Sunday, November 30, 2014
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
BUT before I say anything else I just need to say...I was not expecting that at all!
Jazz and Brax are happily married; they have a daughter, a beautiful home, careers they love and enjoy, but mostly they have this fierce and amazing love for each other. Everything seems perfect, until it all goes to hell.
Jazz had a rough life before Brax came along. There was nothing good about her past, she never had a home or place in life.
“For the longest time, I was told no one would love someone as worthless as me.” Jazz
Until she met Brax, the one person she never saw herself lucky enough to have. He was her happily ever after, the one who made her dreams come true, the one who loved her just as much as she loved him.
“He completed me in every way imaginable.” Jazz
Brax had a normal life, brothers, cousin, family and friends. Something about Jazz grabbed him and didn’t let go. He has made it his mission to make sure that her every wish is granted because he loves her so much that anything less is not acceptable.
“She captured my soul, stole my heart, and somehow turned me into fucking mush.” Brax
“No matter how near or far you are, you will always own my heart. You’re it for me, baby. Always and forever.” Brax
So what happens when a completely unexpected turn of events shatters their world? Literally it was throws it into turmoil and makes them question everything?
“I didn’t understand how you could have everything one minute, and then in a blink of an eye, it would all be gone. But what I did know was that I couldn’t let my family be torn apart.”
I enjoyed how this was a dual POV book because you get to see what is happening to both Jazz and Brax after the ax is thrown into their marriage. But you also got to see how they really felt about each other, in their own words. You see how they both deal with their devastation. There are unexpected twists and turns you never see coming and you keep guessing until the end. The mystery is what I enjoyed the most about this book, that you couldn’t figure out what was going to happen or where it was going to go. I found myself re-reading things just to make sure I read it right.
There were some things that I did not enjoy as much, at times it became repetitive. Jazz became more dramatic while Brax became more explosive and at times their personalities were a little much. I also found myself getting impatient, I wanted answers and I wanted them sooner than they were given.
I do look forward to the next book though and can’t imagine where in the world Ms. Grant will go next.
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Affliction by River Savage
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I was privileged to receive an ARC of this book and I am thankful every day because it will always hold a special place in my heart.
This is Sy and Holly’s story.
In Incandescent you get a small taste of where this book starts, but you are in no way prepared for where this book is going to go. I had the full range of emotions reading this story, my heart broke, I laughed, I was intrigued, I fell in love and let’s not forget the extreme hotness that was mixed in between it all.
Sy aka Sunshine as Holly so aptly names him is not at all what I expected. Fully tattooed, stand-offish and completely rough around the edges. But underneath that hard exterior is a fiercely loyal, complex, amazing lover. His backstory broke me but explains why he is a man of little words and doesn't let anyone in. He is not looking for anything complicated in his life but there is something about Holly that calls to him.
“I will sit in the darkness waiting, waiting for her to come and guide me back out. And while I wait, hoping the light comes soon, I will thank God I’m not afraid of the dark.” Sy
Holly is a force to be reckoned with. She is full of life and doesn’t take crap from anyone. She knows that she is getting under Sy’s skin and makes the most of it. This is all until she is thrown into her own tragedy. The experience changes her and she hides away from everyone while she attempts to deal with her loss. There becomes a point where Sy just can’t handle the shell of a women she has become.
“I’m not sure if whatever it is that is happen will last, but in this moment right now, I’m happy. I’m going to take that happiness and try not to lose it.” Holly
Both Sy and Holly have issues that need to be resolved and through their pain they find that that they can move forward better when they are together. There is this sweetness about Sy and a vulnerability about Holly that just works. And when they do come together, it is explosive and heats up the pages.
