Tuesday, September 1, 2015

ARC Book review: Maid for a Magnate (Dynasties: The Montoros #5) by Jules Bennett

Available Sept 1st 2015
eARC Provided by author through Harlequin.

Now that he's shunned the princess, will he marry the maid? 

After narrowly escaping a royal marriage of convenience orchestrated by his meddling father, businessman Will Rowling is going after what he wants. And make no mistake, he wants Cat Iberra his father's maid, and the woman who got away when they were young. All it takes is a stolen kiss to get the seduction started.

But Cat's reluctant about the reunion. Fool her once, shame on Will, but fool her twice well, maybe she's in the mood to be fooled. But will a family secret scuttle her second chance with the man who won't let go of her heart? 

I am coming into this series cold not having read the previous books this one is linked to. It can be read as a stand a lone in my opinion but like most series would be even better read in order. Cat is not new to the charms of Will Rowling. She fell for him 4 years ago and he broke her heart when he picked money and his father over her. Little did she know Will was protecting her from his father. It's taken him four long painstaking years to get some revenge on his father for his controlling ways and for making him hurt Cat. Now Will is working at hard to get Cat to see he has changed. That she means something to him. Without reading the last book you can still get the gist of what happened previously as it is brought up once or twice. I love that Will and his twin brother James who apparently had not been close in a while find their way back to a great brother bond. Cat is this strong women who instead of sulking when Will dumped her decided to get a life for herself and has been diligently working for that for the last four years. Now her life is thrown into turmoil again by the same man. She just has to decide if he's worth trusting again. For 192 pages this book packs a lot of story into a small amount of pages. Enjoyable and engaging from beginning to end!

Find out more about Jules Bennett here www.julesbennett.com

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Book review: Earth Bound (Sea Haven/Sisters of the Heart #4) by Christine Feehan

Available now!

After escaping from a cult, Lexi found refuge with her sisters on the farm that more than sustained her body—it nurtured her soul as well. But she never forgot the terror she left behind or the always present fear that the cult would find her again, and claim her. Then her nightmare came true.

Lexi was discovered and threatened—only to be suddenly saved by a stranger. He is Gavriil Prakenskii, and he’s awestruck by the woman he’s rescued. She is destined for him. He can feel it in his soul. But how can Lexi find happiness with a man steeped in secrets and shadows, one intimately acquainted with violence, and whose very love could be the death of them.

Book 4 in the Sisters of the Heart series brings us Lexi's stories. Of course there is a Prakenskii brother and this time it's one of the older brothers Gavriil. Gavriil shows up in Lexi's life just in time to save her from the man who abused her and kidnapped her from her family as a child. Being bound to the Earth she helped the cult she was kidnapped into thrive. She found her only solace in growing the crops for the cult and have her hands in the dirt. Once she finally escaped and found her new sisters the farm became her place of healing. Gravill is a self professed killer. Like his brothers he was kidnapped and his parents murdered as a young child. He came to the farm to warn his youngest brother he was now on a hit list with the rest of them. He didn't expect Lexi but once he saw her it was all over. Loved this one. Graviil and Lexi have both had terrible things in their pasts but both see the potential of healing in each other. When Lexi's past comes back to haunt her Graviil and his brothers along with her sisters get together to finally clear that out of Lexi's life. High light of the book for most fans of this series will probably seeing 5 of the 7 brothers get together. I can't wait for the final two brothers to join the series.

Find out more about this series and Christine Feehan here www.christinefeehan.com

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

eARC book review: Too Hard to Handle (Black Knights Inc. #8) by Julie Ann Walker

Available Sept. 1st 2015

"The Man" is back
Dan "The Man" Currington is back in fighting form with a mission that takes him four thousand miles south of BKI headquarters, high in the Andes Mountains of Peru. He's hot on the trail of a rogue CIA agent selling classified government secrets to the highest bidder, when Penni DePaul arrives on the scene. Suddenly the stakes are higher, and keeping Penni safe becomes Dan's number one priority.

And this time she's ready
A lot has changed since former Secret Service Agent Penni DePaul last saw Dan. Now a civilian, she's excited about what the future might hold. But before she can grab onto that future with both hands, she has to tie up some loose ends-namely, Dan Currington, the man she just can't forget. And a secret that's going to change both their lives-if they can stay alive, that is.

So excited to see Dan's story. Dan Currington lost his wife quite brutally in one of the first books in this series. We really didn't get to know much about him or his wife at the time. He fell into deep grief and became an alcoholic. Just getting by one day at a time. He didn't much care about anything. Two years later he has pulled himself up out of all that with the help of his BKI family when he met Penni DePaul in the last book in this series. They met guarding the presidents daughter but through horrific events in that book they forged a bond and feelings for each other. Still they walked away at the end of the book. Penni was a Secret Service agent but she shows up in Chicago to see Dan having resigned her post. Dan's and Zoelner are out of the country and the BKI  crew send Penni there thinking she'd be fine but she ends up in the middle of the biggest mess ever. Penni was coming to see Dan to talk about a possible future together. Next thing you know they are running from bullets and bad men.  I loved this book. It's so great to see Dan finally get some peace and the possibility of a happy life. Penni has a big secret that changes everything and Dan makes a confession that pushes Penni to doubt him. The only thing that tore me up a bit is the ending. It's not really a cliffhanger as much as it is a detail left open. I thought there would be a bit of a reveal at the last minute but we are stuck waiting for the next book. I'll be reading it for sure!! Action packed and emotional at times Julie Ann Walker delivers another great BKI story!

