Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Wicked Wolf by Nazarea Andrews - Review

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WICKED WOLF

the third book in the Wicked Ever After series by Nazarea Andrews! 

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It’s the dirtiest fairy tale of all…. Charm. Beast. Wolf. Everyone in the Kingdom–an exclusive, decadent BDSM club–knows the three friends and business partners. But no one has ever gotten close enough to touch them. Sex is easy, even when it hurts. It’s all any of them wanted. Love is off the table. Love is the thing none of them ever saw coming. In the Kingdom, control is everything. Who wields it and who surrenders. But some things even they can’t control. Welcome to the Kingdom, where every happily ever after hurts in the most wicked of ways.

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Book Description:

Charles "Wolf" Blackwood likes the game. He likes chasing a new girl every week, loves seducing them and earning their trust. He doesn’t like to keep them.

But Scarlet is different--she always has been.

The chase has never been quite as intoxicating as it is with her, the feisty sub with an innocent streak a mile wide. He wants to keep her, but Scarlet already has a Dom, and Hunter has no intentions of giving her up.

But Wolf is in for a surprise when he realize Scarlet doesn’t want one of them. She’s playing to keep them both.


My Review:

Well, let me start off by saying that in the two previous books I never caught on to how this one would go.  I grasped it fairly quickly once I got into Wicked Wolf but how I missed the outcome of this in Wicked Charming and Wicked Beast is really surprising to me.  Way to go Nazarea, you totally threw me off and caught me surprised and I liked that about this.

With each story I am more and more enthralled with the men of The Kingdom.  There is so much under neath the surface of each man, I don't know how Nazarea is able to pull off as much depth as she does when each story is novella length.  Wolf's story is not the tear jerker that Beasts was for me but it's also not happy go lucky, it is a sad fairytale rife with heartache and misunderstandings. Each of these men are broken, Wolf, in a way, much more than the other two.  He's carried his secrets for years and felt the pain of those secrets every day. As a reader you want to gather these men into your arms and soothe them, it makes them lovable, even when you feel like you can't like them.

 Not only do we get Wolf, Scarlet, and Hunter's story but, as we have in past books, we get a deeper look into the relationship between the four men.  We see how 'Wolf' became the man he is, what his relationship with his blood brother Mal is and his brothers by choice Beast and Charming.  I am certain that I would love a prequel taking us back to the boys time in boarding school.  While this is the 'end' of the original series I am hopeful that we will see these couples again, especially with the possibility of Mal's story.

My only complaint is Scarlet...she just put me off a bit.  I feel like she could have solved so many issues years ago, that she strung these two men along for years and years for no other reason than her own pleasure.  It all works out beautifully in the end but I felt her to be a bit callous and I found that frustrating.  

I love how Nazarea has taken these classic fairytales and twisted them.  The fairytale itself is only a small point of light that the author has taken and turned into something both beautiful and wicked.  Don't go into this thinking it is a true retelling, it's more that she took the idea of the characters from the fairytale and turned them into something uniquely her own, something that is going to take your breath away, make your heart hurt as well as soar.  I am really quite sad that this is the 'end'; for now at least.

~ HAPPY READING ~


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WICKED CHARMING (Wicked Ever After, #1)


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 He’s at the top of the world. He’s rich, sought after, and in control. And he’s bored. A string of one-night stands have left Samul Charming increasingly dissatisfied. When his mother pushes him to settle down, his best friends come up with a brilliant plan: Audition the submissives at The Kingdom. The problem is, Charm knows who he wants: the only girl to challenge him, while submitting as naturally as breathing. But he can’t have her. With the entire club watching and his parents expecting him to marry soon, Charm decides to settle. But love in the Kingdom is never simple and it is never painless. And Charm is about to be reminded of that.    


WICKED BEAST (Wicked Ever After, #2)

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 James “Beast” Lutz isn’t like his friends. He doesn’t crave control the way Charm and Mal do, and he doesn’t play the games Wolf thrives on. He lives on his knees, all of his strength bent to the will of his Domme. He’s never regretted that, until now. Now, when he’s trapped in an arrangement serving a Domme who can’t keep a sub. Now, when he’s not sure how to trust a woman wrapped in mystery and less sure he wants to. But the more he gets to know the Domme everyone knows as Beauty, the more Beast realizes everything he thought he knew was wrong.  
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Nazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories. When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binging watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat and overgrown dog. She is the author of World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series. Stop by her twitter and tell her what fantastic book she should read next.

