Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Review: Damaged 2 by H. M. Ward

Damaged 2 by HM Ward

Damaged 2 by H. M. Ward




Home isn't supposed to be dangerous, but for Sidney it is. Returning home means that she has to face her past. It's not just the man who hurt Sidney that makes it horrible, but the family that didn't believe her. They were dead to her, but now that her mom is really dying things seem different. It's a chance to set things right.

What Sidney doesn't realize is that she's dragging Peter into a collision course with his past. Peter must deal with the demons haunting him if he wants to move forward with Sidney. He's willing to give up everything for her, even wade deeper into his past life to help her move forward. But, Peter isn't sure if he can get over what happened to him in New York.



5 out of 5 stars

Book two starts immediately where book one ended. I couldn’t put it down because I was immediately pulled back into the intensity and emotion.

This was such a amazing story! I love Sidney and Peter together. There was such a roller coaster of emotion going on. I love that Sydney was strong and unselfish and overcame so much. Peter is such a great character and we got to see a whole other side of him in this story. Their conversations and witty banter and playfulness were so real to me. 

Their tender moments were beautiful written and several times throughout the book my heart was in my throat. Peter and Sidney’s romantic connections to one another were so romantic, sweet, and sensual all rolled into one. I was completely captivated.

Sean and Avery from The Arrangement series are in this book. I think Sean is an interesting, intense character and I’d like to learn more. Peter’s whole family is pretty intriguing actually so at this point anything having to do with the Ferro Brothers I want to get my hands on.

The turmoil that went on and the bit of drama and suspense were perfectly mixed in. Thank goodness for Mr. Turkey. He was a fabulous addition to the book. I’m serious about Mr. Turkey - I was laughing out loud and my family was looking at me like I was crazy!

I loved the ending. I was emotionally all over the place with it because it was so intense but I thought it was the perfect ending.

I am such a fan of H. M. Ward! Excellent author!



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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Review: The Arrangement by H. M. Ward

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The Arrangement by H. M. Ward

Volume 1 in the bestselling Arrangement Serials
Genre: New Adult Romance Series

FML is becoming Avery's motto. Just when she doesn't think things could get any worse, they do. When her car stalls out at a busy intersection and she gets out to check under the hood, a guy steals her car. Armed with a dress and a pair of Chucks, Avery runs after the thief. When a hot stranger offers to help, she can't say no. That's how Avery meets Sean Ferro, the totally sexy, totally damaged guy with more secrets than she has time for.

Avery doesn't have time for anything anymore. Her is life falling apart and it's not just the car. It's everything, and it doesn't matter how tightly she tries to hold on, there's nothing left to hold on to. With the sudden death of her parents, it's only a matter of months until Avery's shot at college is gone, and she's living in a cardboard box. Other students have their families to rely on when things get bad. Avery has no one.

But there's one option, one incredibly sexy, morally devoid, option. If Avery takes a job as a call girl, one guy could save her. One client. One time. She just has to say yes.

Approximately 118 pages, Kindle edition

4 out of 5 stars

I absolutely enjoyed this story. I like the characters Sean and Avery and think they have an interesting attraction one another in the beginning. It was a fun start to the series - the first chapter was an awesome!

I think Avery is a strong girl but she is struggling, and will do whatever it takes to survive because she is on her own. I immediately like her and am rooting for her. Sean is an intriguing character and I can't wait to read more of the series and learn more about him and what his deal is.

This was a short, super quick read (finished in a couple hours) but I'm totally drawn in. I'm not normally one for short stories but I loved Damaged by H. M. Ward (see my review here) and wanted to read something else by her so I gave it a try - I'm hooked!

When it ended I was totally left hanging and wanting more. Since this book is short story in a series I was expecting it, I just wasn't expecting to be so wrapped up so fast. I wish it would have been longer! Thank goodness there are a total of 8 out so far so I wont have to wait long.

An entertaining, quick read!



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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Review: Claim Me (Stark Trilogy #2) by J. Kenner

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Claim Me (Stark Trilogy #2) by J. Kenner


synopsis_thumb[2]For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You comes the second novel in the erotic, fast-paced trilogy that started with Release Me. This sexy, emotionally charged romance continues the story of Damien Stark, the powerful multimillionaire who’s never had to take “no” for an answer, and Nikki Fairchild, the Southern belle who only says “yes” on her own terms.

For Damien, our obsession is a game. For me, it is fiercely, blindingly, real.

