Tuesday, June 28, 2016

ARC Review: Hard to Serve

As always, I feel so lucky to be one of the early readers of Laura Kaye's new releases. Check out her newest below!

Title: Hard to Serve
Series: Hard Ink, 5.5
Author: Laura Kaye
Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts, Inc.
Release Date: June 28, 2016
Pages: 140
Buy Links: Amazon

Blurb:

To protect and serve is all Detective Kyler Vance ever wanted to do, so when Internal Affairs investigates him as part of the new police commissioner’s bid to oust corruption, everything is on the line. Which makes meeting a smart, gorgeous submissive at an exclusive play club the perfect distraction… 

The director of the city’s hottest art gallery, Mia Breslin’s career is golden. Now if only she could find a man to dominate her nights and set her body—and her heart—on fire. When a scorching scene with a hard-bodied, brooding Dom at Blasphemy promises just that, Mia is lured to serve Kyler again and again.

Then, as their relationship burns hotter, Kyler learns that he’s been dominating the daughter of the hard-ass boss who has it in for him. Now Kyler must choose between life-long duty and forbidden desire before Mia finds another who’s not so hard to serve.



HOT, HOT, HOT!

I honestly don't know how Laura does it, but she manages to surpass the greatness of every book she's released in the past. This new novella was so hot and such a great little teaser to her new series Blasphemy.

The chemistry between Kyler and Mia was so explosive from the very start. I loved the way Laura wrote the book in such a way that even I could feel Kyler's dominant aura. It was, quite possibly, one of the hottest things I've ever read.

This book was exactly the kind of story that got me into reading BDSM stories. I enjoyed reading about the dominance, but more than that, I enjoyed the trust between the two characters. I also loved the way that they were meant to serve each other equally, though not obvious at first. There's nothing better than a Dom taking great care of his sub after an intense scene.

Mia: "Oh, my God. Are those chocolate chip?"
Kyler: "Is there any other kind of cookie? I mean, really."
Mia: "I agree completely, Sir."
Kyler: "Good. That's always the best course of action."

Kyler and Mia also genuinely cared for each other. It was so sweet when Kyler asked about Mia's gallery, and when Mia asked if Kyler was okay when he looked so angry. 

Kyler: "You really do look beautiful."
Mia: "Thank you."
Kyler: "How did your big gallery opening go?"
Mia: "How did you remember that?"
Kyler: "Because it was important to you."

Another thing I loved, of course, was the humor in the book. I could always count on Laura to have some of the other characters grill the main character in some way. It was honestly one of the most enjoyable things to read.

Griffin: "Kyler? What am I missing here? Why was she unhappy?"
Kyler: "She can't afford the membership."
Griffin: "Can't afford...? But aren't you..."
Quinton: "Yeah, I kinda thought so, too."
Kyler: "I don't do relationships. You know this. So you thought wrong."
Quinton: "That's some bullshit right there, Kyler. But tell yourself whatever you need to sleep at night, I guess."

Speaking of Quinton, I was absolutely in love with his character! (But don't tell Kyler) He was such a beacon of light and joy when Mia was down. I honestly cannot wait for his book!

Over text messages:
Mia: "Hi Master Quinton. It's Mia Breslin. We met at Blasphemy last month. Just wanted to thank you again for your kindness that night."
Quinton: "You've been thinking about my superpowers, haven't you? Admit it. Q"
Mia: "How could I not? Who can resist a great mystery?"
Quinton: "When are you coming back in?"
Mia: "I don't have a membership. I was actually hoping you might be able to recommend another club in Baltimore. I love Blasphemy but it's outside my range."
Quinton calls Mia:
Quinton: "Mia, I'm not your Dom, but I'm about to give you an order. You ready?"
Mia: "Um. Maybe?"
Quinton: "Get you ass over here right now."
Mia: "What? I'm in pajamas."
Quinton: "This is Blasphemy. Clothing is entirely optional. Problem solved. What else you got?"
Mia: "Master Quinton, maybe you didn't get my last text. I can't come back to Blasphemy-"
Quinton: "I got it. You can come back. You have a membership."
Mia: "I returned it."
Quinton: "Uh huh. Which is why your card is waiting for you at registration. Memberships are nonrefundable, Mia. You have one. Please use it. This is the only place where I can guarantee your safety, especially given some of your interests."

