Review: Blurred by Kim Karr

When he lost the only woman he’d ever loved, it seemed there was nothing left to live for.

Even as a boy, all Ben Covington ever wanted was to spend forever with Dahlia London, the beautiful girl next door...then one life-altering decision tore them apart and he was forced to leave her.

Now, despite having returned to win her back, he’s still alone. She’s with someone else—someone she’s never going to leave.

Resigned to a future without his former girlfriend, Ben numbs his broken heart in a haze of liquor and women. But then the only woman who ever even turned his head while he was with his girl reappears unexpectedly. And he’s never forgotten their one incredible night together. But will Ben’s destructive behavior destroy his future with her before it even begins?


If you’ve read the first two books in the Connections series you’re quite familiar with Ben Covington. He was Dahlia London’s first love until she met River Wilde. Ben went through a really tough time in his life while he was away from his family, (I won’t go into detail because I don’t want to give too many spoilers if you haven’t already read books 1 & 2 in the series) and returned to find his one true love in love with someone else. That really messed with his head.

This book continues months later and Ben is messed up yet again as he deals with the death of his mother. She was an anchor in his life and when she dies he just can’t handle life in general. He starts drinking heavily and screwing around with women which, of course, doesn’t help at all. He makes a decision to get out of the country and heads to Australia for a while for some much needed head-clearing.

Unfortunately all good (and life avoiding) things must come to an end and he is called home to testify in a trial. He heads back to California but is again at a loss. He has no job, no car, no place to live and not many friends. This story takes us on Ben’s journey while he reminisces about his life, his friends, the women in his life and how he’s handled all of it – the good and the bad. It also show Ben dealing with his current life and the positive and negative things that happen to him.

The story is a decent read and gave me some much needed background on Ben. I can’t say I particularly liked him all that well in the first two books and while this novella didn’t have me falling in love with him, I can say that I liked him a hell of a lot better than before. By the end of the book he seemed to have gotten his shit together and started moving into a more positive part of his life which I was quite happy about. I’m actually looking forward to reading his full novel, Frayed, to see where he heads next with Bell Wilde.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Kim Karr

Virgin by Radhika Sanghani (+ a Giveaway)

Okay, I admit it…I didn’t do it.

Yet.

This is normal, right? I mean, just because everyone I know has talked like they’ve already done it doesn’t mean that they’re telling the truth…right?

It’s not like I’m asking for that much. I don’t need the perfect guy. I don’t need candlelight or roses. Honestly, I don’t even need a real bed.

The guys I know complain that girls are always looking for Mr. Right—do I have to wear a sign that says I’m only looking for Mr. Right Now?

Sooooo…anyone out there want sex? Anyone? Hello? Just for fun?

I am not going to die a virgin. One way or another I am going to make this happen.


Hey, what have I got to lose? Besides the obvious.

Ellie is a 21 year old virgin who is obsessed with getting rid of her virginity. She’s also pretty fascinated and obsessed with her vagina & the surrounding area, i.e. pubes.

When Ellie was just 17 she thought she was about to lose her V-Plates (as she puts it) but the boy turned her down flat. (He had his reasons – which were very good - and if she would have stuck with him I think her story would have been very different.) Since then she wants nothing more than to lose “it.” She doesn’t understand what’s wrong with her and wants to fit in and discuss things like all the other girls do.

While in the process of trying to lose it she gets into an argument with her best friend and they don’t speak for a while. She makes a new friend, Emma, who she starts a Vlog with…a vagina blog. It’s along the lines of anything you need to know about your vagina but were afraid to ask. Ellie is the virgin and Emma is a self-proclaimed slut and proud of it! The pair work great together but Ellie still needs to get that pesky virginity to go away.

During the story Ellie meets a guy who she thinks that she really likes but things don’t go exactly how she wants them to and that makes her look at her life – which is a good thing.

The story is a journey for Ellie and one she really needed to take. She was annoying and at times ridiculous while on this journey but she was also amusing at times as well. She had no self-confidence for most of the book and that showed. She was so desperate to lose her virginity that she would approach or kiss guys she didn’t even find attractive. Why? IDK. The story went a lot of directions but I felt it all came together nicely in the end. Though Ellie wasn’t my favorite character throughout the book, she redeemed herself near the end. I was happy she came to the life conclusions she did and hoped for her sake they stuck. :)

I don’t believe this book is for everyone. You have to be comfortable reading about pubes and vaginas up close and personal and not all people are. lol I found the book to be somewhat adolescent at times but a decent read overall.

