Hothead by Stella Rhys (Irresistible #4)

Hothead (Irresistible Book 4) by [Rhys, Stella]4 Stars

It was hot. 

After having read 2 of Stelly Rhys’ books previously, I went into this one without even reading the blurb. It took me quite awhile to realize that this was #4 in the Irresistible series. Something I’ve noticed is that you definitely don’t have to read the other books in this series to be able to become thoroughly invested in it. There is no overlying arc that ties everything together. These are couples that are loosely connected so you can jump in anywhere and still have a great read.

Fake fiancé. YES! I absolutely love a marriage/relationship of convenience, and this one was fire! Even better that they had a bit of a love/hate thing going on at the beginning. I loved the banter, they were hot together and I was ecstatic that Evie was getting her romance after seeing how badly she was treated by her long-time boyfriend in the last book, Dirty Deeds.

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Title: Hothead

An Irresistible Series Standalone

Author: Stella Rhys
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 3, 2018
Blurb
He’s the hottest
player in Major League Baseball, the most notorious playboy in all of
Manhattan…
And my fake fiancé
for the next three months.
I was drunk-dialing my ex the night I met him.
Six-three, sexy as sin and so incredibly rude I could smack the asshole
smirk right off his face. Long story short, we got off to a bad start. But when
the tabloids interpret our sparring as Drew Maddox “groveling
with a “mystery brunette,” his agent presents us both a
proposal:
Shacking up as a couple this summer.
It’s an alleged “win-win.” I need to prove to my ex that I’m fine. Drew
needs to prove to his team that he’s stable. Thanks to his on-field brawling
and never-ending lady drama, Drew Maddox has suddenly found himself on the
trade block – which means he needs a fast, easy way to show the team that he’s
settled down.
Hence this fiancé thing. 
Our fights are real, our kisses are fake, and thanks to the nonstop
heat between us, I’m starting to mix up all my signs. But whether it’s real or
fake, there’s one thing I do know:
I’m already addicted.
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Stella Rhys is an author of contemporary romance and can’t
help but write it hot, steamy and borderline filthy (just kidding, it’s just
flat-out filthy). Writing aside, she lives for coffee, the Knicks, the Yankees
and cooking recipes way out of her league. She was born and raised in New York
and now lives there with her husband and charmingly entitled fur babies.
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Murder Notes by Lisa Renee Jones (Lilah Love #1)

5 Stars

I started reading Lisa Renee Jones with her Dirty Money series. That series made me a fan, and I haven’t looked back since. I think Murder Notes might be one of my favorite books to date. It’s a definite departure from her usual genre, but the book still retains LRJ’s signature style.
Lilah Love is my new favorite heroine. Shes’s crass, damaged and just generally gives no f*cks. She feels real and raw in a way that isn’t common in a world of cookie cutter characters.

I LOVE Kane. Like love him, love him. Characters like him are the reason I read romance and I wish we saw more of him. He’s dark, dangerous, and powerful. I know this isn’t a romance, but the chemistry is real, so I’m hoping we see them get together more before the end of the series.

Then there is that cliffhanger alert.

I expect cliffhangers with LRJ. It’s part of her style and I accept them happily. That being said, this is the first book of hers that I would like to recommend to my mother… who does not read cliffhangers. I will be giving her a copy of the series… once it’s complete.

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Title: Murder Notes
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Series: Lilah Love #1
Release Date: March 27, 2018

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones’s heart-pounding thriller of a woman’s secrets—and a past that’s about to come out of hiding…
As an FBI profiler, it’s Lilah Love’s job to think like a killer. And she is very good at her job. When a series of murders surface—the victims all stripped naked and shot in the head—Lilah’s instincts tell her it’s the work of an assassin, not a serial killer. But when the case takes her back to her hometown in the Hamptons and a mysterious but unmistakable connection to her own life, all her assumptions are shaken to the core.
Thrust into a troubled past she’s tried to shut the door on, Lilah’s back in the town where her father is mayor, her brother is police chief, and she has an intimate history with the local crime lord’s son, Kane Mendez. The two share a devastating secret, and only Kane understands Lilah’s own darkest impulses. As more corpses surface, so does a series of anonymous notes to Lilah, threatening to expose her. Is the killer someone in her own circle? And is she the next target?
I scan the ocean, expecting it to turn to blood, but it simply crashes to the shore.
I turn to the house and take a step, then stop abruptly, a shadow flickering by the house. A shiver runs down my spine. There it is again. Another shadow. Someone is there. It’s then that I flash back to being on this very sand, with Kane grabbing my arms and saying, “I’ll take care of it.” And I let him, and did so without asking questions, until it was too late to change the outcome. Because I was weak that night and he was strong. But I am not weak anymore.
I pull my weapon and start running for the house, wind in my hair and face, my heart thundering in my ears, and I don’t stop until I’m staring at the blood splattered all over the patio glass, some kind of note pinned in the center. Adrenaline surges through me, but I am in my Otherworld now. I retain my cool. I walk to the patio door, using the end of my shirt to open the door, and then I systematically search every inch of the house. When I know I’m alone, I walk to my bag, pull on gloves and then walk back outside, yanking the note off the door. Returning back inside, I lock the door and pull the blinds and then I open the note. At the top is the alphabet, pasted in paper letters, with an X across the letter A. The note reads:
A is for the Apple a day that keeps the doctor away. But a doctor couldn’t help him, could he?
 
