Thursday, October 20, 2016

ARC REVIEW What the Duke Doesn't Know by Jane Ashford

The Duke's Sons book two, What the Duke Doesn't Know. It's a charming book with an okay storyline, James was great, Kawena was a little annoying at first but she was adjusting to English society and she became less annoying as the book went one. I liked that she was Polynesian, usually if the Author is doing a mixed race it Indian or Caribbean, or the author has the heroine American or Australian if they don't want her British. Now I have seen Spanish, French, and Eastern Europe or Russian but still I think this might be my first Polynesian, so it was something different for me and I really liked it. (I love the model on the cover, love her expression.)  

Kawena Benson traveled all the way from her little island in the South Pacific to find the man who stole her inheritance. Captain James Gresham and his ship were the only boat docked when Kawena's inheritance disappeared. Her father planned ahead for her future and stock piled jewels and gem stone, he died shortly after discovering them missing. Kawena fearless left home for the first time aboard a friend's ship dressed as a boy and traveled to England. Her initial intention was just to scare the man but when he rushed her the gun accidently went off, thankfully noone was hurt. James was visiting his brother in Oxford wondering what he would do with his life now that his ship has been decommissioned when the beautiful dark haired, dark eyed Kawena attacks him.

James and Kawena set off to find the real culprit but all their leads are dead ends. By a stroke of luck Kawena finds them, I'm not gonna tell you how. But that opens all society doors for her since the jewels are worth a veritable fortune now the "native girl" is the toast of the ton. Kawena wants to show James that she can be "Proper" since he has spent most of the book telling her everything she does isn't proper. Along with a friend and a chaperone Kawena rents a house in Oxford, she also has something big planned something just for James and her. Unfortunately her fortune also bring to light unwanted previously unknown family; her father's brother and his horrid family. But fortunately Kawena has friends in high places and James and his family are there to stand with her against them. If only James can convince Kawena he likes her just as she is and if Kawena will understand that James never wanted her to change.

Overall, the book was entertaining I liked it well enough. The first book Heir to the Duke and the third book Lord Sebastian's Secret run pretty much parallel with this one so there are references what's happening in the previous book and to the next one. I am however really looking forward to Flora and Robert's story.   

TASTY BOOK TOUR Tempting Tristan by Melissa Foster

Looking for your next sexy M/M romance?

A M/M Contemporary Romance
Harborside Nights #3
Melissa Foster
Releasing Oct 19th, 2016
World Literary Press

Fresh off the heels of yet another bad relationship, Tristan Brewer is taking a break from men to try and figure out where he keeps going wrong. He knows his biggest fault—he leads with his heart, not his head—and that’s never going to change. But after several introspective weeks, he’s beginning to get a handle on things. That is, until badass heartthrob Alex Wells walks into his bar…

Alex has spent eight years in the Army, months in a hospital bed, and far too long hiding his sexual identity. He’s guilt-ridden, damaged, pissed off, and up for a Silver Star—for the incident that nearly cost him his life, and kept him from his grandmother’s funeral. But all he wants to do is forget his stint with the institution that allows but doesn’t necessarily accept, and live the life he’s always dreamed of.

The chemistry between Tristan and Alex ignites from the moment they meet, and the more time they spend together the hotter the flames become. But the closer Tristan gets, the more Alex’s walls go up, and when the two walk onto a military base, Tristan finds out Alex’s physical scars aren’t the ones that run the deepest.

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I have been anxious for Tristan's story since the start of the series, I normally don't read M/M, I got burned out on them a couple of years ago, but Tristan was special. If he was a real person it would make a straight woman complain why did he have to be gay. Alex is the kind of hot that has girls dropping their panties he also is a tortured alpha hero. Together Tristan and Alex are... WOW. 

I think the blurb says it pretty well what the story is about, and Melissa Foster is great at drawing out the characters and making them real. Your heart beats fast with their's and hurts when they do and you cry with them and not just the main characters either the secondary characters you really get to know and you look forward to them getting their own book (especially the little man whore Brandon, gotta love him). Tristan with how easy it is for him to give his heart and Alex who has been so used to pushing everything down they needed each other. Tristan needed Alex to show him he just needed the right person to love and Alex needed Tristan to show him how to love.

It was a great story, very dirty those scenes between the two of them, dang that's hot. It was a little draw out in parts but it all fit and was very well done.  

“Can I ask you something? You don’t have to answer.” 
Tristan shrugs. “Have at it." 
“Why were you taking a break? I get that your ex was a prick, but is there more to it?”  
He looks down the street, across the street, and then his hand cruises through his hair as it has so often that I’ve already come to expect it when he’s nervous. 
“Ian was a prick, but the rest is going to make me sound like a pussy,” he admits. 
“I’ve only known you a day, and I already know nothing can make you sound like a pussy.” 
He meets my gaze, and his jaw tightens. He lifts his chin and I recognize the struggle between feeling proud and worrying about looking weak. I fight that battle on a daily basis. 
“I give away my heart too easily, and I end up getting hurt.”
His eyes never leave mine, and that trust, that confidence, is the sexiest thing I’ve ever seen. 
“I was right. Nothing can make you sound like a pussy.” I slide my hand to the hard ridge of his jaw and lean in closer. “I’ve never given my heart away. That makes you braver than me.”