Can you tell yet how much I enjoyed this book? There were so many good parts that tugged at the heartstring one way or another. If you like BDSM stories, this one is definitely a must-read!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Review: Blank Canvas

Finally, after years of procrastinating, I'd finally read my first ever Mari Carr book! Check out my thoughts below :)

Title: Blank Canvas
Series: Big Easy, #1
Author: Mari Carr
Publisher: Carried Away Publishing
Release Date: February 16, 2014
Pages: 106
Buy Links: Amazon | Amazon UK | ARe | Google Play | iBooks | Kobo | Nook | Smashwords

Blurb:

Disillusioned by divorce, Jennifer's about to discover her wild side, starting with a tattoo from Caliph. And continuing with submission, spankings, wax play...all under the skilled hands of her wickedly sexy tattoo master.
What a great intro to the world of Mari Carr! This book was sexy and hot, but it also had heart. I loved it!

When I was reading this book, I had a man's face in my head, except that he wasn't a tattoo artist, but a barber. Anyway, this had never happened so I thought I'd mention it. On to the actual review ;)

I love the inquisitiveness of Caliph. Somehow, he was able to read Jennifer's face as if they'd known each other for years. I think that was amazing, and I would have been mad if Jennifer let a gem like him go. 

I loved Jennifer's innocence. It was a great contrast to Caliph's wild side. The little bits of BDSM in this story was so refreshing as well. Because Jennifer was new to everything, there was considerable communication and education, but at the same time, Caliph pushed her and she didn't disappoint.

I also appreciated that they were both very direct and didn't beat around a bush. They liked each other? They went on a date ASAP. They were hot for each other? They scheduled a little date for that, too. There was no playing hard to get and I liked that. 

"Bondage. Domination. Spanking. Wax play. Anal." He rattled off his grocery list of sex acts with such ease Jennifer struggled to catch her breath. "Oh. Is that all?"

Not only was Caliph super hot and talented, he was also very understanding. Knowing about Jennifer's divorce, he was sensitive when it came to certain things like her insecurities, but he also knew that she had more potential than she realized. Reading that discovery was so satisfying.

Caliph held out his hand. "Give me your phone." "Why?" Even as she asked the question, she handed it over. "Who's your best friend? "Beth." He turned it on and clicked on her list of contacts before handing it back to her. "Send a text to Beth. Tell her where you're going and give her my address."

One thing that did put me off in this book was the use of mineral oil. I don't like mineral oil, among other things, so sue me ;)

Caliph: "How much do you know about wax play?"
Jennifer: "Next to nothing."
Caliph: "You want a brief lesson? Wanna know about the wax, temperatures, stuff like that?"
Jennifer: "Nope. Don't give a shit. For the first time in my life, I think I'd prefer experience over education."
Caliph: "Yeah. That sealed it. Your one-night stand just became a weekend. You up for it?"
Jennifer: "Guess it all depends on how you stick the landing."

I think it's safe to say that I'd be reading more Mari Carr books in the future.


Friday, June 10, 2016

Review: Conquered Match

Time for another Coded for Love review! :)

Title: Conquered Match
Series: Coded for Love, #3
Author: Lynne Silver
Publisher: Beyond the Page
Release Date: April 17, 2016
Pages: 46
Buy Links: Amazon | ARe | Google Play | iBooks | Kobo | BN
*grab it while it's only $0.99!*

Blurb:

When soldier Ryan Lopez learns his beloved wife, Thea, has betrayed his team by going to the media and spilling Program secrets, he takes matters into his own hands and punishes her the only way he knows how—by seducing her until she’s begging for release.
The more Ryan takes control of her body, the more he realizes he’s never fully understood Thea’s dark desires. And now that he’s had a taste, he doesn’t want to stop. Testing both their limits in a night of unbound passion, it will take every bit of Ryan’s strength to prove to the woman he loves that she is also his conquered match.

It was a long, drawn out sex scene with a sprinkle of emotion and heart.

There was a big misunderstanding between Ryan and Thea, and it took a drastic action to bring them together. I enjoyed Ryan's choice of punishment for Thea. Even though he was hurt that she betrayed him and the people he worked for, she was still his wife and the most important person in his life.


It was sad what they went through, but it was also quite refreshing to read about a man breaking down into tears. Sometimes it's okay not to be so strong all the time, but what I appreciated more was the way Thea lent him strength just by being there.

"I've seen you and the guys train, Ryan. You can take down an enemy in seconds and have him restrained with nothing more than the lint in your pocket. I would have thought you'd be more creative when it came to restraining your helpless little wife."

To be honest, I did want to read about the deadly side of Ryan as well. Hopefully, there would be a moment for him in future books. Anyway, as per usual with Lynne's books, I love that's there's at least one comedic break. Who doesn't love a good giggle?

