Saturday, 4 April 2020

Review: Connections in Death - J.D. Robb

When recovering drug addict Lyle Pickering is found dead of an overdose, it looks like a tragic accident. But his sister Rochelle knows better, and so does Lieutenant Eve Dallas. Lyle was murdered, and the evidence points directly to his old street gang.

As Eve and husband Roarke track the killer through the city's dive bars, drug dens and strip joints, another body is discovered. With connections growing between the living and the dead, and the body count on the rise, Eve knows she needs to close this case fast, before the killer's lust for power turns the city's streets into a bloodbath.

In Death Series:
Naked in Death
Glory in Death
Immortal in Death
Rapture in Death
Ceremony in Death
Vengeance in Death
Holiday in Death
Midnight in Death (Novella)
Conspiracy in Death
Loyalty in Death
Witness in Death
Judgement in Death
Betrayal in Death
Interlude in Death (Novella)
Seduction in Death
Reunion in Death
Purity in Death
Portrait in Death
Imitation in Death
Big Jack (Available in the Remember When Anthology or separately)
Divided in Death
Visions in Death
Survivor in Death
Origin in Death
Memory in Death
Haunted in Death (Novella)
Born in Death
Innocent in Death
Creation in Death
Eternity in Death (Novella)
Strangers in Death
Salvation in Death
Ritual in Death (Novella)
Promises in Death
Kindred in Death
Missing in Death (Novella)
Fantasy in Death
Indulgence in Death
Possession in Death (Novella)
Treachery in Death
New York to Dallas
Chaos in Death (Novella)
Celebrity in Death
Delusion in Death
Calculated in Death
Thankless in Death
Taken in Death (Novella available in the Mirror, Mirror anthology or separately)
Concealed in Death
Festive in Death
Obsession in Death
Devoted in Death
Wonderment in Death (Novella)
Brotherhood in Death
Apprentice in Death
Echoes in Death
Secrets in Death
Dark in Death
Leverage in Death
Connections in Death
Vendetta in Death
Golden in Death

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Review:
When a recovering addict dies of an apparent overdose it should be simple to label it a case of accidental death and move on. But the victim's sister is convinced her brother wasn't using and from the evidence Eve is inclined to agree. As the bodies start piling up Eve soon finds herself trying to prevent an all out gang war.

The reviews for Connections in Death seem to be a bit hit and miss but I really enjoyed it. I know exactly what I'm going to get when I pick up a book in this series, there are certain things that happen in every book and I'm totally happy with that because it's become a total comfort read. I love the relationships between the all of the different characters, Roarke is a favourite book boyfriend but I also want to be friends with Eve, Peabody and Nadine and I want to have a cup of tea with Doctor Mira and listen to her words of wisdom.

J.D. Robb always keeps things fresh as far as the mystery goes so while I'll admit Eve figured things out pretty quickly in this book I still enjoyed the police procedural side of the story. I love seeing Eve and Peabody interviewing suspects too, especially when Peabody is allowed to go all out and play bad cop for a change.

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Thursday, 2 April 2020

March 2020 Recap


Hi everyone, I hope you're all surviving lockdown and staying safe. The world really feels quite upside down at the moment and I know for sure it's affecting my ability to concentrate. I was already in a bit of a reading and blogging slump and it definitely hasn't got any easier over the last couple of weeks. I'm struggling to even read a book right now, let alone deal with anything else. So anyway, it may be a little quieter around here than normal but I'm doing my best to get into a routine again so we'll see what happens in April.

The most important thing is that we all look out for each other and try to keep ourselves, our families and our friends safe. If you're able to stay home please do but to all of the essential workers who are out there looking out for the rest of us, from the emergency services to the delivery drivers to the shop workers and everyone in between I want to say thank you. You are appreciated and I hope that in the coming months you are rewarded for all your hard work!

Stay safe everyone!

