Saturday, April 5, 2014

Songs of Submission: Sequence One by C.D. Reiss

This omni edition contains the three novellas of Sequence One. It runs about 330 pages of print, or 95K words.

My name is Monica. I'm a singer born and raised in Los Angeles. 

I've stopped dating. When I cut a record, or win a Grammy, maybe then I'll be with someone, but every man in my past has done everything he could to make me submit myself to him, and it's gotten in the way of my career. I won't do it again.

But there's Jonathan. He owns the high-rise hotel where I work, and he is gorgeous and charming. I refuse to fall in love with him, even though when he asks me to submit to him, I want nothing more.

When Jonathan was gone I couldn't stop thinking about him, and the first thing he did when he got back was demand more of me. I'm willing to give him my body and my time, but I find myself giving up pieces of my heart.

My career is on track, and even though I can't write a thing, I can sing. So I'll go to the art opening with him, because his ex wife will be there. I feel this need to protect him from hurt, though in bed, his domination brings me to my knees.

This man is going to break me into a million little pieces.

"You're mine. The minute I told you to spread your legs and you did it, you were mine. When I told you to beg for it and you did, you were mine. When you put your hands behind your back without being told, I owned you. You never had to say a word. You are a natural submissive."

No. God, no.

My name is Monica, and no matter what Jonathan says, I am not submissive.


Overall rating: 4 Rockin' ★★★

"How did I end up in this car, at four in the morning, with a known womanizer?  Yes, he was gorgeous and warm and knew all the right places and ways to touch me, but really?  How stupid would I be?  How many women had fallen for this crap, and I was going to be another one in line."

My mantra..."My name is Monica, and I am not submissive.  I stand six feet tall in heels.  I am descended from one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century.  I can sing like an angel, and growl like a lion.  I am not owned.  I am music."

"You're mine.  The minute I told you to spread your legs and you did it, you were mine.  When I told you to beg for it and you did, you were mine.  When you put your hands behind your back without being told, I owned you.  You never had to say a word.  You're a natural submissive."

"Today you are the goddess my universe revolves around."

"You're mine. You are my own personal goddess.  It's my job to make sure you're happy.  And if I can't make you happy, I won't feel right if you're not taken care of as best as I can."

From the beginning, I was intrigued by the magnetic person who is Jonathan Drazen.  He is a bizillionare, extraordinaire with a stark past love that broke his heart into many hopeless pieces.  Monica is an exceptional musician and singer who just needs a break to make it big!  She is full of life and excitement with a never regret attitude.  Never having met, Monica works for Jonathan in one of his restaurants.  When this chance meeting occurs, both are left feeling drawn to the other.  

Jonathan can't give Monica more than his body, and for a while Monica is fine with that.  However, things get interesting when it gets a bit spicier in bed and Jonathan is hopelessly subdued by Monica's submissive behaviors.  I loved the fact that Monica was self-sufficient and not looking to find Mr. Right in any capacity.  She wanted to concentrate on her career of singing and that did not include a man.  Although, it didn't take long for Jonathan to realize that he was finally able to move on from his past and embrace the newfound love he was beginning to carry for the lounge singer, his natural submissive, Monica.  

I really enjoyed the tantalizing, romanticizing and ever promising story line.  Unfortunately, it left me hanging on the edge.  So, I am anticipating avariciously all the ways the finale will occur.  Bring it on CD Reiss, I look forward to it...Grēta

Hero - Jonathan Drazen 4.0 stars
Heroine - Monica Faulkner 4.0 stars
Steam Level: 4.0 stars 
Plot: 4.0 stars 
Cliffhanger: Yes
Would I recommend this book: Yes!
Would I read other books by this author: Yes!

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Just for Now (Sea Breeze #4) by Abbi Glines

An insatiable attraction heats to the boiling point in this steamy book set in the shore town of Sea Breeze from the author of the white-hot The Vincent Boys.

Preston is one bad boy. And Amanda has harbored a crush on him for forever. When she finally makes her move on him, it does not end well. But still, she can’t resist him. Especially now that he seems to be pursuing her, too.

