Kiss My Ash by Leddy Harper

Kiss My Ash by [Harper, Leddy]3.5 Stars

Kiss My Ash by Leddy Harper is a taboo/age gap romance featuring a mother in her 30’s and the 17 year old boy next door. Krista is a single mom that has put her life on hold for the past decade in order to put her everything into providing the best life for her 16 year old daughter. She finally purchases her first home and when she meets her new neighbor it isn’t anything like she expected.

Ash is hard to believe as a 17 year old. He reads much older, which is obviously part of the plot (Krista believes he is older than 17 at the beginning of their relationship). I enjoyed their relationship, but would have liked it better in a different context. All of that being said, this book wasn’t an easy one to put down. I enjoyed it and finished it within a couple of days. The epilogue was golden and really helped cement the story.

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

Title: Kiss My Ash
Author: Leddy Harper
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: August 9, 2018

Blurb

Ash Jenkins was the typical boy next door. Wait, who am I
kidding? There was nothing typical about that boy.
He was tall, ripped, and had the voice of a man twice his
age. Intelligent, sexy as sin, and barely legal.
Sent to live with his dad after getting in some trouble
with the law, he was definitely someone I needed to stay away from.
But he had his sights set on me, and he didn’t try to
hide it.
Did it still make me a cougar if I was the prey?

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Leddy Harper had to use her imagination often as a child. She grew up the only girl in a house full of boys. At the age of fourteen, she decided to use that imagination and wrote her first book, and never stopped.

She often calls writing her therapy, using it as a way to deal with issues through the eyes of her characters.

She is now a mother of three girls, leaving her husband as the only man in a house full of females.

The decision to publish her first book was made as a way of showing her children to go after whatever it is they want to. Love what you do and do it well. Most importantly Leddy wanted to teach them what it means to overcome their fears.

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The Hawks by SD Hendrickson

The Hawks: A Novel by [Hendrickson, SD]5 Stars

This was such a good read for me. I didn’t want to put it down, so I didn’t.  It’s been awhile since I’ve seen a book from SD Hendrickson and it was a pleasure to lose myself in it.

The Hawks goes back and forth between two timelines. One that is progressing over weeks/months and another that is over mere hours. One timeline holds the mystery, the other holds the romance, when the two converge it makes it nearly impossible to put down. I will admit, there were parts of the story that left me in tears. There were times when things seemed hopeless. There was devastation. But at the end of it all, there is love and hope and a future that is different than planned.

I loved Javier and I grew to love Cole. If Cole got his own book that would be an auto-buy for me. I can’t wait to see if my wish comes true, but whatever she writes next… I’ll be reading it.

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Title: The Hawks
Author: SD Hendrickson
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Family Drama/New Adult
Cover Design: SD Hendrickson
 Release Date: July 26, 2018

 

Blurb
“Sultry
summer of suspense that leads to the fall of a powerful family”
He warned
me. Said hawks were dangerous birds. Their majestic beauty could blind your
eyes as they picked the flesh from your bones. But even hawks have enemies. And
they eventually came for the Hawthorn family. Held us hostage. Demanded
retribution.
But I
wasn’t a Hawthorn. No, I was just the help. Caught in the turmoil of a tragic
family. I worked hard for Delsey Hawthorn. Tried to earn the respect of the
reigning tyrant. Assistant. Event planner. Gardner. Chauffeur. I added it all
to my resume.
And then I
met Javier Hawthorn. Delsey ordered me to stay away from her grandson. But like
a moth to a burning flame, I gravitated toward him. He was so different than my
world. Irresistible. Charming. He brought a calmness to the chaos.
But that
was before the intruders came into the house. Tied us up. Hurt us. We struggled
to get away. We fought to survive. But who were the men behind the masks? Did
we know them? Because someone who got this close to the family at night must be
even closer during the day.

 

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“I’m sorry. I wasn’t trying to upset you.” My hands cupped his cheeks. I peered into his eyes, trying to read him better as I wore my heart on the outside. “I know this is supposed to be casual. But this doesn’t feel casual to me. You are so good to me. So much more than I ever expected. The way you make me feel. I just need to know if you feel the same way. And it’s okay if you don’t. I just need to know the truth.”

Javier rested his forehead against mine. “I feel the same, Sarina.”

“You do?” The elation filled my chest and I leaned up to kiss him, but his words stopped me.

“I feel the same, but you’re not really mine. Not permanently. What right do I have to feel jealous or angry?”

“But you have every right,” I pleaded with him. “If you think we’re together.”

The emotions shifted in his eyes as he struggled with his answer. “Maybe I tried to pretend at first. That you could mean nothing. But I couldn’t. I care about you, Sarina. And in another time or place, I could see myself wanting so much more with you. But the more we feel, the harder it ends.”

“You don’t think I know that?” I whispered. “I know you will hurt me. Eventually.”

“But I don’t want to hurt you. So I have to ask you this. Do you want to stop now before this gets more serious? Before it hurts more?”

