Cover Reveal: London Bound by Amy Daws

I have a definite soft spot for the London Lovers series. The second book, A Broken Us, was actually the first review request I ever received from an author. It also made me cry on my birthday. The characters were amazing, and author Amy Daws was a master at incorporating real emotion into her work. I was ecstatic when I found out that there would be another book to this series, and that it would be featuring the love story surrounding Finley’s best friend, Leslie. Therefore, I’m happy to participate in the official cover reveal of the third book in the London Lovers series, London Bound.

The Synopsis

London Bound Cover

When your past and present collide, can love surpass it all? When Leslie Lincoln, a spunky, red-headed American, suffers an awkward moment with an arousingly-sexy British man—she thinks her life can’t get any more pathetic. She’s done with men. She doesn’t need them. She especially doesn’t need their muscular thighs. No siree, she’s going to forget all about the brooding, complicated, and seductive “Theo” who captivated her on the dance floor of a London nightclub.
Keep telling yourself that, Lez…..
Immersing herself into a new type of romantic cleanse, Leslie thinks she’ll never lay eyes on Theo again. But somehow, he’s managed to bulldoze his way back in—her cheetah-print onesie pajamas be damned. He wants more. She wants to run. But he can’t seem to let her go. Both of them have a past—and neither want to share. How can love possibly survive in darkness?

Book 3 of the London Lovers Series
An interconnected stand-alone adult contemporary romance series.
Release Date: May 14th


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London Bound Becoming UsThe dreaded friend-zone…
The last place I ever want to be with college basketball God, Jake LaShae.
I am losing my mind trying to figure out what this gorgeous and confident man wants from me. I need to break through his walls. What is it about me that makes him not go there? What am I lacking? When a mind-blowing betrayal knocks the wind out of me, and I think I can’t feel any lower…Brody stumbles into my path—barefoot no less, and sexy as hell. His direct and mouth-watering swagger is a breath of fresh air. The feelings this man gives me are like nothing I’ve ever experienced.
But Brody has a past. A past that makes it nearly impossible for him to trust me and let us become us in whatever capacity that may be. Just when Brody and I truly connect, just when I think that finding my soul-mate in college isn’t a total joke, Jake comes back into my life…and messes things up…possibly for good.


A Broken Us: Book 2 in the London Lovers SeriesLondon Bound A Broken Us

The moment those words come out of the doctor’s mouth, I feel sick. So sick. The life I have dreamed of…obliterated. And Brody. God, Brody. How will he look at me? How can he accept me? He’ll know what I hid from him. He’ll know everything. It’s over. It’s completely over. I can’t tell him “I love Us” anymore. Even though I do. Even though it will kill me. I can’t tell him anything. Everything is ruined. Pummeled. Broken. I have to leave him. I have to give up us. I know he’ll come after me. I just have to do something to make him not want to.


About the AuthorLondon Bound Amy Daws

Amy Daws lives in South Dakota with her husband, Kevin, and their miracle daughter, Lorelei. The long-awaited birth of Lorelei is what inspired Amy’s first book, Chasing Hope, and her passion for writing. On most nights, you can find Amy and her family dancing to Strawberry Shortcake’s theme song or stuffing themselves inside children’s-sized playhouses because there is nothing they wouldn’t do for their little miracle. Facebook | Amazon | Twitter | TSU | Goodreads 

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Forever with Me by Kristen Proby

This is the last book in the With Me in Seattle series. But WHYYYYY?!?!?!?! I loved every single book in this series, and this one was no exception. It’s the end of a saga, the end of an era, the end of our lives as we know it! Ok, that may have been too much, but at least you get the picture that I’m so sad to see this series draw to a close. In each book we are presented with a pretty strong female lead, as well as an affectionate male character with alpha tendencies who isn’t afraid of public displays of affection. If anything he might want to be a tad more reserved when it comes to those PDAs. Although reading about the sexual activities that these characters engage in in a public setting is quite scintillating.

forever with meAt the end of the previous novel in this series, Breathe with Me, we were offered a glimpse at the beginning attraction between the Italian half-brother of the Montgomery clan, Dominic Salvatore, and their unofficial family party coordinator, Alecia. In this novel, we see how Dominic has been pining for Alecia for over a year, but she constantly refuses his advances. Enter some advice from a few of his strong-willed sisters, and Dominic is finally able to win a coveted date from the lovely event planner. Their subsequent romance is heated, passionate, but of course not without some issues.

Honestly, of all the books in this series Dominic is probably one of my favorite male characters. He’s loving and caring, Italian (hello sexy accent), he owns a vineyard, and has a tendency to forget his English when sexually active. Mamma mia! He also doesn’t take no for an answer, but not in a chauvinistic or infuriating way. He isn’t out to just conquer Alecia sexually, but realizes he is drawn to her and she to him, and that they should explore these feelings they have for one another. Alecia was also a very strong-willed female character with her own successful business, and she didn’t really let her romance with Dominic turn her into a withering heap of fragility. When compared to the other books, this one probably had the tamest of all side stories. There were no stalkers out to kill either of our main characters, or an overwhelming media frenzy which threatened to tear our two lovebirds apart. They basically just had some trust issues, but who doesn’t? Alecia doesn’t believe in everlasting true love, and Dominic takes a situation out of context and assumes that Alecia cheated on him. You know, typical relationship issues.

