Friday, September 30, 2016

Blood & Marriage by Miss Merikan ~ A Review

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Blood & Marriage (Guns n' Boys, #3.5)Blood & Marriage by Miss Merikan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

While this book is a spin-off of my favorite MM mafia series, it can be read as a standalone. I will say though that it was very interesting seeing the "other side" of what happened when shit hit the fan.

Just like I fell in love in book 1 when in the first chapter, Seth lost an appendage, I believe my words were "THIS is a mafia book". I will say the same for this book. Taking up the ladies side, I imagine this is how it all "really" happens for the daughters of Dons. Being married off to forge bonds between families. Doing what they can for their families the way they were raised to. I think Lu is brave. You may see her as someone weak doing what she's told, but I see strength in her resolve, doing g what she must to protect those she loves the only way she knows how.

I also loved her little defying moments. In the way she'd dress, her wedding dress and her choice of tarts. Even when we see her in the last GnB book with her blue lipstick.

I didn't know what to think of Santo throughout the series, but this book seals the deal for me. I love this character. He's sexy, smart, cunning, & protective. And these two light up the pages. He isn't a sheep to be led and I think he and Lu will make awesome leaders.

I give this book 5*


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Cover Reveal - Riveted by Jay Crownover

Jay Crownover’s RIVETED (Saints of Denver #3) is coming February 14, 2017! Check out the amazing cover and preorder your copy today! #YallNeedChurch #LoveIsStrongerThanFear #Riveted

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes the next installment in the Saints of Denver series.

Everyone else in Dixie Carmichael’s life has made falling in love look easy, and now she is ready for her own chance at some of that happily ever after. Which means she’s done pining for the moody, silent former soldier who works with her at the bar that’s become her home away from home. Nope. No more chasing the hot as heck thundercloud of a man and no more waiting for Mr. Right to find her; she’s going hunting for him...even if she knows her heart is stuck on its stupid infatuation with Dash Churchill.

Denver has always been just a pit stop for Church on his way back to rural Mississippi. It was supposed to be simple, uneventful, but nothing could have prepared him for the bubbly, bouncy redhead with doe eyes and endless curves. Now he knows it’s time to get out of Denver, fast. For a man used to living in the shadows, the idea of spending his days in the sun is nothing short of terrifying.

When Dixie and Church find themselves caught up in a homecoming overshadowed with lies and danger, Dixie realizes that while falling in love is easy, loving takes a whole lot more work…especially when Mr. Right thinks he’s all wrong for you. 

About Jay Crownover:

Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men, The Point, and the Saints of Denver series. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she'll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.  

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Plunge Cover Reveal ~ Tavi Grace

Title: Plunge
Series: Solivagant #1
Author: Carian Cole writing as Tavi Grace
Genre: Dark Romance
Cover Design: Kari Ayasha, Cover to Cover Designs
Release Date: 2016


I tried to killed myself.

And much like everything else in my life, it went wrong.
Terribly wrong.

I woke up dead and broken. But not dead at all.
And not alone.

I want to go back. To the life that no longer seems as hopeless or as horrible as I thought it was. Even back to the man who wasn’t nearly as frightening as the one who’s now slowly inching his way across the room.
Closer to me.

But I can’t go back. The door has been closed. The lock has turned. The key thrown away.

Now there’s just the dark. And the quiet. And the fear. And those eyes.
And that touch.

He made me his angel. He became my God.

And I don’t know if this is heaven or hell.

Author Bio

Tavi Grace is the alter ego of author Carian Cole who wanted to write words that Carian didn’t want to write.

Ms. Grace writes stories about sexy, damaged, and slightly evil men and the women that will inevitably fall under their spell even though they damn well know they shouldn’t. These books will most likely have a few WTF moments and may or may not have a happy ending depending on how much sleep Tavi has gotten.

Tavi is almost half a hundred years old and lives in a house in the woods with a hot guy and a bunch of fuzzy pets that shed non-stop. She has an unhealthy addiction to toasted marshmallow flavored lattes, listens to the TV instead of watches it, and suffers from chronic wordlust.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Release Day Blitz + Review Outsider, Exodus End series by Olivia Cunning

Title: Outsider
Author: Olivia Cunning
Series: Exodus End
Release Date: September 27th 2016


Reagan Elliot should be living her dream...

She’s touring with Exodus End as their new rhythm guitarist and gaining more notoriety and fame than she ever imagined possible.

She’s earned the devoted love of not only one, but two spectacular men. Her committed threesome with sexy guitarist Trey Mills and her hunky bodyguard Ethan Conner is stable, loving, deep, and satisfying for all involved.

But sometimes the world sees things differently and is determined to destroy what it doesn’t understand.

Can Reagan’s relationship with Trey and Ethan survive the cruel backlash of the media, her family, and a bigoted public? Or will the talented musician lose everything she holds dear in the face of her own burgeoning doubts?

