Sunday, August 20, 2017

Review:Hot and Bothered (Out of Uniform #1-3) by Elle Kennedy


Hot and Bothered (Out of Uniform #1-3)

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Give a SEAL an inch, and he’ll take your heart.

Heat of the Moment
Shelby has lusted over John for over a year, but can’t figure out why he’s not interested. Until she overhears him saying she’s too vanilla for his taste.
Garrett hates risking their friendship, but if she wants a wild ménage, he’ll give it to her. Then make it clear he wants her all to himself.

Heat of Passion
Holly has too much on her plate to think about a serious relationship. A hot fling with a Navy SEAL, though, is the perfect way to take the edge off. Then she sees him again weeks later, and Carson wants the one thing she doesn’t. More. In the face of his methodical seduction, her resistance is crumbling…

Heat of the Storm
Will has waited fifteen years for the storm that sends Mackenzie into his arms. Then she shoves him right back into the friend zone. But he’s a SEAL to the bone, and tenacious as hell.

Will is the one man not scared of Mackenzie’s psychic gift. Their one night of passion is more than a mistake. It generates a tragic vision of the future that leaves her more afraid than ever.

Warning: Contains dangerously hot Navy SEALS, and heroines not afraid to take them on one—or two—at a time.
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What I thought about Hot & Bothered

What's not to like about three sex-filled romances of Navy seals who have decided they are ready to settle down? Now all they need to do is convince the ladies in their life that they are serious!

Each story is steamy -- there is no skimping on the sex in these novella's which is what I'd expect with three virile, attractive Navy seals with lots of experience! While there's plenty of action to satisfy, I really liked the premise of each story.

In Heat of the Moment, Garrett wants to ask Shelby on a date, but he thinks she doesn't even notice him. It's Shelby that shows Garrett and his friend Carson that she's not as vanilla as they think. Good thing Carson is ready, willing and able to help out a friend!

The second story is Carson's. He's got his eye on a mysterious brunette he met at a club, but it's Holly's home life that gets in the way. Carson is quite determined to get what he wants and Holly knows a good man when she's got him!

In the third story, Will loves his best friend and things would be great if only he could convince her they'd be better as lovers than friends. Good thing he has Holly to help him! This story was adorable.

All were satisfying HEA's. If you are looking for something quick, steamy, and that will leave you with a smile, this might be what you are looking for.

An ARC was provided for review.


 About the Author


A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.
Elle writes romantic suspense and erotic contemporary romance for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Review: Thrill Seeker (Sinful in Seattle #1) by Taryn Quinn


He saved me…

I wasn’t paying attention that night after work. I was just in a hurry to get to my car.
But someone was watching.
A stranger waited in the shadows, and he tried to hurt me. But another man also came out of the darkness, ready to defend me.
I serve billionaire Max Chapel his dinner every evening.
He’s powerful. Mysterious. And just as dangerous, but in a much different way.

He destroyed me…

But is it destruction if I asked him, the man who’d saved me, to tear my clothes? To take me roughly while the fear and helplessness still raged inside my belly?

He made me whole again…

Not just physically, but emotionally. He unlocked a side of me I never knew existed. But he knows.
He practically owns this whole town.

Now he wants to own me.


Author’s note: If you like sweet love scenes, this isn’t the story for you. Max and Georgia learn they like dangerous games. And they want more of them.

Author’s note part deux: Thrill Seeker is a 19K novella that ends on a cliffhanger, and there are two more parts to come of this story.


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What I thought about Thrill Seeker

In this novella, Max and Georgia go from 0 to 60 over a traumatic event.  Up until that point, their relationship was professional with a whole lot of sexual tension under the surface.  It just takes a bit of criminal activity to push Max into action and all of that sexual tension explodes with pages of smutty activity.

This is one hot, steamy read, and it's perfect if you are just looking for something quick to read between books. There is a bit of a cliff hanger, and I do hope the next installment comes quickly!

An ARC was provided for review. 



About the Author

 USA Today Bestselling author, Taryn Quinn, is the redheaded stepchild of bestselling authors Taryn Elliott & Cari Quinn. We have been writing together for a lifetime–wait, no it's really been only a handful of years, but we have a lot of fun. Sometimes we write stories that don’t quite fit into our regular catalog.

Do you like shorter and dirtier reads?

Anything goes with this penname.

• Sexy—check.
• Erotic—check.
• Sweet—usually mixed in with the sexy…so, yeah—check.
• RomCom—check.
• Dark—oh, yeah…check.
• Paranormal—check.

Did we mention that we like all the genres?