Books read in previous months but reviewed in March:
(Links will take you to my reviews)
  1. A Heart of Blood and Ashes - Milla Vane (Read in January, review coming soon)
  2. Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: Aragog - Jody Revenson (Deluxe Book and Model Set) (Read in January, reviewed in March)
  3. Come Tumbling Down - Seanan Mcguire (Read in January, reviewed in March)
  4. Sweep with Me - Ilona Andrews (Novella) (Read in January, review coming soon)
  5. Strange Love - Ann Aguirre (Read in January, review coming soon)
  6. Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: Sorting Hat - Jody Revenson (Deluxe Book and Model Set) (Read in January, reviewed in March)
  7. Incredibuilds: Fantastic Beasts: Thunderbird - Incredibuilds (Deluxe Book and Model Set) (Read in January, review coming soon)
  8. Sanctum - Lexi Blake (Novella) (Read in January, reviewed in March)
  9. Stars Beyond - S.K. Dunstall (Read in February, review coming soon)
  10. Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: Stag Patronus - Jody Revenson (Deluxe Book and Model Set) (Read in February, review coming soon)
  11. Crooked Kingdom: Collector's Edition - Leigh Bardugo (Read in February, reviewed in March)
  12. Deal with the Devil - Kit Rocha (Read in February, review coming soon)
  13. Chilling Effect - Valerie Valdes (Read in February, review coming soon)
  14. Snowed In - Lexi Blake (Novella) (Read in February, reviewed in March)
  15. Kiss of Vengeance - S. Young (Read in February, reviewed in March)
    Books read in March:
    (Links will take you to my reviews)
    1. Love Hard - Nalini Singh
    2. Imaginary Numbers - Seanan McGuire (Review coming soon)
    3. Follow the Lady - Seanan Mcguire (Short Story) (Review coming soon)
    4. Of Flame and Fury - Cecy Robson (Review coming soon)
    5. Dark in Death - J.D. Robb
    6. Undercover Bromance - Lyssa Kay Adams (Review coming soon)
    7. The Queen's Bargain - Anne Bishop (Review coming soon)
    8. Baker's Coven - Nancy Warren
    9. Highfire - Eoin Colfer
    10. Kissing Kendall - Katee Robert
    11. Gaming Grace - Piper J. Drake
    12. Leverage in Death - J.D. Robb
    13. Claiming Her Dragons - Lia Davis (Review coming soon)
    14. A Winter Mating - Lia Davis (Review coming soon)
    15. Primal Sin - Ariana Nash
    16. Attracting Aubrey - Avery Flynn
    17. Saga Volume 1 - Brian K Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Graphic Novel) (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
    18. Connections in Death - J.D. Robb (Review coming soon)
    19. Loving Liv - Stacey Kennedy
    March Books of the Month:
    (Choices are made from books reviewed this month and the links will take you to my reviews)

    My top YA read in March:


    Come Tumbling Down by Seanan Mcguire (read my review here)

    My top adult reads in March:


    Love Hard by Nalini Singh (read my review here)
    Primal Sin by Ariana Nash (read my review here)

    My Challenge Updates:

    Here are the 2020 challenges I'm taking part in (some of these posts are just for me to keep track of the different types of books I'm reading):
    2020 Read 100 Books in a Year Challenge - Read 45/200
    2020 British Books Challenge - Read 6/20
    2020 New Author Challenge - Read 5/20
    2020 Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance Challenge - Read 12/100
    2020 Contemporary Romance Challenge - Read 17/20

    Tuesday, 31 March 2020

    Review: Loving Liv - Stacey Kennedy

    USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy returns to the passion-filled world of Club Sin and Dirty Little Secrets with this novella featuring a slightly flawed Dom who has six days--and six very steamy nights--on a Caribbean cruise to convince an innocent woman from his past that maybe the best way for two broken people to find true love is to jump headfirst into the deep end of desire.

    Liv Sloane needs a vacation. After her cheating ex broke her heart--and their engagement--Liv never fully recovered. In fact, she's spent the past two years avoiding romance at all costs... with the exception of that sizzling one-night stand she can't seem to forget. So when her friends from college suggest a reunion cruise, Liv knows a relaxing week of sun, sand, and beach reads is exactly what she needs to clear her mind. But when they board the ship, Liv is hit with two surprises. Her friends accidentally booked a singles cruise, and her one-night stand is waiting on deck.

    Miles Schantz has spent the past three months thinking about Liv. As a Dom at one of the hottest sex clubs in Las Vegas, Miles has his pick of women... so why can't he get Liv out of his head? When he receives an email asking him to join Liv on a cruise, he can't believe his luck. But when he meets her on board--and she's completely unaware of her "invitation"-- Miles has to come up with a new plan. Six nights of no-strings-attached passion. Six nights of wild fantasies, sexy games, and forbidden adventures. Six nights to show Liv that she belongs with him...

    Five friends. One singles cruise. So many sexy shenanigans. Be sure to check out all of the standalone Gone Wild books!

    Gone Wild Series:
    Kissing Kendall by Katee Robert
    Gaming Grace by Piper J. Drake
    Attracting Aubrey by Avery Flynn
    Beguiling Benjamin by Robin Covington (the release date for this title has been delayed)
    Loving Liv by Stacey Kennedy

    Club Sin Series:
    Claimed
    Bared
    Desired
    Freed
    Tamed
    Commanded
    Mine
    Loving Liv (standalone title in the same world as the Club Sin & Dirty Little Secrets series, crossover with the Gone Wild series)

    Dirty Little Secrets Series:
    Bound Beneath His Pain
    Tied to His Betrayal
    Restrained Under His Duty
    Cuffed by His Charm
    Loving Liv (standalone title in the same world as the Club Sin & Dirty Little Secrets series, crossover with the Gone Wild series)

    Visit Stacey Kennedy's website for more information.

    Review:
    Ever since Liv had her heart broken by her cheating fiancé she's sworn off men so this trip to hang out with her closest friends should be just what she needs. What she wasn't counting on is running into Miles though, the hottest one night stand of her life and a man who has been trying to get her to date him ever since.

    Miles hasn't been able to get Liv out of his head since their first encounter three months ago so when she emails him inviting him to join her on a cruise he jumps at the chance. He had no idea that it wasn't actually Liv who sent the email so they both get an unpleasant surprise when they first see each other again but now Liv is forced to spend time with him he's determined to make her see how good they could be together.