Outsider is the second book in the Exodus End World Tour series. It’s also the sequel to Double Time, the fifth book in the Sinners on Tour series.

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Review by Iza
I love the Sinners. I loved Double Time. I loved Trey, Ethan and Reagan. I actually had a soft spot for Ethan. So of course I was excited to read Outsider, sequel to their love story!

I liked this book, but also didn't. Wait, let me explain, so it will make sense to you. If you've read the previous book, you know what happens. Shit hits the fan, tabloids reveal nasty things about Reagan, Trey and Ethan. Reagan is made out to be the slut that breaks Trey's heart because she's cheating on him with her hot bodyguard, Ethan.

Reagan freaks out. Ethan freaks out. Trey just takes it in stride. And that is why in this one, Trey dethroned Ethan for me. Because the first two kind of made it all about themselves. Okay, so Reagan's dad was a sort of dictator that never approved of what Reagan did. Unfortunately, that shit happens to many. Moving along. Ethan's family doesn't know about his sexual orientation. They'd freak about him being gay, but bi? They'd shun him. I kind of sort of got that one, I mean his brothers used to make fun and beat up other kids. Straight-up bullies.

Trey's parents are awesome. I loved the emphasis on it; I loved seeing the interaction between him and Dare. Dare loved his crazy younger brother, no matter what.

So all the drama was around Reagan and Ethan. Especially Reagan. It was a little bit exaggerated, making her sound so selfish and me-me-me. I didn't much care for her, in this one.

But all's well that ends well and both get their heads out of their asses and ta-da! HEA happens!

So, I'm giving it 3.5 - 4 stars - because the Sinners were also in it, and they always give me the feels - and I want to thank the publishers for the copy given in exchange for my honest review. I'm curious about book three - no, it's not Dare's *sigh*

Author Info 

Combining her love for romantic fiction and rock ‘n roll, Olivia Cunning writes erotic romance centered around rock musicians. Raised on hard rock music from the cradle, she attended her first Styx concert at age six and fell instantly in love with live music. She's been known to travel over a thousand miles just to see a favorite band in concert. As a teen, she discovered her second love, romantic fiction -- first, voraciously reading steamy romance novels and then penning her own. Growing up as the daughter of a career soldier, she's lived all over the country and overseas. She recently moved to Galveston, Texas.


Release Blitz & Review - Transfer by Aly Martinez



The Retrieval Duet by Aly Martinez is a two part series.



One story. Two couples.

I fell in love with a man who didn’t exist.

What started out as romance ended in hell.
His words turned to razor blades.
His kisses converted to fists.
His embrace became my cage.
His body transformed into a weapon, stealing parts of me until ultimately….
I broke.

I hated him.
My sole job in life became to protect our daughter.

I wasn’t sure I’d ever escape the prison he’d skillfully crafted from my fears.
Until the day our savior arrived.

This is the story of how I escaped the man who thought he owned me.
The transfer of my life and my family.

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RETRIEVAL is available and brings readers the first part of this emotional second chance romance.   

Transfer picks up right where Retrieval left off. It heavily focuses on Clare’s story but you do get a lot of Roman and Elisabeth in the story as well. I really can’t say anything story related because it will spoil but this was a great conclusion to this duet.
Clare was a strong character and I really felt for all she has been through. I was really glad to see her come out even stronger in the end and seek retribution. I think her hero was exactly what she needed and he was pretty damn great. Alpha, protective, sweet, and 100% committed to seeing her come out the other side after the horrific prison she was in.

This didn’t quite reach five stars for me because of the some of the suspense. Without saying too much I get very frustrated with stories where the alphas have tons of security and they pull out all the stops and it isn’t enough. It starts to make the heroes look silly to me.

I will say one of my favorite parts was Roman and Elisabeth in the movie theatre. You got to see a lighter side of them and they were so cute and fun. And without a doubt the epilogue was fabulous and it put a smile on my face. Bottom line this was a great duet and it continues Aly’s streak and confirms why she is on my auto buy list. The Retrieval Duet should definitely be on your TBR list. It is full of suspense, passion, love, loss, and it was a super-fast paced thrill ride. Great Job!

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Retrieval (Part One):

Meet Aly Martinez
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Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Aly Martinez is a stay-at-home mom to four crazy kids under the age of five, including a set of twins. Currently living in South Carolina, she passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a glass of wine at her side.
After some encouragement from her friends, Aly decided to add “Author” to her ever-growing list of job titles. Five books later, she shows no signs of slowing. So grab a glass of Chardonnay, or a bottle if you’re hanging out with Aly, and join her aboard the crazy train she calls life.

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REVIEW- Neighbors by Stylo Fantome

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Things a good neighbor can do for you:

1. Give you a cup of sugar

2. Let you borrow his lawnmower

3. Water your plants while you're on vacation

4. Make your eyes roll back in your head with his tongue

Katya Tocci has never paid much attention to who lives next door - her career always kept her too busy. She's a good girl, working her way to becoming the most sought after cake designer in all of San Francisco.

