Jennifer’s Review: Stormswept by @SabrinaJeffries

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Series: Wales #1
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Sabrina Jeffries
Release Date: June 28, 2016add-to-goodreads-button-2

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New York Times bestseller Sabrina Jeffries reignites a daring love affair in this intriguing tale of desire and deception—originally written as Deborah Martin and newly revised for today’s audience.

The first wedding night that Lady Juliana St. Albans spent with the dark and daring Rhys Vaughan was intoxicating, the heady culmination of her new husband’s driving hunger and her own awakened sensuality. When he mysteriously disappeared the next morning, she waited for him in hope and desperation. And when he was finally proclaimed dead in a shipwreck, she bitterly mourned the loss of her love.

The second wedding night that Juliana spent with Rhys Vaughan was six years later, after he returned to claim her just as she was about to wed another. This Rhys was different—bolder, harder, and convinced that she’d betrayed him. Only their blazing passion remains from their years apart. But is it enough to light their way through the maze of mystery, menace, and mistrust—to the love they once shared and would have to find again?

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…how did one comfort a wounded beast who bit anyone who ventured near?

My Rhys:

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My Juliana:

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Part 1:

This book is in 2 parts. The first part is ALL THE SWOONS. It is the beginning of the relationship between Rhys and Juliana. It is a little bit of a romeo-and-juliet story. Juliana is the daughter of a nobleman, the man who stole Rhys’s birthright and home. Rhys and Juliana both share a love of all things Welsh, determined to keep the language and culture alive. I really enjoyed the Welsh poetry in this book.

Rhys and Juliana fall in love, but they cannot be together, so they run away to marry in secret. Juliana’s brother (I want to slaughter him!) lies to both Juliana and Rhys to pull them apart and sends Rhys away to the military. He is forever changed.
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”I’ve heard life of a man-of-war is horrible.”

“Aye,” he clipped out. “And after a while you start to hate anyone and anything that put you there.”

Her anger had dimmed, but the hurt burned even brighter. “Even your ‘true love’?”

He closed his eyes against the accusation in her voice. “Especially your true love, if you think she betrayed you.”

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The 2nd part of this book is 6 years later, when Rhys comes back to regain his birthright, home, and wife. His experience in the military was not a good one at all, so he is hardened on the inside an out. I loved this darker side of him. He is determined to punish Juliana for “lying” to him, but there is a constant struggle inside himself to believe her and love her.
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”But the truth is, I simply refuse to give you the pleasure of being free of me.”

To his surprise, she met his gaze boldly. “That works both ways, dear husband. I may not be free, but neither are you.”
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He stared into her flashing eyes, wondering if she’d always been this stubborn. Or this achingly beautiful.

“Then it’s hell we’ll be headed for, Juliana. Because this time you won’t escape our marriage.”

à la Mode St. » fashionThe ANGST in this book! DELICIOUS! I am usually not a fan of all the angst. I don’t mind emotional books, but I prefer humor in the midst of all the emotion. This book had me sinking in all the FEELS.

This book is a constant struggle of trust. Rhys continuously struggles to trust Juliana from the beginning all the way to the end, and it is heart-breaking. I felt so much from Juliana as she tries to get her husband to trust her over and over again. Juliana has a spine of steel and the biggest heart for her true love.

I loved the supporting characters in this book too. They was an additional love story that makes the book all the more sweeter and perfect.

Jennifer’s Review: Dark Mafia Prince by Annika Martin

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Series: A Dangerous Royals Romance #1
Genre: Dark Romance
Author: Annika Martin
Release Date: June 28, 2016add-to-goodreads-button-2

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THE WAY HE USES ME IS PRIMITIVE. DEMEANING. AND ALL I CAN THINK IS, DON’T STOP!
*A Dangerous Royals romance with a standalone romance HEA!*

Aleksio
Don’t look at me like that. So trusting.
Like you think I’m not a monster.
Like I won’t wrap your hair in my fist and bend you to my will.
Like I won’t sacrifice you, piece by piece, to save my brother.
I’m the most dangerous enemy you’ll ever have because every time you look at me, you see somebody good. That friend who died.
And when you look at me like that, I die again.

Mira
I spent years making myself invisible.
A good girl, apart from the noise.
Then you came back, beautiful and deadly in your Armani suit.
Don’t look at me like you still know me, you say.
But I remember your smile and those sunny days.
Before they lowered your small casket into the ground.
Before they told us the prince was dead.

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4 “Sleeping King” Stars!!!

Three brothers. Mmmm. My kinda series.

