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Book Review: Getting Lucky Number Seven by Cindi Mardsen

gettingsevenWhat’s your lucky number?

Lyla Wilder is done being the shy, chemistry nerd extraordinaire. While every other college student is out having fun, Lyla is studying. With her cat. Well, she’s played it “safe” quite enough, thank you. So she creates a “College Bucket List”?with item #7 being a night of uninhibited, mind-blowing sex…

But she needs some help from her man-whore best friend.

Hockey player Beck Davenport thought Lyla’s transformation would be subtle. Man, was he wrong. With every item she ticks off, Beck finds himself growing seriously hot for his sweet, brainiac best friend. And if he’s not careful, he’ll end up risking their friendship in order to convince Lyla that he might just be her lucky #7…

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After being subjected to a failed setup, Lyla’s had enough of being seen as the ‘fugly’ nerd. Feeling that the time has come for an aesthetic overhaul, Lyla decides that she needs to ditch the frumpy layers and formulates a plan on how to make it through the rest of the college year while stepping out of her comfort zone and having fun.

Enter Beck…best friend and ladies’ man extraordinaire. He knows what guys look for in their latest catch so he seems the perfect tutor.

Though Beck thinks Lyla is perfect the way she is, he agrees to help Lyla draw up a college bucket list. First on the list: makeover. Beck finds himself trawling the shops with Lyla to help her pick out her new look. Hitting the mall isn’t really Beck’s style, but Lyla insists she needs him, and he’ll do anything to put a smile on his nerdy best friends face.

As Lyla’s transformation begins, though Beck still prefers the old Lyla, the new hot Lyla has fuelled a spark he didn’t know he carried for her. As the two work to scratch off the items on Lyla’s college bucket list, Beck feels the innate need to protect his friend from crass college guys and as time goes on, he finds it harder and harder to resist falling for her.

Becks protective side sparks a whole new side of him that Lyla hadn’t realized was there and as the two spend more and more time together, Lyla’s feelings develop into something more than friendship.

I absolutely adored Lyla—she’s a real nerd, full of heart and a total sweetheart. I found her uncomfortable rambling when faced with a hot guy really funny, especially her tendency to talk about her cat. She feels inadequate, always doing what she’s been told to by her mother—covering up what God gave her with layer upon layer of bright colors. She’s perfectly imperfect and her sometimes hilarious confusion over her feelings for Beck drew some face palming from me.

I knew better than to get the flutters over Beck Davenport. The guy had longer relationships with cereal boxes than girls.

Beck—oh myyyyy, where do I begin?! He’s hot as hell, sweet as sugar and his protectiveness for Layla had me drooling. Beck’s pretty closed off about his personal life. Tragedy has left him questioning if love even exists and if it does, he’s not sure it’s worth it. Yet he finds himself opening up to Lyla, divulging parts of his past that he’s never told anyone about. Being with Lyla is easy—she’s his friend, after all, but even as Beck falls deeper for her, the screaming alarm to run like the wind that he usually gets with other girls, never goes off.

But Beck doesn’t want a long term relationship, however, when he spots the last item on Lyla’s bucket list: have mind blowing sex, he can’t stand the thought of it being with anyone other than him. As Beck gives into his desires, he finds himself heading into unfamiliar territory.

As I peered into her eyes, at the green and brown battling it out for control, I found myself wanting to take the next step with Lyla. If I did believe in relationships and love, Lyla would be the perfect girlfriend. Being with her like this made me want to take a risk.

But more revelations from Beck’s family only serves to strengthen his negative opinions on love, relationships and everything in between, causing me moments where I wanted to fling my kindle across the room.

Through everything that these two adorable characters go through, I found myself really rooting for them. The chemistry between them is written so well that I could practically feel it zinging through my fingers as I held my kindle in my hand. My heart flipped, skipped and broke as Lyla and Beck became closer and kudos to Beck—he already found Lyla perfect the way she was.

Leading the way in the New Adult genre, Entangled Embrace has done it again. This superb book zings with chemistry, sweet heat, and a clever and witty story line. The Dual POV allows the reader an insight into both characters thoughts and feelings and is just another reason why I know that my insatiable appetite for the New Adult genre will be satisfied at least for a little while when I pick up one of these books.

Light, easy and fun, a well deserving 5/5.