Damien Stark’s need is palpable—his need for pleasure, his need for control, his need for me. Beautiful and brilliant yet tortured at his core, he is in every way my match.

I have agreed to be his alone, and now I want him to be fully mine. I want us to possess each other beyond the sweetest edge of our ecstasy, into the deepest desires of our souls. To let the fire that burns between us consume us both.

But there are dark places within Damien that not even our wildest passion can touch. I yearn to know his secrets, yearn for him to surrender to me as I have surrendered to him. But our troubled pasts will either bind us close . . . or shatter us completely.

Release Me is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.



4 out of 5 stars

Excellent book! I was immediately pulled back into Nikki and Damien’s story. I love them as a couple! I couldn’t wait to find out all about Damien’s secrets. The author has a great attention to detail so I was captivated.

Claim Me is book two in the Stark Trilogy and starts where book one left off. I like that throughout the book details from Release Me (book 1) were brought up as a reminder of what had happened, they were weaved in well.

I think Nikki is a strong character but with so much turmoil throughout this story she had a hard time coping but remained strong. I really felt for her but wished she would have been more open with Damien about her feelings. I think Damien was more open in this book but not as forthcoming with the information but he did finally get there. The details of his past do to come to light and it was heartbreaking but just as Nikki thought.

I like that they seem like a normal couple in an extremely hard situation. Damien is protective but not overly controlling and domineering though he does like to be in control. Nikki isn’t internally whiny, I think she has valid concerns. I also loved the fact that she doesn’t push and pester Damien to open up to her, she wants him to do it because he wants to. I thought they were more emotional and in tune with one another in this book and I loved that. It was so obvious how much they loved each other and even though there were intense moments, I thought it was all very romantic in a way too. I love them together!

This book had a good pace. I never felt it was slow, but steady with an even build. I was slightly anxious throughout wanting my questions from book one to be answered. I liked Damien and Nikki’s lighter moments, I thought they were fun and playful. There were LOTS of serious sex scenes… WOW! All my questions from book one were answered and some new ones were introduced as well but I’m sure they’ll be covered in book three. And the last chapter? It just about killed me! I thought it had a great ending and I’m ready for Complete Me (book 3).

Overall, I think this is a great, well written story. I love Nikki and Damien and can’t get enough!



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Monday, July 22, 2013

Review: Beneath This Man (This Man #2) by Jodi Ellen Malpas

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Beneath This Man (This Man #2) by Jodi Ellen Malpas



She knew she was heading towards disaster. Every instinct told her to run, but Jesse Ward was a hard man to escape.

It has been five days’ since Ava O’Shea left Jesse drunk and raging at Lusso – left behind a man who drowned her in his intensity and blindsided her with his touch. Getting over this man was never going to be easy. And now he’s back in her life.

She has questions she needs answering, but her determination to get these answers will give the pleasure-seeking playboy the power to destroy her again. She needs to keep her eyes wide open and caution at the forefront of her mind, an ambitious intention when Jesse Ward is within touching distance. And he plans to be.

He’s dark, he’s broken – Ava knows this, but the only way to find out how dark and how broken is to get beneath the steely exterior of this man.

(Recommended for 18+ due to mature themes and sexual content.)



4 out of 5 stars

Beneath This Man is book 2 in the This Man trilogy and and it starts up right where book 1 left off.

This book was very intense and it had me slightly on edge when I was reading it. Because of Jesse and Ava’s personalities, it’s like a train wreck you can’t look away from because it’s so fantastic even though it is so intense. Excellent story!

I was immediately pulled right back in and I think I held my breath through the first three chapters. I thought it was very emotional because there is so much for Jesse and Ava to work out. I was totally invested from the beginning.

I thought their characters grew some and they were opening up to each other a bit more. I was happy to see Ava finally speaking her mind more and enjoyed the scenes where she’d wind Jesse up slightly. I felt Jesse grew more in this book but he also seemed a lot more alpha-male than in the first book. All the questions I had from book one were answered (and then some!) and lots of new ones were introduced. There’s a book three so I'm hoping those lingering questions will get answered as well (especially the one I have from right at the end). 

I loved that we got more interaction with the other people in this book especially John. He seems like quite the character and I was happy to have more of him and his personality shared. The were more interactions with Sarah also - a character that I did not like at at all in either book. I'm glad that got somewhat sorted out for the most part… I just wanted to strangle her! I want more of Sam and Kate and I really hope their story develops in book three. 

