Thursday, March 9, 2017

Review: Crow by A. Zavarelli

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BL9GFK2     https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31309440-crow

Synopsis:
He’s a killer. A mobster.
The last man on earth I’d ever want to be with. I won’t lose my head just because he’s hot, Irish, and has a wicked accent to boot.
He’s one of the only leads in my best friend’s disappearance, and I don’t trust him.

So I’ve got a few rules in mind when it comes to dealing with Lachlan Crow.
1.Keep a clear head and don’t get distracted.
2.Do what’s necessary and never forget why you’re there.
3.Never, and I mean never, fall for him.

Fourth and final rule?
Throw out the book altogether. Because the rules don’t apply when it comes to the Irish mafia.
It was only supposed to be temporary, but now Lachlan thinks he owns me. He says he’s not letting me go.
And I believe him.

***
Lachlan.

I don’t know who she is. I don’t know why she’s here.
But if it’s my attention she wants, she has it.

The Russians want her dead, and now it’s up to me to look out for her. This girl is trouble. A distraction I can’t afford. 
So why have I already decided she’s mine?
I’ve claimed her and there’s no going back now.

This is a full-length standalone novel full of hot Irish bad boys with accents. Steamy and dark mafia themes throughout. HEA included.

Rating - 5
Review:

I've been in a reading slump where nothing sounded good so I grabbed this book off the shelf without knowing what I was getting myself into. It took me a few chapters to get into the book, to get out of my reading slump. But when it happened the book gripped me by the hand and didn't let go until the very last page.

The characters were all strong, independent characters that took shit from no one. It's a story of a young woman whose friend suddenly goes missing and she gets the bright idea to wiggly her way into the mafia's eyes so she can find her friend. The moment she steps in the ring of the mafia everything starts happening. Wars are broken out, threats are made, lies are carried around like ticking bombs.

Mack and Lach are one of the hottest book couples. They're both so strong and so have so much to give to the other. If you like a good action packed sexy book then check this one out.

“Nobody has ever looked at me the way he’s looking at me at this moment. Like I’m his possession. Like if anyone else were to touch me, he’d break both their legs and an arm for good measure. It shouldn’t make me feel anything, but it does.”

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Review: Drifter by Janine Infante Bosco

https://www.amazon.com/Drifter-Nomad-Janine-Infante-Bosco-ebook/dp/B01LQG7TFA     https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32503530-drifter

Synopsis:
"Stryker"
I’m a drifter.
A man born to ride through this world alone.
There used to be a time when I thought I was the rescuing type. I enlisted in the Marines and made it my duty—I was going to save lives.
I was going to be a true American hero.
But God had another plan.
Or maybe Satan did.
For everything I touch finds mortality.
I’m no hero.
I’m nothing.
I’m a veteran biker, a former nomad who survived war only to live in hell.
Now I ride with the Satan’s Knights of Brooklyn and I’m drifting into a different kind of chaos.
The kind that revolves around a pretty girl with intoxicating green eyes.
A girl who has the power to turn me inside out.
A girl who doesn’t need anyone to rescue her because she’s her own savior.
Until she’s not.
But a man plagued by war and the devil inside him can never be her hero.

Gina Spinelli

Strong. Independent. Fierce.
They are the three things I strived to be.
But sometimes being successful can be lonely.
Sometimes a girl just wants to be a girl and have someone take care of her.
Maybe even love her.
Sometimes the strong become vulnerable.
Or worse, the victor becomes the victim.
Sometimes we lose control or in my case it’s stripped from you.
Defeated. Broken. Haunted.
They are the three things I have become.
In my darkest hour I admit defeat.
In my darkest hour I need one person.
I need him.
Stryker.

