Thursday, January 19, 2017

UNDENIABLE TEMPTATION

Haunted by a kiss.

With his destructive marriage behind him, Ryan Bennett can no longer deny his insatiable attraction to the one woman in control of his future. He needs her. Craves her. She’s the only glimpse of happiness through the building drama in his life and yet one drunken kiss has pushed her further away.

Tormented by what’s at stake.

Leah Gorman’s management contract states she can never act on her feelings for any members of the Reckless Beat band but Ryan has always owned her heart. No matter how long he’s held her captive with his deep soul and easy friendship, he’s off limits. End of story. If only her heart would get the memo. She can’t resist him. Even when their attraction gets in the way of her job.

The price of love is high. Is it worth the cost?

With Leah’s career on the line and Ryan’s reputation in tatters, ignoring their attraction may prove safer than risking everything they hold dear. They have to decide what matters most—their years of friendship, or a chance at love that will destroy them both if they can’t make it work.

Release Date: January 16, 2017
Reckless Beat series book #5
Contemporary Romance
Review copy provided by the publisher 

Nikki’s Review:

Usually, when an Eden Summers ARC hits my email I'm all up it's business within moments of hitting the download button. I downloaded it right away to my kindle but I didn't actually open the book for a few days after. This is the last book in a series that I adore. Actually, adore is too simple a word to use but since I'm struggling with finding something better, that's what I'll use. I knew if I gobbled up this book, like I do all her others, then that would be it. There wouldn't be anymore shenanigans with my boys from Reckless Beat. Sure, I could revisit them in their books, but the series would be complete and that made me a wee bit sad. Some might think it's silly to fall so hard for fictional characters, but Eden's storytelling made them so vibrant and alive. After much pondering I opened the book...and savoured every word.

I have been desperately waiting for Ryan and Leah's story. You get little tidbits throughout the series. Each book would show you a little more; you'd get just a taste and that's it. And like any fabulous author, Eden Summers was able to make me insatiable for them. Of course, she saved this book for last. I know it needed to happen that way, but I secretly think she enjoyed teasing and watching her fans beg for more! The wait was well worth it.

Now that Ryan is well on his way to being divorced from his snake of a wife, the door is open to the possibility of more than friendship between Him and Leah. Neither have ever crossed any sacred boundaries. They've always been friends and nothing more. But deep in their hearts there has always been longing. 

This was a real journey. A process that took time and extreme care. Leah doesn't want to compromise her job as band manager and Ryan isn't making the temptation easier to resist. When these two finally get their priorities aligned I was over the moon with giddiness! Seriously, I squealed like kid! 

Through all the sneaking around their love grows, and holy hell, the lust becomes combustible! Ryan, who I always thought was the gentleman of the band, is a filthy filthy man. And I loved it! I loved that he could be his true self behind closed doors with his best friend and the woman he loves.

The road isn't easy. Leah and Ryan are tested time and again...here's where the snake of a soon to be ex wife strikes again. But through it all, you can feel the bond of friendship. Not just between Leah and Ryan, but the band as well. One of the things that I love most about this series is the comradery between the guys of Reckless Beat. No one writes witty banter quite like, Eden Summers. And I seriously giggle...and maybe snort, when all the guys are on the page and yanking each other's chain!

I could go on and on about this book, and the series. It really has wrapped itself around my heart. With Leah and Ryan's story I feel like everything was tied up nicely. That doesn't mean that I don't want more...I'll always want more of my Reckless boys! But I feel like all the band members were exactly where they needed to be. And they got there in a way that was unique to each of them.

I was sad when this book ended. I felt like I was mourning something important to me. And doesn't that say something about Eden's talent? She's so good that I didn't want to let go. After the sadness faded, I was left with a smile because everything was as it should be. 


Rating: 5 Stars (A+)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

SATISFACTION (LAWLESS #2)

The sizzling second novel in a sexy new contemporary romance series featuring the Lawless siblings—from New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake.

Brandon Lawless is a man on a mission: obtain the information that will clear his father’s name. He’s willing to do whatever it takes—even seduce his enemy’s personal assistant, the beautiful and innocent Carly Hendricks. But with her beguiling smile and captivating intelligence, Brandon soon realizes he doesn’t want to deceive Carly, he wants to win her over—both in the boardroom and the bedroom.

Then a twisted crime leaves Carly vulnerable and Brandon finds himself reeling. The stakes of his mission are now life or death—Carly’s life. And Brandon realizes he’s lost his heart to an amazing woman and his plan must succeed, because the stakes are no longer just revenge, but a once in a lifetime love.

Release Date: January 3, 2017
Romantic Suspense
Berkley 
Lawless series #2
Review copy provided by the publisher 

Nikki’s Review:

I always look forward to discovering what Lexie Blake's characters will be like. I've come to expect a healthy dose of sarcastic wit and laugh out loud moments. I was very happy to see that this book had those ingredients.

I will admit that I found this book a wee bit slow in the beginning. I wasn't put off by it because I was confident that I would get sucked into the story soon enough. After a few chapters, that did indeed happen. I've never been disappointed by a Lexie Blake novel. I'm glad to see the trend continue with this book.

I had a quick social media conversation with a friend about how to describe Brandon. I couldn't put my finger on a word that I thought would encompass him. He was vulnerable, yes, very much so. But there was something else. My friend nailed it on the head...blunt, Brandon Lawless is ridiculously blunt! His thoughts and feelings, no matter how awkward or painful they might be, always came spewing out of his mouth. He kept a dark secret to himself, but other than that, Brandon was honest in everything. It was sometimes uncomfortable, but not it a bad way. It was actually refreshing to have a hero that didn't beat around the bush. 