No one wants wants them to be together. Not Amanda’s brother Marcus, who is on the verge of his marriage to Low, and definitely not any of Preston’s buddies. They know way too much about Preston’s dark side. Even Preston realizes he’s not good enough for someone like her.

But Amanda believes there is more to Preston than his bad boy persona, and she is determined to unearth what he’s hiding behind his seductive blue eyes—secrets that could explain his actions. Secrets Amanda might not be able to forgive.

Yet the dangerous attraction persists...and neither Preston nor Amanda is going to deny it.

Overall rating: 4.5 Rockin' ★★★★☆

Preston has been the playboy (yep, another one!) in the background of all the other Sea Breeze books.  He plays baseball with Cage and he is Marcus’ best friend.

Amanda is Marcus’ little sister who has had a crush on Preston for years.  Now she is old enough to act on her feelings.

“Sometimes the answer we need is in our heart.  We just have to listen to it.”

This book is filled with family secrets, secret love, and just plain ole secrets.  Preston has a whole separate life that nobody knows about.  Not even his closest friends.  Getting involved with Amanda could threaten to expose everything he had worked so hard to keep secret, but can he resist he?  He also knows that Marcus would never allow it to happen.

“But when we find that one person who completes us, we don’t give up.  No matter how bad we screwed up.  We make it right.”

As Preston and Amanda get closer to each other, it becomes harder for them to hide their feelings from their friends and harder for Preston to hide his other life from Amanda.  When it all comes out, can they get past it all?  I felt like I was a fly on the wall of their secret love story.

“I love you with a scary, insane, wild, amazing love.  I always will.  No one else could ever make me feel this way.”

“I love you.  I love you so d@mn much it consumes me.  I don’t deserve you, but I’m gonna become the man who does deserve you.  I promise you.  I’ll make you proud of me.”


Hero - Preston: 4.5 stars
Heroine - Amanda: 4.5 stars
Steam Level: 4.5 stars
Plot: 5 stars
Cliffhanger: No

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

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Sinful Seduction (Sins Secrets & Scandals Series) by Sabrina Sims McAfee

Book 1: Sins Secrets and Scandals Series 

Nurse Katilla Richardson was recently dumped by her NFL superstar boyfriend. Now that she’s out on the dating market again, she’s determined not to let any man break her heart. Believing that true love is impossible, she sets out to seduce a renowned wealthy physician for her own personal gain. However, she’s shocked when her hot game of seduction backfires after she ends up in the fine doctor’s bed. 

Dr. Kenneth Michaels is a leading cardiologist still grieving the death of his wife. Feeling as if he’s already had his opportunity at true love, he meets a beautiful woman that changes his mind about second chances. As he engage in a steamy love affair with the pretty lady he’s so smitten with, he begins to fall madly in love with her. But then suddenly, when he learns of the seductive nurse’s secret, and someone from her past returns, things become explosive! 

Will Kenneth and Katilla’s relationship survive her deceitful game of SINFUL SEDUCTION?

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

Overall rating: 3 Rockin’ ★★★

The author Sabrina Sims McAfee writes this steamy, twisted book Sinful Seduction. Through the multiple dips and turns this book takes,  it's constantly throwing wrenches in the twisted love story between a craving naughty nurse, Katilla, for some eye candy pediatrician doctor, Kenneth. The author goes into explicit detail in every aspect of this book from the actual hospital scenes to the steamy bedroom scenes. The plot is outrageously unpredictable but keeps you wanting it to change so bad you continue to read on. The outlandish twists have you aroused, sickened, and swooning to know how this love story ends.

Hero -Kenneth: 3 stars
Heroine-Katilla: 2 stars
Steam Level: 5 stars
Plot: 2 stars

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

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Mine to Claim (Damaged Hearts #1) by A.C. Arthur

