Review: ★Bound by Rapture★ by Megan D. Martin

Bound by Rapture 
Author: Megan D. Martin
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: October 24, 2014
Length: 254 Pages

The third and final installment in the Rapture Trilogy.

I’m in love with him. My stalker.He isn’t perfect. He’s something dark. Something broken. He’s mine, but someone wants to take him from me.

They tried to kill me.
I bled out onto dirty, cracked pavement, and something changed inside me. They can’t have him.

Not Elaine. Not his mother. Not anyone. And when they come for him… I’ll be waiting.

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3.5 stars

Our past wasn’t perfect. Our future wouldn’t be, either. But we would be together, bound by the rapture of our flawed loved.

Bound By Rapture is the conclusion of Julia and Cole’s story; and what a fucked up, twisted mess that has been. It’s also been completely enrapturing. (Pun intended) These two characters are so screwed up in their own right and yet together…they just make sense. How did THAT happen?

I had watched her for over two years. I had pined for her. Since the moment I saw her I hadn’t been inside another woman, no matter how much I tried. She had been it for me. It was that simple.

Cole, you stalkerish mess you. How is it that I still like you even after this book? You were an utter asshole for a large chunk of it. Oh wait! That would be why. I do love me my assholes.

There’s quite a bit happening in this story, all of it surrounding the events of how the 2nd book ended. Cole and Julia are still trying to figure out who is out to hurt her and continues to threaten her life. Cole really lets his crazy out here. If you didn’t think he can get any crazier, just you wait. This is also the largest part of my lower rating. The full revelation of his big secret that we’ve been waiting to find out since book one? Yeah. It’s a fucking doozy that one. Here’s the thing, I knew that it had to be something big, and it was. Oh my god it was. I guess I just wasn’t prepared for my feelings about it. (highlight to view spoiler)[I just can’t seem to justify his actions in my head. At all. I understand it was a shock to find it out, but such brutality? And then he only spends 3 years in jail due to a technicality? What? WHAT?! I really needed more information on this. I felt that it was just a little too glossed over. I needed something more to justify what he did and his current relationship with his mother. (hide spoiler)]. [I just can’t seem to justify his actions in my head. At all. I understand it was a shock to find it out, but such brutality? And then he only spends 3 years in jail due to a technicality? What? WHAT?! I really needed more information on this. I felt that it was just a little too glossed over. I needed something more to justify what he did and his current relationship with his mother. (end spoiler)
Which actually brings me to my other point. Cole’s relationship with his mother.

Sorry…finger slipped.
But back to my point. I don’t understand the dynamic between them. This whole love/hate thing just didn’t completely make sense to me. Maybe that was the point?

There are plenty of twists, some I had a feeling about, some I never saw coming. Megan D. Martin is an incredibly talented author. To weave a tale of two such completely fucked up characters and yet manage to make the reader fall in love with them is no small feat.

Julia was a lot more endearing for me in this book. She really let her emotions show here and you really get how she can fall for someone like Cole that basically stalked her for years and then deceived her.

I could taste his love. It wasn’t clean or pristine. It was messy and broken. But I was okay with that. I knew the love I had to offer him wasn’t much better. It was fractured. But it would be enough.

Even though it wasn’t a perfect 5 star conclusion, it was still a great book and one I enjoyed a lot. I read it in one sitting after all. Maybe I wasn’t digging as much for clues or paying close enough attention, but I did NOT see that twist at the end coming at all. Caught me completely unaware. Megan leads you to believe one thing for the entire book, only to hit you with a two by four of that twist at the very end. Holy shit!

This was a gritty, dark, slightly fucked up and erotic story that had my attention from beginning to end. It’s definitely not the book for everyone, but if you loved the first 2 books, then you’ll definitely like this one. I can’t wait for more from this author. I truly enjoy her writing style and know I’m in for a fucked up but addicting read when I crack open one of her books.

I wanted to consume every part of him with my love. I wanted to drown him in it until he was so deep he would never question true love again, because it would surround him

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Blog Tour, Review & #Giveaway: ★The Untouchables★ by @JJMcAvoy

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The Untouchables
Ruthless People #2
Publication Date: January 22, 2015
Also in this series: Ruthless People
Genres: Contemporary, Dark, Romance
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Tour: The Untouchables by J.J. McAvoyBook 2 in the Ruthless People Trilogy.“One Secret. Multiple Casualties.”