“No,” I gushed. I didn’t even hesitate. The idea of him pulling away sent a panic through me. I didn’t care about the heartbreak that would come later when he left me. I needed him in my life right now. “I don’t want to stop seeing you.”

 

 

 

 

 

Author Bio
SD Hendrickson received a Bachelor’s of Science in
Journalism and Public Relations from Oklahoma State University. She is the
author of The Mason List, Waiting for Wyatt, and My Lucky Days.

 

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Beautiful Deep by Jordyn White (Beautiful Rivers #4)

Beautiful Deep (Beautiful Rivers Book 4) by [White, Jordyn]4.5 Stars

It feels like it’s been forever since I was able to dive into a Beautiful Rivers book, and it made me so. incredibly. happy to finally have a new one in my hands. First of all, I need to note that Jordyn White is the author formerly known as J.L. White. The name change is such a good thing, and definitely fits her book “vibe” better.

Moving on to the book, the instant attraction Rayce feels towards Emma is perfection. It’s even better when that attraction turns into a bit of a “forbidden” romance when he finds out that she is actually an employee of the resort. Emma is trying not the make the same mistake twice, but Rayce is undeniable.

I’m a little sad that this was the last book in this series. I’ve grown to love this family and this final glimpse into their lives didn’t feel like nearly enough. Each of these books is a complete standalone, so you could start with Beautiful Deep if you wanted to… but if you start at the beginning with Beautiful Mine, then your patience will be rewarded with a well-rounded series. I for one, can’t wait to to see what Jordyn White writes next.

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Dirty Rich Cinderella Story by Lisa Renee Jones (Dirty Rich #2)

Dirty Rich Cinderella Story (Dirty Rich Book 2) by [Jones, Lisa Renee]5 Stars

I love this couple! Lori and Cole are absolute fire together. Lori is strong and independent. She’s trying to get life back on track for both her mom and herself. The devastation caused by her father’s death has made her determined to have complete control of her future. A one night stand is out of character for her, but Cole is exactly what she needed.

Cole doesn’t need anyone, until he needs Lori. He is successful, powerful, and sure of himself. His feelings for Lori are unexpected, and he’s shocked when she leaves him nothing more than a note signed with her first name after their night together. Watching him chase after her is one of the best parts of this book. I love a man determined to get what he wants.

I forgot how much I loved Cat & Reese together. Catching a glimpse of their life after the book put a huge smile on my face. Beyond the relationship Lori & Cole have together, we also get to experience their friendships with Cat & Reese ( they are perfect).

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Title: Dirty Rich Cinderella Story

Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Release Date: May 23, 2018
A new sexy standalone from Lisa Renee Jones…
SEDUCED FOR A NIGHT. TAKEN FOREVER.
With only nine months left at Stanford, and despite being top of her law school class, Lori Havens takes leave to care for her sick mother. That means she juggles three jobs, the best of which is researcher for novelist, and syndicated columnist of “Cat Does Crime,” Cat Summer.
One evening after finishing up her work at Cat’s apartment building, Lori has an encounter with a sexy stranger, and does something out of character. She goes home with him. The night is perfect, he’s perfect, wealthy, powerful and from out of town. Morning comes, and despite their connection, Lori leaves before he finds out she’s far from the equal he believes her to be. She’s not a charity case and she’s not after his money. She will make her own. In other words, she leaves before her prince charming finds out she’s no princess.
Flash forward a few months, Lori’s mother is healing, and Cat’s husband, Reese, has merged his firm with another and Lori lands an internship there, with school credit and scholarship money.. Everything is falling into place. That is until fate reveals a wicked twist of events and Lori walks into a conference room to find her new boss, Cole Brooks, one of the partners, is her one-night prince charming. One sizzling shared look across a boardroom, and it’s clear: this man is not done with her. It’s not long before Lori is informed that she’ll be working high profile cases with her one night prince charming which will require long nights and travel, starting immediately.

I own you.
 
