The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll

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From Jessica Knoll—author of Luckiest Girl Alive, the instant New York Times bestseller and the bestselling debut novel of 2015—comes a blisteringly paced thriller starring two sisters who join the cast of a reality TV series. One won’t make it out alive. So…who did it?

When five hyper-successful women agree to appear on a reality series set in New York City called Goal Diggers, the producers never expect the season will end in murder…

Brett’s the fan favorite. Tattooed and only twenty-seven, the meteoric success of her spin studio—and her recent engagement to her girlfriend—has made her the object of jealousy and vitriol from her castmates.

Kelly, Brett’s older sister and business partner, is the most recent recruit, dismissed as a hanger-on by veteran cast. The golden child growing up, she defers to Brett now—a role which requires her to protect their shocking secret.

Stephanie, the first black cast member and the oldest, is a successful bestselling author of erotic novels. There have long been whispers about her hot, non-working actor-husband and his wandering eye, but this season the focus is on the rift that has opened between her and Brett, former best friends—and resentment soon breeds contempt.

The Favorite Sister explores the invisible barriers that prevent women from rising up the ranks in today’s America—and offers a scathing take on the oft-lionized bonds of sisterhood, and the relentless pressure to stay young, relevant, and salable.

 

I know that when you read the synopsis of this book, you instantly think of “Real Housewives” or any of those other reality t.v. shows where the women will do anything to get what they want. And while this book is similar, it goes so much deeper than any reality show could ever attempt to go.

The beginning of this book is a little hard to get into. The characters are introduced so quickly, and its slightly hard to keep track with everyone. Plus, we’re seeing distorted reality since everyone is portrayed, or trying to be portrayed, in a certain light. As I read, I almost felt like I was watching the show, and trying to figure out what was true and what was not. No different than a viewer at home.

An aspect that this book touches on, and I’ve always thought this was true, was the manipulation that goes into reality television. When you think of a camera following someone nonstop, and then you realize you get maybe a 30-60 minute show, how much is tossed on the editing room floor? The public feels like they know the characters, when the truth can be so much darker than anyone could guess.

The show, “The Goal Diggers” follows successful business women. What’s interesting is that this show wants to inspire women to not follow the norms (marriage, kids, etc), and be successful for their own achievements. I didn’t necessarily mind that message but the characters do get a little preachy from time to time, and I admit it was difficult to like or root for any one particular person. I’d go from finding them amusing for how they could play the game to hypocritical to just hating them. Not much unlike when I watch reality television.

If you enjoy shows like “The Real Housewives”, “Pretty Little Liars”, or even “Mean Girls”, you would definitely enjoy this book. The drama is there, the twists keep you pulled in and the murder takes it over the top.

 

 

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Daddy Duke by Madison Faye

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She’s off-limits. Inappropriate. A tease, a brat, a scandal waiting to happen, and a royal pain in my @ss.
Oh, and she’s one more thing too: all mine.
…She just doesn’t know it yet.

I have a problem. A five-foot-five, brown-haired, green-eyed little tease of a problem. A problem that’s lived under my roof ever since I took her in as if she were my own years ago.

Lola. Princess Lola, that is. Lola with the fiery sass, the softest lips, the sweetest skin, and the most temping curves these rough hands have ever wanted to grab ahold of.

I’m her guardian – the man who took care of her and raised her up. But my eyes have started lingering longer than they should. My thoughts have turned darker, and there’s no turning back.

See, I want the little Princess to be my little Princess. I want her laid out dressed in nothing but jewels and a smile – a present waiting for me to unwrap and claim.

The world will say this is so f**king wrong. They’ll say I’m more than twice her age. They’ll say a rough, hardened, ex-soldier like myself has no business being with her. They’ll say a lot to try and keep us apart.

They can all go to h*ll.

Because whatever my Lola wants, she’ll get. And she’s about to get every inch of what she wants.

…But only if she says please.

