Review: Come a Little Bit Closer by Bella Andre

Movie star Smith Sullivan can’t afford any distractions. He’s staking his entire reputation on his new film...but he can’t stop thinking about Valentina Landon and the fire he sees smoldering just beneath the surface of her cool exterior.

Valentina isn’t averse to sensual pleasure, or even to the idea of finding true love, but as a Hollywood business manager she’s watched too many smart women fall for actors...only to be torn apart when the fairy tale comes to its inevitable end.

But when intense weeks together on set turn their heated attraction into red-hot flames of passion, Smith knows he has to find a way to convince Valentina to let him get a little bit closer. Close enough to completely steal her heart...the way she’s stolen his from the start.


Valentina is on the set of Smith Sullivan's movie with her sister who is his co-star.  From the moment that Smith saw Valentina he knew that she was different from other women he'd met and/or bedded, and that she may even be the one.  The problem is that she won't let him in.  She refuses dates and tries to push him away at every turn.

Valentina's mother started dating actors after her father died and after seeing the slew of actors go through her house and dealt with the ones who came on to her as well she wants nothing to do with them. She just wants to get through the filming of this movie with her sister and then move on.  She doesn't plan on Smith being pretty much relentless in his pursuit and she certainly didn't plan on giving in.

This is book 7 in The Sullivans series.  I liked getting to see a little bit more about Smith, I have to admit that I didn't really get into this one as much as I have books 2-6.  

For me the best part of this book was Smith.  He was just all that was wonderful.  He was kind, loving, caring, and giving, all wrapped up in one beautiful package.  He was the sort of man that I love reading about and I loved that he was so single-minded in his plan to get Valentina.  He did all the right things (well except for that one time when he caved to pressure but I'll forgive him for that!) and he really made the book for me.

Valentina, while a good character, really didn't shine for me.  She was definitely better when she was with Smith but there was something missing in the way she was written, imho.  I loved her relationship with her sister, I must say, but that's kind of where it ended.  Not that she wasn't a nice person, but she just didn't have that something special that I think most of the other heroines in Andre's books have had.

I loved the parts of the book that contained Smith's siblings.  The wonderful family camaraderie and love that you feel flowing from all of them is amazing and I love it when they're all together.  This one was great as we got to see Sophie's babies born and Gabe's wedding.  Awesome! :)

So while I liked this one for many reasons I didn't care for it quite as much as previous books.  I have to say that I am really looking forward to reading about the last Sullivan, Lori, and seeing what's been up with her throughout the series.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5


Review: Best Gay Romance 2014 edited by Timothy J. Lambert and R. D. Cochrane

Tales of love and lust in contemporary gay culture, Best Gay Romance 2014 is a Valentine to readers and a wonderful reminder of how love can begin — at the grocery store, the gym, the library, or even on the world wide web. Real romances with relatable characters, each of the stories in this collection represents a facet of the oh-so-human heart

I really enjoy anthologies.  I know that a lot of people don't but I think they give me a taste of an author that I may not have read otherwise.  Sometimes this is a good thing, and sometimes not.  :)  

This anthology is a little different than most, I think, in that the stories are extremely short and therefore don't give us the same kind of satisfaction that we may get, even from a novella.  I felt in some of the stories that I liked that I just wanted to know more about the characters so that I could get a better grasp of where they were when the story was taking place. Others I didn't feel were romance stories at all, while still others I was pretty happy I didn't know more cuz I kind of wanted them over.  Then there were the few that I so enjoyed that left me with a sigh and a smile on my face.  Those are the ones I want to give you a little tidbit of...

Strange Propositions by Eric Gober: The first story that was in the book told of us a guy who wanted nothing more to be who he was and to have his boyfriend come out and enjoy the chance to be together in public in Hollywood.  Unfortunately that didn't happen but luckily he met someone who would enjoy it. While I was sad for the guy who felt he needed to stay in the closet I was so happy with the way the story played out that I didn't let it get me down.

Dandelions by Tony Calvert: A man in his mid-thirties moves home to help his mother after his father dies.  He's never met the man of his dreams as he dreams of a love like his parents had.  His mother basically sets him up with the man who runs the local nursery and the two hit it off. The story was sweet and fun; it made me smile and laugh and it got a big "awww" moment at the end.  Great job for such a short story.

Save the Last Dance for Me by David Puterbaugh: A couple on a transatlantic cruise.  One man is a fabulous dancer and all the ladies can't wait to dance with him, but not his partner.  He doesn't want to make waves but in the end learns that making waves makes his partner happy - in their own gentle way.  So good.  

There were others that I enjoyed as well and put a smile on my face but those were the top 3.  I think if you just want a book that you can pick up and just read a couple of stories before bed this one is perfect for you.

Rating: 3.25 out of 5

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Review: Before You Break by Christina Lee

The star catcher of the college baseball team isn't supposed to have skeletons in his closet. But Daniel Quinn is hiding a guilty past so dark he refuses to let anyone get close. Except there’s something about gorgeous, studious Ella Abrams that goes beyond the electric attraction between them—something that makes him want to open up.

Ella has suffered enough heartache and guilt to fill one of her psychology textbooks, but she keeps that part of herself hidden behind a bubbly exterior. Until she receives an anonymous call while working the suicide helpline and the voice on the other end touches something inside of her that she can’t ignore.

Soon Ella and Quinn’s physical connection heats up, even as their deep and revealing hotline talks intensify. But by the time Ella realizes that her seductive jock and her sensitive caller are the same guy, it might be too late to save him—or to stop herself from falling too far
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When Ella was in high school her brother Christopher committed suicide. Their family was/is close knit so the fact that no one knew how he was feeling was a huge blow to the family and Ella especially. She decided that she wanted to help people and so is majoring in Psychology. Part of her course study is to intern at the suicide helpline. She talks to a guy named Daniel who is considering suicide. He feels he did something awful – killing his best friend. As Ella goes by her full name (Gabriella) while working the call lines the caller thinks of her as Gabby.

In Ella's personal life she finds that she's no longer feeling anything for her boyfriend but she IS feeling something for his frat brother, Quinn. Once she breaks up with the douchebag she was dating, she lets Quinn know that she likes him, a lot. But Quinn is dealing with a bunch of stuff in his head – mostly about an accident that he was in that killed his best friend – but Ella doesn't know this.

The couple gets closer and closer and finally decide that this is something that they both want to continue for the long term but Quinn feels that once Ella knows about his accident that she'll be repulsed by him and will break things off.