So, c’mon in. Light some candles, pour a glass of wine…maybe even put on some sexy music.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Review:House of Cards (Porthkennack #4) by Garrett Leigh

House of Cards

Calum Hardy’s life has unravelled. Reeling from the betrayal of a man he once loved, he boards a train heading south, with no real idea where he’s going except a world away from London.

Brix Lusmoore can hardly believe his eyes when he spots one of his oldest friends outside Truro station. He hasn’t seen Calum since he fled the capital himself four years ago, harbouring a life-changing secret. But despite the years of silence, their old bond remains, warm and true—and layered with simmering heat they’ve never forgotten.

Calum takes refuge with Brix and a job at his Porthkennack tattoo shop. Bit by bit, he rebuilds his life, but both men carry the ghosts of the past, and it will take more than a rekindled friendship and the magic of the Cornish coast to chase them away.


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Welcome to Porthkennack, a charming Cornish seaside town with a long and sometimes sinister history. Legend says King Arthur's Black Knight built the fort on the headland here, and it’s a certainty that the town was founded on the proceeds of smuggling, piracy on the high seas, and the deliberate wrecking of cargo ships on the rocky shore. Nowadays it draws in the tourists with sunshine and surfing, but locals know that the ghosts of its Gothic past are never far below the surface.

This collaborative story world is brought to you by five award-winning, best-selling British LGBTQ romance authors: Alex Beecroft, Joanna Chambers, Charlie Cochrane, Garrett Leigh, and JL Merrow. Follow Porthkennack and its inhabitants through the centuries and through the full rainbow spectrum with historical and contemporary stand-alone titles.
  
What I thought about House of Cards

I've been wanting to read Garrett Leigh for some time now (I think I have at least 4 books by this author on my TBR) and so when I had the opportunity to review House of Cards I grabbed it.  As a reader who loves books that make me feel like I've traveled to a new, wonderful place, House of Cards seemed like a very good place to start reading this author. 

Calum runs from his business partner and lover after a devastating betrayal that opens his eyes to just how terrible his ex has treated him over the years.  He's a bit depressed over it all and jumps on a train to it's final destination in Porthkennack. Penniless and homeless, he has no where to go.  That is until a blast from past finds him destitute on a bench outside the train station.

Brix Lussmore spots his old friend Calum at the train station and comes to his aid, offering a place to stay and a job at his tattoo shop. Calum isn't the first person that Brix has rescued as Calum soon finds out. 

"Whatever bought you to Porthkennack, you'll be safe from it here. Brix looks after all of us." 
And it's that fateful meeting at the train station that starts a reconnecting of these two men. There's a good bit of sexual tension as both realize that they have feelings for each other that started years ago back in London. Now that they have a second chance, they'll have to get to a place of trust and love to share their darkest secrets, and that isn't an easy ride. An emergency involving Brix's father helps push them to facing their fears and that's when life gets beautiful.

Both Calum and Brix are learning to live after the circumstances that have brought them to Porthkennack. This is very much of a book about experiencing those hard life-lessons and what happens in the aftermath.  I loved both of these characters. Calum's tendency to get depressed and down on himself was a natural outcome of what he'd been through in his London relationship.  Brix's penchant for helping the less fortunate fit well with his character and background as well.  It all made for a very emotionally realistic romance between Calum and Brix that I loved because it's about learning to live and love again after life kicks you around. 

As a first time reader of Garrett Leigh, I was impressed with some of the lines in House of Cards that hit me just right.  I haven't highlighted so many wonderful passages in a very long time, and I loved that about House of Cards and Garrett Leigh's writing.  I think this was my favorite, a quote from Brix:

"Everything means something if it hurts, Cal. It has to, or we ain't f*cking human."

Definitely enjoyed this friends-to-lovers story. I found I could relate to what these characters were feeling and I absolutely adored the setting for the story. I definitely want to go back to Porthkennack.

An ARC was provided for review.



About the Author

Garrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Fox Love Press.

Garrett's debut novel, Slide, won Best Bisexual Debut at the 2014 Rainbow Book Awards, and her polyamorous novel, Misfits was a finalist in the 2016 LAMBDA awards.

When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible, all the while shouting at her menagerie of children and animals and attempting to tame her unruly and wonderful FOX.

Garrett is also an award winning cover artist, taking the silver medal at the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards in 2016. She designs for various publishing houses and independent authors at blackjazzdesign.com, and co-owns the specialist stock site moonstockphotography.com with photographer Dan Burgess

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

5 ★'s for Illegal Contact (The Barons #1) by Santino Hassell


ILLEGAL CONTACT

Book 1 of THE BARONS

The rules of the game don’t apply off the field in this first Barons novel.