    Loving Liv is the fifth book in the Gone Wild series containing books written by Stacey Kennedy, Katee Robert, Piper J. Drake, Avery Flynn and Robin Covington. Each of the books stars a different member of a group of old college friends who are on a cruise trip hoping to reconnect and spend time together. This has been a really fun series that's helped me find a few new (to me) authors to add to my to read mountain and I'm definitely planning on reading Stacey Kennedy's Club Sin & Dirty Little Secrets series as soon as possible.

    This book was definitely the hottest of the series and I loved every minute of it. Liv is very attracted to Miles but she is so convinced their relationship couldn't possibly work that she isn't willing to give him a chance. She was badly burnt by her ex and is determined to never let herself get into that situation again. A relationship with Miles just makes no sense to her, not only is he a Dom who runs a sex club while she's totally vanilla, he's also so out of her league that it's ridiculous and they don't even live in the same state. Miles on the other hand thinks they'll be perfect together, he's spent enough time around beautiful women to recognise insane chemistry when he feels it and he knows that Liv isn't quite as vanilla as she thinks she is. All he's got to do is prove it to her.

    I thought Liv and Miles made a great couple and their chemistry was insanely good, Liv had no idea how much she'd enjoy her time with Miles but she's still running scared. It's not going to be easy to convince her to give love another chance but hopefully she'll be brave enough to try. This book also has cameo appearances from quite a few couples from the Club Sin series as well as Allie and Micha from Bound Beneath His Pain which I'm sure fans will appreciate and it definitely made me want to read more of Stacey Kennedy's books in the future.

    Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review

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    Monday, 30 March 2020

    Review: Attracting Aubrey - Avery Flynn

    I never dreamed I’d meet my celebrity crush while stealing every single pair of my best friend’s pants.

    Trust me, my life is not that wild. In fact, the most excitement I usually get is running my fan-favorite Insta thirst account featuring butt-tastic pics of Hollywood superhero Carter Hayes. So, imagine my shock when, in the middle of the cruise ship hallway, I realize the guy whose shirt I'm stuffing slacks inside of is Carter disguised as a tourist. How I manage not to faint dead away, I've got no clue.

    When word leaks that Carter might be on board, he asks me to help him maintain his cover. There’s no way I’m gonna say no to that. I just don't share that I’m the anonymous woman behind the fan account that reported sighting him onboard. No biggie. Right?

    However, when things between us go from friendly to hot to OMG-I-can’t-keep-my-clothes-on-around-him, all I can do is hope he never discovers my secret. You see, somewhere along the way, Carter went from an untouchable movie star to the man I’m falling for.

    Five friends. One singles cruise. So many sexy shenanigans. Be sure to check out all of the standalone Gone Wild books!

    Gone Wild Series:
    Kissing Kendall by Katee Robert
    Gaming Grace by Piper J. Drake
    Attracting Aubrey by Avery Flynn
    Beguiling Benjamin by Robin Covington (the release date for this title has been delayed)
    Loving Liv by Stacey Kennedy

    Sweet Salvation Brewery Series:
    Enemies on Tap
    Hollywood on Tap
    Trouble on Tap
    Betting the Billionaire (standalone title in the same world as the Sweet Salvation Brewery Series)
    Balls Out (standalone title in the same world as the Sweet Salvation Brewery Series)
    Attracting Aubrey (standalone title in the same world as the Sweet Salvation Brewery Series, crossover with the Gone Wild series)

    Visit Avery Flynn's website for more information.

    Review:
    Aubrey's life hasn't turned out the way she expected, she's back living in her small hometown helping run her grandmother's bakery even though she has zero skills in the kitchen, and her dreams of becoming a writer seem further away than ever. For fun she runs a celebrity fan account posting pictures of her favourite actor on Instagram but never in a million years did she expect to actually meet him.

    Carter is a Hollywood heartthrob who plays an extremely popular superhero but he doesn't want to get pigeonholed into one type of role. He's been trying to convince a director to give him a chance at a more serious part but they're worried fans won't see past his superhero character. If he can spend the entire week on this cruise without anyone uncovering his true identity then he might just have a chance at the job of a lifetime, but he didn't count on running straight into a superfan who could easily blow his cover.

    Attracting Aubrey is the third book in the Gone Wild series containing books written by Avery Flynn, Katee Robert, Piper J. Drake, Robin Covington and Stacey Kennedy. Each of the books stars a different member of a group of old college friends who are on a cruise trip hoping to reconnect and spend time together. This has been a really fun series that's helped me find a few new (to me) authors to add to my to read mountain.

    This was a really fun and light hearted romance, I thought Aubrey and Carter were both great characters and it was hilarious seeing how tongue tied she was when she first met someone that she's spent years lusting after from a distance. Carter was actually really down to earth for someone so famous and it was obvious that he was enjoying being out of the spotlight and not mobbed by fans. I did appreciate that he came clean about his identity to Aubrey very quickly so there was no deception on his part though, it must be hard to trust in that kind of situation but he didn't want to spend time together based on a lie. I did feel like Aubrey could have been upfront more quickly about her fan account but there were several times she tried to broach the subject and he kept changing the subject so it wasn't all her fault. Either way they were a very cute couple and I was happy with how everything worked out in the end.

