Review: Defenseless by Corinne Michaels

defenselessDefenseless by Corinne Michaels
Published by Self Published on January 19th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 322
Source: ARC copy from author
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five-stars

My life is a secret.
His life is dangerous.
We’re both stubborn, calculating, and controlling.
Mark Dixon doesn’t know what he’s getting into. He doesn’t know his games could cost us our lives. I have to do what is necessary to keep us alive, and that means guarding my heart.
But I know I’m defenseless against him, and in the end, he’ll force me to surrender.

what i thoughtI received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review from the author. It does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

If any of you make me choose between Twilight, Muffin and Dreamboat, I might cry. Usually I have a favorite in a series, but I LITERALLY CANNOT pick, I love these 3 men so so much and all for very different reasons! Asking that kind of question is like trying to ask what my favorite book/music/movie is… I can’t ever pick.

I’m so glad this wasn’t a cliffhanger- if you’re familiar with Corinne’s previous 2 duets, you’ll know those have cliffhangers, this one does not. Like the previous 2, this is intertwined. This follows Mark and Charlie – both characters we meet in Consolation Duet. (Mark before in Belonging Duet). Even though I read backwards and read the Consolation Duet first, I have been absolutely beyond excited to read Mark’s story – he was HILARIOUS.

Because this is a standalone, I don’t want to give too much away by doing a synopsis. I think the one above can give you something. I do recommend reading the other 2 duets first since they will make an appearance in this one. Unless you don’t mind being spoiled (some things from both couples books get mentioned), by all means read this first. But you should meet Jackson and Liam first! Mark makes plenty of appearances! ;)

As I’ve already mentioned several times just in this review, I have been so excited for Mark’s story. When you meet him in the previous books he just never seemed the guy to want to settle down, until Defenseless. I can sit here and type why I love Mark so much… But then that would lead into talking about Jackson and Liam too. I can’t gush about these books enough!!!

Mark and Charlie are very alike and different at the same time. Charlie doesn’t make it easy for Mark; their banter was honestly probably my favorite thing. I just about highlighted every conversation. This is one of those where you start laughing out of nowhere — not in your head kind of laughter.

Romance, action, humor and suspense… What more could you want in a book?! :)

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Review: Waiting for Wyatt by S.D. Hendrickson

Waiting for Wyatt Cover SMWaiting for Wyatt by S.D. Hendrickson
Published by Self Published on January 12th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 343
Source: ARC copy from author
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five-stars

“The dogs that deserved a chance, the guy who needed a second, and the girl determined to save him.”

My name is Emma Sawyer.

I met Charlie and Wyatt on the same sultry, summer day. It was unexpected, leaving a feeling in the pit of my stomach like the time I drove too fast over Beckett Hill. The moment happened out of nowhere, all fast and quick and a little strange. Or maybe that was just Wyatt’s personality.

It was Charlie that brought us together. Little Charlie with those ridiculous ears. I found the dog, waiting in a pool of his own blood. Waiting for someone. Waiting for me.

Now Wyatt, he wasn’t waiting for anyone. At least that’s what he said, except I saw something different in the broken guy all alone out in the woods. I knew he needed me before he knew it himself.

Wyatt with his hidden dimples. Wyatt with his warnings to stay away. He was a hard lump of coal, ready to burn everything around him. The more he burned, the more it pulled me into the pain I saw etched on his troubled face.

I wanted to help Wyatt. I wanted to save him like he had saved all the Charlies in the world. He told me not to fall for him, but I did anyway. I fell hard and fast and deeply in love with Wyatt Caulfield.

But that was before I knew his secret.

what i thoughtI received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review from the author. It does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I can’t even contain my emotions… I read The Mason List this summer and absolutely fell in LOVE with the story and the writing. S.D. is truly a gifted writer and it shows again in this book. This book was not sunshine and rainbows. I’m not going to spoil anything because going in, you don’t really know much and I’m going to keep it that way in this review.

