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#WOTR19 – #Review – Welterweight (Hallow Brothers Series book 1) by Tricia Andersen

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Caleb Hallow doesn’t need anyone. All he needs is to dominate in the MMA cage and become world champion. His plans are derailed when he wakes up with a mysterious tattoo of his ancestors after a one-night stand with his opponent’s ex-girlfriend, Meg Riley. Sharing the mark with her joins them as mates for eternity. Can Caleb deal with Meg for the rest of his life? Can he keep her safe from his past as he falls deeply in love with her? And will she stay by him when she finds out he is actually a werewolf?
It was just a fling, a chance to get revenge on her cheating ex. At least that’s what Meg Riley tries to convince herself. But the indescribable pull that draws her to the dark, dangerous Caleb Hallow tells her differently. Although she is furious when she finds the strange tattoo on her back after their night together, and even though he tells her some convoluted story about him being a werewolf, she can’t stay away from him. She can’t stop herself from falling for him. When her ex threatens Caleb’s life, how far will Meg go to save him? Will she be willing to sacrifice her life for his?

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I purchased this book.

So my BFF a/k/a partner in crime has been after me to read this series. So I decided to take her advice and jumped in. What a great start to a series.

Meg has an on again off again jerk of a boyfriend that she sees cheating on her once again so her plan is to find a guy hook up for one night and boom!! they are even. Because that is always the right plan and works like a charm. LOL. When Caleb is in front of her she decides who better to make the boyfriend jealous by having a one night stand with her boyfriends rival Caleb.

Caleb is the middle brother out of 7 boys. He is an ass and does not open his heart to anyone. He is all for the one night stands no strings no attachments. Which is what he planned with Meg. However, the fates play a part in this. You see after the one night stand Meg wakes up with a large tattoo that sends her through the roof and on a mission to find the only one that could have put it there Caleb.

I absolutely love Meg,s personality she is feisty and does not back down even when she finds out Caleb’s secret and that she is Caleb’s MATE what ever that means. I have to say Caleb somehow found a way into my heart. He is full on alpha and an ass but he has his sweet moments. Meg and Caleb do not like each other and try so hard to fight the matting pull. Is it wrong that I enjoyed seeing there arguments and fights.  I have to say those never got old. These two are truly two peas in a pod they were truly made for each other.

There is something about all seven of these guys that has peaked my interest. I have to say I liked Caleb but there are six more so who knows who will be my favorite. I enjoyed most all of the characters even the two aunts. I’m so ready to start the next one.

 

Tricia Andersen lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with her husband, Brian and her three children – her sons, Jake and Jon, and her daughter, Alex. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in English and from Kirkwood Community College with an Associate of Arts degree in Communications Media/Public Relations. Along with writing, Tricia enjoys coaching and competing in track and field and traveling to cheer on her children in their various activities.

 

#ReleaseDay – ALL WE WERE by Elisabeth Grace & Michelle Lynn

 

 

Will I ever stop hurting the one person who’s never hurt me?

I’ve done things I can never undo.

No matter how much I wish I could, sometimes the wounds I inflict are too deep, too catastrophic, too septic to heal.

As I look into the eyes of the only man I’ve ever loved I know I’ve gone too far. I’ve finally crossed the line.

Even if he knew my reason for doing this, he’d never forgive me.

He always puts my needs before his own.

Now it’s my turn to protect him.

None of that matters though because the betrayal and disgust in his eyes comes from deep within his soul. There’s no coming back from this.

He will forever be tormented by what he’s seen, and he will never forgive me.

The last fragment of my heart to hold out hope that we’d share a future, withers and dies.

 

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Coming face-to-face with my past changes EVERYTHING.

I’m at the top of my game. All my struggles have finally paid off. Life should be great.

I mean, life is great.

Except for the fact that I can’t stop thinking of her. The woman who mangled my heart into a bloody pulp and never looked back.

If I could free myself of our shared memories, my future would be golden.

There’s only one way to move on—I have to confront the past, so I can move into the next chapter of my life in peace. Which means confronting her for the final time.

I had no idea that knocking on her door that day would turn my life upside down.