    I'd quite like to read a story about Carter's brother but in the meantime I definitely plan to check out some of the other books that are set in Avery's hometown of Salvation: The Sweet Salvation Brewery Series (Enemies on Tap, Hollywood on Tap & Trouble on Tap) and the standalone titles Betting the Billionaire and Balls Out.

    Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review

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    Sunday, 29 March 2020

    Review: Leverage in Death - J.D. Robb

    What would you do to protect your family?

    When Paul Rogan sets off a bomb at his office, killing eleven people, no one can understand why. Then his wife and daughter are found chained up in the family home, and everything becomes clear. Rogan had been given a horrifying choice - set off the bomb, or see his loved ones suffer and die.

    Lieutenant Eve Dallas is sure the violence won't end here. Working with her charismatic husband Roarke, she learns that the men behind the attack are determined, organised and utterly ruthless. Before they strike again, Eve must work out what they want and just how far they will go to get it...

    In Death Series:
    Naked in Death
    Glory in Death
    Immortal in Death
    Rapture in Death
    Ceremony in Death
    Vengeance in Death
    Holiday in Death
    Midnight in Death (Novella)
    Conspiracy in Death
    Loyalty in Death
    Witness in Death
    Judgement in Death
    Betrayal in Death
    Interlude in Death (Novella)
    Seduction in Death
    Reunion in Death
    Purity in Death
    Portrait in Death
    Imitation in Death
    Big Jack (Available in the Remember When Anthology or separately)
    Divided in Death
    Visions in Death
    Survivor in Death
    Origin in Death
    Memory in Death
    Haunted in Death (Novella)
    Born in Death
    Innocent in Death
    Creation in Death
    Eternity in Death (Novella)
    Strangers in Death
    Salvation in Death
    Ritual in Death (Novella)
    Promises in Death
    Kindred in Death
    Missing in Death (Novella)
    Fantasy in Death
    Indulgence in Death
    Possession in Death (Novella)
    Treachery in Death
    New York to Dallas
    Chaos in Death (Novella)
    Celebrity in Death
    Delusion in Death
    Calculated in Death
    Thankless in Death
    Taken in Death (Novella available in the Mirror, Mirror anthology or separately)
    Concealed in Death
    Festive in Death
    Obsession in Death
    Devoted in Death
    Wonderment in Death (Novella)
    Brotherhood in Death
    Apprentice in Death
    Echoes in Death
    Secrets in Death
    Dark in Death
    Leverage in Death
    Connections in Death
    Vendetta in Death
    Golden in Death

    Visit J.D. Robb's website for more information.

    Review:
    When Eve is called to the scene of a suicide bombing nobody can understand why a well respected family man suddenly decided to kill eleven people. But then they discover his wife and child tied up in their home and it all becomes clear, Paul Rogan was given the terrible choice between setting off a bomb, killing himself and his colleagues, or watching as his family was tortured and killed. Paul did something unthinkable but at the same time he, and his family, were also victims and now Eve will be the one to get them justice. When a second bomb is detonated Eve quickly realises that the killers aren't going to stop but it's now a race to figure out who the next target could be and why.

    It's no secret that I'm totally addicted to this series, I can't get enough of these books and I'm getting nervous now that I've nearly caught up to the latest release and I'm soon going to have to start waiting for the next release just like all the other fans of these books. It's great that J.D. Robb writes so fast but I can't believe I'm saying that 50 books is not enough for this series! Anyway, this was another interesting case and I loved that we got to spend so much time with Eve and Roarke in this one. They're such a fab couple and I love it when they're working together.

    There were some really sweet / funny moments with Bella, especially her name for Summerset, but what I enjoyed most was seeing how far Eve has come in her friendships. This is the second book in a row where she goes out of her way to do something really special for Peabody and McNab and it's just not the kind of thing that Eve from book one would have ever thought about. The epilogue was brilliant, a great way for Eve to be involved with a certain celebration without having to step into the spotlight. I've already started reading the next book, there is just no stopping me at this point!

    Source: Purchased

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    Friday, 27 March 2020

    Review: Primal Sin - Ariana Nash

    Fallen for love. Risen for revenge.

    Severn knows love. He knows how it feels to fight for love, and have it torn from his reach. He knows that when the killing fields are strewn with the dead, and love is all gone, only one thing keeps his demon heart beating:

    Vengeance.

    His life is now a web of lies. His act, a perfect one. His enemy, the guardian angel Mikhail, sits beside him, turns to him for guidance, and even loves him.

    The time has come to make all the angels fall, beginning with the most powerful of them all.

    Severn thought he knew love. But he’s about to discover that love takes no prisoners, and as demons and angels clash over London’s battle-weary streets, love will claim the souls of two destined enemies.

    Primal Sin is a dark gay fantasy with a strong love-story. The series is brimming with savage desires, relentless lies and the bite of vengeance and is not for anyone easily disturbed by graphic scenes.

    Primal Sin Series:
    Primal Sin

    Visit Ariana Nash's website or Pippa DaCosta's website for more information

    Review:
    For decades angels and demons have waged war on the streets of London and the killing fields have left it unrecognisable. Angels live in the aerie, a huge towering structure ruled by Guardian Mikhail, and they consider themselves protectors of humans. Below the Aerie is the Cauldron, a dark and dangerous underworld where demons prey on the unsuspecting and anything can be purchased for the right price.

