprise debut!!

Writing reviews about a paranormal romance book is often difficult. You can’t mention a lot of things so you don’t give spoilers. You can’t explain the mythology thoroughly, because it also becomes a spoiler. PNR has to be savored page by page; it has to be unveiled slowly and at the right pace and most importantly anything goes. This book has the most severe pet-peeve of mine: Insta-Love. But, the only genre I allow myself to overlook it is PNR.

Having said all of the above, this review is for you to have a hint about what to expect and, understand my rating and why I recommend it.
This story centers on Miriam, a woman suffering constant abuse by her boyfriend’s hand. A woman who is lost in a relationship based on fear, regret and misery. She want’s more out of life, she wants to be worthy of love, but she is incapable of detaching herself from the pattern; from her self-imposed prison as a battered woman. Miriam’s strong emotions are triggering something inside her. She has no idea that her life is about to change dramatically; she has no idea what she is capable of.

Jack is a sweet, caring man from a quirky Irish family. He is special, but he doesn’t believe it much. He meets/saves Miriam and forms an immediate connection with her; he fights to be with her, he shows her that love is real and not all men are the same. They need each other, they fit together, because their own souls recognize the rightness.
As the story unravels, Miriam and Jack discover the true meaning behind their gifts, all the while finding transcendent love. After defeating and defending themselves from the ugliness of life.

The mythology behind this story is that of the Djinn (Genies). This was a new genre of paranormal for me, since I’ve never read something based on it. It was awesome! Jasinda nailed it from the first page to the last; the explanations, the way everything unravels is quite clever. The writing is superb, it’s poetic and lyrical when describing the supernatural events; the reader is able to imagine everything clearly, the pictures, every description conjured by the mind is just!!! Perfect!!!!

The supporting characters and the roles each will play in further books is hinted smoothly. There is much to tell I am sure, and I believe the story will get every bit as interesting as I imagine. I particularly loved Carson.

I can’t wait for the next installment, that first chapter in the end is just cruel… I can see the wind element coming….

Totally recommend even if you are not a fan of paranormal.

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Review: Only with You

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Only with YouOnly with You by Lauren Layne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Loved it!!! can’t wait for number 2!!!
Adorable, PG-13 with a Beta hero…

When Sophie meets Grayson by chance inside a Hotel elevator in Las Vegas, she’s unaware that life/fate would bring them together. The encounter leaves Sophie questioning her life; the moment Gray saw her, he assumed she was a prostitute due to the clothes she wore for a bachelorette party.

Sophie is 28 years-old, she works as a cocktail waitress even though she has a double major in college. She is still trying to find herself, to find what she really wants out of life. She has been put down by her parents all her life, mostly unintentionally. Her family is all-American, they care and love each other, but have high expectations. Sophie is a beautiful outspoken, witty woman, she has self-esteem issues but that doesn’t deter her from being caring, sweet and loyal.

Grayson is a handsome, successful businessman, and a loner. A man with the social skills of a rock; sultry, flippant. He has a hard time expressing emotions, so he seems closed off and uninterested in nothing except his job. Gray is not the Alpha personality we are used to in books, he’s more of a beta but, under all that seriousness there is sweet, lovable, loyal and understanding man. This was something I loved about the book, I fell in love with the hero even if it is not the personality I usually root for. There was just something unique and adorable in Gray and I loved him.

Due to very interesting and funny circumstances Sophie ends up working for Gray. The banter, bickering and sexual tension between them is awesome and, we can see how Sophie is able to peel, layer by layer, every bit of Gray’s defenses and vice versa. They both had lots in common, they both had walls, they both needed understanding, they both needed love and acceptance for who they were.

The book is finely written and engaging. I didn’t mind one bit the fact that, there isn’t much sex in it. The book oozed a sensuality within the tension and the build-up so, when these two finally collide and end up together it’s sweet, emotional and sexy.

The author also sets the pace for her next book, which is about Brynn (Sophie’s older sister) and Will (Sophie’s best friend and Brynn’s nemesis), the chemistry between these two iS off the charts and, the enemies-to-lovers theme will be interesting to see… can’t wait!
I highly recommend this book is you are looking for a funny, sweet fluffy read!

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