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The Wright Brother by K.A. Linde - Release Day




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Book Description:

I'd dated his brother.

He didn’t remember and I wish I could forget.

I may have sworn off the Wright family a long time ago. But when I returned home, Jensen Wright crashed into my life with the confidence of a billionaire CEO and the sex appeal of a god. Even I couldn’t resist our charged chemistry, or the way he fit into my life like a missing puzzle piece.

Too bad he’d forgotten the one thing that could destroy us.

Because Jensen Wright doesn’t share. Not with anyone. And if his brother finds out, this could all go down in flames.

When it all was said and done, was he the Wright brother?








K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of the Avoiding Series and more than fifteen other novels. She grew up as a military brat and attended the University of Georgia where she obtained a Master’s in political science. She works full-time as an author and loves Disney movies, binge-watching Supernatural, and Star Wars.

She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super-adorable puppies.

For His Eyes Only by Lexi Blake - Release Day



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A night he can’t forget

Five years ago, Nick Markovic found himself consumed by his quest for vengeance. The one time he managed to find peace was in the arms of Hayley Dalton. Being with her was like bathing in sunlight, and he ached to feel that again, but he couldn’t. He gave his oath to Hayley’s cousin Desiree, his partner at McKay-Taggart and Knight, that he’d never let his darkness infect Hayley’s innocent world.

A spark she can’t put out

It was years before that Hayley offered everything she had to Nick. After that one amazing night, all she wanted was to be his forever. Unfortunately, Nick’s reaction was to walk away from her and never look back. The warm and caring man she’d discovered was gone, and after Des’s death, he’d only grown colder. But when Hayley finds herself in mortal danger, she’s forced to seek protection from the man who broke her heart.

A flame that threatens to consume them both

Haunted by the women he failed, Nick can’t allow himself to grow close to Hayley again. Running to stay ahead of the powerful forces that endanger their lives, they travel from the lush Garden in London to the glittering lights of Rio. As the threat against her becomes clearer, he realizes that to keep her safe he must confront the demons from his past, even if it costs him a future with the woman he loves.








New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. She likes to find humor in the strangest places. Lexi believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome or foursome may seem.



Passion Restored by Carrie Ann Ryan - Release Day Sneak Peek and Giveaway

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The Gallagher Brothers series from NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan continues with the one brother who thinks he can handle it all and the one woman who could change that.

Owen Gallagher likes everything in its place and is organized to a fault. While his brothers have each dealt with their own personal tragedies and stresses, Owen figures he’s had it pretty easy. That is until his perfectly ordered world is rocked at its foundation and he’s forced to rely on others. Now, he must heal his body and his soul while trying to ignore his delectable and utterly off-limits neighbor.
Liz McKinley is stressed out, exhausted, and not in the mood for a bearded and growly man in her ER. When she patches him up to the best of his ability, she’s prepared to push him firmly from her thoughts. Of course, that would be easier if she and her best friend hadn’t bought the house next to his. Now their paths seem to cross daily, and she is finding it harder and harder to say no to the injured and angry man next door. But she’s been scarred one too many times in her life, and even though this Gallagher looks good enough to eat, she knows that sometimes, sating that craving is the worst thing she can do.

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“Cream and sugar?” Owen asked as he poured two cups. “Both please,” she said. “I can drink it black and usually do at work, but I have a sweet tooth.” Owen’s eyes flared. “Good to know.” Liz licked her lips, and his eyes dropped down to follow the movement. This was so not a good idea. She shouldn’t be here, and she sure as hell shouldn’t be following up on any attraction they might share. He wasn’t good for her, and she damn well knew she wasn’t good for him. And yet when he set her coffee cup next to her hand on the kitchen island, she didn’t move to reach for it. Instead, she stood still, and he moved closer, so close she could feel his breath on her lips, the warmth of his body achingly close to hers. “Tell me to stop,” Owen whispered. He moved even closer, resting his hand on her hip. Her heart raced, and she tried to say no, tried to remember that she shouldn’t do this. She didn’t tell him to stop. He leaned forward, taking her mouth with his, and she let him. Let him have her, let him kiss her, let him do what she knew she shouldn’t. And she kissed him back. It wasn’t a soft kiss, wasn’t one from fairy tales with fair maidens and handsome princes. Instead, it was a meeting of mouths, heavy breathing, teeth, and tongues fighting for control. He gripped her hip with one hand and dug the fingers of his other hand into her hair, pulling her impossibly closer. She’d imagined his mouth on her lips, on her skin before, and yet those dreams had nothing on the real man. She wrapped her arms around him, needing him on her, in her, with her. When she found herself rocking against the hard length of him, she didn’t stop. Instead, she just kissed him harder.