Wow – this book was...intense. Intense, yet a beautiful story of love found and how that love brought Quinn out of his self-induced hatred. I thought the many different facets of this story all gelled so nicely into one great love story.

Ella was such a strong character even though she had her own issues and that strength helped Quinn deal with his self-loathing. I felt so horrible for the guy as he truly believed himself a bad person. When some truths come out I was so happy that he worked it all out in his head. (Let me just note that his parents suck!)

The love story was sweet and slow but so emotional that the slow pace was just perfect for the couple and their situation.

I very much enjoy Lee's writing and can't wait to read more from her in the future.

Rating: 4.25 out of 5


Christina Lee

Review: Hard As You Can by Laura Kaye

Five dishonored soldiers.
Former Special Forces.
One last mission.
These are the men of Hard Ink.


Ever since hard-bodied, drop-dead-charming Shane McCallan strolled into the dance club where Crystal Dean works, he’s shown a knack for getting beneath her defenses. For her little sister’s sake, Crystal can’t get too close. Until her job and Shane’s mission intersect, and he reveals talents that go deeper than she could have guessed.

Shane would never turn his back on a friend in need, especially a former Special Forces teammate running a dangerous, off-the-books operation. Nor can he walk away from Crystal. The gorgeous waitress is hiding secrets she doesn't want him to uncover. Too bad. He’s exactly the man she needs to protect her sister, her life, and her heart. All he has to do is convince her that when something feels this good, you hold on as hard as you can—and never let go.


Shane is part of a group of men who were once in a Special Forces team that was sold out by their commanding officer and ambushed.  Six men died but the remaining five men now want to find out why their CO did what he did and possibly bring down the people he was working with.  

Shane McCallen is part of that team.  In the previous book he helped save a man from the basement of a strip club where he was being held against his will.  He was "helped" by a waitress there, Crystal.  She didn't really help but she didn't stop them when she realized what they were doing.  Shane hasn't stopped thinking about the woman since then. When the team needs more info Shane thinks that maybe he might be able to get info from the waitress.  He heads back to the strip club to seek her assistance.

Crystal would love nothing more than to walk out the door of Confessions and never look back.  Her father worked for the Church organization (organized crime) and when he died they came to Crystal to get the money he owed them.  After selling their house and all of their belongings it still wasn't enough.  Crystal was taken and after horrific events forced to work at Confessions as a waitress to pay off her father's debt.  She does this, as well as dates the head of security there, to take care of her younger sister who is in college and has epilepsy.  Once Jenna is done with school Crystal plans on taking her and running far, far away.

Shane is a huge speed bump in the road. Crystal is attracted to him so very much and realizes that he's a good guy - something she's not seen much of in the past four years.  She wants to get closer to him but her boyfriend Bruno is a possessive ass.  She tries to help Shane as much as possible but eventually her help puts not only herself but Jenna in danger and that might screw everyone's lives up.

I must admit after the way I loved the first book in this series I truly thought that the high could not be held.  Oh how wrong I was.  This story is every bit as good as book 1 but with it's own unique story line.  I loved reading the ins and outs of the men of Hard Ink as well as getting to know Crystal (whose real name is Sara).

Sara - my God what a strong woman she was.  After all of the crap she'd been through she was still standing strong.  Yes, she had to do things she didn't like but she was constantly thinking of the end game and just carried on.  She had been through hell and while she had to play a part and though she'd lost part of herself, it was there, growing stronger by the day.  I admired her so much!

Shane. *sigh*  What a total hottie who had a huge heart!  His past had been tortured as well and he'd lived through not only his sisters kidnapping but the ambush on his team.  Despite those, or maybe because of those things he was a compassionate and caring man who was also one big badass.  Loved him.

The secondary characters were awesome - just as I expected them to be.  We got more of all the men and we even got a Motorcycle Club thrown in there as well.  Yum. lol  It was great to catch up with Nick, Becca, Charlie, Jeremy, Marz, Easy and Beckett - as well as the 3 legged dog, Eileen.

The story flowed so well and was very readable.  I got completely wrapped up in the characters and didn't want the book to end.  I can't wait to see what happens next in this exciting series.

Rating: 4 out of 5


What I Read Last Week

Hidee ho neighbor!

Wassup? Did you all have a wonderful week last week and a great weekend? Last week was pretty good but then I was down for the count with headaches all weekend. It was beautiful here, too, so not getting out of the house sucked.

Nothing much happening around here so I’ll get right to what I read last week:


My first read was Before You Break by Christina Lee. This was a wonderful story about a guy who is dealing with guilt over a car accident that killed his best friend – when he was driving -  and the woman is dealing with her own guilt over her brother’s suicide. Together they deal with their emotions and fall in love. It was oh, so good. I’ll post my review this week. 4.25 out of 5

Next up was Have You Any Rogues by Elizabeth Boyle. The novella is about Crispin and Henrietta who are members of rival families. They fall in love but then different events occur that keeps them apart for years. The story takes place while the pair are locked in a wine cellar and is told mostly in flashbacks but it’s like the characters are telling the story to each other. I really liked it but admit that I wanted more of the current time period but unfortunately there wasn’t much. I also thought Henrietta was way to impulsive over the years and was surprised that A) Crispin still wanted her after all of her rash decisions and B) she was even available after getting married so many times! 4 out of 5

Scent of a Mate by Milly Taiden was the story about a girl who is writing a book, per request, on the history of werewolf traditions…or maybe history. Anyway, she and her friends stake out a scenting ceremony but she gets a bit distracted when her mate, who is her best friends’ brother, decides to claim her that night. The book was cute although the heroine kept getting hurt which was annoying. This was definitely more erotic romance than straight paranormal with sex added – just fyi. 3.5 out of 5

The Bancroft Affairs: The Beginning by Liberty Valens. This short was free from Amazon and I’m really glad I didn’t spend money on it. The story is basically about Jillian who is blackmailed and forced to work as a call girl/prostitute. She is looking for a way out of her situation and trying to help her friends who are in the same sitch. I didn’t care for the story all that much (although there were parts that were ok), or the way the story was set up. It kind of felt like 2 stories in one which was amazing since it was so short and there was no conclusion. 2 out of 5

Stranger Delight by Tabitha Levin is a short erotic romance (also free on Amazon) about a woman who is at a party and is watching through a window as her friend has sex with her boyfriend. While watching a man comes up and has sex with her but she has no idea who it is – when she looks he’s gone. It was an ok story but was just too convoluted for me. 2 out of 5