Rating: 3 out of 5
 

Radhika Sanghani

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Review: Rogue with a Brogue by Suzanne Enoch

Rogue For Every Lady

London, 1817: Stuck in a Mayfair ballroom, thanks to his lovestruck brother, Highlander Arran MacLawry wants nothing but a bit of distraction from an arranged betrothal—and a clever auburn-haired lass in a vixen's mask promises just that . . . until he discovers that she's the granddaughter of the Campbell, chief of clan MacLawry's longtime rival. Despite their families' grudging truce, falling for fiery Mary Campbell is a notion too outlandish even for this Highlander…

The Thrill Of The Forbidden


Raised on tales of savage MacLawrys, Mary is stunned to realize the impressively strapping man in the fox's mask is one of them. Surely the enemy shouldn't have such a broad chest, and such a seductive brogue? Not that her curiosity matters—any dalliance between them is strictly forbidden, and she's promised to another. But with the crackling spark between them ready to catch flame, love is worth every risk…


Arran MacLawry is a man who has the Highlands in his blood. When his brother seems to be falling for an English woman, Arran heads to London to stop it. He’s too late to stop anything, unfortunately. Now he’s in England, the last place he wants to be, watching his brother, the Laird of his clan, seeming to become more English every day. Arran’s fed up with his brother and decides he won’t play whatever games his brother is playing.

Arran is also trying to escape any young English marriage minded debs that want to get close to him. He especially wants to stay away from one woman in particular and when he tries to escape her attentions at a masquerade ball he ends up dancing with someone who sparks his interest. The woman is dressed as a fox, as is he, and he is fascinated by her. He finds out later that she is Mary Campbell – the granddaughter of his clans rival. Though the Campbell’s and MacLawry’s are in a truce at the moment neither clan expects it to last and each tries to make connections with other clans to back them up in case of a break in the truce. Unfortunately Arran and Mary are key parts to those deals as they’re each to marry…not each other.

The pair form a friendship that should never be. They find themselves getting closer and closer and Arran finally admits to himself he’s in love. Mary’s not sure what’s happening but she knows she wants nothing more than to be with Arran. The question is…how can these two star crossed lovers be together when their families want nothing more than to kill each other? If either family finds out, the couple will be ripped apart forever. Arran obviously doesn’t want that to happen so he makes a plan to save them both.

This was a wonderful second book in the Scandalous Highlanders series. Arran was definitely scandalous, that’s for sure. He defied his brother at almost every turn and then went and got himself attached to a Campbell no less! The scandal that ensues causes both families to make rash decisions and Arran and Mary are the two that end up paying the price. I loved Arran’s personality and strength and I adored Mary’s staunch belief in herself as a highland lass – even though she was raised in England.

The story was engaging and intriguing almost from the first page. I was taken with how sweet Arran was with Mary even when he was telling himself that he needed to stay away from her. They were so very perfect for each other that I wanted nothing more than for them to be together from the first moment they met. Of course like any story of rivaling families that’s not how it works, as we all know. I thought that Enoch did a lovely job of giving the characters depth. These weren’t shallow youths who had no idea what was what. They each knew what they wanted, didn’t deny it, knew their families would do anything to stop it and went after it full force anyway. I loved that.

This has been a wonderful series so far and I can’t wait to see where Enoch takes us in the next book.

Rating: 4 out of 5


Suzanne Enoch

What I Read Last Week

I’m back!

Yes, I’m back from vacation and back at work. I must say it was a bit hard getting out of bed early this morning. Sleeping in while on vacation totally spoiled me! Despite that it’s good to be home. My oldest daughter is on a mission trip with our church so it’s quiet around the old homestead. It’ll be even quieter as my hubby leaves tomorrow night for his annual trip to the Sturgis bike rally for a week. One day we’ll all be home together again! :)

The trip was a success, that’s for sure. It was wonderful seeing my family and seeing their new houses. Though the driving drove me a bit batty it was wonderful seeing all of the different states we drove through and of course spending hours upon hours with my youngest. She was a great traveler and made the trip that much more fun.

I’m sorry I didn’t announce the winner of the Where the Horses Run giveaway previously but the winner is:
Violet D. Congratulations!! I’ll send you an email soon to get your snail mail address so look for that in your inbox.

I didn’t get very much reading done but I did finish two whole books! Woohoo! lol!