Even though I am saddened to see that this series is coming to a close, this book was actually a great way to end it. Because Alecia is the main party coordinator for all of the Montgomery family’s events, we get to see all of the characters come back from the previous novels. It was fun trying to think back on all of the stories and couples that had come before, and see what their lives are like now after their happily ever afters. And although there are eight books in total with this series, each character is so unique with their own personality that it wasn’t too hard to remember all of their individual stories. That being said, there is a family tree at the very end of the book which was definitely welcome to keep them all straight. Kristen Proby is a master of detail and has the ability to make you feel like one of the gang. The female characters in particular are really fun, especially when they get drunk, and are prone to discussions concerning the multiple orgasms their husbands give them. Sounds like a fun night out on the town. Count me in next time ladies!

I would definitely recommend this entire series to those of you who are looking for great tales of romance, as well as some deliciously descriptive, yet not disgusting, sex scenes. The love these couples have for each other is intense, passionate, and I think every single male lead can be described as a more than talented alpha male in the sack. Each book is also quite funny, and is guaranteed to make you laugh a few times. Not at the sex though. Oh no, that is no laughing matter. More of a “let me fan myself immediately from all of this steaminess before I pass out” matter.

Series: With Me in Seattle series, book 8. The last…one. Cue tears.

Should you read this series? Do it!! The first book in the series is Come Away with Me. Get started already! I could actually see myself re-reading this series again in the future. Now, if you don’t like this series, well then I’m sorry for singing it’s praises here.

Smut Level: This entire series is habanero pepper level of hotness. They do it everywhere, some characters are kinkier than others, and there are some very eloquent dirty talk speeches. That being said, each book usually has a pretty romantic love story going on in addition to wild and crazy sex, and each couple has a unique story. In essence they are ideal beach reads.

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Book Tour: Shelf Life by Christina George

Welcome back for the second book in the Publicist series! This book was soooo much better than the first one. The Publicist was more of a slow build plot-wise, dealing more with setting the scene and character development, whereas stuff actually happens in this one. Basically the s*#t hits the fan.

Book Synopsis

Shelf Life New CoverIt’s an industry of out-of-control egos, unrealistic expectations, and unfulfilled promises. This is publishing and it’s Kate’s world, but maybe not for long. When one of Kate Mitchell’s star authors is carted away in handcuffs, it’s only the beginning of her troubles. As her world crumbles around her, Kate desperately looks for anyone to hold onto but finds that happy endings are truly works of fiction. With the shelf life of her career and her love affair quickly expiring, Kate sets off on a new adventure. Starting over in California is easy but Kate soon learns that leaving her old life behind isn’t. Nick Lavigne is eager to help her forget but two things still own her heart, the dream of discovering the next great American novel, and MacDermott Ellis. As Kate tries to rebuild her life she finds a surprising gift that reboots her career in a new and unexpected direction. Suddenly her name becomes synonymous with one of the biggest bestsellers publishing has seen in ages and she’s welcomed back with open arms. But at the height of her success the ghosts of her past come back to remind her of the world she’d been trying to forget and the man who never let go of her heart. Behind the book, there’s always more to the story. Welcome to Publishing, the ego has landed.

My Review

The reason I enjoyed this book so much more than the first one is because there is infinitely more intrigue going on, specifically related to the authors Kate is forced to deal with as part of her publishing career. In the first book, we were introduced to some wacky characters whose crazy antics were more eye-roll inducing than anything else, but in Shelf Life we observe more of a darker side to the desperation of these authors, some of whom we met in the previous novel, as well as some new ones. One author in particular was already presented to us, but just on a questionable surface level. The mystery of this character is slowly peeled away in this book, and even though you know it is ultimately leading to something awful, you can’t help but continue reading. It’ll leave you on the edge of your seat at times, which was an aspect that never appeared in the first book, thereby making Shelf Life a more dynamic and interesting read. However, it is imperative that you read these books in order, as the actions of this one suspicious author lead to a very dramatic plot twist which has an amazing impact on Kate’s life, both in the publishing world and in her personal life.

And now let’s take a look at Kate’s love life shall we? In my opinion, it’s pretty much headed to hell in a handbasket. Unfortunately, she didn’t follow my advice from the 1st one, which was to choose neither Mac nor Nick. Instead she went with her gut to explore a relationship with the married Mac, and Nick decided to go back to his life in California. If you ask me, he was lucky to get away while he could. However, that doesn’t mean that the story ends there, oh no. After all, Mac is still married, so Kate is constantly struggling with her decision to carry on their affair, while at the same time chastising herself for refusing Nick after he’d been nothing but wonderful to her. Enter major plot twist and Kate’s entire life is thrown upside down. She starts to wonder if maybe Nick is the one for her after all. So basically, just when you thought she had finally made a decision in regards to the love of her life, she changes her mind again. And again! Cheese and crackers, remind me to never go see a movie with this woman. She’d probably take 3 days going back and forth between seeing either Birdman or Boyhood (side note: the Oscars are on February 22nd!).

