Tied by Carian Cole (Devils Wolves #2)

5 Stars

Tied by Carian Cole is the second book in her Devils Wolves series. This is a series of standalones with interconnecting characters. The characters from the last book were mentioned, but didn’t really play a big role so you don’t feel like you are missing something if you didn’t read the first book. But you should totally read the first book too. Really.

As for TiedI read this in one sitting. I picked it up just intending to start it before bed and then before I knew it, it was 4AM and I was putting my Kindle down with a satisfied smile on my face. This story is unique and I completely loved it. Both characters are coming from a dark place. They are scarred both mentally and physically from the traumas of their pasts. They come together and there is healing.

I’ve only read 3 of Carian Cole’s books, but I’ve discovered I’m a really big fan. All 3 books have received a 5 Star rating from me. So now, I’m slowly catching up on her earlier works. It’s taking me awhile, but I’ll eventually get there.

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He’s the only one that has ever made me feel. And I want to make him feel, too.

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Synopsis:

He was the myth and the legend of our small town. But no one knew the truth… except me.

Me
My childhood was stolen by a monster. I’ve forgotten what love feels like. What happiness feels like. What hope feels like. I am numb.

Him
He’s possibly as damaged as I am. Maybe even more. Scarred just as much on the inside as the outside. Just like me. He doesn’t speak. He doesn’t smile. He hides in the woods like an animal. I should be scared of him. But I’m not. He’s the only one that has ever made me feel. And I want to make him feel, too. everything…

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About the Author:

I have a passion for the bad boys, those covered in tattoos, sexy smirks, ripped jeans, fast cars, motorcycles and of course, the sweet girls that try to tame them and win their hearts.

My first novel in the best-selling Ashes & Embers series, Storm, published in September of 2014. I have many books and sequels slated for this series. My new spin-off series, Devils Wolves, launched in 2016 with the best-selling novel, Torn. There are several books planned for this series as well.

Born and raised a Jersey girl, I now reside in beautiful New Hampshire with my husband and our multitude of furry pets and spend most of my time writing, reading, and vacuuming.

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Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating

 5 Stars

I don’t usually review picture books, but I knew Shark Lady was the perfect book for my family. My oldest son is 7 and mostly reads nonfiction with a heavy emphasis on sharks. His goal is to write a book about sharks and asked for a typewriter last Christmas so that he could start writing his book.

This book is everything we were looking for. Eugenie Clark lived such an inspirational life. What she achieved as a female scientist is incredible considering the mindset regarding women in the workplace at the time. My son appreciated this book more for the “shark scientist” angle and the fact that she lived the life he dreams of. I loved this book for the female empowerment. Eugenie Clark knew what she wanted from life and she didn’t let the restrictions of society restrict what she wanted to achieve. Shark Lady gave me a glimpse of a woman that I can’t wait to know more about. This book is a real gem and I’m glad we found it. We ordered a copy for our bookshelf and can’t wait to see it in its final form.

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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.

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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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Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

4 Stars

This book was a surprise for me. It was an impulsive pick after reading a quick excerpt from in it one of the Buzz Books samplers. Upon receipt, I promptly forgot why I was so excited for it and it got pushed down the TBR. I finally picked it up in my post ACOWAR haze because I needed a non-romance, non-fantasy book. I almost exclusively read romance & fantasy, so I didn’t have many options on my list.

IT WAS GOOD.

From the first page, I instantly remembered why I had requested this book. Ginny is such a unique voice in the book world. Her point of view is captivating and seeing the world from where she stands was both heartwarming and heartbreaking. I was entranced to say the least, and finished the book within 12 hours of picking it up. I got emotional at points and desperately wanted to save Ginny from herself. I both empathized with and hated her “Forever Mom”. I understood where she was coming from in that protective new mom focus but wished she was stronger in her dedication to Ginny. I couldn’t look away from this book. I wanted to save Ginny and her Baby Doll.

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Dominic by Marie James (Cerberus MC #4)

4.5 Stars

After finishing Shadow, I was eager to start Dominic. I was eager for the book, but not necessarily the character. Dom hasn’t been around Cerberus much because he’s been away with the military. He is Kincaid’s brother, and while not a full member,  he is accepted and does help with missions when he is in town.

I didn’t read the blurb, so going in I expected him to be with Bri. He is definitely not with Bri, but Mak is a gorgeous pink haired spitfire that is trying to deal with the horrors of her past. I loved her instantly and the attraction between them is intense. This is another one that I had a hard time putting down. Dom is into BDSM so the sex scenes are different from previous books. I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as Shadow, but it was still a very solid book. I am so excited about Snatch’s book. I need to know what’s going on with him. Hopefully its released soon!

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Title: Dominic
Series: Cerberus MC #4
Author: Marie James
Genre: Contemporary Romance/MC
Release Date: May 11, 2017

 

Blurb
Dominic Anderson knows exactly what he wants in life:
simplicity, safety, and solidarity with his brothers. He’s vowed to spend each
day living his life exactly how he chooses since the day his wife betrayed him
and his four year military career turned into twenty.
Returning home after retirement from the Marines, he’s
traded the sand in the Middle East for that of the New Mexico desert, Humvees
for a motorcycle, and the comradery of men in uniform for the occasional woman
at his feet.
Life was perfect until Makayla “Poison” Evans, Renegade MC
Princess, knocked on his door, bruises on her face, neck, and arms, and no
money to pay the cab driver. Pink hair, perfect body, and a mouth that Dom
yearned to teach a million lessons, Mak asks more from him than he’s conceded
to a woman in decades.
She needs his help, his protection, and against his better
judgment, she expects him to keep her secrets. Only her secrets are deadly,
dangerous, and have the potential to start a war between two MCs.
At what point does safeguarding a woman become a betrayal to
the men Dominic calls his family? More importantly, can he get back the
sanctity of his home once Makayla is no longer in the picture, or will he be
forever tainted by her poison? 
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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
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Shadow by Marie James (Cerberus MC #3)

5 Stars

This book was quite literally unputdownable. Each time I read one of the books in the Cerberus MC series, I think that it is the best one I’ve read. But THIS ONE was THE BEST ONE!

The characters develop more and more with each book until you feel like you know them. Each book seems to have a few slightly overlapping scenes so you get to see the same scenes play out from different points of view. Not in a repeated dialogue type of way, but more of the “I know whats going on across the room” type of way. This could definitely be read as a standalone, but part of the enjoyment I got out of it was getting to know the characters throughout the series.

Dominic is next on my TBR and I can’t wait to get into it.

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