***NOTE:Contains explicit sexual situations, violence, sensitive subjects, offensive language, and mature topics. Recommended for age 18 years and up. ***
Review: Rating- 5
Before the book starts there's a 'Dear Reader' chapter. Make sure to read that. It's important so you know whether or not the book will be for you. Also, there's a drinking game posted in there:
Take one shot if Stryker makes you hot.
Take two shots whenever Gina makes you cry.
Take three shots whenever you laugh.
When you have about seventy percent left of the book put the bottle down.
I highly advise not really participating in this drinking game because you'll die from alcohol poisoning. I had to add a new category for shots when I hit seventy percent: Take zero shots whenever you fall madly-irrevocably- in love with the characters. This is what my shots taken would have looked like if I participated, there's a slash where seventy percent is:
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"Ready," she calls.
She wasn't ready, and neither was I.
Not for the ride I was about to take her on or the one she was about to take me on.
**5 Facts**
1. I've read a lot of books that had an underlying awareness factor, whether that was sexual assault, domestic abuse, drug use, human trafficking, or even veterans, but I've never seen a book pull it off so well. It was real and it hurt. It was the big bad no one wants to talk about, but it was there. You might know a lot about the situation, but even so you wont be prepared. You wont want to read about the bad. This book captured the bad with this one veteran and his pretty girl, but it also captured the good.
"You know what happens when you walk away from a bomb? he asks with a strained voice.
I shake my head because words fail me when he takes two steps closer and reaches out to touch my cheek.
"You search for a sign you're alive," he says simply, bringing his other hand to my cheek and cups my face. Blowing out a breath, he leans his forehead against mine and his eyes search mine.
"Found my sign, pretty girl," he whispers as I wrap my arms around him and squeeze him tight.
2. Despite the grit of this book it was hilarious. I laughed. Then I laughed some more. These characters are a riot. They show you the beautiful in the world. They show you the reason we continue to move on day after day.
"That was-" his sentence trails off as he takes a deep breath and lifts his head from my shoulder.
"Quick," I finish, swallowing the embarrassment. "I've been kind of having a dry spell," I blurt, slamming my eyes shut. "Not that I'm dry like you know... down there, but dry as in... of fuck this," I hiss, sighing heavily as I open my eyes and stare back at his amused face.
3. Fire. Holy mother of everything good. This book was smoking hot. You'll need the fire department on speed dial while reading. Stryker is a man full of dirty promises. I'm not going to elaborate any more than that because you just have to meet Stryker and see for yourself.
"You wont be needing clothes for the rest of the night, pretty girl," he whispers against my ear.
4. This book will rip your heart out. Not just rip it out, but it will tear it into tiny pieces. Then run it over. For good measure it'll take those battered pieces and douse them in gasoline and grab a pack of matches. I haven't felt a book like this in a long time. It hurt.
I lifted the gun to my temple a total of thirty-six times, and every time I closed my eyes I saw her face. Her green eyes pleaded with me every damn time, begging me to stay and suffer, not to give up and be a statistic.
5. The book never lights that pack of matches. It takes your battered gasoline soaked piece and washes them clean and slowly stitches them back together. The cuts are fresh, but over time they will scar, you'll have reminders of this book, you'll never fully forget, but in the end it does put you back together. It gives you hope, love, and beauty.
There are things ordinary people don't realize are precious gifts. Sometimes it takes the ugly in the world to remind us of those gifts.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Review: Hero Bear by Zoe Chant

https://www.amazon.com/Hero-Bear-Paranormal-Shifter-Shifters-ebook/dp/B0174917EM     https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27270731-hero-bear

Synopsis:
Curvy Michaela Baker moved to Salem Creek looking for a second chance. Hidden away in the hills and hollers of the Appalachians, she hopes her secrets won't follow her to her new job as a physical therapist. But she didn't count on one of her first clients being the hottest man she's ever seen. Caleb Bentley should be absolutely off-limits, but how can she help him recover when touching him sets her body on fire?

Caleb lost part of his left leg to an IED in Iraq, but he was lucky to make it home at all. There aren't a lot of options for a man with one leg in Salem Creek, where it's the coal mine or nothing, but he's determined to rebuild his life any way he can. As far as anyone knows, his biggest worries are keeping him and his brother Dalton fed and dodging the town's insistence on treating him like a war hero. But Caleb has a secret of his own: his leg wasn't all the war cost him. He's a bear shifter who's lost the ability to shift. That is, until his new physical therapist wakes up the slumbering beast inside of him and makes it roar.

When Michaela's past threatens her future, the secrets that kept her and Caleb apart may be the only thing that can save them. Can two people with a lot to hide face the truth about each other? 
Review: Rating- 4.5
Hero Bear is a short standalone in a series of shifters of Salem Creek, where this story takes place. Despite the short length of this story it had depth, the characters were flushed out and had backstory that wasn't skipped over.

The only thing I disliked wasn't about the story, but the formatting. It was dual-point of view, but when it went from Michaela's point of view to Dalton's there wasn't even a page break, it just continued on without any indication of a switch.