Unlike the first novel, Nick did have a much larger presence in Shelf Life, which was definitely a welcome change. That being said, he did still seem like something of an afterthought. While it truly does appear Nick is head over heels in love with Kate, I still question why. I felt like we never really got to see that spark between them at the beginning of their relationship, so when he says how she’s the only one for him I just don’t see how he came to that decision. Although the author may have included Nick more in the story line of this book, Kate herself appears to focus much more of her attention on Mac, so once again Nick seems like the designated rebound. Poor guy. Nick, if you ever want to find a woman who’ll treat you right you just look me up sweetie pie 😉

The love triangle happening between Kate, Mac and Nick still has a big presence in this book, although it wasn’t as overwhelming as in book one. Huge plus. And yet, once again, none of them are my favorite character. In the first book, that honor went to Nick’s uncle Allan, and in this one it goes to Kate’s best friend Grace. She has got to be one of the most supportive and loving characters I’ve ever seen. No matter what Kate is going through Grace is always there to give her advice, and when Kate wants to completely go against that advice, Grace doesn’t hold it against her. She convinces Kate that it’s alright to go with your gut, even if your head is telling you to do something different. She really shows what it is to be a true friend, and will always stick with Kate through the toughest of times. Honestly, she’s a stronger person than I am. I like to think of myself as a supportive friend, but I probably would’ve slapped Kate a time or two for her indecision, and for kind of being a bitch towards Nick on more than one occasion.

Overall, book 2 was a definite improvement. We still had the love triangle aspect, but there was also a plot going on, which is pretty important to have in a book. Or so I’m told. I must say though, I am a bit worried for book 3, mainly because everything came together so nicely in this one. I liked the ending. I was happy with it. There really weren’t any loose strings to tie up. But the fact that we still have one more book left in this series makes me think that things are about to go horribly wrong. Please don’t ruin my warm and fuzzy feelings.

1-iRead Button small*A copy of this book was provided by iRead Book Tours and the author for an honest review*

Series: The Publicist series, book 2. Be sure to check back next Monday, January 26th for my review of the final installment!

Should you read it: This was a good one. I saw the first book as more of an introduction, but the bulk of the story really takes place in this novel. It’s well written and it holds your interest throughout. What’s not to like? Oh yeah, love triangle.

Smut Level: Overall a fairly clean read, with some “oh my” moments here and there.

Christina GeorgeAuthor’s Bio: Christina George has worked in publishing for twenty years (give or take). Here’s what this book isn’t. It’s not a slam against publishing (though it is broken) and it’s not a slam against authors (though some of them are crazy). This book is not autobiographical though many of the stories are true. No you won’t know which ones, cause it’s more fun to guess, right? George continues to work in publicity and helps authors because at the end of the day she does love books, she loves publishing, and she loves authors. She hopes you’ll enjoy this romp through Kate’s world as much as she enjoyed creating it.

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Echoes of Scotland Street by Samantha Young

It’s official, I am absolutely addicted to the On Dublin Street series, and I’ve finally come to understand why. Samantha Young is an expert at developing sexual tension. You know how in most romance novels, the heroine will always mention how she feels a tingle of electricity whenever her love interest enters a room, or when he happens to touch her hand? Well, in these books you as the reader also feel that connection. All it takes is a descriptive scene about how the two lovebirds glance at each other across a room, and the hairs on my arms stand on end. Don’t even get me started about what happens when they finally have sex! Hubba dubba bubba!!

echoesShannon just got out of a bad relationship after a long string of bad relationships, and she has vowed to swear off all men of the bad boy variety. You know the ones. The guys who don’t just look at you, but smolder, and their body is a canvas of artistic tattoos. That’s right, Shannon is done with that type of guy because she knows it will undoubtedly lead to heartbreak. So it was probably a dumbass move for her to start working in a tattoo parlor. It should come as no surprise that she feels weak in the knees towards her coworker, Cole Walker, especially considering the two met once a long time ago outside her grandmother’s house on Scotland Street. Although they only exchanged a few words and some flirtatious looks during that one incident as teenagers, they immediately recognize each other at the tattoo parlor, and both have difficulty fighting the urge to explore all of those repressed teenage hormones. Fight it all you want you silly bunnies, we all know it’s only a matter of time. Tee hee, giggle giggle.

Believe it or not, this was not one of my favorite books in the On Dublin Street series. I think the main reason for this was because when I read it I had just finished about three books beforehand which dealt with a woman coming out of an abusive relationship, and it was kind of depressing to read another one. That being said, the book was still really good, and I love the fact that Samantha Young always brings back the characters from her previous novels. She also has the ability to make all of her main characters so damn likable that you just want to go out and have a pint with all of them. I think another contributing factor to this not being my favorite Dublin Street book was the fact that Cole was kind of pushy. Shannon is sort of reserved with him at first, and doesn’t want to rush into anything considering his bad-boy image. He takes offense to her basically judging a book by its cover, and thinks that she should trust him more. If you have read the other Dublin Street books up to this point you pretty much know that Cole is a little teddy bear of perfection and supportive wonderfulness, but Shannon doesn’t know that! Dude, she just got out of a demeaning and ultimately abusive relationship, you can’t exactly fault the poor girl for being cautious.

