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.

 

 

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Mr. Blakely by K. Webster

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The Dirty Bits from Carina Press give you what you want, when you want it. Designed to be read in an hour or two, these sex-filled microromances are guaranteed to pack a punch and deliver a happily-ever-after. 

It started as a job.

It turned into so much more.

Mr. Blakely is strict with his sons, but he’s soft and gentle with me.

The powerful businessman is something else entirely when we’re together.

Boss, teacher, lover…husband.

My hopes and dreams for the future have changed. I want—no, I need—him by my side.

This book is approximately 33,000 words

Editor’s note: All characters in this story are over eighteen and all sexual interactions are fully consensual.

One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!

The Dirty Bits from Carina Press: what you want, when you want it. Over-the-top sexy microromances designed to be read in an hour or two.

 

So I already loved novellas because they are just fun, quickies. But Carina Press is releasing some amazing dirty bits and this one from K. Webster is no exception.

Mr. Quinn Blakely got burned badly by his now ex-wife. He also has full custody of teenage twin boys.  He’s running a successful marketing company. He’s exhausted.  He needs help. Enter Ava.

Ava is one of those characters that you just find yourself rooting for. She works hard. She’s somewhat unassuming. She hasn’t really dated anyone before. We even learn about a stunt that a teenage boy pulled on her in the past. I found a lot of similarities between myself and Ava. I wanted her to find happiness.

The sparks between Quinn and Ava were immediate. They have a common bond in their love of the french language. Quinn has traveled to France when he was younger, but Ava is hoping to save her money to go there on a trip. This sounds like a silly point to mention in a review but this is where we really see the two characters bond.

I really enjoyed this story. There was actually a point where I teared up just because of the amazing connection these two have (and that doesn’t normally happen to me). I’ve been thinking of re-reading this one already too. Again, I don’t normally do a bunch of re-reads (just don’t have the time). This dirty bit from Carina Press and K. Webster is a must read and definitely one of my favorite stories of all time!

 

 

 

Wallflower Most Wanted by Manda Collins

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THE PICTURE OF ROMANCE

A dedicated painter, Miss Sophia Hastings is far more concerned with finding the right slant of light than in finding Mr. Right. But when an overheard conversation hints at danger for another local artist, Sophia is determined to get involved. Even if it means accepting help from an impossibly good-looking vicar who insists on joining her investigation—and threatens to capture her heart…

Reverend Lord Benedick Lisle knows that Sophia is no damsel in distress. But he won’t allow her to venture into peril alone, either. . .especially since he finds Sophia’s curious, free-spirited nature so alluring. But protecting her from harm is becoming more difficult than the vicar could have expected as he and Sophia confront their fiery mutual passion. Who could have known that the art of love would prove so irresistible?

Wallflower Most Wanted by Manda Collins is a page-turning Regency romance and part of the Studies in Scandal series.

 

I swear I don’t like historical romance. No. Not my genre, won’t ever be. And then I read one Manda Collins book over the Christmas season and here I am, devouring another and not being able to put it down. I think I like historical romance. Please welcome me to your club with open arms.

Our story starts with Miss Sophia Hastings painting near the edge of a cliff. Everything is going well until she slips. Luckily Lord Benedick Lisle is there to help. But before he can help her, both overhear an ominous conversation.

My favorite aspect of this overall story is how the author stays true to the history within the story, but the characters never become stuffy or hard to understand. Sophia is progressive and is one of the ladies of the Beauchamp House, where women are encouraged to use their intellect. For Sophia, this translates into art and painting. So while I get the great historical aspects, I am not left with antiquated characters. I truly appreciate that.

The author gives us a fantastic build up between Ben and Sophia. Throughout the story, we see multiple characters trying to gain their romantic affections. Ben, being the Vicar and a man of stature, he is highly sought after. Sophia, a beautiful young lady who is wickedly talented and intelligent. As you read along, you can truly see why Ben and Sophia work well together and if you were to be standing there, watching the scene unfold, you would put them together.

