Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Quickie Review: Hard To Break (Alpha's Heart #2) by Bella Jewel

What it’s about

Quinn has spent her whole life working in her dad's garage, leaving her more comfortable with a carburetor than a curling iron. Her world is turned upside down when her beloved garage is bought by none other than world famous, sexy as sin, custom car builder, Tazen Watts. He's the one man she can't stand...even though he makes her hotter than a high performance engine in top gear.

Tazen has no use for Quinn, at least not professionally, and he's making sure she knows it. But there's a spark between them that she's finding hard to ignore. She's determined to prove her talent is as impressive as her sassy mouth. When she finds out Tazen is hiding a secret that could bring down his career and everyone involved in it, she wonders: is falling for him is going to be work the risk? 

**Hard To Break is a full-length standalone romance with a HEA**


Steffi’s Review

3.5 stars!
Ever since she was a little girl, Quinn has worked in her dad’s garage, the love of her life and biggest reminder of her deceased mother. Since her mother’s death, Quinn has been running the garage for her dad, who seems lost in a spiral of alcohol and depression. With the garage not a making any profits, Tazen, famous TV personality and custom car builder, buys it from her father….and takes away Quinn’s dream. But Quinn doesn’t give up that quickly. One thing they both can’t ignore is the sizzling heat between them.

As with all Bella Jewel books, I enjoyed myself immensely reading Hard To Break. She never fails to create tension and chemistry between her characters and Tazen and Quinn were hot together. Tazen’s high-handedness bothered me at the beginning but he quickly showed his sweet side and it turned out that he has some problems to deal with as well. Hard To Break was predictable and I was missing some kind of excitement from the plot but if you are looking for an easy, light, but steamy read on a Sunday afternoon, this is the book for you. 

*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley*

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Infinity + One by Amy Harmon

What it’s about
When two unlikely allies become two unwitting outlaws, will two unforgettable lovers defy unbeatable odds? 

Bonnie Rae Shelby is a superstar. She’s rich. She’s beautiful. She’s impossibly famous. And Bonnie Rae Shelby wants to die. 

Finn Clyde is a nobody. He’s broken. He’s brilliant. He’s impossibly cynical. And all he wants is a chance at life. 

One girl. One boy. An act of compassion. A bizarre set of circumstances. And a choice – turn your head and walk away, or reach out your hand and risk it all? 

With that choice, the clock starts ticking on a man with a past and a girl who can’t face the future, counting down the seconds in an adventure riddled with heartbreak and humor, misunderstanding and revelation. With the world against them, two very different people take a journey that will not only change their lives, but may cost them their lives as well. 

Infinity + One is a tale of shooting stars and fame and fortune, of gilded cages and iron bars, of finding a friend behind a stranger’s face, and discovering love in the oddest of places.

Crista’s Review
5+ Stars!

I just finished reading the incredible Making Faces, I immediately sought out this author's backlist, and now after reading Infinity + One can say with utmost confidence that Amy Harmon is the real. deal.!

There is so much that I could say about this book, and so much that I want to say about this book, but alas have been rendered quite speechless. Ultimately, this book uses the infamous couple Bonnie and Clyde as a back drop to a modern day love story between a country music star and an ex-con.

I knew this book was going to be special after reading the first page. I found myself looking up the historical account of Bonnie and Clyde and the circumstances that led to their life of crime and ultimate deaths. It was a minor focus of the plot, but one that from a historical perspective, provided added depth and enjoyment to the book.

The love story between Bonnie Rae Shelby and Infinity "Finn" Clyde is one that I will not soon forget. As the story opens, both are running away from painful pasts and Finn and Bonnie meet under life-altering circumstance. This book quickly morphs into a "road trip romance" that leads Bonnie and Finn on an adventure that gives these two lost souls hope, love, and a promise of a brand new tomorrow.

It is not often that I will shed tears while reading a book, but this one was so beautifully written and crafted, that I could not contain the emotion. The ending is so absolutely perfect in every way. I wish I could speak with this author and thank her for respecting her characters (and readers) enough to give this couple the perfect story and the perfect ending. 

Amy Harmon does not write steamy love stories. Bonnie and Finn share an intense chemistry, but the love scenes are definitely "fade to black". This does.not.matter., and that is a shocking statement coming from a girl who loves steam in her books! You can tell that Amy Harmon has a beautiful faith, and it comes through in her books and neutralizes the need for steam.

This is a book with history, adventure, emotion, sadness, evil (and good), love, passion, and most importantly.... heart . It's one that I absolutely loved and can give my highest recommendation.

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Quickie Review: A King's Revenge (Warlord Series #2) by Michelle Howard

What it’s about

Tarik Sabarn, King of Desani, thought he’d lost everything when his Queen was murdered. In the years following her death, he gave up on love and focused on ruling his Kingdom. When he meets Lea at a United Alliance meeting, he finds what was once lost.