Another compliment to Samantha Young’s writing style is her ability to make you feel an overwhelming amount of emotion towards her characters. You can’t help but feel bad for Shannon, considering that when her ex-boyfriend treated her face like a punching bag her brother went all Fight Club on his ass and ended up in prison for defending her. The rest of her family actually blames her for the fact that he’s locked up, saying that she should have been able to tell that her boyfriend was no good from the start. Shannon can’t even bring herself to visit her brother in prison for fear of the blame and guilt which he could lay upon her. I’m sorry, but her family is a bunch of assholes, excluding her brother of course. Predictably, he doesn’t blame her at all, and would do it all over again if given the chance. See what I mean? So much emotion!!

Series: On Dublin Street series, book 5. I never want this series to end.

Should you read it? Absolutely.

Smut Level: In addition to the build-up of sexual tension, you can always count on Ms. Young to break that tension with some of the sexiest and most descriptive sex scenes ever! There is a fine line between too much sexual tension that you just get frustrated, and not enough to where you question whether or not the relationship in question is just about sex. This book is the perfect balance where you can’t wait for the characters to rip their clothes off, but you also feel like their relationship will last.

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The Chase Series: Vols. 1-4 by Jessica Wood

the chaseDean Chase is on a mission to collect as many notches on his proverbial belt as possible. So far he has slept with 735 women. That’s one big belt. The only worry he has in life is how quickly he can find his 736th target. Alright, I’m gonna stop right here to begin unleashing my frustrations with this book/series. Fasten your seat belts, this will be a bumpy ride. So, he’s had sex with 735 women. That doesn’t mean he’s only had sex 735 times. He’ll go at it multiple times in one night, or he’ll call up a previous belt notch for another roll in the hay. I’ll be conservative and say that he’s had sex twice with each woman. Do you know what that means? It means the guy has done it over 1,470 times!! Now for the ultimate question: how has this idiot’s willy not fallen off yet from overuse or an STD?!?! Seriously dude, maybe you need to go out and find another hobby. I hear Frisbee Golf is fun. Or maybe an art class? Painting nudes might be right up your alley.

The whole storyline behind this series is that Dean meets a woman named Blair who he wants to make his 736th notch, but she refuses him. That immediately causes him to fall in love with her. Yeah, I’m sure that’s the truest of love stories you’ll ever hear. There were so many things wrong with this story that I’m surprised I finished the entire series. However, seeing as each book is a short novella, it really didn’t take too long to finish. Also, each one ended with a freakin’ cliffhanger, so I just had to find out what happened at the end of this train-wreck. Let’s take a look at what went wrong, shall we?

Ok, here we go. The first book is told entirely from the point of view of Dean. As most of you know, it is pretty rare for a “romance” novel to be told from the male point of view. I usually like reading those that are because they’re unique. However, the first book in the Chase series shows us why sometimes this technique can be a terrible idea: Dean is a stereotypical jackass with nothing but sex on the brain. I think it’s safe to say he’s a sex addict. Almost every minute of his day is spent thinking about when he’ll next have sex/get his fix. His friends don’t really help the situation either. They either encourage him to do something crazy with someone new, or laugh off his antics saying that one day he’ll meet a woman who will change him. Come on people! It sounds like this guy needs a serious intervention.

Alright, problem number two. One of my favorite parts of any romance novel is the meet cute. Basically it’s when our romantic leads meet for the first time. When Dean first officially meets Blair he starts flirting with her in the produce section of the grocery store. I believe references were made to her peaches. She sort of plays along at first, but after about a minute and a half of dirty flirting he licks her neck! I’m sorry, I don’t care how good looking a guy might be, or how much swagger he puts into his walk, if the asshole licked my goddamn neck in the grocery store after exchanging just a few lines of witty banter I’d be chucking hunks of lettuce at his head! Is this why I’m single? I don’t allow complete strangers to engage in neck-licking activities with me? Well, it turns out that Blair actually knew who Dean was, so he wasn’t a total random creeper off the street, but still! Have some self respect woman!

chase 3I’ve kind of been harping on Dean and his sexual proclivities, so why don’t we look at him as a person? How about his work ethic? Dean works for a law firm, and at the beginning of the series he is dealing with someone who he considers to be a rather difficult client, B. Parker. Whenever this B. Parker e-mails him with last minute changes to a contract, Dean decides he needs to be firm in his response back in order to set the pace and tone of how this business relationship will proceed. On one occasion Dean responds saying he’ll get to the changes once he finishes shitting because of eating a rotten egg. Another time he says he can’t get to the document right now because he’s getting a blowjob. Well isn’t that professional?!?! I’m sorry but I can’t see any real life scenario in which he wouldn’t be fired immediately, thrown out on his ass, and blacklisted from ever finding another job. He says it was just guy talk, but give me a break! It turns out the “guy” he was communicating with was actually Blair. Gee, didn’t see that one coming.