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ABOUT ELISABETH GRACE:

USA Today Bestselling author, Elisabeth Grace, has a soft spot for romance novels with happily ever afters and a hot spot for alpha males! She currently lives outside Toronto, Canada with her hubby and two small children. Life is busy, but never too busy for a good story and to share her love of reading and writing with others.

For more of the lowdown feel free to visit her author website at http://www.Elisabeth-Grace.com

 

ABOUT MICHELLE LYNN:

Michelle moved around the Midwest most of her life, transferring from school to school before settling down in the outskirts of Chicago ten years ago, where she now resides with her husband and two kids.

She loves all thing romance and cries at happy endings!

Visit her at www.michellelynnbooks.com

 

#Review – The Billionaire Shifter’s Virgin Mate – By: Diana Seere

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McDermott “Derry” Stanton is an old-money playboy who sleeps his way through half the world, one willing woman at a time.

A bear shifter, he never hibernates alone. Sometimes even one woman isn’t enough.

But when this irresistible billionaire meets Jessica Murphy, everything changes. The man who views life as a female feast suddenly acquires more discerning tastes. The only woman who can satisfy him now…

Is Jessica Murphy. He must have her. Immediately. Frequently.

Jess, however, doesn’t want any man, least of all a spoiled playboy who’s about to become her brother-in-law. A pre-med student with deep ambitions and a past filled with painful rejection, she’s all business.

Too bad Derry Stanton is her business. A frequent customer at the Platinum Club where she waits tables, and now the best man to her maid of honor in her sister’s wedding, the guy is everywhere.

And pretty soon, she finds herself everywhere, too.

In his arms, on his bed, between the sheets….

But sex is the last thing she needs.

Or it was until she meets Derry and starts hearing the Beat. And feeling a connection she’d never imagined, never dreamed, never hoped for.

It’s all too unbearably good.

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The Billionaire Shifter’s Virgin Mate is the second book in the Billionaire Shifters Club series by Diana Seere, the paranormal pen name for two New York Times and USA Today bestselling romantic comedy authors. This book is a standalone *within* a series. Learn more about us on our Diana Seere Facebook page. 😉

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This was the first book that I have read of Diana Seere. It is the second book in the series but I was able to follow this book without reading the first. I did like a few of the characters and a dislike for others.

McDermott “Derry” Stanton is the playboy of the family. His family is kinda unique it consists of three brothers which is two wolves and a mountain lion, and a sister who is also a bear. None of his siblings think Derry will find his mate because bears never mate one person.

Jessica “Jess” Murphy has one thing on her mind school she has no time for anything else. To pay for her schooling she gets a job as a waitress at Platinum Club. She is set off balance when she runs into Derry in the elevator. Derry is her sisters soon to be brother-in-law.

I liked the connection Derry and Jess have but their family interfered a bit too much. Between Derry’s brothers and sister and Jess sister these two have a mountain to climb. I did have a few characters that I would like to know more about like Edward and Molly but not sure how I feel about Asher. Here is a bigger story with Asher but his attitude holds me back from learning more about him.

Diana Seere was raised by wolves in the forests outside Boston and San Francisco. The only time she spends in packs these days is at romance writing conventions. In truth, Diana is two New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors who decided to write shifter romance and have more fun. You can find “her” on Facebook at Diana Seere’s Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/dianaseere

 

#WOTR19 #Review – Angel’s Collar by Anna Hague

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I have it all…until he shows me more.

I didn’t intentionally spill wine all over the most beautiful guy in the room, and one look at those icy-blue eyes brings on a major lapse in coherent speech. Jordan Caldera tells me his secret and wants me to join him. This is where my journey into submission begins.

So much about BDSM freaks me out, but at the same time, I can’t help but be intrigued. When I imagine Jordan doing those things to me, I can’t resist the adventure. Mind-blowing sex aside, my life is changing at an alarming rate and getting very complicated. Between balancing my career and my best friend’s concerns, the secrets I’m keeping are killing me.

What am I willing to risk for the new lifestyle I’ve embraced…and the man I love?

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This is a new to me author. I liked the way the author set the scene for this book. We do not get the story while it is occurring but instead bits and pieces as Emma tells her story to a reporter.