When you find what you’d always been searching for…

Lea never imagined a random night of passion would lead to answers she’d spent years searching for. After a night with Tarik, she learns more than she bargained for and finds love. But if she’s not careful, they’ll both lose out again.


 Steffi’s Review

4 stars!
Tarik Sabarn tragically lost his beloved wife in an attack by the Kaban warriors. When Vaan was still Overlord, the Desani were hoping for an alliance, but that changed when his Queen was murdered. Now that Vaan is back and has started his family with Mikayla and the Raasa, everyone is hoping for peace again. At a United Alliance meeting, Tarik meets Lea and after years of grief and heartache, he finally feels something again. Lea touches something in Tarik that only his wife could before.

A King’s Revenge seems like a typical second love story, but very quickly it takes a surprising turn that I did not expect. I loved exploring this new relationship between Tarik and Lea – the conspiracies in Tarik’s own court make it difficult for the two to finally live in peace. 

A King’s Revenge is a great addition to the Warlord series. Even though I have a soft spot for the Warlords, Tarik does not lack in the sexy department and Vaan and Mikayla make an appearance as well together with their daughters. What I loved most about A King’s Revenge is that is shows the variety this series has to offer. The Desani are completely different from the Warlords or Raasa but still part of the world Michelle Howard has created. It makes for an exciting, adventure filled read. 

*Keep your eyes peeled for our interview and giveaway with Michelle Howard next week* 

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Walk Through Fire (Chaos #4) by Kristen Ashley

What it’s about
Millie Cross knows what it's like to burn for someone. She was young and wild and he was fierce and even wilder-a Chaos biker who made her heart pound. They fell in love at first sight and life was good, until she learned she couldn't be the woman he needed and made it so he had no choice but to walk away. Twenty years later, Millie's chance run-in with her old flame sparks a desire she just can't ignore. And this time, she won't let him ride off . . . 

Bad boy Logan "High" Judd has seen his share of troubles with the law. Yet it was a beautiful woman who broke him. After ending a loveless marriage, High is shocked when his true love walks back into his life. Millie is still gorgeous, but she's just a ghost of her former self. High's intrigued at the change, but her betrayal cut him deep-and he doesn't want to get burned again. As High sinks into meting out vengeance for Millie's betrayal, he'll break all over again when he realizes just how Millie walked through fire for her man . . .
Release date: October 27th

Dorsey’s  Review

5 Second Chance Stars!! 

I freaking love Kristen Ashley and I hope she never, ever, EVER quits writing!!!!

Over 20 years ago Millie fell in love with a boy with one word. For three years they were happily living life, planing their future and were desperately in love. He's a young MC recruit who would give anything and do anything for her, she's a college student living with the love of her life....sadly that beautiful love story was destroyed when Millie breaks his heart by simply walking away with no explanation....... and for the last twenty years Millie has been breathing, going through the motions but not really living...just existing. Millie's reason for walking away is one that has haunted her since she left behind the beautiful life she shared with Logan (aka High).

Twenty years later, Millie spots Logan at a local fast food eatery and overhears a conversation he's having in which it's clear that he is single or soon to be single and decides it's time to tell Logan why she walked away all those years ago. Their first face to face meeting did not go the way Millie intended, and it's made abundantly clear that Logan has held onto his anger all these years and wants nothing to do with her. Yet, he can't but help thinking of her, wanting her, craving her...

I loved Logan and his bad-ass ways, but, I have to say, in the beginning I seriously didn't know how I would feel about him after his first encounter with Millie. I understood his anger, but man-oh-man he was such an asshole...then we see the other side, his softer side, and naturally (as with all KA's alphas) you fall head over heels. I loved that he was able to accept Millie back in his life after learning her heartbreaking reason for leaving, and I loved that he made her understand that they couldn't go back to how things were but that they could move their relationship forward. Millie was sweet, but when pushed she definitely pushed back. The passion between the pair did not fade during their 20 year separation, as evidenced in their explosive reunion.
"We didn't walk through fire only to get to the end of that and not get our reward. If we can walk through fire, baby, we can do anything."
Logan had two daughters and an ex-wife. I loved how that relationship was handled, normally, the ex is usually a troll and we hate them but that absolutely wasn't the case here. Deb was actually pretty cool, understanding, supportive, and had a good solid relationship with Logan after the split. 
"I'd do it again for another moment like this. And again for a moment like I had over French toast with you and your babies. And again and again and again, for each night I get to sleep with you. No joke. No lie. I'd do it every day it was so worth it to walk through fire for you." 
This was a fantastic second chance love story. I love these Chaos men!! BTW... bad guy Valenzuela is in this book so that story line continues, and you'll hate him even more. Once again we get supporting roles from other KA series characters backing the club and their women. I LOVE THAT!! Another KA hit!

*A copy of the book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley*

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