Saturday, March 22, 2014

Turned (The Belladonna Agency #1) by Virna DePaul

Perfect for fans of J. R. Ward, Nalini Singh, and Lara Adrian, bestselling author Virna DePaul’s new series of paranormal romances introduces readers to a thrilling world where vampires secretly co-exist with humans, seduction rules the night, and the stakes are nothing less than life and undeath.

Welcome to a mesmerizing world where vampires hide among humans. This centuries-old species has its own rules, code of conduct, and taboos. Only the FBI knows that vampires exist—and although the Bureau agrees to keep their secret, it also plots to give humans the upper hand.

Turning mortals into vampires is forbidden.

But there are creatures who refuse to play by the rules.

Ever since he was turned, FBI special agent Ty Duncan has had one mission: bring rogue vampires to justice. As a recruiter for Belladonna, a shadow agency formed to keep vampires in check, Ty must tap Ana Martin, a troubled ex–gang member and one of the few mortals who can infiltrate places that his kind and the law cannot. From their first encounter, Ty fights a hunger to make Ana his own.

When Ty claims to have information about Ana’s missing sister, Ana has no choice but to trust this captivating stranger who awakens her deepest desires. But as she and Ty climb the heights of pleasure and passion, an enemy is conspiring to destroy them both.

Can Ana help Ty find his humanity in a love that could heal them both, or will their passion lead them into a darkness impossible to escape?

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

Overall rating: 5 Rockin’ 

This is a story about two star-crossed lovers that come from very different backgrounds.  Ty Duncan was born into a world of wealth and privilege while Ana comes from a life of poverty, abuse, prison and gang membership.  The big difference, however; is that Ty is a turned vampire!

“Right.  The rest.  Like the fact the Rogues turned humans into vampires for the FBI?  And that even though the FBI wants those Rogues dead now, it also wants to find a way to continue the Turning Program?  God, everyone wants a part of the immortal pie.  But what they can’t know is that is sucks.  It sucks being a vampire!” he roared as he swept a table free of books.

Ty is sent to recruit Ana for a special task force known as The Belladonna Agency.  The task force would be made up of four special women with a specific skill set.  Ana’s skill was her knowledge of how to survive on the streets as part of a gang.  It also helped that their first assignment would require Ana’s gang contacts.

He wanted to change his mind.  Didn’t want to support the recruitment of four human females who had no idea what they’d be up against.  But that’s why they needed them.  Because no one, not even the women themselves, would suspect what they were going to use them for.

Initial contact between Anna and Ty is explosive.  Attraction, lust and more rage between the two! 

Oh, God, she silently moaned.  What’s wrong with me?  I’ve never been this attracted to a man before. And it wasn’t just her body that was reacting to him.  It was almost as if he’d inserted himself in her mind…

Ty is put in charge of training and preparing Ana for their mission.  The mission is to infiltrate a cult and discover if they are turning humans and using them as blood slaves.  For Ana it will be a reunion with her lost sister Gloria that she has been searching for over seven years.  But is Gloria the sister she knew or something else? Will our two lovers find the answers they need and still keep each other safe? Would she be his princess and he her prince charming?

He’s awakened her from the evil spell that had imprisoned her for her whole life. 

Hero – Ty Duncan: 5 stars
Heroine – Eliana Esperanza: 5 stars
Steam: 5 stars 
Plot: 5 stars 
Cliffhanger: No
Would I recommend this book: Yes! This book is for the princess in every woman that is looking from her prince!

Would I read other books by this author: Yes! This is just the beginning of the series and I can’t wait to read Barrett’s story.

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Rewarded (Torn Between Two Lovers #3) by Jo Davis

TORN BETWEEN TWO LOVERS is a gripping and sexy romance trilogy with a unique twist: Our heroine needs your help to decide who wins her heart…RISKY is the second novella in this sizzling new series, in which two enticing men will vie for Anna’s heart—culminating in a choice that will be determined by reader vote!

Don't miss the exciting conclusion!

***Received an ARC of this book from the Publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review***

Overall Rating:  4 Rockin' 

This is the final novella in Jo Davis’ Torn Between Two Lovers series. This book has action, drama and romance wrapped in a small package.  I haven’t read the previous two books in this series, but I was able to understand from the beginning the story perfectly.  The plot and the characters are well developed and you are instantly thrown into Anna, Grayson and Joaquin’s love triangle.  Anna has strong feelings for both men, and in the end, she follows her heart.  The author did an excellent job concluding this romance trilogy.

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Playing To Win by Shelley Munro

Blush: This is a suggestive romance (love scenes are not graphic) Professional rugby player Lane Gerrard is used to women throwing themselves at him, but a scurrilous tabloid article naming him as father of a child sends his temper soaring. The woman he confronts doesn't fit the blackmailer profile. Kate Alexander is attractive with an enchanting innocence, enticing. A total stranger. Her feistiness draws his unwilling admiration, but the child…he is the image of Lane.Kate can't deny her son's similarity to the sexy man at her door but no way will she hand him over without a fight. Kate doesn't possess money but she can shower her son with love. With public speculation rife, Kate reluctantly works with Lane to discover the truth. They grow closer as distrust slowly turns to mutual fascination, but the tabloid articles bring out a stalker. Mild pranks escalate into danger, and suddenly Lane realizes Kate is a woman he could love. With Kate and her son, he could have a family. Now, with his heart on the line, this is one game he's playing to win.