Best Gay romance 2014 edited by R.D. Cochrane & Timothy J. Lambert was an anthology of short gay romance stories. I wouldn’t call this the BEST gay romance but there were definitely some good ones in there. I’ll post my review of this one later this week. 3.25 out of 5

Hard As You Can by Laura Kaye is book 2 in the Hard Ink series and it was really good! This is Shane and Crystal’s story. My review will post tomorrow to tell you my thoughts. 4 out of 5

My next read was a short novella called A Countess by Chance by Kate McKinley. This is mostly the reconciliation of a couple who had once been engaged but she had broken it off two years prior. There is a wager involved while they’re at a house party and erotic hijinks ensue. It was a cute story I just wanted more background. 3 out of 5 

In the Service of the King by Laura Kaye is a novella dealing with King of the Vampires (I thought he was THE king but since the series is Vampire Warrior Kings I’m guessing he’s A king. :)). He needs to feed every so often from either his mate or a virgin (called Proffereds) in order to hold on to his immortality and his humanity. His mate died 300 years ago so he feeds from virgins. He hates the ritual until he meets Shayla, one of the Proffered, who ends up being his mate as well. It was a cute story that was sexy and not too deep at all. 3 out of 5  

Come a Little Bit Closer by Bella Andre was last for the week - book 7 in The Sullivans series. This is Smith’s story and has him falling in love with the sister of one of his co-stars. I’ll post my review of this one later this week. 3.5 out of 5

 







My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
Fall For Me by Sydney Landon
Friends Without Benefits by Penny Reid


Happy Reading! 


Saturday Song

This is a new to me band that I've been enjoying lately called 3 Years Hollow.  Here's Chemical Ride - enjoy!

 

Once In A Lifetime Blog Tour with Jill Shalvis + Review + Giveaway!

I'm so happy to be a stop on Jill Shalvis's Once in a Lifetime Blog Tour.  I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE her Lucky Harbor series and of course OiaL is no different. 



ONCE IN A LIFETIME by Jill Shalvis (February 18, 2014; Grand Central Publishing Mass Market; $6.00) 
 
SOMETIMES WRONG IS OH-SO-RIGHT
 

After a wrenching loss, Ben McDaniel tried to escape his grief by working in dangerous, war-torn places like Africa and the Middle East. Now he's back in his hometown and face-to-face with Aubrey Wellington, the hot-as-hell woman who is trouble with a capital T. Family and friends insist she's not the one to ease his pain, but Aubrey sparks an intense desire that gives Ben hope for the future.

Determined to right the wrongs of her past, Aubrey is working hard to make amends. But by far, the toughest challenge to her plan is sexy, brooding Ben - even though he has absolutely no idea what she's done . . .

Can this unlikely couple defy the odds and win over the little town of Lucky Harbor? 


Review:

Aubrey Wellington is on a mission. She wants to fix up her aunts bookstore and make it a place that many different groups can use and socialize. She's got her work cut out for her though as she's not got the best reputation in town.

First there's her old boss who she slept with until she found out she was only one of many. She quit but not before the affair became common knowledge. She's on the edge one day and ends up in a church and in an AA meeting. The pastor of the church misread what she said but when Aubrey's in the meeting she hears step 8 of the 12 Step program – making amends. This appeals to her on many different levels and she goes home to make a list of people she feels she needs to make amends to for one reason or another. One of those people is Ben McDaniel.

Ben is back in Lucky Harbor to stay. He's been on the road with his work for 5 years trying to get away from the grief of losing his wife. He takes a temporary job as a handyman (he's so much more than that) helping to fix up Aubrey's bookstore. He likes the way that Aubrey looks and wouldn't mind being in her bed but he's a non-commitment kind of guy. The problem is that although he says he's not a man to settle with one woman he can't stop thinking about Aubrey and goes out of his way to spend time with her – which only brings them closer.

This was such a great book. I loved the who premise with Aubrey seeking out those she felt she'd wronged in life and trying to seek forgiveness. Was the forgiveness always given? No, but she realized that while she might have thought she screwed up, and she DID indeed screw up, that some of her actions brought better things in peoples lives, rather than ruining them. I loved how Shalvis had us on edge wondering what the next person on the list would say – especially Ben. We don't know til later in the book exactly why Aubrey needs forgiveness from Ben but when we do it's kind of a big deal.

The forgiveness that Aubrey is seeking had to do with Ben's ex-wife, Heather. Now Heather, imho, was not the town star that everyone portrayed her to be. Maybe it was because she'd died, IDK, but in the flashbacks that Aubrey had she was actually a real bitch to Aubrey. Obviously this is only one persons memories, but still... Anyway, Aubrey is considered the town bad girl and yeah, as I said before, she'd screwed up on multiple occasions. I had to admire the strength of will it took to go face to face with all of those she'd wronged as I know it couldn't have been easy.

The story felt different from past LH books and while I love those books I liked this one as well. It showed us a different side of LH and I really enjoyed seeing it. There were other parts of the story I loved as well (Craft Corner, Ben and the way he helped those two foster kids) but I could go on and on and you just need to read it to see all the goodness inside.  The book is great and one that I definitely recommend.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Excerpt
Aubrey got a look at the man she’d inadvertently drenched and stopped breathing. Oh, God. Had she really thought her day couldn’t get any worse? Why would she tempt fate by even thinking that? Because of course things had gotten worse. They always did.

Ben McDaniel slowly stood up from his barstool, dripping vodka from his hair, eyelashes, nose… He was six feet plus of hard muscles and brute strength on a body that didn’t carry a single extra ounce of fat on him. For the past five years, he’d been in and out of a variety of Third World countries designing and building water systems with the Army Corp of Engineers. His last venture had been for the Department of Defense in Iraq, which Aubrey only knew because Lucky Harbor’s Facebook page was good as gospel.

He swiped his face with his arm, deceptively chill and laid-back.

In truth, he was about as badass as they came.

Aubrey should know, she’d seen him in action. But she managed to meet his gaze. Cool, casual even. One had to be with Ben, the man could spot a weakness a mile away. “I’m sorry,” she said.

“Are you?”

She felt herself flush. He’d always seemed to see right through her. And she was pretty sure he’d never cared for her. He had good reason for that, she reminded herself. He just didn’t know the half of it. “Yes, I am sorry,” she said. Her heart was pounding so loudly she was surprised she could hear herself speak. “Are you okay?”