Emma is a vanilla kind of girl and when she spills her wine on Jordan’s shirt her whole world is about to be rocked. Jordan introduces her to the world of BDSM. Jordan and Emma had things to over come mostly Emma’s fear to trust and to submit fully. Sometimes things work sometimes they don’t. Emma hits a low when she losses everything in her life her best friend walks away from her, she losses her job and she is trying to hold things together. When she reaches her breaking limit she could lose Jordan too.

I did like watching Emma and Jordan’s relationship grow and hearing it through Emma’s point of view. They had chemistry but like a lot of marriages things can change. The ending really has me wondering what will happen next in Emma’s life. One thing about this book was things changed in the blink of and eye. I am intrigued to know what will happen next.

 

For 25 years, I’ve worked as a sports writer. I decided now was the time to pursue romance fiction as an author. I found a great group of RWA author friends who have helped me tremendously.
I get great support from my husband, and although they don’t know it, my three parrots and dog give me a huge boost everyday.

 

#WOTR19 #Review – A Place to Call Home by Lacey Black

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Eight years ago, Colbi Leigh fled her safe little hometown in Kentucky and followed her dreams to New York City. She left everything behind: her parents, her brother, and the love of her life, Aiden Hughes. Now, Colbi must return home in the wake of her brother’s unexpected death in Afghanistan where she’s about to come face-to-face with her old demons.

Aiden has been left unsettled since his one true love left him for something else in the Big Apple eight long years ago. After the unexpected death of his oldest friend, who was serving in the Army, Aiden finally comes face-to-face with the woman who stole his heart and has haunted his dreams.

What happens when old lovers reunite in the midst of tragedy? Is it finally a happily ever after, or will their dreams tear them apart once more?

*This novella is 23,000 words and was first published in May 2016 as part of the Honor Anthology.

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This was my first Lacey Black book. I have to say I was not disappointed. It was a wonderfully written love story about Colbi and Aiden.

Colbi and Aiden were friends as kids that turned into more as they got older. They shared a lot of first. Although Colbi loved Aiden she decided to chase her dream and went to New York. Aiden wanted Colbi to be happy and would not stand in her way.  He let her go not realizing she would stay away so long.  Eight years Colbi didn’t return home but when her brother died she found herself in her home town and face to face with Aiden.

Being home for two weeks and being with Aiden him being there for her helping her get through her grief of loosing her brother. She questions her decision of moving to New York. She has to decide between her dream job and Aiden again. Question is does she chose Aiden this time or her dream job again? Like the last time Aiden will not beg her to stay but if she leaves he will not stop her but his heart will be shattered once again.

This was a sweet second chance love story. I liked both Colbi and Aiden. They seemed to fit together like the perfect puzzle piece. I have to say the nickname Aiden has for Colbi was unique and I loved it. This was a quick read if you want a sweet love story and have a few hours you would probably enjoy this too.

Lacey Black is a Midwestern girl with a passion for reading, writing, and shopping. She carries her e-reader with her everywhere she goes so she never misses an opportunity to read a few pages. Always looking for a happily ever after, Lacey is passionate about contemporary romance novels and enjoys it further when you mix in a little suspense. She resides in a small town in Illinois with her husband, two children, and a chocolate lab. Lacey loves watching NASCAR races and should only consume one mixed drink because she’s a lightweight.

Lacey’s debut novel, Trust Me, was released in August 2014. It spent several weeks in the top 100 in contemporary romance on Amazon’s Top 100 Best Sellers for e-books. Fight Me, book 2 in the Rivers Edge series, released December 2014 and was followed by Expect Me, Rivers Edge book 3 in February 2015 and Promise Me: A Novella in April 2015. All were Amazon Best Sellers in contemporary romance.

Blog: http://laceyblack.wordpress.com
Email: laceyblackwrites@gmail.com
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#Review – With Everything I Am (The Three Series) by Kristen Ashley

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One night, Callum is driven into the woods by instinct, an instinct to protect. In the form of wolf, he meets a young human child who he is instantly drawn to in a fierce way he doesn’t quite understand.

Sonia Arlington has lived a lonely life. She has certain abilities that make her strange and she has a rare disease that, if untreated, could kill her. Her father makes her vow that she will never let others discover her abilities. This forces Sonia to stay distant, always guarding against exposure.