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Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.
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Monday, February 27, 2017

Mastering Her Senses by Laura Kaye - Review and Giveaway

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Decadent… Sensual… Forbidden…


12 Masters. 12 Desires. 12 Fantasies Come to Life. Meet the Masters of Blasphemy…

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Author: Laura Kaye
Publication Date:  21 February, 2017
Publisher: Self Published
Series:  Blasphemy, book 2
Genre:  Erotic Romance,  BDSM 
Age Recommendation: 18 and Up
Rating: 5 Stars

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Book Description:

12 Masters. Infinite fantasies. Welcome to Blasphemy…

 He wants to dominate her senses—and her heart…

Quinton Ross has always been a thrill-seeker—so it’s no surprise that he’s drawn to extremes in the bedroom and at his BDSM club, Blasphemy, where he creates sense-depriving scenarios that blow submissives’ minds. Now if he could just find one who needs the rush as much as him…

When an accident leaves Cassia Locke with a paralyzing fear of the dark, she’ll try anything to get help. Ready to fight, she knows just who to ask for help—the hard-bodied, funny-as-hell Dom she’d always crushed on—and once stood up.

Quinton is shocked and a little leery to see Cassia, but he can’t pass up the chance to dominate the alluring little sub this time. Introducing her to sensory deprivation becomes his new favorite obsession, and watching her fight fear is its own thrill. But when doubt threatens to send her running again, Quinton must find a way to master her senses—and her heart.

My Review:

So as you can see from my star rating if you looked, I loved Mastering Her Senses.  I adored Quinton and Cassia together. I have added Quinton to my Book Boyfriend list, which may not be as long as you might think, but he's definitely on there. I truly just fell in love with this two and how their relationship plays out.

Cassia made plans to meet with Master Quinton a night two years ago, a night that both she and Quinton were greatly looking forward to but that night came and went with no sign of Cassia until two years later when Master Quinton is called to help in an emergency situation at Blasphemy, an emergency involving the long lost but never forgotten Cassia.  What happened to her that caused her not to show two years ago, why is she back, why is she in the middle of one of the worst anxiety attacks Quinton has ever seen?  When he discovers her reasons and secrets will Master Quinton help or hurt her and can they both keep each other at arms length?

So first off I am just going to leave this right here:


Now most of you know about my 'Pratt Problem' my not so secret love of Chris Pratt and while the fact that Master Quinton is described as a Chris Pratt -esque type guy don't think that I stopped reading there and said 'Welp, I need nothing else 5 STARS'.  I am going to admit that having him in my mind as Quinton did not hurt in making my heart beat a little faster and perhaps fall a little harder for this book than I have for the other Blasphemy books, but there is so much more to this story then my favorite celebrity crush. *sigh*

I loved the kindness and honest caring that is Master Quinton.  I love that when he discovers Cassia's 'secrets' he doesn't just decide he can 'fix her' and somehow knows exactly how to do it, he believes he can TRY to help her, he talks to several of the other Masters, he researches her issues.  In so many BDSM stories we have characters that are dealing with some sort of difficulty and it feels like the character with the issue just stumbles upon the right Dom/Sub and they know exactly what to do and how to fix them or they fix them with out ever realizing what they are doing, they just do their own thing and boom, fixed.  But with Cassia and Master Quinton there is so much thought and care put into her challenges and the ways he can both get what he needs from their arrangement and give her what she needs to fight her 'demons'.  