The first one I read was Rogue with a Brogue by Suzanne Enoch. This was a star-crossed lovers story if ever I’ve read one. We have two clans that hate each other the McLawry’s and the Campbell’s and two people who seem to be falling in love – Arran MacLawry and Mary Campbell. The story was a good one and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I’ll post a full review tomorrow. 4 out of 5

The other book I read was Virgin by Radhika Sanghani. This is not a romance but more of a new adult chick lit book. It is about Ellie who is 21 years old and a virgin and she tells us about her relationships with both men and her friends and focusing heavily on getting rid of her “V-Plates” (as she describes it). I wasn’t a fan of the MC and didn’t care for a lot of what she did and how she acted. I’ll post a full review later this week. 3 out of 5



My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
*crickets*

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

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
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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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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

Review: Then Came You by Jill Shalvis

Veterinary intern Emily can’t believe she wound up in the small town of Sunshine, Idaho, instead of the Los Angeles clinic she had always imagined. Now she has to put her plans to move to L.A. on hold for a whole year while she fulfills the obligation of her vet school scholarship.

Then Wyatt, her gorgeous one-night stand from a Reno vet conference, introduces himself as her new boss. And Emily is just as drawn to his seductive looks and quiet strength as she was on that very steamy night. She soon learns that Wyatt isn’t just a laid-back doctor, but a delicious alpha male tempting her away from her carefully laid-out plans...


Emily has gone to Sunshine, Idaho to complete a year long internship in the local vet clinic. She's not happy about having to be there as she wanted to do her internship in LA - where she's from. She is counting the days until she can leave.

The first day she gets to the clinic she meets the man who will be her boss, Wyatt, who is hot, hot, hot. She'd be happy about that except for the fact that she had a one night stand with the man not that long ago and expected...no, hoped, that she'd never see him again. Yes, he was a wonderful lover but that night isn't something that Emily wants to revisit.

Wyatt is thrilled that 
Emily the One Night Stand is Emily the Intern cuz he'd love to continue what they started. He likes Emily a lot but he hates that she's anxious to get home and he's not about to get involved with someone who's going to walk out of his life for a job - as his ex-fiance did.

Of course the beauty and grandeur of Idaho gets to Emily, as do Wyatt and everyone else in town. Emily soon realizes that maybe heading back to California may not be the wisest decision or the best thing for her life.

I love this series. The couples are so wonderful together and I love seeing couples from previous books time and again in all of the books. The friendship and camaraderie that they all share comes through in each scene that they're involved in.

In this story Wyatt and Emily are incredible together. I loved the sexual tension that was consistently present whenever they were together. I also liked the fact that they didn't immediately jump into bed together. Yes, they got together but not right away. This left plenty of time for the love to grow and I loved every minute of their time together.

As always there were great secondary characters. I've already mentioned the couples from the previous books but we also got Emily's sister and Wyatt's two sisters. All three of these women were strong personalities and they really helped to round out the MC's.

I definitely think this is a book that should read and enjoyed by everyone.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Jill Shalvis

What I Read Last Week

It’s Monday again. I can’t quite figure out how the weekends are going so fast but they seem to be much shorter than say…2 days during the week? Do you feel that way? :0)

So last Sunday, the 29th, my oldest daughter went ice skating with some friends. She got her feet knocked out from under her when a kid decided to play human wrecking ball on the ice. She complained of pain so on Monday evening I took her for x-rays. They detected nothing but said sometime breaks in the wrist don’t show up until later. Two days later I got a call from the radiologist stating that she had a possible ligament disruption (?) and that she needed her arm/hand casted. While we were getting it casted yet another doctor looked at the x-rays and saw a hairline fracture. Wow – exciting times in Tracyland. lol She’s in some pain but doing well. They put a heavy plaster cast on her arm last Wednesday but she’ll get it off and have more x-rays taken by the orthopedist on Friday. Hopefully she won’t have to get another cast on but I’m not holding my breath. :) 


I have 3 giveaways going at the moment:
1 print copy of Where the Horses Run by Kaki Warner (Intl. ok)
1 print copy of The Longest Night by Kara Braden (US and Canada Onlyl)
1 digital copy of Napoleon by JC Mells

What I read last week:


I started the week with Then Came You by Jill Shalvis. This is a great book that takes place in Sunshine, Idaho and is part of the Animal Magnetism series. I’ll post my review of this one tomorrow.

