Friday, August 28, 2015

Flashback Friday: Audiobook Review ~ Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale


What it’s about
The Duke of Jervaulx was brilliant - and dangerous. Considered dissolute, reckless, and extravagant, he was transparently referred to as the "D of J" in scandal sheets. But sometimes the most womanizing rakehell can be irresistible, and even his most causal attentions fascinated the sheltered Maddy Timms. 

Then one fateful day she receives the shocking news - the duke is lost to the world. And Maddy knows it is her destiny to help him and her only chance to find the true man behind the wicked facade. 

But she never dreamed her gentle, healing touch would alter his life and her own so completely - and bind them together in need, desire...and love.


Karla’s Review

5 Stars!! Brilliant and emotionally draining!

A profound, powerful story, and while it surrounds tragic circumstances at its core, it's also amusing, passionate, sensual and hopeful. A truly unique opposites attract story. 

Christian and Maddy were drawn to each other before Christian’s life changes so drastically, and then again after. They couldn’t have been more different, worlds apart, but she was the one who listened to his silence, felt his desperation and saw something there that no one else could see. They were meant to be and she was the guardian angel sent to save him. What she does and sacrifices for him… beautiful, just beautiful!

A truly memorable read and one that will stay with the reader long after the last page is turned. A timeless love story! 

About the audiobook…

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5++ Stars!
Because of the premise of this story and the debilitating disease that Christian suffers from, for a lot of this book, I felt like I was suffocating. I truly believe that had to do with listening to the book and not reading it. Nicholas Boulton is an amazing narrator and I was entranced by the way he told this story, but at the same time, I felt like I was imprisoned in Christian’s body with him, and I did not like it…at all. I can’t even imagine, I don’t want to, but I got a taste, and hope I never have to experience the reality of this ever…never ever!

That being said...the narrator did his job and did it masterfully. He understood the nature of the read and literally wraps the reader in emotion. Well done!



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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Friction by Sandra Brown


What it’s about

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown comes a gripping story of family ties and forbidden attraction.

A Texas Ranger, relegated to deskwork due to past recklessness, petitions to regain custody of his five-year-old daughter, and his case is assigned to a family court judge who is as attractive as she is ambitious. When a masked gunman barges in during the custody hearing with his sights on the judge, the Ranger reacts instinctually and goes after him. But authorities apprehend the wrong man, and the real gunman remains unknown, at large, and a threat. Will this take-charge lawman jeopardize his chances of custody by going after the would-be assassin? And will this unlikely pair be able to deny the forbidden attraction building between them?


Dorsey’s Review

5 Stars!! Another fantastic and riveting Sandra Brown Read!! 

Crawford Hunt is Texas Ranger and he's gone to court to fight his former in-laws for custody of his five year old daughter, Georgia, whom he voluntarily surrendered custody of due to the sudden death of his wife. The guilt he felt, and other events due to his job as a Texas Ranger that at the time had him not fit nor in the right frame of mind to raise Georgia. He made some mistakes following the death of his wife four years earlier, but he is back on track and desperately wants his little girl back. However, his father-in-law hates Crawford and is willing to do whatever necessary to ensure Crawford doesn't regain custody of his daughter.

Before Judge Holly Spencer can render her decision a masked gunman bursts into the courtroom and starts firing. While Holly is saved by Crawford, she is also dragged into his custody battle and his life. There is a much larger conspiracy at play which is discovered while trying to determine if Crawford or Holly was the intended target of the masked gunman, who escaped and is still at large after the shooting.

Judge Holly Spencer wants to stay on the bench, but she isn't willing to destroy Crawford's career to do so. She's also trying to fight her overwhelming attraction to a man that should be off limits....but Crawford is hard to deny. 
“A word of caution, Judge. Don't show up at my back door looking like you do unless you want to get manhandled”.
Meanwhile Crawford and Holly have to deal with the lead detective who is attempting to tie Crawford into the courtroom shooting, he has a history with Crawford and is not his biggest fan. Because of his animosity towards Crawford he ignores evidence leading in other directions, so it's up to Crawford to figure out what's going on.