I know this post has mainly focused on my issues with the first book in the series, but that’s pretty much because the others weren’t anything to write home about. Although I must say the second and third novellas were a definite improvement. The point of view becomes split between Blair and Dean, and her side of the story is pretty interesting. She has some family issues which become extremely important for the storyline. Turns out she has a half-sister she never knew about who is actually Dean’s former girlfriend from college. She ripped out his heart and spit on it like a piece of garbage. Made for a more interesting read. Volumes 2-3 actually started to turn my opinion around for this series, but all my hopes and dreams were crushed into oblivion with the fourth one. I can’t really recall the last time I read a series with such an unbelievably stupid ending. The fourth book was the shortest in the series, but definitely the worst of the bunch. Warning: SPOILER ahead. At the very very end of the last book Blair decides to break up with Dean because of the fact that almost ten years beforehand he had dated her half-sister, who she didn’t even know existed. Great excuse. I figured she’d either go home and think about what her life would be like without him, or he’d make some grand gesture to get her back. Oh no, it is only in the epilogue, which takes place three YEARS later that they reunite in the grocery store and get back together. Three years?! It took them three years to realize that life without the other sucked? I can’t deal with these immature little pipsqueaks!

Series: Yes, four short little novellas in all.

Should You Read It? Blargh flargin blah.

Smut Level: Definitely a lot of dirty talk, but oddly enough the actual sex scenes between them weren’t all that great.

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Romancing the Billionaire by Jessica Clare

About a month ago I made a vow to myself that from now until the New Year I would only read books which authors had provided to me for review. You see, my list of ARCs is getting rather large, so I wanted to dedicate the rest of the year to knocking off as many from that list as possible. Well, that little promise to myself lasted about…15 hours. Once I saw that the next book in the Billionaire Boys Club series had been released I knew I had to have it. Immediately. I can’t help it, I absolutely adore this series! Each book is sexy as hell, and this ended up being one of my favorites. Even though I broke my vow I managed to finish all 304 pages in one day, so it didn’t distract me for too long. Gosh, I may have an addiction to this series. Including the cover art.

romancingJonathan Lyons is basically the Indiana Jones of the modern world. Minus the religious elements and melting people of course. He’s an adventurer, and a rich one at that. He also has a pretty impressive six pack, which is kind of weird when you think about it. Does he stop work in the middle of an archaeological dig site to do 1000 sit-ups or something? Maybe bench-press a few mummies? I doubt there’s exactly a gym with free weights in the middle of the Amazon. Sorry, I digress (you should probably get used to that by the way). Anyway, when Jonathan learns that his mentor has passed away, and possibly left behind a journal which could lead to a priceless artifact, Jonathan is determined to find it. There’s just one little problem standing in his way: Violet. She’s the daughter of his mentor, as well as his former lover from years ago. In order to find the artifact it requires both of them to work together and follow a list of clues to the ultimate prize. After a couple of clues these two love birds rediscover their attraction for each other, and do quite a bit of bumping and grinding beneath the sheets. Tee hee 🙂

There were two main reasons why I enjoyed this book so much more than some of the others in the series:

1) It was just so darn exciting! Almost like a sexy scavenger hunt. I know I referenced Indiana Jones earlier, but it’s almost like National Treasure too! Our heroes need to follow a bunch of clues which reference a bunch of old dead people that I couldn’t possibly solve. The added benefits of this book are that we don’t have to watch a balding Nicolas Cage run around awkwardly, and there is more smut! There was a pretty decent amount of sexual tension build-up before we got to the really good stuff, but the wait really didn’t bother me because I was so wrapped up in trying to figure out where their next clue would lead them.

2) Jonathan is definitely more likable than the other boys in the Billionaire Club. He isn’t a complete jackass like some of the others, or a really annoying playboy. After things ended with Violet all those years ago he could never bring himself to get involved in a real relationship with another woman, so he would just hire hookers from an escort service to fulfill his physical needs. Well isn’t that…sweet? Ok, so he was pretty sketchy in that respect, but you could tell throughout the book that his feelings for Violet never completely went away. Their back story was so much more poignant and moving than the leads in the other books. One scene in particular was kind of heartbreaking when Jonathan discovered the real reason why things ended with Violet when they were younger. Something about reading how such a tough macho man like Jonathan could break down into a heap of tears just got to me. Man, I am such a pathetic sap!

Looking back in the series, my least favorite book was actually probably the first one, Stranded With a Billionaire. However, even though the books don’t really follow each other, and you could definitely get by without reading the others, it just seems like blasphemy to not go in order. Especially considering the first book goes into more detail about what the Billionaire Boys Club is, and who all is involved. There are some features which are present in each book, including a misunderstood rich alpha male, a balanced amount of humor and smut, and even a little mystery as to how the two leads can overcome their differences (and sometimes even hatred for each other) to end up together. If you are going away for a week or two on a beach vacation, then I would definitely recommend bringing this entire series along. So now that that’s out of the way, I pinky promise to only read ARCs from now until January 1st. But…the next book in the With Me in Seattle series just came out. Shit!

Series: Billionaire Boys Club, book 5. There is only one more book left in this series, and once I read it I don’t know what I’ll do with myself. Probably cry.

Should You Read It? If you have read any of the other books in this series, and had a good time, then I’d say hell yeah. If you didn’t enjoy a previous book in this series then I would say back away slowly.

Smut Level: You have to wait about 50% to get to it, but when you do it is steamy hot. At one point they rock the bed so much a painting almost falls off the wall. Nice!