But even a good girl's gotta cut loose once in a while, right? So one fake dating profile later, and she's ready to tarnish her squeaky clean image. Little does she know, her fun time is closer to home than she ever imagined.

Throw in a neighbor who wants to corrupt her, and another who just wants to own her, and her entire world is flipped upside down.

Who knew neighbors could be so helpful?


Neighbors is not what I expected it to be, and I’m glad for that, because it was more.  Stylo has a way of drawing you in to a story and keeping you captivated throughout. 

Katya Tocci meets her building neighbor, Liam Edenhoff, after posting a profile on a dating website.  He’s seen her around before, but always thought she was a goody two-shoes type and completely out of his norm.  Katya wants to prove that she is more than meets the eye, and is tired of people assuming things about her.  Katya and Liam have an interesting relationship; it’s more than friends with benefits, but it’s not a romantic relationship.  I find it funny that she can never remember his last name…Edenhasselhoff, Edensomethinghoff, etc… made me giggle every time.

Katya also runs into her childhood neighbor, Wulfric Stone.  He’s demanding, precise and doesn’t mince his words.  Katya has felt a strong attraction to him since she was a teenager, and that rekindles quickly when she meets him again.  He’s not very easy to deal with and she quite often doesn’t understand exactly what she and Wulf are doing together.

Now, before you run away because you think this is a triangle, think again.  While she is “seeing” both of them at the same time, they are both fully aware of it, and neither seems to have a problem with it.  Katya struggles with seeing them both at once, more so from the fear of what others will think of what she is doing.  Katya’s roommate Tori is supportive and a bit funny herself.  She pushes Katya to explore what she really wants and encourages her to go about getting it.

The last few chapters had me worrying my lip, biting my nails and pulling my hair.  I can’t wait to see what happens in the second book!

It was no joke.
Liam had been waiting in the lobby for her at nine o'clock, sharp. Liam Edenhoff – “but everyone calls me Eden” – he'd introduced himself again to her before guiding her out to a taxi he'd had waiting.
She felt a little nauseous. She'd chugged down another half bottle of wine, and some crème de menthe, before heading downstairs to meet him. She'd almost talked herself out of going, but she'd made the mistake of telling her roommate Tori about the whole fiasco. Apparently, Katya owed it to women everywhere (and Tori in particular) to explore this opportunity to its fullest. She'd all but been shoved out the apartment, the door slammed and locked in her face.

“Nervous?” Liam Eden-whatever-his-name-was asked her as the cab slowed to a crawl.
“Nope,” Katya's voice sounded overly loud.
“Liar. Tonight is gonna be an interesting night, angel cake.”
“Stop calling me that.”
“What's your last name?”
“None of your business.”
“Okay then – when the gang bang starts, I'll tell them to call you Katya X.”
She couldn't stop the blush from happening that time. Liam burst out laughing, then soothed the sting by grabbing her hand.
Even when they got out of the cab, he didn't let go of her. Normally, she would've been uncomfortable with a stranger assuming such a familiarity with her, but this time, she was thankful for it. She held onto him tightly as they walked down a crowded street. Then they turned into an alley, and his gang bang joke didn't seem so funny. He led her to a plain door, above which a simple, small, neon sign spelled out “The Garden”. Outside were several small groups of people, chatting and smoking. Some of them called out greetings to him, all of them using his nickname, but a large and scary looking bouncer addressed him very properly.
“Hey, Mr. Edenhoff, wasn't expecting you in tonight. Any problems?”
“Nope, just bringing a friend to show her the place, let her see what I do for a living.”
All the blood was quickly rushing from Katya's limbs, pooling somewhere in her stomach. None of this was a joke. He really did own the place, that much was obvious.
As Liam led her through the door, though, Katya actually felt a surge of confidence. She was still nervous, still more than a little scared, but she was okay with it. Liam seemed like a nice guy, he wasn't going to take her into some dark room and insert foreign objects into her orifices. She could leave whenever she wanted to, whenever it got too uncomfortable. Everything was fine, and for once, she was doing something exciting. She'd een have something interesting to talk about at work the next day.

About the Author:

Crazy woman from a remote location in Alaska (where the need for a creative mind is a necessity!), I have been writing since ... forever? Yeah, that sounds about right. I have been told that I remind people of Lucille Ball - I also see shades of Jennifer Saunders, and Denis Leary. So basically, I laugh a lot, I'm clumsy a lot, and I say the F-word A LOT.

I like dogs more than I like most people, and I don't trust anyone who doesn't drink. No, I do not live in an igloo, and no, the sun does not set for six months out of the year, there's your Alaska lesson for the day. I have mermaid hair - both a curse and a blessing - and most of the time I talk so fast, even I can't understand me.

Yeah. I think that about sums me up.

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