All of Laura Kaye's characters are written this way, with great thought put into who they are, what they need, and how to go about getting the most out of each other.  Her characters are always so well paired but there was just something about Cassia and Quinton that was perfect, they brought back the feelings I had for Laura's characters, Makenna and Caden from her Hearts of Darkness series.  That quiet beauty I love about those two is also found in Cassia and Quinton.  They aren't over the top outrageous, their love story isn't full of angst and frustration, their relationship isn't built on half truths, lies or omissions.  These two are honest with one another from the start and even for the brief amount of time where they are holding their feelings close 'to the vest' they are never emo about it.  They struggle with their own hearts, but never with one another.  I love that about them.  

I loved their calm and the peace that comes from them across the pages, even though they are both such adrenaline junkies.  There is truly a feeling that I can't rightly explain to you and you will simply have to read the book to understand.  It is a rightness, a feeling of everything being perfectly in sync and you don't get that a lot in romances and for some reason in Erotic Romances.  I have found that most erotic romances tend to have this crazy drama going on, but Laura has found the balance and seems to have the knowledge that you don't need the drama, the story of the relationships, the BDSM scenes, the ultimate love the characters have for one another are enough and....well I guess that's the answer They Are Enough and that makes in beautiful.

I also loved that we got a look back at Griffin and Kenna, that we get to see the care he continues to take with her and the thought he puts into her needs (do you see the theme?) and also we got another glimpse into the Raven Riders, woot!  If you haven't read their series yet this is a great look into who they are and what they do, it will totally have you over on your favorite book seller one clicking or striding up to the counter to delve into the the Raven Riders world.  

Really I can't go on about this book enough. I loved it, it filled up all the empty spaces I had been feeling with my last several romance reads, it made my heart light and happy and is truly one of my favorite reads so far this year.  I know I will get a lot of flack about it and my saying this doesn't take anything away from the Hard Ink Crew, they were my first foray into Laura Kaye books and I love them all, but Mastering Her Senses may have pushed a few of my favorite Hard Ink guys off my Book Boyfriend list, gasp!  There is simply just something about these two that make me want to read their story over and over again, I honestly never re-read books, other than Pride and Prejudice, but I could re-read Mastering Her Senses and never lose the feeling of joy and completion it left me with in the end.  I can't wait for Eyes On You, the third book in the series, these books just keep getting better and better and I know Master Wolf is going to keep on in the tradition of all the Masters at Blasphemy and make my heart melt.  


~HAPPY READING ~ 



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Hard to Serve #.5

Bound to Submit #1

Mastering Her Senses #2 – 2/21/17

Eyes on You #3 – 7/11/17

   

Laura Kaye - headshotAbout Laura Kaye: Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thirty books in contemporary and erotic romance and romantic suspense, including the Blasphemy, Hard Ink, and Raven Riders series. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. Laura also writes historical fiction as the NYT bestselling author, Laura Kamoie. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.      

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Mutant Mantis Lunch Ladies by Bruce Hale - A Mom Monday Review





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Author: Bruce Hale
Publication Date:  7 March 2017
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Series:  A Monstertown Mystery, book 2
Genre:  Middle Grade Mystery
Age Recommendation: 8 and up
Rating: 4 Stars
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Book Description:

How well do you know the lunch servers at your school? Sure, they seem like nice people, but what if secretly they are something much, much weirder?
Best friends Carlos and Benny, who just saved their teacher from becoming a were-hyena, have been called upon to investigate the strange goings-on in the cafeteria. Why are the lunch ladies suddenly so grumpy? Why are the girls' meals different from the boys'? And what was that thing seen scuttling around the kitchen wearing an apron?
It's going to require a lot of courage--and more than an industrial size can of Raid--for the boys to avoid extermination in this buggy adventure.



My Review:

The first thing that I loved about this book is the beginning, I know that sounds silly but you will totally understand when you read it.  I loved that I had no clue what was going on and I thought, OMGosh, what have I missed...is there another book in this series, besides The Curse of the Were-Heyena?  We met Carlos and Benny in that first Monstertown Mystery but there was no talk of Mutant Mantis Lunch Ladies so what's going on....then the author said (haha while pointing at me and laughing) and I had to nod my head and admit, hands held up in surrender, "you got me!" It was my first laugh of the book but definitely not the last.  