Overall Rating:  3 Rockin' Stars!!!

The summary for this book had me set my expectations high.  I thought with a super-hot professional rugby player, Lane Gerrard and an attractive sweet innocent heroine, Kate Alexander there would be many scores! But, I was left unsatisfied in the end.   The story involved a gigantic secret being revealed, and the couple discovering how to deal with the penalties of the match.  

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Danger Next Door (Red Stone Security #2) by Katie Reus

After an explosion leaves detective Grant Caldwell scarred he quits his job and tries to hide from his well-meaning family while he heals. When Belle Manikas, a beautiful new neighbor, moves in next door with problems of her own he finds himself drawn to her even while he tells himself she’s nothing but trouble. Even though he knows he’d never have a chance with a woman like her—not with his disfigurement—he can’t stay away.

Thanks to severe health problems as a child Belle grew up sheltered and smothered by her loving, if overbearing, family. Now that she’s finally out on her own she plans to wring everything she can out of life. When she sets her sights on her brooding neighbor nothing can stop her from getting him into bed—until a madman fixates on her.

With Grant now working for Red Stone Security, he sees it as his duty to protect her at all costs. Unfortunately a violent criminal is stalking Belle and will stop at nothing until he’s destroyed her.

Overall rating: 5 Rockin’ Stars!!!!!

Grant is a good guy.  He takes care of others, defends those that are weaker and hunts criminals in the Miami area.  During a drug bust, Grant protects an innocent child from a bomb and it leaves him scared and damaged. 

Curling around the kid, he cried out in agony as the flames licked over him, searing through flesh and muscle.  Then blackness engulfed him.

Working hard to rehabilitate himself and get back to work, Grant is surprised to see a new neighbor moving into the house next to his.  She is beyond beautiful and he is sure that one look at him would scare her to death.  During his daily therapy exercises, he overhears a loud male voice and the sounds of his new neighbor in a state of distress.  Grant immediately goes to assist her and removes the threat.

She noticed he kept the left side of his face turned away from her even when he’d laughed and it bothered her.  The fading red marks that covered the side of his face and his ear were definitely noticeable, but it wasn’t as bad as he obviously thought it was.  She nearly snorted at the thought of this blatantly sexual man trying to hide part of himself from her. God, who didn’t have scars whether physical or emotional?

There is an instant attraction between Belle and Grant.  Grant however feels there is no way a beautiful woman could be interested in a damaged man. It is up to Belle to convince him that she sees him as a man not the scars on his body.

Breathing hard, he looked down at her flushed face.  Her lips were swollen, her eyes glazed and he could practically smell the desire coming off her it was so potent. “Why do you want me?” he rasped out, hating the desperation in his voice but unable to stop it.

This story will move you with struggle that Belle and Grant go through to find safety in each other’s arms.  Keeping Belle safe from a deranged killer and solving a long string of murders keeps this plot moving. Our Hero finds true love and a place where he belongs, scars and all. 

A soft hand settled on his non-scarred arm.  Her fingers slightly dug into his skin. “Grant. I want you to touch me, to make love to me. Right now.”

Hero – Grant Caldwell: 5 stars
Heroine – Belle Manikas: 5 stars
Steam: 5 stars 
Plot: 5 stars 
Cliffhanger: No

Would I recommend this book: Yes, this story has heart and soul mixed well with action.

Would I read other books by this author: Yes, she makes her characters feel real!

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Seducing Mr. Right (Unlikely Love #1) by Rebecca Rose

Only love can heal his wounds . . .

Gunnery Sergeant Jake Sanders made it through the war in Afghanistan, but he's struggling to survive the peace at home. Still scarred by his experiences overseas, Jake now spends most of time working out and tending to his brother's bar and grill. He's not looking for a girlfriend and avoids intimate relationships . . . until he meets the bar's gorgeous new manager.

Ex-ballerina Sophie Agnés couldn't take her eyes off Jake the moment she saw him—he was, after all, sleeping half-naked in her new office when she arrived on her first day of work. The chemistry between them is immediate, and soon it's not clear who is seducing whom. But Sophie fears that something is keeping Jake from opening his heart to her. And a man with dark secrets may not be the right man for her after all.

***Received this book, via Net Galley by Publisher for an honest review***

Overall Rating:  3.5 Rockin' Stars!!!

This book was a sweet romantic story that made you feel mushy and happy inside.  The characters are well developed and the plot allows you to enjoy the flow of the story.  

"The first step and the hardest step are often one and the same."