I KNOW.

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Title: Murder Girl
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Series: Lilah Love #2
Release Date: July 10, 2018
New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones returns with the second book in her electrifying series featuring Lilah Love, an FBI profiler who doesn’t fight her dark side—she embraces it.
It’s Lilah Love’s job to inhabit a killer’s mind. The unapologetically tough FBI profiler is very comfortable there. But her latest case is making her head spin. It’s a string of brutal assassinations carried out across the country, each tied to a mysterious tattoo. Body by body, she’s followed the clues all the way back to her hometown. And every step of the way, the killer has been following her.
Here, beneath the glamour of the privileged Hamptons community, is a secret long buried but never forgotten. It’s bigger than Lilah. It’s powerful enough to escape the reach of the FBI. And it’s more personal than anyone can imagine. Because it’s hiding in Lilah’s own past. To fight it, she’s forced to turn to her lethally tempting ex, Kane Mendez. He’s an expert at bringing out Lilah’s darkest impulses. If she plans to survive, she’s going to need them.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series.
In addition to the success of Lisa’s INSIDE OUT series, she has published many successful titles. The TALL, DARK AND DEADLY series and THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN series, both spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists. Lisa is also the author of the bestselling DIRTY MONEY and WHITE LIES series. Presently, Lisa is working on her Murder Girl/Lilah Love series to be published by Montlake.
Prior to publishing Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by the Dallas Women’s Magazine. In 1998 Lisa was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

Poison Kisses Part 1 by Lisa Renee Jones (Poison Kisses #1)

Poison Kisses Part 1 (Poison Kisses, #1) 4 Stars

Poison Kisses Part 1 is the book that I thought Falling Under was when I first started reading it. Seth has been this undeniable presence in the Dirty Money series. He’s intriguing, but we know nothing about him except that he’s loyal and exceptional good at his job. This is his story and it pulls you in instantly with its intensity.

The only thing I don’t understand is why this was broken up into three parts. I haven’t read the 2nd and 3rd part yet, but I would assume it reads like a normal novel so I’m not sure what benefit comes from breaking the book up like this.

Seth is known as The Assassin. Amanda is The Scientist, but Seth prefers to call her The Poison Princess. Their working relationship turned into a romantic one while they were undercover as a married couple for several months. Then Amanda went on the run without her partner and he’s been chasing her down ever since. The chemistry between these two is on point, and there is a definite push-pull to their relationship. There are obviously feelings there, but they are both fighting them with everything they have. I loved it, and can’t wait to read Parts 2 & 3.

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Hound by Marie James (Cerberus MC 2.0 Book #2)

Hound (Cerberus MC 2.0 Second Generation, #2)5 Stars

It’s been a good book week for me, with two of my favorite “auto-buy” authors releasing titles. We got a taste of Hound at the end of Lawson and that was just enough to drive you mad. After that first chapter I couldn’t wait to find out how this book would play out. One of the things I was most looking forward to was seeing how Kincaid would react to one of his girls finding love. His reaction was priceless.

This is an age-gap romance, but there isn’t much emphasis on that once things get heated up. Hound does have a secret that comes into play. There is tons of action in this one and I think it really added to the story. Gigi is such a brat that she’s hard to relate to at first, especially if you witnessed her antics in previous books. That being said, I warmed up to her fairly quickly even when she didn’t always make the best decisions. I know I haven’t said much about the plot, but SPOILERS!!! The next book was hinted at in the last chapter and I CAN’T WAIT!

