See ya Soon!



I'm off traveling and visiting family so won't be posting too much until the 28th.  I'll try to get a review or two  posted but I'm not reading much so that might be difficult. lol 
Hope you have as much fun as I'm having!

What I Read Last Week

Howdy from Tennessee!

I arrived here on Friday night after driving through a nasty storm. It then rained Saturday, was nice yesterday and is raining today.  I just woke up to sound of intense thunder. I never hear thunder like that in California!

It's was great to see my sister, brother-in-law and niece last week.  We had a great time and I'm so glad I added that leg to my trip.  They ended up taking us to Mestizo which is a restaurant owned by Aaron Sanchez - a judge on the show Chopped.  My youngest adores that show she she LOVED being at his restaurant.

Now I'm at my parents home and I love it.  It's so wonderful to see them again and see how they're settling in to their new home.  The house is huge and beautiful. I love old homes and this being 88 years old it certainly fits the bill.

Yesterday my other sister (who lives about an hour away) her husband, my other niece and her husband along with their new baby - my grand-nephew - came over to my parents house.  I love my family cuz they're just crazy and we had so much fun spending the day laughing.  Here's a picture of my baby with James, my grand-nephew:



About what I read this past week?  Well, not much!  I've been so busy with family and traveling that reading fell by the wayside.  I did read one book for Book Binge:

Road of No Return by KA Merikan is the story of a man who's an outlaw in an MC and he's gay.  Of course he has no desire to classify himself as such.  He finds himself falling for the new tattoo artist in town and falling fast.  Zak, the artist, sees Stitch (the biker) as a fuck buddy  - not a relationship.  The pair has issues and Stitch ends up being part nice guy, part bastard.  I had some mixed feelings about the book and both loved and hated Stitch at different times.  It was a tad too violent for my liking but that's personal preference - it may not be for others.  3 out of 5

My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
Debutantes Don't Date by Kristina O'Grady
The Longest Night by Kara Braden

Happy Reading!


See ya soon!



I'm off traveling and visiting family so won't be posting too much until the 28th.  I'll try to get a review or two  posted but I'm not reading much so that might be difficult. lol 
Hope you have as much fun as I'm having!

What I Read Last Week

Hey folks!

Sorry this is delayed this week.  I traveled by car on Friday to Vegas, then on Saturday to Denver then on Sunday to Overland Park, Kansas (just outside of Kansas City) to see my sister, brother-in-law and niece.  It was a long drive but my youngest was with me and we had a good time.  She's a really great traveling companion so the time didn't seem all that long. We'll be here for 4 or 5 days then we'll be moving on to Tennessee to see my parents. :)

Beautiful Colorado mountains

Since then my sister and I have been busy catching up even though I just saw her in May when she was visiting San Diego.  She had breast cancer and had a double mastectomy last year.  Then just a few weeks ago had to have a complete hysterectomy as she had a football size fibroid in her uterus.  The poor woman has been through a lot in the past year and still she's doing really well.  She's now completely cancer free!  Yay!

My sister is also an interior decorator and since she's not able to work due to her recent surgery I helped her business partner do an "installation" yesterday.  It was pretty cool helping to decorate a person's living room.  It turned out really well.  

Congratulations to the winners of the recent giveaways:
Martha L was the winner of the print copy of The Longest Night by Kara Braden
Tish D. was the winner of the digital copy of Napoleon by JC Mells.

So what I read last week (which was very little):. 

First for the week was Pieces of Olivia by Melissa West.  The story was a really good one about a girl dealing with going to college and dealing with a horrible accident that changed her life.  You can read my review here. 4 out of 5 

Next was Silver Wolf Clan by Tera Shanley.  This story was about a man who fights to save the life of a woman and ends up getting bitten by the creature he's fighting and turns into a werewolf.  He has to deal with figuring it all out without any guidance.  He then sees the woman again and realizes that she is his mate and has to cope with keeping her safe.  It was a good story that I had a couple of issues with.  3.75 out of 5 (read for Book Binge)

Last for the week was Dangerous Territory by Emmy Curtis.  This is a novella that begins the Alpha Ops series.  The story is about two people who have a one night stand but then can't stop thinking of each other.  Three years go by and then the man ends up having to save a reporter during a rescue and they get to meet again.  Unfortunately the man has no respect for reporters whatsoever and this causes a ton of friction between the two. It was a good story and I really liked it. 4 out of 5


My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
One Night with a Quarterback by Jeanette Murray
Two for One by Ann B. Harrison
Poplar Place by Ellen Butler   

Happy Reading!