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The Dare by Rachel van Dyken

Well…that was disappointing. Definitely my least favorite book in “The Bet” series, even though it probably had the most potential of all three. My biggest problem with this book was following the logic behind many of the characters’ decision-making. Mainly because it was void of all logic.the dare

Beth has always been described by others as boring. In fact, it’s her unofficial nickname: boring Beth. I’d like to take a moment here to say that if anybody tried to give me that nickname I’d smack ’em upside the head. But anyway, Beth is boring. Until she wakes up one morning after a friend’s wedding to find a sexy senator tangled up in the bed sheets next to her, and no recollection of what went down the night before. So unfortunate. First time the girl has some fun in her life and she can’t even remember the details.

Our sexy senator is Jace, and he and Beth actually have a bit of a history, although neither one is very willing to talk about it. This really ticked me off because it is undoubtedly the most romantic aspect of the entire book. The two met at Beth’s prom years before, but because they went to different schools they didn’t really know each other. Beth had actually been asked to prom by the hunk of the high school, but it was more an act of charity than anything else. While she’s sulking in a corner, a handsome stranger approaches her asking for a dance. Enter Jace. Whereas all of her classmates made fun of her and thought she was boring, Jace found her to be beautiful when nobody else did. Good God I think I need a tissue! The two teens shared a brief kiss on the dance floor before Jace hurried off into the night, and it was years before the two were reunited. See what I mean? Definite potential. Sadly, the author chooses to sort of leave this amazing back-story by the wayside, so it doesn’t get the full amount of attention that it really deserves.

Ok, so that was their past, now let’s get to their present. This has got to be one of the more confusing relationships I’ve ever encountered. The book is entitled The Dare, but to this day I really don’t get what the whole dare was about. Basically, Beth dares Jace to give her “the fairytale” for one week while they are stuck at a couple’s retreat (don’t even ask). Now, what that fairytale is, I have no idea. In my opinion, “the fairytale” would involve lots of hot monkey sex with the hunkenstein that you’ve thought about since high school. Although taking a break now and then to soak up some sun wouldn’t be too bad either. Oh, and maybe a back massage. But apparently Beth’s idea of a fairytale involves no sex at all. Just some steamy kissing, a bit of rubbing, and no relief whatsoever. They get frustrated, I get frustrated, and we don’t see any real action until the last freakin’ chapter of the book.

I understand that in most romance novels the two main lovey doveys can sometimes be hesitant to begin a relationship. That is the case in this book as well, but their reasons for not wanting to start something make no sense at all! Jace keeps saying that he knows he’ll just walk away from her eventually, and that he has to choose between Beth and his career. Umm, definitely missed something here. Firstly, Jace isn’t a player, so I don’t see why he’d walk away. It’s not like he has a history of leaving behind a trail of broken-hearted females. Secondly, somebody please tell this idiot that nowhere in the senator handbook does it say that you can’t have a girlfriend. When another character told Jace that he was basically being a major douche I wanted to crawl into the book for some fist bump action. There were so many pointless discussions in this book about walking away, and making the big gesture to show that he cared. You know what’s a big gesture? Leaving your pity party and just having sex already!

This book did have some humor in it with the character of Grandma Nadine. She has been the not so behind-the-scenes puppet master matchmaker in each book of this series, and she’s crazier than ever in this one. I did find myself giggling a few times while reading this book, but it was usually accompanied by some massive eye-rolling. Grandma Nadine’s antics were just so over-the-top, and not in a good way. I mean I’m all for bringing together two lonely people for the sake of love, but when you have to resort to using the date rape drug to accomplish that you might be overstepping your bounds a little bit. We are supposed to just laugh it off as another silly ploy by Grandma Nadine, but it sounds like her medication might need some adjustment.

Series: The Bet series, book 3.

Should you read it? I pray that this is the last book of the series, but if it isn’t I can tell you that it’s definitely the last one I’m gonna bother reading. Honestly, the whole series can probably be skipped.

Smut Level: Every time things started to get hot and heavy our lovebirds would get interrupted. I grunted from annoyance one too many times.

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Outlander Mini-Reviews: Books 2-5

The Outlander TV series on Starz is on break until April of 2015, which means I’m not just a sad panda, but a freakin’ depressed one. I honestly don’t understand what the hell they were thinking taking such a long break. You’ve got a great product that people are starting to get obsessed with, and you decide to have a mid-season finale that is almost a year long! I can’t even right now. Anyway, I’ve already posted a review of the first Outlander book, and decided that to honor the break of the show (ha!), I’d do some spoiler-free mini-reviews of the other books in the Outlander series that I’ve read up to this point. Why mini ones you ask? Simple! I’ve read books 2-5 over the past several years, and considering that each book is about 800+ pages in length, details have started running together. If I were to write a full-length review for each book, not only would it take forever, but I wouldn’t be able to put as much detail into each review.

