Tank by Laramie Briscoe (Moonshine Task Force #2)

 3.5 Stars

I really wanted to be blown away by this second installment of the Moonshine Task Force. The relationship between Blaze and Tank was teased throughout Renegade, and I was SO EXCITED for it. Blaze especially, sounded like my kind of girl. It didn’t quite live up to my expectations, but I was engaged enough that I still want to find out what happens in the “Strather” storyline.

I’m not a huge fan of angst, and part of why I like Laramie Briscoe is that her books aren’t about that. You don’t feel like something was added to the story just to cause problems. The relationships feel like they progress naturally, and without stupidity.

The next book, Havoc, has also been teased since Renegade. The dynamic of Havoc & Leighton sounds adorable, and I’m excited to see how their romance plays out. I’m sure we’ll get a lot more detail on the “Strather” storyline, and I’m ready to find out more about that.

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Title: Tank
Series: Moonshine Task Force #2
Author: Laramie Briscoe
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 2, 2017
Blurb
Life isn’t promised, love isn’t easy, and relationships
aren’t always clean, but everyone has their soulmate who is willing to forgive
when it would be better to forget.
Trevor “Tank”
Trumbolt
I never thought in the blink of an eye my life could change,
but it did. Cresting a hill driving to my favorite fishing spot, I was hit
head-on by a teenager with no regard for anyone’s life but his own. 
The recovery process has been hard, painful, and damn near
beating me down.

The bright spot? Blaze.
Surviving the wreck has given me a second chance to make a
life with her. Not knowing if I’ll ever be able to rejoin the Moonshine Task
Force again has brought my world into focus. It’s made me realize what’s
important.
Blaze. Stella. My brothers. My sister.
The ego that ran Blaze away before isn’t here any longer.
What’s left is a man who’s holding his heart in his hands and a burning hope
that once I’m healed she’ll still be around.
Daphne “Blaze”
Coleman
There’s only been one person in the world who’s accepted me
for who I am – from the fiery red of my hair and vibrant tattoos covering parts
of my body to the smartness of my mouth and my desire to be matched in the
bedroom.
That man is Trevor Trumbolt. When he asked me to give up my
job as an EMT because he saw the dangers I face one scary afternoon, it spelled
the end for us.
Now that he’s been injured, he needs my help and my love.
I’ll give it all freely, but in the end I’m gonna need him to understand one
thing about relationships. The give and take, love and sadness, pleasure and
pain is a two-way street. He’s either in this with me or he’s not, but at the
end of the day, I won’t let him boss me around.
If there’s anything that can handle the steel of a tank –
it’s the heat of a blaze.

 

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Laramie Briscoe is the best-selling author of the Heaven Hill Series & the Rockin’ Country Series.Since self-publishing her first book in May of 2013, Laramie Briscoe has published over 10 books. She’s appeared on the Top 100 Bestselling E-books Lists on iBooks, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble. She’s been called “a very young Maya Banks” (Amazon reviewer) and her books have been accused of being “sexy, family-oriented, romances with heart”.

When she’s not writing alpha males who seriously love their women, she loves spending time with friends, reading, and marathoning shows on her DVR. Married to her high school sweetheart, Laramie lives in Bowling Green, KY with her husband (the Travel Coordinator) and a sometimes crazy cat named Beau.

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Falling Hard by Lexi Ryan (The Blackhawk Boys #4)


4.5 Stars

Once I’m invested in a series, I no longer read the blurbs. I prefer to go in blind and just trust the author. What a shock for me when I started this one, and EMMA IS NOT OLIVIA! Part of me was relieved because Olivia grinds my nerves like no other, but I was also disappointed because I knew Keegan wanted his family together.

There was no need to be disappointed, Emma is a doll and I loved her with Keegan. Keegan has matured so much since becoming a father and it shows. They had a brief but intense relationship when they were younger. They both have heartbreaking secrets from “before” that affected their relationship both then and now.

All the previous couples make a quick appearance in this one, but it is completely standalone. Lexi Ryan wrote this well, and you won’t feel like you are missing anything if you haven’t read the other books yet. That teaser for the next book though?!?!?!?!? I NEED IT NOW.