He ran his fingers through a sexy disorder of sun-streaked brown hair. His eyes were the same color, light milk chocolate marbled with gold caramel. It was hard to make such a warm-colored gaze seem hard, but Ben managed it with no effort at all. “Need to work on your aim,” he said.

About the Author:

5 Things Jill Shalvis Does While Writing  
1. Eats cookies 
2. Whines 
3. Fills out job applications for Taco Bell and Target
4. Neglects the laundry and house keeping 
5. Talks to herself. A lot.

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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Review: When the Duke Was Wicked by Lorraine Heath

Lady Grace Mabry’s ample inheritance has made it impossible for her to tell whether a suitor is in love with her—or enamored of her riches. Who better to distinguish beau from blackguard than her notorious childhood friend, the Duke of Lovingdon?

With no interest in marriage, Lovingdon has long lived only for pleasure. He sees little harm in helping Grace find a proper match. After all, he’s familiar with all the ploys a scoundrel uses to gain a woman’s favor. He simply has to teach the lovely innocent how to distinguish honest emotions from false ones. How better than by demonstrating his wicked ways. But as lessons lead to torrid passion and Grace becomes ensnared in another man’s marriage plot, Lovingdon must wage a desperate gamble: Open his heart fully—or risk losing the woman he adores…


Grace is just 19 years old and the daughter of a duke. She has all she needs in life but she wants love. She has many suitors but she also has a large dowry so she doesn't know how to separate the men who are after her dowry from those that are truly interested in her as a person. She knows exactly who to go to to find the answers – the Duke of Lovingdon.

Lovingdon met and married his wife at a young age. He was madly in love with her but unfortunately due to typhus both his wife and young daughter died. He swore he would never love again. He took up with his friend Avendale and in the two years since his wife's death he's become a rake extraordinaire. He drinks, he gambles, he carouses with women – he's got a bad reputation. Because of this and his past with his wife Grace knows that he's the man she needs to talk to. She implores him to help her and he refuses but really ends up doing it anyway. He's shocked by how grown up Grace has gotten and tells himself he's helping so she doesn't get hurt. They've been friends since she was 8 and he 16. Grace had a crush/puppy love when it came to Lovingdon but she's since grown out of that and now just needs his help. Well, at least she thinks she's outgrown it.

Oh Lorraine Heath strikes again! This author has become an auto-buy for me and I just love reading the stories she writes – this one being no different.

The story of Grace and Lovingdon was so very sweet, sexy, hot-as-hell and honest I just had to adore it. I felt the way that Heath portrayed Lovingdon as the ne'er-do-well was quite perfect. I thought the fact that he didn't immediately stop his carousing once he “noticed” Grace was definitely more true to life than some romances. It was done in a way that it wasn't in her face and frankly Lovingdon at that point didn't realize his feelings so it was more realistic.

Grace was a sweet woman. She had her reasons for seeking love and they weren't all just so she'd be a happy camper. Yes, she wanted that but she also had a secret and she felt that only a man who loved her would still love her after her secret was revealed. It was a big one (and one I'm not telling) so I understood her concerns and desires.

Lovingdon was mouth-wateringly wonderful. The man was definitely tortured and doing his best to forget his grief. I adored the way that Heath had him realize his love for Grace. Yes, he held out longer than I expected but the revelation that he could love someone just as much as his dead wife, but yet differently was amazing and done so well.

This is a book I highly recommend and I can't wait to see what rake next gets his woman in the next book of the series.

Rating: 4.25 out of 5


Lorraine Heath

Review: Vampire Most Wanted by Lynsay Sands

For Basha Argeneau, anything is better than facing her estranged family. Even hiding out in sweltering southern California. But when a sexy immortal in black shows up determined to bring her back to the clan, she'll do anything to keep far, far away from the past she can't outrun.

Marcus Notte isn't here to play games—especially not with someone as crazy as the infamous blonde. Asked by Lucian Argeneau to bring her back for questioning, Marcus is determined to carry out Lucian's request—no matter how the seductive little mind-reading vamp feels about it.

Basha doesn't mind fighting fire with fire, especially with a hot immortal involved. But if he wants to take her away, he'll have to catch her first...


Madame Divine is a psychic in a carnival but is she really psychic? Well, kind of, she’s actually an Immortal so can read people’s minds and those of their friends and in that way can kind of “divine” their lives. She enjoys her job but as she’s really hiding out from her powerful family she’s always on her toes.

Marco is actually Marcus Notte and has been sent by Lucian Argeneau to find his niece, Basha, and bring her in. Unfortunately it’s not known if she’s actually the rogue they think her to be or not. Marco starts working at the carnival with Divine and immediately feels that she might be his life mate. He’s not sure if she’s Basha or not but soon finds that he might have a severe conflict of interest when it comes to turning Basha in.

Marco is almost killed when Divine’s RV is set on fire and soon Marcus and Divine are off to seek help from Marcus’s friends, Vincent and Jackie…who soon involve their friends Mirabeau and Tiny. All of these people are there to help the couple but they are also interested in finding out the truth about Basha. Basha aka Divine knows that she needs to escape Lucian when she finds out that he’s been contacted but before she can get away Marcus springs a surprise on her that may save her life.

A great story! I think the way that Sands wrote Basha’s story really touched me. Her childhood had been the stuff of nightmares but yet she’d lived through it and survived. Not only survived but was a strong capable woman. When all the information about Basha’s past came out it was hard to read but tastefully written and I appreciated the way Sands brought it out in bits and pieces so that I wasn’t overwhelmed.

Marcus was a great hero – he was strong, steadfast, hot and sexy (of course) and incredibly loyal. When he thought his life mate might have to run from Lucian for the rest of his life he was there for her and ready to run as well. I loved that he would give us everything for her and hardly blinked an eye while doing it.

This was certainly a departure from Sands’ other Argeneau books. While a few of the books have had some horrific parts to them when it came to the no-fangers and Leonius Livius II and their awful deeds, this one was dark throughout most of the story. The story also had its lighter moments and those had the Sands humor I’ve come to expect in her books. That being said I really enjoyed this book and it’s a keeper!