Review: Pieces of Olivia by Melissa West

Olivia Warren used to be a normal girl with a bright future.
But on one fated night, everything changed.

Hiding the scars of her past up her sleeves, Olivia transfers her enrollment from Columbia University to The College of Charleston, determined to pursue her own dreams for the first time in her life.

She intends to allow herself a bit of alone time to heal... that is, until she meets Preston.

Preston is best friends with her roommate, completely hot, and off-limits. But the chemistry between them is instantaneous—and as the pair begins to spend more time with one another, their feelings for each other build into something undeniable, something powerful enough to heal Olivia’s deepest scars.

Olivia tries to put her own past behind her and trust Preston, but she discovers that his past might be more present than she ever bargained for…


Olivia is going to college. Not the college her parents would like her to go to, unfortunately, but one she feels will work best with her life. She meets her roommate Kara and Kara’s best friend, Preston, almost immediately, and they all are fast friends. Olivia is attracted to Preston but as he’s a serial dater and never stays with a girl very long she tries to steer clear.

Olivia obviously has some issues. She sees a therapist about an event that happened in her life that destroyed those she loved and she’s dealing with incredible guilt. As she tries to work through it all with her therapist she finds herself falling in love with Preston. Unfortunately they each have secrets and when those come out it may tear them all apart.

Pieces of Olivia was a very emotional story. From moment one I was invested in Olivia and what she was going through. We don’t find out the entire story until later in the book but we’re given enough hints to piece it together. It’s not a pretty picture and the times in the book that Olivia is remembering the event that changed her life, and those involved, honestly had me in tears.

While Olivia is trying to deal with her past so that she can see a future for herself, she’s falling in love with Preston. She tries not to but he’s a really great person. Ok, he wasn’t great to some girls as he never felt an emotional connection with them, but with Olivia he’s perfect. I liked their time together and how it affected both of their lives in a positive way. I could tell that there was a huge secret that Kara and Preston were keeping from Olivia. The pair had been friends for a long time so that wasn’t too unusual. When that secret came out I was surprised and a bit disappointed in Olivia’s reaction. I was happy she finally considered her actions and realized how overblown they were.

Rose is Olivia’s therapist and played a pretty big role in the book. I can’t say I cared for Rose’s therapy methods but I loved that she was always there for Olivia no matter when she called or came by.

The story is about love, friendship, loss, trust and honesty and exactly how those things affect and change our lives, for better or worse, daily. I enjoyed the story and I’m looking forward to reading more in this series.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Melissa West

Running Wild by SE Jakes - Virtual Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway

Thanks so much to Tracy’s Place for hosting me on the tour for Running Wild: Havoc Book 1. This is the start of a brand new series, with different heroes for each book and HEAs at the end of each book. Sean Rush and Ryker stole my heart a long time ago, and I’m excited for you guys to meet all of them.

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Here's a snippet from a scene toward the middle of the book. Ryker has just proved to Sean that he doesn't mind his MC knowing they're together -- by kissing the hell out of him in front of everyone. And then he tells Sean to get on the back of his bike, so he can take Sean home. Sean has objections...

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Still, I kept my voice down so no one could hear when I told him, “I’m not riding in the bitch seat.”

He was trying not to grin, but failing. “Why not?”

“I know exactly what it means when you ride on the back of a guy’s bike.”

“Really?”

“It means you fucking own me, Ryker.”

“Don’t I?”

His words were a low rumble that shot straight to my dick and holy fuck . . . I had no answer. Well, obviously I did, but I refused to put voice to it.