I’m honestly not even going to attempt to write my own synopsis because I fear I will spoil something. This book sounds vague, but trust me when I say, it was completely worth it! You had no idea what was going to happen, who Wyatt is, what has he done and why Emma isn’t supposed to chase him.

I WILL say this involves animal abuse – not something too spoilery, but something I needed to mention… I like that authors are adding this subject into books and S.D. makes this a big portion of the book. I couldn’t help but get teary eyed MANY times while reading and just from the mention of the animal abuse. You MIGHT want to have a couple boxes of tissues with you or maybe some chocolate. :)

I feel like this book truly messed with my emotions. I was shocked at how well S.D. played with my emotions! I’m not trying to make this book into some TEAR jerker and just SOOO upsetting book, but it seriously played with my emotions hardcore!

Everything about this book was tragically beautiful, which I think is the best way to describe it. This book broke my heart MANY MANY times and I honestly lost count after the 10th time. This book truly affected my emotions. I can’t stress my love for this book, The Mason List and Mrs. Hendrickson enough.

You are going to fall for Wyatt and the entire story! Be prepared!!! <3

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Review & Release Day Blitz & Giveaway: Finding Serenity by T.E. Black

e09b4-finding2bserenity2becoverFinding Serenity by T.E. Black
Series: Unexpected Love #2
Published by Self Published on January 11th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 339
Source: ARC copy from publisher
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Title: Finding Serenity
Series: The Unexpected Love Series #2
Author: T.E. Black
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 11, 2016
When it was good, it was great. When it was bad, it was worse. 
My life turned into a whirlwind of destruction before I even got the chance to love her. 

She could have been my angel, my saving grace; I never gave her the chance. 

I gave myself a taste of her angelic kiss, convincing her to love with everything she had. Then I destroyed her. I destroyed both of us and I felt nothing as I did it. 

I didn’t feel anything in my sorry state. 

We both had secrets and both of them would have destroyed us in one way or another. Hers could have possibly been bigger than mine, but I doubted it from the start. I knew I had the quality of devastation within me the entire time. 

After all, I’m the king of lies. I’m the king of addiction. I’m the king of turmoil. I’m the king of motherfucking heartbreak.

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I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review from Enticing Journey Book Promotions. It does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Wow, I’m kind of at a loss for words! T.E. Black has done it once again to bring another roller coaster of emotions to your Kindle. If you thought Finding a Way was a roller coaster, just you wait until this.
Shay Kirby is a single mom just trying to find her happy ending like everyone else. She has been kicked around and put down many times through her life. Trent Wallace is your typical badboy manwhore. He’s sexy, tattooed, and owns a tattoo shop. Both Shay and Trent have secrets that neither want to reveal. They are immediately attracted to each other right off the bat, but try to distance themselves. When Trent starts to push to see Shay more, secrets start slipping through the cracks. The biggest ones staying hidden for as long as possible. Having a relationship start with secrets and lies, makes for a very rocky relationship for the 2.
This book could have gone so many ways and I’m very happy with the ending! I was getting very nervous about how this book would play out. I caught on to a couple of the secrets but some completely took me by surprise.
You will hate Trent to the ends of Earth, want to punch him at times, but then fall hardcore for him. He’s a very frustrating character, yet you can’t help but fall in love with him like Shay did. Especially the ending… My heart.. I was sooo close to happy tears at the end and usually it’s sad tears. I don’t normally get happy tears while reading, so I guess that should say something?
Shay was such a bad@$$ character, I loved her character from the beginning. She is extremely determined that Abby (her daughter) get the best out of life that she can provide. Seeing their relationship is one that I think all moms and daughters want.
I loved seeing the original 4 again (Callie/Mac & Sierra/Evan) and getting introduced to some new characters was just as amazing! I know Gunner’s book is going to be a roller coaster as well.
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“TE Black broke my heart and mended the pieces repeatedly throughout this book. I absolutely LOVED it!!” ~Book Lovers Obsession – Kristin 5 star review