    Severn is Mikhail's right hand man, a fierce warrior respected by the rest of the angels and feared by demons, even though he lost his wings in battle and can no longer fly. But while Severn is seen as an ally he has ulterior motives and has spent the last decade planning is revenge against the person he blames for ruining his life. After Severn is brutally injured in battle once more Mikhail takes surprising steps to save his life and the bond that forms between them could be enough to doom the world.

    Ariana Nash never fails to rip out my heart and stomp it into teeny tiny pieces and I love it so much that I just keep coming back for more! Love, revenge, betrayal and heartbreak this book has it all and then some, I was hooked from beginning to end. We're only just starting to explore this world but already I want to know more and I enjoyed getting to know the characters too. Mikhail initially comes across as quite cold and unfeeling but under the surface he's a boiling pot full of emotion and in the end that might just be his downfall. Severn on the other hand is full of rage and hatred, and with very good reason, but he is also more than he originally seems and as his hate and lust combine his attitude completely changes.

    I honestly can't wait to see what happens next between these two, especially now a certain new character that appeared at the end of the book has been thrown into the mix. I know for sure that this is going to be a bumpy ride for everyone but I can't wait to enjoy the rollercoaster.

    Source: Received for free from the author in exchange for an honest review

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    Thursday, 26 March 2020

    Review: Gaming Grace - Piper J. Drake

    All work and no play is no way to enjoy this cruise.

    Executive Director Grace Kim figures this reunion with her college friends is the perfect excuse to prove that she knows how to keep work/life balance and enjoy the Caribbean, preferably with her pants intact.

    Rich, sexy, brilliant Bryan Wu has an app for that, and he charms Grace into helping him test it. He offers seven days of the best vacation of her life (bonus, sizzling chemistry) before they return to reality, but he didn't anticipate just how much of his heart he'd give her.

    When an accidental error results in a humiliating video of her online, Grace must salvage her career and decide whether to erase Bryan from her memory forever or admit they brought out the best in each other.

    Five friends. One singles cruise. So many sexy shenanigans. Be sure to check out all of the standalone Gone Wild books!

    Gone Wild Series:
    Kissing Kendall by Katee Robert
    Gaming Grace by Piper J. Drake
    Attracting Aubrey by Avery Flynn
    Beguiling Benjamin by Robin Covington (the release date for this title has been delayed)
    Loving Liv by Stacey Kennedy

    Visit Piper J. Drake's website for more information.

    Review:
    Grace has never found it easy to relax, she's always too busy working and trying to live up to everyone's expectations of her to ever unwind and just have fun. This trip is supposed to be a chance to catch up with her old friends and she wants to prove to them that she can leave work behind, even if it's only for a few days. Bryan is on the cruise wanting to test out a new app he's created, one that gives you challenges each day to hopefully push you out of your comfort zone but also designed to help you find new ways have fun. With Bryan's help Grace soon finds herself trying all kinds of things she'd never even dreamed of before but when an embarrassing video of her accidentally ends up online putting her career at risk she is forced to decide what is really important in life.

    Gaming Grace is the second book in the Gone Wild series containing books written by Piper J. Drake, Katee Robert, Avery Flynn, Robin Covington and Stacey Kennedy. Each of the books stars a different member of a group of old college friends who are on a cruise trip hoping to reconnect and spend time together. I've really enjoyed the first two books so I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

    I think we've all met someone like Grace at some point, someone who is a supportive friend but who is so dedicated to their work that it leaves them little time to enjoy life. This story gives Grace the chance to find a little work/life balance and for the first time she really gets to let her hair down and just have fun. Bryan does a brilliant job of brining out her more playful side and at the same time she encourages him to take certain things more seriously so they really balance each other out. I thought their romance was incredibly sweet and I enjoyed spending time with them both. Audrey is up next and I'm definitely curious to see what else the pants thief gets up to. If you're looking for a fun and light hearted series to take your mind off current event then you can't go far wrong with this one.

    Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review

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    Wednesday, 25 March 2020

    Review: Kissing Kendal - Katee Robert

    All Kendall Barnes wants is a nice relaxing cruise to reconnect with her friends from college. Instead, they're mistakenly booked on a singles' cruise. Despite this series of unfortunate events, Kendall is determined to follow through on her original plan... At least until she meets a gorgeous stranger who might just be enough to tempt her into breaking all her rules.

    Alex Jeffries is on his first vacation in over ten years, and he hates every second of it. He can't stop thinking about what could be going wrong with the bar he owns back home, at least until he meets Kendall and forgets about everything but kissing her. Maybe a party cruise wasn't the worst idea after all...

    Kendall and Alex embark on a sexy fling, but it only takes a few days for the truth to sink in. The mind-blowing chemistry between them is only getting stronger, and despite the expiration date they both agreed on, they can't help wondering if this vacation fling can go the distance...

    Or are they destined to crash and burn when they come back to reality?

    Five friends. One singles cruise. So many sexy shenanigans. Be sure to check out all of the standalone Gone Wild books!

