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Saturday, May 31, 2014

~Review: Forever Consumed (Consumed #3) by Skyla Madi~

This is it.

My revenge.


I can taste it on my tongue, it's sweet and it's addictive.


I've worked way too hard to settle for second best and I will come out on top.

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Seth Marc is back and training harder than ever before to redeem his loss to Don Russell. Tensions are high but stakes are higher as MMAC founder, Matt Somers, forces Seth and Don to train under the same roof. 

Though Matt Somers believes it's only good fun to provoke the two for publicity, he doesn't realize just how serious the situation is. 

With Olivia by his side, Seth Marc pushes himself to his limits and struggles to keep opponent, Don Russell, out of his head as they fight it out one last time.



Overall Rating:  4.5 Rockin’ ★★★★


As I read the last page of this book, I found myself wrapped in a blissful cocoon of happiness!  Following Seth and Olivia's relationship of ups and downs, I found myself yearning for the perfect happily ever after ending for them.  Could this be the book that completed their journey?  All my questions were answered, finally...yes it is!  This was it.  The ending I had craved desperately.

Forever Consumed is the third book in Skyla Madi's Consumed series.  The story begins with Seth and Olivia getting married and a new journey begins for our couple.  Seth seeks his revenge against Don for the injustice that had occurred from the previous fight.  Olivia finds her place in the new world they are building together.  Jackson and Selena are on again off again and we are given a glimpse into Jackson's past.  There are many different elements that occur and Seth and Olivia's relationship are tested time and time again.  Seth fights the demons from his past and finds comfort in Olivia.  Will their love be enough to see them through?  

Skyla Madi delivers again!  She writes a story that evokes strong emotions from the reader.  I recommend you get the book and see for yourself the amazing job the author did.~Flo  

Hero:  4.5 stars
Heroine:  5 stars
Plot:  4.5 stars
Steam level: 4 stars
Cliffhanger:  No

Would I recommend this book:  Yes.  This book has everything you for -  suspense, MMA fighters, hot steamy sex and an HEA ending.


Would I recommend this author:  Yes.  Skyla Madi writes beautifully.  She keeps you drawn to the story and delivers again and again!

***Received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review***

The Seduction (The Seduction #1) by Roxy Sloane

All women look the same on their knees with their lips wrapped around my cock.

You like to think you’re different, special somehow. But trust me, I’ll have you wet and begging for it before you can think of all those bullshit, good girl reasons why not.

I'm your darkest secret. Your dirtiest fantasy.

Who am I?

The Seducer.

And I’ve never lost a case.

Until her. Keely Fawes. My mysterious new target.

Someone wants to destroy her -- and I’m their weapon of choice.

Her secrets could be my undoing. Her innocence will ruin me.

But I don’t care.

I’m going to show her how fucking good it feels to be bad. She’ll come screaming my name if it’s the last thing I do.