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Title: Hound: Cerberus 2.0 Book 2

Series: Cerberus: The Second Generation

Author: Marie James
Genre: MC/Contemporary Romance (Standalone)
Release Date: January 24, 2018
Blurb
My first job with the Cerberus MC was to grab a girl from a
seedy bar.  Easy money, right?
The moment I realized the blonde I was hunting wasn’t
around, I ended up captivated by a redhead dancing on the stage. With her
striking features and sinful body, I knew she was trouble, but that didn’t stop
me from making her mine that night.
When I learned that she WAS the job, everything became
clouded.
I was only looking for a one night stand, but when the dust
settled and she ran, my only desire was to chase her.
Should I risk my job, and quite possibly my life, in order
to have her? Would she even stay if I caught her?

 

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Marie James is a full-time working mother of two amazing little boys
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most of her life. With 13 published books under her belt, she has no desire to
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Falling Under by Lisa Renee Jones (Walker Security #3)

Falling Under: a standalone Walker Security novel by [Jones, Lisa Renee]5 Stars
I love Lisa Renee Jones. I think I have to say that every time I review one of her books, but she just writes what I love. Strong females. Alpha males. Danger. Push & Pull romance. The list goes on and things get added every time I read one of her books. Falling Under is a standalone within her Walker Security series and definitely my favorite one. I will be the first to admit though, that I started falling for Jacob during Pulled Under and he just solidified his place as my favorite while I read this book.

Jewel is such a strong character and I loved how she started out as “Detective Carpenter” but as her relationship with Jacob progressed she became more than just her detective persona. They were vulnerable with each other in ways they wouldn’t even think of being with their co-workers and it helped them to solidify their bond even while still trying to figure out the dynamics of their relationship.  They’ve both faced serious tragedy and with that they understand each other better than anyone.

If you love romantic suspense with strong females and stubborn men then you need to add Lisa Renee Jones to your list of authors. She’s definitely a talent within the genre.

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FALLING UNDER by Lisa Renee Jones

JANUARY 23, 2018

 

ABOUT

A new sexy standalone from Lisa Renee Jones…

 

Ex-special forces, Jacob King, is a man who keeps to himself, having learned the hard way that letting people close to you, trusting them, might just get you killed. A lesson he learned when members of his Special Ops team turned dirty, while others, men he considered friends, died. He made them pay. He made them hurt. He put them in jail. And so he doesn’t trust anyone anymore. He keeps his women hot and fast, his friends few to none, and his clients through the elite Walker Security at a professional distance, but safe.

It works for him. Until it doesn’t.



His newest job should be simple and cut and dry. Jewel Carpenter, the daughter of the CEO of Carpenter Enterprises, is receiving death threats. He’s to protect her and find out who is issuing the treats.

Simple. Cut and Dry.

Until it’s not.

Until the chemistry between he and Jewel is all about love, hate, and sex. But even as he fights the attraction to Jewel and discovers there is more to her than meets the eye, the real threat comes not from the threats she’s receiving, but the connection she has to him. Because his past has come full circle, and those men he’s made pay for their sins now want him to pay. And what better way than the woman in his bed?

 

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EXCERPT

“Just to be clear,” he says, his voice low and rough. “I’m breaking every rule I own with you. I don’t fuck women I’m protecting.”

“You could hand me over to someone else,” I suggest, “and it won’t matter.”

“Not a chance in hell,” he says, his hand sliding under my hair to cup my neck. “We’ll break the rules together.”

“I’m not sure I like how you do ‘together’.”

“I’ll make sure you do,” he promises, his lips slanting over mine, and this time he kisses me like he owns me, like he wants to control me, and like I really am his, like I belong to him, and in this very moment, I can honestly say

I am. I want him, and I can’t get enough of him.

And how can it ever be enough when he’s this damn impossibly hot, and he’s such a damn good kisser. The way he makes me want his mouth on every part of me and the way he makes me want my mouth on every part of him. And so, there it is. I’m his, but I’m going to make damn sure he’s mine, too. I kiss him back as passionately as he’s kissing me. I meet him stroke for stroke, arching into him, telling him I am here and present, and I’m not even close to afraid of him or of this. He doesn’t get to control me. He isn’t making me do this. I control me, and I choose him and this.

Arching into him, his shoulder holster and mine are in the way, and I want them gone. I want him naked. Just to be certain that he knows that’s where I want this to go, my hand presses between us and I stroke the hard line of his shaft. He groans low in his throat, a sexy rough sound that tells me he gets the point. This isn’t his show. It’s ours. It’s us together, or there is no show, with or without our clothes on.

His reaction is to tear his mouth from mine, his lips lingering there though, as if he wants to kiss me again, and just when I would kiss him again, he leans away just enough to shrug out of his jacket. I take one step backward, and do the same with my blazer. I reach down and pull off my boots and he does the same. Next, we disconnect our shoulder holsters, and the truth is, it’s the first time I’ve ever been with a man who is probably more armed than me. That feels significant when it perhaps is not. He’s not a cop. He’s not that kind of career complication. He’s a Green-fucking-Beret, and one hell of a hot one, for that matter.