Rating: 4.25 out of 5

Lynsay Sands


What I Read Last Week

It was so nice waking up this morning with no alarm and then instead of freaking out because it didn't go off and I'm late, I luxuriate in bed and don't worry about going anywhere today if I don't feel like it.  Fuck yeah. lol  I love my days off. Oh and Happy President's Day. :)

I promised that I'd share the video of my girls ringing from the 9th.  If you're interested it's posted on the church's YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lr7kkAO-6c&feature=share&list=UUf4h0tL1rSelSGFf4qGMIbw.  My youngest is the one on the end - far left, and my oldest is the bleach blond that's 5 people from the left end.

Not much happening around here so I'll just get on to what I read last week:


I started off the week with After the Rain by Daisy Harris.  This is the story of Henri who's used to living the high life with his ex-boyfriends and Logan who is from Texas and proud of it.  Logan knows he's gay but has never even kissed a man.  Logan and Henri share a tent on a camping trip and things steam up.  Good story of two very different men finding each other.  You can read my review here.  3.5 out of 5


Next I read Redeemed by Sandy James.  This is book 3 in the Safe Havens series and it was a good one.  Sara heads to White Pines, Montana to see her brother, Ty, after she finally gets herself out of the brothel she was forced to work in.  Caleb is at the train station expecting his mail order bride to arrive.  There's a bit of confusion, to say the least, and next thing you know the two are married.  When Caleb finds out the truth he's not a happy camper - to say the least.  This was another great story and I'm so happy I read it.  You can read my review here.  4 out of 5


Vampire Most Wanted by Lynsay Sands is book 20 in the Argeneau series - can you believe it?  This one was pretty different from the others as it was darker.  It was really good and we learned a lot about a particular character from a previous book.  My review will post tomorrow. 4 out of 5







I can't believe I forgot to add For His Eyes Only by Liz Fielding!  The story was about a real estate agent who puts an add for a house in the paper and it's sabotaged.  The add says horrible things about the house.  She gets fired but is determined to save her career.  She goes to the own of the house - who she lusts after madly and offers to sell the house for free.  The two hit it off but he's a broody artist with secrets and she's got secrets of his own. Good story and I really enjoyed it.  4 out of 5 (read for Book Binge) 


When the Duke was Wicked by Lorraine Heath is the first book in a new series.  Grace is the daughter of a duke but a woman who needs to marry for love. She's certain that this is the only way she can marry.  She's stymied though as to when she can tell that a man truly loves her.  She seeks assistance from her old friend the Duke of Lovingdon and even though he doesn't want to he finds himself giving her advice about men.  This one was really great and I'll be posting my full review either this week or next.  4/4.25 out of 5


Last for the week was Carnal Secrets by Suzanne Wright.  This was a much anticipated read for me as I loved her first two books in the Phoenix Pack series.  This book has Shaya who has finally run and her pack has hidden her away from her mate, Nick.  Nick knows that Shaya is his mate but hasn't claimed her for months.  Nick has his reasons but he never shared those with Shaya.  Now he's off to find his mate and finally claim her - hoping she'll have him.  This was not quite as good as the first two books in series but still really good.  I loved seeing the softer side of Nick and the tougher side of Shaya.  While this was a great read it was a little slower than books 1 & 2.  I'm not sure where the term Carnal came for the title because I thought it had less sex in it than the previous books.  I could be wrong. :)  4 out of 5

My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
Shh...Mine (This. Is. Not. Over) by Shannon Dianne

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Saturday Song

Stone Sour's always a go to band for me when I'm looking for something great to listen to.  Here they are with Tired.  Enjoy!

Cover Reveal: Ignited by J. Kenner

The Men
Evan Black. Tyler Sharp. Cole August.

Brilliant, fierce, determined. Sexy as hell. And utterly dangerous.

They make their own rules, find their own way, and to hell with anyone or anything who tells them otherwise, be it a cop, a court, or a woman.

They’ve spent over a decade watching each others’ backs, protecting each others’ secrets, and relying on each others’ talents.
They’ve taken risks, said “fuck you” to the law, and made a tidy profit in the process.

There’s not a scheme they’ve concocted that they haven’t pulled off, not a desire they haven’t achieved.
And there sure as hell isn’t a woman they’ve pursued that they haven’t caught.

None, however, have captured their hearts.

None, until now.

The Women
Angelina Raine. Sloane Watson. Katrina Laron.

Three completely different women, each with a unique way of looking at the world.
Each with secrets and ambitions she holds close to her heart.

And each more than capable of standing on her own two feet.

None are looking for a man. But whether because of lust, greed or duty, each woman finds herself in a forbidden bed with the one man
capable of crashing through her defenses and taking her—both physically and emotionally—to her breaking point and beyond.

It’s a dangerous game—and what’s at stake is everything.

Book One - Wanted-
He is everything I crave, all I desperately want—and he is everything I can’t have.

Evan Black embodies my every fantasy. He is brilliant, fierce, and devastatingly handsome. But he is also headstrong, dangerous, and burdened with secrets.

My family warned me to stay away, that I could never handle Evan’s dark dealings or scarred past. Maybe I should have listened. Maybe I should have run. But our desire is undeniable, and some temptations you just can’t fight.

And from the moment we touch—the passion between us consuming us both—I know that I will never be the same.
On sale now http://www.randomhouse.com/author/169248/j.-kenner?sort=best_13wk_3month

Book Two- Heated -
I know better than to trust him, that I should never risk my heart.
But fierce passion comes at a high price.

I grew up believing in right and wrong, good and evil, black and white—that there were some boundaries that could never be crossed. And then I met Tyler Sharp.

Bold, charming, and dangerously sexy, Tyler always gets what he wants. But his smile can be deceiving, his dealings sordid, his ambitions ruthless. I thought I was the one woman strong enough to resist him, but our need for each other is too urgent to deny.

One look and I’m in trouble. One touch and I’m hooked. One night and I’m his. And once I fall, there’s no going back.
http://www.randomhouse.com/author/169248/j.-kenner?sort=best_13wk_3month (releases 5/13/14)

And now Ignited, Book Three . . . .
 
 
 
On Sale September 2014 - Buy Link: http://www.randomhouse.com/book/234808/ignited-by-j-kenner 

Review: Captured by the Pirate Laird by Amy Jarecki

Wed by proxy to a baron old enough to be her grandfather, Lady Anne trudges up the gangway of a galleon that will deliver her into the arms of a tyrant. Crestfallen, she believes her disastrous life cannot get worse—until she awakes to the blasts of cannon fire.