Sandra Brown writes a fantastic Romantic/Suspense with just enough action that will keep you on the edge of your seat. As usual with Sandra Brown there are unexpected twists and turns. The sexual tension and coupling between Crawford and Holly is smoldering and explosive....not too, too explicit but very sensual and hot as hell all the same!!

This author never fails to deliver!


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

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sustained (The Legal Briefs #2) by Emma Chase


What it’s about

A knight in tarnished armor is still a knight.

When you’re a defense attorney in Washington, DC, you see firsthand how hard life can be, and that sometimes the only way to survive is to be harder. I, Jake Becker, have a reputation for being cold, callous, and intimidating—and that suits me just fine. In fact, it’s necessary when I’m breaking down a witness on the stand.

Complications don’t work for me—I’m a “need-to-know” type of man. If you’re my client, tell me the basic facts. If you’re my date, stick to what will turn you on. I’m not a therapist or Prince Charming—and I don’t pretend to be.

Then Chelsea McQuaid and her six orphaned nieces and nephews came along and complicated the ever-loving hell out of my life. Now I'm going to Mommy & Me classes, One Direction concerts, the emergency room, and arguing cases in the principal's office.

Chelsea’s too sweet, too innocent, and too gorgeous for her own good. She tries to be tough, but she’s not. She needs someone to help her, defend her…and the kids.

And that — that, I know how to do.



Splage’s  Review

5 YES! YES! YES! Stars! I LOVE THIS BOOK, it was so much fun! 

Genre: Adult Romance
Heat Barometer: 4 out of 5 flames
Written from the Jake’s POV

From the beginning to the very end (which I read 3 times!!), it took me on a wonderful, fulfilling ride. I choked up, I teared up, I laughed out loud, I got flushed, I smiled (a lot), I cheered, I prayed the hero wouldn’t be stupid (even though of course he would be, but I would eventually get my happy ending) AND I was completely satisfied with everything about the whole story.

I have read a few of Emma Chase’s books and have given them some high marks, this one was a notch above them all. It could have been the adorable supporting cast, it could have been the hero’s harsh talking, playboy ways, that of course came tumbling down, or maybe it was the strong, big hearted heroine who gave up her carefree life to take care of her six orphaned nieces and nephews without any regret. Put them all together with a fun, well written story-line and you just can’t go wrong. This book gets moved to the top of my favorites list for a heartwarming, feel good story.

I would say the kids hysterical personalities and commentaries stole the show, as each one of them had a distinct way of making themselves unforgettable in the story line, but Jake and Chelsea were just as scene stealing with their witty banter and hot as heck chemistry. I loved how Ms. Chase pulled on the heartstrings several times throughout the story, not just in the final pages. I also think that by having the story written from Jake’s POV, it made the dialog and story-line edgier. It wasn’t all hearts and flowers, more tough and matter-of-fact, which added dimension and intensity to the romance part.

Sustained is the second book in Chase’s Legal Briefs series, but can be read as a standalone. Get on it! Don’t wait! Read it now!


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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Hold On (The 'Burg #6) by Kristen Ashley


In just a few days the final book in Kristen Ashley's beloved The 'Burg series will be released. Hold On is the long awaited story of Merry and Cher, and our Dorsey got a chance to read and review, and she LOVED it! It was everything that she hoped for and more. Check out her amazing story and book collages along with her enthusiastic 5 star review. There is also a great excerpt and a giveaway to enter for your chance to win an ebook of  Hold On!

Thanks Kristen Ashley, we loved hangin' out with the gang in 'The Burg! It's been a great ride! 

The 'Burg Series
What it’s about

Since she was young, Cher Rivers knew she was not the kind of girl who got what she wanted. A girl who could hope. A girl who could dream. She knew a happily ever after just wasn't in the cards for her. 

In love for years with the last bastion of the 'burg's eligible bachelors, Garrett Merrick, Cher worked hard at making him laugh. Being one of the guys. Having him in her life the only way she could. All this knowing he was in love with another woman. 