Sophia Angés is "dynamite in a pretty little inconspicuous package" and is hired as the manager at the Hungry Lion Bar-n-Grill owned by Jake and Dave.  Turning over a new leaf, she leaves her restricted life as a socialite and allows herself to express her emotions after a nasty falling out with her cheating ex-fiance.  

Jake Sanders is a wounded war veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  Jake has "charisma and honesty" and a gorgeous body that Sophie is immediately drawn to along with the strong mental connection they share.

The author delivers a beautiful story of a broken soldier searching for life after his service.  The ending is a happily ever after and there is no cliffhanger.  The couple works through the barrier of Jake's PTSD to find love and acceptance with each other. 

"I'm yours to touch, taste, and love.  I'm yours."

Hero - Jake Sanders:  3.5 stars
Heroine - Sophia Angés: 3.5 stars
Plot:  3.5 stars
Steam level:  3.5 stars

Would you recommend this book:  Yes. 
Would you recommend this author:  Yes.

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Syphon's Song (Mayflower Mages, Book 1) by Anise Rae

Legends say a syphon can drain a mage dry. He’ll brave the danger. Will she?

Someone’s playing pranks. The body of the late Casteel patriarch has been stolen and gifted to the family’s enemy, the powerful Rallises. As far as Bronte Casteel is concerned, they can keep it. She hasn’t spoken to her family in thirteen years, not since they exiled her from society for her lack of mage power. But she’s a syphon mage, able drain another mage’s power. Syphons’ destinies are always the same: death by fiery stake. She hides her secret by living among the Nons--powerless humans and the lowest class in the Republic. When her family orders her to go plead for the body’s return, she comes face to face with the one man who knows her secret.

Colonel Vincent Rallis isn’t letting his syphon get away this time. Not when she’s under suspicion of body-napping and aiding anti-mage terrorists. He’ll prove her innocence whether she wants him to or not, and then convince her they belong together...forever.
Vincent’s help comes with a steep price: Bronte must reveal her power. The inevitable ensuing witch-hunt and trial would be bad enough, but even a tough girl might buckle if her prosecutors are her own parents.

CONTENT WARNING: Hot, steamy nights with the colonel’s magic touch 

A Lyrical Press Paranormal Romance

***Received an ARC of this book from the Publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review***

Overall rating: 4.0 Rockin' Stars!!!!

"..Vincent's energy.  It flowed through her, a delicious warmth that would haunt her for the rest of her life."

"He controlled everything.  Including her."  

"Sweetheart, going into the gyre was not following my commands.  You are freer here than you ever have been.  You don't have to hide who you are.  Not here.  You have choices.  You just have to find the courage to make them." 

"He'd change the world for her."

"I never forgot you, even if I didn't believe the memories.  I wanted you to be real.  I questioned Edmund over and over about a girl with long, dark hair and red lips until he thought I was crazy."

"The connection she felt with him lingered despite the growing distance, but had nothing to do with his energy or her syphon.  It was her heart, desperate to cling to him while it could."

"Sometimes you have to take a chance."  Her soft voice warmed him.  "Fight back.  Defend yourself and the ones you love."

This was my first time to read a book by Anise Rae and I am hooked.  I loved her spin on mage and magic-kind alike.  It was a interesting look at what the world would or could be like if there was magic ruled.  The story line itself has many twists and turns with many unforgettable moments!  Vincent Rallis or better known as "Colonel" is a powerful wizard who is in the Republic army.  His family is one of the founding families of the Mayflower, highly respected, revered and untouchable.  Bronte Casteel, an outcast, a NON by magical standards, is the one woman who can quench the colonel's flaming vibes, literally.  She has a sorrowful story of her own, which casts her into the beautiful spirit she becomes as a woman with a power not to be ignored!  Their story is a heartfelt journey of pain and hope.  I truly could not put this book down until I was finished.  I wanted to know what was going to happen next and I was rooting for the couple to win.  In the end...well you'll just have to read.  Not to disappoint in the least.  So if you love a good sci-fi romance, this is the one to read!  Well done Anise, I look forward to reading your next book!...Grēta

Hero - Vincent Rallis: 4.0 stars
Heroine - Bronte Casteel:  4.0 stars
Steam Level: 3.5 stars 
Plot: 4.0 stars 
Cliffhanger: No

Would I recommend this book: Yes!
Would I read other books by this author: Yes!

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Sex Piston (Biker Bitches #1) by Jamie Begley

Sex Piston wasn’t about to apologize to anyone for her bitch attitude and certainly not the President of The Blue Horsemen, Stud. If he thinks he’s going to be able to control her and her crew then he has another thing coming. A lapse in judgment has him thinking that he’s won this battle of the sexes but a one-night stand isn’t about to bring this woman to heel.

Stud has to prove himself as the new President of the Destructors, and Sex Piston and her crew’s attitude isn’t helping. If he has to sacrifice his body to tame the bitch then that’s exactly what he’s going to do even if it means losing his heart in the battle.

Overall rating: 5 Rockin’ Stars!