“the suits, the codes, cufflinks just so. The sleeping king…”

One brother is missing. Aleksio and Viktor are on a war path to rain down hell onto the leading mafia king to find their brother. Aleksio is determined to reunite his family and take over his empire.

My Aleksio:

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Aleksio’s love is the dangerous kind of love that breaks all the rules. It’s him killing and kidnapping as he goes after his brother. It’s him pulling my hair and shoving his cock in my mouth. I shouldn’t think it’s beautiful.

My Mira:

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Mira is the daughter of the leading mafia king. Aleksio and Mira knew each other when they were kids, both children of mafia kings. Mira believes Aleksio to be dead, but she soon finds out that her own father is not what he seems. Aleksio kidnaps Mira (I LOVE kidnapping stories!), and holds her ransom in order to get information about his missing brother.

The story leads to many places to find the missing brother. At the same time, Aleksio and Mira grow closer to together. They are so hot together, and I love how Aleksio is with her. Dirty Talker = No Panties. Yes, please.

The way he uses me is violent. Primitive. Demeaning. And all I can think is, don’t stop.

7246821I am a sucker for mafia romance, but this book is more than just romance. It’s a story. I love books that tell a story in addition to the romance. Why do I love mafia romance so much?! Probably because there is almost always a guaranteed alpha, and Aleksio did not disappoint in this one.

This book had my attention from start to finish. It was an easy, quick read that I didn’t want to end. Thankfully, it continues in the next book in the trilogy. Viktor, here I come!


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Jennifer’s Review: A Week To Be Wicked by Tessa Dare

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Series: Spindle Cove #2
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Tessa Dare
Release Date: March 27, 2012add-to-goodreads-button-2

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When a devilish lord and a bluestocking set off on the road to ruin…Time is not on their side.

Minerva Highwood, one of Spindle Cove’s confirmed spinsters, needs to be in Scotland. Colin Sandhurst, Lord Payne, a rake of the first order, needs to be…anywhere but Spindle Cove.

These unlikely partners have one week to

• fake an elopement
• convince family and friends they’re in “love”
• outrun armed robbers
• survive their worst nightmares
• travel four hundred miles without killing each other

All while sharing a very small carriage by day and an even smaller bed by night.

What they don’t have time for is their growing attraction. Much less wild passion. And heaven forbid they spend precious hours baring their hearts and souls.

Suddenly one week seems like exactly enough time to find a world of trouble. And maybe . . . just maybe . . . love.

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Review-DGR5 stars

“FOR-THE-LOVE-OF-TITS” 

I’m in love with this book!!!
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I’m giggling like…a nerd!!!
Nerd Words Are Sexy!!!

And the way you pronounce all those polysyllabic words? Makes me rock hard, every time.


This book was MADE…FOR…ME. I’m a huge nerd, ladies. I’m obsessed with books (duh). I love math. I loved school and still love learning.
This book starts on page 1 and doesn’t stop until the last word. This story is full of adventure and imagination. It’s sexy, hilarious, and fast-paced. There isn’t a dull moment!!!

Colin and Minerva strike a deal. If he helps her journey to her geology symposium, she will marry him (temporarily) so he can receive the money for his birthright. Most of the story is their journey to Edinburgh. They are constantly pretending to be other people, and it is hilarious! Their relationship in the beginning is beyond entertaining. They are constantly bantering back and forth (Colin is always calling her by the wrong name, and I laughed every time!).

I didn’t recognize your face without the book in front of it.

Colin is a “jack of all trades.” He is funny, dry, sexy, witty…perfection. He is a spoiled rich guy on the outside, but very intelligent because he can maneuver through many different adventures.

My Colin:

“You are the most deceitful, horrid, shameless, contemptible man I have ever had the displeasure to know. How do you sleep at night?” His reply came just as she banged the door closed. “I don’t.”

Josh klossMinerva is a BADASS NERD….and one of my favorite historical heroines!!! She is a female geologist (studies rocks) who is determined to become recognized. She has discovered a rare fossil and because she is passionate about what she does, she wants the world to know about it.

My Minerva:

“I’m a woman who knows a great deal about rocks. I suggest you find the stones to deal with it.”

want: good square-ish glassesMin and Colin are perfect for each other! There is so much laughing in this book, and yet there is also so much tenderness. When Min and Colin fall in love, it is so beautiful!!!!! I didn’t expect my heart to stutter so much.

Certainty becomes you.

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The story doesn’t end with defeat. It ends in triumph.