Intelligence leaks that Sonia is Callum’s human mate. He is now King of the Werewolves and has war on his hands. He’s forced to claim his mate and integrate Sonia into a world that is strange and frightening.

As Sonia attempts to adjust, Callum attempts to cope with the knowledge that his mate is mortal. He will have her beauty and gentleness only the length of a mortal life making their union unbearably bitter even as Sonia makes it unbelievably sweet.

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I picked up the audio book. I am on a shifter kick and was intrigued by this one. Plus I have read a few of Kristen Ashley books and thought if she can write shifters like she does the others I could not go wrong.  This is the second book in a three book series but can be read as a stand alone.

Sonia dreams of her wolf the one she saved when she was little. Sonia losses her parents and is taken in by a family friend.

Callum is waiting to court his mate but when she is in danger that plan is tossed out the window. He has to take Sonia however, since Sonia knows nothing about supernatural being he tries to keep this from her but in doing so Sonia is convinced he is the leader of a cult. A cult that has rules she does not know and doesn’t understand.

Once she is told about them being werewolves she begins to wonder if the heighten senses she has may not be so abnormal. Sonia has a disease that will take her from Callum. It is stated in the prophesies. Will Callum find a way to keep her? If he cannot what is he going to do if he losses Sonia?

I liked the chemistry between Callum and Sonia. I loved that Sonia tested and kept Callum on his toes. What I liked was most paranormal books are slow at first because they are setting their wold but Kristen Ashley jumped right in no real world building it was great and didn’t loss me. I was captured and wanted to know what was coming next OMG the twists had my stomach in knots and my heart racing. I have to say the narrator, Stella Bloom, for the audio book was great she kept me in the story and never pulled me out.

Kristen Ashley is the New York Times bestselling author of over sixty romance novels including the Rock Chick, Colorado Mountain, Dream Man, Chaos, Unfinished Heroes, The ‘Burg, Magdalene, Fantasyland, The Three, Ghost and Reincarnation and Honey series along with several standalone novels.

She’s a hybrid author, publishing titles both independently and traditionally, her books have been translated in fourteen languages and she’s sold over three million books.

On October 23, Kristen released LOOSE ENDS, her first anthology of novellas and short stories. Upcoming from Kristen will be FREE, the finale to her Chaos series, out January 29, 2019, THE SLOW BURN, the finale to her Moonlight and Motor Oil series, out April 30, 2019, and QUIET MAN, a Dream Man novella coming 1,001 Dark Nights coming August 13, 2019.

Kristen, born in Gary and raised in Brownsburg, Indiana, was a fourth generation graduate of Purdue University. Since, she has lived in Denver, the West Country of England, and she now resides in Phoenix. She worked as a charity executive for eighteen years prior to beginning her independent publishing career. She now writes full-time.

Although romance is her genre, the prevailing themes running through all of Kristen’s novels are friendship, family and a strong sisterhood. To this end, and as a way to thank her readers for their support, Kristen has created the Rock Chick Nation, a series of programs that are designed to give back to her readers and promote a strong female community.

You can learn more about Kristen and the Rock Chick Nation on her website: www.KristenAshley.net

 

#Review – Digging the Wolf: a paranormal romance (Wolves of Crookshollow Book 1) by Steffanie Holmes

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Sink your teeth into the hot new werewolf paranormal romance from USA Today bestselling author, Steffanie Holmes! Anna It’s been five months since my boyfriend was tragically killed in a climbing accident. I didn’t think I was over him … until Luke walked on to the archaeological site. Tall, dark, sexy, tattooed, funny, dangerous. Everything I want in a man. But he’s hiding something. He acts strangely in the moonlight. He won’t tell me anything about his life. And I caught him trying to destroy an important find. My body aches for him, but my heart tells me I’m not ready to make myself vulnerable again, especially not for a guy who isn’t being straight with me. If only … Luke Anna Sinclair – archaeologist, geek girl, totally and utterly delectable. I knew from the moment her intoxicating scent wafted across my wolf senses, she’s meant to be mine. And that knowledge is terrifying. The last thing I expected was to find my fated mate on an archaeological site. Whenever I’m near her, all I want to do is claim her. But she’s broken. The last thing she needs in her life is a werewolf out for revenge. I’m here to destroy the site, to keep my family’s past buried forever. If Anna finds out the truth, she’d never speak to me again. But I can’t deny the bond between us. I’ll do anything to make her mine. Digging the Wolf is a standalone paranormal romance by USA Today bestselling author Steffanie Holmes. Read on if you love archaeological mysteries, badass wolves, a broken heroine, and a hero so hot he’ll have you howling for more.