Have you ever met a BAD GOOD girl?  Well you will in this sexy, fast pace novel! Sex Piston learned early to do exactly the opposite of what everyone expected her to do, hence the attitude and her crew.

“You’re a virgin?” Disbelief...and Sex Piston’s reaction was telling him held him immobile.

Stud had never met anyone like Sex Piston.  Women had always been easy for him but now he is faced with one that challenges him at every turn.  She responds to him with a natural grace that makes him want to keep her. He sees the woman that few see! She is a loving, kind, loyal, sexy, beautiful woman that takes care of her own.

“Sometimes, the only way to fight what you’re afraid of is to be a better fighter.  A girl can always be overwhelmed, but a woman knows how to overwhelm a man,” Sex Piston replied with the best advice she could.

An unexpected attack from members of the Destructors’ Motorcycle Club at Sex Piston’s Beauty Salon leaves one of the girls severely wounded and another in bad shape.  With help from the Blue Horsemen and The Last Riders the women are rescued and the bad guys caught. Of course the women are part of the rescue.

“That woman in there could die.  I haven’t even been able to touch her yet, feel her against me...kiss her because I’ve let what little conscience I have left, and my friendship with you, stop me.  No more.”

New alliances are formed, new relationships are started and old friendships are solidified.  Sex Piston finds her happily ever after in Stud and a new life is started.

“Sex Piston, are you…?”

Hero – Stud: 5 stars
Heroine – Sex Piston: 5 stars
Steam: 5 stars 
Plot: 5 stars 
Cliffhanger: No

Would I recommend this book: Yes! This book does it all hot sex, true love and happily ever after!

Would I read other books by this author: Yes! Each book in this series builds a sense of need for more and anticipation of what future books will reveal.

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Wild Heat (Hot Shots: Men of Fire #1) by Bella Andre


Maya Jackson doesn't sleep with strangers. Until the night grief sent her to the nearest bar and into the arms of the most explosive lover she's ever had. Six months later, the dedicated arson investigator is coming face to face with him again. Gorgeous, grinning Logan Cain. Her biggest mistake. Now her number-one suspect in a string of deadly wildfires. 

Risking his life on a daily basis is what gets Logan up in the morning. As leader of the elite Tahoe Pines Hotshot Crew, he won't back down from a blaze-or from beautiful, lethal Maya Jackson. She may have seduced him with her tears and her passion, but it'll be a cold day in hell before Logan lets down his guard again. Until Maya's life is threatened. With his natural-born hero instincts kicking in, Logan vows to protect the woman sworn to bring him down. And as desire reignites, nothing-not the killer fire or the killer hot on their trail-can douse the flames....

Overall rating: 5 Rockin’ Stars!

When we meet our Heroine she is emotionally lost.  She has lost her father to lung cancer and now her brother to a fire.  Both men were Heroes - firefighters and life savers!  She has traveled to Lake Tahoe to pack up and clean out her brother’s apartment.

Desperation tore at her.  All she wanted was to close her eyes and forget for one second. Somehow, some way, she needed to get away from the pain ripping her in two, needed to forget everything.

Maya decides to drown her sorrows with alcohol and searches for an open bar.  The bartender is a large beautiful man that is happy to accommodate her in any way she needs. No names, just forgetfulness.

And then it hit her:  This stranger was another sign. First the bar appearing at the end of the road, and now a fallen angel sent to help her forget.

Six months later Maya has been sent to investigate a possible arson by a member of the Tahoe Pines Hotshots’. The only problem is it is the stranger she met at the bar six months ago. Is this a conflict of interest on her part? Is this man a Hero or a Villain?

She wanted to believe that a guy with a smile like that-and with a perfect, fifteen-year record-couldn’t set a potentially deadly fire.  But as an arson investigator she’d been trained to look for the worst, even when no one else could see it.

The plot twists and turns leading you as the reader to arrive at different answers and to look at all the characters in the story as the possible arsonist. This is a wonderful, fast pace mystery adventure love story.  All the way through the novel you are constantly asking “Who really started the fires in the forest and in town?”  “Why?” Will the perpetrator be found before another fighter’s life is lost?  The answer can be found when you read this novel.

“Do you think you broke anything?” “No” she rasped out, and then coughed hard several times in rapid succession.  “We’re not dead, are we?”

Hero – Logan Cain : 5 stars
Heroine – Maya Jackson: 5 stars
Steam: 5 stars 
Plot: 5 stars 
Cliffhanger: No

Would I recommend this book: Yes! This book is full of passion, suspense and an unexpected ending.
Would I read other books by this author: Yes, I look forward to reading other books by this author!