“The emptiness of my heart is long forgotten as I balance on the edge of what this man can give me. It’s like he awakens something in me. My hands itch in anticipation of feeling his lips on mine, and my body hums each inch he moves closer. “Hurry,” the word slips from my mouth.” Holly
“I’m not going to quit it, Holly. I’m going to slowly bring you apart with my mouth and the fuck you so hard you won’t be walking easily tomorrow.” Sy
Besides the chemistry that this undeniable they have this relationship that just works. Sy is exactly what Holly needs as much as Holly is exactly what Sy needs. But in order to move forward they need to be honest with each other because the words that are not said can tear their fragile relationship apart. Will they choose to be honest or will their fear of the unknown destroy them?
I can’t say enough how much I loved this book. Mrs. Savage really found the perfect words to make me fall in love with both Holly and Sy. Their stories were moving in a way that you feel in your soul. Their loss becomes your loss, their love become your love and their secrets become your secrets.
Saturday, November 29, 2014
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Friday, November 28, 2014
My jacket falls to the floor, and I welcome the sharp bite of cold air against my flesh.
Title: The One Addicted
Series: The One Trilogy #2
Author: Alexandra North
Expected Release: January 2015
Cover designed by: McCallum Creative
Hosted by: Francessca’s Romance Reviews
The sensational follow-up to Alexandra North’s debut novel, THE ONE AWAKENED
Book #2 of THE ONE TRILOGY
The sex is addictive, the love soul-wrenching…
Sebastian Silver had been Lucia Myers best friend for over a decade but one proposition changed everything between them…
Her time with him had been everything she’d dreamed of; sexy forbidden, liberating – friends becoming strangers to become lovers but with one huge glitch – she fell head over Louboutin heels in love with him. That had never been part of the plan, for either of them, nor had the arrival of Seb’s girlfriend.
Now Lu is faced with forging a new start without him in it; now she needs to fix her broken heart. She throws herself into work but their joint business collaborations soon find her back within his arms, as together they sizzle but apart they are broken.
Sebastian is an addiction she finds hard to shake and despite a desire to protect herself from the unknown, the sexual force between them is too great to ignore. After much persuasion she agrees to finish their month of passion together. He makes her feel like no other man has, her body craving his touch and her mind his unending friendship. Seb continues to take her to towering heights of pleasure but such desirable highs can come at a price.
Forces out of their control are out to wreak havoc and gain revenge with tragic consequences and all the while, Lucia has this feeling that she is being watched, by another…
THE ONE ADDICTED is the perfect read for lovers of the internationally renowned This Man series from Jodi Ellen Malpas & Sylvia Day's Crossfire series.
About the Author
... is an Indie author of romance and erotic romance. She lives in the rambling lush hills of Yorkshire, UK with her swoon-worthy husband, two children and two guinea pigs Barry & Boris. She admits quite openly to being 'a hopeless romantic with a dirty mind' and when not writing, works as a Graphic Designer & Illustrator, something she's done for the past 20 years.
Other 'broom up the bottom' jobs include; mum's taxi, cooking and cleaning, cake baking, family therapist and complaints letter writer, for all and sundry - she's the one who won't take no for an answer! In between everyday life's tasks, she tries to lose herself with her secret lover 'monsieur kindle'- sssh... don't tell Mr. North.
Writing was always a hobby and took a back seat to University, work, parenthood and unfortunately later, chronic long-term illness. One day she woke and thought 'life's too short - I'm going to finish that blummin book!'
She now devotes her time to writing love stories full of humour and naughtiness. When she isn't manically typing away or trying to be the model wife and mum, Alexandra can be found shoe shopping (shoes are her weakness), cosying up with back-to-back TV series and enjoying her very own Sebastian Silver.
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The One Awakened
It began a decade ago with a spilt drink and a missed opportunity amongst two people destined to be together. Now ten years on, sexually frustrated Lucia Myers is seeing her friend as though it were the first time…
Everything changed that Tuesday night when Lucia Myer’s millionaire best friend Sebastian Silver returned home after months working abroad. She took one look at his spine-tingling face and in that moment he stole her breath away, for the second time in a decade…
As a single-mother, her priorities have changed; the only man in he life is her 3year old son Finn. Encouraged by her girlfriends she’s begun to date, but now, staring at Seb with fresh eyes - his appearance suddenly unfamiliar to her and physique making her mouth water; Lu decides that he should be the one to encourage her inner wantonness. What were friends for - if not to help when one was in need?