Everything Melody Callahan has ever been told about her past is a lie. Her father lied. Her husband lied. But like all secrets…they come out. Not only is her mother, Aviela, alive but she won’t stop until she tears down everything Liam and Melody have spent the past year building.

With a new target on their back and the media now focused on their family as the Presidential election approaches, Liam and Melody must fight on two battlefronts. Melody is torn between being in love with Liam and wanting to kill him for lying to her. Being in love and showing love are two different things in her world. Liam wants to do anything to protect his family even if that means hurting the people he loves.

Family is everything… but what happens when they’re out for your blood? Everything they have been through is nothing compared to what is coming…

***Warning: This book contains adult language and subject matter including graphic violence and explict sex that may be disturbing for some readers. This book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.***

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3.5 stars
I was a Callahan. God help whoever stood in this family’s way. 

The Callahans are back and they’re as crazy as ever. Ruthless People was one of my favorite books from last year, but it’s definitely a book that’s either for you…or not. There’s not really a middle here. Melody and Liam are borderline psychotic, violent, ruthless, and their volatile relationship pretty much mirrors that. If the first book wasn’t your cuppa, I don’t suggest you read this one. If you were like me and found the first book entertaining for exactly what it was, then you definitely need to read this one.


We were all fakers; lying to people who were lying to themselves.

The Untouchables takes off immediately where Ruthless People ended; Liam finds out that Melody’s mother that everyone thought had died in the plane crash years ago is not only alive and well but is even more ruthless than her daughter and wants them all dead. He’s determined not to let Melody find out until he has more details, but Melody is just as determined to discover whatever it is that Liam is keeping from her.

All the motives for murder are covered by four Ls: Love, Lust, Lucre and Loathing.”
-P.D. James 

Of course nothing stays hidden long and when the queen B is pissed, heads start to roll. The truth about her mother turns out to be much more than her simply being alive and after Melody and her family. A long standing vendetta soon begins to become uncovered and the Callahans may be facing an enemy that is even more ruthless and dangerous than them.

I wasn’t sure what was coming, but I knew it was coming straight from hell. 

When Melody’s life is threatened, Liam is determined to protect her at whatever cost…even if he has to kill his own family members to do it. This is not a man to be messed with. Liam is as Liam was, quick tempered, violently overprotective, and always horny.

While Melody and Liam may still fight like they want to kill each other, the passion between them is just as fiery.

I was addicted to her.
She glared at me and I wanted her, she sneezed and I wanted her. She was everything… 

There was a lot, and I mean A LOT that happens here. Truth be told, it was almost too much for my puny brain at times. I think that had I read Ruthless People right before this and had all those details fresh in my mind, I would have enjoyed this a lot more. As I began to get further into the story I began to realize that I had forgotten some very pivotal details and the author doesn’t really ease you into that information here, more throws you right into the deep end. Now that’s not necessarily bad, because it may get redundant to have all these things repeated, but it did impact my enjoyment since I did forget. It was the smallest details too, like Declan being Liam’s cousin and not brother. At first I thought it came completely out of left field, but when I went back to re-read parts of Ruthless People, I realized this was something that was revealed a while ago.

Murder is like potato chips: you can’t stop with just one.
-Stephen King 

All that being said, the biggest reason for my lower rating was the POVs. There were a lot of them. I’m talking everyone and their mother had one. Literally. You had Liam, Melody, Declan, Olivia, Sedric, Neal, Coraline, and even 2 side characters that were the hired muscle. This is something that will either work for you or it won’t. Unfortunately, I fall into the latter. my puny brain just couldn’t keep up. Between trying to remember all the details from book 1 and then wrapping my head around everything that was happening here, it was taking me forever to read. I kept having to go back and re-read many parts simply because I would find myself lost. Now again, perhaps if Ruthless People was still fresh in my memory, I wouldn’t have had this issue, so take what I’m saying with a grain of salt.

This wasn’t a game. This was our fucking family, and nothing trumped family. 

My one quibble aside, this was still entertaining as fuck. Filled with murder and betrayal, mystery and suspense, this was a non-stop action packed ride. The question of who is the game changer that is currently pulling the strings and looking to overthrow the Callahans is something that remains a mystery until the very end. Then JJ hits you with a motherfucker of a cliffhanger. Luckily the wait for book 3 isn’t long, so my reaction wasn’t quite as stabby as it could have been haha.