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Book Review: Gone for You by Jayne Frost

GFYAs the guitarist for the rock band Caged, I know the rules: no relationships. No complications. Leave ‘em smiling when you go, but always go. Besides, it’s not like I’m ever in one place for more than a few days at a time. As the next hottest thing out of Austin, the band and me are riding the wave, and the music is all that matters.

Until her…

Lily Tennison has “complication” written across her beautiful face. But I can’t get involved. The timing’s all wrong. But she’s under my skin, and I can’t resist her troubled eyes and sweet smile. And I do have a little time to kill. Not much, just a few days in Dallas.

So I’ll scratch the itch and move on, like I always do.

Simple, right?

Note: You won’t need to turn up the heat—Sixth Street Bands Romances have plenty of steamy fun. This story can be read as a stand-alone but is part of the Sixth Street Bands music scene.

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Cameron Knight, lead guitarist for the band Caged, lives the good life. Caged’s fame is on the rise, his pick of the ladies is endless, and his bandmates are his best friends. When the bassist for Caged is involved in an accident in Dallas, the news spreads like wildfire, and the hotel where the band is staying is swamped with fans willing to make all their “troubles” disappear. Luckily, Caged has connections, and desperate to have a few peaceful moments in Dallas before their big show, they are set up at a high-end resort, The Mansion.

With the promise to be sheltered from the press and fans, the remaining Caged members hole up in The Mansion. Cameron’s expectations are low: maybe a few random hook-ups with waitresses, or maybe he’ll pull back some beers while soaking in the resort hot tub. But after setting foot on the premises, his hopes to have a few uncomplicated days are pushed to the wayside by a pair of creamy thighs and the face of an angel. From the moment he sees Lily Tennison, he has a sinking feeling his playboy days are fleeting.

Lily Tennison, The Mansion’s Event Coordinator, is cool as ice when Caged first arrives. She’s aware of their reputation with women, and their inclination for one night stands.  At first, she puts up a good fight and ignores Cameron’s flirting, but soon she lowers her guard and gives in to his many charms.

I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised with this read. The story was told entirely from Cameron’s point of view, which I felt was a good call on the author’s part. I found that his confidence, mixed with witty dialogue and sarcastic inner voice, really drew me into the plot. Using inner thoughts sparingly, the author successfully conveys Cameron’s feelings for Lily without overanalyzing, which I find is the norm in stories where the narrator is the female. In the case of Lily, her background eventually rears its ugly head, and you find she is steeped with insecurity. Her self-doubt is pivotal to the story, but if it had been told from her point of view I’m not sure it would have worked as well.

I particularly love the humor in this book, especially between Cameron and his bandmates. The writing is light, and the author chooses words thoughtfully, which improves the reading experience. The steamy scenes were plentiful, which never hurts. If I had to nit-pick, I would have wished the author offered a few more glimpses at Lily’s family life. That would have made their struggle, and the eventual win between Cameron and Lily more satisfying for me.

Overall, this is a charming short read which encompasses all the elements I seek in a romance, and the qualities I love in main characters—sexy and funny. It also has a healthy dose of conflict involving malicious side characters and shaky childhood experiences, but not so much it bogs down the story. If you are a lover of funny (who isn’t?) and enjoy well-drawn characters (who doesn’t?) this is the romance for you.

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Crossing Abby Road by Ophelia London

abbyroadTodd Camford went from Marine sniper to owning a beachfront surf shop in Florida, and he couldn’t be happier. Unfortunately, the programming from his training hasn’t quite been eliminated. His ex called him an unfeeling cyborg, but he’s a free-flying, unfettered hawk, damn it. Relationships are out of the question…

And then she comes into his shop.

Everyone knows who Abigail Kelly is—mega rockstar, tabloid fixture. Still, nothing prepares Todd for Abby’s smoky gray eyes or the swift breathlessness of their instant chemistry. He’d be an ass (or possibly insane) to think he can resist her. Just for today, maybe he’ll keep an eye on her to make sure she doesn’t get mobbed. Because really, how much damage could one day with a super-hot, kick-ass celebrity really do?

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Former Marine, Todd Camford is just finding his way in life. He’s bought a beachfront surf shop and so far, business has been okay. His personal life, however, is another matter. Recently dumped by his fiancé because he doesn’t show his emotions very well, Todd is just trying to cope with a life outside of the military.

Abbigail Kelly is a hot commodity. Lead singer of a hugely famous band, she’s always in the public eye. For one day, she just wants to get away from it all—be independent and do normal things.

