Review: Brave (A Wicked Saga #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Brave
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: A Wicked Saga #3
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance/ fantasy
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Blurb:
Ivy Morgan hasn’t been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars.

It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine… and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens.

Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart. If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies. Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves–and, ultimately, to save herself.

Because behind ever evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen…

My Review:
Brave is the third and final (I think) installment in Jennifer’s Wicked Saga and it was a very fitting ending. I loved the first book in the series, but was a tad disappointed in Torn so I was a little apprehensive starting Brave, but I needn’t have worried. Jennifer isn’t one of my all-time fave authors for nothing.

Ivy isn’t in a great place when we catch up to her, not surprising after the ordeal she suffered at Prince Drake’s hand in the last book. Ren is amazingly patient with her, even if I wanted him to push her a little more to open up. When she finally let him in, it was great to see them gel again as a couple and they presented a united front from that point on, and I loved it! They are so perfect together and the romance was gorgeous and spot on.

Tink is fantabulous again, and his interactions with Prince Fabian were so funny! Don’t even get me started on the trunk full of trolls; I laughed so hard at that scene.

Brave had plenty of the action which I felt was missing from Torn and it was a seamless blend of action-adventure, romance, mystery, and fae politics.

Is it just me or was it left quite open-ended? Don’t get me wrong, we have closure for Ivy and Ren and a potential happy future, but the story of the evil Queen, the crystal, and the portals between realms isn’t resolved indefinitely. I wonder if Jennifer plans to write a spin-off at some point?

Anyway, while this series isn’t at the top of my list of favorite JLA series, it’s still an entertaining read, with great characters, witty banter, swoony romance, and decent world building.

Overall, Brave is a solid conclusion to the Wicked Saga. Fans of this series, and this author, won’t be disapponted.

I received an ARC from the author (thank you so much, Jennifer) and I am voluntarily reviewing same.

Review Tour: Dirty Filthy Fix (Fixed #5.5) by Laurelin Paige


Today is my stop during the tour for Dirty Filthy Fix by Laurelin Paige. Read on for my review for this book, an excerpt and some teaser images.

Title: Dirty Filthy Fix
Author: Laurelin Paige
Series: Fixed #5.5
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
I like sex. Kinky sex. The kinkier the better.

Every day, it’s all I think about as I serve coffee and hand out business agendas to men who have no idea I’m not the prim proper girl they think I am.

With a day job as the secretary to one of New York’s most powerful men, Hudson Pierce, I have to keep my double life quiet. As long as I do, it’s not a problem.

Enter: Nathan Sinclair. Tall, dark and handsome doesn’t come close to describing how hot he is. And that’s with his clothes on. But after a dirty, filthy rendezvous, I accept that if we ever see each other again, he’ll walk right by my desk on his way to see my boss without recognizing me.

Only, that’s not what happens. Not the first time I see him after the party. Or the next time. Or the time after that. And as much as I try to stop it, my two worlds are crashing into each other, putting my job and my reputation at risk.

And all I can think about is Nathan Sinclair.

All I can think about is getting just one more dirty, filthy fix.

My Review:
I am a big fan of Laurelin’s work and she never fails to deliver. Dirty Filthy Fix is where two of her worlds collide – we have Nate from her Dirty series and Trish from her Fixed series. I really enjoyed this short story. It has everything we’ve come to expect from Laurelin – fab writing, hot sexy scenes, and characters we can root for. I usually only enjoy series novellas if they are adding backstory or filing in some pertinent information to relation to subplots. I tend to dislike novellas that tell a couples story as character development is usually lacking, but this one worked, and I’d recommend it as a standalone or as a great addition to either of the aforementioned series’.

Thanks to the publisher and Inkslinger PR for providing an ARC of this book which I am voluntarily reviewing.