Benny and Carlos are coming of the 'high' of having saved their teacher from becoming a were-hyena, they have discovered that their average little town of Monterossa isn't so average and they are now of course experts when it comes to all the weirdness that seems to keep popping up at their school.  First Were-Heyena's and now 2nd graders are disappearing, a new lunch system based of of differing nutritional needs of the boys and girls has been implemented, girls are starting to take on middle school boy traits, and there have been unconfirmed spotting of overgrown bugs in the lunch room...like really overgrown, adult people sized over grown.  What's going on in Monterossa and can Carlos and Benny solve the mystery in time?

Muntant Mantis Lunch Ladies is just plain and simple a fun book.  If you have readers that are looking for a light mystery full of action, adventure, witty come backs, some (mom speak here) not so polite behavior, silliness, and most importantly a strong friendship then this is a perfect read to have on hand.  I really get a kick out of these two boys.  They are just a fun couple of kids and while we get caught up in all the madness that surrounds them there are the wonderful underlying stories about sibling relationships, about knowing when you need help and not being afraid to ask for it, about realizing that the majority of adults are supportive and caring, about realizing that there is a fundamental difference in the world in the way boys and girls are treated.  No, this book isn't going to 'preach' at your young readers about gender equality but it could be the little eye opener to a generation that hasn't yet discovered these differences. It is subtle but it is there and maybe that will sit in their minds as they age and help them to look toward the future with an open mind. 

Having said what I just said don't get nervous that this book is too deep, it is not.  The things I just talked about are all small underlying bits that weave the story together, they are points that aren't going to jump out on the pages for young readers but they may plant seeds and none of those seeds would be bad to plant in young readers minds.  Caring for your family, having strong friendships, opening your mind to girls and boys being able to do the same things...these are all great concepts for your young readers to have marinating around in their brains even when they don't realize it yet.  

In the end this is simply put a fun read.  Your readers will be engaged, laughing, sitting on the edge of their seats waiting to discover what mayhem comes next.  They do not have to have read The Curse of the Were-Hyena to read Mutant Mantis Lunch Ladies, these books are all standalones with in the seres.  This is a fairly easy read so even your younger MG readers will be able to get through the book in just a few days, maybe even less with how engaging the story is.  I have to say these would be so much fun to see in a comic book style too...so maybe in the future and because of that if you have Manga or Anime readers in your classroom that have been reluctant to pic up a 'traditional' book this might be the perfect choice for them.  

I have an ARC copy so the cover isn't in the Lenticular style like the finished copies will be but I can't wait to see them.  I think it's going to be such a draw to some reluctant readers and honestly I can't wait for it because I just want to play with it, haha.  If you have readers at home that like any of R.L. Stine's book, or the Terrible Two series by Mac Barnett and Jory John you will have fans of the Mostertown Master Series.  If you have boys in your classroom that feel like they struggle to find books with strong boy hero you will want this on your shelves, if you have girls that are tired of reading about princesses or ponies and want something that takes them out of the magical fairytale like realms you will want this series.  


~ HAPPY READING ~ 



Raised by wolves just outside Los Angeles, Bruce Hale began his writing career while living in Tokyo, and continued it after moving to Hawaii. He’s too modest to mention his Nobel Peace Prize and his Olympic Gold Medal (in long-distance procrastination), so we won’t mention them. Before entering the world of children’s books, Bruce worked as a magazine editor, toymaker, gardener, actor, corporate lackey, and DJ.

From picture books to novels and graphic novels, Bruce has written and/or illustrated over 40 books for kids. His popular series include the award-winning Chet Gecko Mysteries, School For S.P.I.E.S., and Clark the Shark, among others.

When not writing or illustrating, Bruce loves to perform. He has appeared on stage, on television, and in an independent film called The Ride, where he played a surfer’s agent. Bruce is a popular speaker and storyteller for audiences of all ages, from the lunchroom to the boardroom. In 1998, he won a Fulbright Grant to teach storytelling and study folklore in Thailand. (No, he doesn’t speak much Thai, but he loves the food.)

A member of the National Speakers Association, Bruce has presented at colleges, universities, and conferences, both nationally and internationally. On top of that, he has visited schools and libraries from New York to New Delhi. (And yes, he loves to travel.)