 

I am  honestly trying to remember where I first discovered Madison Faye. I can’t remember but what I do know is that her books are fast becoming a favorite. They are always extremely sexy, smutty, and yet I never feel like they cross into the line of being crass. It’s a fine line that this author balances perfectly.

Lola has been a ward of Xavier, the Duke, for several years now. A royal scandal connected them before, but now that Lola is nineteen years old, an entirely new scandal awaits them.

One big thing I loved about this book is that we see Lola’s friends, other royals, also finding love. “Royal Brat” and “King Sized” cover two of Lola’s friends, Cassie and Riley, and I’m planning to dive into their books because I enjoyed this one so much.

This story is definitely smutty and this author has quickly become a favorite in terms of the love scenes. The scenes are incredibly steamy (I admit when I read her book,
Triple Daddies”, I had to actually take a break because it was that hot. I’ve never done that before). So if you enjoy that, you will absolutely love this book and the author.

This story has some slight conflict and again, I think this author has a great intuition for knowing how much is just enough. The main story remains on Xavier and Lola, even though we see drama elsewhere, whether it be in the setting or other characters.

If you enjoy authors like Alexa Riley and Fiona Davenport, you will definitely enjoy stories by Madison Faye. They’re in the Kindle Unlimited program as well, and are great quickie reads.

 

 

Craft by Adriana Locke

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They’re not quite enemies. Not really friends. More like frustrated balls of sexual tension and neither will give in.

Lance Gibson drives Mariah Malarkey absolutely crazy. He uses her office like a phone booth, takes cupcakes from the corner of her desk like she baked them just for him. She didn’t. Maybe she knew the history teacher happened to love peanut butter icing, but that was purely a coincidence. All sixteen times.

Mariah has a way of getting under Lance’s skin too. She calls him out on his crap, spoils him even if inadvertently, and seeing the librarian in skirts drives him wild. She won’t give in. It’s for the best, really, considering there’s no way he could lie to a woman like that and he’s not about to tell her the truth about himself. Not in a million years.

These two don’t hate each other. They don’t really like each other. But for this to be a friends-to-lovers story, they have to start somewhere, right?

Note: This can be read as a standalone novel.

This book will make you hungry. If you don’t end up wanting peanut butter frosting, lemon bars, and Coke with the good ice, then you have amazing willpower. The kind of willpower that Mariah and Lance definitely lack…

This couple had a really good chemistry level, and it was appropriate for their story. Another aspect I loved about this story was, as readers, we really get to see how this couple draws each other out. Lance pulls out Mariah’s sexier side, and it’s not because he’s trying to do it, but because she has a comfortable with him. Mariah pulls out Lance’s more serious side, and again, it’s because of his comfort and trust in her.

This couple isn’t without their conflicts though. Mariah and her mother have a strained relationship and Lance has his own secrets that he’s hiding. I appreciated that while there are conflicts, they don’t all get resolved and I felt like that made sense for the story. I never felt like the author rushed through anything in order to make everything absolutely perfect for this couple. Mariah and Lance have to get to their own kind of perfect.

This book is the epitome of what I think of when I picture a small-town romance. It’s sweet; an easy read that I ended up reading in one sitting. The story has characters that show growth for themselves, not just each other. You can feel their love grow and you truly experience it happen. This will go down as one of my favorite books from Adriana Locke.

 

