Sassy Little Thing by Bella Jewel (Iron Fury MC #4) Review

Sassy Little Thing (Iron Fury MC Book 4) by [Jewel, Bella ]5 Stars

I’ve been in a bookish funk for almost 2 months and while I’ve been listening to audiobooks and making half-hearted attempts at picking up my kindle it wasn’t until recently that I started to see the sparkle of books again. And while this isn’t the book that brought me out of that funk, IT IS one of the little sparklers I’ve read since then.

Sassy Little Thing is the 4th book in the Iron Fury MC series by Bella Jewel. I’ve only read one other book by Bella Jewel, and it wasn’t one of the Iron Fury books, but it was enough to make me want to jump into this series right in the middle. This is a series of standalones, and they feel like standalones. I didn’t feel like I was missing out on something because I hadn’t read the other books. I DID want to go and read the other books in the series.

Saskia is everything the title promised and Mason is one incredibly ALPHA biker. The storyline was unbelievable but still enjoyable for those of us that don’t care about how likely something is to really happen. I definitely enjoyed my time with these characters and I think I’ll try to make time to read about the rest of the Iron Fury MC.

I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

 

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Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan (Hoops #1)

Long Shot: A HOOPS Novel by [Ryan, Kennedy]5 Stars

If I had to pick a favorite romance from last year, my pick would undoubtedly be Grip. If fact, I loved it so much that it was one of my write-in votes for the Goodreads Choice Awards. That being said, while I wanted to read Long Shot, I wasn’t sure about it. I haven’t watched basketball since I was in elementary school (in the 90’s) so my knowledge of the sport is rusty at best.

I should have known better, the sport didn’t matter. This book grabbed me from the first chapter and I only stopped reading so I could get a few hours of sleep. I was unprepared for the breadth of emotions this book carried with it. I don’t have “triggers” when reading, but for those that do, this should carry a trigger warning on it. It deals with very serious domestic abuse including physical, emotional, and sexual aspects. I didn’t expect to feel the emotions of Iris so acutely. I felt desperation, panic, hopelessness. But then there was determination, hope, and butterflies… even healing.

The Grip series were the first books that I read from Kennedy Ryan, and I thought those were some of the most timely important books I’ve ever read from the romance genre. I didn’t realize what I was getting into when I started Long Shot, but as painful as it was, I deeply valued the experience. This book helped me realize that Kennedy Ryan isn’t just a general romance writer, but a writer with a social message. She writes words that matter and gives perspective on subjects that are often skirted around in public. She has a gift with words, and I am grateful she chooses to share them.

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I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

Out of the Darkness by Heather Graham (The Finnegan Connection #3)

Out of the Darkness (The Finnegan Connection #3)4 Stars

Out of the Darkness was my first Finnegan Connection book AND my first Heather Graham. As far as it being the first book I’ve read in the series, I didn’t feel like I missed anything, which is always a great feeling. I also liked Heather Graham’s writing, so that was a definite plus.

The basis of this story is creepy, so when I started reading it that first night I immediately put it back down and picked up something fluffier. Once I got into the story though, I was much more comfortable with it and enjoyed the plot quite a bit. My only complaint would be that the last plot twist felt too forced and ended up annoying me more that enhancing the story. Other than that minor hiccup, I read this pretty quickly. I liked the main characters and wished that we could have seen more of Davey. I was impressed by my first reading of Heather Graham and if I see another book by her I won’t hesitate to pick it up.

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I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

Instead of recapping the story, I’ve included “The Blurb” below.

The Blurb:

A love rekindled…or a deadly reunion?

Even after a decade, Sarah Hampton is haunted by the night that nearly ended in a bloody massacre and destroyed her high school romance with handsome Tyler Grant. Now the horror has returned. It’s a reckoning from the events of that terrifying night—and a love they never let go. Only this time Tyler must protect Sarah from the killer hiding in the darkness…or lose her forever.

Poison Kisses Part 3 by Lisa Renee Jones (Poison Kisses #3)

Poison Kisses Part 3 by [Jones, Lisa Renee]4 Stars

Poison Kisses Part 3 really delivered when it came to the rest of Seth & Amanda’s story. It starts with a flashback to “that day” and then immediately following it we get back to present time. They are as hot as ever together and I liked that there wasn’t any BS to their relationship.

I wasn’t a fan of having the book broken up into 3 parts.The novella length wasn’t fun for me, but this is probably just a personal preference because I don’t like novellas in general.

By the end of the book I really enjoyed Bear’s character. I know that Poison Kisses is a spin-off of Dirty Money, but can we have a spin-off of a spin-off with Bear as the main character?? I can already tell I would love him.

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I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

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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I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

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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I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

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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Kiss Kiss Bang by Sidney Halston (Iron Clad Security #3)

Kiss Kiss Bang: An Iron Clad Security Novel (Iron-clad Security) by [Halston, Sidney]4 Stars

One thing I love is when a series of books is truly standalone and I can just jump in anywhere and not feel lost. Iron Clad Security is a great example of that, because I had never read a Sidney Halston book prior to Kiss Kiss Bang but I  was able to read this with no sense of loss. Even better is that I actually want to go back and read the other books that are earlier in the series.

The chemistry in this book was real and I LOVE good chemistry. Joey was such a great character and had pretty much every trait I love in a hero. My favorite moments were those where he was interacting with Livie’s daughter Sophie. His immediate love for her was swoonworthy. I had a harder time connecting with Livie. I’m not sure why but it wasn’t enough to detract from the book. I look forward to reading more from Sidney Halston.

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I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.