***Part 1 of a filthy, seductive new serial***

Overall Rating:  4.5 Rockin’ ★★★

Vaughn’s job is seducing women.  He uses his skills to get information on cheating women for their husbands.  Keely is good at her job she is a paralegal and wants to become a lawyer. She has a kind heart and really cares about her clients. How could the two have anything in common?  Vaughn has been hired to seduce Keely and he never turns down a job. Keely finds herself aching for Vaughn’s attention and cannot understand what is happening to her.  
Huh.  Well, I get all kinds in here, not just the spouses in need of a pre-nup get-out clause.  Desperate fathers needing to lure their princess away from gold-digging scum; daughters out to get rid of their wicked step-mother; women wanting to give their girlfriends the fuck they deserve.  I will seduce anyone – for a price.
Vaughn has been hired to seduce Keely by an unknown client that wants to destroy her.  After meeting Keely for the first time he feels that he can get the job done in no time at all.  She is attracted to him and that leaves her open to his seduction.  Vaughn arranges a meeting with Keely at her law firm and proceeds with his plan. Even when Keely tells him that he will need to make another appointment since her boss is not present, Vaughn does not ease up his pursuit.
I go to the door, eager to put safe distance between us.  “Why can’t you take the meeting?”  Vaughn’s voice stops me.  “I’m not a lawyer.”  “You don’t want to be alone with me.”  He watches me, not taking his eyes off me for a second. I squirm under his gaze. “I’m not qualified.  I don’t even know your case…”
While trying to seduce Keely, Vaughn overhears a conversation that has red flags going off in his head, “Mr. Ashcroft”. What is going on?  He cannot forget the past and what this name brings back.  How are Keely and Ashcroft connected? Keely states that she needs to take care of some files that must be sent out immediately and even with my best moves she blows me off and leaves telling me that I will have to reschedule with her boss. 
I can’t believe it.  She turned me down.  Nobody turns me down.  Especially not some blushing librarian who’s been panting like a bitch in heat since the moment she laid eyes on me.
Keely cannot forget the things that Vaughn said to her about size and orgasms.  She is a twenty-three year old in need of a real orgasm…and she feels that Vaughn could give her one.  Keely shoves her thoughts of Vaughn aside and heads to the hospital to check on Mr. Ashcroft.  He is in really bad shape and tries to tell her something that he says is really important but fading out.  A man comes into the room and them and demands to know who she is and why she is there. Keely identifies herself and then leaves the room only to run into his nurse June.
“Did he talk to you at all?” “A little.  He was kind of confused,” I explain.  “He said he needed to tell me something but then…We were interrupted.  Do you know what it was about?  He shouldn’t worry about the legal stuff.  We can deal with his business managers from now on.”
When Keely leaves the hospital Vaughn follows her to see where she is going.  He follows her into music and through the art exhibits.  Vaughn conveniences Keely to let him prove that I can make her come so hard that she will be begging me for more.  And he more than proves that size does matter.  Will Vaughn succeed in seducing Keely?  Will Keely find out what is going on before it is to late to protect herself from his seduction?  What part does Mr. Ashcroft and his family play in all that is happening to her?

Hero –Vaughn: 4.5 stars
Heroine –Keely Fawes: 4.5 stars
Steam: 4.5 stars 
Plot: 4.5 stars 
Cliffhanger: Yes

Would I recommend this book: Yes! The author really uses a unique approach in this mystery, drama, and lust/love filled story.  When you throw in the dominance and the twisted intrigue this book really has it all.

Would I read other books by this author: Yes! I have already enjoyed many other books by this author and look forward to reading the next part in this series

***Received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review***

Skyler Tower (Tower #1) by Khelsey Jackson

She is terrified of relationships…. 

Evangeline Skyler has acquired everything she wanted in her life, she is a successful C.E.O. of Sky Tech. The only thing she doesn't have is a love life. When she meets a gorgeous dark hair man in a grey suit he starts to unravel her. 

Angelo Giovanni is there to interview the beautiful but secreted Ms. Skyler. When he sees her he is stunned, her pictures don’t do her justice. He will do anything to be the one she turns to. 

Someone is stalking her… 

But when someone is starts stalking her and sending her creepy messages she turns to her long time driver and friend Axel Roberts. 

Who will be the one to steal her heart, and the one to break her trust?

Overall Rating:  4 Rockin’ ★★

Evangeline is a self-motivated woman that knows what she wants and goes after it.  Now at the age of thirty she had built her business Sky Tech into a very successful company and she is an extremely wealthy woman.  She has everything she wants except love and she solves that problem with sex until she suddenly notices her driver and friend of five years is totally drool worthy.  Then on her way to her office she is intercepted by a reporter from The Times and finds herself attracted to him.
 
Angelo knew that there was something different about Evangeline.  The pictures that he had seen of her did not do her justice and the actual woman made him think about his future.  He also knew that if he wanted to be a part of her life that he would need to let her have her freedom to be Evangeline.  He really wanted a partnership and more with her and so much more.  Angelo knew that someone had hurt her deeply and he wanted to take that hurt away.  When he saw the way her driver/bodyguard was looking at her, he knew something was going on between them and he needed to stake his claim.
 
Evangeline’s life is threatened once again and she finds that she needs both Angelo and Axel.  Angelo made her feel safe and Axel had been with her through some of the hardest times of her life.  They needed to get alone and be there when she needed them.  Evangeline does not know that Angelo was hired by the paper to find out about her private life.  She had given him her trust and if he betrayed her it would be hard to ever forgive him.  Axel is concerned that Angelo is after something and he lets him know that he will be watching him. 
 