I can’t wait to see how it all resolves. The stakes are certainly high and it’s bound to be one epic conclusion.

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RUTHLESS PEOPLE (BOOK ONE)
THE UNTOUCHABLES (BOOK TWO)
AMERICAN SAVAGES (BOOK THREE)
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J. J. McAvoy first started working on Ruthless People during a Morality and Ethics lecture her freshman year of college. X number of years later, she is an insomniac who has changed her major three times, and is a master in the art of procrastination. If you ask her why she began writing, she will simply tell you “They wanted to get their story out.”

She is currently working on her next novel . . . so please bug her on Twitter @JJMcAvoy

Review: ★Anything But Mine★ by @TarynElliottFic

Anything But Mine 
Author: Taryn Elliot
Genre: Contemporary, Rockstar Romance (Trilogy)
Length: 204 pages
Release Date: October 31, 2014

BOOK ONE in an all new TRILOGY

Rock star Logan King has come home to Winchester Falls for the annual Summer Festival. Only this time he’s hauling a helluva lot more baggage than a few suitcases and vintage guitars. His closet contains more than the usual skeletons…and if he doesn’t keep the door firmly locked, someone might get harmed. The specter of what haunts him forces him to turn away from anything more than one-night-stands.

Until Izzy and her topaz eyes finally give him a reason to try again.

Since moving to town Isabella Grace has found friends and a place to belong for the first time in her life. Running the Summer Festival is the perfect way to show how important her new community is. She just never planned on a whirlwind fling with a man too used to saying goodbye. Or to fall for a guy who has as many secrets as he does hit songs.

Logan is used to protecting himself, but protecting Izzy is all new territory. With everything that matters to him at risk, he refuses to let her get hurt—even if that means he has to walk away. For her own good.

4 Broody Rockstar Stars


Whisky beats and a hard rain save me tonight.
If you only knew what it cost me to fight.
The taste of your memory reminds me.
That you’re anything but mine.

There’s a reason I have a giant girl crush on Taryn Elliot. It’s like the woman has the ability to reach inside my brain for just that right amount of angst I like in my books, and then deliver it on a sinfully sexy rockstar platter. I’m not usually a big fan of trilogies since my impatient ass tends to lose interest in the next book by the time it finally comes out and my poor puny brain forgets the first book in that time too. I don’t make a habit of reading them, save for a very few exceptions. And this author just happens to be one of them. Well, to be perfectly honest I’d probably read it anyway since I love everything she writes, but I’d also be waiting for all the books to be out before diving in. But since the releases of the books in this trilogy are not very spaced out, I decided to jump right in.


There was no playing with a man like Logan. There was burning and there was scarring. She had enough scars dammit…

Logan King is a famous rockstar. In the industry since his teens, he’s built up quite the reputation. He’s also built up a whole lot more baggage. His secrets are dark and kept close to the vest, and his demons are persistent and at times even debilitating.

The small town of Winchester Falls has been an escape for him since his car broke down there years ago. Now it’s where he goes where he needs time away from the insistent flashes of the paparazzi lens and a little ease from the insanity of his lifestyle. Logan King is also running, running from a past and a very real demon that still continues to haunt him in the shape of a person that has the power to destroy his barely contained calm and control. A person that is the reason that he runs from any prospect of a relationship or anything more than a one night stand. In town just in time for the town’s annual Summer Festival, Logan meets the one woman that temps him to maybe finally want something…more


In the dark of night, a safe life with a stable guy wasn’t nearly as alluring as this intense man with demons crawling just under the skin. He was holding something back and she’d wanted to dig those details out of him.

Isabella Grace is a woman with her own secrets. But while you can clearly see Logan is a man haunted, Izzy keeps her buried even deeper. She finally found a place where she feels like she belongs. She may be a new addition to the town of Winchester Falls, but she’s already ingrained herself with running the local bookstore with her two best friends. Running the Summer Festival is another great way for her to do that. But the last thing she expected was for the one man that starred in her teenage fantasies to make a guest appearance for the show and throw her carefully constructed world for a loop.

