Thursday, September 18, 2014

ARC Book review: Rock Addiction (Rock Kiss #1) by Nalini Singh

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A bad boy wrapped in a sexy, muscled, grown-up package might be worth a little risk… 

Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media’s harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction. 

A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that’s all it was meant to be… 

Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he’ll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn’t only her body that’s become addicted to Fox, but her heart…

I have not read a rock star book in a while so when i saw Nalini Singh had written one i knew i had to see what it was all about. This book starts out in Australia which i thought was interesting and then later heads to the States and California. Fox is the lead singer in a band and they are in Australia for a month to relax before going back to the US and touring again. Fox sees her across the room at a party and immediately is attracted to her. Approaching her, Molly, who never lets anything to exciting into her life, decides to have a one night stand with him. She's really attracted to him too but a terrible past experience in the media has turned her off any chance of that life again. The book moves along swiftly. Fox knows from the beginning he wants more from Molly than one night. He has to convince her of that now. First he talks her into the month they are in Australia in the hopes he can convince her they are worth a shot. Both have issues in their pasts to deal with along with the whole Fox being famous. There are a lot of stops and starts between the two on the path of Fox's goal of permanence between the two. Sometimes Fox runs hot and cold but i think that was from a mixture of his past and him wanting to take things slow with Molly and then misunderstandings. He's really quite sweet with her.The secondary character's were really interesting and hopefully they will get some front and center time in books to come in this series. All around though this book reads fast, the character's are enjoyable on the whole and who doesn't like a rock and roll romance! Nalini Singh kicks off the start of this new series with a kick! 

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

ARC Book review: Barefoot in Lace (The Barefoot Bay Brides Trilogy #2) by Roxanne St. Claire

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Kick off your shoes and fall in love again in with the Barefoot Bay Brides! 

Destination wedding planner Gussie McBain needs a man . . . specifically, a wedding photographer. Just her luck that the shutterbug she runs into is more used to snapping pictures of glamorous models in couture gowns than brides in white lace. But Gussie's never been one to let bad odds stop her from a good gamble, so she asks for a favor she never dreams superstar TJ DeMille will actually grant.

Tom DeMille lives his life exactly as he pleases—always alone. In fact, he’s got that motto tattooed in Greek on his arm. But when Tom is suddenly saddled with guardianship of his twelve-year-old niece, he'll lose more than his freedom if he can't figure out how to take care of her. Then an alluring young woman with pink hair and a sassy mouth shows up at his door, and he agrees to do the unthinkable . . . photograph a wedding in exchange for some help with his niece.

As they work together, Tom begins to take down the walls Gussie has erected around herself to discover a truly beautiful and tender woman he knows he could love. But will his own heartache and refusal to lay down roots prevent him from giving Gussie the family life she craves . . . or could she be the one woman who can finally break his vow of solitude?

Book 2 in this series bring us to Gussie, the quirky wedding planner whose hair color could change every day with her mood or her outfit. She's way more than just her outward appearance though. She's got a huge heart and a big hurt or two in her heart along with some big regrets. Tom DeMille lives life on a fast train to the next city and the next city. You get the picture. Circumstance put him right in Gussie's path at the Super min the local convenience store. She knows exactly who he is. A world class photographer whose work she's admired for a long time.  Not long after that guess what she needs for a wedding when the photographer just dropped out last minute?  Tom is back in Florida after the death of his sister puts him as guardian of his 12 year old niece Alex and the relationship between the two is not going well at all. Then Gussie steps into the mix and is amazing with her. Gussie and Tom both have events in their lives that have changed their lives and bruised their hearts. Then add Tom's niece he has her to worry about when he's given up on any kind of lasting relationship years ago. Alex finds  herself motherless and with a Uncle who has trouble relating to her and her to him. Really you have three lost souls trying to make it work. This book had it's funny and light moments but also the sad and frustrating moments. I really felt for the characters but Tom is the one who ends up having the hardest time letting go and make the commitment to living a whole life again. An amazing story from beginning to end. 

Fine out more about this series and Roxanne St Claire here

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

ARC book review: The Arrow (Highland Guard #9) by Monica McCarty

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As King Robert the Bruce of Scotland plots to retake his English occupied castles, he needs the stealth and skill of his elite soldiers, the Highland Guard. Fearless and indomitable, no men are more loyal to their king, or cherished by the women they love.

The talents of legendary marksman Gregor “Arrow” MacGregor are crucial now, as Bruce moves to reclaim his Scottish holdings. Gregor is considered the most handsome man in Scotland, and his fame as an archer is rivaled only by his reputation with the lasses as a heartbreaker. But when his infamous face is exposed during a covert mission, Gregor is forced to lay low. He returns home only to find a new battle waiting: a daring game of seduction involving his now very grown up and very desirable ward, Cate of Lochmaben.