    Gone Wild Series:
    Kissing Kendall by Katee Robert
    Gaming Grace by Piper J. Drake
    Attracting Aubrey by Avery Flynn
    Beguiling Benjamin by Robin Covington (the release date for this title has been delayed)
    Loving Liv by Stacey Kennedy

    Visit Katee Robert's website for more information.

    Review:
    Kendall is mortified when she realises the calm and relaxing cruise she book for herself and 4 of her college friends is actually a party cruise for singles. So much for spending their days by the pool quietly catching up. It might just be the best mistake she's ever made though since it brings Alex into her life. The last thing workaholic Alex wanted was a holiday but his grandfather booked this cruise for him and his best friend in the hopes that Alex would finally start to unwind and forget about the bar he runs for just a short time. He's so focused on worrying about what is going on back home that he almost misses what is right in front of him but luckily his attraction to Kendall wins out and a holiday fling might be just what he needs to take his mind off of everything.

    Kissing Kendall is the first book in the Gone Wild series containing books written by Katee Robert, Piper J. Drake, Avery Flynn, Robin Covington and Stacey Kennedy. Each of the books stars a different member of the friendship group that Kendall invited on this cruise and I'm looking forward to getting to know the others. Katee Robert always manages to write the hottest romances, that's one of the main things that interested me in this series in the first place, and she definitely doesn't disappoint with Kendall and Alex. These two burn up the pages almost from the moment they first meet and bad boy Alex definitely brings out Kendall's naughty side as she starts to discover what an exhibitionist she is.

    This is a fairly short book so the relationship development does happen quite quickly but that doesn't make it any less satisfying. Alex and Kendall actually have a lot in common besides sex and their personalities just fit together really well. It's been a long time since Alex gave up his bad boy ways but Kendall reminds him how to have fun again while Kendall, who spends all of her time worrying about other people, also finds herself letting go and relaxing around Alex knowing that he's there to catch her if she falls.

    Most of the story is really fun and light hearted but it does take a bit of a darker turn towards the end when a family tragedy sends Kendall's life into a tail spin. I'd actually love a second book about these two so we can see what happens next and I'd quite like to spend more time with Kendall's sisters too. This was definitely a great start to the series and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the stories.

    Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review

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    Tuesday, 24 March 2020

    Blog Tour: Of Flame and Fury - Cecy Robson


    Today I am excited to share OF FLAME AND FURY, Taran's final book in the Weird Girls & Flame Urban Fantasy series by International & Award Winning author Cecy Robson. Come find out why fans love this fast-paced, character driven series.

    Of Flame and Fury


    Taran Wird, the loudmouth mistress of flame and lightning, didn’t want to attend the formal gathering of the supernatural elite. She did so only to help to unite the supreme beings in attendance in one common goal: protecting Taran’s sister, Celia.

    Celia is pregnant with alpha werewolf Aric Connor’s child, the same child prophesized to save the world from uprising evil. Evil wants this child dead before he is born and, more importantly, before he can grow strong enough to stop it.

    Taran and her werewolf lover, Gemini, put plans in place to protect Celia. Master Vampire Misha Aleksandr and his clan also swear their allegiance to Celia and vow to keep her from harm. The witches even cast protection spells around the manor to curse anyone with malintent who enters. Nothing was supposed to go wrong, except everything did.

    Creatures that shouldn’t exist stalk the grounds and invade the premises, and every curse meant to shield the guests turns against them. No one counted on the powerful being who arrived uninvited. But he’s here, manipulating the magic enclosing the estate to work in his favor.

    As body counts rise and allies become enemies, chances are Celia won’t survive the night. But evil never counted on how hard Taran Wird would fight, even at the expense of her life.

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    Chapter One

    Love is bullshit.

    Or so I thought.

    My parents had love. Two rounds from a shotgun cut that love short and catapulted my childhood into hell. Am I okay now? I suppose you can call it that. I survived a childhood that would make the Brothers Grimm think twice about writing stories of scary beasties. To their credit, they were only human, and like most humans, they didn’t realize those famished monsters looking for kids to munch on actually exist.

    Yeah, I survived my childhood and the monsters along the way. Then I met Gemini, and I learned how to live.

    From the moment I met my werewolf lover, I knew I was done for. Forget his strength and looks. Forget that he possesses the rare ability to split into two wolves. These are mere bonuses on a long list of sexy points. His real gift is calming my temper like no one else can.

    Usually.

    “I think I may have to kill something,” I tell him. I give it some thought. “Any of the slutty vamps here yet?”

    His chest rumbles where it’s pressed against my back, releasing a smooth, almost subtle laugh. He knows I’m kidding. Mostly. Except those damn vampires, who dress like naughty Catholic schoolgirls, have a gift for prancing on my last nerve with their stilettos.

    “Not yet,” Gemini replies. “You’ll be the first to know when they arrive.”

    His lips skim along the sweep of my neck. I shudder, the motion only briefly drawing my focus away from the terrace. I can’t see past the light bleaching the flat stone covering the small exterior space. I wish I could. Beyond, where the mountains of Lake Tahoe reflect on the water, scary creatures stalk, waiting for a chance to kill my sister and her unborn child.

    Not that I’ll give them the chance.

    It’s insanity, really. Anyone with a speck of reason would run screaming from this nightmare or fall into hysterics, pleading to be spared. I huff at the thought. I learned long ago pleading is for pussies, and no matter how fast you are, the monsters are faster.

