Wicked Rush by Kym Grosso

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Wicked Rush by Kym Grosso

Lust. Temptation. Deception.
 
Technology capitalist, Lars Elliott, lives on the edge, savoring the adventure of flirting with death. After rescuing a stranger from a hail of bullets, he resists attraction to the dangerous beauty. Determined to learn her secrets, he draws her into his seductive world of risk taking, pushing her sexual limits. As he unravels the mystery surrounding the lovely doctor, he questions the integrity of those close to him.
 
Caught in a web of lies, marine biologist, Dr. Braelynn Rollins never expected to face off with the tempting CEO who’s haunted her dreams. Deep undercover, she’s committed to revealing clandestine adversaries of the nation and recovering stolen research. Exposed, she’s forced to trust the man who has the power to both destroy and save her. Within his arms, she surrenders control to Lars, submitting to desire, exploring forbidden cravings.
 
Lars and Braelynn heat up southern California as they discover who is friend and who is foe. Spiraling down a journey of lust and revenge, their carnal hunger escalates. As danger and corporate espionage surround them at every turn, Lars must decide if she is as innocent as she claims and if she is worth the rush.
 
 
*Warning: This book contains several erotic love scenes, including m/f/m ménage and is intended for adult readers only.

I am not joking when I say I have been waiting for this book for what feels like forever. Kym could have announced it a week ago and I would have been clamoring for it. Kym is EASILY one of my all-time favorite authors ever. I’ve read her Immortals of New Orleans series (SO FREAKING AMAZING) and now she is branching out to Contemporary with the Club Altura series.

So I read “Carnal Risk” and already was in love with Lars. I didn’t even know I could love him more, but then I read Wicked Rush and I am just over the top ready to marry this fictional character. I know this series is new but I think Lars really embodies the Club Altura vibe.

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For those who don’t know, Club Altura is a club that a group of people belong to. Some work together, others do not. But its a group that really lives life, by taking risks, which includes mountain climbing, rock climbing, sky diving, surfing, and also exploring their sexual desires. I normally do not go for erotica, but Kym Grosso just gets it so right. I think its because the characters are actively involved and want to be involved. They are exploring their desires but its not ever done in a crass way.

Lars rescues Braelynn from bullets on the beach, and he can’t stop thinking about her. Braelynn can’t stop thinking about Lars either but she pushes him away in an effort to keep him safe. The web that Braelynn is tangled up in is heartbreaking. She’s extremely intelligent but she is definitely not a spy.

Months pass and Lars finds Braelynn at a charity event that he is attending. The chemistry between them is intense. Initially, I think Lars just wants to play with Braelynn a bit and find out her secret. But once he realizes how far in over her head that she is, his true feelings come out.

There were some aspects of this book I didn’t love, and it was only because I never want anything bad to happen to the characters. With that said, the bad things the characters do experience make sense and are right for the story to advance. So even though some parts made me well up with tears, I also understand why they had to happen.

Would I recommend this book? Obviously. This is Kym Grosso and she is an amazing writer. I would highly recommend this book and entire series.

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Books in the Series:

Carnal Risk

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Solstice Burn

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About Author:

Kym Grosso is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the erotic paranormal series, The Immortals of New Orleans, and the contemporary erotic suspense series, Club Altura. In addition to romance novels, Kym has written and published several articles about autism, and is passionate about autism advocacy. She is also a contributing essay author in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum.

 

She lives in suburban Pennsylvania but has a not-so-secret desire to move to a beach in southern California where she can write while listening to the roar of the ocean.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from West Chester University and a MBA from Widener University.  In a previous life, she was employed as a speech therapist, a health care consultant, and a product manager for a software company.  In 2012, Kym published her first novel and today, is a full time indie romance author.

 

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Four Letter Word by J. Daniels

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Four Letter Word by J. Daniels

Fate. Hate. Love. Lies.
Which four letter word will change their lives forever?
 