Evangeline has never been on that cared for a love triangle but she finds that she is being drawn into one with Axel and Angelo.  Will Axel protect Evangeline and catch her stalker?  Can Angelo let go of his past and find his future with Evangeline or will she choose Axel?
 

Hero –Axel Roberts/Angelo Giovanni: 4 stars
Heroine –Evangeline Skyler: 4 stars
Steam: 4 stars 
Plot: 4 stars 
Cliffhanger: No

Would I recommend this book: Yes! This book is a mystery, love story with a convoluted triangle.  You really don’t know how it will end until the end.

Would I read other books by this author: Yes! Love the way this author tells her stories.

***Received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review***

~Review: Played by the Billionaire by Alexia Adams~

Internet security billionaire, Liam Manning, made a death bed promise to his beloved brother, Marcus, to complete his mystery-romance manuscript. Problem is that Liam’s experience with women is limited to the cold-hearted supermodels he usually dates—nothing like the warm, caring woman depicted in the novel his brother began. So falling back on his hacking skills, he infiltrates an online dating site to find a suitable woman to teach him about romance-regular guy style.

Lorelei Torres was raised by her hard-working mother because her loser father is behind bars. All she wants is an honest man to love and with whom she can raise a large, happy family. After the last contender for her heart turns out to be a lying snake, she decides it’s time she started over. San Francisco is as far from Buffalo as she can get, unfortunately it’s not beyond the reach of her mother’s constant reminders about Lorelei’s ticking biological clock. When her dear parent signs her up with an online dating agency, Lorelei reluctantly agrees to meet her cyber-match. Maybe it’s time an impartial computer chose a man for her.


Can Liam finish the novel before Lorelei discovers his deceptions and, more critically, before she breaches the firewall around his heart?

Overall Rating:  4 Rockin’ ★★★

It doesn’t matter if you run a multi-billion dollar corporation when your brother on his death bed asks you to finish his book you do it.  Regardless of what is required of you to accomplish his last request, so you don’t know anything about romance, you just do the research. It can’t be that hard, after all you are the CEO and Chairman of IWC Security and the king of internet security.
“Marcus was writing a mystery novel with romantic elements.  The hero is an everyday guy who gets caught up in some intrigue.  Along the way he meets a girl and falls in love.  The mystery bit I can write with no problem.  Marcus outlined his plot on that one.  The romance element is another thing…”
Liam has several problems the first being that he is known as a player and his character requires that he write about an everyday kind of guy.  The second problem is that he is well known and there are pictures of him everywhere.  Third he has to find someone that has no idea who he is so that he can have interaction that is not basis.  So Liam decides to join an internet dating service and find someone new to the area for his little experiment. He finds Lorelei and decides he needs to observe her before starting his plan.
Liam took a long swig of his coffee, hoping to drown the niggling sensation of pending doom in his stomach. “There she is.”  David swiveled and nearly fell off his chair.  “Her photo didn’t lie.  I’ll say it again, my friend.  You are so screwed.”
Liam wears a full beard and few of every seen him without it so he decides to shave, good disguise. Even his best friends can hardly believe how different he looks without the beard.    He also needs to find something to drive other than his Aston Martin maybe a Ford or Toyota Corolla.  What about his personal chief and his penthouse apartment?  
“I can see now why you grew the beard.  You’re broken.”  Excuse me?”  Liam ran a hand over his now-bare chin and cheeks.  The smooth skin felt weird under his fingers.  “You’ve got a dent in your chin and a hole in your left cheek as well, definite defects.  When this is over you’d better grow the facial hair back as soon as possible.”
Margery is working at the bakery that she runs for the pack.  She is swamped when Rex walks in and grabs an apron to help with the crowd.  When she demands to Lorelei is an event planner that just transferred from the Chicago area to San Francisco.  She agrees to try internet dating at her mother’s insistence and goes on a blind date.  Her date does not arrive but is approached by the man of her dreams, totally drool worthy.  They start a conversation and soon he asks her to have dinner with him.  Lorelei doesn’t know but this is all part of Liam’s plan to do research on how to romance a girl and she is his guinea pig.
He leaned back in the seat and let a self-satisfied grin cross his face.  Tonight had gone exceptionally well. And he had a date for tomorrow.  If that went anywhere near as smoothly as tonight he’d have this romance sewn up and the book finished within the month.
Liam has no idea how to be a normal guy but he had asks Lorelei to let him be her tour guide!  Lorelei talks Liam into riding a bus, the metro and eating street food. 
“Of course, Liam.  I wouldn’t want you to be uncomfortable.”  “Lady, I haven’t been comfortable since you said the word ‘bus’ first thing this morning,” he grumbled.
The more Liam finds out about Lorelei the more he wants to find out.  Liam past haunts his future and Lorelei’s past makes her not want to trust men.  He continues to ask her out on dates for his research until the night she kisses him and has an anaphylactic reaction to his M & M peanut habit.