Next up was Napoleon by JC Mells. This is a NA m/m romance that has to do with shifters so it’s kind of paranormal in that aspect…except they don’t actually shift so it’s more contemporary, if that makes sense. The story is about Napoleon and his attraction for a straight boy. It’s fun and funny and I really enjoyed it. There’s a giveaway going if you’re interested in it. You can read my review and enter the giveaway here. 4 out of 5

Next up was Fueled by Lust: Cato by Celeste Prater. This is the story of Cato who is an alien of sorts (but looks human) who is scanning the airwaves when he hears Luna. He doesn’t know her name but he can’t stop listening to her. At one point he tries to see her but he keeps missing her. When she tries to get away from her boyfriend she’s beat up and Cato comes to the rescue. Of course he’s not sure how he’s going to tell her about the whole alien thing but he’s hoping she’ll stick with him. It was an interesting book. I thought parts of it were really good and had problems with other parts. 3 out of 5 (read for Book Binge)

Last for the week (I know, I didn’t read much, did I?) was The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley. This is Daniel’s story – obviously by the title you figured that out – and he is the son of Cameron who we read about in The Many Sins of Lord Cameron. Daniel has grown up and he’s a charmer. He’s a wonderful man with a good head on his shoulders. He’s highly intelligent and enjoys those who share his sense of wonder with the world. He meets Violet who is basically a confidence woman. Her and her mother travel around supposedly contacting those on the other side for people. They can’t really contact them but they do a great show and make money doing it. Daniel figures Violet out from minute one but he’s fascinated by her brain and attracted to her beauty. When she disappears he decides to follow and doesn’t plan on ever letting her go. It was a sweet story and I loved Daniel. He was so kind and calm with Violet who had been used and abused in a previous life and I loved how he took care of her – how he let her be herself which she needed so desperately. Just a great book. 4 out of 5

My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
Never Entice an Earl by Lily Dalton

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Review: Napoleon by JC Mells (+ a Giveaway!)

Napoleon Charming-Balak has been crushing on the "exchange student" that's been staying with him for the last six months.

The object of his crush: Sixten Dahl, a straight boy that seems to get his kicks from flirting with, then torturing, Napoleon in the cruelest of ways. Is it any wonder Nap, and his best friend Moused, are high-tailing it to New York City as fast as they possibly can? If there's one thing Napoleon is hoping for, it's that life in the Big Apple will be exactly what his self-esteem needs to get over the Swedish tease that has been tormenting him all summer long.

If he could only stop thinking about Sixten long enough to enjoy it.


Napoleon, a werewolf, is gay and has a crush on a guy. Not too unusual except the guy he’s crushing on, Sixten, is straight. On top of that Napoleon is getting mixed signals from Sixten. Six keeps “seeming” to make moves on Nap but then Six pushes him away and Nap is more crushed each and every time.

When Napoleon leaves for college in NYC (he lives in Nevada), he’s thrilled that he won’t be around Sixten any longer and can try to move on. That’s until Sixten and his friend Theo show up at his house in NYC stating that they are his new roommates. Whaaaaa? Poor Napoleon, he just wanted to get away from his feelings for Six and he can’t do that when he’s got the room next door and he’s sharing a bathroom with the guy. The longer they’re together though Nap starts to think that there could be more to Six’s actions towards him than he thought.

I was contacted by the author and asked if I wanted to read this story and write a review. I have to say I was a bit hesitant because even though it says it’s a stand alone novella, that’s pretty hard to accomplish when it’s the fifth book in a series. I took my chances and I’m so very glad I did. It was really good and now I want to go back and read the first 4 books in the series. If her other books are written as well as this one was I know I’ll love them too.

This story is told from Napoleon’s POV and through this we see his personality shine through. He is charming (as his last name states), witty, loyal to his friends, and tells his story so well I couldn’t get enough of it. The author has Napoleon’s voice down and she did a great job making him a warm, funny and memorable character. Most of the time when I read a story that is told in first person I’m dying to know what the other person is thinking or feeling but I was so entertained by Nap that I never once felt like I was cheated in the story.

Napoleon and Six’s relationship was an odd one and it definitely kept me on pins and needles. It was sad and frustrating at times but ended well. I don’t want to give anything away so I’ll try not to tell you more. I do wish that we had gotten more of the last part of the story. There was something monumental that was going to happen and we never actually got to see how that turned out which was maddening, I must say. I shook my Kindle when it said “The End” like it was going to produce more pages or something. FYI - it didn’t, which sucked.

Napoleon was a great story and one I know I’ll reread in the future.

Rating: 4 out of 5

JC Mells 


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Guest Author: Kara Braden - The Longest Night + a Giveaway!

Hi Kara!  Thanks so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to be here today! 