 This is my first Tessa Dare book, and I am sold for life. She does a fabulous teaser for the next book, and I am super excited to read it!
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THE SPINDLE COVE SERIES

A NIGHT TO SURRENDER (bk 1)
ONCE UPON A WINTER’S DARE (bk 1.5)
A WEEK TO BE WICKED (bk 2)
A LADY BY MIDNIGHT (bk 3)
BEAUTY AND THE BLACKSMITH (bk 3.5)
ANY DUCHESS WILL DO (bk 4)
LORD DASHWOOD MISSED OUT  (bk 4.5)
DO YOU WANT TO START A SCANDAL (bk 5)

Jennifer’s Top Fave & Review: Wicked Sexy by @JTGeissinger

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Series: Wicked Games #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: J.T. Geissinger
Release Date: July 19, 2016add-to-goodreads-button-2

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A badass ex-Special Ops officer and a smartass hacker fight a dangerous enemy…and a blistering attraction to each other.

Connor Hughes is an ex-special ops officer, CEO of Metrix Security, and bonafide badass. His private security firm is renowned for its effectiveness. He’s renowned for his lethal precision and iron self-control. But when the former Marine meets a gorgeous young hacker with a mouth as smart as her brain, his control unravels in ways he never could have predicted.

Tabitha West is a genius MIT dropout with a bad attitude, an obsession with Hello Kitty and piercings in unmentionable places. Tabby amuses herself by outwitting the most secure technology systems on the planet. Known in hacker circles as Polaroid due to her photographic memory, she’s as secretive as she is accustomed to working alone. So when Connor decides she’s the only one who can help him catch a cyber criminal intent on taking down one of his clients, she tells him exactly where he can stick it.

But when the cyber criminal turns out to be the Hannibal Lecter of computer crime—and a dark presence from Tabby’s past—Tabby and Connor are drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse. They quickly find themselves fighting not only their common enemy, but also an explosive desire that threatens to consume them.

When the stakes are this high and the game this deadly, will falling in love be the most dangerous move of all?

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Review-DGR5 stars

5,000 “Loathe” Stars!!!!!

Book…..….of………the………Year.

Yep….I said it, people.

”A real hero would teach the princess how to save herself.”

I DEVOURED this book, licking my fingers at the very end, it was so delicious. I didn’t want to leave. I didn’t want it to end. I just wanted to sink into this book and never come out. I’ve never read a story like this. And isn’t that what every reader wants? This book has everything you could ever ask for. I wish I had ALL THE WORDS to describe this book. It’s just EVERYTHING!

And it’s smart! Everyone in this book is a genius, literally. The dialogue was so much fun and witty. We’ve got crazy geniuses, and funny geniuses, and scary geniuses, and sexy-hot geniuses!

My Connor:

My Tabby:

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Connor and Tabby do not like each other. They have a bit of a history. Connor loves to bait Tabitha, but Tabitha is always on top of her game and gives Connor her spit-fire tongue-lashing at every turn. I loved every single word between these two. Their relationship drips with sarcasm and perfection.
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“God, why do you hate me? Seriously, what have I done to offend you so deeply that you’d burden me with this ridiculous—“
“Ahem. Heroic,” Connor interrupts.
“—egomaniacal—“
“Brilliant.”
“—delusional—“
“And yet somehow always right.”
“—insufferable, asinine, jockstrap of a man?”

à la Mode St. » fashionConnor requests Tabby’s hacker services to assist with one of his clients. After some convincing (super-hot-convincing times), Tabby agrees, but the story takes an unexpected turn that I did not see coming at all. Tabby has a past that is dark and scary, and Connor is the type of hero who will murder for her.

“Love your tears, princess, ‘cause I know you’d never give them to anyone but me,” he murmurs into my ear.

J.T. writes some badass motherfuckers, and I’m not talking about the guys (although they are pretty badass too). The HEROINE in this book!!!! TABBY! Total girl-crush going on over here. I want to BE her, from her hello kitty watch to her dirty, badass mouth….everything. She has had a shit-load of life handed to her, but she is strong as steel. She has learned to hack her way into protecting herself and her heart. Tabitha is a genius hacker. She is just so….cool! I want to be Tabby when I grow up.

“Is that a Hello Kitty watch she’s wearing?” I turn and glare at him, my hands curled to fists, “Yeah, motherfucker, it is. And in two seconds it’s going to be telling the time inside your colon.”

Connor. Aka Jarhead. I need him. I need his words. I need his body. I need his devotion. I need his dirty mouth the most.

“…even if you just laid here snoring while I made love to you it would be the best sex of my entire life because it’s with you. Now I’m going to get you naked and eat your pussy like it’s the last supper and you don’t have to do anything but enjoy it, do you understand me?”