A born fighter, Cate was clinging to life when Gregor rescued her after a vicious English raid on her village left her mother dead. But five years later, the once scrappy orphan Gregor took under his protection has become a woman. Brave, strong, and skilled in warfare, Cate is determined to lay claim to the warrior who refuses to be trapped. The heat in his eyes tells her she has his attention . . . and his desire. But will Gregor allow his heart to surrender before danger finds them, and the truth of Cate’s identity is revealed?

I can't believe we are on book number 9 of the Highland Guard series. I got into this series late and have missed a few books i believe but that has not caused me to have any problems picking up in the middle somewhere and reading from there.  Gregor MacGregor is one of the mysterious Highland Guard. He's the best archer around and his skills have been heavily relied on for their success.  He saves Cate  from a well when her village was attacked and her mother brutally raped and killed. He then took her on as his ward but 5 years later she's a full grown woman. After a disastrous mission he comes home to take a break and finds he's attracted to her. She's attracted right back and wants him and so starts trying to seduce him. She's carrying a few secrets though as to who she really is and how old she really is. This book is full of fun interactions as Gregor tries to fend off Cate when his conscious tells him it isn't right to want her. Once he decides its a losing battle it gets hot fast.  Just when it  looks like everything is going along fine one overheard conversation turns into misunderstandings and pride and old hurts ruin everything.  I love how Cate is portrayed as a smart yet innocent woman. She's trained as a fighter by Gregor's brother John and then Gregor helps her with some more training.  They don't treat as a inferior person and tell her she need to learn how to sew and doing womanly stuff. I also love that the other Highland guard men champion her training and treat her with respect. A great series i always enjoy how Monica McCarty always ties in real history into these books and shares it at the end of her books.  

Find out more about Monica McCarty and her Highland Guard series here

Friday, September 12, 2014

ARC book review: Beyond Addiction (Beyond #5) by Kit Rocha

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She’s fought like hell to leave the past behind.

Trix changed her name and her life when she got clean four years ago. Now, she has a new family and a job she loves—tending bar and dancing at the Broken Circle. As an O’Kane, she’s happy, untouchable. Until a nightmare from her old life tears her away from her home and drags her back to Hell—also known as Sector Five.

He’s still living—and dying—in it.

Losing Trix was the kick in the head Finn needed to get sober, but working as an enforcer for a man he hates is slowly crushing his soul. The only thing that keeps him going is his determination to destroy Sector Five from the inside. Then Trix comes back into his life—alive, in danger—and nothing else matters.

Getting her home could be a suicide mission. The only thing deadlier is the old spark that flares to life between them. Soon, Finn and Trix are battling the one addiction neither of them ever managed to kick—each other. And it could cost them everything

This latest edition in the Kit Rocha series " Beyond" sports a hero that is not from Sector 4.  Little is known about Trix who is one of the newer members of sector 4. Finally we're going to find out her history and where she came from and who and what she left behind. Each book and novella builds more and more of the landscape of this series. We get more details of things we've already seen and more places that are new to us. The characters get more and more defined and you can almost visualize yourself there . Finn and Trix are not new to each other but years have passed since seeing each other and Finn thought that Trix was dead. He thought he saw her die.  He's been beating himself up for what he perceived as his failure to take care of her since her believed death and when he sees her alive now as a O'Kane he decides quickly he's going to fix that are die trying. As always lot of a great characters, hot sexy scenes and plenty of suspense and cage fight or two.  It's never to late to start this series and get into the O'kane's and sector four! 

Find out more about Kit Rocha and the O'kane's here

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

ARC Book review: It's in His Kiss (Lucky Harbor #10) by Jill Shalvis

Available August 26th
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ONE KISS CAN LAST FOREVERBecca Thorpe has uprooted her life and escaped to the beach. Now's her chance to get away from city living, throw caution to the ocean winds, and live in the moment. Especially if the moment includes the deliciously sexy surfer she meets shortly after arriving in Lucky Harbor. Something about the dark intensity of Sam's eyes and the thrill she gets at his touch convinces her to stay awhile.

Boatbuilder and investment genius Sam Brody is a self-made man who knows how dangerous it can be to mix business and pleasure. But he can't resist offering Becca a job just to hear her laugh and have her near. Yet when her brother comes to town asking for help, will he tempt her back to her glamorous life in the city? Or do Sam and little Lucky Harbor have a chance to win Becca's heart?

This is the first of the last three books in the Lucky Harbor series. I'm really sad to see it come to a end it's been a great series since book one. Sam Brody is a guy who likes to keep things close to the vest. He's a great guy and the first to help out but he only let's people in so far. He and his two buddies run a boat chartering business among other water related things. Becca Thorpe is running away and hiding from something. Trying to find herself and what makes her happy she lands in Lucky Harbor and right in Sam's back door. Sam tries to resist Becca but there is something about her that brings out his protective tendencies.  One of the most enjoyable books in the series. You could read this one on it's own if you had not read the previous books. Sam and the guys are there for each  other and when Becca comes into their lives they include her as well. Well paced this book was plenty of humor and small bit of drama. A great read to just sit back and enjoy. 

Find out more about the Lucky Harbor series and the author Jill Shalvis here