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

 

Title: Falling Hard
Series: The Blackhawk Boys #4
Author: Lexi Ryan
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: May 23, 2017

 

Blurb

 

An NFL player with a secret past, and the one woman with the power to turn his world inside out…
Former actress Emma Rothschild is partying in Vegas in disguise. But I’m not fooled. Five years ago, I knew that body better than my own, and I haven’t forgotten a single detail—not the curve of her hip beneath my hand or the hitch in her breath when I kiss her neck.
When Emma’s unexpectedly left alone in Sin City, I agree to spend the weekend with her. As friends. Why not? If I can knock down the toughest guys in the NFL, I’m strong enough to keep my hands to myself, even if she is the sexiest woman I’ve ever met.
Emma is part of my past—years so shrouded in secrets that not even my best friends know the truth about who I am. I’m a single dad now and not interested in revisiting my old ways or trying to win back the only woman I ever let close enough to break my heart.
But this is Vegas, where all bets are off, and with Emma, nothing ever goes as planned…

 

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“A sexy, sweet, oh-so-emotional second chance romance that will make you believe in the power of fate and forgiveness.” – USA Today Bestseller Lili Valente

 

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FALLING HARD is a sexy and emotional novel intended for mature readers. It’s the fourth book in the world of the Blackhawk Boys, but can be enjoyed as a standalone.
Football. Secrets. Lies. Passion. These boys don’t play fair. Which Blackhawk Boy will steal your heart?
Book 1 – SPINNING OUT (Arrow’s story)
Book 2 – RUSHING IN (Christopher’s story)
Book 3 – GOING UNDER (Sebastian’s story)
Book 4 – FALLING HARD (Keegan’s story)
Book 5 – IN TOO DEEP (Mason’s story, coming fall 2017)

 

 

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“You’re too beautiful,” I tell her. I run my thumb along her jaw. “Too fucking beautiful.”“I’ve missed you. You’re the best man I’ve ever met.”

My stomach clenches and I shake my head. “Don’t think that. It’s a lie. It’s what I wanted you to believe. Don’t bring that lie into tonight.”

“How was it a lie?” She grins up at me, and I know a full confession would erase all the happiness from her face.

“When we were together before, I wasn’t the man you thought I was. I wasn’t good.” It’s the closest to the truth I’ve ever given anyone about my past.

“So you don’t want me believing you’re good?”

I pull her hips tightly against me as I exhale in frustration. She still thinks this is some kind of joke. “I’m different now, but then…”

She lifts onto her toes and flicks her tongue against my ear. “Don’t be so different. I like you a little bad.”

I groan and stop dancing. I don’t know how much longer I can do this without diving over the line. “Is that permission to stop being your friend?” I’m obsessed with knowing if she tastes as sweet as I remember. And if I swipe my tongue over the sensitive spot beneath her ear, will she gasp like she always did?

She shrugs and grins, and the dance floor tilts off balance. It’s crowded, and we’re surrounded by writhing bodies, cocooned in the crowd. I turn her in my arms so her back is to my front and settle my hand against the soft skin of her midriff. She arches her back and rubs against me.

I sweep her hair to the side, and when I press my lips to the long, smooth column of her neck, she trembles against me.

“Are you okay?” I ask against her ear. “Is this okay?”

“I—I’m not sure…”

“Tell me what you want. Not five years ago. Not tomorrow. What do you want right now?”

She reaches back and threads her fingers through my hair to guide my mouth back to her neck.

I don’t hesitate. I kiss and suck on that tender skin while we move to the beat.

The rest of the room fades and one song blurs into the next. A waitress comes by selling shots, and I buy two, one for each of us, and we lock eyes as we throw them back. At some point, I’m vaguely aware of Bailey checking on me, but my focus is one hundred percent on Emma, on this night that takes me back to when I was eighteen and so fucking in love it hurt. Tonight, Emma isn’t the woman who once broke my heart. She isn’t the girl who wrote me off with a simple goodbye note and apologies I didn’t want. Tonight, she’s a dream, my fantasy in the flesh, my reward for surviving the hardest year of my whole life.

When her face begins to blur, I realize I’m way more drunk than I ever intended. I need to sober up or I’m not going to remember a minute of this night. “Want to get out of here?”