Excerpt:

I set down my champagne flute, untouched, and waited, my arms folded across my chest.
But what he said next surprised me. “What kind of life do you envision for yourself? What’s your dream future?” Instead of immediately hounding me about my utter disrespect for the sanctity of marriage, he wanted to listen.
This…was new.
I wasn’t prepared, which sort of pissed me off. Not only because it occurred to me that I could have misjudged Nathan Sinclair, but also because I didn’t exactly have a checklist of plans for myself. I just had things I liked doing that I wanted to continue doing, uninterrupted.
“What is it I want from my life?” I repeated back to him, buying time to think about it.
And then when I did think about it I realized I didn’t need the time. I knew exactly what I wanted. “My own stuff, my own space, steady kinky sex in different locations. Happy? I’m leaving.” I spun on my five-inch heels and walked toward the exit. Irritated.
I didn’t know why I was so worked up, maybe because the whole topic was a sore spot. Maybe because even though he hadn’t given the speech yet, I knew it was coming eventually. I didn’t fit into the traditional world with my viewpoints about happily-ever-afters. I already knew that.
Or, maybe I was worked up because people rarely believed it about me when I told them. They always thought that I was lying to them or lying to myself, but I really didn’t want what society believed I should want in the way they thought I should want it, and I didn’t want to have to argue about it with Nate, because I did truly like him. And I didn’t want to have this conflict. But liking him didn’t mean I wanted to give up who I was just to make him happy.
Instead of talking it to death and arguing my side, it was easier just to go. Get it over with. I could cut the ties now before I liked him even more. Before the string didn’t just tug me back from the clouds, but let all the air out of me, too.
I rushed out into the lobby, assuming he’d let me go, but he followed. And really, that’s what I probably should have expected. He’d already proven he was the kind of guy that chased. Shoe or not, Nate Charming liked his fairytale kink.
And I’d just performed the most cliché move of all for a sexed-up Cinderella—I’d run from the freaking ball.

About the Author:
USA Today and New York Times Bestselling Author Laurelin Paige is a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn’t seem to complain, however. When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing, watching Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead, or dreaming of Michael Fassbender. She is represented by Rebecca Friedman.

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Review: Trickery (Curse of the Gods #1) by Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington

Title: Trickery
Author: Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington
Series: Curse of the Gods #1
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Blurb:
Willa Knight: Dweller. Slave. Non-magical being.

In Minatsol, being a dweller means that you are literally no better than dirt. In fact, dirt might actually be more useful than Willa. Her life will be one of servitude to the sols, the magic-blessed beings who could one day be chosen to become gods.

At least her outer village is far removed from the cities of the sols, and she won’t ever be forced to present herself to them… Until one small mistake changes everything, and Willa is awarded a position to serve at Blesswood, the top sol academy in the world—a position that she definitely did not earn.

Under the sudden, watchful eye of the gods, she will be tasked to serve the Abcurse brothers, five sols built of arrogance, perfection and power. They are almost gods themselves, and under their service she is either going to end up sentenced to death, or else they are going to ruin her so badly that she will wish for it.

Either way, she is in trouble.

This is a full novel, 90,000 words. Book 1 of 5 in the Curse of the Gods Series

My Review:
OMG, this was so funny, and I couldn’t stop laughing while reading. My husband was getting really mad at me because I kept waking him up shaking with laughter. In the end, I had to get out of bed and go downstairs to continue reading because it was virtually impossible to read this book without laughing my ass off. Willa’s one liners and her inner monologue are so witty, so entertaining. I’ll admit it took me a while to get into this book, but once I got past the 25% mark all the things that initially irritated me about Willa were the things that endeared me to her. And those Abcurse brothers are hot! The banter and the sexual tension are sublime and I’m totally invested now. Onto book two now.

Review: The Right Kind of Reckless (Reckless Hearts #2) by Heather Van Fleet

Title: The Right Kind of Reckless
Author: Heather Van Fleet
Series: Reckless Hearts #2
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
I’m in love with a woman I can’t have, and there’s absolutely nothing I can do to stop myself from falling.

The problem? Her brother’s my best friend.

I shouldn’t want her this much. Not when it goes against the bro code. Not when I’ve never been able to commit to a woman for longer than a night.

But one look into her eyes and I’m a mess for her. She’s my everything. And I have to walk away with nothing.

My Review:
Jam packed with humor, heartfelt emotions, and some seriously smoking hot chemistry, I adored every page of this captivating story and read it in less than twenty-four hours.

I adored Reckless Hearts, the first book in this series, and I was already intrigued over Lia and swooning over Max before I even started this one.

Lia is a fantastic leading lady. She has a great, quirky, feisty personality that I love AND she has a heart of gold and a layer of softness underneath the prickly surface.

