Friday, January 23

Review: It Ain't Me, Babe by Tillie Cole

Title: It Ain't Me, Babe
By: Tillie Cole
My Copy: Amazon.com
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A fortuitous encounter.

A meeting that should never have happened.

Many years ago, two children from completely different worlds forged a connection, a fateful connection, an unbreakable bond that would change their lives forever…

Salome knows only one way to live—under Prophet David’s rule. In the commune she calls home, Salome knows nothing of life beyond her strict faith, nor of life beyond the Fence—the fence that cages her, keeps her trapped in an endless cycle of misery. A life she believes she is destined to always lead, until a horrific event sets her free.

Fleeing the absolute safety of all she has ever known, Salome is thrust into the world outside, a frightening world full of uncertainty and sin; into the protective arms of a person she believed she would never see again.

River ‘Styx’ Nash knows one thing for certain in life—he was born and bred to wear a cut. Raised in a turbulent world of sex, Harleys, and drugs, Styx, unexpectedly has the heavy burden of the Hades Hangmen gavel thrust upon him, and all at the ripe old age of twenty-six—much to his rivals’ delight.

Haunted by a crushing speech impediment, Styx quickly learns to deal with his haters. Powerful fists, an iron jaw and the skillful use of his treasured German blade has earned him a fearsome reputation as a man not to be messed with in the shadowy world of outlaw MC’s. A reputation that successfully keeps most people far, far away.

Styx has one rule in life—never let anyone get too close. It’s a plan that he has stuck to for years, that is, until a young woman is found injured on his lot… a woman who looks uncannily familiar, a woman who clearly does not belong in his world, yet a woman he feels reluctant to let go…

Just putting a warning out there that this book messes you.  I knew going into this book that it would be something that might slightly damage me and it did more damage than slightly. 

It is also an extremely harsh book.  There are no rainbows and unicorns running around in this book; so warning number two.  Seriously, take this warning; if you can’t handle a harsh life, violence, and just a whole lot of sadness then you might want to rethink this book.  But if you can handle it, this book is totally worth the ride.

When I say that this book was hard-core, I mean that it is hard-core.  Styx has led a hard life and so has Salome (Mae); neither knows of the kind of world that either has lived but their connection is so powerful that it just works.  They both find that it is not easy and the world around doesn’t make it any easier. 

The action, drama, and suspense are what made this book such a great read for me. Plus, reading how Styx was such a hard-core, alpha male, Prez of this biker gang that when he showed his sweet and soft side, it just made him whole.  And I am not going to forget the fact that Mae did not let any of these huge bikers get away with anything when they were around her.  I loved how she put them in their place.


A final note about this book, OH MY GEE, the ending…how could you write an ending like that?  Stuffed with revenge and left where I have to continue this series immediately. 

Sunday, January 18

Blog Tour Review: Falling Away by Penelope Douglas


Title: Falling Away (Fall Away, #3)
Author: Penelope Douglas
Genre: NA |  Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 6, 2015


Synopsis

Jaxon is the guy she’s supposed to avoid.  K.C. is the girl he won’t let get away....

K. C. Carter has always followed the rules—until this year, when a mistake leaves her the talk of her college campus and her carefully arranged life comes crashing to a halt. Now she’s stuck in her small hometown for the summer to complete her court-ordered community service, and to make matters worse, trouble is living right next door.

Jaxon Trent is the worst kind of temptation and exactly what K.C. was supposed to stay away from in high school. But he never forgot her. She was the one girl who wouldn’t give him the time of day and the only one to ever say no. Fate has brought K.C. back into his life—except what he thought was a great twist of luck turns out to be too close for comfort. As the bond between them grows, he discovers that convincing K.C. to get out from her mother’s shadow is hard, but revealing the darkest parts of his soul is nearly impossible.…


“You’ve got some ego,” I bit out. “I mean, yeah, all of a sudden you have money. Where you get it from is too scary to even think about,” I spouted off when I really should just shut up. “And you seem to have the town’s police in the palm of your hand. You’re clearly running the Loop now. Congratulations, Jax.” I smiled a big-ass, fake grin. “You’re the most powerful man in Shelburne Falls, Illinois!”

I planted my hands on my hips, pretty damn pleased at how good I’d gotten at putting men in their place. 

But then my smile dropped and my eyes rounded. Jax’s eyes—full of challenge and amusement—narrowed on me, and he tossed his towel down, heading right for me. 

Shit. I knew I should’ve listened to my mother. I talked too much. 

He nodded, a grin playing at the corner of his mouth. “There she is.”

I inched back to the wall as he advanced into my space. “What are you talking about?”

“The snarky girl I met at Madoc’s house years ago.”

Yeah, the one that was slightly drunk and hella confident? My head bobbed off the wall, signaling I was at a damn dead end, and a trickle of sweat skidded down my neck. I saw Jax’s eyes flash to it, and all of a sudden I was too dumb to even remember my own name. 