Renner’s Rules by K. Webster

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I’m a bad girl.
I was sent away.
New house. New rules. New school.
Change was supposed to be…good.
Until I met him.
No one warned me Principal Renner would be so hot.
I’d expected some old, graying man in a brown suit.
Not this.
Not well over six feet of lean muscle and piercing green eyes.
Not a rugged-faced, ax-wielding lumberjack of a man.
He’s grouchy and rude and likes to boss me around.
I find myself getting in trouble just so he’ll punish me.
Especially with his favorite metal ruler.
Being bad never felt so good.
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These taboo treats from K. Webster are so exceptional. They are quickly becoming my favorites to read. They move quickly, but yet I’m never left with plot holes. They’re steamy and ride a really fine line on the taboo aspect. But I never feel like I’m uncomfortable with the book, or that something is taken too far. To me, that is the mark of a great author.
This story features Elma and Adam, or Principal Renner. Elma is the 18yr old daughter to Adam’s best friend. She’s been sent to Adam because she was getting into trouble in her old school in Florida. But now she’s up staying with Principal Renner until she graduates.
One of the big things I loved about Adam and Elma’s relationship is that they seem to connect on a deeper level. They both seem to know what the other needs, just instinctively. It’s not necessarily some insane insta-love thing so much as when these two are together, it’s almost like their true nature is able to come out and just be.
I have only read two of the books in the Taboo Treats world but one thing I really respect is that the characters never just find love and their life is done. Each character has ambitions and dreams that they still are working at and following. I feel like that is a strange thing to notice or even care about it, but I truly appreciate it.
Renner’s Rules is an easy and quick read that will have you wishing Adam Renner was your Principal, now and forever.
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About the Author
K Webster is the author of dozens romance books in many different genres including contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending time with her husband of twelve years and two adorable children, she’s active on social media connecting with her readers.
Her other passions besides writing include reading and graphic design. K can always be found in front of her computer chasing her next idea and taking action. She looks forward to the day when she will see one of her titles on the big screen.

Maybe This Time by Nicole McLaughlin

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Maybe This Time is the next heartwarming contemporary romance from Nicole McLaughlin in her Whiskey and Weddings series.

Jen Mackenzie has been knocked down more than a few times, but she always gets up and makes sure she has the last word. It’s the reason she now considers herself equal parts self-sufficient and free-spirit. But since losing her job and trying to help her mother beat cancer, real life—and her occasional careless choices—have begun to catch up with her. Her one saving grace: The Stag, a boutique distillery that has become Kansas City’s go-to wedding venue. The only catch: One of the owners, TJ Laughlin, happens to be the one man who somehow manages to make Jen feel inadequate.

TJ has secretly had a thing for Jen since high school. Now, as her new boss, it’s a daily struggle between revealing his feelings and wringing her beautiful neck. Only one thing is for certain: he can’t stand idly by and watch the woman he cares for struggle. She may be convinced that accepting TJ’s help is a weakness. But all he sees in Jen is beauty and strength, inside and out. As things finally heat up between them, can TJ find a way to convince Jen that love is about give and take—and having it all, together?

This is the first book I’ve read from Nicole McLaughlin. I admit that I do get nervous trying a new author. I think it’s because I want to love her every book that floats my way and I feel bad if I don’t like something. But I didn’t need to worry. I actually read this book in one sitting. It was easy to read and I became so invested in these characters.

Jen Mackenzie might be one of my favorite female characters ever. She is exceptionally flawed. She’s made some poor decisions, she has her own insecurity, plus her present day life brings a lot of stress. I aligned with Jen. There was a scene where she sort of breaks down as all of the stress just hits her. I cried right along with her. Her stress and anguish just soared off the page.

TJ Laughlin is, again, a favorite character. When you look at these characters, without meeting then, you see TJ as the rich kid and Jen as the poor kid. Which is true. But having money, or not having money, doesn’t leave you immune to insecurity or issues in life. TJ has many battles, they are just of a different caliber. Even with all of that, TJ isn’t scared to give Jen his love.

Jen and TJ are in their early 30’s. I feel like this is a weird thing to hone in on, but I really appreciated that the characters weren’t so young. And the fact that they both had sexual experience. I know we all love a good virginal, first love romance, but I also appreciate when the characters have experienced life with other people. It makes the connection so much stronger. There was one particular love scene in the story where you the passion was so intense and, as a reader, I understood how these two could feel how they did.

If you enjoy contemporary romance, you will enjoy this story. But if you also love seeing a couple overcome the odds, you would also love Jen and TJ’s story. Both characters have flaws that are realistic, and when we see these two come together, the passion and chemistry seem to jump off the page.