Ava and Jesse are both challenging but seem to be the perfect match in their odd, dysfunctional yet loving ways. There were a few things I didn't see coming and I love that there were unexpected moments like that. There was a scene around the 78% mark that I *LOVED!* So very Jesse! There was another at The Manor towards the end that caught me off guard (it was beyond intense!) but it definitely fit well with the story. 

Totally intense and intriguing story. And yes, there was some seriously scorching sex scenes! I can't wait to see what happens next for Jesse and Ava in This Man Confessed.



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For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You comes the third novel in the erotic, fast-paced trilogy including Release Me and Claim Me. This sexy, emotionally charged romance continues the story of Damien Stark, the powerful multimillionaire who’s never had to take “no” for an answer, and Nikki Fairchild, the Southern belle who only says “yes” on her own terms.

This sexy, emotionally charged romance continues the story of Damien Stark, the powerful multimillionaire who’s never had to take “no” for an answer, and Nikki Fairchild, the Southern belle who only says “yes” on her own terms.

Our desire runs deep. But our secrets cut close. Beautiful, strong, and commanding, Damien Stark fills a void in me that no other man can touch. His fierce cravings push me beyond the brink of bliss—and unleash a wild passion that utterly consumes us both.

Yet beneath his need for dominance, he carries the wounds of a painful past. Haunted by a legacy of dark secrets and broken trust, he seeks release in our shared ecstasy, the  heat between us burning stronger each day.

Our attraction is undeniable, our obsession inevitable. Yet not even Damien can run from his ghosts, or shield us from the dangers yet to come.

Complete Me is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.



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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Review: Release Me (Stark Trilogy #1) by J. Kenner

Release Me by J. Kenner

Release Me (Stark Trilogy #1) by J. Kenner



For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You comes an erotic, emotionally charged romance between a powerful man who’s never heard “no” and a fiery woman who says “yes” on her own terms.

He was the one man I couldn’t avoid. And the one man I couldn’t resist.

Damien Stark could have his way with any woman. He was sexy, confident, and commanding: Anything he wanted, he got. And what he wanted was me.

Our attraction was unmistakable, almost beyond control, but as much as I ached to be his, I feared the pressures of his demands. Submitting to Damien meant I had to bare the darkest truth about my past—and risk breaking us apart.

But Damien was haunted, too. And as our passion came to obsess us both, his secrets threatened to destroy him—and us—forever.

Release Me is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.



4 out of 5 stars

I loved the chemistry between Damien and Nikki! An excellent story that pulled me in!

I thought the first chapter was very telling about Nikki Fairchild and what kind of issues she has and it had me immediately interested. Damien Stark is a sexy, intriguing, confident, and in control man. They have a fantastic connection. How much he wants her is undeniable and they have excellent chemistry with one another. They both seem to be wearing a mask which makes for a great story because those layers are going to unfold (and oh man do they!). I enjoyed their interactions, there's a bit of playfulness and some serious hotness. And oh my - one heck of a car ride!

Even though Nikki has her secrets I think she’s a strong woman. When she reveals those secrets to Damien it was so emotionally charged and intense. Damian was so incredibly sweet and loving. It was an extremely tense and beautiful scene.

I think the story moves along nicely and things unfold at a steady pace. I feel this book is more about Nikki than Damien. I found myself wanting to know more about his story, past, and what his secrets are. Some of his past is talked about and his secrets are hinted at in this book but not fully revealed but I think a lot can be deduced. Release Me is book 1 in The Stark Trilogy so I know there is more Damien to come and I can’t wait!

This was my second time reading this book and I was just as hooked as I was the first time around. Damien and Nikki’s interactions are great and they have such a pull on one another and I was completely drawn in. There are some gripping sex scenes as well as some really loving ones. It’s so heartfelt how Damien wants to take care of her and cherish her. I love them together!

There’s a bit of mystery and intrigue throughout and it keeps you wanting more. I think Release Me was a great start to The Stark Trilogy and I will definitely keep reading. I must have more Damien!

(Originally read May 16-13, 2013. Reread July 14-17, 2013)



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Release Me (book 1) | Claim Me (book 2) | Complete Me (book 3)




Saturday, July 13, 2013

Review: This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas

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This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas


Young interior designer Ava O’Shea has an appointment for a first consultation at The Manor with the owner, Mr. Jesse Ward. She is expecting nothing more than an overweight, cravat wearing, well-to-do countryman, and on arrival, nothing would suggest otherwise. How wrong could she be? This Man is devastatingly handsome, charming and confident. He is also a conceited, hedonistic playboy, who knows no boundaries. Ava desperately does not want to be attracted to him, but she can’t control the overwhelming affect he has on her. Every instinct is telling her to run, so she does, but Jesse Ward is not so willing to let her go. He wants her and is determined to have her. She knows she is heading for heartbreak, but how can she run when he won’t let her?