With those words, my words, my intent in the air, and my fingers still tangled in Lori’s hair, I kiss her, a deep, possessive kiss meant to claim her, take her, make her mine, if only for this night. And she knows it too, because when my lips part hers, she pants out, “No one owns me.”
“Then, sweetheart, you’ve never been properly fucked.” I slide my hands under her jacket, settling my palms on her shoulders.
“I guess that depends on how you define properly.”
I turn her to face in the opposite direction, dragging the jacket down her arms and tangling it around her wrists, and then I lean in close. “As dirty as possible,” I promise. “And with you on my tongue, in as many ways as we both find possible.”
“Is this how you own me?” she demands. “By binding my arms?”
“As much as I’d like to have you at my mercy, sweetheart,” I say, tossing the jacket aside, and turning her to face me, “I’m selfish enough to want your hands and mouth fully available, in any way, shape, or place you so choose to use them.” I walk us backward, toward the oversized chair made perfectly for the kind of hot, wild fuck in our near future, before my hands fall from her waist. “I want to watch you undress.”
“When do you undress?” she challenges.
“We have one condom, sweetheart. Let’s make it last. Undress for me, Lori.”
Her teeth scrape her bottom lip, and for just a moment, her eyes cut, but not before I see the flicker of nerves in her stare. And right then, I know that I’ve read her accurately up to this point. I know that her control is both a necessity and a wall that protects her. I know that no one has made it safe for her to leave those things at the door. No one has ever seen her really truly naked and the only way that happens, is to do exactly what I’m doing. Push her out of her comfort zone, pull her into the moment, where she forgets the walls, and lives nowhere but here in the moment. That’s the place where nothing exists but the two of us.
Her eyes meet mine again, and I see the decision in them. She’s not going to run like she did on the street tonight. She unzips her skirt, and caresses it down her slender, but curvy hips. It pools at her feet, and she kicks it aside, allowing me to admire her long legs in lacy thigh-high hose, my gaze catching on the slender strip of lace in the vee of her body.
Her fingers catch on the hem of her blouse, and she tries to hide the small, inhaled breath of courage she draws before pulling it and her loose bra over her head. She tosses it, and stands before me, creamy pale perfection in nothing but silk and lace, her breasts high, full, nipples puckered to a pretty pink that will soon be in my mouth. “You’re beautiful,” I say. “Come here.”
“Quid pro quo,” she declares. “I’m naked, you’re naked.”
We’re still doing the push and pull, but I don’t mind, not when my mouth is soon to be all over her body, which means her mouth will soon be all over my body. I don’t want her kneeling before me unless it’s to put her mouth on my cock. That’s not my goal, not this time, at least. It’s to own her, and that means she is so damn present, she can’t think, she can only feel. That takes trust and I decide to meet her halfway. I sit down and take off a shoe, showing it to her before setting it down.
“So now I get a socked foot?” she teases, and I can feel a hint of her tension easing away, her comfort in her own skin begins to settle into place. I can feel her easing into me and the night, letting me glimpse the real woman, not the stranger.
And I find that I surprise myself by how much I want to know this woman, not just fuck her.
“The pants don’t come off with the shoes on,” I tell her, and by the time I’ve removed the second shoe, she’s standing in front of me, every creamy white, naked inch of her. She grabs it and tosses it.
“Now the pants,” she orders, making it clear that she’s no submissive, that she can hold her own, and I fucking love it. “Or the shirt.”
I reach for her hips and walk her between my legs. “You’ve distracted me,” I tell her, my lips brushing her belly, my tongue drawing a circle. She trembles beneath my mouth, and I glance up at her. “You’re owned when you can think of nothing but the person you’re with. Nothing but what they might do to you now, and in the next moment.” I twine the string at her hips in my fingers. “Or where they might lick, kiss, or touch.” I drag her panties down her legs and then lower my mouth to her sex, where I let my breath tease her. “Tell me to lick you,” I order.
Her fingers curl around the material over my shoulders. “No.”
I bite my bottom lip and shake my head. “That’s too bad, because I really wanted to know how you taste.” I nip her hip and when she gives a surprised yelp I lave the wound with my tongue, glancing up at her. “Do you want me to—?”
“Yes.”
“Say it, Lori…”
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 WHITE LIES and LILAH LOVE series.
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.

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.

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Title: Sassy Little Thing
Series: Iron Fury MC #4
Author: Bella Jewel
Genre: Romance
Release Date: April 20, 2018
Blurb
People, in my opinion, don’t take happiness seriously
enough.
They go through life, constantly trying to please other
people.
I do, however, take my happiness seriously.
Very seriously.
But, when things in my life, go suddenly south, I am left
with more than one choice.
Do what’s right, or do what’s wrong?
That, on any normal day, would be an easy choice for me.
I’ll do whatever I need to keep my life flowing with
happiness.
But when it comes to love, everything changes.
And him.
I love him.
Which means I have to correct my wrong doings.
I need him to forgive me.
I need money.
It’s the only way.
When a job for a live-in maid comes up, with excellent pay,
I jump at the chance.
When I realize it’s for the member of a Motorcycle Club, I
still don’t back down.
Even if it means I have to live with and work for, one of
the hottest, broodiest and most difficult men I’ve ever met.
I’ll do whatever it takes.
Only, I don’t expect to actually like him.
The mysterious biker.
The one who I seem drawn to.
And now I have a real problem.
Do what’s right, or let my heart take me where it wishes?
Two men. Once choice.
Things are about to get very, very complicated.
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Bella Jewel is a self published, USA
Today bestselling author. She’s been publishing since 2013. Her first release
was a contemporary romance, Hell’s Knights which topped the charts upon
release. Since that time, she has published over five novels, gaining a
bestseller status on numerous platforms. She lives in North Queensland and is
currently studying editing and proofreading to further expand her career. Bella
has been writing since she was just shy of fifteen years old. In Summer 2013
she was offered an ebook deal through Montlake Romance for her bestselling
modern day pirate series, Enslaved By The Ocean. She plans to expand her
writing career, planning many new releases for the future.

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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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