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Blossom Street Brides (Blossom Street #10) by Debbie Macomber

#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber has won the hearts of millions of readers with her moving and inspiring stories. Now wedding bells are ringing in the tight-knit community that gathers around A Good Yarn, a store in a pretty Seattle neighborhood. Knitters come to the store to buy yarn and patterns but somehow they leave richer in friendship and love.
Lauren Elliott has waited years for her long-term boyfriend, Todd, to propose, yet he seems more focused on his career than their relationship. When Lauren learns that her younger sister is pregnant before she herself even has an engagement ring, she feels overjoyed yet disheartened. Knowing she can’t put her future on hold, Lauren prepares to make a bold choice—one that leads her to a man she never dreamed she’d meet.
Newly married to her second husband, Max, Bethanne Scranton is blissfully in love. But with Max’s job in California and Bethanne’s in Seattle, their long-distance marriage is becoming difficult to maintain. To complicate matters, Bethanne’s cunning ex will do anything to win her back.
Lydia Goetz, too, is wonderfully happy with her husband, Brad, though lately she worries about the future of A Good Yarn. As she considers how to bring in business, she discovers that someone has beaten her to the punch. Baskets of yarn are mysteriously popping up all over town, with instructions to knit a scarf for charity and bring it into Lydia’s store. Never before has her shop received so much attention, but who hatched this brilliant plan?
As three women’s lives intersect in unexpected ways, Lydia, Lauren, and Bethanne realize that love heals every heart, and the best surprises still lay ahead.

***Received an ARC of this book from the Publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review*** 

Overall rating: 3 Rockin’ Stars!

Everywhere Lauren looks she sees family and friends married and expecting.  What does she have, a relationship that is going nowhere!  After three years of promises, enough is enough. It was time for both of them to move on without each other.

She was finished waiting for Todd to give her an engagement ring.  A year earlier she’d had the DTR-Defining the Relationship talk with Todd and he’d assured her that marriage was definitely part of their future.

Lauren breaks off her relationship with Todd.  She decides to make a list of what she should look for in a man.  It is not important that a man be handsome, but have character and be a man of integrity and honor. A good down-to-earth kind of guy is what she wants. Enters motorcycle riding, leather vest wearing, long haired, and bare arms Rooster Wayne.  Yes, a man that looks like he is part of a motorcycle gang. A man that Lauren feels an instant attraction to regardless of their differences.

His dark glasses made it impossible to see if he was watching her with the same intensity that she did him. 

Rooster is a complete opposite of any man she had ever dated.  Not her type at all!   But didn't she just tell herself to think outside the box and see the man inside and not judge him by his appearance.

Will a whirlwind romance end in true love or disaster? 

Hero – Rooster Wayne: 3 stars
Heroine – Lauren Elliott: 3 stars
Steam Level: 3 stars 
Plot: 3 stars 
Cliffhanger: No

Would I recommend this book: Yes
Would I read other books by this author: Yes

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Blog Tour and Giveaway ~ Shade's Fall The Last Rider Series ~ Jamie Begley

Blog Tour and Giveaway ~ Shade's Fall The Last Rider Series ~ Jamie Begley

Title:  Shade's Fall The Last Riders Series

Author: Jamie Begley

Release Date:  March 21, 2014

Amazon UK

Goodreads:  Shade's Fall

This book is a stand alone story. However, to receive the full experience these books are recommended before "Shade's Fall" in the following order: 

Razer's Ride (The Last Riders, #1) 
Viper's Run (The Last Riders, #2) 
Knox's Stand (The Last Riders, #3) 
Sex Piston (Biker Bitches, #1) 
Teased (The VIP Room, #1) 
Tainted (The VIP Room, #2)

Shade is everything Lily doesn't want in a man. He's rude, obnoxious and he's definitely not a cowboy. The tattooed enforcer for The Last Riders is a mystery Lily doesn't want to solve. He's too much for her to handle, especially with the nightmares from her past constantly threatening her sanity.

Lily is everything Shade wants in a woman. She's sweet, kind and submissive. When she discovers the truth about The Last Riders, it threatens to tear apart every relationship within the club. Her rebellion causes the predatory instincts to rise in the ex Navy SEAL sniper.

When The Last Riders are threatened by another motorcycle club just as determined to claim Lily, Shade is her only hope of surviving the approaching confrontation. Could their passion be Shade's downfall?

About the Author:
“I was born in a small town in Kentucky. My family began poor, but worked their way to owning a restaurant. My mother was one of the best cooks I have ever known, and she instilled in all her children the value of hard work, and education.

Taking after my mother, I’ve always love to cook, and became pretty good if I do say so myself. I love to experiment and my unfortunate family has suffered through many. They now have learned to steer clear of those dishes. I absolutely love the holidays and my family puts up with my zany decorations.

For now, my days are spent writing, writing, and writing. I have two children who both graduate this year from college. My daughter does my book covers, and my son just tries not to blush when someone asks him about my books.

Currently I am writing four series of books- The Last Riders, The Dark Souls, The VIP Room, and Biker Bitches series. My favorite book I have written is Soul Of A Woman, which I am hoping to release during the summer of 2014. It took me two years to write, during which I lost my mother, and brother. It’s a book that I truly feel captures the true depths of love a woman can hold for a man. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I am an emotional writer who wants the readers to feel the emotion of the characters they are reading. Because of this, Teased is probably the hardest thing I have written.