"I'm still in charge here, hon. I'll take you when I'm damn good and ready." She didn't respond. Simply swiveled her hips, ensuring that her damp pussy rubbed every inch of his shaft. He groaned. "Good and ready may be right now."

If you want a quick, transitional read before moving on to the next book on your TBR pile, I would recommend this book. It's hot, sexy, and steamy :)

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

ARC Review: Stacked Up

I wasn't able to read all the books in this series, but the ones that I have read, they were all amazing. Now, the final book of the series is Travis's book and I couldn't have asked for a better ending!

Title: Stacked Up
Series: Worth the Fight, #6
Author: Sidney Halston
Publisher: Loveswept
Release Date: May 31, 2016
Pages: 263
Buy Link: Amazon

Blurb:
Working two jobs to support her infant daughter is harder than anything Penny Richards has ever done, but it sure beats living under the rules of her stepfather, a television preacher who demands a picture-perfect family. And if Penny hadn’t struck out on her own, she never would have met Travis Calhoun. The intensely physical heavyweight brawler has a way of drawing out her wild side. But Travis lives fast, with no responsibilities—and that just isn’t for Penny.
 
Most of the women in Travis’s circle wear tight clothes, high heels, and tons of makeup—not pearls or plaid headbands. But once he works past Penny’s inhibitions, Travis discovers a kindred spirit who longs to trust someone with her body, and her secrets. Still, Travis can’t help but wonder if this rich girl is just slumming it before she returns to her privileged life. Now it’s up to Penny to prove that she wants her hard-edged, hard-loving fighter just the way he is.



This book gave me all the feels and them some!

Where do I even start? From the very beginning to the very end, this book was all kinds of amazing. There wasn't a dull moment, and I wanted to keep on turning the pages to see what happened next.

Travis was one heck of a guy. No one could say anything bad about him, but it wasn't because he was perfect. He had a troubled past, which shaped him into the amazing man that he became.

"What are you doing?" Travis asked, alarmed. He stood up and held his hands out. "Do not pull out your boob."
"Travis, I need to feed her," she said incredulously.
"No, no. I don't need to see my sister's boob in my niece's mouth. That shit can't be unseen." He walked out of the nursery, yelling over his shoulder, "I'll be in the living room having a beer, maybe bleaching my eyes."

Penny ran away from home with her daughter Belle. If I was being judgmental, I wouldn't have believed they could survive, given that Penny grew up very sheltered. But reading about her struggles and how she'd overcome them for her daughter; I was awed and inspired. She was such a great role model. I also enjoyed the moments when she would literally just spill her heart out to Travis, because that's what best friends do.

Travis: "Little girl, it's time you walked. Calhouns don't like lazy. Plus I saw a piece of cake in the bag. Come and get it."
Penny: "You do know that she's not a dog, cowboy?"
Travis: "I know, but let's give her some incentive, no?"
He started eating.
Penny: "You like the food, cowboy?"
Travis: "Oh, uh... hell yeah. It was great."

Penny: "Really? What was it?"

He looked down and licked his fork.

Travis: "Fucking great food is what it was."


Belle, oh my gosh, the cutest little girl I've ever read in a book. I lived for the moments when she said "My Twavis." Have I mentioned the feels in this book? I think I fell in love as much as the characters did in this book.

Of course, I loved the humor that I'd come to know from Sidney's books. I cannot wait to read more of them in the future. If you're looking for a new series, or even just a new book to get you out of a reading slump, this is the one. I promise you.

Chrissy: "Seriously, guys?"
Francesca: "You guys are afraid of a one-year-old kid?"
Tony: "No, we're afraid of crying females. Age is of little importance."

Below are some of my other favorite quotes from the book.

"I more than want to try. I'm not really a try kind of guy. I'm more of a go-all-in kind of guy." --Travis

He parked in front of a huge toy store.
"I know you're going to complain, so all I'm going to say is that it doesn't concern you. It's between me and Belle. Isn't that right, baby girl?"
"Twavis," she repeated with a giggle.

Read my reviews of the other books:

Monday, May 30, 2016

Review: Taking Her Chance

Sorcha Mowbray writes super sexy books that I just love to devour. Today, I want to talk about a really short, but very enjoyable read called Taking Her Chance.

Title: Taking Her Chance
Series: One Night With A Cowboy, #1
Author: Sorcha Mowbray
Publisher: Amour Press
Release Date: May 24, 2012
Pages: 28
Buy Links: Amazon | ARe | iBooks | BN | Kobo
Hey! This book is free :)

Blurb:

Elizabeth Torrence spent the last nine years establishing her career and then building her advertising business from the ground up. The problem is, to do that she had to walk away from the one man who could have been the one. 