à la Mode St. » fashionLet me talk about ALL THE FEELS in this book. I was so pleasantly surprised by how much I felt. Even with all the humor and sarcasm, this story pulled at my heart strings. I cannot say much about this part of the book without spoilers, but I will say that it was raw and gritty and beautiful. Only to turn around and swoon me to death in the end.

The beauty of J.T.’s books is the strong women, followed by a strong man, who sees the vulnerable parts of her and refuses to back down from the walls that she has built. Connor is the ying to Tabby’s yang. They push each other and pull each other and I was caught up in them for the whole ride.
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My sweet, vicious, passionate, distant, marvelous, maddening riddle. If she’d let me, I’d spend a lifetime trying to figure her out.

à la Mode St. » fashionI CANNOT WAIT to see what J.T. writes next. I am anxiously waiting for her next book!


WICKED BEAUTIFUL (Wicked Games #2)
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Jennifer’s Review: Wicked Beautiful by J.T. Geissinger

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Series: Wicked Games #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: J.T. Geissinger
Release Date: July 12, 2016add-to-goodreads-button-2

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A ruthless businesswoman and the playboy who dumped her long ago find themselves embroiled in a high stakes game of love, lies and revenge.

Life coach and best-selling author Victoria Price has it all: a successful career, fabulous friends, a fantastic penthouse in Manhattan. What she doesn’t have—and doesn’t want—is a husband. Fifteen years ago her high school flame broke her heart so badly she swore she’d never love again. Now she makes millions teaching other women how to be just like her: a ruthless bitch.

Drop-dead sexy restauranteur and infamous playboy Parker Maxwell has only three rules for the women he dates: no questions about his past, no expectations for the future, and no spending the night. When he meets Victoria, however, he’s willing to break his own rules if it means sating the explosive desire she arouses in him. What he doesn’t know is that the alluring Victoria Price used to be the mousy Isabel Diaz, the girl he deflowered and dumped long ago.

Presented with a perfect opportunity for revenge, Victoria decides the game is on. But when her connection with Parker proves more than just skin deep, she has to make a choice: continue with her plan for payback, or risk her career, her reputation, and her heart by taking a second chance on love?

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Review-DGR4 stars

LIES & LAUGHTER. This is the foundation of this book. It kept me guessing from the beginning and I didn’t know where it was going to lead me. This story continued to surprise me. There were moments when I was laughing and then moments that the FEELS hit me in the gut. There is a such a mixture of emotion in this book.
truth.gifVictoria has made herself into a new person. A Bitch. She makes her money on empowering women to be strong and confident and….bitchy. Victoria and Parker have a past. When meeting Parker again at one of his restaurants, he does not recognize her because she has undergone so much change, even plastic surgery, to change who she used to be. She many secrets that she pays to hide. After being burned by Parker when she was young, she has become hardened to everything….an icicle.
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My Parker:

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My Victoria:

victoriaVictoria continues to lie and manipulate. She is out for revenge. She knows who Parker is, but Parker does not know that she is the girl from his past….at first. Parker is able to read Victoria like no other man. He can push past her heart of icicles. I absolutely love that Parker never gives up on Victoria. Isn’t that what every woman needs? A man to pursue her relentlessly? And that is exactly what Parker does, and I loved it!
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“Hearts can’t lie, baby.”
“Shut up with that crap.”
He laughs. “Don’t worry. I won’t tell anyone you just fell in love with me.”
“I hate you.”
Parker flexes his strong pelvis. His glorious hard cock sinks all the way inside me. He says roughly, “Sweetheart, if this is hate, I don’t want to feel anything else ever again.”

à la Mode St. » fashionThere are parts of this story that I don’t want to reveal or spoil. I will say that I liked that Parker and Victoria’s history was not the focus of the story. There are a couple of flashbacks, just enough to give a tease of the past. Little hints are dropped here and there to keep you guessing. I thought the reveal of each hint was well-placed.

My only hang-up with this book is that it was a little all over the place with the emotions. I’m not a huge fan of angst, so that’s just not my thing. But I really appreciated the humor and the revenge plot, which took away from the angst. I tend to cling to the funnier parts of a book, rather than the angst.

”Speaking of bulges, was that a churro in your pocket last Friday night, or were you just happy to see me?”
“I don’t know what a churro is. I hope it’s something enormous.”
She laughs, “Oh, it is. It’s a delicious, thick, long, fried dough pastry covered in sugar.” She pauses. “It’s my favorite thing to eat.”

mr churoI loved Connor and Tabitha in this book, so I am SUPER excited about jumping into their book next!

Jennifer’s Review: Backfire by @KERILAKE

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Series: Vigilantes #2
Genre: Dark, Contemporary Romance
Author: Keri Lake
Release Date: June 9, 2016add-to-goodreads-button-2

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This book is a standalone set in the same world as Ricochet.