Shadow Shifters: Damaged Hearts—a deeply emotional, unforgettable New Adult paranormal romance series by A.C. Arthur about the men who are sworn to protect the females—human or otherwise—from the savage fury of his own nature…In Mine to Claim by A.C. Arthur, Grace Kincaid has been trapped her whole life. Controlled in every way by her domineering parents, she has never had any moment of excitement or passion in all her eighteen years. When a rare night out with a friend ends in violence, Grace believes that perhaps her parents are right to keep her under lock and key. There’s just one problem—she can’t get the irresistibly sexy, mysterious man who saved her from danger out of her head. She knows she should go back to her safe world, but her newfound passion for life—and for her enigmatic protector—are making that impossible…Despite his strength and power, Aidan Sanchez cannot escape. Bound by his Shifter bloodline, he is repulsed by the very attributes his family wishes him to embrace. His main goal is to keep his more dangerous…hungers… under wraps. But when a fight at a club forces Aidan to protect the most alluring woman he’s ever seen, there’s no turning back. He knows he shouldn’t drag her into his world, but she’s awakened a fire within him, and for once, he’s willing to lose control if it means having Grace… Don't miss Part of Me coming in May 13, 2014 and Hunger for You coming June 10, 2014.

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Overall Rating:  3.25 Rockin’ ★★★

"Fun was not in my vocabulary.  I should've known better than to try."

"College was my new start.  It was the place I'd come to study biology, which had always been my favorite subject, and to figure out who I was and what I really wanted out of life."

"it seems everything was simply getting out of my way, preparing me for this, for Aiden and all that he is.  This is where I was meant to be."

"I liked touching her, a lot.  Too much.  Everything I wanted to do to her was too much.  I knew that and yet here we were."

"She was adorable.  No, the punch of lust I experienced every time I looked at her sort of downplayed that word.  But right now she looked like an innocent teenager in a hotel."

"Somewhere deep inside me I felt like I had no other choice."  

"Our lips collided and it was like a whoosh of air being sucked from my lungs."  "Inside the cat roared, it pressed its weight against me, its hunger the most prevalent thought in my mind.  This is why I couldn't stay away from her."

Aiden Sanchez is a captivatingly appealing and mystifying character.  I was drawn to him immediately by his leather and motorcycle riding.  However, Aiden's secret is that he's a jaguar shadow shifter, who wants nothing more than to forget his heritage.  Grace Kincaid is a soft, naive young woman, pursuing her dreams on her own at college.  She is desperately trying to get away from her parents unending pressure, tight grips and their maniacal plots of accusatory formalities.  

The story takes place on a college campus, full of life, and excitement, but there is also an heir of lust and darkness throughout the campus.  The couple is thrust together by an undeniable force of mating.  Though fighting their feelings was never an option.  It just stands to reason that no matter what the circumstances, natures force cannot be denied.  As is the case with Aiden and Grace.  Like a magnet, they are drawn together in a whirl wind of lust and love.  Although I would've liked more, this book was a good quick read, to surely give the reader a glimpse of indisputable enchantment...Grēta

Hero - Aiden Sanchez 3.5 stars
Heroine -  Grace Kincaid 3.5 stars
Steam Level: 2.5 stars 
Plot: 3.5 stars 
Cliffhanger: Yes

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

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Dangerously Hot (Hostile Operations Team #4) by Lynn Raye Harris

The world’s most wanted man is back from the dead. And only one woman can stop him…

Former Army linguist Lucky San Ramos escaped with her life, but the scars an evil terrorist leader left on her skin are a constant reminder of her captivity. Now her tormentor is back—and so is the sexy Special Operations soldier she once loved.

HOT operator Kevin “Big Mac” MacDonald rescued Lucky the last time. And then he walked away when he couldn’t be what she needed. When Lucky married his teammate, Kev knew it was for the best. But now Marco is dead and Lucky is no longer safe.

When Kev and Lucky team up to capture a terrorist, they’ll have to pretend to be man and wife on an explosive military mission to a war-torn nation. With time running out and the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Kev and Lucky play a perilous game of cat and mouse with a madman during the day.

But at night, they battle the secrets of the past and the sizzling attraction that threatens to endanger the mission. Lucky shouldn’t want the man who abandoned her once before. But the passion between them is sinfully, sensuously, dangerously hot… and proving impossible to resist.

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

Overall Rating:  4 Rockin’ ★★★★

I loved this book!  This is the first book I’ve read by Lynn Raye Harris and I’m hooked.  Dangerously Hot is the fourth book in Hostile Operations Team series.  Lucky and Kev’s characters are well developed, intricately woven together and the plot will keep you hanging on the edge of your seat.  This book has action and drama.  Once you start you are in for a roller coaster of a read!  