 

 

Justice by K.C. Lynn

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Fate made us brothers, loyalty made us family.

A bond that runs deeper than the Mississippi, my brothers and I might not have the same DNA but what we share is far more powerful. Our loyalty to one another and the man who made us a family is stronger than those bound by blood.

The most sought out sharp shooters in the country, our paths were certain, before one woman changed my life and altered the relationship I have with my brothers.

Ryanne Lockwood disappeared without a trace but her memory never faded, torturing me on the darkest nights. Until a twist of fate leads me back to her, sending our worlds to collide once more, and this time, there will be no escaping me.

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Justice Creed’s bad boy appeal caught my attention from the moment he rolled into town. For years I watched from afar, swallowing up the rumors that surrounded him.

Until we shared a night of forbidden passion. One that destroyed my heart and reshaped my soul, and it sent me fleeing from the only town I’ve ever known.

Now, years later, he’s barged back into my life, uncovering a secret I’ve worked so hard to keep and it’s one that will change our lives forever.

I try not get excited about books before they are released. Silly, right? But when I hear about a book for too long, I usually find it to be a letdown. That is NOT the case here. I’ve been seeing teasers for this book for months and it lived up to every single expectation I had.

One of my favorite aspects of this story is how traditional tropes are here, but they’re manipulated and they feel fresh again. One example of that is Justice and Ryanne’s relationship. They’ve known each other since high school. But they weren’t technically high school sweethearts. But when they reconvene, everything comes right back. So you get the longer lasting connection with the characters, while still introducing new ideas and taking the characters in different directions.

I think that KC Lynn writes some of the sexiest and most intense sex scenes. The passion that the characters have for each other jumps off the page. One thing I really loved about Justice was how he would push Ryanne’s boundaries but she was still in control. He definitely took their sex to a whole other level and it was incredible.

One person we meet in this story is Thatcher Creed, who is Justice’s father. The reason I mention him is because he encompasses the whole theme, which is love. Even though the Creed brothers and Thatcher have been through some awful things, Thatcher’s message to his sons always comes back to love. His character definitely touched my heart.

I enjoyed this book. It was a really easy to get lost in Justice and Ryanne and watching their evolution was really endearing. Again, I don’t usually get excited over books. But by the end of this one, I was dying for the stories on the other brothers. I got really wrapped up in this family and I loved every minute of it.

 

 

Black Light: Roulette Redux is LIVE

Title: Black Light: Roulette Redux
Authors: Livia Grant, Jennifer Bene, Renee Rose, 
Alta Hensley, Sue Lyndon, Maren Smith,
Measha Stone, Maggie Ryan, & Jane Henry
Publisher: Black Collar Press


Genre: Romance Anthology
Release Date: February 8, 2018
Blurb
Three hours.
Four hard limits. Nine hot stories.
The most wicked
game in the world of BDSM is back for another night of fulfilling your dirtiest
fantasies!
Black Light is the
top BDSM club in Washington, D.C. and last year they shocked everyone with
‘Valentine Roulette’. Now, it’s the month of love again, and that means it’s
time to play this naughty game of chance! With tempting new kinks and daring
new participants, ‘Roulette Redux’ will bring you all the heat you can handle
as these sexy dominants spin to win their submissives, and the subs spin to
choose which kink they’ll play. Their prize if they last the night?
One free month at Black Light, and for some lucky participants… even a chance
at love.
Celebrate
Valentine’s Day with nine kinky stories from nine USA Today and international
bestselling authors!
Featuring:

“Brat” by Livia Grant
“Unrestrained” by Jennifer Bene
“Forced” by Renee Rose
“Edge” by Alta Hensley
“Doctored” by Sue Lyndon
“Shameless” by Maren Smith
“Confession” by Measha Stone
“Surrender” by Maggie Ryan
“Taken” by Jane Henry
Purchase Links
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
Free in Kindle Unlimited
Contributing Authors