All my books are written for one purpose- the enjoyment others find in them, and the expectations of my fans that inspire me to give it my best. In the near future I hope to take a weekend break and visit Vegas that will hopefully be this summer. Right now I am typing away on my next story and looking forward to traveling this summer!”

Contact Author:
Website:  http://www.jamiebegley.net/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJamieBegley
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Jamie_Begley
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7127521.Jamie_Begley
Email:  JamieBegley@ymail.com


Jamie Begley Recommends…Banner for STAND OF HONOR by Cathryn Williams


Author:  Cathryn Williams

Release Date:  March 21, 2014

Melanie Brooks is determined to prove her father wrong, she does have what it takes to be a champion in the cage. The only problem is that she needs a trainer, one that can help her get the championship belt she's determined to win. Her brother's friend Zane is the obvious choice, now she just has to convince him.

Zane, a disgraced MMA fighter, takes one look at the feisty Melanie and knows he is headed for trouble, but decides to go for it anyway. For her own safety, he should stay away, but Melanie’s fighting spirit reawakens his own, forcing him to make the choice to stay a prisoner of his past or fight his way back to being a champion.

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21400516-stand-of-honor

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About Author:
Cathryn Williams is the oldest and only female in a family of four children.  While born on the east coast, she has lived all over the country.  Her father’s job as an engineer caused the family to move throughout her entire youth.  She has spent time in Texas, Idaho, and Nevada before moving back to the eastern part of the country as an adult. It was during these early years that her love of literature began, starting with Nancy Drew and growing with the Sweet Valley High series stories.  This passion grew with each book and has caused her to transition into writing her own stories.  Cathryn’s inspiration stems from a diverse childhood, loving family, and oversized lapdog Scarlet.  When not giving life to her characters, she enjoys traveling, marathoning TV shows, and spending time with her family.

Contact Author:
Email:  AuthorCathrynWilliams@gmail.com
Twitter:  @AuthorCathrynW

Shade’s Fall (The Last Riders #4) by Jamie Begley

Shade is everything Lily doesn't want in a man. He's rude, obnoxious and he's definitely not a cowboy. The tattooed enforcer for The Last Riders is a mystery Lily doesn't want to solve. He's too much for her to handle, especially with the nightmares from her past constantly threatening her sanity.

Lily is everything Shade wants in a woman. She's sweet, kind and submissive. When she discovers the truth about The Last Riders, it threatens to tear apart every relationship within the club. Her rebellion causes the predatory instincts to rise in the ex Navy SEAL sniper.

When The Last Riders are threatened by another motorcycle club just as determined to claim Lily, Shade is her only hope of surviving the approaching confrontation. Could their passion be Shade's downfall?

Overall Rating:  4.5 Rockin' Stars!!!

This is the fourth book in Jamie Begley's series The Last Riders. Shade and Lily...HELLO everyone has been waiting for this story. Since the beginning, every reader out there has been begging for it, and we have sat by quietly enjoying little bones about what was happening to Lily.  This book brings all that frustration and anticipation to the front. 

Lily needed consistency. Shade needed control. Together they needed each other to be whole. This is a very sad story. From the first look at her he knew she was his. She was scared and trust came to a select few. After a tragic event, Shade swore he wouldn't wait any longer. From there he built a bridge of trust for her...because he loved her. Love was never in her future, but Shade allowed her to dream of her happily ever afters.

In conclusion, the author delivered a phenomenal closure to Lily and Shade's story. I was enamored by the emotions running off the pages. King, Rachel, Lily, Shade, Beth...I could keep going but you felt their horror, love, need, love, and acceptance. This book complimented the series and was above my expectations. Thank you for allowing Lily and Shade a happily ever ending story. 

Hero - John Hunter aka Shade: 4.5 stars
Heroine - Callie aka Lily Cornett:  4.5 stars
Plot: 4 stars
Steam level:  3.5 stars
Would I recommend this book:  Oh yes!
Would I recommend this author:  Phenomenal author! 

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Knox's Stand (The Last Riders #3) by Jamie Begley

Knox, a former Navy Seal, has been in several dangerous situations, but nothing compares to dealing with Diamond Richards. Framed for murder, he needs the passionless lawyer to prove his innocence. But when he no longer needs her help, he’s going to show her the passion she’s capable of and walk away a free man. 

Diamond plans on earning her huge fee to prove Knox is innocent, but she had no idea the muscled biker could bring out the passion she kept hidden behind her designer clothes. Trying to find a murderer is easier than dealing with The Last Riders and Knox’s sexcapades. He’s going to find out there is one woman worth standing and fighting for, despite his desire for freedom.

Overall rating:  4.5 Rockin' Stars!!!!

“You’re too much, Diamond.  You’re too sweet, too beautiful and you mean too…much to me.”

“I can’t not love you, Knox…I simply need you.”

“Diamond, I’m sure.  I love you.”