I adore a story that has the hero wanting to be the "knight in shining armour". Brandon's need to coddle and protect is always apparent. Carly doesn't want to fall hard for this guy. She's got a ton of crap going on with her evil boss and doesn't want any more complications. Too bad her heart and girly bits didn't care about practicality. 

I loved these two together. They made a cohesive team. Brandon wanted to keep her safe and she eventually let him do it. I've read a lot of romance novels, and I think Brandon might be the hero that I wanted to save the most. He's tortured and doesn't believe he deserves a chance at real happiness. I wanted to scoop him up and love on him.

This book has a continuing story arc that started with book 1 and will continue through the next book. Each couple gets their happily ever after, so there's no cliffhangers there. The suspense aspect, catching the bad guys is continued. In true Lexie Blake fashion, there is some serious super sleuthing in this book! All sorts of clues and moments where you're like...what the hell?! I didn't see that coming! I'm always kept on my toes and I love it!

The supporting characters in this book are fabulous. Drew Lawless, the older brother is a hoot! His social graces are lacking. He's a bit awkward, but he's super yummy and delicious! His book is next and I can't wait! I was so excited to be able to visit with some of the McKay-Taggert team from Lexie's, Masters and Mercenaries series! This series is a spinoff of sorts from that series, but you don't need to have read those to fully enjoy these books. But you totally should read that series too! I can't really delve into too many details without giving away spoilers, so it's a bit daunting to try and tell you how much I enjoyed it. The characters were well written, the plot is thick with important details and fast paced action, and the love scenes were tantalizing. This is a book, and series, that any romance lover won't want to miss!


Rating: 4 Stars (A)

PHANTOM KISS (CHICAGOLAND VAMPIRE #12.5)

In this all-new novella from the New York Times bestselling author of Midnight Marked, Merit, Ethan, and the rest of Cadogan House crew discover that not all undead creatures are kindred spirits…

Vampires generally aren’t afraid of things that go bump in the night, but Merit and Ethan are extra jumpy after a recent attack by a dark sorcerer. So when they learn that someone is messing with graves in Chicago’s cemeteries, stealing skulls and snatching souls, they fear that their powerful foe might be back for even more magical vengeance.

But after a specter begins haunting Cadogan House—and targeting vampires—they realize that their being taunted by an altogether different sort of monster. A ghoulish villain straight out of the Windy City’s urban legends is on the prowl—and he won’t stop until he’s killed again...

Release Date: January 17, 2017
Chicagoland Vampires #12.5
InterMix Penguin Group
Paranormal Romance
Review copy provided by publisher

Liza’s Review:

I adore the Chicagoland Vampire series and was super excited to get Phantom Kiss to tide me over until Blade Bound is released in April. Chloe Neill once again delivered an engaging story that pulled me in from the very first page.

I love seeing where each installment in the series takes Merit and Ethan. I loved at the beginning of Phantom Kiss they were going to a couple's wedding shower at Merit's parents home. Merit's mother really does try hard to stay in her daughter's life and I love that she is just as enamored by Ethan as most everyone else. 

Merit and Ethan seem to always be the ones in charge of protecting Chicago. Of course when Annabelle calls about the disturbance of the grave in the cemetery, Merit and Ethan not only are the ones to show up, but they are instrumental in getting the disturbance solved. I love that we got to spend time with pretty much the whole crew of favorite characters as they battled the ghoul who is now haunting Cadogen House. While Annabelle is a recent addition to the crew, I've come to love her character every bit as much as other characters.

Phantom Kiss is a novella length book, so it was a super fast read for me. Partly because it was a novella, but mostly because I couldn't put the book down once I started reading. Phantom Kiss was a fun and fast-paced story and only made me more excited for the release of Blade Bound.


Rating: 4.5 Stars (B+)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

BIG SHOT RELEASE DAY BLAST


Big Shot (A Book Boyfriend Novel 1) by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde

Date of Publication: January 17, 2017

Blurb


New York Times Bestselling Authors Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde bring you a sexy new standalone romance.
Fall in love with your next Book Boyfriend . . .
Wes Sinclair is a notorious heart-breaker, a hot as sin bad boy with a panty-dropping smile no woman can resist. Except for his best friend's little sister and business adversary, Natalie Prescott, who seems immune to his flirtatious charms. While she's become a permanent fixture in his dirtiest, most scandalous fantasies, she wants nothing to do with him, or his seductive promises. Challenge accepted. His goal? To bring her to her knees, make her beg, and show her just how good being bad can be.

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About Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde


***About Carly Phillips***

Carly Phillips is the N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of over 50 sexy contemporary romance novels featuring hot men, strong women and the emotionally compelling stories her readers have come to expect and love. Carly is happily married to her college sweetheart, the mother of two nearly adult daughters and three crazy dogs (two wheaten terriers and one mutant Havanese) who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. Carly loves social media and is always around to interact with her readers. You can find out more about Carly at www.carlyphillips.com.

***About Erika Wilde***
Erika Wilde is the author of the sexy Marriage Diaries series and The Players Club series. She lives in Oregon with her husband and two daughters, and when she's not writing you can find her exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest. For more information on her upcoming releases, please visit website at www.erikawilde.com.

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