After ducking into Todd’s shop to escape some fans, Abby and Todd’s chemistry is pretty instant. Todd is very much drawn to the famous beauty and she to him. When Abby leaves the shop, Todd feels the loss immediately, so when he bumps into her later…and saves her from a screaming five year old, he’s elated and takes the opportunity to spend some time with her. Crossing Abby Road takes place all in one day as we follow the two to see where their few hours together takes them.

This book is told entirely through Todd’s point of view. I did wonder how that would work, given that his fiancé accused him of being a robot, but actually his thoughts are quite animated—it’s displaying his feelings that he has problems with. So that is entirely plausible and I did enjoy the time I spent in his head.

Abby is a lot of fun and I found the two together a really sweet coupling. I think Abby came into Todd’s life when he really needed something spontaneous and good, which is exactly what he got. It was nice following their day together, and though this book is slow, it’s more of a personal journey for Todd than anything else.

I felt the writing was quite choppy at times, sometimes moving from one thing to the next was quite abrupt. The same can be said for the dialogue between the two. I found myself reading over several areas a couple of times to see how one thing led to the next and still felt slightly puzzled when I had.

The premise is interesting, captivating even, but for me it didn’t quite hit the mark. It lacked the sizzle and though Todd felt the chemistry between Abby and himself, this was not extended to the reader. The ending left me bemused, my initial reaction was ‘what was the point’, but the more I thought about it the more I understood that Todd was dealing with a lot and for a short time Abby helped take him away from it all. He really needed some time away from the complications in his life and she helped him to sort through everything.

I’m really torn—on the one hand, it was a lovely journey, but on the other, it is not what I expected and I still can’t shake the feeling that I needed more from it. Even so, the writing, though choppy as I mentioned, is still good. The characters are fun and interesting. The small interpersonal journey that Todd unwittingly embarks on is thoughtfully executed. The location is lovely, and it is a really sweet book regardless of my personal tastes.

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Book Review: Salvation by Lizzie Ashworth

salvationSummer 2059. Fires burn out of control contaminating crops and water supplies with poison particulate. Carbon film infection runs rampant, spreading its devastating brown death across the globe. Only the mysterious effects of pleasure energy clear the infection. Transmitted from dance centers, meditation rooms, and sex houses to the healing grids by psionic adepts, pleasure energy ignites controversy and dissent.

Or the disease is a lie fabricated by the liberty culture. According to the Brotherhood, these are the end times, hastened by the world’s slide into moral decay. Young Josh Carter, fourth generation Brotherhood, has trained for years to combat this lie, to right the wrongs. Now the time has arrived. His mission—get inside the House of Rae sex house and take it down.

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The year is 2059 and the world is in trouble. Fires burn out of control and carbon film is making everyone sick. The only cure or help for the situation seems to come from pleasure energy brought on by dance centers, meditation rooms and sex houses. Unfortunately and despite being legal, the sex houses are still controversial due radical fundamentalist who target them.

Raised believing the end of time is near and that he was chosen to avenge his father’s death, Josh Carter was taught that the world’s views on sex contribute to Earths moral decay. For years he’s been training to carry out the mission of getting inside The House Of Rae, a female pleasure house, and take it down, but once he does, uncomfortable feelings evoke leaving him more confused than he’s ever been.

From the moment I saw the description of this book, I was both intrigued and somewhat skiddish as to whether I would really enjoy it. A dystopian centered around the idea of pleasure sex almost seemed too far fetched, but how the author would make it happen, was what really piqued my interest and I must say, I was completely amazed.

Lizzie Ashworth captivated me from the first few pages. Told mostly from the POV’s of Josh, Rae and Lu, we get vivid descriptions of every feeling, sight, sound and smell, but not so much that it holds the story back. Each character was flawed just enough to make them believable, but also likable despite their backgrounds and views. I felt for and sympathized with each of them and kept turning the pages hoping somehow it would all work out. This is not a romance where the male and female lead characters monopolize the story. Although their relationship contributes to the meat of the plot, it’s more of a secondary storyline to what’s really going on, but also one that you can’t help but want to see through.

Beautiful writing with a unique and well thought out plot- Salvation is well deserving of 5 Stars! I now want to devour every book Lizzie Ashworth has ever written and cannot wait to get my hands on Denial, the second book in The House of Rae series.