She nods, takes my hand, and leads me out of the bar and down the hall to the elevators. My watch reads a quarter past two.

“Let’s get some food,” I suggest, but at the same moment, an elevator dings and the doors slide open.

Emma grabs my hand and drags me inside. “I don’t want food,” she says, punching a button.

I spin her around and press her against the wall. “What do you want, Em?” I drop my hand to her side to skim my knuckles over her skirt, and she widens her stance to part her thighs. “Fuck,” I whisper. I shouldn’t do this. Not here, not when any moment someone could join us on the elevator, not when we’re both so damn drunk it’s a wonder we can stand upright. But shouldn’t is so much weaker than want, and I want to touch her more than I want anything right now.

I’m faintly aware of the soft beeping of the passing floors as I slide my hand up her skirt and cup her between her legs. She gasps, and I rub my fingers over the damp lace of her panties, teasing her swollen flesh.

When the elevator stops and the doors slide open, she grabs my wrist and holds me still. “Please,” she whispers in my ear. “Please. Don’t stop.” Then she tilts her hips and rocks against my hand. I couldn’t refuse her if every person in the hotel was watching us.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of emotional romance that sizzles, Lexi enjoys reading, sunshine, a good glass of wine, and rare trips to the beach. Lexi lives in Indiana with her husband, two children, and neurotic dog. You can find her at her website: http://www.lexiryan.com/

 

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We Said Forever by Marie James

4 Stars

We Said Forever is only the 2nd book I’ve read from Marie James, but she is earning her spot as an author I can trust to give me a beautiful but difficult love story.

More Than a Memory was one of the top books I read last year so when I saw this new book coming from Marie James… I grabbed it without so much as a glance at the blurb. It turns out that this author seems to enjoy tackling tough subjects. I’m too empathetic, so I generally avoid books with lots of violence, cruelty and heartbreak/sadness. Drug addiction falls into this category of books. It’s very hard for me to deal with the downward spiral that comes with addiction, and she writes it well. The despair was real.

When you read this, be prepared for a roller coaster of emotions (and you may need a few tissues) but you should find it well worth the read at the end.

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Title: We Said Forever
Author: Marie James
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 15, 2017
Blurb

Rock bottom.

They say the only way to go from there is up, but what is “up” when you’re born into someone else’s rock bottom?

At ten, football became my first love. It’s what got me out of the house away from my self-destructive family. My love for football landed me at Las Vegas University with a full ride scholarship, and the orange on my jersey was my favorite color…until my eyes landed on the red dress Fallyn wore the night we met.

At twenty-one, I jumped off the cliff into the unknown the second Fallyn McIntyre danced in my arms at a party. I had the greatest girl in the world and the opportunity to play college ball every Saturday. My rock bottom was looking up, thanks to my two first loves.

Parties, sex, and football—life was perfect. But one drink too many, and my world came crashing down. When I chose pills over my second love, my head told me it was the best decision I ever made. The pills keep me warm and protect me from the distance Fallyn created. Percs don’t judge me. They make me feel alive. 

Threes.


They say the best things come in threes, but one leads to a stable future, one is my salvation, and the other drags me to hell—a hell I’d willingly burn in for eternity…if it weren’t for my second love.

 

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Turning to face the guy who is either too stupid or too drunk to take a hint, my eyes land on the handsome face of a tall blond with the lightest blue eyes I’ve ever seen.The smirk on his face clearly indicates he believes I should be impressed. And I am. There’s no doubt about it. I’m completely fascinated by the ego this douchebag emits with one simple look. Without a word, I let my eyes trail from the top of his purposely mussed hair that probably took longer to fix than mine to the orange chucks adorning his big feet.

He allows the perusal, awaiting my approval. Cocking an eyebrow at his blatant, pompous attitude, I push his hands off my hips.

“Not a chance, buddy,” I say before turning back toward the kitchen.

My legs tremble, wobbling on my already unsteady heels. I release a long, slow breath, hoping he disappeared into the crowd. The last thing I need is for him to notice the way my eyes lingered on his stubbled jaw and the muscles of his chest even his clothes can’t hide. I’m almost certain he could sense my quick, unmasked arousal. One look was all it took for this man to creep his way under my skin and throb in my core. He’s got self-entitled, bad boy, asshole written all over him—character traits I would have dropped anything for a few years ago. Not today, though. Those are flaws I left in Utah when I graduated high school.