dragonflyDragonfly in Amber: Book 2

Honestly, when I first started reading this book I had to stop and re-read the last 30 pages of the first Outlander book. The first chapter is so unbelievably confusing that I had to double-check I was actually reading the second book in the series. Turns out I was, and the author just wanted to screw with my mind. Now, I’m not going to say why I was confused, because to say “spoiler alert” would probably be the biggest understatement I’ve ever made. Well, this month anyway. Although this novel was good overall, compared to the first Outlander book it was pretty disappointing. Firstly, Claire and Jamie don’t play as many rounds of hide the broad-sword in this novel, and when they do, we are only privy to the build-up of it before the author either ends the chapter, or switches to something else. I mean come on! Why do you think I read this stuff? I’m not just brushing up on my Scottish war history over here. Secondly, the plot itself was kind of all over the place. We’ve got flashbacks, flash-forwards, and we are again introduced to a countless slew of new people, re-introduced to some we already met, and I just could not follow the multiple family trees we’ve got going on in this thing. The main redeeming quality of this book was the ending. There is a scene between Claire and Jamie that is so emotional I just couldn’t handle it! Even though I read this book over 5 years ago I still remember that scene, and it’s one of my favorites in all of the Outlander books.

voyagerVoyager: Book 3

I actually don’t remember much of the first half of this book, but damn did I love the second half. Now, normally this wouldn’t be a big deal, but considering the first half of this book consists of over 400 pages, that’s saying something significant. Again, we are dealt a significant amount of flashbacks, but not as many as book 2. It’s kind of tricky to talk about this book without giving too much away, but let’s just say the relationship between Jamie and Claire is just as strong as ever. We are also introduced to a new character in this book, and whereas new characters tended to give me a headache of name remembrance in the previous novels, the character of Fergus is quite memorable as he basically becomes part of the Fraser family. Looking back, this was probably my second-favorite Outlander book because Jamie and Claire have such a romantic relationship full of passion that is just amazing. The one thing I didn’t really care for about this book was the ending. Jamie and Claire travel to America, which is just weird because I can’t picture Jamie outside of his native Scotland. Although thanks to the TV series I can now picture him out of his kilt just fine 🙂

Drums in AutumnDrums of Autumn: Book 4

This book had such potential with a great beginning, strong storyline throughout, but the ending just pissed me off. Let’s just say that one of the characters (not Claire) has some questions relating to her baby-daddy, and I was not happy about that! Completely unnecessary!! Who would have thought you’d need Jerry Springer in the 1700s. We do get to see more of Jamie’s nephew, Ian, in this book, and he was a fun strapping young lad. I felt like there wasn’t as much of a focus on Jamie and Claire though in this novel, which was kind of disappointing. Also, they are starting to get up there in age, and picturing them doing the horizontal mambo is a bit disturbing. I mean, heck, if you can still do that without the need for Viagra, then by all means have at it. But you can’t deny that by that point in life things start turning grey, and other things start to sag. We are introduced to a new young romance between another couple, but you simply can’t compare it to the great love affair between Jamie and Claire in the first Outlander book.

the fiery crossThe Fiery Cross: Book 5

Ok, here’s what I need. I need someone who has read further on in the Outlander series to tell me that the next book gets better. Not only has Book 5 been the worst of the Outlander books so far, but in my opinion it was one of the most boring books I’ve ever read in my life. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING of significance happens until 50% into the book. Trust me, I looked at my Kindle meter because I wanted to remember when something noteworthy actually happened! There is only one scene in this entire book which blew my mind, and it was absolutely incredible. However, other than that I think Diana Gabaldon just got so caught up in the historical details of the 1770s that she floods the book with facts about everyday life, and I honestly don’t care. Living in the middle of nowhere during that time was tough, I get it. Now move on with something called a plot already. This is going to sound terrible, but by the end of the book I actually started skimming through the pages because I was so bored and just wanted the book to end. Needless to say, I’m finding it difficult to pick up book 6 because I was so utterly disappointed with this one. Someone out there tell me it gets better!

Looking back over these reviews, you’ll notice a common theme: I constantly compared each book to the first one, and found them all lacking. I realize that’s probably unfair, but when you write a series following the same two characters throughout, it’s pretty difficult not to consider everything in relation to how their story began. Do I regret starting this series? Absolutely not! I just regret continuing on with book 2. You see, if you start the second book, you will immediately be drawn into the third and so on. They are also way too looooong. Altogether in the first 5 books of this series I have read a total of 4636 pages of Jamie and Claire. Trust me, I used a calculator. Although overall I have enjoyed the books in this series so far (excluding book 5 of course), I realize now in hindsight that book one will always be the best, and I should have just stopped there. There was no cliffhanger, and everything was tied up in a nice little bow. And then I had to go and rip that bow to pieces. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Outlander, both the book and the TV show, and I will finish this series. It just might take me a few more years.

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Love Hacked by Penny Reid

Sadly, I’d have to say that this was my least favorite Knitting in the City book to date. After the second novel in the series I was really hoping that we were headed towards an upward trajectory of awesomeness, but after a while I was just so frustrated with the plot of this book that I couldn’t wait for it to end hacked

In the 2nd Knitting in the City novel we were briefly introduced to Sandra Fielding, who seemed like a free-spirit, so I was really interested to read her story in the series. The premise of the novel also caught my eye, considering that Sandra probably has a worse first-date record than I do. Because she is a therapist, the majority of her dates find her remarkably easy to talk to, eventually revealing their sad tales of woe and ending the date in tears. On the guy’s side anyway. Sandra is extremely frustrated that she may never find the perfect guy. Enter Alex, hot waiter extraordinaire.