No matter how unbreakable he may seem, every man has a weakness.

A year ago, my home became a bloodstained crime scene. That night marked the beginning of my hell—the same night I was tortured by my enemies and tossed into an underground prison to die.

They failed. I survived.

Now that I’m free, only one motive burns in my soul: revenge.

Lucky for me, they think Jase Hawkins is dead. Maybe I am. I’ve got nothing but a cold, merciless rage, and Black Betty, the sharp steel blade that never leaves my side.

Then she drifts into my life.

Lucia wants answers—so much so, she’s willing to fall into the darkness where my enemies lie in wait, to kill her for what she knows.

Or to take her for the depraved fantasies her body alone can rouse in a man’s mind.

Me? I want her for the fire in her touch that feeds my addiction, forces me to feel what has become numb, but my appetite for bloodshed runs deeper than flesh.

For my own sanity, I’ve vowed to stay away from her. Because she’s my only weakness, an obsession that leaves me craving more—one that could make even the most steadfast plan backfire.

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I feel like nothing I can say in this review will be enough. There is so much in this book that I am literally overwhelmed writing this review. The thought I keep coming back to is that it feels like a comic book, which sounds cliché, but this book is not cliché at all! It’s a book of evil, drugs, crime, danger. But it’s also a book of hope, light, love, sex. I felt like I was pulled into this world, and I just got lost. I LOVE getting lost in books.

Below the crime-lords, and all the shit people heard on TV, was a world that existed only in nightmares. A place where rules didn’t exist and the people who thrived there were faceless names who ruled themselves in anarchy. There, the most horrific crimes were bartered for and traded like a Sunday afternoon at Eastern Market.

19695337Jase is on a war path of vengeance. After being tortured for a year, he is given a second chance, and his only assignment is to kill someone, the very person who killed the only people he loved. He is haunted by his past. Nightmares and flashbacks are his friend. But then he meets Lucy. Little does he know that this isn’t the first time they’ve met.
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My Lucy:
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Lucy loves to take pictures of abandoned buildings in Detroit. This is something that Jace and Lucy share throughout the book, a love of photography.

Some called it ‘ruin porn,’ and for me, the more damaged, the more drawn to a place I seemed to be.

à la Mode St. » fashionWhile photographing an abandoned building, she sees something that she should not have seen, and especially should not have filmed on her camera. Evil men are after her, but she is determined to pursue truth and justice, putting her life at risk.

Jace and Lucy’s relationship is volatile, at first. Jace believes Lucy is part of the evil group he is pursuing. Lucy believes the same of him. They do not trust each other at all. I love this beginning of their relationship.

“You don’t let go of me, I’m either going to scream, or twist your balls so fucking hard that you scream.”

Feisty fucking thing. She had me so hard, I didn’t know whether to take her up on it, or knock her back and rip her panties off with my teeth.

Eventually, they learn that they are on the same side and begin working together. I love how their relationship progresses. Once they start working together, Jace becomes very protective of Lucy, but Lucy is a strong heroine (love that!) and she is determined to fight alongside Jace during this pursuit of evil.
à la Mode St. » fashionI loved how this book is centered around photography. It was a brilliant avenue to paint this book.

Something clicked. Like watching her through the lens, the aperture flicked and the light hit her face differently. She glowed. So goddamn beautiful, it hurt to look at her. Like an eclipse, I knew the longer I stared, the more fucked I’d be. Even so, I cupped her face, the dark ink of my tattoos against peaches and cream skin. Dark and light. Night and day. The moon and the sun. Mia Luce.

19695339That is all of the words that I can write about this book. Lol. Just read it.

If you enjoy dark romance, read this book. If you want to FEEL something, read this book.

More quotes below because I love the dialogue in this book! Jace is a dirty-talker, and Lucy is sassy!

“Not one for compliments, are you?”

“Was hot tits supposed to be a compliment?”

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“What I wouldn’t give to nail you against this wall and smile when your morals come crumbling down.”

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“I need you to know that I don’t hate you, Lucy, but I’m about to fuck you like I do. Ready for me?”

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“I’ll have you know, I work hard for this ass, and I intend to keep working hard for it.”

“And I’ll keep working hard for a piece of it.”


DON’T MISS THE BOOK THAT STARTED IT ALL

RICOCHET (Vigilantes #1)
READ LANA’S 5 STAR REVIEW HERE

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The only sure way to destroy a man is to take what he cannot live without.

Three years ago, I had everything.

A beautiful wife.
A son.
A reason for living.