These days, Bruce lives in Santa Barbara with his wife, his sweet mutt, Riley, and his massive collection of hats. When he’s not at the computer or drawing board, you can find him hiking, kickboxing, watching movies, or bicycling. Bruce also sings with a latin jazz band called Mezcal Martini.

And for all those who have asked…

Favorite food: sushi
Favorite dessert: chocolate chip cookies
Favorite color: aqua blue

Wicked Wolf by Nazarea Andrews - Release Day

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WICKED WOLF

the third book in the Wicked Ever After series by Nazarea Andrews! 

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It’s the dirtiest fairy tale of all…. Charm. Beast. Wolf. Everyone in the Kingdom–an exclusive, decadent BDSM club–knows the three friends and business partners. But no one has ever gotten close enough to touch them. Sex is easy, even when it hurts. It’s all any of them wanted. Love is off the table. Love is the thing none of them ever saw coming. In the Kingdom, control is everything. Who wields it and who surrenders. But some things even they can’t control. Welcome to the Kingdom, where every happily ever after hurts in the most wicked of ways.

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Charles "Wolf" Blackwood likes the game. He likes chasing a new girl every week, loves seducing them and earning their trust. He doesn’t like to keep them.

But Scarlet is different--she always has been.

The chase has never been quite as intoxicating as it is with her, the feisty sub with an innocent streak a mile wide. He wants to keep her, but Scarlet already has a Dom, and Hunter has no intentions of giving her up.

But Wolf is in for a surprise when he realize Scarlet doesn’t want one of them. She’s playing to keep them both.


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Blurb: He’s at the top of the world. He’s rich, sought after, and in control. And he’s bored. A string of one-night stands have left Samul Charming increasingly dissatisfied. When his mother pushes him to settle down, his best friends come up with a brilliant plan: Audition the submissives at The Kingdom. The problem is, Charm knows who he wants: the only girl to challenge him, while submitting as naturally as breathing. But he can’t have her. With the entire club watching and his parents expecting him to marry soon, Charm decides to settle. But love in the Kingdom is never simple and it is never painless. And Charm is about to be reminded of that.    

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WICKED BEAST (Wicked Ever After, #2)

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Blurb: James “Beast” Lutz isn’t like his friends. He doesn’t crave control the way Charm and Mal do, and he doesn’t play the games Wolf thrives on. He lives on his knees, all of his strength bent to the will of his Domme. He’s never regretted that, until now. Now, when he’s trapped in an arrangement serving a Domme who can’t keep a sub. Now, when he’s not sure how to trust a woman wrapped in mystery and less sure he wants to. But the more he gets to know the Domme everyone knows as Beauty, the more Beast realizes everything he thought he knew was wrong.  
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  ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  

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Nazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories. When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binging watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat and overgrown dog. She is the author of World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series. Stop by her twitter (@NazareaAndrews) and tell her what fantastic book she should read next.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Firestorm by Donna Grant - Review




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Author: Donna Grant
Publication Date:  7 March 2017
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Series:  Dragon Kings, book 10
Genre: Shifter/Paranormal Romance 
Age Recommendation: 17 and up
Rating: 4 Stars

~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~ 



Book Description:

SCORCHED BY DESIRE

Dimitri lives to protect the secret of the Dragon Kings from the human race. Bound by a bond stronger than blood to the Kings, Dimitri uses his strength and prowess to defend a thousand-year-old secret. But when an oh-so-sexy, slightly absent-minded archaeologist wanders into his midst, Dimitri will have to give up his rules, and give in to desire...

When Dr. Faith Reynold stumbles upon an ancient skeleton that appears it comes from a dragon, she’s completely taken aback. A woman of science, there’s no way in her mind that this mythological creature can exist. But when a devilishly handsome man named Dimitri intercepts her path to uncovering the truth, Faith’s curiosity turns into all-consuming passion. She’s never felt this way about any man before. But when Dimitri reveals his biggest secret, can she learn to love the man—as well as the dragon within, in Firestorm, the next Dark Kings novel by New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant.


My Review:

The Dragon King series is one of my favorite long running paranormal romance series and while I can say I have been falling into a bit of a rut with it as is to be expected when you get into a series that goes on so long, Firestorm really opens the world back up to me giving me the little pieces I have been missing the last few books.