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance, and women's fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic, perfect beach reads, and always family oriented. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

ARC REVIEW In Safe Hands by Katie Ruggle

In Safe Hands is the conclusion to the story arc for the series. So far someone has tried blame Ian for the headless guys murder, someone has tried to kill Lou, and silence Ellie and her father. In the end of the last book, no I'm not going to say it although it was kind of an eye roll for me, it revealed the murder. Know with me being disappointed with the whodunnit I didn't know what to expect with this one. I was pleasantly surprised. Katie Ruggle kind of blended together Rear Window, Gaslight, and CopyCat with her own crazy good story. This book is definitely more of a thriller than a suspense. Daisy Little our heroine suffered a huge trauma and it left her agoraphobic. Afraid to leave the house she has trapped herself inside locking the world outside her house safely on the outside. Besides her father her only link to the outside world is Sheriff's Deputy Chris Jennings. Chris feels responsible for Daisy, not only because he love her but he was also the one who saved her all those years ago.

Much like Jimmy Stewart's character in Rear Window, Daisy watches her neighbors and one night sees something she can't explain. What looks like a man carrying a dead body out of the empty house next door and placing it in an official Sheriff's SUV. Daisy confides in Chris who starts looking into it but soon things start happening, things she can't prove things that are making her doubt her sanity. But Chris is there to reassure her that she is not, he even introduces her to Lou, Ellie, Rory and their significant others. Together they talk about the previous events and how they all connect and how Daisy's incidents are connected as well. They even figure out the common denominator in all of it which leads to a very exciting climactic conclusion.

Daisy and Chris are so cute the way they danced around each other. It's obvious they have feelings for each other but because what happened they both feel guilty for two different reasons and that is what's holding them back. But once the truth gets out there is no holding back for either of them. Overall, this exceeded my expectations. it was a great read and I hope this is not the end of the series.        

ARC REVIEW Race the Darkness by Abbie Roads

This book takes paranormal to a new level. It is a paranormal mystery thriller with a touch of  Dark Fairy/Folk tale. I loved this book! I thought Abbie Roads was just brilliant with the story. I will sing it's praises from the rooftops. Very rarely has a debut author surprised me with the awesomeness of her first book. (Both other debut books were earlier this year). The Romantic Suspense aspect is wonderfully creepy and suspenseful from the repeated attempts on Isleen's life right to the crazy religious zealot doing it. The Paranormal and the Dark Fairy Tale fit in together. Xander and Isleen are tied together, bound by some mystical ancient story. Even before they meet Isleen and Xander know that there's something someone out there, like they are missing a piece of themselves. Xander a bit of an ass and that pretty obvious from the very beginning. I love how the book started it was a great introduction to Xander and how and why he's so damn special. Isleen and her grandmother were kidnapped and for the last several years held in a trailer in the middle of nowhere starved and tortured pushed to the verge of death and brought back. Until one night when Isleen is sure she's going to die, Xander finds her.

Xander was struck by lighting and the result was Lichtenberg figure, which means he's horribly scarred on half of his body. He also became able to hear what others do not, what others are thinking. He has become the BCI's troubleshooter at integrations. To Xander it almost seems like there's someone else living in his head whom he refers to as The Bastard in His Brain. Tonight the bastard is restless and there is another voice in his head, a female calling out for help, on the verge of death. Xander follows his gut it's something the Bastard is telling him to do where to go and it leads him to a trailer in the middle of nowhere. Inside the trailer Isleen lies emaciated and half dead. Once Xander finds Isleen he's never going to let her go again and nothing bad will ever happen to her again, but something things are even out of his control.

When Isleen is better she starts having dreams strange vivid dreams. After three of these strange dreams Xander realizes what they are, prophetic dreams of what can or is happening. Once Alex, Xander's father, realizes what's happening he fills them in on a Legend of Fearless and Bear. There is so much to this book it really is one you have to read yourself to get the whole impact of the story. But what a story it is. Overall, read this book.  

ARC REVIEW Tainted Bride by A.S. Fenichel

I love books like this, books that I know have been a labor of love and healing for the author. It's a very emotional and heartfelt story and knowing that so much of the author's self is put into makes it so much better. In her acknowledgements in the beginning of the book she says this book was part of a healing process, you can tell the emotion behind the hurt and the tragedy was palpable. The writing was beautifully done, the character development was clear and well done. Lady Daphne is a great supporting character, she was exactly what Sophia needed. Dorothea was another great supporting character outspoken, straightforward and fearless and the voice of reason when Sophia needed it the most. Sophia and Daniel are perfect for each other it's plain as day but the process of them realizing it is a difficult one but so sweet of an outcome.