HOT operator Kevin “Big Mac” McDonald rescued Lucky from the insane terrorist and leader of the Freedom Force, Al Ahmad.  Kev is a sexy alpha with an insane Alabama drawl that is so swoon worthy.  From the first day he met Lucky, he has been attracted to her, but felt she deserved better than what he could offer her.  

“Lucky” San Ramos, a former Army linguist, felt abandoned by Kev, and struggles daily to keep the nightmares from her captivity at bay.  She battles with her feelings for Kev.  Not sure how he feels for her.  

Upon learning that Al Ahmad is alive Lucky and Kev go undercover to find and capture her tormentor.  Then the action begins; bombs exploding, guns firing, HOT operatives falling in love.  Could they find love after all they endured?  This is an amazing military romantic suspense read and wonderfully written.  I highly recommend this book – so give it a try!

Hero:  4.5 stars
Heroine: 4 stars
Plot:  4 stars
Steam level:  4 stars
Cliffhanger:  No
Would I recommend this book:  YES!  Amazing military romance book.
Would I recommend this author:  Yes!  This book was wonderfully written and extremely enjoyable. 

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Release Day Blitz - Brandy L. Rivers April 2

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Title – Nights Embrace

Series – Others of Seattle: Book 1

Author – Brandy L Rivers

Genre – Adult Paranormal Romance

Publication Date – April 2nd 2014

Length (Pages/# Words) – about 95k

Publisher – Brandy L Rivers

Cover Artist – Brandy L Rivers

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It all started with a song.
Roxana Nights was late to another gig, thanks to her first love, and drummer. It’s been years since she left Jordan, but he won’t let her go. Then she hears a voice that pulls her under a spell and changes her whole world.
Trevor Malone just moved to Seattle with his band. Music is his only passion, until he lays eyes on Roxana. He’s never felt anything as strong as the pull to her. Now he needs to find a way to introduce her to his world.
There’s only one problem. A rival clan won’t rest until they've taken Trevor’s down. Unwilling to let old grudges die, they target Roxy. Trevor will do anything to keep her safe.
Roxy will find that the world she writes is closer to reality than she ever imagined. She’ll also learn that not all monsters are evil, though some are ruthless.
Will love stay strong when the past comes out? Can they survive the centuries old vendetta?

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She slipped past him, and onto the wings of the stage. Her gaze fell on Mr. Voice who was tall, dark and smokin’ hot.
Holy shit, I want to lick him.
Scuffed combat boots were laced up over black leather pants that clung to muscular thighs, and his black shirt molded to the most impressive set of abs she had ever seen. Roxy wanted to trace the ridges with her fingertips.
He turned, his voice dropping low as his eyes locked on hers. His words enveloped her. “… you’re the only one.”
Her heart paused a beat before slamming into her chest at a rapid pace. His full mouth lifted into a grin that spoke of confidence as he held her full attention. Entranced, she fell deep into his eyes and the world stopped.
Until a drumstick hit him in the head. He looked over his shoulder and shrugged sheepishly at his drummer before turning back to launch into the next verse.
Mikey gently shook her shoulder. “Hey, Rox, come on. We have to warm up.”
Her head bobbed in a nod at her brother, but she didn't look over. She muttered, “Yeah, give me a minute,” or longer.
As if he heard, Mr. Voice glanced over and winked at her before the next song started. “Blinded by beauty, falling at first sight, head over heels…” There was raw passion in his voice, and she couldn't help wishing he was singing about her.


My name is Brandy L Rivers. I’m a wife and mother of three with an overactive imagination. I’ve been obsessed with monsters and magic for pretty much ever. I decided to write the stories that keep me awake at night.


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Monday, March 31, 2014

While It Lasts (Sea Breeze #3) by Abbi Glines

Maybe driving home after a few (or more) shots of tequila had been a bad idea, but hell, he did it all the time. The cops had to have been freaking bored to have pulled him over. He wasn’t even swerving! That’s Cage York’s story and he’s sticking to it.

