The Spire by Kate Canterbary

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Rebel, runner, recluse, rich girl.

Nine years ago, Erin Walsh ran away from everything.

Home.

Family.

Secrets.

Tragedy.

Herself.

The only permanence in her life is catastrophe.

She travels from country to country, chasing disaster, teasing fire, playing with poison. She guards against real connections, and shuns the only family she has left.

She holds everyone—even her siblings—at a mile-long distance. It’s the only way to protect herself.

But she can’t protect herself from him.

He’s the ice to her fire, and he’s willing to sacrifice everything to bring her home.

 

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EXCERPT

I gave her a little shove, and she fell to the mattress. She aimed a meaningful glance at my jeans, and that was all the encouragement I needed to drop them to the ground. She crawled backward, and I followed, stalking her every movement until we were flat against a bank of pillows.

“Hi,” she said, running her hand up my flank and over my shoulder. She hooked her leg around my waist and pulled me flush against her. My cock was acutely aware that only my boxers and her panties separated us, and was alternately thrilled with that situation and impatient as hell. She smiled, a little shy. “I like the way you touch me.”

“That’s good because I really enjoy touching you,” I said, bringing my lips to her neck and trailing them down between her breasts. “I didn’t want to let you go when I met you last night. Wanted to keep you all to myself.”

“Oh,” she said, her eyebrow quirking as if this was an peculiar sentiment. “I don’t think anyone’s ever wanted to keep me before.”

Fuck, she was too much. Just too much. Beautiful and rough around every edge yet vulnerable and sensitive.

“I want to keep you,” I said, sliding my fingers behind her back to unclasp her bra. “I’ll keep you as long as you let me, lovely.” Her arms moved to her chest the minute her bra went flying over my shoulder. That vulnerability? There it was again. “And I want to see you, too.”

A groan was rumbling past my lips the second her arms went around my neck and she was bared to me. I thought her tits were a crime in that t-shirt, but I had no idea. They were full and pale, and delicious. I licked and sucked as if I was trying to consume her, and maybe I was.

“Say something,” she whispered, her fingers raking through my hair. “I want…I want to know what you’re thinking.”

I released her nipple with a satisfied groan, and then dropped kisses on each of her breasts before finding her eyes. “I’m thinking get me inside you right now.”

Our lips met as my fingers inched her panties over her hips. I could take her just like this, face-to-face while I tasted her hungry hums, and I’d want for nothing.

“You probably thought I’d be crazy in bed,” she said, her words muffled as she spoke against my neck. “Like, I don’t know, adventurous and kinky. Like, I keep nipple clamps in my back pocket and actually prefer wearing thongs, and I’m always down for anal. And it’s my fault, really. This whole night has been pretty wild, and I kissed you like a maniac and then everything on the boat, and it wouldn’t be wrong to think that tequila on my tits is an average Saturday morning but—”

“It only matters what you want,” I said, tipping up her chin. “Don’t worry about what I think, or what you think I’m thinking. Tell me what you want.”

Erin’s fingers clawed at my boxers, and together we got them over my hips and out of the way. Her panties were long gone and my cock was in love with the wet heat between her legs.

“Please don’t make it hurt,” she whispered.

I shook my head and dropped a kiss on her forehead. “Never.”

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 AUTHOR BIO

 

Kate Canterbary doesn’t have it all figured out, but this is what she knows for sure: spicy-ass salsa and tequila solve most problems, living on the ocean–Pacific or Atlantic–is the closest place to perfection, and writing smart, smutty stories is a better than any amount of chocolate. She started out reporting for an indie arts and entertainment newspaper back when people still read newspapers, and she has been writing and surreptitiously interviewing people–be careful sitting down next to her on an airplane–ever since. Kate lives on the water in New England with Mr. Canterbary and the Little Baby Canterbary, and when she isn’t writing sexy architects, she’s scheduling her days around the region’s best food trucks.

 

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 So I have to apologize in advance. This review is going to be very vague. The reason being that I do not want to inadvertently give away a spoiler. And this book will reveal secrets about other characters that I know you won’t see coming.

I am beyond impressed with Kate Canterbary and the level of detail in this book. Erin Walsh is extremely intelligent. I love how Erin is smart, but is still a real person. When she’s opening up to Dr. Luke Acevedo, I could feel their connection immediately. So many books talk about the characters having a spark, but with these characters, I felt like I could feel not only the physical spark, but the mental one too.

Even as things are going somewhat well with Erin and Nick, there is always an overture of tension. I thought this was balanced out really well. You can still enjoy the story, but you know you’re going to get hit with something you aren’t expecting.

When Erin and Nick are initially getting close, its fascinating to watch them. Nick is trying to get to know Erin better and even though she’s incredibly fact-based, she can’t deny her feelings either. I thought the way the story is written, in terms of how everything progresses, was absolute perfection.