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This was a free book I picked up after seeing the cover.

Anna lost her father and boyfriend she is also taking care of her mother. Between her mom and her schooling there is no time for much of anything. Anna gave up her dream job for another and stayed in Cookshallow to work on the archaeological site. Things were going great until a new ranger came to monitor the dig site. She has no interest in letting anyone else in so they can leaver her and crush her heart in the process.

Luke is the last of his clan but when archaeologist start digging in his cave he needed to stop anyone from finding his secret. He had to protect his land from others and didn’t need to distraction that Anna could bring. However, he just could not resist her. She was his mate and was going to be his. Can he catch the black wolf before he hurts Anna.

The chemistry between Anna and Luke was great. Seeing Anna get riled up by Luke just because he like to see her get mad and flustered was fun. I enjoyed this story line. There was a few twists and it kept my interest. I’m intrigued to find out what Calebs story is and what type of female is his mate.

Steffanie Holmes is a USA TODAY bestselling author of dark and steamy paranormal romance. Her books feature clever, witty heroines, wild shifters, cunning witches and alpha males who get what they want.

Before becoming a writer, Steffanie worked as an archaeologist and museum curator. From Dark Age Europe to crumbling gothic estates, Steffanie is fascinated with how love can blossom between the most unlikely characters.

Steffanie lives in New Zealand with her husband, a horde of cantankerous cats, and their medieval sword collection. Learn more about Steffanie at her website: www.steffanieholmes.com. She also writes dark science fiction under the name S C Green.

#WOTR19 #Paranormal #Review #NewSeries – Lobos by Teresa Gabelman and Victoria Danann

Teresa Gabelman is our attending author

The Three Rivers Pack has been deeply embedded in Kerrville commerce and society for generations. They own businesses and hold government offices, including that of sheriff. But the influx of retirees and well-to-do building second homes in the Hill Country has squeezed the shifters for room to run.

The only answer is relocation to a less populated locale and that will require making a deal with the pack that holds that territory. The alliance struck by the two alphas is blood seal, a political mating between the Lobos alpha’s daughter and the Three Rivers alpha’s son. It’s the perfect solution that benefits both tribes.

Except nobody asked Fleet Ryder and Dani Alvarez if they were willing. And they aren’t.

I received this book for an honest review.

Say what! Who does arranged marriages anymore well it looks like Fleet and Dani’s fathers do. Fleets pack needs more room to roam and Dani’s pack needed financial help. So the fathers declared their children would be mated to tie the packs together.

As you can imagine Dani and Fleet did not take kindly to this arrangement. Fleet and his boys go on a road trip to find out more about Dani and her pack. After Dani and Fleet meet they come up with a plan to run away to get to know one another.

This is where things pick up Dani and Fleet try to fight their arranged mating. They learn more about each other. While on their road trip they found another pack member believes Dani was his and doesn’t want to let her go. Needless to say Fleet was not happy someone was after his mate.

I liked getting to know Dani and Fleet plus all their friends. I have to say I am intrigued to find out more about this group of friends.

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Teresa Gabelman is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the ‘Protectors Series’. When not writing about sexy alpha vampires and the women who drive them crazy she can be found on a lake with a fishing pole/Kindle, at a MMA event or spending a fun evening with family.

Being a full-time writer has allowed Teresa to connect more with readers which is what she loves most about writing. If you find the time she would love to hear from you!

Website: www.teresagabelman.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Teresa…

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Victoria Danann, is the author of over twenty five romances: paranormal, scifi, and contemporary.

Her Knights of Black Swan series won BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES FOUR YEARS IN A ROW. – Reviewers Choice Awards, The Paranormal Romance Guild.

She also won Paranormal Romance Novel of the Year FOUR YEARS IN A ROW and Scifi Fantasy Series and Novel of the year this past year..