The same firm grip reaches for me again, wrapping all the way around my body and pulling my back against an incredibly strong chest.

I close my eyes for a moment, allowing only a second of contact before turning around and readying my hand to slap him across the face for taking such liberties without my permission—just another alpha asshole attribute that used to make me swoon.

“You need to get your—”

His finger covers my lips, preventing me from getting my words out. My attempt at what I’m sure was going to be a very eloquent threat against his manhood falters as he pulls me closer to his body. His leg somehow finds its way between mine as he squats a couple inches to decrease the differences in our height.

The strong hand that has reached for me twice tonight is around my back, fingers splayed against the thin red fabric. The finger that halted my words trails down the column of my damp neck before gripping around at my nape. Gooseflesh follows the trail, racing over my fevered skin. He holds me against him, guiding me to the rhythm I hated until this very second. Like the traitorous slut she is, my body molds against him, every soft inch against his hardness.

“I don’t,” I begin again, only to have his hand leave my neck to push another finger against my parted lips.

I watch, enthralled and utterly stupid, as his bottom lip rolls between his teeth at the same time his thumb sweeps over mine.

I cave, wholeheartedly capitulating to the moment. Ignoring the warning bells going off in my head, screaming at me to bolt through the front door and not look back, I grip the silky athletic fabric of his jersey and pull him closer. A knowing grin lights his face and sparkles in the crystal blue of his eyes.

One song blends into another as our bodies close every millimeter of distance. No words are spoken as the countdown begins. No promises are made when the clock strikes midnight. No way I’ll survive this man when his breath becomes mine. No chance I’ll see him again when swaying all night turns into dancing tongues. No possibility of keeping my promise of no bad boys when one hand grips my nape and the other squeezes my ass.

Alcohol has never really been my thing. The memory of the first time I drank heavy liquor in high school is enough to make my stomach sour, but the bourbon on this guy’s lips is the perfect mix of sweet and spicy. It’s, hands down, the most satisfying thing I’ve tasted since the ice cream I had after getting my tonsils removed when I was seven. I savor every fraction of a second, every slow glide of his tongue against mine, each time his lips pull back a fraction and turn up to smile against mine.

Without so much as one spoken word, this man has managed to master my body, persuading it to beg for more, coaxing whimpers from my mouth when he pulls away, only to ensure it pants a seductive moan when those skilled lips find my neck.

 

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Marie James is a full-time working mother of two amazing little boys and wife of almost 13 years. She enjoys reading in her spare time, and diet coke is always near. Central Texas is where Marie calls home and has lived most of her life. With 13 published books under her belt, she has no desire to stop writing anytime soon and has dozens of book ideas to keep her busy.
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Grip by Kennedy Ryan (Flow #1)

5 Stars

This review is proving extremely difficult to do. I usually read at least 2 books at a time, but Grip refused to allow me to do that. I did the dishes in silence for a few days because my mind needed time to process this book. This book is FANTASTIC. That, I can say without hesitation.

It is hard to put into words how gratifying it is to see the familial reactions to an interracial relationship put into words. Yes, there is SO MUCH MORE to this book, and many major things happen within it, but what is sticking with me are the parts that I related to the most. Grip and Bristol weren’t attracted to each other because of their skin color, but because of the connection their souls had. I don’t think I’ve ever read an interracial romance book that focused so much on the connection instead what the couple looked like. I was able to focus on their romance instead of being constantly reminded of how differently they looked. It was pertinent to the situations they faced, but it wasn’t shoved in your face the entire book.

For clarity, I am not in an interracial relationship. I am a pale Irish/Czech American and my husband is a native of Mexico. On paper, we are both “white” but we have definitely experienced many of the reactions shown in this book. It has taken many years for both of our families to be completely “on-board” with our relationship.

Looking past the racial aspects of this book, it was a truly satisfying romance. Both the H/h were well-developed individuals. They were smart, successful and deeply affected by each other. This is definitely a gem. You have to read Flow first, and lucky for you, it’s free right now. You can read my original review for that one here.