I refuse to say more. I feel like nothing I will say can do this story, or series, justice. But I can tell you that I would absolutely recommend this book and series. The thought and precision that is delivered here is astounding. I admit I am newer to Kate Canterbary but I can see why readers love her so much.

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Closer by Mary Elizabeth

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Closer by Mary Elizabeth

Gabriella Mason is damaged.

Teller Reddy is wrecked.

Misery loves company, and that’s exactly what Ella gets the afternoon her path crosses with Teller’s: the misunderstood premed student who instantly becomes her lifeline when she moves to Los Angeles, an attempt at escaping her heartbreaking past.

In the beginning, Lonely and Defensive complete each other. But in the end, their relationship is like broken glass—cutthroat and jagged.

Calling it off before they kill each other, Ella and Teller decide to “just be friends” despite the intensity that binds them together. It’s a delicate foundation rocked by tragedy, effectively destroying the illusion they’ve so carefully built.

Unable to deny what’s between them any longer, this is what happens when wrecked and damaged collide and close is still not close enough.

This book is…I can’t even find the words. It left me in awe, breathless, exhilarated.

Our story starts in the past. Teller and Gabriella aka Ella are first meeting each other. Ella is starting her first day of college, and Teller is a few years ahead of her. They immediately connect and a romance, and friendship, is born.

This story is really interesting because we go back and forth between the past and the present. Normally, I don’t like that. But for this story, it worked really well. I say this because the author’s writing is extremely dynamic. The way the descriptions are woven into the story truly bring this story to life. One scene, right near the beginning, that stuck with me is when Teller and Ella are on the boardwalk. I could literally smell the alcohol, see the smoke hanging in the air. It was incredible.

So with the story going back and forth in time, we get more of that, but also a more in-depth look at our characters. This friendship has lasted over seven years, and Teller and Ella are extremely explosive throughout.

Teller is intoxicating. It was so easy for me to see how Ella could become addicted to him. I felt addicted to him. He’s this charismatic, sexy, broody guy. But yet he’s so incredibly tender. Even from the beginning, it was clear to me that Teller isn’t showing everyone the side of himself that he shows Ella.

Teller and Ella are both dealing with a lot of issues. Between bad pasts, their own issues…you can see why they keep hesitating with each other. But like anything in life, whats meant to be will find a way. These two keeping flowing back to each other.

This story does in a cliffhanger. Just as Ella and Teller are tortured, so becomes the reader. But with Mary Elizabeth, I know the wait is worth it. I truly don’t think Ella and Teller could be contained to only one book. And this is coming from someone who normally doesn’t like cliffhangers. But for these two, it makes sense.

I would absolutely recommend this book. I am somewhat new to Mary Elizabeth and I could not be more astounded by her talent. This book is showstopping, addictive, and painfully beautiful.

Hit The Spot by J Daniels is LIVE!

 

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hit-the-spot-ebook-coverIs this love or just a game?

Tori Rivera thinks Jamie McCade is rude, arrogant, and worst of all . . . the sexiest man she’s ever laid eyes on. His reputation as a player is almost as legendary as his surfing skills. No matter how her body heats up when he’s around, she’s determined not to be another meaningless hookup.

Jamie McCade always gets what he wants. The sickest wave. The hottest women. And Tori, with her long legs and smart mouth, is definitely the hottest one. He knows Tori wants him-hell, most women do-but she won’t admit it. After months of chasing and one unforgettable kiss, it’s time for Jamie to raise the stakes.

Jamie promises that soon Tori won’t just want him in her bed, she’ll be begging for it-and he might be right. Somehow he’s found the spot in her heart that makes her open up like never before. But with all she knows about his past, can she really trust what’s happening between them? Is Jamie playing for keeps or just playing to win?

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logo-rectangle-1-2400-x-1025J.Daniels is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Sweet Addiction series, the Alabama Summer series, and the Dirty Deeds series.

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This Is Our Song by Samantha Chase

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This Is Our Song by Samantha Chase

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Samantha Chase crafts a tender, hopeful, family-centered romance.

Entertainment reporter Savannah Daly is completely unfazed by pretty-boy rock stars. She’s just here to get her interview and write her story. When she’s assigned to write a tell-all about Riley Shaughnessy, she expects to be put off by a shallow rock star lifestyle.

Instead, Riley brings her home to the shores of the Carolinas where she’s immediately embraced by his sprawling, rambunctious family. She expected spotlights and cameras; she gets a welcoming, loving family and a side of Riley she never could have guessed.

The Shaughnessy Brothers Series:
Made for Us (Book 1)
Love Walks In (Book 2)
Always My Girl (Book 3)
This Is Our Song (Book 4)

You guys…seriously. This book is perfection. I have loved the Shaughnessy Brothers for a long time, but Riley is on a whole other level. I’m still swooning over him.