The Merrick Family is known for loving deep. So when Cecelia Merrick was murdered, it marked the Merricks in a way none of them recovered. Both Cecelia's children found love. Both turned their backs on it. But Garrett "Merry" Merrick knew in his soul the woman he divorced years ago was the one for him. 

Until the night when Cher took Garrett's back and things changed. The Merrick family loves deep. They also protect fiercely. And with his eyes finally open, Garrett sees the woman who truly is for him and he goes after her.



Excerpt
Through this, my leg hit an end table and I adjusted. We cleared the couch, I shifted again too soon, both my calves hit the coffee table, and my ass went down on it.
I looked up. Cell flat to the table, I braced my hands to push up, but Merry was there, chin in his throat, eyes on me, and when he spoke again, his mind was clearly on my location.
“Tried to get your mouth on me more than once when we tore at each other up last Friday, but I was in the mood to use mine. Lookin’ forward to learnin’ what you can do with yours, but like I said, baby, right now, don’t got the time.”
My only response that he couldn’t twist was to glare at him, which was what I did.
“But got time before I go for a kiss,” Merry informed me.
“Only kiss I’ll give you is tellin’ you to kiss off,” I informed him.
“Who knew warm brown eyes like the ones you got could spark that kind of fire,” he muttered as if he wasn’t even talking to me.
“Step back,” I demanded.
“No,” he denied.
I continued to glare up at him, then I realized I was not the kind of woman who sat on her ass, glaring up at a man towering over her and pinning her in. So I stood, which put me smack in Merry’s space, my breasts brushing against his abs and up his chest on my way.
They kept brushing when he didn’t move back, but I didn’t attempt escape, even to get away from the shafts of electricity this all caused at my nipples, shafts that headed south.
I glared at him from closer.
He stared into my eyes, his gaze moving down to my mouth then back up as one side of his lips curved.
He was getting off on this.
I didn’t get that and I didn’t want to get that.
I wanted this done.
“In the mood to play, Officer?” I whispered.
“Told you, sweetheart, don’t got the time.”
I shook my head but held his gaze. “Not what I mean. Single mom, all alone. Switch out her storms. Offer info to help her out of a jam. Been a while since I was in the know about these things, so tell me, what’s the price for all that? You mentioned a blowjob. You got stamina, but I got talent. Balance that out, I’m thinkin’ it’ll take more than the usual ten, fifteen minutes. We’ll give it twenty. So I can manage my time, is there more?”
I wasn’t even done talking before I learned his eyes could spark fire too.
I also learned he was in the mood to play, that being, playing me at my own game.
And doing it better.
He dipped his face close, his voice low. “Storms get me the blowjob, brown eyes. I get the intel you need, that buys me sinkin’ deep in wet pussy.”
I felt my nipples get harder at the same time something else happened to me that, if he was of a mind to take his payoff right then, he’d get what he wanted.
I hid this reaction and asked, “You want this all in one go, or you wanna spread payback out for a while?”
“Keep plenty of time open, Cher. I intend to earn a fuckuva lot more and draw it out collecting.”
I nodded, still keeping a lock on his eyes. “I get it. Girl like me, only payback expected for me to be able to give.”
That didn’t get me fire.
That got me ice.
“I hear you talk down about yourself one more time, Cher, shit will get extreme.”
That made me ice over.
“Do not hand me that crap, Merry. You come into my home and got no problem talkin’ about wet pussy right to my face tells me the woman you know me to be.”
He dipped his face even closer, to the point it felt like if I blinked, my lashes would sweep his in a butterfly kiss.
“Do not hand me your shit, Cher,” he growled. “That hang-up is yours, not mine. And how I know that is I made you come just finger fuckin’ you and talkin’ dirty in your ear, and it was the talk and not what my fingers were doin’ that took you there. I like that, a woman who can let go and let me give her that without gettin’ uptight and closin’ down on me. You liked it too, a fuckuva lot more than me. So don’t stand there handin’ me your shit when I know you’re wet for me now and I haven’t fuckin’ touched you.”
I refused to reply to that because he was right and I had no intention of confirming that information.
But it was then he hit me with a verbal blow, the intensity of which, not in my whole shitty-ass life I’d ever received.
“Christ, if I didn’t know you were worth it, I’d walk out the door and this would be done—all we got, over.”
I could stand.
I could stare.
But I couldn’t breathe.
Merry could.
He could also speak.
“Hope like fuck no one takes off with those storms while I’m gone. You think they will, move ’em into garage and leave the key under the mat. I’m switchin’ ’em out, Cher. I come back tonight and they’re done, I’ll find you, and I won’t be collectin’. I’ll be dishin’ it out, but you won’t get it until you beg for it and do that shit for a really long time.”
His words were lost on me.
I continued to stand.
I continued to stare.
But my lungs had started burning.
If I didn’t know you were worth it…
“When’s Ethan’s next sleepover?” Merry bit out.
“Friday,” I whispered. “But his friend’s comin’ here.”
“Fuck,” Merry clipped. “Find a time, babe. You don’t, payback’ll stack up and I’ll have to take personal days and hole up in a hotel with you for a week. And there’s not a doubt that stick-up-her-ass church lady your ex tied his shit to won’t appreciate you bein’ gone from your kid for a weeklong fuckathon.”
That was kind of funny as well as hot.
I still said nothing.
Merry fell silent and stared at me.
Then he dealt the second biggest verbal blow I’d ever received in my life.
“Christ, you’re pretty, even standin’ there plotting my murder.”
After that, he lifted a hand, grabbed me gentle but firm at my neck, yanked me up so my mouth hit his hard but brief, then he let me go.
“Later, babe,” he said, strolling to my door. He stopped in it, turned to me, and bid his farewell by saying, “You touch those storms only to put them in the garage.”
He closed the door on that.
I stood where he left me.
If I didn’t know you were worth it…
What was I worth?
What was I worth to Merry?