“Can’t breathe,” she managed to gasp out.  Panic surged within her.  She pulled out of his arms and stumbled to the kitchen…”EpiPen, bag.”
Liam agrees to go to a charity function with Lorelei and she finds out who he really is.  Will Lorelei give Liam another chance?  Will Liam realize that his relationship with Lorelei is more than a way to research romance for his brother’s book?
Hero –Liam Manning : 4 stars
Heroine –Lorelei Torres : 4 stars
Steam: 4 stars 
Plot: 4 stars 
Cliffhanger: No

Would I recommend this book: Yes! I really enjoyed this book.  It was full of humor and witty conversation.  If you enjoy books that explore the journey to true love, this book is for you.

Would I read other books by this author: Yes! I will read more books by this author.

***Received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review***

~New Release: Hard as Stone~

Nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, the beautiful town of Paradise is the perfect place to raise a family, have dinner at the local diner...and chase a ruthless killer. 

Jacob Stone is an undercover DEA Agent dead-set on getting vengeance for his sister’s death. When his sources tell him that the drug dealer he’s been searching for will soon be setting up a distribution center in the seemingly innocent town of Paradise, he moves in for the kill. 

What Jake wasn’t counting on, however, was falling in love with gorgeous Harmony McKinnon – the ex-wife of the man he was determined to eliminate. 

Harmony McKinnon never believed she’d find love again....not after the horrors she lived through with her ex-husband. When she meets secretive Jacob Stone and soon falls in love, she never expected that her life would be in danger again...or that the man she’d come to trust would betray her. 

Can Jake make Harmony understand his motives? Can Harmony trust him in spite of the past? Will they have their happily ever after? 

Not everything is as it seems in the sleepy, little town of Paradise, Tennessee! 

Hard as Stone is the second book in the Passion in Paradise: The Men of the McKinnon Sisters Series, but is a stand-alone novel (165,000 words) that can be easily read without reading the first book. Contains explicit erotica sections; for mature audiences only. 

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Riding High (Sons of Chance #14) by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Saddle up! 

There ain't a rider that can't be thrown. And large-animal veterinarian Regan O'Connelli was thrown hard when he discovered his fiancĂ©e with his best friend. Now he's starting his life over at the Last Chance Ranch, run by the tightly knit Chance clan. But damned if his libido hasn't perked up over the spirited redhead who looks a lot like trouble. 


Lily King is the queen of anti-structure. Turns out, that makes running a horse sanctuary a challenge. Regan's help is exactly what Lily needs, not to mention the seriously sexy sparks that are flying between them. Now she just has to convince this fallen cowboy to dust himself off and get back in the saddle and into her bed!