Bonus: There were two recipes in the back of the book that was used in the book! You can eat what the characters eat!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Review: Pay For Play by Victoria Ashley & Hilary Storm

https://www.amazon.com/Pay-Play-Alphachat-com-Book-1-ebook/dp/B01GM4MH6C     https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30289592-pay-for-play
Synopsis:
Alphachat.com – That’s all the info you need to get off in the privacy of your own home, car or hell… even in a public fucking library.

Whatever gets you wet.

I never expected a million-dollar business to come out of touching myself on camera, but when you add in nine of your best guys, the women become hungry and the money begins flowing faster than you can spend it.

You want to see me take my shirt off, I’ll strip it off nice and slow, making you sweat in anticipation.

You want to see me touch my dick, I’ll stroke every hard inch of it, getting you off before you can even feel it creeping up on you.

Your money.

Your Alpha.

Your demand.

Now I just hope playing for her on camera will pay off enough for me to claim her outside of the computer screen.
Teasers:

Review: Rating-5
Hot doesn't even come close to describing this book. I started reading this at 10pm thinking I would read a couple chapters before going to sleep. A couple chapters later and the temperature in my house rose a few degrees, I started stripping just to get cooler, and there was no way this book was being put down. 3am came around and I finally finished the book to a steamy house. Whooo! This book is scorching!

I don't normally read books where the H isn't anything less than 100% for his h because I'm an incredibly jealous person especially when it comes to my book boyfriends. With Lynx being a cam guy, it just seemed too close to what I don't like. However, this book did it for me. Ashley and Storm created a story that didn't make me (too) jealous despite everything.

I never thought a book this hot would also make my heart ache for the characters. Usually if a book is this hot there's no deep feelings for me, but Pay For Play was everything. It was hilarious, Remi- the best friend- was a hoot, I loved all the Alpha men and how they kept things lively, Rebel was relatable- strong and determined, and Lynx is one hot Alpha!

Don't just take my word for it, but check out all the other reviews. There are hundreds of five star reviews raving about how fucking delicious Lynx is, how incredibly sexy his dick is, and how devouring this novel is.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Review: Steady as the Snow Falls by Lindy Zart

http://www.amazon.com/Steady-Snow-Falls-Lindy-Zart-ebook/dp/B01EBFJ3U2     https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28943260-steady-as-the-snow-falls

Synopsis:
Hired by a stranger to write his life story, Beth Lambert arrives at a seemingly abandoned house in the hills near her hometown. She knows the rumors, she knows it is dangerous and unwise. But she needs the money. And she needs to prove that it isn’t a mistake to think she can make a career out of a dream.

Inside the house of emptiness and coldness, she finds a man with curt words and haunted eyes. He is eccentric, odd. Brutish, even. He scares her, and he intrigues her. When she learns who he is, she wants to run. But there is the money, and there is the dream, and eventually, there is simply Harrison Caldwell. The haunted man with the black, ugly truth.


Review:  Rating- 5
I wanted to read this thinking it was a Beauty and the Beast retelling. I'm sure a lot of people will think that by reading the synopsis and in a way it is. Beth is a big-hearted woman that wants to live her dreams and she falls in love with a man who spends his time locked away from the world because he has a condition.

We don't know what the condition is that Harrison has at first. It goes on and on for pages about this awful illness, but it doesn't say what it is right away. I was frustrated with that at the time. I just wanted to know. I wanted answers. I wanted to put a word a label to what was going on, I wanted to see that word and make it into what I know about it. It's fairly easy to guess what he has, but not saying it was aggravating at first. I'm glad the characters held off for a couple of chapters on saying out loud what the condition is. It forces you to feel what the characters do, to see what they go through, to understand a little more, and not force it into that word, to not force it into something that you can kind of grasp then push it away out of sight. No, holding off made this story into something so much more eerie and beautiful and intense.
Lindy Zart's writing bleeds emotions. The story isn't your typical light romance, it's deep and painful and you'll read it with a knot in your stomach. The characters have their own humor and it's welcomed, but that knot never goes away. Not until the end. Not until it feels like everything is going to be okay. Then you read that epilogue and that knot comes back deeper.
You will ugly cry.
This story doesn't have a terrible heart-aching ending, but it also doesn't have the typical happy ever after, either.
This story isn't a fairytale.
This story is real.
It's beautiful and tragic.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Review: Darker Water by Lauren Stewart

http://www.amazon.com/Darker-Water-Once-Forever-Book-ebook/dp/B00N1X6ZDE/     https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23203738-darker-water 

Synopsis:
After another painful breakup, Laney Temple finally understands that love is a fairytale and sex rarely comes with a happy ending. She’s too busy for it right now anyway—she has a business to run, art to create, and candy to crush. Sure, eventually she’ll be ready to switch from her plastic-or-silicon lover to a flesh-and-blood one. But before that happens, she needs to be sure she won’t feel any of those annoying emotions that make her heart do things it wasn’t meant to do...