Dorsey’s Review

5 Phenomenal Series Ending Stars! KA works her magic once again!

Reading a final book in a series you love is like saying goodbye to a beloved friends, especially when it's a Kristen Ashley book! I have enjoyed each and every book in this series, and I'm truly sad to see it end. My personal favorites are At Peace and Games of the Heart. While At Peace is my favorite of this series, there is something really special about Games of the Heart, and now Hold On has that same “something special” for me that those books have.

Cheryl “Cher” Rivers is the kind of woman who is tough, loyal, protective, speaks her mind and loves with her whole heart and soul. She has fantastic son, a supportive mother and friends, and a slew of self-appointed brothers. She's wants, but doesn't dare hope for a happily ever after because of her past mistakes, albeit not all her fault. Mostly because of her involvement with the serial killer, Denny Lowe (For You), and her stripper days. The woman just doesn't know her own self-worth! 

Garrett "Merry" Merrick is a Lieutenant with BPD, and the man that Cher has been in love with for five long years. The news Merry's ex-wife Mia is engaged to another man, has him ready to drown his sorrows at J&J's. Cher, burying her feelings for him decides to help him drown his sorrows. In between shots of whiskey Cher lays it out,and gives it to him straight about his ex which up till now no one has ever done. One thing leads to another, he goes home with Cher and basically he "f#@k's her brains out all night long". After spending the night with Merry, Cher is somewhat hopeful....until she overheard a conversation between Merry and Colt and learns for Merry it was a good time with someone he cares about, dashing her hopes. 

Everyone in their circle knows or at least suspected how Cher felt about Merry ....that is everyone but Merry. When Cher's ex, the father of her fantastic and adorable 10 yr old son Ethan, his bible thumping wife, and a shifty neighbor start to cause problems for Cher, Merry finally opens his eyes. He sees Cher in a whole new light, steps up, and tries to protect her and Ethan. Naturally, Mia hears about Merry moving on, decides she's not done with him, and does what she can to get Merry back.

Cher and Merry have their ups and downs, misunderstandings, and still manage to find their way. Merry is one bad-ass alpha, but Cher is no pushover beta to anyone!! I loved every minute and will reread this one (like many KA books) over and over again! 