Thanks for having me! Forgive me if I’m a bit nervous, but I’m a debut author, so this is new for me. I’m Kara Braden, author of The Longest Night, which came out just a few days ago. It’s a cabin romance set in the snowy forests of northwest Canada, with a twist. See, it’s the heroine, not the hero, who lives out in the wilderness. To explain a bit more, I’ve asked Cecily to answer a few questions about her life before Ian.

Cecily Knight: You make that sound like a geologic time period. Pre-Ian, Post-Ian.

Kara: He came into your life unexpectedly, though.

Cecily: And entirely unprepared for a week at a ski resort, much less at my cabin. He actually brought a suit with him. What’s he going to do in a suit, even at a ski resort? Lounge around at the bar?

Kara: He does look awfully good in a suit, though.

Cecily: Well, yeah, but don’t let him hear you say that. His ego’s bad enough as it is. Besides, he’s mine.

Kara: Fair enough. But what about your Pre-Ian life? What was your first winter like, at the cabin?

Cecily: Let’s just say I wasn’t much better prepared than Ian. I’d spent a couple of summers up there, fishing—the land’s been in my family for a while now—but I’d never experienced the full extent of a Canadian winter. Thankfully, the architects who designed the cabin did their research, so the roof didn’t cave in or anything.

Kara: But what happened? Did you run out of food or firewood?

Cecily: Both, I’ll admit. But I was able to radio down to Pinelake, and the folks there were so generous about helping out. Snowmobiling there was risky, but I made it and ended up spending three weeks in town until the weather cleared enough for me to get back home, with supplies. I love those people. They’re the most generous you’ll ever meet.

Kara: What about your garden? I’ve heard it’s—

Cecily: Dead, yeah. I’ve got a black thumb. You know those plants that nobody can kill? Cacti and spider plants and ivy? Give me a week.

Kara: So, I guess it’s canned vegetables?

Cecily: Fortunately, I’m a pretty good shot, so I trade what I hunt for anything fresh. Or I did, Pre-Ian. You know, Pre- and Post-Ian is kind of a useful way to look at life. Anyway, I’d bring stuff down to town to trade, or I’d just barter with Mags.

Kara: Mags, as in, Dr. Marguerite Lavolier? She’s your nearest neighbor, isn’t she?

Cecily: If you can call it ‘nearest.’ She’s a ways down the river. The Pinelake Road dead-ends at her place. But yeah, I’d pick up extra chicken feed or bring down some venison for her, and she’d trade veggies from her garden or the chickens she raises. After a winter of isolation, you really get to miss fresh eggs.

Kara: And company, too, right?

Cecily: I’ve got a pretty good imagination, and I’m always working on a couple of books at a time. But yeah, sometimes it’s nice to talk to someone and actually hear a response. And Mags is the best. Plus she doesn’t put up with nonsense from anyone—not even Ian.

Ian Fairchild: Excuse me?

Kara: Ian! This is a surprise—

Ian: Yes, because someone didn’t tell me we were doing an interview. I’ve done interviews before, love. CNN, the New York Times

Cecily: I know. Believe me, I know.

Kara: Unfortunately, we’re about ready to wrap up here.

Ian: Already? But I just got here.

Cecily: I’ll interview you for my next book. How about that?

Ian: Your next book has a magical talking ferret in it.

Cecily: I can name him Ian.

Ian: You wouldn’t dare.

Cecily: Watch me.

Kara: And that’s how they make their relationship work. Compromise and a whole lot of snark. 



The Longest Night blurb:

This could work, whispered the little voice in the back of her mind, the voice that had been silent for seven years…

SHE SOUGHT SOLACE IN SOLITUDE

Years ago, former Marine Captain Cecily Knight fled her dark past and the nightmares forever haunting her nights. Alone in the remote Canadian wilderness, she survives day to day…until Ian Fairchild comes storming into her life and shatters her protective seclusion.

UNTIL ONE TOUCH BARED HER SOUL
Aloof but intriguing, defensive but undeniable, Ian is everything Cecily shouldn’t want but can’t ignore. He watches her with shrewd blue eyes, as if determined to decipher her secrets…and for the first time in years, she finds herself coming alive beneath the hands of a man with too many scars to count.

As the hushed and harsh winter closes in around them, two lost souls find themselves on the precipice of a love that could save their lives…or destroy them forever.



Excerpt:


Realizing they were about to have the talk, Cecily took a breath to steady herself. She rose from her crouch and turned to find him standing much closer than she’d expected, only inches away. “Look, I—­”

“Please, Cecily,” he interrupted gently as his hands came up. Long fingers skimmed over her face, sliding back along her jaw to brush lightly, chillingly over her hair. “We’ve talked enough for tonight.”