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Free Now! Flow by Kennedy Ryan (The Grip Prequel)

ALL OF THE STARS!!! 

I have never connected so deeply with a couple in such a short time.This is how you write a prequel. I don’t think anyone could read this and not feel this story.

Flow is the prequel to Grip which is releasing March 2nd. This is a cliffhanger, but not too bad since we get the conclusion in less than a week.

Flow is free right now, and I’m not sure how long that is going to last. I do know that if you love it you can preorder Grip for $0.99 before it goes up in price on release day.

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Don’t Speak by Katy Regnery (a modern fairytale #5)

4.5 Stars

3AM is when I finally went to bed last night. Lack of sleep is generally how I judge books and this one kept me up to a completely indecent hour. Don’t speak is the 5th book in Katy Regnery’s a modern fairytale series. This is one of those series where you absolutely don’t have to read the books in order. They are completely unrelated so you can jump in and out of the series wherever you wish. This is the only book I’ve read in this series but I’ll definitely be reading more of them. The 1st book, The Vixen and the Vet, is currently free on Amazon so I’ll probably be reading that one next.

About the book? It’s supposed to be a retelling of The Little Mermaid, but I haven’t seen the movie since early childhood and never read the book. While reading I didn’t know how close the story was to either of those versions other than them being from completely different worlds. I did a bit of “research” after reading it and can completely see the similarities… and now the title makes sense too.

This book took awhile for me to get into and that detracted a bit from my enjoyment. I didn’t realize it was a second chance romance, so the plot felt like it was progressing too quickly without allowing you to really fall in love with their story. I didn’t get invested until about 40% through, but once I got there I couldn’t put it down. From their first date, you know what the main problem in their relationship is going to be aside from their differing backgrounds. From that point on you are constantly waiting for it to blow up… and it does blow up… at the absolute worst time.

I loved how this book turned out and now I just feel all happy and sigh-y about it.

I forgot to add that 10% of the e-book sales for in March and April 2017 will be donated to charity. THAT made me happy.

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Title: Don’t Speak
Series: Modern Fairytale #5 (Standalone)
Author: Katy Regnery
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 27, 2017

 

Blurb

From New York Times bestseller Katy Regnery comes a new twist on a beloved fairytale.In this modern retelling of The Little Mermaid, a fisherman’s daughter from an Outer Banks island untouched by time, meets the son of the North Carolina governor at a fancy party she helps to cater.

Laire, who wants more from life than her little island can offer, is swept away by wealthy, sophisticated Erik, who is, in turn, entranced by her naiveté and charm. The two spend a whirlwind summer together that ends on the knife-point of heartbreak and forces them to go their separate ways.

Years later, when fate finds them together once again, they will discover the terrifying depth of the secrets they kept from each other, and learn that shattered hearts can only be healed by a love that willfully refuses to die.

All novels Katy Regnery’s ~a modern fairytale~ collection are written as fundraisers. 10% of the e-book sales for in March and April 2017 will be donated.

 

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Never Let You Go (Hansel & Gretel) – available now
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013.

Twenty-five books later, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled, New York Times and USA Today Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other standalone novels and novellas.

Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1-4, became a New York Times E-book bestseller.

In 2016, Katy signed a print-only agreement with Spencerhill Press. As a result, her Blueberry Lane paperback books will now be distributed to brick and mortar bookstores all over the United States.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.

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Worth The Wait by Claudia Connor (McKinney/Walker #1)

4.5 Stars

Worth The Wait was completely worth it. I’m a sucker for romances with “special agent” type characters and Nick Walker was just right. I didn’t realize that this series was a spinoff series (and it’s lucky I didn’t). I usually try to skip “companion” series unless I’ve read the original series and if I had I would have missed out on what is sure to be a great series.

This is a standalone and I have never before read a book by Claudia Connor, but I had absolutely no problem falling in love with these characters within the first 10 minutes of reading. I had the goofiest smile on my face while Nick and Mia were getting to know each other. The single dad/brother thing was just so sweet. While reading I often want to know more about some of the “supporting characters”, it was a nice surprise to find out that their stories have already been published and I will be able to read their books without waiting for them to be released.

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