Overall Rating:  3 Rockin’ ★★★


Regan O’Connelli was a DVM and had agreed to help out at the Peaceful Kingdom Horse Sanctuary.  He had no idea of what he was getting into but had promised his partner Nick Chance that he would take over his volunteer position at the sanctuary. When he drove up to the gate he got his first idea of what he had gotten himself into.
Nick Chance, his brother-in-law and business partner, had mentioned that Lily King was slightly…different. Judging from the psychedelic colors she’d painted the ranch house, the barn and the outbuildings, differentwas an understatement.  Even though he was wearing his Ray-Ban sunglasses, the neon green, pink, orange and turquoise hurt his eyes.
While Regan was trying to find out why a man was dropping off a potbellied pig at a horse sanctuary he heard a voice saying I’ll take it.  Nothing had prepared him for Lily King and the fact that he found himself on instant alert. 
“Right.”  At her approach, his senses went on alert.  She smelled great, like a fresh meadow, and as she drew nearer, he noticed the freckles scattered across her nose, as well as her intensely blue eyes fringed with pale lashes.
Regan knows that Lily needs help when he sees the horses wandering around the yard with no set structure for their behavior.  She also had adopted chickens and another potbellied pig.  When Lily explains to him that she just can’t turn anyone away he begins to understand her problem.  Lily has a kind heart that wants to help everyone, and it seems that includes him.
“I could be wrong, Buck, old boy, but I think that guy might need to be rescued as much as the rest of you around here.”  The horse bobbed his head, and Lily smiled.  “Thanks for validating my hypothesis.”
Lily calls her friend Nick Chance to get the details about his new partner Regan.  When she finds out that he had just broken his engagement six months ago red flags go up warning her that she will not be another man’s rebound woman. Even with Nick’s assurances that he will be ok in time. 
“How could he be?  Poor thing.  It’s only been six months.”  That meant he was off-limits to her, though.  She had no interest in some gorgeous guy’s rebound girl, even if she did want to soothe his wounded heart.
While feeding the horses the alpha male begins to show his dominance over the other horses.  Lily realizes that she is not equipped to take care of the animals at sanctuary alone.  She needs Regan to help her gets things under control so she asks him to stay the weekend at her house and teach her what she needs to know to help the animals.
“I have a better idea.”  It wasn’t a wise idea, but desperate times called for desperate measures.  “Don’t take this the wrong way, but would you be willing to spend the weekend with me?” 
Regan agrees to stay and help Lily with training the animals and getting things organized at the sanctuary.  They are both attracted to each other and only Regan’s and Lily’s past stand in the way of them both getting what they want, each other.
“But, inconveniently for you, I flip your switches.”  She sighed.  “You do.”  “That makes two of us with that problem.  But considering where we’re both coming from, it could turn into a disaster.  I wasn’t willing to admit that before, but it’s possible one or both of us could get hurt.”
Will Regan and Lily save the sanctuary and find a way to each other?  Or will their past keep them from the love that is beginning to grow?

Hero –Regan O’Connelli: 3 stars
Heroine –Lily King: 3 stars
Steam: 3 stars 
Plot: 3 stars 
Cliffhanger: No

Would I recommend this book: Yes! This book is a sweet romance with lots of feel good parts to keep you reading until the end.

Would I read other books by this author: Yes! I enjoy this author and had already read many of her other books.

***Received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review***

Friday, May 30, 2014

~Cover Reveal: The Whiskey Prince by Toni Aleo~


Take a risk.
Do something drastic.
Fall in love.


When Amberlyn Reilly loses her mother, her whole world comes crashing down. Having been caretaker to her for most of her teenage years, Amberlyn is inexperienced in many aspects of life. She hasn’t had time to live, have fun, or enjoy even the little things. It’s only when a letter from her mother, asking her to fulfill three things, sends her off to Ireland to live a life she never thought possible that she begins to heal.

Declan O’Callaghan was born and raised in Ireland and has his family’s legendary whiskey in his veins. He’s shy and not a fan of the pressure and spotlight that comes with his family name, or the title he was given at birth—the Whiskey Prince. Declan knows just what he wants and that is to take over the family dynasty, but when his father gives him an ultimatum, everything he’s worked for could come undone in the blink of an eye.

With six months to get married, the reclusive Declan spots Amberlyn across a lake and instantly feels the need to know her. Soon, the two find themselves traveling down a path neither expected. However, like any road, there are bumps and side streets to derail them. Can Declan help find the pieces that will make Amberlyn whole again? And will Amberlyn stay or run when she learns of Declan’s deadline of marriage?



Toni Aleo is the author of the Nasvhille Assassins series: Taking ShotsTrying to ScoreEmpty Net, Falling for the Backup, and Blue Lines.

When not rooting for her beloved Nashville Predators, she’s probably going to her husband’s and son’s hockey games and her daughter’s dance competitions, taking pictures, scrapbooking, or reading the latest romance novel.

She lives in the Nashville area with her husband, two children, and a bulldog. Read more about Toni here.

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Crazy Love by Michelle Pace

After dropping out of law school, Sam Beaumont fears coming home will either be like sucking poison out of snakebite or drowning in a bathtub of gin. He dreads the whirlwind of being a blue-blood in Savannah, and between his mother and his brother a peaceful existence is out of the question.

Miles away from her ugly past, Annie Clarke is thriving in pharmacy school. Uncomfortable with her own success, she begins to fall back to her self-sabotaging ways. 