Logan is used to protecting himself not only from the media, but from wanting anything more with women. He can’t be that person for anyone, his past prevents it. But while he swears to stay away from the first woman to tempt him for wanting more in years, the chemistry between them proves to be too much for either one of them to deny…

There’s no insta-lust to be found here, not really. While the book takes place over just a few days, the connection that Taryn builds between Logan and Izzy is an incredibly believable one. Their chemistry is so hot that it practically jumps right off the pages. It’s absolutely sizzling

But Logan and Izzy are also both hiding something from each other and it soon becomes clear that Logan’s secrets are about to unravel when the specter from his past comes back to haunt him and threatens Izzy’s safety. And no matter how much he wants to be that man for her, he knows that the best thing he can offer her is to stay away…as far as he can.

I really enjoyed this story. It was this wonderful combination of emotional, sexy, and just the right touch of angsty and all of that shrouded in mystery. I seriously love the way that Taryn is able to weave all that together. To give you just enough to hook you and yet still leave you begging for more. Yes there is a cliffhanger, but where typically that would have sent me into a rage, it actually worked for me here. Both of these characters and their past are so complex that no way could I see it fitting into just one book…even a long one.

Izzy and Logan are both incredibly endearing and relatable characters. Where Logan’s tortured rock star persona made me fall for him, Izzy’s tough girl, take charge but still a little vulnerable personality worked for me just as much. We get a little bit of a taste for the demons that Logan has buried in this one, but Izzy continues to be a mystery. I can’t wait to see all the secrets that she has buried and to find out how everything pulls together.

If you’re in the mood for a sexy and angsty rock star romance, you really can’t go wrong with this one. I can’t wait for the next installment. Consider me hooked!

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Review: ☆Clinging to Rapture☆ by Megan D. Martin


“I let you walk away, Julia. I let you go, but I can still take you back if I want.”
Four months ago I ran away. I left him behind. The man who stalked me, took control of my body, and claimed he loved me.

Now he’s returned. Like dripping razor blades, he has slashed his way back into my life. But everything is different.

He doesn’t want me anymore.

I expected him to come back, to be sorry. I even planned to forgive him. I should have known that he would discard me like everyone else in my life. But I’m going to change that.

My billionaire stalker has come to say goodbye…only this time I plan to keep him.

3.75 Stars


I let you walk away, Julia. I let you go, but I can still take you back if I want.

Well…hell. I devoured this book and yet I’m still left feeling…conflicted. There were parts I loved, parts that shocked me, and then there were parts that I just still don’t know how I feel about.

The ending of book 1 left me feeling unsure about Cole and his obsession with Julia. When all the cards were on the table and the truth was out, I was shocked as shit. Can an obsession that deep that leads you to stalk a woman for 2 years in your compulsive desire to have her ever lead to anything real? That was the one question I wanted an answer to in book 2, and you know what? I got it…mostly.


She’s going to destroy me. And there is nothing I could do to stop it.

Don’t expect this to be anything close to what the first book was like, because you’ll be grossly disappointed. I found this to be more story and character driven, and it sure as fuck was grittier. It definitely wasn’t as erotic as the first, but that didn’t really bother me in the least.

Clinging to Rapture is told in alternating flashbacks of past and present. It takes you back to that day 2 years ago that began an obsession that’s only burned hotter with each step that Cole got closer to Julia. The present begins with 4 months after Julia has left Cole after learning the truth behind how and why they met. She’s now barely making ends meet by working at a rundown gas station left only with memories that run hot and cold of her past life. The last person she expects to walk into the doors when she’s working is Cole…actually scratch that. Let’s make that Cole and his spawn of satan fiance.

No really. I mean what in the ever loving fuck? We go from one extreme of Cole being obsessed with Julia…to him being engaged to the bitch that he left the second Julia came on his radar 2 years ago. Seriously? SERIOUSLY?! Oh, did I mention that his men are still following Julia? Yeah.

And as much as Julia knows she should feel otherwise and tries to fight it, her feelings for Cole are a lot stronger than what she ever expected.


Cole made me weak. I seemed to be powerless when it came to him.

Readers that don’t enjoy constant flashbacks, may not like this one. Luckily, I wasn’t one of them. That actually worked for me. Big time. I needed that explanation and back story that I felt was missing in book 1. I gobbled up every little morsel of Cole’s past that Megan D. Martin threw my way. He went from an erotic enigma, to a very real, and a very broken man, with an obviously dark past.

His struggle with his obsession with Julia and trying to let her go was palpable. And he almost does it, until her life is in danger and everything else ceases to be of importance.