Maxwell, oh, my. He was a cad in the last book and he did some things at the start of this book I was not impressed with, but it didn’t take much to win my heart. I loved how he changed for her, as if he was just waiting to call her his own before becoming the true version of himself.

Of course, Lia’s brother, Collin, is a real alpha-male and no one’s going to mess with his sister, especially not a player like Max, so you know fireworks are going to detonate once he discovers their secret affair.

This book is about finding yourself, and working hard for your goals, and how powerful and redemptive love can be.

If you enjoy strong, alpha-male protective types, intriguing heroines, and scintillating chemistry that explodes off the page, then you will love this book and this series. Highly Recommended.

I am voluntarily reviewing an ARC of this book as supplied by the publisher via Netgalley.

Review: Wicked Beginnings (Wicked Bay #1) by L.A. Cotton

Wicked BeginningsTitle: Wicked Beginnings
Author: L.A. Cotton
Series: Wicked Bay #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
The first book in a brand new YA/NA crossover series from l. a. cotton

When seventeen-year-old Eloise Stone finds herself half way across the world, moving into her Uncle’s pool house, she expects things to be … awkward. She doesn’t expect to come face-to-face with the boy from last summer. The boy that made her feel things she’d never felt before. But a year is a long time, and Lo isn’t the same girl she was then. Besides, they’re family now.

It’s weird.

Maverick Prince acts as if he doesn’t remember her, treating Lo like nothing more than an annoying younger sister, and not in a ‘he cares’ way, just in a ‘he’s an arsehole’ way. One thing‘s for sure, he isn’t just dangerous for her sanity—he’s hazardous for her heart.

Lo thought moving to Wicked Bay was the worst of her problems, but as life begins to unravel around her, she’s going to find out it’s only the beginning…

My Review:
Wicked Beginnings is the first book I’ve read by L.A. Cotton, but it most definitely won’t be the last. This book was an addictive read from the very first page and I devoured it in record time. It contains everything I love in a novel – a plucky heroine we can root for, hot, rich bad boys in abundance, swoon-worthy, angsty romance, witty dialogue, and high-school drama in spades.

Maverick, oh Maverick (furiously fanning face in a feeble attempt to cool down) how my heart beats wildly for you! He is the quintessential misunderstood bad boy constantly denying his feelings, and we’re left wondering why. The push-and pull nature of Lo and Maverick’s relationship was delicious, and the sexual chemistry sizzled across the pages of my Kindle.

The side characters were great too, and I especially liked Kyle and the youngest sister. Character development was great, the pacing was consistent and it flowed smoothly, and the writing was superb. While we are still left with many questions at the end, I don’t consider it a cliffhanger ending. That said, I’m dying for the next installment because I’m in bad need of another Maverick Prince fix.

Highly recommended if you are a fan of angsty, dramatic YA/NA crossover romance.

Review: Logan (Preston Brothers #2) by Jay McLean

Title: Logan
Author: Jay McLean
Series: Preston Brothers #2
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
As a kid, Logan Preston was a brat.
Through his teens, he became the bad boy.
Now, at nineteen, no one knows what the hell to expect.

High school dropout, Logan Preston is a
good-for-nothing stoner.
A black sheep.
A disappointment.
The worst Preston Punk of the lot.
At least that’s how everyone in his small town
makes him feel.
But Logan Preston has secrets.
Secrets so dark and so deep below the surface that the only way he can fight them is to stay high, high, high.
He wears cockiness as a mask.
Arrogance as his armor.
Until one girl, one night, asks one life-changing question:
What’s beneath the bravado, Logan Preston?

My Review:
Wow, what an incredibly moving, incredibly powerful story and one that is virtually impossible to put down. I stayed up until the early hours of the morning the last two nights reading this book and it was so hard to put down. I felt the full gamut of emotions with Logan, and I laughed, cried, felt heartbroken, disappointed, and was thoroughly destroyed when the full extent of what had happened to him became obvious. And poor Aubrey – her heartache was mine too, and I was right there on the kitchen floor with her, devastated and ruined.

Every time I pick up one of Jay’s books I think “this is her best yet” and this book is no exception. This is raw, gritty, and very real and I think the writing, pacing, character and plot development are exquisite. The scenes toward the end were Logan totally loses it were so hard to read but so gripping – my heart was in my mouth and I was equally sad and horrified and screaming at him to just stop.