If you enjoy this author already, you will definitely enjoy her latest work. But even if you are on the fence about historical romance, I would encourage you to read this book. There is romance, mystery, and great interactions between the characters throughout the entire story. Definitely a fantastic read that will give you a break from everyday life.

Hidden Seams by Alessandra Torre

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From a New York Times Bestseller, a story of a billion-dollar fortune, and the sex, lies, and betrayal that surround it…

I’ve worked a decade for this fortune. I’ve sold my soul and my reputation. I’ve lived a lie, smiled for the cameras, and hated myself, all for this empire.

And then … she pops up. A mysterious heir with a rap sheet, combat boots, and a mouth that I want to pin shut with my– It doesn’t matter.

I’ve played this game for a decade. I can continue the charade a little longer, keep my hands to myself and her body out of my mind.

I can keep my secret until the ink dries and everything is mine.
Or not.

When I think of Alessandra Torre, the first word that comes to my mind is refreshing. With her latest release, Hidden Seams, she continues to be a dynamic and refreshing writer, spinning tales that manage to surprise the reader, while still maintaining the style that her readers love.

Marco is one intriguing man. I don’t want to call him troubled but he’s got some issues that he needs to work out. The more we learn about Marco, the more you feel for him. He’s gotten himself into a beneficial mess. The problem with a mess? You still have to clean it up at some point.

Avery is exceptional. I loved her the moment I met her. I feel like no words I use are adequate to describe her. She’s rough around the edges, caring, curious. She isn’t going to put up with just anything. She’s street smart and knows how to handle herself. That said, she does still have a vulnerable and naive side to her. We see that peak out from time to time and for me, that only made me love her character more.

This book is an easy read, and I managed to stay sucked into the story from the minute I started. I tried taking a break and I found myself wondering what was happening and what could happen next. You could easily lose yourself in this story.

The chemistry, and in particular, the sex scenes in this book are fantastic. You could feel the sexual tension between these two. You honestly could feel the intensity and passion of these two characters; it felt like it jumped right off the page. It was fantastic.

If you like books that take your preconceived ideas and twist them up, you’ll love this book. You would also love this book if you want to feel like you are right in the story. Everything just jumped off the page and I could see it so vividly in my mind. An absolutely amazing book from Alessandra Torre.

 

 

Don’t Go by Alexa Riley

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CEO Henry Osbourne has only ever desired one woman—the one who got away. New York Timesand #1 ebook bestselling author Alexa Riley returns with Don’t Go, a virgin-hero insta-love contemporary romance in the For You series

I’ve spent the past ten years convincing myself that what I felt for her was teenage infatuation. That love so consuming couldn’t be real. Then everything went to shit, and in an instant, she was gone.

Kory Summers knew returning to New York meant running into Henry. The way her heartbeat picked up at just the thought was nervousness—not anticipation. Oh, no. She never expected to find him on her doorstep looking as handsome as ever.

She’s mine. She always has been. I’ve waited this long for her…but time’s up. I’ll use all my power, all my connections, to convince her she’s the one.

Kory ran from a boy, but a man of power and persuasion now stands in his place.

This book is approximately 20,000 words

I really loved this novella. I wanted to make that sound fancier but the truth is that I enjoyed this novella a lot. It was a perfect combination of sexy and romantic, while keeping the alpha male that Alexa Riley readers know and love.

Henry and Kory met in high school. Henry had been watching Kory and finally worked up the courage to ask her to prom. But things don’t always go as planned.

One thing I enjoyed about this story was Kory was so intelligent and respected herself. We see this incredibly smart high school girl, and then we see her in the future, and she is just as smart and quick-witted. She’s only grown into herself more, and I appreciated that. It was great development for a character in a novella.

Henry’s character is really sweet. He’s romantic, but it never comes across as cheesy. It always felt genuine. Of all the books I’ve read from this author (and I’ve read a lot), this couple and their love story is probably one of my all-time favorites.

If you’ve enjoyed this author already, or you’ve been reading their “For Her” series, you will definitely want to check out this novella.

Something So Irresistible by Natasha Madison

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Something So Irresistible by Natasha Madison

The third installment in the best-selling Something Series

Max Horton

They call me an outcast like it’s a bad thing.