“I knew I would love Trent before I started reading…. I never expected to fall this head over heels for him! Hot, bearded, tattooed and sexy as F***!” ~Roby 5 star review (Goodreads)

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T.E. Black, also known as Tiffany, lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two dogs. She enjoys reading, coffee, writing, graphic design, camping, and has a weakness for designer purses and shoes. 
Tiffany was inspired to write while she was reading her favorite romance novels. Her first novel, Finding a Way (Unexpected Love Series #1), was written within three months. Currently, she is writing her second novel, Finding Serenity (Unexpected Love Series #2), set to be released in late 2015 / early 2016. Tiffany loves to hear from her fans through social media and encourages anyone who wants to gush about her favorite characters, Mac and Callie, to do so.

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Review: Built by Jay Crownover

builtBuilt by Jay Crownover
Series: Saints of Denver #1
Published by William Morrow on January 5th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 352
Source: ARC copy from publisher
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five-stars

From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes an electrifying new spin-off series,Saints of Denver, featuring all the characters fans have been dying to read about.

Sayer Cole and Zeb Fuller couldn’t be more different. She’s country club and fine-dining, he’s cell-block and sawdust. Sayer spends her days in litigation, while Zeb spends his working with his hands. She’s French silk, he’s all denim and flannel.

Zeb’s wanted the stunning blonde since the moment he laid eyes on her. It doesn’t matter how many smooth moves he makes, the reserved lawyer seems determinedly oblivious to his interest—either that or she doesn’t return it. Sayer is certain the rough, hard, hot-as-hell Zeb could never want someone as closed off and restrained as she is, which is a shame because something tells her he might be the guy to finally melt her icy exterior.

But just as things start to heat up, Zeb is blindsided by a life altering moment from his past. He needs Sayer’s professional help to right a wrong and to save more than himself. He can’t risk what’s at stake just because his attraction to Sayer feels all consuming. But as these opposites dig in for the fight of their lives, battling together to save a family, the steam created when fire and ice collide can no longer be ignored.Sayer Cole and Zeb Fuller are as different as two people can be. She’s country club and fine-dining, he’s cell-block and kill it and grill it. Sayer spends her days in litigation, while Zeb spends his working with his hands. She’s French silk while he’s denim and flannel.

The differences between the two of them don’t stop Zeb from dropping every hint he can think of that he would like to get to know her on a more personal level, but Sayer seems oblivious to his interest or is just too nice to tell him to take a hike. To Sayer, a guy like Zeb could never be interested in someone as reserved and boring as she is. She’s never been with anyone that was hot enough to melt the icy exterior she’s had wrapped around hera since her awful childhood. But what if Zeb is the one who might finally thaw her out…?

what i thoughtI received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review from Ink Slinger PR. It does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This was my first book of the year and 2nd book I’ve read by this amazing author! Rule was one of my favorite books last year, so I had a feeling I would love this book just as much. Jay Crownover creates such swoon-worthy men, it is IMPOSSIBLE not to fall for their stories. :)
Zeb and Sayer couldn’t be any different – as it goes, opposites attract! She’s a lawyer and he runs a construction company. Both have had things happen in the past, both affecting them hard. Sayer is an “ice queen” and Zeb was a prisoner. Zeb helps Sayer build her dream home and she helps him deal with a case. They start spending more time with each other; Zeb wants to be with her and Sayer doesn’t want to (but she secretly does). Can Sayer get passed her issues from her past or will it drive Zeb away?
I have only read Rule from the Marked Men series so I was really worried I would get spoiled. Built is a spin-off from Marked Men so we do see some of the boys from the previous series make their appearance with their significant others. My biggest concern was having major plots spoiled from the series, but that wasn’t the case. Yes, we get a glimpse of who they end up with and what happens years down the road (as in kids), but that didn’t bother me. I have been dying to continue the MM series since I read the first, now I feel even more excited to do so.
I have fallen completely head over heels over Zeb (then again, who wouldn’t?!). I haven’t met too many bearded men, let alone ones that are also tattooed. I think Zeb has ruined all other future book boyfriends for me. ;) I was worried after the first few chapters that I wasn’t going to fall for these characters, but it progressed VERY quickly and as I said, I fell hard. I couldn’t help but be frustrated at Sayer, it drove me crazy. But seeing her work through her issues and really try, it warmed my heart and she definitely made the list for favorite females.