WEBSITE: http://www.VictoriaDanann.com

Victoria is co-host of the popular ROMANCE BETWEEN THE PAGES PODCAST. http://www.RomanceCast.com
Interviews with the biggest names in romance.

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/victoriadanannbooks

TWITTER: www.twitter.com/vdanann

#WOTR19 – The Vampire’s Genie (The Wish Series Book 1) by Teresa Gabelman

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One would think most genies have it made, but that’s not the case for Janelle. She hates the outfit, hates the lamp, and overall hates the gig. It’s not until hot vampire Dean Frye steals her out from under her current master’s nose that she thinks maybe being a genie has its benefits.

Dean has one thing and one thing only on his mind when he sends his friend on a quest to seek out a genie lamp. Freedom. Plain and simple. Then he meets Janelle, his genie, and realizes that granting every wish her heart desires is the only wish he wants.

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What happens when your friend brings home a genie lamp? well you rub it of course. That is exactly what Dean did but he did not expect anything to happen but when the beautiful Janelle appeared he was love struck.

Both Dean and Janelle just want to be free of their situation. Dean is a vampire who just wants to be able to walk in the sun light. Janelle no longer wants to be a genie who is expected to please and grant wishes all her days.

Janelle landed in the right man’s hands for once but can Dean keep her or will her past master claim her back.

This was a quick read packed with humor.

Teresa Gabelman is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the ‘Protectors Series’. When not writing about sexy alpha vampires and the women who drive them crazy she can be found on a lake with a fishing pole/Kindle, at a MMA event or spending a fun evening with family.

Being a full-time writer has allowed Teresa to connect more with readers which is what she loves most about writing. If you find the time she would love to hear from you!

Website: www.teresagabelman.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Teresa…
Email: tgabelman@live.com

****Paranormal****

The Protectors Series
Damon – Book #1
Jared – Book #2
Duncan – Book #3
Sid – Book #4
Adam – Book #5
Slade – Book #6
A Warrior Wedding – Book #7
Slade – Book #8
Jax – Book #9
Blaze – Book #10
The Invisible Warrior – Book #11

Lee County Wolves Series
Forbidden Hunger – Book #1
Forbidden Seduction – Book #2
Forbidden Desire – Book #3
Forbidden Temptation – Book #4 TBA

Sanctuary

The Enforcer

Magic & Mayhem Kindle World
Wicked *itch

****Contemporary****
Rodeo Romance
Blind Faith

 

#WOTR – Twinsie Melinda Top 5 July to December 2018

It’s that time of year again. Looking back on what I have read over the past 6 months and list my 5 favorite books.  Well as usual I can never list just 5 sooo 7 it is but I narrowed it down to 4 authors so that balances out.  Yeah lets go with that.

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Reviving Kendall and Refusing Kendall (White Trash Trilogy) by Brandy Slaven

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When your BFF tells you that you need to read this book and then follows it up by gifting it to you. You read it and Holy crap on a cracker this was an awesome book. I’m telling you I jumped into this book and could not put it down. Seriously before I knew it I was almost done with the book and it was 1:30 in the morning.

What does a girl who goes from having a nice life with grandparents who love her and 3 yes 3 boyfriends to having her world turn upside down and inside out. Kendall lost her grandmother to cancer then she lost Brian, Will and Casey in a tragic car accident. Now she does what she has to do just to get through each day. She gets tormented in school, has to work to help pay the bills, and takes care of her gramps who has cancer. She has too much on her plate to worry about boys.

Kendall finds herself waiting on Teagan, Logan, Goose AKA Grant, and Maverick at the restaurant. They come on strong and she blows them off. Kendall works hard for what she has and refuses to take handouts. It takes some time for Kendall to let the walls down around her heart but when she does she finds something in each of the guys. When the guys realize what she means to them and figures out how to deal with the jealousy things really get heated.

There were so many favorites for me in this book. The dates these guys take her on had me swooning. Even though each date was different and rightfully so since each guy has different likes. I loved seeing them happy on the mountain trip but when things go wrong I was heartbroken. And I was balling when Kendall’s world once again got turned upside down and inside out. I have to say a side character, Lincoln Logan’s brother now holds a place in my heart but Mav walked away with it. I’m telling you I need to read the second book and I will probably have a hard time waiting for book three. Thank you Angie for gifting me this book.