New York Barons tight end Gavin Brawley is suspended from the team and on house arrest after a video of him brawling goes viral. Gavin already has a reputation as a jerk with a temper on and off the field—which doesn’t help him once he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. And while he’s been successful professionally, he’s never been lucky when it comes to love.

Noah Monroe is a recent college grad looking for a job—any job—to pay off his mounting student debt. Working as Gavin’s personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money. But Noah isn’t prepared for the electrifying tension between him and the football player. He’s not sure if he’d rather argue with Gavin or tackle him to the floor. But both men know the score, and neither is sure what will happen once Gavin’s timeout is over…

This book is the first in a new series.



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What I thought about Illegal Contact

In Illegal Contact, Santino Hassell sheds his "gritty" writing for a very thoughtful "falling in love" story between two unlikely but likeable men.

Gavin is a pro football player sentenced to house arrest for punching out some guy. (What he did is integral to the story, so I'm not going to spoil.) He's got some definite anger issues. 

Noah is a social advocate and couldn't be more different than Gavin.  He's short on cash and without a job.  Applying for a job as Gavin's personal assistant is a long shot, but he manages to get the job.

The early tension between Gavin and Noah made me wonder how these two were ever going to get together.  But over the course of a few weeks, Gavin and Noah quietly build a friendship while their attraction for each other grows. There are some circumstances in Noah's past that keeps him from acting upon his more-than-friends feelings toward Gavin, but eventually they just can't stay away from each other.  I loved the slow build to their relationship -- the making out scenes are steamy and made everything about Gavin and Noah's relationship different and interesting. 

The ending chapters brought tears to my eyes and the resolution was just perfect.  I loved everything about this book.  It left me feeling good and wanting more, and as a reader that's what I want from the first book in a series. 

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Author Bio

Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author.

Santino writes queer romance that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Release Day Review & Excerpt:Wicked Wish (Wicked Horse Vegas #2) by Sawyer Bennett



WICKED WISH
The Wicked Horse Vegas – Book 2
By Sawyer Bennet
Release Day August 11


Jorinda Pearce thought she did everything right – graduated from college, married her long-time sweetheart, established a career. But what does she have to show for it now? A degree she doesn’t use, a job she hates, and an ex-husband that broke her heart.

Looking for a long overdue adventure, Jorie takes a walk on the wild side and attends a masquerade event at The Wicked Horse Vegas. It’s exactly the escape she’s looking for, and even better, she can explore anonymously. Drawn to the man masked in black leather with the body of a god, Jorie finds the greatest pleasures of her life at the hands of a stranger.

Walsh Brooks is the most sought after man in The Wicked Horse. Sex is nothing but a game to him and he’s the type that will always leave at the end of the night without looking back. Unfortunately for Walsh, there’s no way he can walk away from the mysterious green-eyed beauty behind the mask of sapphire feathers, because he knows exactly who she is.

Jorie is his best friend’s little sister and there’s not another woman in the world that’s more off limits.