Knox’s Stand is the third book in Jamie Begley’s The Last Riders series.  This book is delicious!  Every last little morsel is a juicy tidbit of heavenly sent chocolate for your brain.  The chemistry between Knox Bates and Diamond Richards is explosive.  The author continues the series by reuniting all the favorite characters from the previous books; among my favorites are Sex Piston, Shade and Lily.  This series continues to get better and better.  I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.   

The fiery red-headed attorney, Diamond is hired to defend Knox against charges of murder.  Knox the arrogant jerk that views having sex as a necessary bodily function offends Diamond when she comes to council him in jail.  From there the two volley back and forth until a true bond is formed. 

I love the Last Riders and visiting with them again is always a pleasant time.  I have become a huge fan of Jamie Begely, and highly recommend her series.  In the end the author delivers another amazing story.

Hero - Knox Bates: 4 stars
Heroine - Diamond Richards: 4.5 stars
Steam Level: 4.5 stars 
Plot: 4 stars 
Cliffhanger: No

Would I recommend this book: Yes!
Would I read other books by this author: Yes!

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Viper's Run (The Last Riders #2) by Jamie Begley

Winter Simmons received the surprise of her life when she discovered the man she had been dating for the last two years was actually Viper, president of the Last Riders. A high school principal, Winter has no intention of ruining her reputation in the community to be with a man who betrayed her trust. Unforgiving, she turns her back on him, only to find that Viper is not the gentleman he portrayed.

Determined to find his brother’s killer, Loker James kept his identity as President of The Last Riders a secret from Winter. When the truth comes out, he is determined to make her see the real man who can control not only a group of dangerous bikers, but a woman whose life is a rulebook. Unable to prevent herself from being drawn into the very club she despises, Winter is about to lose everything important to her, unless Viper can prove she’s more than a moonlight run.

Overall Rating:  4.5 Rockin' Stars!!!

"You’re mine, regardless of whether you want to be or not. If you even think of looking at another man, I will kill... If you try to leave me again, I will lock you in my room...Do you understand me?”

Viper’s Run is book two in Jamie Begley’s The Last Riders series. I enjoyed the first book in the series and had high expectations for Viper’s story.  The author did not leave me wanting.  

Winter Simmons is the high school vice principal who has been friends with Loker James for two years even though secretly she has wanted more than a “friends only” relationship.  Loker James aka Viper is the president of The Last Riders MC, a sexy, dominant, all alpha male secretly wanting her but unable to act on his desires until he discovers who murdered his brother.  When Winter discovers Loker’s true identity, she feels betrayed and shuts him out of her life.  

This story was about extreme circumstances happening and the length someone would go to have the one they are in love with fall in love with them.  There was a heart wrenching event that allowed two individuals to find each other, even though much of that was from the dominating character of Viper.  Again, this book had the aah, ooh, and holy crap batman scenes!   I loved Viper and Winter.  I’m looking forwarded to the next book in this series.

Hero - Loker James aka Viper: 4.5 stars
Heroine - Winter Simmons: 4 stars
Steam Level: 4.5 stars 
Plot: 4 stars 
Cliffhanger: No
Would I recommend this book: Yes!
Would I read other books by this author: Yes!

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Heartbitten: A New Adult Vampire Romance Novel by Aubrey Rose

Billionaire playboy Robert Chatham is as bloodthirsty as it gets. Snarky and self-obsessed, he has a new girl every day of the week. What the London tabloids don’t know is the reason Robb acts like a lady-killer: to avoid having to kill them. A four-hundred year old vampire, he feeds and moves on, never getting attached to any girl. 

Until Liz.

A shy American transplant in the heart of London, Liz is slaving away on her grad school project: working to find a cure for the blood cancer that her younger sister died from years ago. Dead focused on her studies, she’s more interested in the chemistry of hemoglobin than in the chemistry between her and any guy. 

Until Robb.

After an old vampire friend comes asking for a favor, Robb has to choose between repaying a life debt and chasing after the one girl who’s broken through his emotional walls. And when Liz stumbles upon evidence that seems to solve the puzzle of his mysterious seclusion, she confronts him in his lab. Only the dark secret she thought she had uncovered turns out to be something even more terrifying.

With a dead body in the trunk of his Porsche and a vial of cancerous blood in the pocket of her lab coat, Robb and Liz are heading for a collision course that will change both of their lives forever…

**ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley for honest review **

Overall Rating:  2 Rockin' Stars!

The cover of this book and the blurb had me wanting to read it, but as I got further into the story I realized the plot wasn't developing and it was not building enough to keep me interested.  Liz and Robb's relationship seemed discombobulated and didn't grow as I read the book.  There was no chemistry or intrigue.  I was left feeling there should have been more and the ending was like huh? what?  

Overall, the book idea was satisfactory. This is the first book in this series and I would be interested in reading the next one to see how the author develops the characters.