Dimitri is not fond of humans, he has spent lifetimes feeling apathetic, burgeoning on hate to the beings that showed up in his world changing it and him forever.  If you have read any of this series before now you know that there is a long and difficult history between the dragons and humans, honor bound to protect them the Dragon Kings end up sacrificing everything to save a weaker race even after the humans betrayed the dragons in the most horrific of ways.  

I loved that with Dimitri's story we get more of the back story, which is honestly heartbreaking.  While the past 9 books have reminded why the only dragons left in the 'human' world are the Dragon Kings we've only ever gotten the basic facts, with this one we get at least one Dragon Kings detailed story and feelings and it is an emotional journey.

Another major point to this book is that my turning hatred toward Con (I have really not liked him the last several books) got a bit of a reprieve.  We get a good look into him this book.  We get to see his pain and struggles though I will say he is still as big an enigma as ever, but seeing that he truly hates what is happening and is at as much of a loss on how to stop everything as any one else lightens my heart a little when it comes to him.  I am still irked about his relationship with the Queen, I am still unsure of his motivations and his history, and I am less and less sure that he is Rhi's King but I am not as disgusted with him as I have been.  I think we have a long way to go before we get to his book but perhaps we have turned a corner with Con and we will slowly start to get all his little pieces to fall together in preparation for his book.

I think with Firestorm the book has less to do with the romance, though it is a well done romance, and more to do with all the side stories beginning to have movement.  It's like a chess board and finally the pawns are starting to make way for the knights and rooks to move, soon we'll have the King and the Queen making their plays and that is what I am waiting on.  I don't know how long it is going to take us to get there, there are a LOT of Kings and this story could continue for far too long but I feel like we've gotten to the top of the hill now and from this point on everything that happens is truly bringing us to the end.


You are going to get what you have come to love from Donna Grant in Firestorm, romance, action, bonds of family and friendship, suspense, mystery, and a little bit of angst.  We still have a lot of questions to be answered.  When is Ulrik going to take care of Mikkel? When will Ulrik confront Con? When will Balladyn confront Taraeth?  What is going on with Con, does he have to be such an ass?  What is V up to?  When will Rhi find happiness?  When will Rhi let all her bad ass out and just take over the world (lol)?  Is Rhi going to fall in love with her Reaper?  Is Rhi going to become a Reaper..or Death?  Is Rhi going to fall in love with Balladyn?  Who is Rhi's Dragon King.....so many more things to discover and I am really looking forward to getting all the answers, but guys I think we have a long way to go before we get there so hang in, it feels like with Firestorm we are on the way to discovering the answers!

~ HAPPY READING ~ 





Donna Grant is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the sizzling Dark King series featuring dragons, immortal Highlanders, and the Fae.

She was born and raised in Texas but loves to travel. Her adventures have taken her throughout the United States as well as to Jamaica, Mexico, and Scotland. Growing up on the Texas/Louisiana border, Donna’s Cajun side of the family taught her the “spicy” side of life while her Texas roots gave her two-steppin’ and bareback riding.

Despite deadlines and voracious reading, Donna still manages to keep up with her two children, three cats, and a dog.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Till Death by Jennifer L.Armentrout - Books, Cocktails, Brews, and Reviews





Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication Date:  28 February 2017
Publisher: William Morrow
Series:  Stand Alone
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, suspense
Age Recommendation: 16 and up
Rating: 4 Stars


Book Description:



In New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s gripping new novel, a young woman comes home to reclaim her life—even as a murderer plots to end it.


It’s been ten years since Sasha Keaton left her West Virginia hometown . . . since she escaped the twisted serial killer known as the Groom. Returning to help run her family inn means being whole again, except for one missing piece. The piece that falls into place when Sasha’s threatened—and FBI agent Cole Landis vows to protect her the way he couldn’t a decade ago.

First one woman disappears; then another, and all the while, disturbing calling cards are left for the sole survivor of the Groom’s reign of terror. Cole’s never forgiven himself for not being there when Sasha was taken, but he intends to make up for it now . . . because under the quirky sexiness Cole first fell for is a steely strength that only makes him love Sasha more.

But someone is watching. Waiting. And Sasha’s first mistake could be her last.