It’s been a long while since I’ve wanted to reread a book again the minute I finished it, but that’s what I’m feeling with this one, because I want to go back and savor the sublime execution of the story.

It’s not all heavy though and it’s peppered with Jay’s signature witty style and the banter between our couple is very funny, especially Aubrey’s take on dirty talk, lol. The romance and sexy times are also incredible and I love the bond and the chemistry between our pair and I believed in them as a couple, and was completely rooting for them.

I have the worst book hangover now and I know I’ll definitely have to reread it straight away because I’m not ready to let go yet.

I adored the More Than series, and loved Lucas, but this book tops them all, and now these Preston Punks are up there with my favorites. I’m hoping the next book is about Leo and Melissa and that we don’t have to wait too long because I need another Preston fix pronto!

Thanks for another incredible read, Jay.

Book Blitz: Dirty Little Promise (Forbidden Desires #2) by Kendall Ryan


Today is my stop during the blog tour for Dirty Little Promise (Forbidden Desires #2) by Kendall Ryan. Read on for my review of this book and some teaser images!

Title: Dirty Little Promise
Author: Kendall Ryan
Series: Forbidden Desires #2
Rating: 3.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Conflicted in the depth of her feelings for bad boy Gavin Kingsley, lonely librarian Emma Bell knows he’s all wrong for her—yet the heart wants what it wants.

But if she gives into his dark, erotic desires will she lose herself completely?

Passion, drama and suspense combine in the highly-anticipated conclusion to Emma Bell’s love affair with the alpha and enigmatic Kingsley brothers. Secrets will be exposed, sides will be chosen, and nothing will ever be the same.

My Review:
Dirty Little Promise is the conclusion to the love triangle between brothers Gavin, Cooper, and sweet, sexy librarian, Emma.

The first book ended on a cliffhanger when something seemingly shocking was revealed about Gavin throwing Emma into a tailspin. Now, she has to decide which brother is her soulmate and begin to let go of her past and forge a new future with her chosen Kingsley.

I liked how Emma made her choice quite early on and how considerate she was of the other brother’s feelings. Her path to true love wasn’t smooth, and there is someone out to get her, which adds some heightened dramatic tension, although, it was very predictable and I wished it had been developed more to really up the ante.

We got introduced to her parents in this book, and I really enjoyed those scenes.

The romantic scenes were well-written, and, even though, I was upset for the guy that wasn’t chosen, I completely shipped our couple and she did end up with the man I wanted her to be with. But my heart was aching for the other lost soul, and I look forward to reading his story next as I need to see him get his HEA.

This one didn’t pack quite as much punch as the first book, and it was a bit slower-paced, but character development was strong and it’s really well written so it was still very much an enjoyable read.

Actual rating 3.5 stars.

Thanks to the author and Inkslinger PR for providing an ARC of this book which I’m voluntarily reviewing

About the Author:
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.
Visit her at: www.kendallryanbooks.com for the latest book news, and fun extras

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Book Blitz: The Learning Hours (How to Date a Douchebag #3) by Sara Ney


Today is my stop during the blog tour for The Learning Hours (How to Date a Douchebag #3) by Sara Ney. I’ll share my review for you and there are some graphics for the book you can check out!

Title: The Learning Hours
Author: Sara Ney
Series: How to Date a Douchebag #3
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
He’s not a douchebag;
but that doesn’t stop his friends from
turning him into one.

MY FRIENDS WANT ME TO GET LAID.

So much so that they plastered my ugly mug all over campus, in bold printed letters:

Are you the lucky lady who’s going to break our roommate’s cherry?
Him: socially awkward man with average-sized penis looking for willing sexual partner. You: must have pulse. Text him at: 555-254-5551

The morons can’t even spell. And the texts I’ve been receiving are what wet dreams are made of. But I’m not like these douchebags, no matter how hard they try to turn me into one.

THIS ISN’T THE KIND OF ATTENTION I WANT.

One text stands out from hundreds. One number I can’t bring myself to block. She seems different. Hotter, even in black and white.

However, after seeing her in person, I know she’s not the girl for me. But my friends won’t let up—they just don’t get it. Douchebags or not, there’s one thing they’ll never understand: GIRLS DON’T WANT ME.

Especially her.