(Recommended for 18+ due to mature themes and sexual content.)



4 out of 5 stars

This Man. This book. WOW! I don’t even know where to start but I was completely drawn in from the beginning and enjoyed it all.

Jesse is arrogant, confident, and bold. Definitely a man that knows what he wants. Ava is completely enamored with him and caught up with everything and has a hard time resisting him. I thought they had an interesting first meeting. There was a lot of chemistry between the two and I was anxious for what was to come.

I enjoyed the up and downs throughout the book and the pull they had on one another. It was VERY intense. It actually made me slightly on edge because I was so caught up in everything. I just wanted Ava to tell Jesse what she was feeling and open up. She had lots of internal battles about what was going on with the two of them and how she felt. That being said, I wanted to know why Jesse was such a controlling bulldozer of a man. I was completely fascinated by he possessive, alpha male-ness.

As for the hotness – Holy Sexcapades Batman! The pull these two have towards one another is immense! I don’t even know what else to say but WOW! This is definitely a grown up book.

I was left with a TON of questions when the story was over. I also think I verbally yelled, “No! That can’t be it!” at the end (oh my heart!). However, this is book one of three so I am confident that all my questions will be answered. I will absolutely continue on with the rest of the books because I feel completely invested and I have to know more. I want answers! I actually feel like this first book was laid out extremely well since it is part one of a trilogy. It completely draws you in. 

Overall I felt there was a nice progression throughout the book. I’m definitely curious about the other characters and want to learn more about their stories. The lack of communication between Jesse and Ava killed me but that’s part of who they are. I can’t wait to find out more about Jesse’s back story and learn why he is the way he is. I want more Jesse! It was nice to see Ava being slightly more assertive at the end and Jesse listening to her more. Progress! It’s a dysfunctional love story and I loved it!

I have to say that I loved Ava’s bold moments when she’s slightly winding Jesse up. I found it highly entertaining. When there is playfulness between the two of them I think it really shows who they are and gives hope for what could be.

I was completely invested. I did think it was slightly long, one up and down to many. I was so hooked though, I didn’t care. I thought the characters were that great. The English terminology and certain words threw me off but honestly, I was so caught up in the story that I just went with it.

Can’t wait to read the next two books! I’m hooked. I want more. Fantastically addicting story!

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.



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This Man (book 1) | Beneath This Man (book 2) | This Man Confessed (book 3)




Saturday, July 6, 2013

Review: Little Red by Trista Jaszczak

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Little Red (The Believe Series #1) by Trista Jaszczak



Fall back in love with fairy tales with, Little Red, the first installment of “The Believe Series” by Trista Jaszczak.

Ride along with Sam Wentworth through the winding back roads of Louisiana, on a desperate escape from her past. Where she falls into the arms of the unlikely and sometimes unwilling hero, Ethan Parker. When circumstances and fate seal the two together, entangling them with his 6 older brothers, feuding families and old bayou magic can Ethan put aside everything he has ever known to keep Sam safe from the dangers their lives and their love poses. Can he keep her safe from himself.



2 out of 5 stars

This book had an interesting concept, replaying a version of a modern day fairy tale but it was just okay for me and I never felt truly engaged.

The book jumps right into the story with only a little build up and then there is a lot going on throughout. Parts felt drawn out, and at times, a bit choppy. I tried to accept it as-is, knowing it was a fairy tale, but I never felt truly connected.

The two main characters were Red (Sam) and Ethan. Red doesn’t seem very strong to me, mostly overwhelmed, which I get considering her situation and background. I liked Ethan for the most part but at times there were internal battles with him and I just wanted to shake my head and say enough already. I did enjoy Ethan’s brothers. They were all very sweet and I liked them because they cared unconditionally for Ethan and Red and would do anything for them.

In the end it picked up and there was some drama. I enjoyed that but it wrapped up quickly, I wanted more. I like how the connection to the fairy tale was explained in the epilogue. I was happy that Red and Ethan got their happily ever after. After everything that happened, I wanted that for them.

Overall, I thought Little Red was just aright. I was curious enough about the characters to finish the story because I wanted to see how it played out.

Book received from author in exchange for an honest review.



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