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EXCERPT:
Squaring my shoulders, I march into The Royale and head straight for the concierge desk. I haven’t been in this casino before. Hell, I haven’t been in hardly any of them. Sure, I’d only grown up about forty-five minutes away, but gambling and all-you-can-eat buffets held no interest to me.
From Micah bragging about his best friend over the years, I knew Walsh orchestrated the purchase of the land, then pulled together financing with two other partners to build this casino. It’s one of the most popular on the strip, boasting five-star dining, old-world elegance, and superior customer service. Again, all this from Micah, but honestly… I’m so proud of Walsh, too. We may have lost touch over the years, but I’ll never forget all the ways in which he acted as a big brother to me.
Ick.
Okay… that’s gross. Thinking of Walsh like a brother.
I scrub my mind clean of that thought and demand myself never to do that again.
Rather, I’ll never forget all the ways in which Walsh provided me friendship and support in my formative years.
Yes… much better.
“Can I help you?” a man behind the concierge desk asks with a genuine and friendly smile. Not snooty as I would expect in a fancy hotel, and I guess that goes to the superior customer service The Royale strives for.
“Yes… hi,” I say as I nervously tuck my hair behind my ears on both sides. “I need to see Mr. Brooks. How do I go about getting access to his apartment?”
Micah told me some time ago that Walsh lives here.
The concierge never loses his friendly smile, but a single eyebrow arches high at my temerity.
“Oh, gosh,” I stammer. “That came out stalkerish. Mr. Brooks… I mean, Walsh… and I are longtime friends. He used to babysit me.”
“Your name?” the man asks as he pulls up something on his computer.
“Jorie Pearce.”
After a moment of scanning, he looks up at me. “Your name isn’t on the approved list.”
“Well, he’s not exactly expecting me.”
“I’m sorry, Miss Pearce,” he says with true regret in his voice. “But our policy is strict. No one gets up to the private penthouse without their name on the list.”
I lean on the desk with one elbow and lower my voice. “Just out of curiosity… are there any women on that list?”
The eyebrow shoots up again.
“No, wait,” I say hastily as I hold my palms toward him in a silent plea to not process my last request either mentally or on the computer. “That’s totally stalkerish, and I didn’t mean that.”
“Miss Pearce,” the concierge says, now with a hint of annoyance. “Perhaps you’d like to leave a message? I can get it up to Mr. Brooks today and he can call you.”
“No, I need to see him now,” I tell him firmly. “And I swear it’s not to cook a rabbit in a pot on his stove. Can you please just call up to his apartment?”
“That’s not our policy—”
“Look,” I snap as I lean across the desk slightly. “I’m a lifelong friend of Walsh’s. My brother is his best friend. We lost touch for a few years, but we ran into each other last night. I really need to talk to him about something that happened last night, and I’m not leaving this hotel until you call up to his apartment.”
The eyebrow doesn’t arch but it does draw inward to meet its match on the other side as he considers what I just said.
“I swear to you,” and here I pause to look at his name tag, “Bentley. Please just call him. He won’t be mad.”
With a sigh, he relents and picks up the phone receiver, punching in a five-digit number. After a pause, he says, “Mr. Brooks… I’m very sorry to disturb you, sir, but there’s a Miss Jorie Pearce here to see you. She says she’s a longtime friend.”
I watch as Bentley listens, but I can’t gauge what’s being said as his face remains blank. Finally, he says, “Very good, sir.”
I take this to mean I’ll be getting an escort to the penthouse suite, but Bentley replaces the receiver and says, “I’m sorry, Miss Pearce. But Mr. Walsh told me to tell you he’s busy and can’t receive you right now.”
My eyes narrow at Bentley. “I don’t believe you. Call back and let me talk to him.”
“I assure you, I just talked to him and that’s what he said.”
“Call him back,” I order as I point to the phone.
“I can’t,” he says almost with a wail. “If I do, he’ll fire me.”
Okay, that hits home. I don’t want to get anyone in trouble, so I say, “Fine. Give me just a moment.”
I take a few steps away from the concierge desk and pull my iPhone out. I shoot off a quick text to Micah. What’s Walsh’s phone number?
I wait a few moments, but I know Micah is awake in San Francisco at this hour. His phone is always on, and he never ignores a text from me.
He responds with the number before I can even start to tap my foot with impatience, adding on, Why?
I hate the lie, but I write back, Came to Vegas for the day. Thought I’d see if he could meet up for lunch. Haven’t seen him in years.
Cool, he writes back. Tell him I said, “what’s up, douche?”
I roll my eyes as I text back, Real mature. Love ya. Later.
After I save the number to my contacts, I open a new text to Walsh. Let me up to see you or I’m going straight back to The Wicked Horse to satisfy some further curiosities I have.
I hit send and then walk back to the concierge desk. I merely lean one elbow on it and watch Bentley with a silent smile. The phone rings about ten seconds after that.
Bentley’s eyes fly to mine as he listens, and then says, “Yes, sir. Right away.”
When he replaces the receiver, he says, “I’m to show you to the penthouse elevator.”
“Thank you, Bentley,” I say brightly.


What I thought about Wicked Wish

Jorie's back in Nevada licking her wounds from a failed marriage after her husband asks her to leave. She's also determined to spread her wings sexually and so she goes to the Wicked Horse Las Vegas with her friend.  

Walsh has been a member of the sex club since his divorce, content with one night stands and fun at the club. When he discovers his best friend's sister at the Wicked Horse, it sets these two on a dangerous path of secrets with both Jorie and Walsh needing to reconcile their own feelings in the process.

I really liked this story. Everything just clicked for me from the moment they find each other to the tension-filled ending. I didn't want to put this down. 

As usual with this erotic romance series, there's plenty of sex at the club and elsewhere. And there's a lot of feeling between Jorie and Walsh as well.  It was great to see Walsh realize the depths of his feelings for Jorie.  I also love a story where the break-up takes some time to resolve, and Wicked Wish was just right.

So this was a winner for me. Sweet romance, likable characters and some great emotional content to the writing.

 An ARC was provided for review. 



About the Author

Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions. A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone. Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or a combination of the two.

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