Unfortunately, his baseball coach isn’t buying it. Cage has a free ride to the local junior college for baseball -- or he did, until he’d gotten a DUI. Now, Cage has to decide: does he drop out and give up his dream of getting noticed by a college in the SEC, and possibly making it into the Major Leagues -- or does he give in to his coach’s demands and spend his summer baling hay?

Eva Brooks planned out her life step by step when she was eight years old. Not once over the years had she lost sight of her goals. Josh Beasley, her next door neighbor, had been the center of those goals. He’d been her first boyfriend at seven, her first kiss at ten, her first date at fifteen, and her first tragedy at eighteen. The moment she’d received the phone call from Josh’s mother saying he’d been killed along with four other soldiers just north of Baghdad, Eva’s carefully planned life imploded in the worst way possible.

Cage isn’t real happy with his closet-sized bedroom in the back of a foul smelling barn, or his daily interactions with cows, but he knows that if he doesn’t make his coach happy then he can kiss his scholarship goodbye. Only a sick and twisted man would decide his punishment was to be working on a farm all summer. No hot babes in bikinis waiting to meet a Southern boy to make her vacation complete. Just him and the damned cows.

Oh -- and an uptight, snarky brunette with the biggest blue eyes he’s every seen. But she doesn’t count, because as hard as he’s tried to charm her out of her panties - he’s pretty sure she’d rather see him hung from the rafters than let him get a taste of her pretty little lips.

Overall rating: 4.5 Rockin' ★★★★☆

WOW!  This might be my favorite Sea Breeze book yet!  I read it in ONE DAY!  I couldn’t put it down.  In the last book, “Because of Low”, we met Cage.  He was Low’s best friend and ultimate playboy!  I would never have guessed that he would ever be willing to settle down.  

“Cage was free and wild.  He was like a beautiful bird you could never own.”

After getting a DUI, Cage was sent to the farm of his baseball coach’s brother to work all summer.  Fulfilling this obligation would be the only way that Cage could stay on the baseball team and keep his scholarship.  Eva was the farmer’s daughter.  Still trying to mend her life from an overwhelming loss, she was off limits to Cage.

“Life couldn’t go on without my best friend.  There was no room for another guy in my heart.”

This story is about change and healing!  Can Cage change his bad boy ways and learn to love one woman?  Can Eva get over the loss of her fiancé and learn to love again?  There journey is inspiring.  It is full of tests for both Eva and Cage and the reader gets absorbed into their story!  

“One day you will heal.  Life will go on for you.  Another guy will be lucky enough to find a place in your heart.  When that happens, love him.  Move on.  Live that life of happiness that you deserve.  Know that I loved you.”

“She wants you.  She just doesn’t want to want you.”

“I’d walked too close to heaven and gotten a glimpse.  The hell I’d lived before her no longer appealed to me.”


Hero - Cage: 4.5 stars
Heroine - Eva: 4.5 stars
Steam Level: 4.5 stars 
Plot: 5 stars 
Cliffhanger: No
Would I recommend this book: Yes!
Would I read other books by this author: Yes!!!!

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Hell Without You by Ranae Rose

Time changes everything, except what’s meant to be.

Seven years is a long time – long enough to transform Clementine from a small-town teenager with a broken heart into a woman ready to take on the world, but not long enough to make her forget about the man she was never supposed to see again. A temporary return to tiny Willow Heights thrusts her back into Donovan’s life and home, unearthing heartbreak and obsession that have stood the test of time.

He left seven years ago too, for war and other things Clementine can only imagine. Coming back to the town where he grew up in the shadow of poverty and drug addiction makes no sense, and neither do Clementine’s feelings for him. He could never forgive her for leaving, could he? Even if she had no choice.

Now, she has the freedom to choose … and so does he. Every day in Willow Heights makes it clearer: all he ever really wanted was her, and nothing will change that. Not even a taste of the hell that drove them apart in the first place.