Until a ruthless task force, assembled under Mayor Michael Culling, with a brutal strategy to make the streets of Detroit ‘safe’, ripped away everything I loved in a deadly hunt called The Culling.

They tried to kill me, too. I wish they had. Now I’m cursed by the memories of that night, and the words I whispered to my dying wife.

A promise—to avenge the wrong and set it right.

I’m no longer Nick Ryder. I’m a masked vigilante. Faceless. Loveless. Fearless. A man with nothing left to lose—one who’s seen the dark and violent truth behind the city’s flawless veneer.

Michael Culling doesn’t know who I am. Or what I want. All he knows is that I’ve kidnapped his beautiful wife.

An eye for an eye—isn’t that how the saying goes? And Aubree Culling is the perfect pawn to destroy him.

If she doesn’t destroy me first.

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Jennifer’s Review & Historical Rec: ★Devil In Winter★ by Lisa Kleypas

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Series: Wallflowers #3
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Release Date: October 13, 2009add-to-goodreads-button-2

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“I’m Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent. I can’t be celibate. Everyone knows that.”

Desperate to escape her scheming relatives, Evangeline Jenner has sought the help of the most infamous scoundrel in London.

A marriage of convenience is the only solution.

No one would have ever paired the shy, stammering wallflower with the sinfully handsome viscount. It quickly becomes clear, however, that Evie is a woman of hidden strength—and Sebastian desires her more than any woman he’s ever known.

Determined to win her husband’s elusive heart, Evie dares to strike a bargain with the devil: If Sebastian can stay celibate for three months, she will allow him into her bed.

When Evie is threatened by a vengeful enemy from the past, Sebastian vows to do whatever it takes to protect his wife . . . even at the expense of his own life.

Together they will defy their perilous fate, for the sake of all-consuming love.

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Lately I’ve been trying to broaden my reading horizons, and I asked Jennifer if she had some historical recs for me since I haven’t read very many. What I got was a million exclamation points following an all cap proclamation of READ THIS BOOK! So I figured, ok, I guess she really liked it LOL! Jenn just so happens to know that I have a type when it comes to my alphas; manwhorish, alphaholish, and all of that to the nth degree. What? Like you don’t have a vice? Pfft! So knowing my preferences, she insisted this is the book I start with. OCD readers avert your eyes, because I’m starting with book 3 in a series…and I’m not sorry! I began listening to the audio of this book and while I’m only on chapter 3, I’m absolutely in love! I’ll likely finish it from my kindle though. Stay tuned for further progress report. But for now, check out Jennifer’s review!

~ Lana


Review-DGR5 stars

My love is upon you.

This isn’t your ordinary romance. It’s real. It’s dry. It’s cold….like winter. The perfect book for curling up in a big comfy chair with some English breakfast tea (my favorite) while it’s raining or snowing outside (or you can just read this book all year-long, like me).
Between the covers

Sometimes the fractures in two separate souls become the very hinges that held them together.

Lord Sebastian St. Vincent is not a good man. He is a man whore. He is a spoiled rich boy. He is selfish. He is mean. His is penniless and must marry for money. He is desperate enough to attempt to kidnap a friend of Evie’s to force her to marry him (the previous book in the series). After this attempt fails, Evie realizes that Lord St. Vincent is as desperate as she. Thus begins the Devil in Winter.

He looked like a fallen angel, replete with all the dangerous male beauty that Lucifer could devise.

Sebastian has a dirty mouth, and I love it. He is sex on a stick. I just want to run my face up his body and purrrrrrr. He broods and smirks at the same time (swoon!). He doesn’t just walk….he prowls (yum!). Everything he says is sarcastic and hilarious (oops! My panties just fell off!).

My Sebastian:
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Evangeline Jenner (Evie) has been physically abused by her Aunt and Uncle since she was a little girl. She stutters and is considered a wallflower. Her father is a gambling club owner and is dying, but her Aunt and Uncle refuse her wishes to see him. Ever since she was promised to her cousin for marriage, she is desperate to get away from her abusers and will do anything necessary to see her father before he dies, including asking Lord St. Vincent to marry her.

Evie is a fabulous heroine. She is shy but also strong and intelligent. She has had to depend on herself her whole life. I love that she is the one to make the marriage proposition to Sebastian, knowing that it would only be a marriage of convenience. She does what she has to do in order to survive.

My Evie:
Great book character
The story begins with Evie and Sebastian fleeing to Gretna Green, Scotland to get married in haste. Because they are traveling from London, it is a long trip. This trip is very significant because Ms. Kleypas quickly shows us a side of Sebastian that we had not seen in the previous book, a softer side while still keeping his callous, sarcastic side. When they return as husband and wife, they hurry to Evie’s father before he passes. The rest of the book takes place in the gambling club in the streets of London.
Oh. Wow.