Find out more about this series and Julie Ann Walker here www.julieannwalker.com

Friday, August 21, 2015

ARC Book review: Broken Play (Birmingham Rebels #1) by Samantha Kane

Available Sept 1st 2015
eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley

Birmingham Rebels offensive linemen Beau Perez and Cass Zielinski are inseparable, on and off the field. Cass, the captain with the cowboy swagger, is a loose cannon. Beau, the veteran tight end, is cool under pressure. And ever since they were caught on tape in a steamy threesome, their exploits have fueled more than a few tabloid headlines—and naughty fantasies.
Marian Treadwell knows all about the video. And now that she’s the Rebels’ new assistant offensive coach, she can’t look at Beau and Cass without picturing their hard, naked bodies—with her pressed in between. Marian would like nothing more than to indulge those impulses, but she knows better than to get too close to her players, a bunch of adrenaline-fueled alpha males who don’t always follow the rules.
Just the thought of sharing the gorgeous yet guarded Marian drives Cass wild. At first, Beau isn’t sure she’s right for them . . . and lately, all he desires is a little alone time with Cass to explore their new intimacy. But it’s only a matter of time before Cass breaks through both of their defenses. Because when seduction is the game plan, he always plays to win.
I thought this would be a sports story mixed with a romance. It turns out i was wrong. Beau and Cass have been best friends for a long time. Wherever Cass goes Beau follows. Now with the Birmingham Rebels Cass is the captain and needs to make this year a good one. Marian Treadwell is the new assistant offensive coach. She know her stuff but wants to tread lightly while showing the players she can help them win. She needs to prove to herself she can be successful without her dad who is a famous head coach for college team. The newest recruit refuses to show up to practice so when they arrange a phone call everyone is surprised when Marian speaks up to talk him into coming when so far he's been a no go. That's when secrets tumble out. This is more of a erotica though than a sports story. Cass and Beau have a sex tape as a threesome and Marian has seen it and imagines herself in the middle. Cass and Beau want her too but they also want each other. While Beau who is the rougher looking  with a matching background comes off as the sweet one of the two and Cass comes off as a super alpha caveman.  There are several sexual themes in this story and i was a little surprised to see them but this is the first book by this author for me so i don't know if it's the norm in her work. I can only say it was interesting and i am still not sure if i liked it or not. Over all the book could've used more story and less sex and some of the dialogue was a bit cheesy but if you want to read a book that will sizzle your brain a little this one can do that. I am intrigued enough to read on to book two.

Find out more about this series and Samantha Kane here www.samanthakane.us

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

ARC Book review: Anything but Broken (Hurricane Creek #1) by Joelle Knox

Available 8/25/2015
eARC provided by author

After five years, tragedy brings Hannah Casey back to Hurricane Creek to bury what’s left of her family. She’s flunking out of college, haunted by scandal, and the only person who cares is Sean Whitlow, an irresistible bad boy with a soft spot for her. The problem? He’s her dead sister’s ex.

Sean doesn’t bleed red, he bleeds motor oil. During the week, he struggles to turn his auto repair shop into a profitable business. But when Saturday night rolls around, he’s the reigning stock-car king of the local race track. He doesn’t know how to lose–or how to walk away and leave Hannah alone with her grief.

Between her grades and her wealthy family’s dark secrets, Hannah’s barely holding her life together. And the last thing Sean needs is to get tangled up with another Casey girl. As the attraction between them spins out of control, they’ll either find a love with no limits–or go up in flames.

I have not read many New Adult (NA) but because Joelle Knox is also Kit Rocha i decided i needed to give this book a try. It's definitely a different writing style than i am used to and it took a while to like it but the more i read the more i enjoyed it. Hannah has a lot going on. Her parents are killed in a horrific car accident and everything else in her life is a mess. Now she's home to take care of everything with her parents estate, funerals etc. She finds herself facing her deceased sisters ex boyfriend,. Hannah has always had  thing for Sean and when she runs into him that attractions burns bright for both of them. Sean turns into the only sane thing in her life as she deals with family things and what life is now like without her controlling parents to tell her what to do.  I enjoyed this book the more i read it. I wasn't completely sold on it til the last 25% when of course things have to finally come to a head. Hannah has many secrets and as they start to come out it will either destroy what she has started to build or will prove to her that there can be good in her life. The author does a nice job building the foundation for this series while still giving us Hannah and Sean story. I can't wait for the next book in this series.  

Find out more about this series and Joelle Knox here www.joelleknox.com