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Overall Rating:  3 Rockin’ ★★★

This book’s beginning was really good.  It started strong and fizzled in the second half of the book. There were too many events that weren’t defined leaving the reader bereft and longing for more explanation or interaction.  On the positive side, Donovan is sweet and sexy.  Clementine is a feisty, head-strong heroine.  They were high school sweethearts that believed nothing would separate them.  When Clementine chooses to go away to college, Donovan joins the military.  

Donovan is dealing with post-military issues that are gripping and the situation is convincing to the reader.  He chooses to deal with the stress by burning himself.  This seems a little too crazy of a behavior for me.  I realize the author is trying to develop a tormented hero, but it didn’t progress. All things considered, I would recommend this book.

Hero:  3 stars
Heroine:  3 stars
Plot:  3
Steam level: 3 stars

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Dare to Love 
New York Times Bestselling Author Carly Phillips turns up the heat in her newest sexy contemporary romance series, and introduces you to the Dare family… siblings shaped by a father’s secrets and betrayal.

Since finding out his father had another family on the side, Ian Dare swore to be the upstanding, responsible man his cheating parent had never been. When it comes to his relatives, he gives his all but in relationships he offers the bare minimum. But one glimpse of sensual Riley Taylor arouses his dominant and protective instincts and Ian is entranced. He will do anything to possess her … and does. But any future with Riley must include him extending an olive branch to the half-brother who is a constant reminder of the pain he’d rather forget.

Independent and always in control, Riley Taylor makes no apologies for choosing men carefully. Relationships have never been a priority and she believes herself hardened to domineering men – until she meets charismatic Ian Dare. He manages to turn a simple kiss into an all out assault on her senses and when he takes control in the bedroom, she’s stunned to discover she likes it. As their affair heats up, they soon realize they complete each other in ways neither imagined. But Riley’s past is closer than she cares to remember, and her struggles with Ian’s dominance might just cost her everything.

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Because of Low (Sea Breeze #2) by Abbi Glines

In my debut novel, Breathe, Sadie may have fallen in love with the teen rock star, Jax Stone, but readers fell head over heels for Marcus Hardy. This is his story…

Marcus Hardy had hoped to enjoy a year away at college while he put the summer he’d rather forget behind him. But instead, he’s jerked right back to the coastal town of Sea Breeze, Alabama due to a family crisis. His dear ol' dad found himself a girlfriend only a few years older than Marcus. So now his sister needs help dealing with their mother who is mentally falling apart. The only bright spot to returning is the fascinating red head who sleeps over several times a week. The problem is she's sleeping in bed with his new roommate, Cage York. 

Willow “Low” Foster needs a place to live. Running to Cage’s apartment every time her sister kicks her out isn’t exactly a long term solution. Juggling her courses at the local community college and a part time job doesn’t produce excess income. But Cage has a new roommate and suddenly sleeping over at her best friend’s apartment isn’t such a bad thing. Not when she gets to see those sexy green eyes of Marcus Hardy’s twinkle when he smiles at her like he wants her there. 

Even though Cage seems a little territorial where Low is concerned, Marcus finds time to spend with Low without upsetting his roommate. Cage may use his small college baseball star persona to sleep with every hot female in his path but he’s still under the disillusion that when he’s through sowing his wild oats, he’s going to marry Low. Marcus intends to change that assumption for both Cage and Low. Until his carefully laid plans come crashing down with a revelation he never expected. He’ll have to choose between Low or his family. Because once the truth comes out.... there’s no other choice.

Overall rating: 4 Rockin' ★★★★

I was especially excited to read “Because of Low” after I found out that it was Marcus Hardy’s story!  Marcus was introduced to the readers in “Breathe”.  He had fallen for Sadie White only to watch her fall in love with rocker Jax Stone!  I loved Marcus and even though I wanted Sadie with Jax, I wanted Marcus to find someone special in his life.  

“He was sweet, he could cook, he was good with kids, he was smart, he had goals, he was freaking perfect.”

Marcus came home from the University of Alabama to be there for his mother and sister during a family crisis.  Always believing in making it on his own, instead of moving back into his parent’s house, he moved in with a friend of a friend.  Cage, his new roommate, was a baseball player.  He was a playboy, sleeping with new girls every night.  The one girl that Cage always said he would marry one day, was the one that caught Marcus’ attention…..Willow (Low).   Not having a place to call her own, Low often crashed at their apartment.