Now the suspense part of the book was crazy. It will leave you thinking you know who’s behind it, only to have you question it again a chapter later. Is it Julia’s psycho ex? Cole even more psycho fiance? Or Cole’s beyond psycho mother? I don’t fucking know! But I do know that some of the twists that the author throws at you left me in a disturbed state of WTF. (but that’s a good thing)

So why not 5 stars? A few things really. I don’t fully understand or connect to Cole’s reasons for going back to the fiance that he’s obviously no longer in love with and is just plain batshit cray. He constantly allowed her to degrade Julia where all I wanted him to do was kick her bitch on wheels ass out of his house. Also, considering his relationship with his mother, I just didn’t buy into his reasoning of doing anything for her. But perhaps that’s something that will be better explained in the 3rd book.

The cliffhanger here was not as bad as it was in the first book, but certainly still present. While the relationship between Cole and Julia is mostly established again, there’s still the death threat that is looming over them both. All I know? I need the 3rd book like fucking YESTERDAY! Gah.


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Blog Tour, Excerpt & #Giveaway:☆Ignited☆ by @juliekenner


He promised to take me as far as I could go—and I wanted to go to the edge.

My whole life has been a cover, a con, a lie. I was born into the grift, raised on the thrill of playing someone I’m not. As a rule, I never let anyone get too close—until Cole August makes it impossible for me to stay away.

Cole is tough, sexy, and intensely loyal, yet his secrets are dark and his scars run deep. Not many women can handle his past, or the truth behind his fierce demands. But something about him beckons me—and our desire is a game I must play.

I know he’s dangerous, that even his touch is trouble, but what is passion without a little risk?

I wanted his touch, not just the knowledge that he wanted me.

Then take it.

The thought was so simple, so accurate and so compelling, that I actually took a step toward him. I’d seen the heat. Hell, I’d practically smelled the sulfur. If I pushed the issue, I knew damn well that I could force an explosion.

Determined, I aimed myself toward him. One step, then another. And then—with the crowd swirling around me and the voices meshing together like a discordant soundtrack—I simply stopped.


Did I want this?

I did, yes. Oh, god, I did. I wanted to feel Cole’s hands on my bare skin, his naked body hot against mine.

And yet . . .

And yet I couldn’t quite make myself go further. I could force an explosion, yes, but what then? If we burned together hot and hard, what would happen next?

Would we rise from the ashes like a phoenix?

Or would that fire simply destroy everything that already existed between us?

Julie Kenner (aka J. Kenner and J.K. Beck) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over forty novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.

Praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations,” J.K. writes a range of stories including super sexy romances, paranormal romance, chick lit suspense and paranormal mommy lit. Her foray into the latter, Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting SoccerMom by Julie Kenner, is in development as a feature film with 1492 Pictures.

Her most recent trilogy of erotic romances, The Stark Trilogy (as J. Kenner), reached as high as #2 on the New York Times list and is published in over twenty countries.

J.K. lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and several cats.

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Cover Reveal & #Giveaway: ☆Blue Dahlia☆ by @VivWinslow

Blue Dahlia (The Dahlia Trilogy of The Gilded Flower Series Book 1)

by Vivian Winslow

Release Day: October 16, 2014

Blue Dahlia is the first book in the second trilogy of Vivian Winslow’s Gilded Flower series, featuring Lily Baron’s free-spirited twin sister, Dahlia.
New York socialite Dahlia Baron is falling for her Latin lover, Rodrigo Cruz, the scion of the Mama Linda Latin foods empire, and hopes to take the relationship to the next level. But there’s a dark secret that she must deal with first in order to truly give her heart to him. When Dahlia visits the man from her past, will the undercurrents of her emotions let her go to Rodrigo or will they pull her back to the one person who stands between them?
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Vivian Winslow was born and raised in Southern California. Before becoming a writer, she made a career out of moving around the world every couple of years thanks to her husband’s job. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and two elementary school age children, and is grateful to finally have a place to call home for more than two years. New York is the perfect city to indulge her love of shopping, the arts and especially food. If she’s not at home writing or running around the city with her kids, you’ll most likely find her indulging in pizza on the Lower East Side or having a cocktail at her favorite bar in Alphabet City. That said, she’s still a California girl at heart and would gladly trade in her heels for a pair of flip-flops to catch a sunset on the beach

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