Sydney Paige was never so mortified to hear the words “wrong number” in her life. She meant to tell off the guy who broke her best friend’s heart, but unleashed her anger on a perfect stranger instead. And now her world is turned upside down by the captivating man who wants to keep her on the line.
Brian Savage is living a life he’s quickly come to hate-until Sydney’s wild rant has him hooked and hungry for more. Soon the sexy woman on the phone becomes the lover in his bed. But Brian has secrets, and the closer he lets Syd get, the harder it is to shield her from the devastating mistakes of his past . . .
Well…I just finished this book. I’m officially hungover. Does anyone have some advil?
Just to start off, I won’t be saying a lot about the story in an in-depth level because I do not want to give spoilers. So I’m not being vague to be a jerk, I just don’t want to ruin this story for anyone else.
This book, and Brian and Sydney’s story, was incredible. I want to find a more elegant and fancy way to say it, but this book was so good.
Sydney and Brian initially meet because she calls his number by accident, and basically rips his head off. Her best friend, Tori, had a man screw her over royally (by being married and having a baby that he never told her about), and Sydney is trying to call him and let him have it. But she misses by one number and gets Brian.
Even though Sydney is yelling at him, with some incredibly awesome choice words, mind you, Brian is actually turned on by Sydney. Thus, their text exchange begins, then phone calls, etc.
One thing that I really liked about this story was the dialogue between all of the characters. Everyone felt like they were real. For example, when the guys are talking to each other, its a very different vibe than when we see the girls out on the town for ladies night. I appreciated this because it made the characters seem more authentic to me and really helped them come to life.
Another aspect that I loved about this story was the supporting characters. We get Tori and Jamie (they get their own story in “Hit The Spot, coming in December 2016), and then Cole, Shay, Stitch,  and Kali. It was fun to see the role that these friends play and I think it was especially important for Sydney. I say this because as the story starts, Sydney is helping Tori as her own marriage has just fallen apart. Sydney knew her marriage wasn’t in great shape, but when we learn more about her ex, Marcus, and some of things he has said and done to her, you start to realize how alone Sydney has been.
My favorite character of this story has to be Brian. I was enamored watching him bring Sydney back to life. Let me clarify: Sydney isn’t just lost and then she finds Brian, and *poof*, her life is better. But he does help her confidence and he actually listens to her. We see this throughout the story. There are things that Sydney talks about from her past, or a dream she has always had, and Brian listens and tries to make every dream of Sydney’s come true. If Brian could make Sydney happy, he would do it. Even in the beginning, when Sydney doesn’t know, Brian is making moves because he’s serious about her.
I won’t give away the ending of this story, but I will say I loved how the story ended. Just from the synopsis, one can assume that Brian’s secrets and Sydney will collide, but when they do, its actually somewhat beautiful because of the way the characters handle it.
I would absolutely recommend this book. I actually read this in paperback (My local Barnes and Noble had it out a few days early) and I could not put it down. I actually forced myself to put it down and come back, because I was trying to drag the story out.
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Mistletoe Between Friends/The Snowflake Inn by Samantha Chase

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Mistletoe Between Friends/The Snowflake Inn by Samantha Chase

Two gorgeous stories about the most romantic time of the year…

The holidays don’t have to be fraught with tension, as lifelong friends Lily Cavanaugh and Cameron Greene discover in Mistletoe Between Friends when they cook up a scheme to fool their family and friends.

The Snowflake Inn shows rivals Grace Brodie and Riley Walsh that Christmas is a time when dreams come true-even if you’ve given up on those dreams long ago.

I’m sure I’ve said this before I really love Halloween and Christmas stories. They always bring me great enjoyment and help me get more into the season. Samantha Chase doesn’t disappoint with this dual holiday story.

The first story, “Mistletoe Between Friends” lets us meet Lily and Cameron, who have been best friends for years. One of my favorite things about Samantha Chase is that she can keep her own formula that I always end up loving, but yet still change up the approach of the story. In this story, Lily and Cameron have both harbored feelings for each other, but neither has acted on it. I appreciated that approach, as opposed to the concept that one or the other just finally grew up and now the other person is really seeing them as attractive.

The second story follows Grace and Riley in “The Snowflake Inn”. Riley’s mom owns the Snowflake Inn and Grace works there. Riley has always had issues with the quaint bed & breakfast, especially since he grew up there and views it very differently than Grace does.

One thing I really admired about this story was that Riley has some different viewpoints on things, but he’s willing to move past them, and when he does, he just does it. He doesn’t boast about it. He handles it. I loved that he acted as a grown man. He didn’t just play games with Grace. And I really appreciated that even as he sees Grace pulling away, he steps up to the plate.

I also admired that we see that Grace has some past family trauma and Riley doesn’t just rush in with a band-aid for her. There are aspects that Riley simply can never understand and I appreciated that Samantha Chase wrote their story that way.

I loved this dual holiday book. In all fairness, I love pretty much anything that Samantha Chase writes, but I think she captures the magic of Christmas and love so elegantly in both stories.

Written In The Scars by Adriana Locke…COVER REVEAL!!