If my love can hold you, I’ll keep you with me.

This is not your typical story of man-whore meets innocent and they fall in love and she doesn’t think twice about his past and he doesn’t think twice about his past. Trust me. It’s so much better than that. This book is much like Jane Eyre (which is my favorite story of all time). It has a darkness to it, and when you are least expecting it, a ray of light shines through. It shines through the characters as they grow and learn and love.

As high as the fire in me burns, Evie, I will stoke it in you.

I want to fill every part of you…breathe the air from your lungs…leave my handprints on your soul. I want to give you more pleasure than you can bear. I want to make love to you, Evie, as I have never done with anyone before.

I love you so much that I’m drowning in it. I can’t defend against it. I don’t know who I am anymore. 

My prize…my pleasure and pain…my endless desire.

Happily Ever After Wedding Print by firstsnowfall on Etsy, $35.00
If you are looking for epic love, this is the book to read!!!!


THE WALLFLOWER SERIES

SECRETS OF A SUMMER NIGHT | IT HAPPENED IN ONE AUTUMN | DEVIL IN WINTER | SCANDAL IN SPRING | A WALLFLOWER CHRISTMAS

Jennifer’s Review: ★One Week To Score★ by @KittyMeader

One Week To Score-ReviewONE WEEK TO SCORE
Series: Tall, Dark, & Texan #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Kate Meader
Release Date: July 11, 2016add-to-goodreads-button-2

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He’s the man she loves to hate . . . 

Olivia Kane’s wedding day has just imploded spectacularly. Shots lined up at the bar? Bring it. Hot stranger on the hook? Come on down. What this party does not need is six feet and change of home-grown Texas cockiness in the form of her brother’s best friend, the man who broke her heart seven years ago.

She’s the woman he has to have . . . 

Flynn Cross won’t stand by while Liv finds sensual solace in the arms of a stranger, not when his own hard-for-her body is more than up for the task. For one week, he’ll make her honeymoon-for-one a sizzling party for two.

Breaking the rules, one steamy night at a time . . . 

But the taboo they’re breaking is only the beginning . . . and Flynn’s part in Liv’s wedding debacle could bring about their end.

Buy LinksAMAZON | iBOOKSReview-DGRSince Jennifer and I absolutely loved this book, we’ll have both our reviews up. Since I (forcefully) insisted she try one of my favorite series and ended up loving it as much as I did, I figured it’s only fair to have her review first 😉 (I’ll be posting mine later this week)5 stars

Hello, Kate Meader! You’ve just earned yourself a new fan-girl!

“I’ll give you whatever you want whenever you want it. Any time of day, you need relief, just crook your finger and I’ll crook mine. Against you, inside you, deep as you need it. If I’m not around, text me and I’ll come, ready to make you come. For one week, I’ll fulfill every fantasy on demand and get you off so many times we’ll break records.”

What I love about this book is the timeline. The fact that is whole book takes place in a week amazes me. It didn’t feel like it was only a week. This was not insta-love. I was sucked in from the beginning. I laughed so much in this book. If a book makes me laugh, it automatically bumps it up a full star, but this book didn’t even need a bump.

Flynn and Olivia have known each other almost their whole lives. Flynn had a rough child, so he lived with Liv’s family. They have been through a lot together, at one point even being friends, until Flynn pushes Olivia away without any explanation. This causes the current animosity between Olivia and Flynn because Olivia doesn’t understand why he was such an asshole to her. Hate-to-Love Relationship. Check.
à la Mode St. » fashionShe was also a Texas American princess, bright as the North Star, while he was the homeless on of an abusive alcoholic who relied on the Kanes’ charity to survive. Who lived on Olivia Kane’s smile like it was sunshine to a weed.

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My Flynn:

Damn:

My Liv:

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The book opens up on the day of Olivia’s wedding (no, not with Flynn), and she just found her ex-fiance cheating on her a few hours before the wedding. Flynn finds her at the bar and through a series of events, ends up with her on the honeymoon. Liv wants to sleep with any and all available men, but Flynn is not having it. Welcome, alpha caveman!
à la Mode St. » fashionAnd the swooning! Ugh, I need a hot Texan man callin’ me “Sweets.”

”Before the night’s through, sweets, I’ll be hearing your fuck-me-Flynn moans.”

picture13010124732751.png (325×260): Flynn and Olivia have both been through a lot in their past: rough childhoods, failed relationships. But the story didn’t focus on the past. It was just enough to develop their characters, but the story still stayed in the present for the most part. And the present is steamy! This is my favorite type of writing, when an author can develop the characters through dialogue and behavior rather than having to jump back to the past. NO DRAMA/ANGST is the best!!!
This was my first Kate Meader book, and I will be reading all of her books FOREVER!