A few of my favorites:

His eyes roam over my face like he’s trying to figure out how to fix the white trash ruin that I am, but he has no idea just how impossible that would be.

“Kendall, this is probably one of the hardest things that you will ever have to go through, but it will make you a better person for it. You just have to live. If for no other reason than for them. Live life to the fullest, just like you know that they would want you to.”

“Kendall, don’t make us late to class because I will come over there, drag you out and drive you to school in whatever you’re wearing.”

My Review – Refusing Kendall

I received this book for an honest review.
I enjoyed this book as much as I did Reviving Kendall. There were so many twists and turns. This one had my emotions all over the place I found myself laughing one minute then angry the next.
I loved seeing the relationships develop between Kendall and her guys. We learn more about their pasts and how their relationship works. Even though they have been together for a while there is still a lot they are still trying to learn about each other and dealing with trust issues. The boys are trying to juggle playing college ball and making time for Kendall. Kendall is living in the “haunted house” as she says while the boys live in the dorms. I have to say I was disappointed in Teagan at one point in this book and Kendall had me shaking my head every time she would make comments about the stupid girl that dies in the horror movies then she would do it anyway.
The drama and angst had my heart beating erratic. The ups and downs and seeing what everyone when through in this one had me turning the pages to see what was going to happen next. I cannot wait for the next one.

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No matter how crazy shit gets around here, these are the moments that keep us sane and more importantly, together.

His smile turns soft, “You can call me whatever you want, as long as I get to see that beautiful face.”

Reality says that I am the biggest hypocrite on the planet for wanting to keep them all for myself, but my heart says that reality can stick it where the sun doesn’t shine.

“Kendall,” Teagan starts, “Ever since you threw my money back at me in the restaurant, you’ve had me wrapped around your finger. I went stupid there for a bit, but I don’t want to make the same mistake and give you he chance to get away again.”

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Greyson and Tray (Hell’s Harlem Series) by J.M. Walker

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My Review – Greyson

I received a copy of this book for an honest review.
Greyson, Greyson, Greyson…this man intrigued me from the first moment we saw him and not in a great way. Yes I was a little… ok a lot aggravated at him. You see he wanted Brogan and well she wants and NEEDS Coby. Therefore, there is no room for Greyson.
Eve has no idea who she is or why she is running but all she knows is whatever she is running from is bad. She finds herself running right into Greyson. She feels protected and safe when he is around. I like Eve she may not know who she is or how she got where she is but she is determined to make it even if she never finds the truth.
Greyson has a heart of ice. You see he was in love with a girl who was never his and could not have in the end. When Eve came through the compound that night his heart began to thaw for this woman.
JM has a way of taking a guy you think you will not like and turn him into someone you love. Is he an asshole? Oh yes but in the best way. Is he demanding and controlling? Yes he is but ask Eve it is the best kind of demanding and controlling. JM has the best twists and turns that I didn’t even see them until they smacked me in the face. Watching these two open up and trust one another was amazing but when Eve’s past catches up to Greyson and Eve can they overcome and survive all that is coming their way?

A few of my favorite quotes

“I’m here to make sure you don’t hurt yourself. I don’t need that shit on my hands.” It wasn’t the truth, but she didn’t need to know that. I was there because I wanted to be. I was there because not even knowing me for twenty-four hours and she was already chipping away at the ice blocking my heart.

I know I’m difficult to get along with. I know I’m an asshole, but I love hard and I won’t hurt you.

My Review – Tray
I received a copy of this book for an honest review.
All things holy Tray is my new favorite male. Just when I thought I knew him wow I had no idea. This is somewhat of a Romeo and Juliet.
Tray is a nomad that has stayed with the Hell’s Harlem for a while but when he meets the beautiful sassy Zillah she captures him. However, Zillah is off limits she is the baby girl of the rival MC President. Zillah has been protected from the outside world and the MC world by her father. Now that she older she is ready to break free from his protection. She feels a pull to Tray and she is ready to follow it. There is so much going on with Tray right now with trying to keep his relationship with Zillah under wraps and trying to restore his relationship with his best friend Catch for the wrongs Tray did by him.
The twist and turns in this one were absolutely shocking and the deceit was strong in this one. The insta-attraction Tray and Zillah was amazing. The chemistry and banter between these two was great. I loved Grayson but Tray just pulled me over to his side. I am excited to see what will come next in this series. J.M. does a great job of keeping me on my toes and flipping those pages. She really knows how to tell a story and drag you in.