Hero - Robb:  2.5 stars
Heroine - Liz:  2 stars
Plot: 2 stars
Steam level:  2 stars
Cliffhanger:  Yes

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

You Again by Ashlee Mallory

A hopeless crush…

Back in high school, Allie McBride thought the sun set around Sam Fratto’s smiles, even if they were only friends. Now she’s older, wiser, hotter, and teaching at the same school they grew up in. When Sam joins the faculty, she has a chance to make good on the crush that got away. But when a dead body turns up on school grounds, they realize there might be a murderer in their midst. The heat keeps getting hotter between Allie and Sam, but more might be in danger than their hearts…

The cute kid from high school is all grown up…

A family crisis brings true-crime writer Sam Fratto back to town after more than a decade’s absence. Teaching at his alma mater seems like a good way to pass the time—especially when he sees that Allie, the geeky, sweet-mannered girl from high school, has blossomed into the saucy teacher in the classroom next door. Too bad finding a dead body transforms his return into one of his true-crime books come to life. And when it seems the killer might be after Allie next, it’s up to him to keep her safe…

A killer determined to keep the past buried at any price…

As if dealing with the return of one ghost from her past wasn’t enough, it looks like the killer might be the person they least suspected. Someone from the past. Someone with something to hide. Someone who thinks Allie and Sam are getting a little too close to the truth. If Allie and Sam are going to get out of this alive, these two friends to lovers will have to work together…or die together…

Available on Amazon March 24, 2014

***Received an ARC of this book from the Publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review***

Overall rating: 3.5 Rockin' Stars!

"Sam still looked stoic and slender, but broader shoulders and the confidence of a grown man who had moved past the doubts and self-consciousness of youth.  Unfortunately, he still looked just as temptingly touchable as she'd always found him."

"Allie could smell Sam's dusky male scent mixed with grass and a little clean sweat.  Crap.  Even sweat smelled good on him."

"Strange, the affect she was having on him.  Unexpected.  And a bit unsettling.  She was a fellow teacher, a coworker.  He had strict rules about mixing work with his private life."

"Her heart was full to bursting and she gazed at the man who, in the short time he'd been back in town, had always been there for her when she needed him."

"Well, Allie McBride, you were definitely worth the wait."

As for how stories go, this one was very sweet.  An unrequited love, thought to be lost years ago in high school.  Allie McBride finally has a chance to be with the one person she has always fantasized about, Sam Fratto.  New York Times Best Selling Crime Author, Sam Fratto, has come back to town for a while to take care of his dying mother.  Remembering the sweet girl from school, he falls for her beautiful spirit and strong willed personality.  Allie is an English teacher at the high school they both attended years earlier.  The story revolves around the monumental mystery caused by a body found at the school.  Allie and Sam set out to solve the mystery, at first on their own, but are drawn to the passion they bring out in each other.  Allie's involvement in a memorial for the deceased causes her to be thrown in the crossfire of the real killer.  Together they solve the crime and finally come together in a happily ever after ending.  Great read!  ...Grēta

Hero - Sam Fratto: 3.5 stars
Heroine - Allison McBride: 4.0 stars
Steam Level: 3.0 stars 
Plot: 4.0 stars 
Cliffhanger: No
Would I recommend this book: Yes!
Would I read other books by this author: Yes!

Razer's Ride (The Last Riders #1) by Jamie Begley

Beth Cornett is the town good girl, so staying out of the way of the motorcycle club’s dangerous members was a no brainer. Unfortunately, she manages to catch the eye of Razer, who has every intention of tempting her to take him on despite her misgivings. When her worst fears are realized, she is left heartbroken, determined to forget her walk on the wild side.

Razer was not going to change for any woman, not even Beth. Their lifestyles were too different; betrayed she ran. Realizing his mistake too late; she was not about to forgive and forget. It takes a killer intent on targeting Beth to bring her back to him and The Last Riders for protection. Razer may have learned his lesson, but this time, as long as she is at the club, she has to play by their rules.

Overall Rating:  4 Rockin' Stars!!!!

“I am going to make you purr, then I am going to make you scream.”

This is the first book in Jamie Begley’s The Last Rider Series.  This book has a motorcycle club, two former preacher’s daughters, crazy biker babes, loads of drama and smokin’ hot sexy scenes!  This a really fresh twist to the MC books.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading the story.  My emotions ran the gambit from ooh, aah, to what just happened?!

Razer and Beth are complete opposites.  Razer is a former navy seal and part of The Last Riders motorcycle club.  Beth grew up in a strict environment with her controlling Father supervising every move she made.  She is innocent of the ways of the world, forgiving to a fault and loyal to her sister.  Razer is the sexy, carefree, experienced biker-slut.  He is over-confident in his pursuit of Beth, not knowing how truly innocent she is.  

Overall, this is a really good beginning to the series.  I loved Beth and, 
Razer. The other characters in the book left me wanting to know them more.   I can't wait for the next book!  The author delivers a happily ever after ending for the couple and there is no cliffhanger. 

Hero - Razer: 3.5 stars
Heroine - Beth Cornett: 4 stars
Steam Level: 4 stars 
Plot: 4 stars 
Cliffhanger: No

Would I recommend this book: Yes!
Would I read other books by this author: Yes!

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