 

I hope Poppy gets a story- I feel like hers is going to be a struggle (DUH), but I really enjoyed her character.If I had to pick a favorite side character that I feel deserves their own story– she would be it!
You guys have to pick this up! Even if you haven’t started MM, or have only read a few, this CAN be read as a standalone- it is mentioned in the beginning. Just know, you will be spoiled with who ends up with who and get a glimpse of the couples’ futures. This however, wasn’t something that bothered me. I’m very serious about not skipping books in series, even if this is a spin off. But with this, I feel like its okay to skip.

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Review: Night Fox by Tia Giacalone

night foxNight Fox by Tia Giacalone
Series: Hey Sunshine #2
Published by Self Published on December 31st 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Source: ARC copy from author
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five-stars

Beckett Fox lives his life on the edge between danger and responsibility, and that’s all he’s ever known… until he meets Avery. Now, time at home is more appealing than the do-or-die future he’d always pictured for himself.

Fox has everything he’s ever wanted. But he knows better than anyone that life can change direction faster than the wind.

When an accident threatens to destroy his entire world, Fox will have to choose between fighting for what he loves or letting his past dictate his future.

How much strength does it take to move forward when history seems determined to knock you down? And how do you find the path to redemption when you don’t even recognize your own life?

what i thoughtI received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review from the author. It does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

If you guys follow me on Instagram then you probably already know how much I adore Hey Sunshine, the first book in the series. I read it this summer and since then I have been DYING to know what happened next, it has been killing me not knowing. Hey Sunshine DOES end in a pretty big cliffhanger, but those of you that haven’t read the first book are in luck… You’ll have the opportunity to pick up book 2 immediately. ;)

The prologue is set in Avery’s point of view. Hey Sunshine from what I remember is all Avery’s point of view. The entire book is in Mr. Beckett Fox’s point of view. Which was surprising at first, I expected it to alternate like a lot of new adult books do nowadays. Nope, all in Fox’s point of view. Which, considering what happens (to avoid spoilers I won’t say), it was a breath of fresh air and nice to see things in his perspective. ESPECIALLY with what happened. Again, no spoilers. ;)

I felt like I read a completely different story to be honest — in the best way possible. This was a completely different vibe and tone compared to Hey Sunshine. I was anxious and nervous pretty much this entire book. I wasn’t sure how this was going to play out. Also, because Tia hates all of us (TOTALLY kidding 120%; just my fangirl speaking), this ALSO ends in a cliffhanger — be warned! HOWEVER, you HAVE to read this if your a fan of new adult. I will continuously recommend this series at every opportunity I get. I personally think cliffhangers are fun! Yes, the waiting is not all that fun — but we get all excited for the sequel!

Fox is my babe forever and I’m pretty sure I fell in more love with him (if that’s even possible). I have fallen deep for these characters and I’m so incredibly attached to them. When it does come time to say goodbye, it’s going to be very difficult.

Tia Giacalone is one of my all time favorite authors; she’s an incredibly talented author and her books aren’t getting the love they deserve. You need to meet the gang; Avery, Annabelle, Fox and the whole family! It is IMPOSSIBLE not to fall in love with them, they all have a HUGE chunk of my heart and will continue to hold that chunk forever. AB-SO-LUTE-LY LOVED!

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Review: Just a Kiss by Kate Kisset

just a kissJust a Kiss by Kate Kisset
Series: A Wine Country Romance Series #1
Published by Castlerock Publishing on July 23rd 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 159
Source: Finished copy from author
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four-stars

Three friends,
One Wine Country Villa
Six Santino Brothers
And lots of wine …

Reeling from the loss of her mother, Sarah Dupont catches her fiancé doing the nasty on top of her pastry table at their San Francisco Bakery.