One of my favorite aspects of this story is right at the beginning. We are taken back in time with a younger Riley, and his first experience performing and then, years later, a far more painful performance in his life; his mother’s funeral. The reason I like this is because through this series, we really see how important their mother was, and still is, to them. Each brother’s book features a different poignant memory. Regardless of where the Shaughnessy family ends up, they always come back to family.

Riley is a great blend of his family, but also his rockstar persona. He’s living in LA, and trying to work on a solo album, but he’s got a mental block up and he can’t get past it. His record label is pressuring him to finish the album, and in exchange for a little more time, he agrees to a month long, multi-series interview.

Savannah was awesome. I really loved how she was such a spitfire, but yet she could also pull back and humble herself. As Riley gets to know her, you see much a softer side of Savannah coming out. I thought it was a nice juxtaposition because Riley has his public persona, and in an essence, so does Savannah. But when they were together, they found peace.

I’ve enjoyed Samantha Chase’s books for a long time now, and I have to mention that I have an intense amount of respect for her. With her latest books, I feel like I can see her pushing her characters into new conflicts or scenarios. I appreciate that she is pushing some of the boundaries but still maintains the classic experience that I love about her work.

I enjoyed this book immensely. Partway through, I was thinking I should marry Riley (and I’m already married!). I found myself smiling, cringing, and laughing right along as I read this story. I felt like I was with Savannah and Riley throughout, and I always love feeling like I am a part of the story.

Hit The Spot (Dirty Deeds #2) by J. Daniels

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Is this love or just a game?

Tori Rivera thinks Jamie McCade is rude, arrogant, and worst of all . . . the sexiest man she’s ever laid eyes on. His reputation as a player is almost as legendary as his surfing skills. No matter how her body heats up when he’s around, she’s determined not to be another meaningless hookup.

Jamie McCade always gets what he wants. The sickest wave. The hottest women. And Tori, with her long legs and smart mouth, is definitely the hottest one. He knows Tori wants him-hell, most women do-but she won’t admit it. After months of chasing and one unforgettable kiss, it’s time for Jamie to raise the stakes.

Jamie promises that soon Tori won’t just want him in her bed, she’ll be begging for it-and he might be right. Somehow he’s found the spot in her heart that makes her open up like never before. But with all she knows about his past, can she really trust what’s happening between them? Is Jamie playing for keeps or just playing to win?

This book can be read as a stand-alone.
Book 1–Four Letter Word

If you’re like me, you’ve probably been dying to read Tori and Jamie’s story. When I first read “Four Letter Word”, which was Sydney and Brian’s story, I knew that I need more Tori and Jamie. The author, J.Daniels, did not disappoint me.

From the very beginning of this book, I was instantly transported back to Whitecaps (the restaurant where Tori works at). One thing I really marveled at with this story was how it was like no time passed at all. I say this because even though a few months has passed in real time, I felt like I was right back at the restaurant with this group of characters. The same quirks they have, their attitudes, their language…the author did not miss a beat with this story. I was sincerely impressed.

Tori and Jamie have this very intense chemistry. I know that as readers, we hear a lot about explosive chemistry and fireworks and whatnot. But these two truly have that. As I read, I could feel their energy zipping around me as I got further and further into the book.  I found myself laughing, blushing, and getting worked up right with them.

Every book I read by this author, I never think she can top the sex scenes. And yet, she always does. Jamie has one dirty mouth and Tori is beyond sassy right back to him. These two could possibly light a kindle on fire. (Maybe mine was smoking because I was gripping so hard, who knows?)

I truly did love that these two got their own story. In “Four Letter Word”, we see both characters but in this story, you really start to see their backstory. One thing that shocked me was how Jamie has been trying to get with Tori for way longer than I realized. Its hard not to think of Jamie as a player, or expecting the other shoe to drop with him. But then you get to know him better, your viewpoint of him starts to change.

For me, I feel Jamie and Tori have just the right amount of push and pull going on. I think the reason it works so well is because it makes sense for their characters. They both are stubborn and prideful. Both of them can be total stinkers when it comes to playing the game.

I absolutely loved this book. I wish I could think of all the exciting words to express how awesome this book and series is, but I’d totally fail. I cannot recommend it enough. J.Daniels balances out her characters flawlessly and truly transports the reader into the story.

The Ground Beneath Our Feet by Leslie McAdam

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She’s got her feet planted on the ground. He’ll teach her to fly.

Jessica, a curvy, driven, neat freak lawyer, is ecstatic when she finally gets her dream job—even though it’s taking her away from her hometown. When she meets over-the-top, man-mountain Mikey, a fitness buff and veterinarian with a messy life in all senses of the word, she thinks she just walked into the second-most exciting adventure of her life.