Facing certain death, Anne trembles in her stateroom while swords clash and the chilling screams of battle rage on the deck above. When a rugged Highlander kicks in her door, she prays for a swift end.

But Laird Calum MacLeod has a reason for plundering the ship—and it’s not a stunning English lass. With no other choice, he takes Anne to his crumbling keep on the isle of Raasay and sends a letter of ransom to her husband. In time, Anne grows to understand MacLeod’s plight and finds it increasingly difficult to resist Calum’s unsettling charm—until the baron sends a reply agreeing to terms.

Ripped from passion that will be forever seared into their souls, will Anne and Calum risk everything for love?


Anne is just 19 and boarding a ship in England that will set sail to meet her new husband. She supposedly met this man while at Court but she doesn’t remember him at all. She’s not looking forward to meeting the man as he never courted her – just made the arrangements with her uncle AND he’s 58. Ew. She’s thinking grandfather with saggy skin.

During the voyage her ship is taken over by pirates who aren’t really pirates. They’re members of the McLeod clan and they need the goods on the ship to help their people survive. Anne doesn’t particularly care WHY they’ve taken the ship but she certainly becomes concerned when she gets taken to their island and put up for ransom.

The Laird of the clan, Calum, is a big, scary guy brute but the more Anne gets to know him the more she sees that he’s not such a brute after all. The two have an incredible attraction to each other but with Anne married Calum knows he cannot bed her. The tension this causes is palpable and everyone on the island can see that the two are perfect for each other. Too bad there’s that whole hostage/kidnapper thing to deal with.

Eventually word is sent from Anne’s husband that he will pay the ransom but what will happen to Anne with her new husband? She worries she will never see Calum again and since she’s in love with him she’s not sure she can live.

Oh what a tangled web! This story had me on pins and needles almost the entire book. I wanted so badly for Calum and Anne to be together but I just couldn’t figure out exactly how that would come about. Of course this a romance so I knew it would but Jarecki kept me hanging on for a darned long time before it all came to light.

I loved the way that these characters were written as they seemed bigger than life. No matter who was on the page they had a definite presence and I loved to love them or loved to hate them.

There was one part of the book that really slowed down for me near the end of the book and it was so unexpected that I was thrown for a bit. The story had been so riveting that I couldn’t understand where the lull was coming from. Luckily that didn’t continue and the book soon resumed it’s previously exciting story.

This is my first read by Jarecki and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’m SO happy that I took the chance and will look forward to reading more from her in the future.


Rating: 4 out of 5


Amy Jarecki

Review: Redeemed by Sandy James

Sold into prostitution, Sara Fuller robs a client and flees to her brother in White Pines, Montana.

Anxiously awaiting his mail order bride, rancher Caleb Young is delighted when a beautiful woman steps off the stagecoach. A series of misassumptions soon finds the two taking their marriage vows.

When Sara discovers she isn’t Caleb’s intended bride, she hides her scandalous past and sets out to prove she can be a good wife. Caleb adores Sara but suspects her of hiding something very important. Despite Sara’s secrets, their love grows and a child is conceived.

When Caleb’s real bride arrives, their troubles begin, only to be compounded by the appearance of the man Sara robbed. Now the two lovers must discover whether their love is strong enough to survive the forces threatening to tear them apart.


Sara works as a whore at The Palace but she hates the life and the men and wants nothing more to do with any of it. She finally manages to get away but only because she steals one of her customers payroll – and that of all of his employees.

Sara heads off to White Pines where her brother Ty is living with his new wife Cassie. He had found her at The Palace not long before but hadn’t had the money to buy her from the Madame – Crazy Kate. Caleb is waiting at the train station for his mail order bride. A minister from St. Louis had been in White Pines and he had told Caleb that there were many women in St. Louis who would be willing to get married. Caleb had received word that the minister was sending a bride for him so when Sara steps off the stagecoach, and after they both have some serious misunderstandings, Caleb believes that Sara is his bride. They get married almost immediately and soon settle in to a life together.

Sara, at first, is torn about her decision not to tell Caleb about her past. She just wants to forget it and move on. Neither her brother, Ty, nor Caleb’s brother, Gideon, are happy about the marriage but they eventually come to love Sara. When Sara finds out she’s pregnant she’s shocked (as she believed she couldn’t get pregnant) but so happy that she’s with a wonderful man and that they can raise their child in loving home that they now share. When the man that Sara stole the bankroll from shows up and not only names her as a thief and a whore but also mentions that he might well be the father of Sara’s baby all hell breaks loose and the love that Sara shared with Caleb might not be strong enough to keep the couple together.

This third book in the Safe Havens series is a keeper. When I picked up the book I knew it would be good but the time just flew by as I was sucked into the life of Sara Fuller and Caleb Young. I wanted so badly for Sara and Caleb to find the love they deserved.

James has written a story that’s emotional and sometimes downright heartbreaking. It was sexy as well as Caleb was one big hunk of a hero. He certainly was an ass at times, I’ll give you that, but he was the kind of man that learned from his mistakes and didn’t get mired down in his own pity party.

I absolutely loved Sara and the constant strength she showed throughout the story. Yes, I would have liked to have had her come clean about her past right from the start but understood why she was hesitant to do so. I’m not sure Caleb would have given her the chance she deserved and obviously she got that sense as well. The life she had led before heading to White Pines was shocking and horrifying and I was so happy to see she escaped it all. She was one tough cookie and I very much enjoyed reading about her story.


Overall a really great book and one I definitely recommend.

Rating: 4 out of 5



Sandy James

Review: After the Rain by Daisy Harris

Henri’s list of bad exes is as long as his arm, but nothing prepared him for his latest, heart-stomping breakup. He thought he couldn’t feel more abandoned, until his ride for a group camping trip bails, leaving him stuck driving for hours with a guy who is absolutely not his type.

After breaking up with his girlfriend of five years, firefighter Logan is working up the nerve to explore his interest in men. He knows he’s gay. He just hasn’t had the guts to do anything about it...until now.

Henri’s big-city attitude and tight jeans push every last one of Logan’s buttons, and when he and Henri have to share a tent, Logan is thrilled. He should have realized Pacific Northwest weather would get wet—forcing them to strip naked.

Though the steam between them is thicker than coastal fog, Henri’s not sure he can let himself fall for another man. Not even the guy who finally treats him right.


