Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Forbidden by Elisabeth Naughton

Series: House of Sin book 1
Release Date: April 24th, 2018

♥ ♥ ♥ ½ I find it hard to write this review, as I am left with mixed emotions, and I don’t want to give away spoilers. The author’s writing is fantastic and honestly, that was the major reason I kept reading. I have to add though, whenever there was talk of a “punishment,” I felt that part was sorta cheesy, and didn’t seem like Naughton’s writing style at all. Thankfully there were not too many of these moments.

The characters are fully developed, which I love, as I feel I know them well enough, that when things seem out of the ordinary for them, I end up questioning it. Halfway in, the content and plot line, made me put the book down and leave it for a while. I started to dislike both the main characters, this was just a personal opinion and due to my aversion to someone having to be in control of someone else in a relationship, and the other person allowing it. Once I got over myself and picked the book back up, I was glad I did, as there was superb suspense in the last quarter of the book, which was awesome!
Luc and Natalie - Honestly, they have great chemistry together. Do I wish that she would continue to stand her ground and not let Luc excuse away his behaviour?.. Yes. Do I wish that he would respect her wishes, and not demean her?.. Yes.  Do I think that if these things changed in the book, would the story be just as good?.. I don’t know, it would be a different story then and perhaps wouldn’t fit the plot as well.. so I can see the point to some of it, but as sadly there is a cliffhanger!!!!.. Ugh..  I don’t know what is going to happen, I have to assume, it all has a purpose, though at this moment, I don’t see how Luc will earn my trust back enough for me to feel it is ok for Natalie to have an HEA with him. I have faith, even though this is a new direction for this author, and is not one I would normally seek out. Naughton has never let me down, so I can’t wait to see how she wins me back! I bet it will be epic.

*Arc provided in exchange for an honest review*

The Blurb:

From New York Times Bestselling and RITA Award-winning author Elisabeth Naughton, the first book in the House of Sin Series.

She has no idea what lurks behind the forbidden doors of the House of Sin...

He is temptation. Forbidden fruit. A craving I can’t seem to resist.

I went after him in search of answers, certain he had blood on his hands. Now I’ve fallen prey to his seductive looks and commanding charisma.

I know he is a threat. He's entwined in a dangerous world I don't understand. But even that doesn’t stop me from aching for his touch, for the taste of his wicked lips.

Before I can truly surrender to the fire smoldering between us, I need to know more. I have to see behind the doors he keeps firmly locked.

I need to discover what he's hiding in the shadowy world known as the House of Sin...

This book is very sexy, very dark, and very addictive! Features a mysterious hero with a dangerous secret. This is a big story that can't be told in only one book so there is a cliffhanger - but never fear, book two releases three weeks later. The release schedule is as follows:

Books in the House of Sin Series:
FORBIDDEN -- Book 1 -- April 24, 2018
DECEIVED -- Book 2 -- May 15, 2018
UNDONE -- Book 3 - June 5, 2018

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Protected by Elisabeth Naughton

Series: Deadly Secrets book 3

RELEASE DATE: March 20, 2018

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½ I quite enjoyed this book. The suspense was great, and had me guessing at a few different options. The romance was sweet and sexy and I think it was a good follow up to the others in the series.

Kelsey and Hunter had wonderful chemistry. I felt the author dealt with Kelsey’s background issues well, which made the way Kelsey handled situations more realistic and not crazily overblown. Hunter was protective, but not so over the top “alpha”, that I wanted to rip my eyes out.  Also, I liked the little nod to Darcy Burke and her character Alaina Pierce. Took me a few mins to remember where I read about her.  

Every time I start a book by Naughton, it feels comforting. Her writing is easy and clear that it doesn't feel like I am reading at all. The dialogue and situations are simple and feel real, and I love the best friend's sister plot. It’s one of my favourites.

*Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*   

The Blurb:

A passion to live for—and to die for—in the RITA-winning series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Elisabeth Naughton.
Up-and-coming designer Kelsey McClane is on the cusp of success. Recently divorced, she should be enjoying her newfound freedom and glamorous future. Instead, she’s living in fear of the past. When she returns home to Portland on a press tour, danger creeps closer than ever. As threatening messages from her bitter ex-husband leave her vulnerable, a new man in her life makes her feel protected.