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The Ties that Bind and Tyson (An Ariel Kimber Novel and Novella) by Mary Martel

The Ties That Bind Tyson: An Ariel Kimber Novella

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My Review – The Ties that Bind

I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.
Oh Nellie this was jammed pack. Ariel discovered her real father was out there. Between her and her boys having to deal with the Council and dealing with the past this was an unforgettable read.
There is so much in this book I’m not sure my review will do it justice. The council is having Ariel do blood magic to find her father. This doesn’t make Quinton happy. Not only this but the council brought Chucky and Annabelle back into their lives and ugh that is all I’m going to say about that. Then we do get to meet Rain, Ariel’s father, to be honest I am not sure what to think of him.
I loved to see Ariel and the guy’s relationship grow. Even though they all have trust issues after being hurt in their past we are learning more about each of them. I like how we are learning about the guys along with Ariel. Each of them has a different personality and Ariel reacts to them all differently. I have to say my heart is opening more toward Damien. Tyson made me sad when he asked Ariel to keep secrets from others.
This book kept my attention and was hard to set down. I am intrigued to see what will happen next and to see Ariel and her coven learn more about each other and grow closer.
A few of my favorites
The girl has a serious mouth that she had no problem popping off whenever the mood struck her (and it stuck her often enough), but being mouthy and unafraid to speak your mind were a whole lot different.
I don’t think you know how to just be. Be in the moment. Be happy. To just breathe and not have to be fighting for something or fighting off someone.

My Review – Tyson

I received a copy of this book for an honest review.
My heart goes out to Tyson. Although I was not very happy with him in the last book I have to say he is on the path to making me see the greatness in him. He is not without flaws I mean he did ask Arial to keep things from his brothers. He has so much guilt going on because he feels responsible for tearing his family apart. They mean everything to him and he would do anything to protect them. I love how we get to know why Tyson is the way he is.
Ever since the day Arial pulled them all into a dream their focus has been to treat her the best they can and protect her. I do like that we got to see behind Tysons walls because man can he toss them up fast. It is amazing the way the brothers are such a tightknit coven and only want what’s best for Arial. Then when you see how none of them get jealous of one another for spending time with Arial only makes me think so much more of them. They truly want and need Arial to love all of them.
The ending was the best with all of them together as a unit. I am so ready for more of these brothers and Arial. I enjoy learning more and more about these guys but I like that we find out about each one right along with Arial.

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Forbidden Secrets (Lee County Wolfs Series) by Teresa Gabelman

Forbidden Secrets

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My Review – Forbidden Secrets

I received a copy of this book for an honest review.
OH my Goodness finally its Leda’s story. We have seen her grow as a young teen to an amazing woman ready to avenge her family.
we get to know Leda when her, her brother, and Janna walked into Lee County territory. We saw Leda’s and a favorite of mine VC Warrior Steve’s relationship. Leda is all grown up and ready to take back her pack that was suddenly taken from her. SH e sets off on her own to right the wrong. She doesn’t tell anyone her true plan for fear she will put her new family in jeopardy.
Taz who has known Leda was his since the first time he saw her but he was willing to wait it out tell she realized the truth about them and didn’t like Steve handing around. When Taz realized he let Leda leave Lee County he is now hell bent on finding her. HE even enlists the help of the one person he cannot stand Steve, yeap you read that right. All I can say is Steve is Steve and all but drives Taz or should I say Tax insane.
Leda is in search of her uncle to avenge her parents deaths. Little did she know the ones she was protecting were on the way. Her pack and the VC Worriers have her back and will no matter what.
Will they all walk away or was Leda right in trying to keep them all away.
This book was amazing we meet Leda’s old pack, her BFF Jamie and Jamie’s brother, Malcolm. I love the chemistry between Leda and Taz, and the interactions between Taz and Sam stole my heart. I am more excited for this series. There are so many possibility with the Lee County pack. I cannot wait to see where Teresa takes us next.

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