So to say that I was honored to be asked to participate in this blog tour is like saying I just kind of have a 'Pratt Problem'



and then I was asked if I could pair a cocktail or beer to Till Death and I thought YES, then....


and then I discovered that I was the only one doing an alcohol based post.  I kinda did a weird cringe/laugh thing but then said nope you know what I am the girl for the job! 


So I sat down with Till Death in hand and began to read and plot.  At first my thought was "Hey, I can pair this with a beer, that shouldn't be too hard" and then I thought, "Wait, what if the reader is a wine drinker, then wait...what if they go for the hard stuff?" and I said to myself "WWCPD?" which we all knows means "What Would Chris Pratt Do" and well


He'd do it all and so that's what I did.  

What I came up with after reading through Till Death, is that this book needs a drink as deep and dark as it is.  You need to have a drink that makes you want to take your time, a drink that you sip as you read.  It's got to be heavy in taste with a little sweetness on the side.  It needs to be a drink that has roots and history and that lead me to these three:






Blue Mountain Dark Hollow Imperial Stout:

Starting off with the deepest and the darkest much like The Groom, the complexities of Blue Mountain's Dark Hollow are found in it's roots of whiskey and American bourbon. This is a heavy beer with a bit of bite and it will bring out the depth in your taste buds keeping you on edge with each drink and enhancing the darkness that only The Groom can provide.


Dark and Stormy:

Moving to the left, let's talk about the guy that makes me want to sit back and sip on a glass of 'Dark and Stormy'. Cole Landis, this is a man who stands like the eye of the storm in the middle of the darkest nights. He's steady, he's patient, but at the same time he is all storm himself. He's going to walk straight into the dark and fight it back because the one thing he can never do again is walk away. A 'Dark and Stormy' is a perfect 'it's almost spring, the light is almost back in our lives' kind of drink. Made with your favorite rum and ginger beer it's crisp, a bit sweet, and a whole lot complex. You aren't going to want to guzzle these down but like Cole Landis while you see exactly who he is and you know what you are getting these 'Dark and Stormies' will sneak up on you quick!

(2 parts you favorite rum to 3 parts your favorite ginger beer.  I use Kraken Rum and Crabbie's Ginger Beer.  Pour rum over ice then top with the ginger beer.  If you use a spoon to pour your beer over as you pour it into the glass it won't stir into the rum creating a layered effect.)


Blackberry Wine:

Finally, I'm going to end with the all important sweet and that's our blackberry wine. Now I chose this particular one because it is a 'native' of Virginia...not quite West Virginia but close, ha. I also chose a blackberry wine in particular because blackberries are notorious for binding themselves to each other. Their brambles intertwining, protecting their fruit in a thicket of vines and thorns. Our heroine Sasha, well what can I truly say about her. She has come out of the darkness, a dark that would mentally cripple most, but she fought and she survived. In doing so she wrapped herself in thorny brambles and while she lived she wasn't truly living until she began to let the ones she left behind start to twine their vines with her own. You may look at a bottle of blackberry wine and immediately think 'Oh it's going to be sweet' and it is, but at the same time there is a depth that you won't find in any other sweet wines. A good blackberry wine will bite at your tastebuds and then immediately soothe them with their sweetness as a finish. Sasha is a sweet girl who deserves to be loved but she's had a long fight to survive on her hands and because of that she's built up her brambles, but as anyone knows a good 'storm' can knock them back and let in the light! 




So, if you like me (waves hello to my people) enjoy a good drink along with a good read, I hope that maybe you'll give one of these a chance or something else...mostly I just hope you'll take yourself a little break and pick up a great read! Check out the trailer for Till Death below and don't forget to enter the giveaway!


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About Jennifer L. Armentrout:


# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.








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Wednesday 2/22 - Reads All The Books - Book-Inspired Cocktails & Brews

Thursday 2/23 - Vi3tBabe/Deity Island - Book-Inspired Manicure

Friday 2/24 - The Irish Banana Review Book-Inspired Makeup 

Monday 2/27 - No BS Book Reviews - GIF Review 

Tuesday 2/28 - Jenuine Cupcakes –Book-Inspired Cupcakes 

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Thursday 3/2 - Kimberlyfaye Reads – Book Cover Reimagining 

Friday 3/3 - Stuck In Books– Favorite Bed & Breakfast Destinations