I was out—that wasn’t the issue. And obviously being out wasn’t an issue for him either. But the MC shit, we’d never talked about it, what it meant for us. All these men knew about our relationship, knew he was looking out for me. Knew he considered me his.

I swear I had to remind myself to breathe.

“Get on the bike, Sean.”

This time, Ryker’s tone left no room for argument. If anything, it made me harder. I stopped thinking—par for the course when I was around Ryker—and I got on the bike behind him.

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RUNNING WILD: Havoc Book 1

Embrace the danger…

Sean Rush is an adrenaline junkie. That’s why he was in the Army, why he steals and races classic muscle cars . . . and why he can’t stay away from bad boy Ryker, a Havoc Motorcycle Club lieutenant. Fortunately, Ryker can’t seem to stay away from Sean—he’s spent the last eight months breaking into Sean’s apartment and stealing into his bed, leaving Sean physically satisfied but increasingly restless.

Sean has always avoided relationships. He likes to come and go without being controlled. And Ryker is possibly the most controlling man he’s ever known. Still, he finds that he wants more from Ryker than their silent nighttime encounters.

Then one of Sean’s thefts goes bad, and Ryker’s protective instincts kick into overdrive. He takes Sean to the Havoc compound, determined to keep him safe. But Sean’s past threatens the safety of Havoc—and everything Ryker holds dear. Worse, Ryker’s hiding secrets of his own. Soon it’s obvious that the adrenaline rush can’t keep them together anymore. But maybe love can.

*Read an excerpt
*Order Running Wild

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FYI, I’m also writing a m/f MC series under the Steph Tyler name—the first book of that series, Vipers Run is out now as well. And there’s a very light crossover in that you’ll see names of MCs that are main characters in my Vipers series—namely Vipers MC, along with the Heathens. Havoc’s friendly with Vipers, not so much with Heathens (they seem to be everyone’s enemy at the moment).

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SE Jakes writes m/m romance. She believes in happy endings and fighting for what you want in both fiction and real life. She lives in New York with her family and most days, she can be found happily writing (in bed). No really…

You can contact her the following ways:

• You can email her at authorsejakes@gmail.com.
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• Truth be told, the best way to contact her is by email or in blog comments.
She spends most of her time writing but she loves to hear from readers!

SE Jakes is the pen-name of New York Times Bestselling author Stephanie Tyler (and half of Sydney Croft) — please go to my media kit to learn more! 


My Review:

You got the blurb earlier so I'll just head into my part of it all. :)

I've been a fan of biker boys since time immemorial. There's just something about the rough, not so lawful attitude that they exude. Most of the time they're not all that lawful so to me that's a bonus. lol When I saw this story and read the blurb I knew it was one I didn't want to miss.

Sean's a bit messed up about Ryker. He loves the fact that the guy is breaking into his house to have sex with him and then Ryker always does something sweet the next day - like a courtship...almost. The fact that Ryker is one tough motherfucker is just an added extra bonus for Sean. Sean is an adrenaline junkie who thrives on stealing cars and street racing. He's gotten himself into trouble in the past and is trying to keep himself and his best friend Noah out of trouble but things don't always turn out as planned. When Noah gets himself into deep trouble I loved that Sean was right there to help him out. He didn't even have to stop and think about it - he just did it. That's a true friend, right there.

There's some info that comes out about Ryker and his MC as the story goes on that makes Sean doubt Ryker's feelings for him and I thought it added a slightly softer side to the whole story. Sean just wasn't as tough as Ryker or as tough as he portrayed himself and that was okay by me as I like the dichotomy of it all.  


The whole story was pretty riveting and once I started it I didn't put it down til I was finished.  There are a plethora of reasons to pick up this book and my advice is to read it and find out what those are.  You just can't understand it's pull until you read it...so read it. :)

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Twofer Review: Pia Saves the Day and Peanut Goes to School by Thea Harrison

Pia Saves the Day

Pia and Dragos’s magical young son Liam (the Peanut), is growing at an unprecedented rate, and if that isn’t enough, he is also exhibiting new, and unpredictable, magical gifts. To protect him, the concerned parents decide to move to upstate New York.