Chance Rogers, a star bull rider on the pro circuit had met the girl he wanted to marry back when he was scampering to rodeos between classes at the University of Texas. After only one date she refused to see him again. One failed marriage later, he is finally ready to try again. So he turns to a dating service to help him get back in to the swing of things. 

When Chance walks into the room at the Golden Mustang Dude Ranch, Beth is determined that history will not repeat itself. Not hers, and not her mother’s. But will she take her Chance or lose him again?



This is one sizzling read! It was short, but somehow, I felt like it was enough. I'm usually left with wanting more from a short story, but this book was satisfying. It was simple from beginning, middle, and end. 

I guess you could say that it was fate that brought them together. I love a good explosive chemistry, and the good bit of lace and red cowboy boots. Who doesn't like those things put together?

I like that they didn't beat around the bush. They were honest with each other. I mean, I'd hope so, because ten years is quite a long time. I love the idea of a dude ranch. I hope to read more stories like this one in the future.

Here's a little excerpt, but you'll have to read the book to know exactly what's going on ;)
Beth: "Hey there, cowboy."
Chance: "Hey there, baby. How's your day going?"
Beth: "It's getting better and better."
Chance: "How so?"

Beth: "Mmmm... Well, I was lucky enough to stumble upon a half-naked cowboy who looks like he could use a rub-down."
Chance: "Rubbing sounds good. But let me go clean up first."
Beth: "I don't think I want to wait. Beside, you smell good. Like sweat and man."

Chance: "Woman, what has got into you?"
Beth: "Hopefully you."
Chance: "You are playing with fire, baby. Are you prepared to get burned?"
Beth: "As long as you put out the flames."

So, this book is free, what have you got to lose? :)

Friday, May 27, 2016

ARC Review: Courting Danger

Sometimes, I struggle with a book, but I was so glad I persevered with this one! When I got going, I couldn't put it down! Check out my full review below.

Title: Courting Danger
Series: Courting Series, #3
Author: Kimberly Dean
Publisher: Mischief
Release Date: October 29, 2015
Pages: 400
Buy Links: Amazon | Amazon UK | BN | Google Play | iBooks | Kobo | ARe

Blurb:

Rielle Sands ventured too close to the fire once and got burned. Now when it comes to men, she’s vowed to play it safe. But then a dashing, mysterious man shows up at Luxxor Limited after hours, the agency she manages, needing an escort.
Darien Scott isn’t what he appears to be. Beneath the sexy smile and wicked charm, he’s hiding secrets. Yet the sizzling chemistry between him and Rielle is real. He tries to stay away, but his attraction to her keeps pulling him back. When he discovers that he’s not the only one haunted by danger, he changes tactics. To protect Rielle, he may need to stay close. Super close. Exclusive Luxxor contract close.
The reward is more than worth the risk.


I love men who exudes power. Darien definitely fit the bill, although the first 30% of the story didn't quite click with me. However, I persevered and I ended up falling in love with the book.

First of all, the character names were awesome. Rielle and Darien are such sexy names! I almost want to have kids just so I can give them the same names as these characters.

One thing that stood out for me was the ability to defend one's self in this book. This book inspired me to learn martial arts. Rielle was definitely woman goals ;)

Darien, on the other hand, was so powerful, silent, and deadly. I did wish I found out just exactly what he did for a living, but a bit of mystery is healthy for the soul, isn't it?

Together, they were explosive. They could get hot and bothered anywhere and everywhere, even when it's not appropriate. I kind of liked that, actually. ;)

I also enjoyed the little bit of glimpse into Nina's story. I can't wait to read her book. She sounds like a real badass herself. I love a good boss lady!

Check out this little excerpt!
Nina: "Speaking of dos and don'ts, before we go any further, I have a list -- and Rielle can add whatever else she wants. All of this is moot if you can't meet the requirements."
Darien: "Let's hear them."
Nina: "Number one. I'm to be kept in the loop. I need more information that I've been given up to this point. I don't like being in the dark."
Darien: "I'll tell you what I think you need to know."
Nina: "Number two, this matter will be handled as swiftly as possible."

Darien: "Agreed."
Nina: "And number three, our no-contact clause will be in full effect."

Darien: "What does that mean?"
Nina: "No sex."
Rielle cringed back in her chair. Oh, that one might get a response out of him.
Darien: "Like hell."