His larger-than-life personality fascinates her, but also shakes the foundations of her quiet, introverted self, knocking her off-kilter. It’s a bad idea to let him take her on as a weight-loss client. It’s an even worse idea to get involved with him since he’s her manwhore roommate…and she’s seen him in action.

If they give into their undeniable attraction, is it just a train wreck waiting to happen? Or will their desire fuel a chance at real love?

If you love steamy romance, be sure to check out the fourth standalone in the Giving You series.

Wow. This book was something else. Leslie McAdam knocked this book straight out of the park.

Our story starts with Jessica, who has gotten a dream job offer, but is hesitant to take it. She ends up meeting Mikey through Craigslist as she’s looking for an apartment. When these two meet for the first time, its absolute hilarity.

As a reader, I really felt for Jessica. I think there are definitely parts of my personality that could be Jessica and I really aligned with her character. Jessica hasn’t left home before and she’s nervous but also really insecure about her weight and overall appearance. One thing I loved about this was how the author actually included Jessica’s size (in terms of clothing). I’ve read other books where the main character might be described as curvy or luscious, but I never really know what that means. Knowing Jessica’s size and the struggles she encountered while looking for new clothes, or going to the gym, helped bring her to life for me.

Mikey is just the sweetest guy. Do you ever have friendships with someone and you just connect? You could barely know each other, but somehow, you’re on the same wavelength? That is Mikey and Jessica. They both really bring out the best in each other. Mikey is kind, but also very sincere to Jessica. It’s not ever condescending or patronizing. I think Mikey was one of those characters that, as I got to know him, you could actually see his heart shining through the pages.

The sexual tension in this book is bananas! There is this office scene…oh my lord. I think I am still blushing. Trust me, you will LOVE it.

Mikey and Jessica are both dealing with some very heavy issues. With that said, I loved how the author portrayed heavier topics. It doesn’t overtake the story, and at the same time, the characters don’t just magically heal themselves. Tears are shed, realizations are had. But our characters are still moving forward, and taking things one day at a time.

I cannot recommend this book enough. I absolutely adored it. Mikey and Jessica are so real and heartwarming. Leslie McAdam wrote this book beautifully and I know that I will be re-reading it again and again.

About the Author:

Leslie McAdam is a California girl who loves romance, Little Dude, and well-defined abs. She lives in a drafty old farmhouse on a small orange tree farm in Southern California with her husband and two small children. Leslie always encourages her kids to be themselves – even if it means letting her daughter wear leopard print from head to toe. An avid reader from a young age, she will always trade watching TV for reading a book, unless it’s Top Gear. Or football. Leslie is employed by day but spends her nights writing about the men you fantasize about. She’s unapologetically sarcastic and notoriously terrible at comma placement (that’s what editors are for!). Always up for a laugh, Leslie tries to see humor in all things. When she’s not in the writing cave you’ll find her fangirling over Beck, camping with her family, or mixing up oil paints to depict her love of outdoors on canvas.

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Games (The Dangerous Games Book 1) by Brianne Day

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Games by Brianne Day

9 months away from Audrey’s ex didn’t seem like long enough.

Audrey thought she had been able to let go. She had tried so hard but the scarring wasn’t just skin deep, he had marred her soul. After a moment of weakness Carson is back but at what cost? Her life or someone that she loves?

Brock has it all figured out until his thoughtlessness lands him on Audrey doorstep. Clothed Audrey would have been hard enough to resist but half naked Audrey? No chance.

He struggles with accepting the new whirlwind of emotions she invokes in him and getting involved with her psychotic ex. But when Audrey’s life is on the line, just how far will he go to protect the woman he can’t stop thinking about?

Author Brianne Day is a new author to me. But when I was given a chance to read this book, I knew I had to jump at the opportunity. This story is available in paperback right now, but there is an ebook release scheduled for December 6th, 2016.

I liked the overall concept of this book. From the synopsis, we know that Audrey has an insane ex, named Carson. Audrey meets Brock through her sister, Ari. Brock happens to be a mechanic and runs his own garage, and he’s helping Audrey with her broken down truck.

I really liked Brock’s character. I thoroughly enjoyed his character, and I loved how sweet he was. Brock is truly a thoughtful guy. Another aspect I appreciated was that even though he is trying to figure out what is happening, in regards to the ex, his feelings for Audrey don’t waiver.

Audrey’s character was a bit harder for me to like. I think part of that is because she sort of keeps letting Carson back in her life at certain points. It was somewhat hard to understand her true intent. I know that part of that may be the portrayal of someone who has been abused, but it still did confuse me a bit.

Based on what I just said, I will say I wished this book was longer. Its listed as being 150 pages on Amazon. The story did move quickly, which I liked. I think I just felt it was a bit too much story for such a physically shorter story. I truly enjoyed the concept, I just wish that it could have developed even more.

Overall, I did enjoy this story. I was definitely able to stay interested in the story throughout, and I am excited to read more from this new author.