My Review:
I absolutely loved the first two books in this series, and I went into this one with certain expectations that were immediately put to the test by a note at the start from the author. I was a little peeved, if I’m honest, but then I got over myself and got stuck in.

The vibe in this book is different to the other two, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, again, just different expectations.

I absolutely adored our hero – he was unique and refreshingly different and he made me swoon in ways I thought I wouldn’t swoon. It took a while for me to warm up to our heroine, but once she took her head out of her ass and opened her eyes to the possibilities, I was rooting for her and for our couple to last the distance.

One thing this volume has in common with its predecessors is fantastic writing, consistent pacing, laugh out loud humor, and smokin’ hot chemistry. Sara is so witty and the dialogue is superb in all three books in this series. She also does a fantastic job with character development, and our mains have flaws and strengths, yet there is clear progression as the story moves forward.

Overall, this was a great addition to a brilliant series, and one I can recommend.

Thanks to the author and Inkslinger PR for providing an ARC of this book which I have voluntarily reviewed.

About the Author:
Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.
She lives with her husband, children, and her ridiculously large dog.

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Blog Tour: Delirious (Quantum #6) by M.S. Force


Today is my stop during the blog tour for Delirious (Quantum #6) by M.S. Force! You can read my review below.

Title: Delirious
Author: M.S. Force
Series: Quantum #6
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
As one of Hollywood’s hottest producers, Kristian Bowen is on top of the world. With the Quantum team is fresh off a clean sweep of awards season and looking ahead to the premiere of their new film, Insidious, Kristian’s life is exactly how he likes it, complete with a stable of willing subs to tend to his every desire. Until he attends the wedding of his friend and business partner Flynn Godfrey and meets AileenGifford, the close friend of Flynn’s new wife, Natalie. Since meeting Aileen five months ago, Kristian’s carefully cultivated life has changed in ways he never could’ve expected. Now Aileen and her children are moving to Los Angeles, and he’s not sure whether to be excited or terrified about his powerful feelings for the single mom…

Aileen is coming off the worst year of her life, spent battling breast cancer while taking care of two young children. When Natalie, Flynn and their other friends encourage Aileen to move to LA and work for Quantum, she jumps at the chance to give her family a fresh start. And with her off-the-charts attraction to Flynn’s business partner in the mix, the idea of living in LA becomes that much sweeter. Until everyone shows up to welcome her and the kids to their new home in LA—except Kristian.

He can’t avoid her forever, and when these two finally see each other again, sparks fly between the single mom and the producer with a past he’s kept hidden from everyone who matters to him. When that past rears its ugly head, will he run away from the woman he loves or turn to her for comfort in the storm? And will she prevail in convincing him that he can be himself, in every possible way, with her?

Kristian and Aileen’s long-awaited story is full of heat, heart and humor, as well as appearances from all the Quantum characters readers love!

My Review:
An emotional erotic romance about second chances and the power of love, family, and friendships. With a wonderful cast of supporting characters, a captivating movie-industry setting, a scorching-hot leading man, and a strong, inspirational heroine, Delirious was a wonderful read and one I can recommend.

This is the first book I have read in this series, and while it has most definitely piqued my interest in the other characters, you can read this as a standalone and not feel like you are missing out on too much.

Kristian was complex and layered and hiding a secret from his past. When it was revealed, his controlling nature and lack of trust in relationships made sense. I loved that he was eventually able to overcome it for the right woman. I also adored how great he was with Aileen’s children and those scenes in particular warmed my heart.

Aileen was a true inspiration. She was still recovering from her cancer ordeal, but she didn’t dwell on it, and she wasn’t whiny and looking for sympathy. Instead, she got on with her life, and she was ballsy after her brush with potential death. I really loved her personality. She wasn’t afraid to tell Kristian how she felt, and she was a fantastic mother.

While this is an erotic romance, it wasn’t as steamy as some of the erotic romances I’ve read. However, I had no issue with that. It’s more of an observation. The story also had plenty of meat on it’s bones i.e. it wasn’t just all about the s*x.

The supporting characters were fantastic and I’m definitely salivating at the prospect of checking out the earlier books in the series. From the details in this book, it sounds like each couple has a very interesting background and I’m intrigued.