Then along comes Trip Beaumont, a hot, edgy artist. Every instinct in her says run, which only makes him that much more tempting. The day she finally agrees to go out with him, his younger brother, Sam, shows up. Sam’s first words about Trip chill her: “Don’t be fooled by the act. Prince Charming is a toxic monster.” 

Annie soon sees that Sam’s callous exterior is a direct result of coping with a family as dysfunctional as her own. Could love shield them both from spiraling into madness, or will their crazy worlds collide like renegade storm fronts leaving devastation and destruction in their wake?

Overall Rating:  4.5 Rockin’ ★★★

Annie goes from an abusive past.  Her father left when she was a small child and she had never heard from him since. Annie’s mother allowed her to be physically and sexually abused by her boyfriend.  Her mother also left a fifteen year old Annie to care for her siblings for weeks.  When Annie and her siblings finally went to live with her grandparents, Annie was at a breaking point.  But she had survived and finished her undergrad years and now was enrolled in a prestigious pharmacy school in Savannah, Georgia.  Annie knew that she was a long way from leaving her past behind, but she had made it to this point and would succeed.
 
 
Sam was a member of the entitled Savannah elite.  He had finished his business degree and one year of law school at Harvard when he dropped out.  Law School was not for him.  He really didn’t know what he wanted to do, but he did know that it wasn’t law.  Sam had returned home to wait for his twenty-fifth birthday when he would receive his inheritance and he could start his life away from his family.  His brother Trip had messed his life up with alcohol addiction and Mama was so wound up in who she was that nothing else mattered.  Ever since his father had killed himself, his family had been on slippery slope.  The only thing that had kept him sane was his friend Randall and the training he did at his gym.
 
Sam is enthralled the first time he spots Annie at the open air sheds at the River Street Market Place.  He was hoping that she would be there when he spots her talking to his brother.   Her booth sold gravestone rubbings, cemetery art.  This could not be happening, the girl of his dreams talking with his messed up brother.  His brother introduces Annie to Sam and a sense of this has happened before just in reverse overwhelms Sam.  It feels like the time he had introduced his brother to Violet and had lost her to him.  Sam feels like he must warn Annie about Trip’s problems with alcohol but she lets him know real fast that she doesn’t believe him. 
 
Trip tries to convince Sam that he is on the wagon and has been for six months.  Sam wants to believe him but the past is haunting him, reminding him of all the times he had rescued Trip from his drunken indiscretions.  Sam finds out that Trip has been hiding a secret from him that destroyed his father.  He also finds out that Annie is not interested in Trip but him. Will all the pieces to the puzzle come together and heal the past for Sam and Annie?
 
Hero –Sam Beaumont: 4.5 stars
Heroine –Annabelle Clark: 4.5 stars
Steam: 4.5 stars 
Plot: 4.5 stars 
Cliffhanger: No

Would I recommend this book: Yes! If you want to enjoy the flavor of southern living while immersed in a convoluted story of lust, love, and family betrayal spiced with a touch of mystery this is a must read! Totally loved the way the author brought her characters to life so that you were right there with them.

Would I read other books by this author: Yes! I really enjoyed this book so much that I went on line to find more books by this author.

***Received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review***

~Review: Branded (The Cavanaugh Brothers #1) by Laura Wright~

In the small town of River Black, Texas, sits the Triple C—a working cattle ranch that sustains the town. But it also holds painful memories and shocking secrets for the Cavanaugh brothers...

When the Cavanaugh brothers return home for their father’s funeral, they discover unexpected evidence of the old man’s surprising double life—a son named Blue, who wants the Triple C Ranch as much as they do. The eldest son, Deacon, a wealthy businessman who couldn’t wait to leave the ranch and move on with his life, is looking to use his powerful connections to stop Blue at any cost. He never expected the ranch’s forewoman, Mackenzie Byrd, to get in his way.

Mac knows Deacon means to destroy the ranch and therefore destroy her livelihood. But as the two battle for control, their attraction builds. Now Deacon is faced with the choice of a lifetime: Take down the Triple C to feed his need for revenge, or embrace the love of the one person who has broken down every barrier to his heart.