God, he was big. My chest vibrated with the heat of him only an inch away. He hovered over me, engulfing and consuming the space around me, making me feel as if I stood in the shadow of a tree. 

Staring straight ahead, I made a conscious effort to keep my face straight. But it was almost impossible, and it was pointless. Out of all the reasons I could come up with for hating Jax—he always challenged and pushed me, and he always did whatever the hell he wanted—I could never claim that he wasn’t smart. He knew I was affected. He knew my body liked him close. 

“I love it when you get mouthy,” he whispered down on me. “It makes me want to shut you up.”

Son of a bitch. I clenched my thighs together, feeling the moisture there. 

I needed to get out of here. “I have to go.” I pushed off the wall but hit his chest, closing me in again. 

“How do you like your community service?” he said low, trapping me by planting his hands on the wall on each side of my head. 

Huh? 

His smell was raw heat. Summer. Sticky cotton candy on a Ferris wheel and cool water on hot skin. 

“What?” He’d asked me a question. What the fuck did he just ask? 

He leaned on his hands, dipping his head close to mine. “Community service, K.C. How do you like it?”

I could hear the laughter in his voice. 

“I don’t,” I mumbled. “Teaching a bunch of kids who slacked off during the school year, because they didn’t get the attitude adjustment they needed, isn’t my idea of a good time.”
His arms lowered a bit, and I could hear him inhaling through his nose, as if he was smelling me. 

“Your idea of a good time got you here in the first place.” His voice was calm but firm. “And those kids don’t need an attitude adjustment. You do.”

I smirked. “Well, I’m getting one. Thanks to the great state of Arizona.” Then I pinned him with hard eyes. “You don’t know me, Jax.” And I pushed him away and turned for the door. 

But he hooked my arm, pulling me back. 

“You’re right,” he said quickly. “I don’t know you. So why don’t you enlighten me? What does 
K.C. stand for? What did you do at college that got you arrested?”

When I just stood there, not answering his stupid questions, he backed me into the wall again. “Let’s try something easier, shall we? Your favorite color. What is it?”

“Are you serious?”

“Are you stalling?”

I scowled. “Pink. It’s pink.”

“Is it?” he pressed. “How about music? Who’s your favorite band? What about books? Your favorite genre? When was the last time you ate chocolate or stayed in your pajamas past eleven in the morning?”

I didn’t know if the walls were closing in or if it was just Jax crowding me. “What are you getting at, you little shit?” I accused. 

And he got in my face, smiling at the challenge of my condescending name-calling. “How about a shower, K.C.?” The sound of his deep, husky voice swirled in my stomach and shot downward. 

I gulped, licking my sandpaper lips. “Huh?”

He stared at my mouth, looking hungry. “The little shit—who’s not so little anymore—needs a shower,” he whispered, still staring at my mouth. “Take a shower with me. Right now.”
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Penelope Douglas is a writer in Las Vegas. Born in Dubuque, Iowa, she is the oldest of five children. Penelope attended the University of Northern Iowa, earning a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, because her father told her to "just get the degree!" She then earned a Masters of Science in Education at Loyola University in New Orleans, because she hated Public Administration. One night, she got tipsy and told the bouncer at the bar where she worked that his son was hot, and three years later they were married. To the son, not the bouncer. They have spawn, but just one. A daughter named Aydan. Penelope loves sweets, The Originals, and she shops at Target almost daily.



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Finally Jax's story is here. I should get an award the level of patience that was displayed in patiently awaiting this story. Jared and Madoc story alike built this character, and it was absolutely essential that we finally see him take center stage. I was in love with him long after starting the first word in this story. I was also very confident that this would already be an addition to the favorites list. Let's be honest when does Douglas write anything that is not. K.C. was an instantly loved character as well with her honest and level headed personality. I love the velocity that I can feel out of this budding romance, and I believe that I felt more here than the previous novels. Jax and Juliet are not your love birds, and the romance here is raw and gritty. The fine line between love and hate is the basis that I found this story building on, and oh my word does it successfully build. Be prepared for the tornado that is about to rip you apart, but it will be worth every minute.


Wednesday, January 14

Cover Reveal: Hard To Let Go by Laura Kaye


 HARD TO LET GO!

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  ABOUT HARD TO LET GO: Five dishonored soldiers. Former Special Forces. One last mission. These are the men of Hard Ink. Beckett Murda hates to dwell on the past. But his investigation into the ambush that killed half his Special Forces team and ended his Army career gives him little choice. Just when his team learns how powerful their enemies are, hard-ass Beckett encounters his biggest complication yet—a seductive, feisty Katherine Rixey. A tough, stubborn prosecutor, Kat visits her brothers' Hard Ink Tattoo shop following a bad break-up—and finds herself staring down the barrel of a stranger's gun. Beckett is hard-bodied and sexy as hell, but he's also the most infuriating man ever. Worse, Kat's brothers are at war with the criminals her office is investigating. When Kat joins the fight, she lands straight in Beckett's sights . . . and in his arms. Not to mention their enemies' crosshairs. Now Beckett and Kat must set aside their differences to work together, because the only thing sweeter than justice is finding love and never letting go.