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Book Review: More Than Ever by Gretchen Tubbs

mte“I can’t. I’m sorry, and I appreciate everything you did for me today, but I just can’t.” I feel slightly sick as the words are coming out of my mouth. I don’t think I can open myself up to this. I want to, but I won’t do this to either of us. I can feel the chemistry. If we started something and it would end, it would be disastrous.
“Because of him?”
“No.” I get up from the table and start picking up my food. I don’t want to have this conversation. I walk to the trashcan and throw my leftovers away. When I reach the restaurant’s interior doors that lead back inside, I feel Bennett’s body pushed up against mine. It feels both safe and scary, all at the same time.
He leans over and whispers, “Why?”
In a voice that barely comes out, I reply, “Because of me.”

Lucy Brennan is fighting for her life.
Bennett Strickland feels alive for the first time.
Lives, friendships, family, and love are put to the test.

Everyone is fighting with everything they’ve got.
Will it be enough?

This is the first book in a series, but is a stand-alone novel.

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Lucy Brennan is like any ordinary girl…except she suffers from a genetic kidney disease and is going through life on dialysis three times a week and no kidneys.

Lucy is surrounded by a supportive family and her best friend Miller, whom she lives with, as well as her sister, Maggie. Miller is deeply in love with Lucy, but sadly, she doesn’t reciprocate.

On a scheduled trip to the hospital for dialysis, Lucy meets smoking hot nurse practitioner Bennett Strickland.
Lucy takes Bennet’s breath away the moment he lays eyes on her, despite her emptying the contents of her stomach onto him. Bennet wants nothing more to than to win Lucys’ heart, but Lucy is afraid of starting something with Bennet that she may be unable to finish.

More Than Ever is a beautiful story of love and loss. I really sympathized with Lucy’s situation and I loved how Bennett didn’t care about that at all. I did struggle with parts of the book as I really loved Miller and wanted so much for him to be happy. I felt at times that Lucy didn’t treat him fairly.

There are some truly heartbreaking moments in this book as well as times where I groaned and uttered ‘oh-no’. The emotion swirling within the pages was excellent and should be commended.

I think the differing points of view could have been expressed better. There were times, just after Bennett’s point of view, that we go back to Lucy’s point of view without clear direction. Also, I feel that we could have had more of Bennett’s point of view rather than snippets. There are also some errors that a good editor could weed out.
Overall I really liked More Than Ever. It is well told, and really pulled at my heartstrings. 4/5

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Book Review: Tall Tatted and Tempting by Tammy Falkner

tttLogan wants to know my name, but I can’t tell him. I can’t tell him anything. There are too many people looking for me. He’s pretty persuasive, though, and he convinces me to go home with him so he can keep me safe from this harsh city where I find myself. It’s not my home. It’s his. He belongs. I don’t.

Logan lives with four brothers in the inner city. Yet I’ve never felt more safe than I do when I’m with him. I want him. But he won’t let me have a darn thing, aside from his friendship, unless I’m willing to tell him my secrets. But they’re mine, and I can’t share them. Not unless I want them to come and get me.

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She catches my eye because she’s so beautiful she takes my breath. But that’s not all that I love about her. I love the way she smells. The way she smiles. The way she plays the guitar is unlike anything I have ever seen. She sleeps in my bed every night, and drives me crazy with her touch. But I can’t take what she offers because I need all of her. I need for her to tell me her secrets. I need for her to trust me.
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She’s locked up tight. But he might be the key.

Logan Reed is tall, tatted and tempting.
Kit’s a woman with a mean right hook and a secret.

Kit wants a tattoo, but Logan sees more than she intends to share in the drawing of the tat she wants. He sees her in ways no one ever has.

Logan’s not disabled; but he hasn’t spoken in eight years. He hasn’t needed to.
Until he meets Kit.

Logan doesn’t know everything about Kit. Kit doesn’t know anything about herself,
until she has to sacrifice all she ever wanted to save what’s most important to him.

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Kit (Emily Madison) is living on the streets. Homeless and hungry, she feels trapped and alone, until she meets Logan.

Logan has had his fair share of women. With his impressive build, inked body and beautiful eyes he can have any woman he desires. He never sticks with one woman for longer than one night, and even then, he won’t sleep in bed with them all night, preferring them to be gone by morning….until Kit walks into his life. With a mean right hook, Kit catches Logan’s attention immediately and before he knows it, he’s hooked. But Kit has a secret and because of that, she refuses to give away her real identity or stay in one place for too long.