TALL, DARK, & TEXAN SERIES

Even The Score | Taking The Score

Jennifer’s Review: ★Reckless Hearts★ by Melody Grace

Reckless Hearts reviewRECKLESS HEARTS
Series: Oak Harbor #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Melody Grace
Release Date: June 27, 2016add-to-goodreads-button-2

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“When you’re ready for a real man to show you what it feels like, you just let me know.”

It should be the offer of a lifetime: sexy craftsman Will Montgomery wants to rock my world, and boy, does he know what to do with his hands – and that filthy, delicious mouth of his…

Only problem is, I don’t believe in relationships. And Will has ‘boyfriend material’ written all over his chiseled, hunky abs. He was supposed to be an impulse fling, but now he’s shown up in Oak Harbor, NC, to put down roots, and he’s determined to make me com…mit.

Love always ends in tears and tequila, but Will seems different. He’s charming, and funny, and did I mention that miraculous mouth of his? Despite all my better judgment, I’m falling. Hard. But can something this good turn out to be true? Or will old scars keep us from building a future together? For the first time ever, maybe I want to be proven wrong…

The new heartfelt, sexy stand-alone with a happy ending from New York Times bestselling author, Melody Grace.

Buy LinksAMAZON | iBOOKSReview-DGR2.5 stars

2.5 a-little-less-gentlemanly Stars

This book is super sweet. Like, my teeth hurt, sweet. It was a little too much sugar for me (2 cubes, please), but a lot of people will probably love this story. If you’re looking for a cute beach read, this book is for you.
19580970Will & Delilah….

Delilah & Will….

They were cute. Their meet-cute was cute. Their conversation was cute. Ok, I will admit that he has some dirty talk going on, so that was niiiiice.

Will was an adorable, sexy, gentleman….I just prefer my men a little less….gentlemanly.
19580971I would still recommend this book to readers who love a sweet story. There is nothing wrong with it. There just wasn’t anything that stood out to me.

It just wasn’t my cuppa tea.
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Jennifer’s Review: ★Friction★ by Sawyer Bennett

Review-FrictionFRICTION
Series: Legal Affairs #8
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Release Date: October 27, 2015add-to-goodreads-button-2

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At the powerhouse law firm of Knight & Payne, winning comes first and ethics a distant second. Leary Michaels uses her female charms to daze opponents, and it’s always worked well—until now. On her most personal case yet, she finds herself going up against a defense attorney just as skilled, shameless, and seductive as she is.

Reeve Holloway has never met a woman as sure of her own sexuality, or as ruthless in wielding it, as Leary is. But he won’t be toyed with. What Leary starts, he’ll finish—in the courtroom, the bedroom, or any-damn-place he wants. The sex is uninhibited, electrifying, and absolutely against the rules. Reeve’s job is to ruin Leary’s case…even if it destroys her in the process and costs him the woman he’s come to love.

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FLOVED THIS!!!!! This book has everything I flove….

Love/Hate relationship…Check.

“Now that would just be a bit unethical, don’t you think?”
“You just had your hand on my dick,” I point out courteously. “I think we crossed that line already.”

à la Mode St. » fashionLaugh my ass off…Check.

“Good, we’ve just entered fuck buddy-dom. May the odds be ever in our favor.”
“What the hell does that mean?”
“Nothing,” she says with a snicker.

à la Mode St. » fashionHottest-on-the-planet Sex…Check.

When my face is in front of his straining, cloth-covered erection, his hand goes back to grasping my hair again. He gives me another gentle shake and repeats in a much quieter but no less threatening tone, “Fix it, Leary.”
God, I want to fix it. I want to take him in my mouth, suck him hard until he’s begging me to stop. But I’m also enjoying this display of alpha power he’s unleashing. I want to see how far I can push him.

à la Mode St. » fashionSwoon-until-my-panties-fly-off…Check.

“I adore you.”

à la Mode St. » fashionMy Reeve:

suit:

My Leary:

…she has some metaphorical balls forged of steel and lined with platinum.

Leighton:
à la Mode St. » fashionI love your books, Sawyer Bennett. Don’t ever stop writing them.

Is Ford’s book next?! Please say yes 🙂


THE LEGAL BRIEFS SERIES

Legal Affairs Boxed Set: Volumes 1-6Legal AffairsAMAZON

Confessions of a Litigation God
(Legal Affairs, #7)
Confessions of a litigation god
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