Logan had been in a relationship with his ex-girlfriend for 5 years. He finally decided that the heartache he was causing both her and himself wasn’t worth it and admitted to them both that he was gay. He’s only 20 so can’t cruise bars for me so he’s not even made a move on a man. He finally decides to ask his co-worker, Tomas, out on a date but Tomas has a boyfriend. Logan is embarrassed but Tomas is easy-going and invites him to a queer camping weekend and mentions that his boyfriend’s friend Henri will be going as well.

Henri is a guy who’s made bad boyfriend choices most of his life. His last boyfriend took the cake though when he cheated on him and then told him he may have given Henri HSV2. Henri’s horrified but immediately goes to get checked out. He’s told his initial tests are negative but he needs to get checked out again in 3-6 weeks. He’s been looking forward to the camping trip but knows he can’t hook up with anyone because of the possibility of being found positive eventually.

Logan meets Henri in the parking lot at Walmart when they go shopping. Henri thought he’d be riding with his friend Michael, who he’d been staying with since he moved out of his boyfriend’s apartment, so he’s not thrilled when he finds out he’s riding with Logan. He’s kind of mean and frankly incredibly condescending to Logan but Logan tries to make the best of it. Despite Henri’s attitude Logan is hot for the guy.

When they arrive at the campground they find that there’s only one tent left so Logan and Henri have to share. Henri’s not thrilled but finds after some time spent with Logan that’s not a bad guy. Henri goes rafting with Logan and they have a great time. They get along better and better and soon wanting each other in a big way. Unfortunately with Henri’s predicament they can’t go far. Henri is upfront about it all, however, and Logan likes Henri so much that he’s willing to work with him. The big question comes when the weekend is over and they have to decide whether they like each other enough to continue and work on building a relationship or if they call it quits and move on.

I have to admit that I wasn’t thrilled when I first started reading this book. Henri just seemed like a piece of work that I wanted nothing to do with. He seemed high maintenance and too needy. He was full of himself and the way he acted toward Logan when he first met him, without knowing a thing about him, really rubbed me the wrong way. I was quite happy when Henri stopped being so full of himself and decided to try to be a nice person.

Logan was a sweetheart from minute one. He had been so confused about his sexuality but was now certain of what he wanted and was willing to admit it to himself. He did have a little bit of an anger problem at times but for the most part he was completely easy-going and laid back. I loved that he brought out the best in Henri and didn’t take Henri’s shit for long. Together they were a very cute couple.

I did have a problem with the speed of the romance. Because of the hooking up during the camping trip I found that I wanted more emotional involvement. Once they get back from the camping trip there’s just a short scene before it skips to three weeks later. I wanted so badly to know what had happened during those three weeks as it would have solidified in my mind that the relationship was a good one. As much as I liked the two men together I think I needed to see that to believe that they were a couple that would stay together in the long run.

Overall a good story that’s both sweet and sexy.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Daisy Harris 


What I Read Last Week

Nothing too exciting happening in Tracyland. I got a horrible head cold last week that turned into a sinus infection.  I woke up Friday sounding like I smoke 4 packs a day.  I wish is sounded a sexy husky but it sounds more like a teen who's voice is changing. Yikes. lol

I think I told you that my youngest was going to start playing bells at church with her older sister?  Yes? No?  I can't remember.  Anyway, they played yesterday which was the youngest's first performance and I missed it as I was coughing a lung up.  Nice.  Anyway...I heard they did a great job.  Someone taped it for me so as soon as I have that I'll pass it on.

On to what I read last week:

I started with Reaper's Legacy by Joanna Wylde which is book two in the Reapers MC series.  It was a good one, lemme tell ya.  Sophie and Ruger were great together and I loved seeing all the characters from book one back in this story.  You can read my review here. 4 out of 5

Next up was Avenger's Heat by Katie Reus.  This is book 4 in the Moon Shifter series.  The story revolved around Erin and Noah.  This is Erin's first case as an Enforcer for the Council and of course she wants to do a good job.  Unfortunately the case brings up some emotions from the past and dealing with them while on the case is difficult.  Good thing Noah's there to soothe her hurts. :) You can read my review here. 4 out of 5

Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover is a free book I downloaded from Amazon.  This is a YA book in the Hopeless series - of which I've read none.  YA normally isn't my thing but this sounded so good and it was!  I loved the characters, their personalities, the story - just everything.  Makes me want to go and read the other books.  5 out of 5

Feral Heat Jennifer Ashley is a novella in the Shifters Unbound series.  Jace who is part of the Las Vegas Shiftertown heads to Austin to be the guinea pig when they try to remove the collars that all shifters wear.  He doesn't plan on meeting Deni but when he does he knows he can't live without her.  The story was engaging and I liked the pair together. 4 out of 5

What the Groom Wants by Jade Lee is the story of Radley who gets back from sea with the intention of now becoming a captain but he soon finds out that he is now a duke.  He was raised in a poor part of town so he's certainly not prepared for all the stuff he needs to do and the way he needs to act.  He certainly isn't prepared to let go of the woman he loves who is a seamstress.  This was a decent read.  3 out of 5 (read for Book Binge)

To Tame His Mate by Serena Pettus is the story of Sarah who has run for 6 years to be free from living in a pack.  She runs into Erik and they soon discover that they're mates.  She's not quite sure that's what she wants but she's up for trying.  It was a really cute story that maybe just needed to go a little slower and flesh things out a bit more. 3.75 out of 5

Once in a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis is another wonderful book in the Lucky Harbor series.  Aubrey is fixing up her aunts book store and trying to make amends to people she's hurt in the past.  Ben is back in LH after being away for 5 years - the 5 years after his wife dying.  Ben and Aubrey have some electricity running through them when they're together but they tend to get in their own way when it comes to relationships.  Great story.  I'll post my review of this one next week. 4 out of 5




My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
Forged in Steele by Maya Banks

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Saturday Song

Happy by Pharrell Williams is one of those songs that makes me want to get up and dance around the room.  It's just, well, a happy song and always puts me a good mood when I hear it.  (The vids cute too and it's got Minions, what more could I as for?)  Enjoy!

Review: Avenger's Heat by Katie Reus

To truly have her, he must free her from her dark secret…

Enforcer Erin Flynn has dedicated her life to protecting her kind. But keeping her heart safe from Noah Campbell, the smoking-hot shifter who saved her life last year, is more difficult. The deadly beauty would love to sink into his arms and become his mate, but she knows she can’t—he must never know about her dark past.