He sets his weapon on the couch and snags my hand, walking me toward him and taking my holster and weapon as he does. “Just making sure you don’t end up shooting me before this is over,” he says, setting it with his before shackling my hip.

“I told you I’ll wait until after the orgasms.”

“Careful,” he says, a hint of a smile on his lips again. “I might hold that orgasm and you captive.”

“You can try,” I say, but my head isn’t in the game in this moment, and somehow my hand is on his face, right by the almost smile, that seems to have complicated what should be sex, an escape, a way to pull back the emotions that umbrella stirred in me. That smile reminds me that Mr. Robot is his wall, his way to cope with death, with whatever makes him protect Jesse Marks.

He captures my hand. “What are you thinking?”

“That you have on too many clothes,” I say, before I let this go someplace emotional, somewhere that two people like us never want to go.

My hands press under his shirt, but he doesn’t immediately give me what I want. He studies me for several beats and then kisses me hard and fast. Too fast, but I get over it when he pulls his shirt off. He cups my face and kisses me, his hand sliding up my shirt, his touch fire that has me helping him pull my shirt over my head. Letting him drag me to him where he now sits on the couch. I straddle him, my bra somehow gone by the time I’m there. But my hands press to his shoulders, and I hold him at bay. “I will still arrest you if I need to,” I promise. “This doesn’t change that.”

“You aren’t going to arrest me any more than you hate me.” He glances down at my chest, his gaze a hot caress as it rakes over my breasts, my nipples, before his eyes meet mine. “Because you know I’m protecting you.”

I ignore the ache between my thighs. Or I try. “From what? The slayer or the Jesse Marks damage patrol?”

His hand slides between my shoulder blades and he molds my chest to his. “Do you really want to talk about Jesse Marks right now? Because if you ask me questions, I’m going to ask you questions when I’d much rather be inside you, giving you as many reasons as I can not to arrest me. But you pick. Conversation or fucking.”

“Both,” I say, because it’s the truth. I want answers and I want the conversation my emotions are having in my head to shut up. “Fucking first.” I push away from him and stand up, unbuttoning my pants, sliding them down my hips, and he watches me with that unreadable, robot expression that is admittedly sexy as hell. I press my lips to his and that’s all it takes.

We are crazy, hot, kissing, his hands on my breasts, my nipples, my neck. I can’t touch him enough. I can’t feel him enough, can’t get close enough, and that’s new to me. I don’t need anyone the way I feel I need this man. I don’t want to need anyone this much, but it’s too late. At least, right here, right now, I do. He rolls us to our sides, facing one another, the wide cushion of the couch more than holding us and the next kiss isn’t fast and frenzied. It’s long, drugging, and somewhere in the midst of his tongue stroking my tongue, I end up on my back with the heavy weight of him on top of me…

 

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Pulled Under by Lisa Renee Jones (Walker Security #2)

4 Stars

Asher is perfection and he drew me in from the very first chapter. I don’t think I had a single complaint about him the entire book. He’s hot, tattooed, alpha, ex-military… and the list goes on. Sierra is running from her past and she needs a break.  Asher is everything she needs but she doesn’t want to let him into her life because doing so will make him a target.

Sierra and Asher are good together. I loved the way he took control of her safety and allowed her to have a breather…. even if she didn’t feel like it was safe for him to be with her. He gave her a safety net of people she desperately needed and a place to belong that she could be herself in. She has to decide whether she can accept it or not.

All of that leads me to Jacob the hero in LRJ’s next Walker Security book, Falling Under. He is Sierra’s “security” while Asher is out of town and the epitome of the strong, silent type. I love him already and can’t wait for his book to be here. 

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Twisted Truths by Rebecca Zanetti (Blood Brothers #3)

5 Stars

I love Rebecca Zanetti SO MUCH. I think pretty much every time I write a Zanetti review they start out that way, but its the truth. I love the cover for this one. The paperback, not the kindle.  I also love that these books easily remind you of the important stuff that has happened in previous books and you don’t have to try to remember what’s been going on. That being said, you do HAVE to read the earlier books to enjoy this. Yes, the romance is standalone, but the overall story arc is definitely best enjoyed in order.

Denver’s story has been teased throughout the Blood Brothers series, and it was exciting to finally get to see Denver and Noni together. Their story has been a long time coming and it was every bit as good as I expected. Denver is *by far* the least talkative brother, but he still had his moments that made me absolutely fall in love.

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