Former Army Ranger turned security professional Hunter O’Donnell is hired to guard Kelsey. When a shattering explosion rocks her world, Kelsey’s ex is the prime suspect, but Hunter speculates there’s more to the situation than Kelsey’s letting on. Intent on keeping her safe, he delves into Kelsey’s past. As the two work together to unmask her stalker’s identity, a fire ignites between them that they both struggle to contain.

While the investigation proceeds, it draws them closer not only to each other but also to a lethal plot that’s been in the works behind their backs. And with each new secret unveiled, it’s not just temptation putting them at risk—it’s a madman who will not stop until Kelsey is dead.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Duchess of Love (A Prequel) by Sally MacKenzie (Audiobook)

Narrated by: Abby Craden
Series: Duchess of Love book 0.5

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ This was a super short, sweet story. Venus and Drew had a wonderfully fun “meet-cute”, along with great chemistry. The writing was easy and humourous, which makes me hope the rest of the series will be equally as good.  The summary for this story did a good job in drawing me in.

The narrator did a fine job. Had a variety of voices for characters. I would listen to her again.

The Blurb:

A Duke In Disguise. . .

The day was as hot as the pond was inviting. It's not as if anyone in Little Huffington was going to happen upon a secluded vale on the Duke of Greycliffe's lands. And Venus Collingswood didn't want to get her shift all wet. It was the perfect setting in which to plan her lovely bookworm of a sister's betrothal to the mysterious new duke arriving seven days hence. If only she had a suitable accomplice. . .

Andrew Valentine, Duke of Greycliffe, never thought arriving at his own household a week early would cause so much trouble. The housekeeper thinks he's his own cousin. Actually, the chance to not be the duke for a while is a pleasant opportunity indeed. It might even help him interrogate the delectable little nymph he's discovered swimming in his pond--if he can manage to get a word in edgewise. . .

Thursday, February 15, 2018

xo, Zach by Kendall Ryan (Audiobook)

Narrated by Sebastian York and Andi Arndt

3 Stars - This book was pretty good. I liked the premise, however from the summary I was hoping for more letters/poems than there was.  Zach and Poppy had good banter between each other and the story moved along nicely.

Both narrators did a wonderful job as usual.

The Blurb:

The first time we met was at a party. 

Your ex arrived to show off the person he'd left you for last month, and you asked me to pretend to be your date. 

I was more than happy to help. You were attractive, smart and witty--and that kiss we shared? It left me wanting you for days. 

The second time we met was in my office on campus where we were both surprised to discover you were the new master’s degree student in poetry that I would be working with. You promised to be professional. I did no such thing.

The late nights and intense study sessions spent alongside you majorly throw me off my game. I want you, and I fight with myself daily over this fact. 

I know I'm crass, that my sexual innuendos and dirty mouth annoy you, but I live for those two bright spots of color in your cheeks. If that's the only reaction I can get out of you, I'll gladly take it. 

You hate Mondays so every Monday I slip an anonymous poem into your bag and your smile gets me through the week.

I think I'm falling for you, and I know it's wrong. I know that I'm only supposed to be the adviser to your program and nothing more, but here's the thing. I think you're falling for me too.

xo, Zach

Monday, February 12, 2018

Irreplaceable by Angela Graham (Audiobook)

Narrated by Xe Sands

Series: Harmony book 2

2 Stars - I was disappointed in this book. I truly enjoyed the first, and I think the author had good intentions to try and draw it out in 3 books.. (yes this book also has cliffhanger of sorts) but for me it fell flat and I lost interest.

Cassandra’s lack of confidence that Logan could love her even though he works hard to show her how he feels, frustrated me.  I missed the fun flirtiness of the first book. This seemed to be more of Logan sort grovelling or trying extra hard to be there to gain back her trust.- Cassandra should either trust him or not.

I am not going to read the third book. Personally, I think all of this could have been accomplished in one book, and it would have been a great book! That said, I do see many great reviews for this story, (for all 3 books actually) so perhaps I am just someone who isn't into one couple's story that span more than one book. I like a book to have a beginning middle and a firm ending. If you like those drawn out romances, I bet you would enjoy this one.