“I’m not done here.  I’m just beginning, Low.  But I couldn’t walk away again without that kiss.”

“I loved him.  I never thought this would happen.  I never expected to love anyone else.”

Both Willow and Marcus are going through family problems, but want to try and concentrate on seeing if they can have a relationship together.  Although Cage is a playboy and you instantly want to dislike him, he is the only one that has ever truly been there for Low.  Everyone in her life has left her but him.  The love she has for her niece Larissa is the only thing that keeps her connected to a family that has constantly disappointed her.  

“You can’t expect a sheltered person to react to disappointment the way someone who’d only known disappointment reacted.”

In this book, Abbi Glines provides her readers with lots of drama and twists and turns.  You pull for Marcus and Willow the whole time, but are the problems within their individual families enough to keep them apart?  What about Cage and his possessiveness over Low?  I couldn’t put the book down!  Each time I thought that I might be coming to a stopping place, I would be left with a cliffhanger that would have me continuing to read!  

Hero - Marcus: 4.5 stars
Heroine - Low: 4 stars
Steam Level: 4 stars 
Plot: 5 stars 
Cliffhanger: No
Would I recommend this book: Yes!
Would I read other books by this author: Yes!!!!

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Hot as Sin (Hot Shots: Men of Fire #2) by Bella Andre


Only total desperation could reunite Dianna Kelley with Sam MacKenzie, the irresistible bad boy she walked out on ten years ago. But the fearless firefighter with the awesome wilderness skills is the only one who can take her where she needs to go. It’s a gamble—tracking down her endangered sister while keeping Sam and their undeniable attraction at arm’s length. Not easy when they’re trekking into a remote corner of the Rockies, where she’s got to trust her former lover with her life. 

Despite their past, Sam never could refuse a damsel in distress, especially one who has haunted his dreams for years. He’ll help find her sister and get Dianna out of his system once and for all. But soon it’s hard to tell whether the greatest threat is from the rushing rapids, the deadly enemy on their trail, or the passion that’s sending them straight into the line of fire….

Overall rating: 4.5 Rockin’ ★★★★☆

Sam’s brother tells him that his former fiance Dianna has been in a head on accident.  After ten years Sam is still grieving the loss of their child and Dianna leaving him. But he cannot stop himself from going to her to help if she needs him.
“When she dumped your ass and moved to San Francisco you fell apart.  I never thought I’d see the day you’d skip out on you job. The job you used to love.  But there you were, glued to the bar stool when you should have been out fighting fires.”
Dianna cannot believe Sam came for her to offer his help.  He is the man she has loved since the moment they met.  Maybe it’s time to look at the past and what happened between them. Questions need to be answered for both of them about what went wrong.
“How do you always manage to be here right when I need you?”
Unknown to Dianna her sister has been kidnapped by the brother of the man that was killed in the same accident she was in.  The man blames her for his death and decides to kill her sister in front of her and then kill her. Sam steps in to help.  He swears that he will help her get her sister back.
“God help me, Dianna, I still want you.  More than ever.  More than I should.” 
You fought for your sister.  You fought for your career.  Maybe this time you should fight for Sam.
During the race to save her sister from a madman, Dianna and Sam discover that true love never dies. The embers just need to be stoked! Sam is just the firefighter to do it.
Was he willing to risk everything for the woman he’d never stopped loving? 
“I love you, too,” he said.  “I never stopped loving you, Dianna.  I just tried to convince myself that I had.”
Patience will be rewarded with the gift of true love and a second chance for happiness.
"It’s not about being saved, it’s about knowing there’s someone out there who will always have your back no matter what.”
Hero –Sam MacKenzie: 5 stars
Heroine –Dianna Kelley: 4.5 stars
Steam: 5 stars 
Plot: 4.5 stars 
Cliffhanger: No

Would I recommend this book: Yes! This book does not disappoint, it has everything a reader needs in a good book.  Characters that heat up the pages with heroic acts and steaming hot sex!

Would I read other books by this author: Yes! Love this author and the way she tells a story.  Cannot wait to read the next book in the series Men of Fire.

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