At first, Alex seems like the perfect order of tall, dark and yummy. I mean, his voice is dripping with sex, and he works in an Indian restaurant, which means he would constantly smell like butter chicken. Um, sign me up please! The two love birds also engage in some steamy kissing, and Alex is extremely possessive, which is definitely a point in his favor. Ok, so he may be on parole for committing a federal crime, be a bit paranoid about the NSA following him, and have slightly stalkerish tendencies. He’s also a virgin. So…yeah.

This book had so much potential, but unfortunately the side-plot annoyed me yet again, and this time to unprecedented levels of frustration. In the beginning, Alex seemed enticingly mysterious, but then he just got more mysterious, and extremely secretive, and I just wanted to sit on his head while he confessed to what the hell was going on! All of the build-up makes it seem like his secret is the be all end all of secrets. Did he kill somebody? Is he really a woman? Is he smarter than a 5th grader? Spoiler alert: the secret is that he invented bitcoins. I’ve got some serious eye-roll happening here.

I’m going to sound like an idiotic, simplistic, Midwestern hick here (hey, it’s who I am), but who the hell cares if Alex invented bitcoins?! First of all, I don’t think I’m the only person here who doesn’t completely understand the purpose or function of bitcoins. I mean, heck, Sandra couldn’t wrap her head around it either, and she’s a smart cookie. Therefore, why the hell would you have the plot of your novel center around such a complex idea when most people reading the book probably won’t grasp the full impact of such a big reveal? Secondly, the way that Sandra decides to avoid having to testify against Alex was so unbelievably stupid I almost threw my Kindle against the wall. But then I realized how expensive such a move would be and decided against it. Ok, so Sandra discovers that Alex invented bitcoins, and he is fearful that the NSA would force her to testify against him. Why they would bring him to trial for simply having invented bitcoins is completely beyond me, but I just don’t care at this point. The only way to avoid having her testify is if she were his priest, his therapist, or his wife. So what does she do? She decides to marry him. Ummmm, you are a therapist, and you completely bypass that line of thinking?! GRRR!!!

And now for the main reason I didn’t really care for this book. Where the heck were my knitting ladies?! They were practically absent from the whole novel, and only engaged in the tiniest bit of shenanigans at the end of the book. Come on! Throw me a freakin’ bone here. If you are going to delay the main characters from having sex until the last half of the novel (yet again!), at least let me enjoy the hilariousness of the knitting group. If I don’t have that I have nothing 😦

Series: Knitting in the City, book 3

Should you read it? If you understand the intricacies of bitcoins, feel free to give it a go.

Should you try to explain to me the intricacies of bitcoins? For the love of all that is holy in this world, please don’t.

Smut Level: Delayed gratification is a theme in this series. You don’t see any lovin’ until after the half-way point, and even then it isn’t too smutty.

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Insomnia by Bethany Bazile

This was the basic play-by-play as I read this book: mkay, hot dude has issues sleeping, goes to a therapist, they have some sex on her desk, dirty talk, possessiveness, some more dirty talk, book is almost over, not many difficulties encountered, hmm I wonder what’s gonna…holy crap cliffhanger!!Beuatiful men relaxing naked in bed

Xander Pierce is a hot Hollywood stud, who for some reason has trouble sleeping. The reasons behind his insomnia are never revealed to us, which was kind of annoying, but the book was really short, so it wasn’t too trying on my romance nerves. The only thing which helps him fall asleep is sex, so he has it…a lot. One of his sex partners suggests he speak with a therapist to tackle the underlying issue, so he gives in, thinking that he’ll find someone to give him some drugs to help knock him out. Tee hee, oh you naive little thing.

Avery has some secrets of her own, again which we never truly uncover, but we do know that she’s an orphan, and her only real family is her foster sister. She hasn’t had sex in over 3 years, until of course sexy man Xander comes for a therapy visit. Avery tries to keep things purely professional and avoid the electricity streaming between them, but she simply can’t resist his smolder, dimples, or numerous eyebrow lifts.

Not only did Xander know that Avery would eventually succumb to his sexual innuendos and suggestions, but we as the audience knew it as well. It’s only a matter of time. And when that time comes, it’s rough, hot, and sadly pretty quick. After so much build up from her continuously denying him I expected a little more foreplay, but they just went for it. Oh well. Xander is also a pretty big dirty talker, even when they aren’t having sex. He’s not afraid to say what he wants…or text what he wants for that matter.

I had no idea going into this novel that it was a cliffhanger. In hindsight, it probably would have been better to know ahead of time, because I was so confused as to why nothing really significant had happened almost 95% through the novel. I mean, yeah they had sex, but we still hadn’t discovered what plagued Xander’s nightmares, or what exactly happened in Avery’s past to make her so untrustworthy of others. The cliffhanger takes place at the very end of the novel, I’m talking last page here, and it was a big one. I think my jaw even dropped down to my chin. Now you know I’m not going to spoil it for you, so if you want to find out what it is you’ll just have to read it for yourself. Don’t worry, it should only take you about an hour or 2 to read, it’s so short. I can’t wait to read the next book, because although this first one was really sexy, I’m excited for there to be more of a storyline than just the sexual chemistry between the two main characters.

Series: Sexual Misconduct series, book 1

Should you read it? It’s not the most mind-blowing piece of literature, but it’s sexy, and it’s a really quick read.

Smut Level: So dirty, you might have to take a shower, a cold one that is.

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