When Erin is sent to investigate the disappearances of pregnant shifters in New Orleans, Erin and Noah find themselves involved in a mystery more sinister than anyone expected. And as Erin delves further into the crimes, chilling information about her own past is revealed. The people who wanted her dead in the first place are trying to finish the job, and Noah wants nothing more than to shield her from harm. But can Erin truly trust Noah and let him see the wounded beast she’s hidden for so long?


Erin has a past that she hasn’t shared with anyone. She knows that Noah is her mate but he’s also her best friend. She knows that if he knows the deepest secret she carries that he won’t want her any longer. She puts that to the back of her mind, however, when she goes on her first case as an enforcer. Erin and Noah head to New Orleans to investigate when pregnant shifters start disappearing. The pair work well together and with the help of the Fae warrior, Brianna, and another pack mate, Angelo, they make quick work of discovering who is behind these horrific kidnappings.

While they investigate some of the occurrences hit very close to home for Erin and Noah discovers more about Erin’s past. He loves Erin and wants nothing but the best for her but when the men who attempted murder on her once before show up again Erin’s not sure she can survive the emotional turmoil.

This was a great book in the series. I love the ranch that the pack has but it was nice to move to a different location and deal with some evil-doers that we hadn’t heard about before. :)

I loved Noah and Erin together in this story. They were so perfect for each other and I loved how they appreciated the badass in the other. Seeing the other fight the bad guys totally turned them on and I loved that. Both of these characters had gone through quite a lot in their lives and that comes out in this book. I thought the way that Noah’s past came out in the story was so well done and it blended right in with what was happening with Erin.

In this story we got a secondary romance with Angelo and Brianna and I thought that was a nice bonus. I’ve liked Brianna since she came on the scene in the series so it was lovely seeing them get together. Of course there will be issues with her family as she’s Fae (royalty, no less) but their love will survive.

Overall a great paranormal read. I’m looking forward to the next in the Moon Shifters series.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Katie Reus

Review: Reaper's Legacy by Joanna Wylde

Eight years ago, Sophie gave her heart-and her virginity-to Zach Barrett on a night that couldn't have been less romantic or more embarrassing. Zach's step-brother, a steely-muscled, tattooed biker named Ruger, caught them in the act, getting a peep show of Sophie he's never forgotten.

She may have lost her dignity that fateful night, but Sophie also gained something precious-her son Noah. Unfortunately, Zach's a deadbeat dad, leaving Ruger to be Noah's only male role model. When he discovers Sophie and his nephew living in near poverty, Ruger takes matters into his own hands-with the help of the Reapers Motorcycle Club-to give them a better life.

Living with outlaw bikers wasn't Sophie's plan for her son, but Ruger isn't giving her a choice. He'll be there for Noah, whether she wants him or not. But Sophie does want him, has always wanted him. Now she'll learn that taking a biker to bed can get a girl dirty in every way.


Sophie thought herself madly in love with her boyfriend Zach so she decided to let him have her virginity. She never expected it to be so painful or to have Zach’s brother, Ruger, walk in on them. She especially didn’t expect to have the condom break and become a teen mom at the tender age of 16, but that’s what happened.

Sophie found out pretty quickly that Zach wasn’t who she thought he was. He was mean, controlling and possessive. Luckily Ruger was around and was able to help Sophie through the birth of her son, Noah, and for all the years afterward.

Now Noah is 7 years old and Sophie has to end up leaving him with her neighbor as all of her trusted babysitters are down with the flu. Unfortunately for her the neighbor ended up being majorly bad news and Sophie got a call from Noah begging her to come home. Noah also managed to contact Ruger and the smart little boy saved himself from some bad people.

Ruger’s not happy about Sophie leaving Noah with her neighbor and he’s really not thrilled with Sophie’s living situation. He immediately takes over and moves Sophie and Noah to his home Coeur d'Alene (they lived in Seattle, WA) where he has a home in which the basement is like its own apartment. While Sophie’s not thrilled at the move but she knows that Ruger’s correct in the fact that her previous living condition was unacceptable. She’s not thrilled because she likes being independent but also because she has feelings for Ruger and the farther away she lives the better she’s able to deal with those feelings

Living with Ruger proves be too much for Sophie. She hates thinking about Ruger with other women and while she thinks the Reapers MC is fine for Ruger she wants nothing to do with it for her or Noah. She eventually moves out after sleeping with Ruger and him telling her he wants to claim her – but also telling her he can’t promise to be faithful. Uh, no. That won’t work at all. Ruger tries hard to get Sophie to understand him, his feelings for her and the MC in general and how they work but Sophie’s closed off her acceptance and is determined to live life without Ruger. Yeah, that didn’t exactly work out like she planned.

Another good book from Joanna Wylde! I really loved Reaper’s Property and so I was really looking forward to reading Reaper’s Legacy and I’m so glad I did. The story, while not quite as good as book 1, imho, was still damned good.

I really liked Ruger in this book. Sure, he was messed up when it came to the ladies as he slept around constantly but when it came to Sophie he was determined to do what was best for her and Noah. I believe he really thought of Noah as his own child and I loved that he’d claimed him like that. He was bossy, that’s for sure, but he never really made decisions without thinking things over first. He had a great head on those sexy shoulders of his. I was so happy he finally got his priorities straight when it came to Sophie and stepped up to the plate.

Sophie took some time getting used to, at least for me. She was such a good mom and she worked hard to give Noah the best life she could. She’d been thrown out of her home when she got pregnant and had had to live with Zach and his mom until the shit hit the fan with Zach. You could tell Noah was a good kid and that showed me how much love had gone into raising him. I highly admired Sophie for all she’d done for him. Her thoughts on the MC weren’t to my liking either, quite frankly. She saw the truth of the MC through the eyes of the friends she made, the Old Ladies, at the club. I think she was a bit too stubborn for too long but I was also quite happy that she finally saw the light, so to speak, and gave in to what she really wanted - Ruger.

The book gave us a good look into Marie and Horse’s (characters from book 1) lives and those of the other characters that make up the Reapers. We also got a mighty good view into a future relationship with Em (MC President’s daughter) and Hunter – a member of the Devil’s Jack MC. That story ought to be really interesting considering the Jacks and the Reapers hate each other.

In the end I closed the book with a smile on my face. It was a fun book that was oh, so sexy but also had some pretty serious emotions involved and that made for a wonderful combination. This is a book, and a series for that matter, that I definitely recommend.

Rating: 4 out of 5


Joanna Wylde