    “Are you all right?” Gemini asks.

    “Peachy,” I reply, not even trying to mean it. God, I’m angry. No…I’m more than angry. I’m furious.

    Since Celia learned she and Aric were expecting the child destined to save the world, my fury has brewed to a deadly calm, more frightening than a horrific scream cut short or the hot breath of evil trailing over an innocent throat. It’s a good thing. This fury that stirs me from sleep and burns down to my soul is useful. Sooner or later, evil will lurk from that darkness and find Celia, targeting the little one growing inside her. When it does, my fury will unleash, and the remains of that evil will lie at my feet.

    “Taran,” Gemini murmurs against my skin. “Our people are in place. We’ve planned for every possible scenario to protect Celia.”

    “I know.” We plan all the time. Sometimes, we wake up planning. Except the bad guys plan, too, and tend to tuck cards up their sinister sleeves.

    My right arm twitches in agreement. She doesn’t like anyone threatening us. Like a supercharged battery, Sparky is ready to blow.

    “My love,” Gemini whispers against my ear. “It’s all right.” His hand strokes my agitated arm, his gentle touch soothing her in ways I’ve never quite managed.

    I smile softly, feeling her settle with another pass of Gemini’s hand.

    My zombie right arm is almost a separate entity. The bleached white skin and sickly blue veins that run the length clash against my olive skin tone, causing the suggestive glances I typically receive to avert quickly away. Can’t say I blame anyone. As much as Sparky and I have accepted one another, she doesn’t always listen, and her temper rivals my own.

    Sparky here will fry you like bacon with a strong bolt of lightning or whither you to ash in a blaze of fire. It won’t be pretty or gentle. In fairness, neither was the way my original arm was eaten off.

    The skirt of my white gown swishes as I turn to face Gemini. He’s in a tux he was born to wear, the shape outlining his long, lean muscles and broad chest. The dark whiskers of his goatee lie neatly trimmed over a chiseled jaw, and his dark, almond-shaped eyes shimmer as they take me in. He strokes the strand of hair that escaped my fancy bun, letting it curl around his finger. He’s so beautiful, and his heart so grand that sometimes, like now, it hurts to look at him. I look anyway, relishing this small pocket of time that remains between us.

    My arms wrap around his waist when he kisses me. It’s not a sweet, brief kiss. It’s one that promises we’ll spend the night making love if everything goes well. If it goes well. With everything out there ... Yeah, I really need this kiss.

    Gemini pulls away before I’m ready to let him go. His gaze is sharp.

    It takes a moment for my hearing to catch up with his supernatural senses. A floor below, voices ripple as the first of the honored guests make their way to the ballroom.

    “It’s time,” Gemini says. The softness he demonstrated in my presence abandons him, leaving nothing but the devastatingly beautiful features of a predator readying to kill.

    My hands slowly slip away, the bite of tension that consumes me finding its way into my throat. “I know,” I say.

    The last few pureblood weres in existence arrived in Tahoe late last night. The vampire clans from Eastern Europe, three nights before. As head witch of the region and hostess, Genevieve has welcomed sister covens from as far as South Africa over the last few weeks.

    Working as one, the witches created and reinforced the wards surrounding Le Grand Chateau de Montagne, Genevieve’s newly constructed magical fortress where this supernatural summit is to take place. Anyone who’s anyone will be here for a chance to mingle among the elite and seek an opportunity to get ahead. But the real reason for this gala is why I’m here. It’s one last chance to unite the forces for protecting Celia’s baby.

    Voices echo along the second floor, the collective power of all these formidable beings chilling my spine and sending a quiver down Sparky’s length. The pale, bleached skin glows fluorescent white. She doesn’t like the magic scraping along our skin. It challenges us to come out swinging.

    Settle down, Sparky, I tell my arm. There shall be no death and destruction tonight.

    The smile Gemini stirred vanishes as I mull over that thought. Well, maybe, maybe not. None of us are exactly besties.

    Sparky shudders when someone belts out a laugh. It’s not a genuine, fun laugh. It’s packed with power and warns those in the vicinity that he’s not afraid—and that they should be. Gemini chuckles when I roll my eyes. This idiot is only the first of many who will flex their supernatural muscles tonight.

    We’re not rounding up the good guys. That’s not what we’re here for. We’re attempting to unify a crowd of bloodthirsty freaks.

    “Shhh,” Gemini murmurs. He lifts my right hand, brushing his lips across the sickly blue veins and over my knuckles. It’s fair to say we had issues accepting my new arm, despite the were magic used to create it. But you’d never know it by the way Gemini caresses me now. The glowing recedes, as do the trembles. “Rest easy, Taran. I am with you.”

    He bends to kiss me. But if he does, I won’t want him to stop. I avert my chin. “We should head to the party before I do more naughty things that you’ll enjoy.”

    “Hmm,” he says. “Very well. But it seems you enjoy them too.”

    “I’ll give you that,” I say. My impish smile vanishes when I realize how worried I really am. “Let’s stay alive, okay?”

    Gemini’s worry for my safety tightens his voice. “We will,” he replies.

    He straightens slowly, his posture stiff as the voices grow louder and the waves of magic rippling through the room turn more pronounced.

