Review: Bound (The Four Horsemen #2) by L.J. Swallow

Title: Bound
Author: L.J. Swallow
Series: The Four Horsemen #2
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Blurb:
What happens when you discover Truth is a lie?

Ewan’s shock revelation sends Vee’s life further into chaos, and she faces an uncertain future in a secret world she never knew existed.

Vee joins the Four Horsemen’s hunt for those behind the plot to murder a fae queen, where she discovers society faces bigger dangers than she realised.

One night changes everything and increases Vee’s determination to harness her power and step into her new role.

The Four Horsemen now have their missing link and will each do anything to protect and support her, but Vee’s determined to show them she can be their equal.

The group are about to find out exactly how powerful Truth is.

My Review:
A fantastic sequel, and one that hooked me instantly. I love how Vee is adapting and reacting to her new reality; she is growing stronger and more confident, and it’s welcome character progression. And these guys! Seriously, they are unbelievably awesome and so in tune with her needs. And the chemistry and connection between them is smoking hot and it jumps off the pages. I’ve read Lisa’s contemporary romances, so I know she writes fantastic romance so I was expecting no less. I enjoyed how the romance is ramping up and I’m so glad Heath was her first. I also love Ewan and Joss but I really can’t stand Xander and I think I want to punch him more than Vee does at times. The story develops nicely in this one too and I like the intrigue and suspense. On to book 3!

Review: Legacy (The Four Horsemen #1) by L.J. Swallow

Title: Legacy
Author: L.J. Swallow
Series: The Four Horsemen #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Blurb:
What’s worse than being pursued by the Four Horsemen?
Discovering you’re the Fifth.

Verity Jameson’s day switches from mundane to disastrous when she runs down a stranger with her car. Fortunately for Vee, she can’t kill Death.

Death, who just happens to be one of the Four Horsemen, and he’s looking for her.

The Four Horsemen spend life preventing the end of the world, not bringing on an apocalypse. As gatekeepers of the portals which exist between the human world and other realms, the team fight to keep the portals closed and the supernatural forces under control. Without their fifth member, the Four Horsemen are losing the battle.

Now they’ve found Verity and what they tell her goes far beyond the conspiracy theories Vee spends her free time investigating.

A new life with four dark, sexy and dangerous men fighting demons, vampires and fae? Not what Vee had planned, but a hell of a lot more interesting than her boring job in tech support.

So what happens when the unbreakable bond of the Five takes control in a way none of them expected?

The Four Horsemen: Legacy is the first novella in an exciting new paranormal REVERSE HAREM series f rom USA Today bestselling author, LJ Swallow.

My Review:
I’ve been on a reverse harem binge lately, and I have to say, this book really hit all the right points for me. Loved the fast pacing, great writing, hot guys, interesting world building, intriguing plot, and the refreshing take on The Four Horseman legend.

A fantastic start to a great new series.

Review: Seduction (Curse of the Gods #3) by Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington

Title: Seduction
Author: Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington
Series: Curse of the Gods #3
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Blurb:
Willa Knight: Dweller? Sol? Accidental evolutionary hiccup?

Willa has never been a particularly useful dweller: she isn’t very good at chores, she isn’t very good at worshipping, she isn’t very good at not having opinions, and she isn’t very good with rules—but none of that matters anymore.
The rules are changing.
The dwellers are trying to make their own way in the world, and Willa can’t seem to help getting tangled up in their plans.
Luckily, she has the Abcurse brothers to help her out—until she doesn’t, and suddenly she’s alone again in a world on the brink of chaos. With the Abcurses gone, she’ll have to rely on her wits, and her sister Emmy, to stay under the radar and survive.
Because someone wants her dead.

But, really, what else is new?

My Review:
Awesome. Every book in this series is getting better and better. The relationship is really hotting up with the guys now which I love (that waterfall scene was EPIC) and the plot is getting more complex and involved. Can’t wait for the next installment. Another fantastic read.

Review: Dare to Live (Maxwell #5) by S.B. Alexander

Title: Dare to Live
Author: S.B. Alexander
Series: Maxwell #5
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Maybe opposites do attract.

Kody Maxwell’s life has been rooted in grief and death. He tasted love briefly until the girl he loved died suddenly. Determined not to experience that kind of pain again, Kody prefers being alone and writing music. His life goal is to sign with a big-name producer who will take his music to the next level. But lately, he’s been struggling with writer’s block until he encounters a beautiful nurse with the voice of an angel. She brings out feelings he hasn’t experienced in a long time, and that scares the crap out of him. Still, he knows he can’t let her get away. She may have just what he needs to get his juices flowing.

Motorcycle-riding Jessie Ryan loves the thrill of danger and the exhilarating desire for speed. She plays by her own set of rules. But when she discovers she carries the breast cancer gene on the same day she meets the most gorgeous man she’s ever laid eyes on, she isn’t prepared to face what the future may hold.
As Jessie and Kody begin to form a bond, they learn things about each other and themselves they didn’t see coming. Will they dare to live when fear threatens to stop them?

Dare to Live can be read as a stand alone. Intended for adult audiences.

My Review:
Dare to Live is the fifth book in S.B. Alexander’s amazing Maxwell brothers series, and a book I was highly anticipating because Kody so needed his HEA!