Like break

Carson Bennett is completely upfront about what he wants, and it has nothing to do with Laney’s heart. Her lips? Hell yeah. Other parts of her body? You better f*cking believe it. But her heart? Nope, not even a little. Until it does…a lot. But having feelings for someone isn’t allowed. It’s the kind of thing you’re supposed to push down deep and cover up with one-night stands, sarcasm, and booze...

Like secrets

Two people want the same thing—a commitment to nothing more than great sex in a bunch of different positions. Simple. Enjoyable. A win-win. Problem is, those two people have families and fears and pain that spill into every moment of their lives, control what they do and who they are. And if either Carson or Laney can’t free themselves from the past, they’ll both be pulled under by it.
Review: Rating- 4.5
I don't even know where to begin with this review. I absolutely adored this book. It was dark and yet the characters personalities never made the book that dark. They were funny and sweet and way too in denial to be anything but perfect.

Lane(y) and Carson are a force. They're one of those couples (who aren't really a couple) that make you crave to be them. They started out wanting nothing but sex and they ended up not having sex for a bit and just becoming friends who fell into this boiling hot relationship full of trust. Trust in each other until the past crept up and then trust that the other would figure out a way to make it work even if they didn't quite realize it. When they finally decided sex was okay to have and not fall in love it was panty-dropping scorching-hot between them.

I can't write this review adequately enough to rave on all the good parts of this book. It's not going to be everyone's cup of sweet coffee, but I think it'll be a lot of people's favorite whirlpool bathtub. Read it. Fall into a a heap of loving giggles anytime Carson opens his mouth with an innuendo. Hug your favorite blanket anytime Lane(y) tries her hardest not to fall for this beautiful sweet messed up man. Take a walk with Laney and Carson and find out what can happen when two people think they're so messed up they don't deserve love.

Side-note: This book has abuse in it. There's a page at the back of the book about the statistics of abuse with a hotline number if needed. I can't appreciate an author more than when they include that with their book. Also, there is a small novella that continues Laney and Carson's story that should be at the back of book two. Darker Water is a standalone though.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Review: Keeping Her by Kelly Lucille

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DWAIEZS     https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18211657-keeping-her

Synopsis:
At 28, Clytie Persephone Jones has reinvented herself into exactly what she wants to be. She changed her name, put herself through school, and is taking chances on a risky art career. She’s not looking for marriage; she doesn’t need anyone to run her life for her. What she yearns for is passion. She wants to burn under a man’s touch. A lukewarm simmer won’t cut it. She’s holding out for the real thing.

Demon is a Wolf Shifter. A seven-foot tall x-Navy SEAL, with no name but his call sign. Banding together with other outcast shifters and rogues for safety and the first real brotherhood he has known, he asks for nothing in life but the protection and solvency of his self-made “pack.”

Neither of them expects the connection that flares so fast between them. Clytie wants time to get to know him. Demon figures he’ll just bring her right home into his bed and keep her there.

Can she deal with both the reality of an Alpha shape-shifter and the danger presented by Demons past?

This title contains explicit sex.
Review: Rating- 5
Holy panty dropping hotness! What I deem a good shifter book is hard to come by. I like my shifters monogamous, wolf, and protective, and man did this deliver!

Demon is dominant, protective, hot as hell in a scary kind of way, and all about his woman. Clytie is the perfect heroine, sassy, strong, funny, sweet, caring. I love these two together. I want more. Unfortunately, this is a standalone series so this is the only book telling the story of Demon and Clytie.

The story was fanfreakingtastic! It started off cute and funny, turned smoking hot, then got into a nice action packed punch, before settling into a sweet romance. I want to rave and gush and force this on every shifter-wolf reader, but I'll settle for this: Read this! NOW!