She forms a plan… a proposition of sorts; one night of pleasure, I’m open to anything, with no ties - the text reads. It couldn’t have been simpler.
She wants to be awakened by someone she can truly trust; one with a skilled repertoire with the ladies and one who will never want more from her – cue Sebastian - the ultimate alpha player!
Sebastian accepts her offer, but only on his terms, introducing rules that she must adhere to. He decides where, when, and that one night would not be enough to truly take Lucia to new heights and show her how it should be really be done! One month it is then…
The heat between them is scorching; the constant fight for control undeniable, as they struggle between the blurred lines of the term ‘mates’. Together they sizzle, but apart they are broken. They must become strangers, and forget their friendship to become lovers, for Lucia to fulfill her desires and for Sebastian to awaken her in a way no other man has achieved.
Soon their time will come to an end; can they ever go back to just being friends?
Forces from their past and present try to destroy their future and all the while, Lucia has this feeling that she is being watched, by another…
The One awakened is romantic, seductive, witty, full of angst, and will make you wish you had your very own Sebastian Silver to proposition.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
I'm a designer, author, wife and dog-lover living in the South Pasadena area of California. I got my BFA in Film Production from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, but my love of a good story came way before college. I remember writing my first full story in fifth grade on a typewriter. I cut and pasted it into a book, complete with cardboard cover and taped binding. Things have changed a lot since then. With the magnificent digital age I can produce books and give them to the world without a sticky mess.
In college numerous instructors and peers praised my dialogue pushed me to hone my storytelling skills. Of course the need to cut and paste was still there, so I went into the world of Production Design and Art Direction for films and television. It gave me the ability to connect design to storytelling in a way that no other career can. The past 18 years have spun a unique perspective on visually emotional tales of relationships and the thread that ties all things together. Now I’m shifting focus on the driving force thatn brought me here… stories. I hope that I can share a unique perspective on life, love and the pursuit in all of the above.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Title: SNARE (Delirious, #1)
Author: Clarissa Wild
Release Date: November 25, 2014
Genre: Dark Romance
BlurbHis secrets will destroy her. Taken. Humiliated. Used. With his smart mouth, dirty talking, and possessive behavior, Sebastian Brand has me hooked in the most shameless way. I’m obsessed with him. However, now that I’ve escaped the mental hospital, he seeks to control my every move. The overwhelming aloofness in his attitude and the darkness in his mind tells me there is more to this man than sheer dominance. Depravity is his playground and pain is a necessary evil. Keeping me away was his first instinct. Capturing me was his second. Claimed by a man with the exterior of an angel and the mind of a brute, I will do anything to unveil his secrets and face my own demons. A body in exchange for freedom. A heart in exchange for truth. Life is never a given. Only a certain death. This is Volume 1 in the Delirious Series, which contains 3 volumes and a prequel. This book is a full-length novel. These books should be read in order. WARNING: This book contains very disturbing situations, strong language, drugs and alcohol, dubious consent, and graphic violence. Contains a cliffhanger that will make your eyes pop.
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About the AuthorClarissa Wild is the USA Today Bestselling author of FIERCE, a college romance series, but she's best known for the dark Romance novel Mr. X. She is also a writer of erotic romance such as the Blissful Series, The Billionaire's Bet series, the Doing It Series and the Enflamed Series. She is an avid reader and writer of sexy stories about hot men and feisty women. Her other loves include her furry cat friend and learning about different cultures. In her free time she enjoys watching all sorts of movies, reading tons of books and cooking her favorite meals. Check out my sexy books: http://smarturl.it/clarissawildbooks