Title: Written in the Scars
Author: Adriana Locke
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Kari March Designs
Photographer: Lauren Perry, Perrywinkle Photography
Cover Model: Ghent Scott
Release Date: October 20, 2016

Blurb

Falling in love is easy.

Falling out of love is the hardest thing in the world.

And Elin and Ty Whitt are terrible at it.

The first time the local basketball star smiled at Elin, she was a goner. It was just so damn easy to fall for the dark-haired hometown hero with his charming smile and strong, athletic build.

Thousands of sleepy smiles, aimless drives down country roads, and squeaks of the backdoor after a swing shift later, reality hits. And it hits hard. Falling in love was definitely the easy part. Watching it break apart was impossible.

Through the tears, the second-guesses, the memories of a life built together, the world keeps spinning. With each turn comes clarity and hope—sometimes in the form of a pair of muddy boots by the back door or from the words of a wise friend.

When Ty shows back up with a new found determination to put his family back together, Elin’s torn between the fights of the past and the possibility of a new start. This is the man that holds her heart, the man she loves beyond anything else. But this is also the one person in the world that can cause her the most pain.

Life’s not always easy. Love’s not for the faint of heart. But with life comes lessons and Ty and Elin have the scars to prove it. But it’s their love written in those scars that will hold them together … or break them apart.

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USA Today Bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.

She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather’s nice and there’s always a piece of candy in her pocket.

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The Sinner by Amanda Stevens 


I am a living ghost, a wanderer in search of my purpose and place…


I’m a cemetery restorer by trade, but my calling has evolved from that of ghost seer to death walker to detective of lost souls. I solve the riddles of the dead so the dead will leave me alone. 


I’ve come to Seven Gates Cemetery nursing a broken heart, but peace is hard to come by…for the ghosts here and for me. When the body of a young woman is discovered in a caged grave, I know that I’ve been summoned for a reason. Only I can unmask her killer. 

I want to trust the detective assigned to the case for he is a ghost seer like me. But how can I put my faith in anyone when supernatural forces are manipulating my every thought? When reality is ever-changing? And when the one person I thought I could trust above all others has turned into a diabolical stranger?

I finished this book around 5AM. Then, it took me another two hours before I could stop thinking about the story and how it ended. 

Let me first start by sayin this book is the second in a series. In my opinion, you could read this as a standalone, but I know that I will personally be going back in to read the first book because I enjoyed this one and I think it would help certain aspects of this story make a little more sense. So you don’t have to read the first book, but it might make this story more enjoyable for you. 

I absolutely loved the history in this book. Amelia Gray is a cemetery restorer, and she is in Ascension, South Carolina, restoring the Seven Gates Cemetary. Amelia Gray has certain gifts, and as she’s restoring the cemetary, she can sense she isn’t alone. This draws her to explore a little more and that’s how our story really begins. 

I don’t want to spoil this story for anyone, so I am going to purposely be more vague. 

This story kept me in constant suspense. Just when I thought I had a grasp on the story and the direction, the author tossed in another element. With that said, it wasn’t too complex that I couldn’t understand. I felt the author had a really great pace going, in terms of introducing new aspects of the story, and throwing in new facets that added more depth to the story. 

I enjoyed this story a lot. There is a lot of history imbedded into the story, and I enjoyed watching Amelia Gray using her intelligence and knowledge to gain a better understanding of the mystery and evil that was unfolding. At one point, someone who Amelia is in contact with tells her that someone close to her isn’t what they seem. I think the fact that this message keeps echoing in her mind actually added a lot to the story. The reason I say this is because we get deeper and deeper into this mystery, Amelia is finding out more and more about the other characters in the story. The author really keeps the reader on their toes all the way to the last page of this book. 

When I finally got to the end of the book, I was in complete and utter shock. I did NOT see the ending coming at all. I don’t even know if I was more shocked or spooked senseless by the ending. It was so insane. I remember just sitting awake this morning and just having to sit and think. That is how much this book threw me for a total loop. 

This was my first book from Amanda Stevens and I can’t wait to read more from her. I love a good mystery and this book is easily one of the best I have ever come across. 


Hung by Simone Sowood

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Hung by Simone Sowood

Is a man worth losing everything I’ve ever worked for?

Lawson Heywood is a cocky, dirty-talking prick with enough money to buy a small country. And a man who’s used to getting any woman he wants.

I drew him a picture.

He was so impressed, he cornered me and kissed me. My first real kiss.

With his tattoos, broad shoulders and panty-dropping brown eyes, I thought I’d melt into his arms forever.

Except I can’t get involved with him. It would make me a sell out and ruin my art career once and for all.