    I drop the vulnerability I allow in Gemini’s presence and reach out with the magic I was born with. I sense the witches, mingling among the throng of weres who’ve just arrived. The spell-wielders are different beings, but their magic is earthy like the weres. It’s one of the many reasons weres and witches are so tight; their mojo complements each other. But then in a shove, their collective power drifts away, and I receive a virtual slap to the ass.

    Oh, goody. The vamps are here, showing off their strength and allure since that’s how they roll.

    Gemini lifts his head, scowling. Yup. He senses them too.

    Tonight, is all about the supernaturals. Clans coming together and old bitter rivals burying hatchets. Unity must occur, so Celia and her unborn child remain safe. That doesn’t mean everyone will play nice, nor does it mean they’ll agree for the greater good. Most just want to spare their hides and keep their fortunes.

    Gemini’s frown deepens. “Aric is here,” he says.

    And cue the sense of wrongness. “Without Celia?” I ask.

    Gemini jerks out of his jacket and shirt before I finish asking. Like a vat of pouring ink, his twin black wolf materializes from his back.

    Large paws, one as black as the rest of the beast, and one white, strike the hardwood floor almost silently. I shadow Gemini as he crosses the suite to the door leading out.

    His twin stalks out. Another wolf prowling by, this one brown and white, stops dead when he sees Gemini’s twin. Like the black wolf, he’s over four hundred pounds of muscle and damn intimidating. He eases away from Gemini’s twin, trailing him as the twin trots down the hall.

    “Why is Aric here without Celia?” I ask, not liking this one bit. “His biggest fear is someone hurting her or the baby.”

    Gemini shoves his dress shirt back into his pants, redressing quickly. “He’s worried.”

    “Exactly,” I say, edging closer to the door. “So, why would he leave her alone?”

    Gemini sets his jaw. “It’s extra security. Aric’s magic is strengthening.”

    I help him with his tie, attempting to relax my nerves as I mull over his words. “I haven’t felt anything different.”

    “He’s been holding back,” Gemini replies, his voice lowering. “Being one of his Warriors and Second in Command, I’ve sensed it growing and feeding mine.”

    “I haven’t felt anything,” I admit. “And I feel everything…”

    My words lodge as a scary and vicious presence forces its way into the room. I jump away from the door, my firing arm out. Something primal waits just outside. I’m ready to blast away until I catch a trace of familiarity behind it. This beast isn’t at our door—he’s everywhere.

    “Is that Aric?” I ask, barely recognizing what his were power has become.

    “Yes.” Gemini reaches for my hand and escorts me through the door. “He won’t hold back tonight.”

    All right, now it makes sense. “Anything out to get Celia will presume she’s with him,” I determine. “He’s making himself a target.”

    I barely shut the door with how fast Gemini stalks forward. “Yes,” he responds, keeping his voice quiet. “It will divert attention away from Celia.”

    I grind to a stop. Gemini could easily keep going with my hand still attached. Thankfully, he’s always careful not to hurt me. “How bad is it?” I ask.

    His gaze darkens as it meets mine. “Worse than we could have imagined.”




    © Of Flame and Fury, Cecy Robson, LLC 2020


    About Cecy Robson:

    CECY ROBSON is an international and multi-award-winning author of over twenty-five character driven novels. A registered nurse of eighteen years, Cecy spends her free time creating magical worlds, heart-stopping romance, and young adult adventure. After receiving two RITA® nominations, the Maggie Award, the Award of Excellence, and a National Reader’s Choice Award nomination, you can still find Cecy laughing, crying, and cheering on her characters as she pens her next story.

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    Six nights of no-strings-attached passion. Six nights of wild fantasies, sexy games, and forbidden adventures. Six nights to show Liv that she belongs with him…

    Loving Liv, an all-new sensual and swoon-worthy standalone BDSM romance in the Gone Wild series by USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy, is available now!


    USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy returns to the passion-filled world of Club Sin and Dirty Little Secrets with this novella featuring a slightly flawed Dom who has six days--and six very steamy nights--on a Caribbean cruise to convince an innocent woman from his past that maybe the best way for two broken people to find true love is to jump headfirst into the deep end of desire.

    Liv Sloane needs a vacation. After her cheating ex broke her heart--and their engagement--Liv never fully recovered. In fact, she's spent the past two years avoiding romance at all costs... with the exception of that sizzling one-night stand she can't seem to forget. So when her friends from college suggest a reunion cruise, Liv knows a relaxing week of sun, sand, and beach reads is exactly what she needs to clear her mind. But when they board the ship, Liv is hit with two surprises. Her friends accidentally booked a singles cruise, and her one-night stand is waiting on deck.

    Miles Schantz has spent the past three months thinking about Liv. As a Dom at one of the hottest sex clubs in Las Vegas, Miles has his pick of women... so why can't he get Liv out of his head? When he receives an email asking him to join Liv on a cruise, he can't believe his luck. But when he meets her on board--and she's completely unaware of her "invitation"-- Miles has to come up with a new plan. Six nights of no-strings-attached passion. Six nights of wild fantasies, sexy games, and forbidden adventures. Six nights to show Liv that she belongs with him...


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