As Logan and Kit fall hard for each other, Kit finds herself in a situation she never planned. When Logan’s brother is rushed to hospital, Kit sacrifices everything she wants from life to make sure Logan gets everything he needs.

I absolutely adored Logan—he is now my new book boyfriend. Sweet, loyal and hot as hell, the man has it all. His adoration for Kit took my breath away and the way he treats her – me, pick me! I want him. Logan is aware that Kit is running from something or someone and though he wants all of her, he refuses to give himself up to her until she trusts him enough to tell him about her past.

“This girl will shred me. I already know she will. And I’m jumping in with everything I am anyway.”

Kit is struggling to find her way in life. A bright young woman, she feels she’s stupid because she struggles to read. She is NOT stupid, she’s smart and kind, though a little wary of people. She knows she’s falling for Logan and it scares her. She doesn’t want to talk about who she really is and she really doesn’t want to hurt Logan. Kit is a very likeable character and I really rooted for her to get the things that she really wants in life, especially Logan!

All of the characters are well developed and the author did a wonderful job of ensuring that each character stands out as an individual. This book is so well written. It has everything I love in a book – a sexy inked love interest, a strong and sassy main female character and SMOLDERING chemistry between the two. I absolutely ADORED it. 5/5

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Book Review: Breaking Noah by Missy Johnson & Ashley Suzanne

bnWhat happens when you start falling for your worst enemy? Fans of Abbi Glines and Monica Murphy will relish this addictive novel of smoking-hot seduction—and revenge gone so wrong, it’s right.

I wasn’t always this jaded. I had a clear head, things I wanted out of life, and a concise plan on how to get there. For being only twenty-one, I pretty much had it all figured out. Until the day my cousin died.

I spent months going over all the details surrounding her death, trying to figure out how I missed the signs, and the only thing I could come up with was she would still be alive if it wasn’t for one person: her professor. So I transferred to his college, enrolled in his class, and set my new plan in motion.

First I’ll seduce him. Then I’ll ruin him. I’ve just got to stay strong and not let his charm and my emotions get the best of me. Because someone has to pay for her death. If it’s the last thing I do, I’m going to break Noah.

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Zara had a great life. With great grades and well on her way to gaining the grades she needs to study law, everything was going her way. Until her cousin and best friend, Karly committed suicide. Karly sends one note prior to taking her life. A note that reveals she was pregnant and the father of her baby was less than impressed. Fuelled by rage and an intense need to find justice for Karly’s death, Zara hatches a plan. Find the man responsible for the death of her friend, Noah Bain, and destroy him.

Noah is an English Lit professor. After a hard year in which one of his students took her own life, Noah feels the need to make sure that nothing like that ever happens again.

When Zara breezes into Noah’s class half way through the semester, Noah has the gut feeling that something is off. All of Zara’s transcripts indicate she was working toward law as her major, so why has she suddenly changed it to English Lit, moreover why has she moved at such a strange time, and, having missed out on a room at the College—where is she staying?

As Noah’s concern leads him to Zara’s door, he’s unwittingly playing into her hands. Brick by brick, Zara lowers his defenses until she has him exactly where she wants him.

But things aren’t as they seem. Everything Zara think she knows starts to no longer make sense. Noah is sweet, caring and hot as hell and she finds herself struggling to keep at bay the feelings beginning to develop for him. And as missing pieces of the puzzle start to click together—Zara realizes she’s in way over her head.

The complexities of this book – where to start? Zara is hell set on revenge and determined to destroy Noah. From the moment her chapters begin, it’s apparent that she’s really struggling to deal with Karly’s death. She’s withdrawn, doesn’t make friends and her behavior screams crazy. She throws herself at Noah, although I think she thought she was being subtle – she really wasn’t. Although her intentions are admirable – to get justice for her friend, the way she goes about it leaves a lot to be desired. That is not to say that this was a negative part of the book, on the contrary, Zara is messed up and her actions show that.

I found Noah a bit of a bore. He is sweet and he does try to keep everyones best interests at heart, but he just didn’t float my boat. Also, the bossy side of him during sex just did not, in any way, tie into his personality.
The plot is really good and the book is written really well. There are a few twists and turns along the way, although I think they were a little obvious. Some parts of it were just too brushed under the carpet, for example Noah and his girlfriend’s relationship. I didn’t fall in love with either of the characters and the ending was a little too easy for my liking. 3/5

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