Xe Sands did a wonderful job narrating.

The Blurb:
It wasn't his fault she lay broken and battered. He wasn't responsible for the injuries covering her bruised body. Her heart, however, told a different story. She endured the pain of its jagged edges as it shattered against her chest, ripping through the hope she once held. Her spirit was broken, and only one man was to blame for that. Cassandra Clarke had known better than to trust her all to a man like Logan West. She'd thought he was different-a better man than he'd portrayed to others. A man worth risking it all for. But she was wrong and would never make that mistake again. Faced with Logan's persistence, Cassandra must find the strength to keep her guard up or risk falling again for the one man her body feels is . . . irreplaceable.Contains mature themes.

Friday, February 09, 2018

Inevitable by Angela Graham (Audiobook)

Narrated by Xe Sands
Series: Harmony book 1

4.5 Stars - I picked up this book solely because of 2 things.. it was a romance and it was narrated by Xe Sands.  I haven't heard about this author before and I was quite enjoying it until boom!  CLIFFHANGER!!! What?!?!? Ugh...  I hate cliffhangers. Now thankfully this book was written in 2013.. so I currently have the next audiobook downloading as I type this. But wow, seriously did not see that coming - this is where an actual paperback type book sorta warns you… you know, with the lack of pages left… lol

Anyway, back to my review. This book has lots of flirty moments, it's a slow burn kinda book, lots of wishing and wanting and almosts.. which have built the tension nicely. I like both Logan and Cassandra and they are fun together. Oliver is a nice addition and offers a little more to each character in how they interact with him.  There are some intense moments, some sweet, some not so much. I have paused in what I was doing more than once to just listen, as I watch the scene unfold in my mind.  

So Yes, Still enjoying it.. and now as the download is complete.. I am off to listen to book 2! As always Xe Sands does a great job. She is one of my favourites!!

The Blurb:

After experiencing a humiliating breakup, twenty-two-year-old Cassandra Clarke is fresh out of college and living a simple solitary life without any intentions of pursuing love anytime soon.

When the estate next door sells, the last thing Cassandra expects is the unnerving attraction she feels for her sinfully handsome neighbor, Logan West, the young and charming single father with a playboy reputation.

It’s through Oliver, Logan’s four-year-old son, who keeps popping up in her childhood tree house, that she slowly begins to catch glimpses of the compassionate and wounded man Logan has hidden beneath his strong exterior.

Cassandra knows it's wrong and that she's heading for another heartbreak. 
Logan will never be able to give her what she wants…love.

Well Hung by Lauren Blakely (Audiobook)

Narrated by Sebastian York
Series: Big Rock book 3

4.5 Stars - I found this book quite enjoyable. Typical Lauren Blakely, good wit, sweet sentiment, and fantastic chemistry. Just what I was looking for!

As always Sebastian York was a wonderful narrator.

The Blurb:

From the NYT bestselling author of Mister O, comes a hot and hilarious new standalone.
Here's what you need to know about me - I'm well-off, well-hung, and quick with a joke. Women like a guy who makes them laugh - and I don't mean at the size of his you-know-what. No, they want their funny with a side of huge, not to mention loyal. I've got all that plus a big bank account, thanks to my booming construction business. Yup. I know how to use all my tools.
Enter Natalie. Hot, sexy, smart, and my new assistant. Which makes her totally off limits...Hey, I'm a good guy. Really. I do my best to stay far away from the kind of temptation she brings to work. Until one night in Vegas...Yeah, you've heard this one before. Bad news on the business front, drowning our sorrows in a few too many Harvey Wallbangers, and then I'm banging her. In my hotel room. In her hotel room. Behind the Titanic slot machine at the Flamingo (don't ask). And before I can make her say "Oh God, right there, YES!" one more time, we're both saying yes - the big yes - at a roadside chapel in front of a guy in press-on sideburns and a shiny gold leisure suit.
But it turns out what happened in Vegas didn't stay in Vegas. And now my dick doesn't stay in my pants when she's around. But the more we try to keep our hands to ourselves, the more we end up naked again, and the more time I want to spend with her fully clothed, too. The question is...do I take this woman to be my ex-wife?