Both Dragos and Pia relish the idea of leaving behind the city. They finally have the space to indulge their Wyr side, and Liam can grow in safety. It’s a breath of fresh air—literally—but their idyllic situation is shattered when Dragos is injured in a freak accident.

Stripped of his memory and bereft of Pia’s taming influence, there’s nothing holding back Dragos’s darkest side. And in order to restore her family and save her mate, Pia must confront the most powerful menace in Elder Races history.

It’s going to take more than a penny to fix this…


Pia and Dragos are in their new home in upstate New York and are undertaking a building project. Unfortunately when Dragos gets too close to some blasting he is injured and loses his memory. Pia sends their son, Liam, off with the sentinels and goes after her husband. It doesn’t matter what needs to be done, she will get her husband and mate back.

This was an unexpected novella for the fact that I wasn’t expecting something so drastic and possibly fatal to befall this wonderful couple. Obviously in the Elder Races world tragedy and harm can befall them as well.
 

The story was a great view into the love and respect that Pia and Dragos have for each other. Pia was obviously scared that she wasn’t going to get her husband back but she was determined to go after him and do what she could. She wasn’t planning on stopping until she’d reached her goal and it showed such strength. Dragos wasn’t exactly himself so he wasn’t the kind Wyr we’ve all gotten to know and love. I thought that Harrison did a wonderful job showing us this “other” Dragos and making the story realistic. Dragos didn’t suddenly see Pia and say, “Oh yeah, there’s my mate. Gee wiz, guess I lost my memory for a moment or two.” No, uh-uh, it was much more involved than that and had me holding my breath waiting to see what would happen next.

This was a really great novella. If you love the Elder Races series then this is one you won’t want to miss.

Rating: 4 out of 5


Peanut Goes to School

Dragos Cuelebre is no longer the only dragon.

Dragos’s son Liam Cuelebre (a.k.a. Peanut) is springing into existence, reminiscent of the first of the Elder Races who were born at the beginning of the world. At just six months of age, he has already grown to the size of a large five-year-old boy. He can read, write in complete sentences, and his math skills are off the chart.

A white dragon in his Wyr form, Liam also holds more Power than almost anyone else. In an effort to give him a taste of normality, no matter how fleeting, his parents Pia and Dragos enroll him in first grade.

They hope school will help teach Liam how to relate to others, a vital skill that will help him control his growing Power. But school has a surprising number of pitfalls, and relating to others can be a tricky business.

When a classmate is threatened, Liam must quickly learn self-control, how to rein in his instincts, and govern his temper, because there’s no doubt about it—he is fast becoming one of the most dangerous creatures in all of the Elder Races.


This book starts up very shortly after the previous book but this story focuses on Dragos and Pia's son, Liam aka Peanut. He had been growing at an astounding rate from day one but when Dragos is hurt in the previous novella Liam has a growth spurt that’s unbelievable.

Now Peanut is going to school even though he’s only 6 months old. He’s taller than most kindergarteners and more intelligent than they are as well - more intelligent than the teacher, even. The socialization, however, is what Pia and Dragos would like him to experience.

Our little Peanut has an exciting and sometimes frustrating first day of school. He makes friends, makes some enemies, protects the weak, and stands up for what he believes in. He is a great kid I just wanted to crawl into my ereader and hug the little tyke.

Hi, my name is Cuelebre, Liam Cuelebre. My code name is Double Oh Peanut, but you can call me Rock Star for short.

Such a good story! I loved reading from Liam’s POV as he has such a loving and caring personality. He loves his parents to death and that comes shining through in this story. I loved Liam’s interactions with Dragos, and the talk they had near the end was heart-warming and wonderful.

I highly recommend this story be read and enjoyed. I certainly hope we’ll get more from Peanut in the future cuz he is a Rock Star.

Rating: 4 out of 5 


Thea Harrison