Sophia was foisted on to her great aunt so she could have a season in London after an event that ruined her first season in Philadelphia three years ago. Sophia has resigned herself to never get married she plans to just go through the motions to appease Aunt Daphne but she won't marry. Even after meeting the dashing Daniel Fallon the Earl of Marlton who makes her stomach go aflutter she can not allow herself to love him. Daniel had no immediate plans to marry but just after one night, one ball Daniel can think of noone else but Sophia. Daniel has reservations, he feels like he can't trust himself after what happened last time, and he won't be taken for a fool this time. When the villain from Sophia's past who ruined her shows up in London, Sophia is scared and shocked especially when a rumor about her not being innocent comes out in the paper. Daniel can't help but believe what he heard but something about how Sophia acts doesn't ring true about the rumor. Sophia tells Daniel the truth about what happened three years ago and why she can never marry. Daniel does the unexpected and proposes and after some convincing that Sophia can stand the touch of a man as long as it was done in love Sophia agrees. But it's only the beginning, tragedy strikes and Sophia falls into a bout of depression. Daniel is trying to find out the way to ruin the blackguard who ruined his Sophie and deal with his distraught wife until Daniel disappears.

Overall, it was a great story. Sophia learns that friends and family can help you get through whatever tragedy may happen and love heals.          

Saturday, October 15, 2016

ARC REVIEW Wolf Betrayed by Carrie Ann Ryan

Talon Pack book four and the first menage for this series I believe. These three are stunning! Charlotte, Bram and Shane they deserve each other they need each other. Bram is the strength, Charlotte is the heart and Shane is the glue that sticks them all together. Charlotte believes the Goddess is punishing her for being who she is the daughter of the wolf who nearly destroyed the Redwood Pack. Bram has loved Charlotte for as long as he could remember but the mating bond didn't snap into place like they had hoped, leaving both of them heart broken. Bram will not settle for anyone other than Charlotte. Shane was just a soldier he was doing what he was told until it became clear to him that the man in charge was doing something very wrong and he tried to help but that just ended with him being used as a guinea pig.  

Half dead and smelling like a wolf Gideon did the only thing he could to keep Shane from dying he brought him into the pack. Finn had a feeling that he needed to bring Charlotte with him to the Talon pack. When Charlotte gets there she is shocked to find that the soldier who once worked with General Montag is a potential mate. Bram goes to the Talon pack and just like with Charlotte, Bram is a potential mate with Shane. It's touch and go there for a bit while they all figure things out and with General Montag still on the lose things are still a bit uncertain. With Shane's help the Talon and Redwood packs destroy the facility where Shane was taken and changed into whatever it is that he was changed into and along with it the drug that made him this way. Nothing of the drug remains except what still might be in Shane's blood and that's what Montag wants now. After a rough start Charlotte, Bram, and Shane finally come to terms with what's happening and accept the possibility of happiness between the three of them. Montag however does not give up easily.

Overall, another great story and climactic...big battle. Charlotte and her men, woooo, it's getting hot in here.    

BLOG TOUR Searching for Disaster by Jennifer Probst

The next highly anticipated novella in the Searching For series, a romantic spin-off of the Marriage to a Billionaire series from New York Times bestselling sensation Jennifer Probst.

When Isabella MacKenzie tries to move on from her disastrous past, Officer William Devine is determined to show her that love is the only way to heal. This sexy enovella, the final installment in Jennifer Probst’s heartwarming Searching For series, follows the high-powered women of the popular matchmaking agency Kinnections, located in the small, picturesque town of Verily, NY.

This is a bittersweet book for me (one of two that I've read this last month). It makes me sad to see the end of the series I have loved and followed from the very beginning. But it was so nice to see that Isabella could pick herself up after everything, dust herself off and start over again. Even though she doesn't think she deserves a HEA she really does. Liam is a great book boyfriend, he's loyal and steadfast and when he loves absolutely nothing will stop him. I can not refer to him as Devine because I always think of the Drag Queen Divine, who started in John Water's Hairspray and Pink Flamingoes. (If you have no idea who I'm talking about google it) I hope Jennifer has plans to continue on with this family which started with the Marriage to a Billionaire series because it a great family; they have had their share of troubles and they aren't perfect....and now they have plenty of kids...nudge nudge wink wink. 

The story starts off with Izzy and Liam's first meeting six years ago before Izzy got really heavy into drugs. One fantastic night and a bad decision later and Izzy went through five years of hell but she is clean she has made amends with her family and she has a good job at Kinnections and one she's good at. Everyone thinks Izzy is ready for a relationship sooo three little words "Book of Spells". Alexa gets Izzy to do the spell and the next day Liam walks back into her life. Liam didn't change he is still sex on a stick, older and wiser and still head over heals for Izzy. He knew it was special after that one night and now that she's in his life again he's not going to let her go before she knows just how much she deserves that HEA. But Izzy is her own worst enemy.

Overall, really good! It's a shame it's only a enovella but I don't think it would have worked as a full length book. I loved the that they are both Star Wars geeks and the two puppies, yep Jennifer knows how to win her way in to our hearts, Puppies.       

Jennifer Probst -  Bio:
Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.

She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.
She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon's Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team at