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ABOUT LAURA KAYE: Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

Saturday, January 10

Title: Garrett by Sawyer Bennett

Title: Garrett
By: Sawyer Bennett
Series: Cold Fury Hockey #2
My Copy: Netgalley.com
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Carolina Cold Fury star Garrett Samuelson never wants to miss out on a single minute of fun. Whether he’s playing hockey, hanging out with friends, or walking the red carpet with a new date on his arm, he lives every day to the fullest. When he meets Olivia Case, he sees someone who’s exactly his type—confident, sexy, smart . . . his next fling. But the more he pursues her, the more Garrett shares a side of himself that other women don’t normally get to see.

Olivia has been keeping a secret. While Garrett lives for the next thrill, Olivia’s not sure she’ll live to see the next day. She’s undergoing treatment for some serious medical issues, and she doesn’t have time for a relationship with no guarantees—especially one with a hot-as-sin womanizer who won’t take no for an answer. But as she gets to know the real Garrett, Olivia can’t help falling for him . . . hard. To reveal the truth would mean risking everything—but you can’t score without taking the tough shots.

I loved Alex and Sutton after finishing the first book in this series. They were perfect, the book was perfect, everything was perfect.  However, after meeting Garrett and Olivia, I have decided that they are perfecter (yes, it is not a word but I am using it to make a point), their book was perfecter, and everything was more perfecter. 
*perfecter= better than “perfect.” Since I defined it, does that make it a word?*

There is just something about this couple that makes it all feels feel real.  Garrett is a super star on the ice and with the ladies, never committing to anything except hockey until the perfecter Olivia walks in and then his life changes. 

After a few nights (and days) together, Garrett is smitten with Olivia.  He has completely changed his ways-manwhore no more!  And what was supposed to be a fun one-night fling for Olivia has made her change her mind once she starts seeing Garrett.  Love is in the air - everything is good, right?  Wrong, because crazy emotions start to bubble up and their connection starts to solidify.

*Bennett was smart and brought a little something different to the table. * Olivia is sick and when Garrett finds out, it rocks his world.  The one girl he has ever wanted might die but he can’t let go.  But that is not it; he is fine with taking care of her.  In fact, he wants to take care of her and be the person that she relies on during her treatments but after what happens to a fellow friend (OH, THE FEELS!) Olivia doesn’t know if she could let Garrett go through that torture if something were to happen to her. 

So, yes, this is a summary, but it is a summary to say that this is a fantastic book that brings together polar opposite characters and show how well they compliment each other, how beautiful love is, and how scary the uncertainty of live can be.

Monday, January 5

Review: Riskier Business by Tessa Bailey

Title: Riskier Business
By: Tessa Bailey
Series: Crossing the Line #0.5
My Copy: Ebook from Publisher
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One more game. And this time, there are no rules…

After a life of pool hustling and living on the wrong side of the law, Ruby Elliott is living on the straight and narrow with sexy-as-all-hell NYPD detective, Troy Bennett. Now the only trouble Ruby has with the law is the naughty kind, pinned against the wall by Troy's strict and spectacularly hard body. Obeying his every command. Both of them losing themselves in a lust that borders on obsession...

But then her father returns with an offer she can’t refuse: one last hustle in exchange for information. Information she’d die to have. As the pieces and the players of the game reveal themselves, Troy feels the fine edges of his control slipping—control he can’t channel without hurting Ruby. The stakes are high, and the risk higher. Because losing this final game could cost more than Ruby’s heart…it might cost her life.

Oh, Troy is back and, if even possible, hotter than ever!

This book starts out sweet with Troy watching Ruby do what she does best, play pool.  However, Bailey doesn’t allow the sweetness to set in too long.  Straight after, Ruby finds out that her father is back in town and has a proposition for her.  This proposition is something that Ruby cannot pass up – even if Ruby has everything that she has ever wanted; a business, a safe life, and Troy. 

I know that I have said this before but Tessa Bailey is one of my absolute favorite authors.  She always writes the best alpha males, strong women, and adds the most amazing plots to make the best books. It is fantastic how she can write two characters such as Troy and Ruby, develop them, and close their story but still be able to pick them back up and write a whole new story that had me so engrossed that I had this book finished within a few hours.

Everything that could happen happened in this book; love that waned and was restored, unlocked mysteries, revenge, and all these feelings that came out of me.  I would have to say that the feeling that had me the most wrapped up was the love between Troy and Ruby.  They would seriously do anything for each other because that is how beautiful their love is.


I am excited about the new series that Bailey introduced us to in this prequel.  I am super excited about learning more about Bowen, Ruby’s best friend, and the next main character.