Overall Rating:  4 Rockin’ ★★★

Mackenzie has been in love with Deacon Cavanaugh since she was thirteen years old.  When Cass is murdered everything changes for everyone that lived on the ranch.  Mac lost her best friend and it had turn Deacon into hard heartless man.  After ten years he was a billionaire and needed nothing but to destroy the ranch that represented his families’ shame.  He had tried repeatedly to purchase the ranch from his father but the old man would not sell to him. Deacon had purchased adjoining land and was building his own ranch to put his father out of business.
 
When the will is read an unexpected disclosure leaves everyone in shock.  There were four Cavanaugh brothers not three that were to share in the ownership of the ranch.  Everett Cavanaugh had an affair and the fourth son was the result of that union.  Deacon is furious and does not believe the Blue is his brother and demands DNA testing for verification.  Mac cannot believe that her best friend that is like a brother to her is in fact a Cavanaugh.  She cannot convince Deacon to let the past die and look ahead to the future, a future that everyone in the small ranch town will lose if he destroys the ranch. 

Even when Deacon realizes that Mac is the one for him, he still will not stop his plan.  He offers to buy out all of his brothers so that he can accomplish what he set out to do.  Mac knows that she will have to fight him every way that she can to stop what he plans.   So she starts to plan and make a way to dissuade Blue, Cole, and James not to sell to their brother.  It’s only a matter of time before the sizzling attraction between Deacon and Mac can no longer be denied and the two come together regardless of the consequences.
 
Will Deacon finally let Mac in and explain why he hates the ranch and his father so much that he is determine to do whatever is necessary to destroy it? Can Mac save Deacon from his past and help him to find a future with her?
 
Hero –Deacon Cavanaugh: 4 stars
Heroine –Mackenzie Byrd: 4 stars
Steam: 4 stars 
Plot: 4 stars 
Cliffhanger: No

Would I recommend this book: Yes! I love the opening line…Save a horse and ride a cowboy. Boy does our Heroine put that into action.  This book is earthy and filled with real emotions and feel good times.  It also shows how even dysfunctional families can find redemption in love.

Would I read other books by this author: Yes! I want to read about another Cavanaugh brother and find out if they solve their sister’s murder.

***Received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review***

~Review: Love in All the Wrong Places by Audrey Harte~

Annie Chang is in her mid 20s and has lived in Los Angeles all her life. After a series of failed relationships, she's beginning to feel like she will never meet Mr. Right. But seeing one of her longtime BFFs find love on the internet, she decides to give online dating a try. 


After finally finding an amazing guy who sweeps her off her feet, will he prove to be everything she could have wished for and more or is he too good to be true?






Overall Rating:  3.5 Rockin’ ★★★☆

After many different tries at dating and reinventing herself, Annie finally decides to post an ad in the personals section of Craigslist Los Angeles.  She cannot believe that she is actually trying online dating.  Annie receives many responses from a smorgasbord of men.  Many of them are obscene and ridiculous in their responses and suggestions.  Annie finally finds one that she agrees to meet at a bar for drinks.  Could this be the man that she is looking for? Annie cannot believe her eyes, it is lust at first sight.  She cannot wait to get Gabe home and in a vertical position.

Gabe is everything a girl could want; ten inch cock with piercings and lots of feel good fun.  He really pulls out all the stops to wine, dine and woo her.  Only he is not everything this girl needs and wants, he has an ex-girlfriend in the wings. Gabe was not only too good to be true; he really was just an illusion. Annie really had never expected to be thrown over by Gabe because his ex-girlfriend had come up pregnant and he decided to do the right thing.  She just needed time to grieve and get her head back on straight.

Annie decides to get back out there on the internet dating scene.  She meets Nate and decides to give him a chance. When he disappears on her she is once again left feeling empty and alone.  Do you see a pattern yet in the dating game? Annie is looking for love and acceptance but is she really looking for it in the right places?  What can you say when you put your personal ad in a place called Casual Encounters?

Hero –Mark, Gabe, Nate, Casey: 3.5 stars
Heroine –Annie Chang: 3.5 stars
Steam: 3.5 stars 
Plot: 4 stars 
Cliffhanger: Yes

Would I recommend this book: Yes! If you have ever asked the question is internet dating a good option to find happily ever after this book is for you! It really shows all the ups and downs of that kind of dating and how confusing dating can be.

Would I read other books by this author: Yes! This author writes about everyday situations with a refreshing new twist.

***Received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review***