Lawson keeps threatening to make me his, but that’s never going to happen. No matter how much my body craves him.

*** A steamy STANDALONE contemporary romance with a hot, dominant alpha. No cliffhanger, no cheating, and a guaranteed happily-ever-after.***

This book is definitely an insta-love story, just to be up front. I know some readers don’t enjoy that, but for myself, I enjoy a good, fast love story. And Skye and Lawson definitely move quickly!

This story was really sweet, in all honesty. Yes, the sex was off the charts hot, but when we see Lawson really step up to the plate for Skye, that is where the story really shines. Our characters meet for the first time when Skye is Lawson’s waitress and somewhat rescues him from a date with a gold digger. They immediately have chemistry, but not just physically. When Skye assists Lawson with moving his date along, he sees her personality, and that Skye is funny and intelligent.

Then he comes back to see her again. But this time, he kisses her and causes Skye some trouble at work. In more way than one.

As much as I liked this story, there were a couple things that didn’t necessarily jive with me. I wouldn’t say I disliked them, but they did sort of make me scratch my head. The first being how quickly Skye and Lawson have sex (if you’ve read the book, you’ll understand what I mean). The reason I say this is tied into the second thing that didn’t sit right with me: Skye has this intense hatred of wealthy people. Lawson opens up to her about his past but we never find out what her issue is with wealthier people. We know Skye has had a falling out with her parents, but it wasn’t enough (in my opinion) to warrant such a strong hatred for the wealthy.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book. The pace moved quickly, and I found myself reading this fairly quickly. Not because I was rushing through but because it just flowed really well. It was easy to want to spend more time with Skye and Lawson. This author is new to me, but I really enjoyed her work and would be more than willing to read more books from her.

Snowfall on Haven Point by RaeAnne Thayne

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Snowfall on Haven Point by RaeAnne Thayne

There’s no place like Haven Point for the holidays, where the snow conspires to bring two wary hearts together for a Christmas to remember 

It’s been two rough years since Andrea Montgomery lost her husband, and all she wants is for her children to enjoy their first Christmas in Haven Point. But then Andie’s friend asks a favor—to keep an eye on her brother, Sheriff Marshall Bailey, who’s recovering from a hit and run. Andie will do anything for Wyn, even park her own misgivings to check on her grouchy, wounded bear of a brother. 

Marshall hates feeling defenseless and resents the protective impulses that Andie brings out in him. But when a blizzard forces them together for the holidays, something in Marshall begins to thaw. Andie’s gentle nature is a salve, and her kids’ excitement for the holidays makes him forget why he never wanted a family. If only he and Andie can admit what they really want—each other—their Christmas wishes might come true after all.

I absolutely ADORE Christmas books. Halloween too. I just love seeing writers bring these special seasons to life with their words. With that said…I really didn’t love this book.

RaeAnne Thayne does an amazing job bring winter and Christmas to life. Which is why it makes it hard for me to dislike this book. I didn’t hate the book, but it really didn’t captivate me and I found myself somewhat forcing myself to return to it.

I definitely could see the town and characters coming to life as I read Andie and Marshall’s story. What was hard for me was the heaviness of the story. This is only my personal opinion, but I feel like holiday related books should be somewhat lighter. I know we all love a good Christmas miracle, but this book had so much heaviness within in, that I kept getting a bit torn in what direction I should be going.

For example, we see Andie’s history: this includes her husband, Jason, dying in the line of duty as a police officer and then later she is raped and attacked by her husband’s old partner, who is now in prison. Marshall, on the other hand, has just been in a hit and run accident and has a broken leg, and is certain that its an inside job. Then we learn Marshall has more in personal life than anyone in town even knows about.

These aspects didn’t necessarily bother me, but they made the book take on a lot of heaviness. The aspect of Marshall trying to solve his own hit and run case kept turning the story into more of a mystery. Then when the mystery is finally solved…it almost felt a bit rushed. Like it just didn’t make a lot of sense to me. My honest first thought was that the author sort of forgot about solving it and just needed to throw something in there quickly. That was how much it threw me off the way it was “solved”.

Overall, I did like the characters and the way the love between Andie and Marshall came to be. As a side note, there is no sex in this book. There is kissing and definite sexual tension. That didn’t bother me personally, but I know some prefer the steamier scenes so I want to be upfront that you won’t get those in this book.

If you are familiar with this author, I’m sure you would like this book. I would definitely be willing to read another book from this author. Her writing is fantastic and she was able to bring the story to life. I think it just became too many things swirling around and it actually took away from the rest of the good parts of the story.