Okay, I normally try not to use cuss words when writing reviews but in this case I'm giving myself a pass because the epilogue was without a doubt the BEST F*CKING EPILOGUE EVER!!!! It touched on each and every single character that I love in the 'Burg!! In closing...thank you Kristen Ashley for another fantastic series ending book and epilogue...truly amazing!!


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Monday, August 24, 2015

Review + Giveaway: Treasured by Thursday (Weekday Brides #7) by Catherine Bybee


Today we welcome New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee to the blog to celebrate the release of Treasured by Thursday, the final installment in her popular Weekday Brides series. Our Crista has been an enthusiastic fan of this series and is sad to see it end, but she knows that the talented Catherine Bybee is sure to have something new and wonderful in the works.

Take a moment to read Crista's heartfelt review for Treasured by Thursday, grab a copy for yourself, and don't forget to enter the amazing giveaway, there are some big prizes to be won. Just fill out the Rafflecopter for your chance to win. 

Our thanks to Catherine Bybee for not only writing this fantastic series, but for including SABR in the journey and giving us the opportunity to read and review. It's been an amazing walk down the aisle!
What it’s about


The seventh and final tale in the dazzling, heartwarming, and pulse-racing Weekday Brides series.

Gabriella Masini: She’s a woman haunted by her past, with the scars to prove it. She believes that fairy tales are for other people. An elite matchmaker at Alliance, she’s great at crunching numbers, but something doesn’t add up with her latest prospective client: a billionaire bad boy with his own secrets. When Gabi refuses to be his temporary wife, Hunter forces her hand with an offer she can’t refuse. But marriage to a man like that could never last…or could it?

Hunter Blackwell: Only his bank account is bigger than his ruthless ability to obtain anything he wants. These days, he has a secret reason to settle down, at least for a while—and he thinks the sensual and sassy Gabi will fit the bill perfectly. But when their marriage of convenience becomes downright dangerous, Hunter must decide how far to take his vow to honor and protect Gabi forever.


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 Crista’s Review
4.5 stars!

It is with a fair amount of sadness that I write this review for the final installment of the Weekday Bride series. Wife By Wednesday (the first book of the series) was released in the fall of 2011. Now, four years later, Ms. Bybee has released the final, (and what just may be my favorite), book of the series!

This is Gabriella Masini’s story. Readers of this series will remember that Gabriella was left recently widowed. She has been trying to piece her broken life back together again after this life changing event. She finds purpose and happiness in her job as a matchmaker at Alliance, and is great at her job. When she meets the wealthy, powerful, and intimidating Hunter Blackwell, I was immediately hooked on this book!

Hunter Blackwell is without question, my favorite of all the Weekday Bride heroes. This is remarkable, because when he is first introduced, I was wondering how in the world I was ever going to warm up to him. He was manipulative, hard, and absolutely ruthless. He uses his wealth, influence, and resources to blackmail Gabi into a marriage of convenience, and I was wondering how a man like this could emerge as a hero. Well, I am here to say, Hunter undergoes a transformation in which his protective and loving side trumps his controlling and tycoon side!

I love marriage of convenience stories, and this one is terrific! Bybee manages to weave some amazing suspense into this story as this rocky relationship starts out forced and fake, but soon morphs into something very real and lasting.

The attraction between Hunter and Gabi is electric! It was clear from the start that the sexual chemistry between Gabi and Hunter would not be an obstacle and the scenes between these characters are some of the best in the series. I really enjoyed watching Hunter Blackwell fall head over heels in love with Gabi.

I also enjoyed watching Gabi emerge as a strong and confidant woman. Her journey towards happiness has been wrought with challenges, obstacles, and pain, but the happiness she finds with Hunter truly is heartwarming and utterly romantic.

I hope that Ms. Bybee will consider revisiting this couple in novella or in some short holiday book. It’s hard to say goodbye, and Gabi and Hunter are a couple that I’d love to see again in the future!


About Catherine Bybee

New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Weekday Brides Series and the Not Quite Series. Bybee lives with her two teenage sons in Southern California. 

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