Kody has featured as a side character in previous novels and he is the last of the triplets to tell his story. My heart was already broken for him, but even more so at the start of this novel at a very poignant scene in a graveyard. Mandy’s death broke Kody, and six years later he is still struggling to get through each day. Until a certain feisty motorcycle-loving nurse crosses his path.

Kody and Jessie are pretty much smitten with one another when they first meet, but the timing isn’t exactly right. Jessie has just received some devastating news and thoughts of guys should be at the back of her mind, but she can’t forget the intense, handsome man or his cute niece.

This story has its fair share of angst and it will definitely tug your heartstrings. The irony of their pairing would be laughable, it it wasn’t so sad, but it added a layer of authenticity to the story. I was rooting for this couple from the very start.

Heart-wrenching, heartwarming, and ultimately uplifting, Dare to Live is an emotional read which packs a powerful punch. I loved it! The underlying message is one of letting go of the past, conquering your fears, and learning to live in the moment. Highly recommended as are all the previous novels in this series.

I am voluntarily reviewing a complimentary advance copy of this book but all the opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Review: Wicked Choice (The Wicked Horse Vegas #4) by Sawyer Bennett


Today I am reviewing Wicked Choice (The Wicked Horse Vegas #4) by Sawyer Bennett! Please read on for my review and some teaser images.

Title: Wicked Choice
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Series: The Wicked Horse Vegas #4
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Rachel Hart and Bodie Wright are nothing more than teammates. As mercenaries for hire with the elite Jameson Group, they have each other’s backs in the most dangerous of circumstances. But after a mission gone deadly wrong, Rachel does something she’s never done before. She crosses the professional line and takes comfort in Bodie’s arms.

One night of passion turns their lives upside down with a pregnancy neither of them expected, and one that Rachel was too terrified to ever want. Bodie, however, is a family man through and through, and he’s determined to raise their child alone if necessary.

The only common thread Rachel and Bodie have is their membership at The Wicked Horse, a sex club that lets them both fulfill their dirtiest fantasies with each other. As they become more intimately entwined, the strong, steady man with a heart of gold makes Rachel question everything she ever thought she knew about herself. Their wicked nights together make them so much more than teammates and Rachel is about to discover the choices she thought were the most difficult are actually the easiest ones to make.

My Review:
This is the fourth book in Sawyer Bennett’s amazing Wicked Horse Vegas series and it’s another triumph. While it is different to the other books in this series, and it’s not easy to compare, I think this may be my favorite one yet.

I love that this is a bridge book to a new series and I am so excited for it! I hope I can contain myself until it releases in 2019. I was wondering why we hadn’t gotten a book for Kynan earlier on, and now I know why! I hope the first book is either about him or Cage as they are my favorite of the secondary characters from this book.

Anyway, onto Wicked Choice. I loved everything about it. I loved the character development. ADORED Bodie. I mean, my God, what a man. I especially loved the modern taken on the pregnancy situation and it was great to delve into both perspectives. Bodie was willing to sacrifice a job he enjoyed for his child and that just made my heart swoon and my ovaries melt. Seriously, could that man get any hotter?! And I had sympathy for Rachel. She should be allowed to make that choice without anyone castigating her for it, but her anguish was real.

I loved the backdrop of the Jameson Group and the missions they were sent on. While it didn’t occupy a huge part of the book, I thought the mix was perfect.

The romance was really well written, and, with all the books in this series, Sawyer manages to achieve complexity in her characterization and substance in her plot, so it’s not just about all the sexy times, which is something I really appreciate. I know when I dive into one of her books that I’m going to get a decent story with realistic characters as well as all the scorching hot chemistry.

There isn’t a single thing I would fault about this book. Loved it, and I can’t wait for the next instalment, and the new spin-off series.

In summary, Wicked Choice is a sexy, sweet romance that ticked all the boxes. An absolutely superb read, and one I’m happy to recommend.

Thank you very much to the author and her assistant for providing an ARC of this book which I am voluntarily reviewing.

About the Author:
Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions.

A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or a combination of the two.

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Review: Ella’s Twisted Senior Year by Amy Sparling

Title: Ella’s Twisted Senior Year
Author: Amy Sparling
Series: standalone
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Having spent most of her senior year flying under the radar, the last thing Ella Lockhart expected was to have a tornado rip straight through her house, leaving her homeless. It’s bad enough that the whole school now pities her, but did her parents have to let the neighbors take them in?

Now she’s sharing a house with Ethan Poe, her former best friend-turned-enemy. All those feelings she used to have for him are starting to rain down on her again. Too bad he’s a jerk and his new girlfriend has territorial issues. Thanks to Mother Nature, Ella’s house and her entire life have been turned upside down.

Ethan isn’t quite sure why Ella hates him so much, but he does know she wants nothing to do with him. He’s never quite gotten over the crush he had on her as a kid, and now that she’s living across the hall, it’s hard to stay away. His girlfriend isn’t helping the situation and when she shows her true colors, he doesn’t want to date her anymore. He wants to date someone like Ella. Too bad she hates him.

My Review:
A decent read. Well written with plenty of witty banter and swoon-worthy romantic moments. The plot isn’t hugely original but it’s well executed. Loved Ethan’s shirt-making entrepreneurship – a nice quirky touch. Recommended.

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.