There are a few reasons this isn’t a five-star read. Initially, I found it very difficult to get into this story. There is a huge amount of inner monologue at the start, which then became very repetitive and it wasn’t holding my interest. However, I’m glad I stuck with it as after the first quarter I became hooked and it kept my attention the rest of the way through. The other thing that niggled at me a little was how perfect her children were and the underlying insinuation that you are only a good mother if you have raised these model children. Apart from a minor strop in the car, these children were way too well-behaved. I would have liked them to act up a little more so it was realistic. I imagine they were harboring lots of confusing feelings over their mother’s illness and the fact a man has come into their lives, but it didn’t seem to impact them enough.

Overall though, this was a great read, and a great introduction for me to his author and this series.

Thanks to the author and Inkslinger PR for providing an ARC of this book which I am voluntarily reviewing.

About the Author:
M.S. Force is the erotic alter-ego of New York Times bestselling author Marie Force. All three books in her initial Quantum Trilogy were New York Times bestsellers in 2015, and the Quantum Trilogy became the Quantum Series with Rapturous and Ravenous, with more to come!

Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 contemporary romances, including the Gansett Island Series, which has sold nearly 3 million books, and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books, which has sold 1.5 million books. In addition, she is the author of the Butler, Vermont Series, the Green Mountain Series and the erotic romance Quantum Series, written under the slightly modified name of M.S. Force. All together, her books have sold more than 5.5 million copies worldwide!

Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news.

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Review Blitz: Dirty Little Secret (Forbidden Desires #1) by Kendall Ryan


Today is my stop during the blog tour for Dirty Little Secret (Forbidden Desires #1) by Kendall Ryan. Scroll down to read my review, check out some teasers and information about the book!

Title: Dirty Little Secret
Author: Kendall Ryan
Series: Forbidden Desires #1
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
The start to a sexy new series from New York Times bestselling author, Kendall Ryan…

She’s much too innocent for me, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting the sweet, young librarian. I’m dominating and possessive, and my control streak runs a mile wide.

The way she looks at me—like I’m one of the heroes in the books she loves, like I’m broken, and she wants to be the one to piece me back together—it only complicates things further. I’m nobody’s hero.

But there’s no denying my tragic past reads like one of her favorite literary classics. It’s raw. Visceral. Captivating. And together, we’re a perfect mess.

How am I expected to resist when the sexual sparks zap between us and set me on fire? The need to control, and claim her force my walls to come tumbling down, but when she learns my dirty little secret, will my world come crashing down with it?

The story continues in Dirty Little Promise, releasing October 30th.

My Review:
A sultry pulse-pounding start to a fabulous new series from Kendall Ryan. Two hot brothers vying for our heroine’s affections? I think I died and went to heaven. Absolutely spellbinding, and I was hooked from the first page.

Lately, Kendall has been writing a lot of romcoms, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed her Soulmates series, however, this type of erotic suspense is where it’s at for me.

I could scarcely put this book down once I started it, and I finished it in record time.

I loved Gavin and Cooper and I swung back and forth over which I preferred. Gavin has that moody, broody bad boy act down pat, but he’s shielding his heart and we haven’t peeled back all his layers yet. Cooper was sexy but sweet, thoughtful and supportive, and I couldn’t help rooting for him either.

Emma was a great character. A sexy librarian with a chequered history with men and relationships in general. I loved how she pushed her boundaries and wanted to act outside her comfort zone.

There are lots of little things going on in the background that got me thinking, and I loved that. I had a suspicion which was confirmed with the cliffhanger and now I’m excited to see where the story is going next.

I do find sometimes with Kendall’s books that some of the minor details are a little overlooked and certain things don’t add up. I did find that here in little ways. I’m very picky like that though and most readers probably wouldn’t even notice. It didn’t detract too much from my enjoyment though as I think you can tell I LOVED this one.

Can’t wait for my next Kingsley fix. I really appreciate how Kendall works hard to release so quickly and she never leaves her readers waiting long. Thank you for that!

I also really enjoy her writing style, and she’s a very accomplished writer (and marketer) and an author I admire enormously.

In summary, an explosive start to a panty-melting new series. Highly Recommended.

Actual 4.5 stars. Thanks to the author and Inkslinger PR for providing an ARC of this book which I’m voluntarily reviewing.

About the Author:
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.
Visit her at: www.kendallryanbooks.com for the latest book news, and fun extras

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