Devastated, she calls her best friend, lifestyle reporter, Danica Vargas. Danica convinces Sarah to start fresh and move in with her at Bella Villa mansion in Sonoma Valley.

With two roommates who act like the sisters she never had,and a feisty landlord to stand in as the grandmother she always wanted, Sarah’s opens a café on the Sonoma Plaza.

Her life changes the moment the little bell on the door rings and the notoriously sexy actor Jamie Santino, swaggers in.

Jamie, one of the six Santino Brothers, of Napa Valley Winery fame, needs baking lessons for his new movie and Sarah is just the woman to teach him. Wine flows, their love affair heats up and a tempestuous femme fatale enters the scene.

How can Sarah trust that Jamie isn’t acting when everything he says seems too good to be true?

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I received a finished copy in exchange for an honest review from the author. It does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Cute, light-hearted romance. A breath of fresh air from a lot of NA I’ve read lately. I was born in Cali, but never got to see Napa/Sonoma area, and getting to see it through this story made me feel like I was there. Kate’s writing is fantastic!

This is a fairly short book, about 150 pages, I read it probably within 2 1/2 hours maybe 3 hours.

Sarah has had a rough life, she has lost her mom and to top it off she catches her fiance having sex with someone at her own bakery. Sarah moves to Sonoma Valley and opens a new bakery. There she meets Jamie Santino, an actor looking to get some bakery lessons for an upcoming movie. He’s 1 of 6 brothers in the family and all of them are fine looking men. Things heat between the 2 as lessons progress.

Cute, fluffy, light-hearted, very fast read. Loved it!! Can’t wait for more books by Kate Kisset!

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Review: Vintage Volume 1 by Lisa Suzanne

vintage vol 1Vintage Volume 1 by Lisa Suzanne
Series: Vintage #1
Published by Self Published on May 1st 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance, Suspense
Pages: 316
Source: Finished copy from author
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four-stars

Born the daughter of a rock star and his groupie, my life should have been full of glitz and glamour. But the excess and embarrassment of that life didn’t interest me. Instead, I killed time at Vintage, a record store where I stocked shelves and lacked ambition.

Everything changed the moment I pressed play. One simple lyric awakened me.

When I stopped denying my attraction to the man behind the music, I started questioning his intentions. We were meant to cross paths, but it wasn’t because of fate.

Someone was playing with our lives.

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Roxy (CC or Jimi) has a close, tight-knit group of friends and family. She is the daughter of a rock legend and because of her dad, this is why she has a small group of people. Most people she has tried to let into her life, has abused that relationship to get closer to her rock-star father. Even though she has a small group, the one person she can trust more than anything is her dad. However, Roxy doesn’t like living under her dad’s legend, she just wants a normal life. Roxy works at a music coffee shop called Vintage. There, she meets Parker who is in an upcoming band and she is immediately drawn to him. Having kept her emotions dormant for so long, after spending just a little time with Parker, those feelings are starting to resurface. Just when she thinks meeting Parker was fate, she finds out that it was planned.

I have always enjoyed music related romance stories! I wanted to at times, strangle the main character for being so frustrating, but I do understand why. This was a quick read and Lisa does a fantastic job at grabbing your attention. Not a moment passed where I felt I needed to take a break from reading. There was always something going on and it was impossible to put down because of it. The constant suspense of who’s doing what, what’s going to happen, and everything, it seriously was hard to put down.

The reason why this is 4 stars is because I felt I didn’t get enough of Parker. With everything going on in this book, I think with adding Parker’s perspective (even if it was just a couple chapters here and there) I would have been able to follow him better. With an added perspective, I think this could have been a 4.5 or even a 5 star rating!

This does end on a cliffhanger, just so you are warned. I’m very curious to see how this will play out!

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