She stared at him—­close, so close—­and wanted to say something, but she knew that she’d come off sounding like a babbling idiot if she started to talk.

Ian took her silence for consent—­which, in a way, it must have been, because when he leaned down to steal a kiss, Cecily couldn’t find it in herself to protest. She leaned into it instead, hands sliding up to grasp his waist, holding him lightly but closely. The kiss was sweet, tasting of sugar and coffee, and full of his confident aggression, encouraging her to let go of her inhibitions.

Seven years of self-­denial proved too much of a strain. The last of Cecily’s reservations dissipated like fog, and she pulled him close to take control of the kiss. She reveled in the feel of a body pressed to hers, warm and hard and very real. 

July 2nd - The Longest Night by Kara Braden
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Author Bio: Kara Braden makes her debut in modern romance with a story of love in isolation. She believes that engaging, romantic fantasy can be found everywhere in the world, even in the most unlikely places. With the support of her wonderful husband, cats, and dogs, she writes from her home office outside Phoenix, Arizona, where she spends her time hiding from the sunlight and heat.




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Review: Where the Horses Run by Kaki Warner (+ a Giveaway!)

Wounded in body and spirit after a shootout, Rayford Jessup leaves his career as a lawman and uses his gift with damaged horses to bring meaning to his solitary life. Hired by a Scotsman in Heartbreak Creek to purchase thoroughbreds, he travels to England, unaware that a traumatized horse and a beautiful Englishwoman will change his life forever.

Josephine Cathcart loves two things: her illegitimate son and her injured stallion. Faced with her father’s looming bankruptcy, she must choose between a loveless marriage to the man who ruined her, or risk her horse and her future on a handsome, taciturn Texan and a high-stakes horse race. But as vengeful forces conspire against them, will Rafe’s love and healing touch be enough to save her horse and protect her and her son?


Rafe Jessup is in England with his boss, Ash Wallace, buying up horses to take back to America to start his horse breeding ranch in Heartbreak Creek, Colorado. While traveling by boat Rafe meets Josephine Cathcart and is instantly taken with her. She seems to exude a peaceful calm even though she’s anything but calm at times. The pair create a bit of a bond before they leave the ship. Rafe then shows up at Josephine’s father’s estate to look over the horses her father is selling. While in residence Rafe and Josephine become closer and the bond that they had created on the ship grows exponentially.

Josephine finds herself caring more and more about Rafe but her life is in turmoil and she’s pulled in different directions – daily, it seems. Eight years before she was in love with William who was the heir to a barony. He stated he loved her and wanted to marry her and they slept together, creating Josephine’s son, Jamie. William then left her, never acknowledged Jamie and married an heiress. Josephine was heartbroken and she and her son were ostracized, but Josephine was strong and made a good life with Jamie living with her father. Her father, who made his money in coal mining is now in dire straits financially. He is getting more desperate every day and when William comes back in to their lives her father pushes Josephine to marry William, who’s more than ready to now claim Jamie. Josephine is torn as she finds herself falling in love with Rafe but wanting to do the right thing for both Jamie and her father. In the end it all comes down to Josephine’s horse. Pembroke’s Pride. Josephine’s father has entered her horse in a race and if he can win it their financial issues may be solved and she might be able to choose whoever she wants – for love, not for duty.

While I love Warner’s writing, I’ve only read a few of her books. Western historical romance isn’t my favorite so it’s not one I pick up all that often. When I saw that this book was 99% set in England I was thrilled and grabbed it up. It contained all of the things I love about Warner’s writing and was in a setting that I adore – win, win.

I loved the characters in this story as well. Rafe and Josephine were perfect together and I loved the quiet, endearing way they became attached. It was an unexpected romance for both of them and that quiet bond blossomed into a strong and steadfast love. It was both emotional and exciting to read and warmed my heart. Another of the characters that drew my attention was Jamie, the 7 year old son of Josephine. He was intelligent, intuitive and loving. He knew what was up with his grandfather and had a great sense of himself and others. I enjoyed every moment when he was on page. The other secondary characters, Thomas Redstone, Lord and Lady Kirkwell and other maids and grooms were all interesting and intriguing in a way that kept the story rolling and kept me turning pages.
 

Where the Horses Run is a story of trials and tribulations but also of love, friendship and determination. It’s a wonderful book and one that should definitely be read.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Kaki Warner 


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