An asshole byproduct of a shitty upbringing. I don’t care about anything except myself and my little sister.

I will always protect what’s mine.

With one year left on my hockey contract I’m keeping my head down and my eyes on the goal.

A collision, with her, changes my entire existence.

Allison Grant

Never fall in love with a sports star. That’s what my stepfather always said. He told me athletes are complicated and moody—that the higher their paycheck, the lower their morals.

As public relations for the New York Stingers I know exactly what he means, but I can’t seem to say no to a friendship with one beautiful, damaged man.

What started out as hate turned into something else.

We tried to stay away, to keep our distance, but the pull was too strong.

Something forbidden turned into something so irresistible.

I’ve read the first two books in this series, and really enjoyed them. But Max’s story is one I was dying to read. Even when I finished Matthew’s book, “Something So Perfect”, I knew I wanted to read about Max. These books are interconnected standalones, so you can read them by themselves if you’d like.

The synopsis summarizes the book great. I want to talk about why I loved this story.

Some tropes I am just a little burnt out on are friends to lovers, enemies to lovers, and forbidden love. I do enjoy these concepts from time to time but for the most part, they aren’t my thing. Then I get Natasha Madison who takes tropes I normally shy away from, she tosses them around and completely makes them new, and I end up loving it. This is exactly why I love reading her books.

Another aspect I loved is that Max Horton is already a bad boy. He’s doesn’t become a good guy because of Allison. He’s somewhat misunderstood but he’s evolving as a person and figuring out what is important to him in life. I loved this because I’m someone who firmly believes people only change when they are ready to. So seeing a male character getting himself together before the girl enters into the picture was appealing.

The love between Allison and Max is a slow burn. For their love story, they needed that simmering tension and friendship to get to the lovers standpoint. I can honestly say this story was really rewarding because when Allison and Max start to really fall for each other, you find yourself rooting for them. I wanted them to win as a couple because I was able to be really invested in each character.

If you enjoy sports romance, enemies to lovers, and a secret love, then you’ll love this book. Even if you don’t enjoy some of these tropes, I think you’d love this book. Allison and Max have such a strong connection to each other and this book was easily one of the best actual love stories I’ve read.

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendriks and Sarah Pekkanen

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When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife.
You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love.
You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle.
Assume nothing.

Twisted and deliciously chilling, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen’s The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage – and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

Read between the lies.

This book is eerie. I struggled to come up with the right word. But eerie seems the best way to describe this tale of new and old lives interconnecting.

Vanessa and Richard were once married; living their happily ever after in a nice home, surrounded by their wealthy friends and fancy things. But then, Richard meets “the replacement” and everything changes for Vanessa.

Vanessa’s character broke my heart. I would feel like I hated her, then could sort of understand her, and I’d move onto annoyance with her behavior and then I’d go back to heartbreak. The authors captured her despair, abandonment, and chaos exquisitely.

Nellie is the soon-to-be new wife to Richard. Nellie is cookie-cutter. She’s this sweet young woman, who teaches preschool, waitresses at night, and somehow manages to find “the one” in Richard. He never wants to talk about his ex and Nellie never pries. She has her own issues that she isn’t sharing either.

One thing about this story is that it moves slowly. This isn’t a fast-paced action thriller. It  sort of carries on, as if it’s on a nice Sunday stroll.  It just is. I think that fact is what lulls the reader into comfort. You think you’re reading about these two women, and their lives. The thrill in this story is how normal it seems. Men and women get married and divorced all the time. Relationships break apart. It could happen to anyone.

Another thing that I didn’t like initially but started to appreciate the more I thought on it is this book has several twists and turns. I figured out one but because this story is so dynamic, figuring out one of the twists didn’t ruin the whole story. You can understand one portion of the puzzle but you still don’t see everything.

This book is reminiscent of “Gone Girl” and “The Girl on the Train”. If you enjoyed either of those stories, you will enjoy this one. I’ve heard a lot of buzz that this book is also being turned into a movie, and I’m not surprised to hear that at all. This book is dynamic, terrifying, and downright eerie. Readers will not be disappointed.