Saturday, March 14, 2015

Review: Below the Belt

Title: Below the Belt
Series: Worth the Fight, #3
Author: Sidney Halston
Publisher: Loveswept
Release Date: February 10, 2015
Pages: 272
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Blurb:


A former title contender turns the tables on his knockout trainer with a lesson in seduction.
 

Once one of the most sought-after names on the mixed martial arts circuit, Antonio “Scarface” Marino watched his career go down for the count as he chased skirts and made tabloid headlines. Now he’s finally making a comeback, and it’s all thanks to Francesca Silva, a Brazilian bombshell as tough as any of her fighters. But who’s the real Francesca: the trash-talking trainer who rides him hard, or the vulnerable woman who blushes at his touch?
 

Francesca went to the mat to sign Tony because she believes he still has the potential to bring big success to her gym—if she can keep his head in the cage and out of her personal life. After a short-lived marriage soured her on love, a one-night stand is all she can handle. Now Tony’s kisses are stirring up complicated feelings—especially when he agrees to face her ex in the ring. Francesca’s used to freezing guys out. But Tony’s tempting her to give in to the heat.


Review

I'm absolutely in love with this book! The first 20% was a bit slow for me, but as soon as the bickering started, I could not put the book down!

Tony and Francesca just did not get along. It was like they wanted to bite each other every chance they got. Tony was very persistent in wanting to date Francesca, while Francesca was the woman who needed no one.

I loved that Tony continued to push Francesca to let him in and he wore his heart on his sleeve. The honesty that Tony showed was really admirable. His temper, however, was hilarious! Being Cuban, I guess that meant he was passionate about everything, including being temperamental. Every time he and Francesca would get in a silly argument, I would literally laugh out loud... Read some of them below.

Tony: You're just making me crazy. My accent's all over the place, I can't even understand myself.

Tony: Francesca--
Francesca: Don't Francesca me!
Tony: That's jour fucking name!

Tony: When did you get a cat?
Francesca: I saw your kittens before I left and decided I wanted one too.
Tony: That's not a kitten. That's a baby tiger. It's fucking huge. I hope it doesn't eat my kittens.

Tony: 'S okay. I felt like shit before. Now I feel like death.
Francesca: Oh, stop whining.

Francesca: Anything specific you want me to bring you from the store other than what Chrissy suggested? Orange juice? Soup? Your balls, maybe?

I also loved that Francesca was a total badass! She was trained as a professional fighter and she could bring professional fighters on their knees without breaking a sweat. I totally wanted to be her!

Did I mention I completely fangirled over this book on Twitter?



Every other character were amazing! Slade was one of my other favorite characters. He had such a foul mouth and he was hilarious! I don't want to give anything else away, so you'll just have to read the book. It's only $2.99. Surely, the sheer enjoyment you will get from reading this book is worth that price!





Arianne

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Review: Full Contact

Title: Full Contact
Series: Redemption, #3
Author: Sarah Castille
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Pages: 304
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Blurb:

Ray wraps his arms around me and holds me tight as if something terrible has happened and he doesn't want to let me go.

Full Contact. This is how Ray speaks when his emotions overwhelm him. I melt into his stillness. His body is hot and hard, his breath warm on my neck. He smells of leather and sweat, sex and sin. Nothing can tear me away.


When you can't resist the one person who could destroy you...


Sia O'Donnell can't help but push the limits. She secretly attends every underground MMA fight featuring The Predator, the undisputed champion. When he stalks his prey in the ring, Sia is mesmerized. He is dominant and dangerous and every instinct tells her to run.


Every beautiful thing Ray "The Predator" touches he knows he'll eventually destroy. Soft, sweet and innocent, Sia is the light to Ray's darkness-and completely irresistible. From the moment he lays eyes on her, he knows he's going to have to put his dark past behind him to win her body and soul.

ARC Review

You are my light, Sia. I'm lost without you.

Have I mentioned how much I love the sexy, silent type? Ray was that type. As the blurb stated, Ray was someone who acted, instead of speaking. Something about it made him more genuine than the most charming guy in the world who always knew the right thing to say. Ray was silent and strong, and exactly what Sia needed.

I enjoyed the humor that was injected in random parts of this book. One of my faves was when Sia was telling Ray about potato chips being her vice and Ray insisting that she was his. Wasn't that the cutest thing ever? *swoon*

Sia: Surveillance isn't a date.
Ray: I'll bring potato chips.
Sia: Chips?
Ray: You said they were your vice. We'll chill in my vehicle. You'll have your vice. I'll have mine.

I also liked the moments, the ones when Ray would actually speak, that revealed Ray's deepest feelings for Sia. I loved that he was so open and vulnerable, completely uncharacteristic of his Predator persona ;)

Sia: What kind of woman am I?
Ray: The kind that can bring a man to his knees.

My favorite thing about Ray was that he talked like a bloody caveman! Clearly, he never learned to speak in full sentences at school, but that's what I loved about him! He was utterly adorable!

Ray grunts as he wanders through my apartment.
Ray: Checking your place out.
Sia: Usually people wait for an invitation. They don't wander at will.
Ray: They aren't me. Getting to know you. Will report back in a minute.

Did I mention Ray was also very demanding? If you've read the first book of this series - Against the Ropes - you know how badass Torment was. However, being the Predator apparently meant that Ray was also fearless, more specifically of Torment. Ray walked into Torment's office without an invitation, or a knock. Obviously, he wasn't afraid of Torment's temper. Therefore, I conclude, that Ray was a real man ;)

I also loved how the author really differentiated Ray from the Predator. There were times when Sia was face-to-face with the Predator himself. She was a bit afraid, but she didn't back down. Well, I'd like to be that strong one day.

Last, but not least, I thought you should know: Ray said he was afraid of his mom.

If this review wasn't enough for you to go and buy the book, then there must be something wrong with you. Thanks for reading ;)




Arianne

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Review: Daring the Player

Title: Daring the Player
Series: Dare to Love (Kindle Worlds Novella)
Author: Robin Covington
Publisher: Kindle Worlds
Release Date: January 19, 2015
Pages: 111
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Blurb:

She’s nothing but trouble…and he can’t resist. 

Raised by a pro football legend, Miami Thunder wide receiver Rep Grissom has a career most would envy. A toxic marriage with a party girl almost put him on the sidelines, but now he keeps his head down and makes the moves on the field that leave younger players in his dust. Now all he has to do is maintain the status quo and he’s guaranteed a lucrative new contract at an age when most guys are retiring. 


Lola Corbin is used to leaving all the big boys in her rearview mirror. The lead singer in the worlds biggest rock band she fills up arenas and closes down the clubs but with the group on the brink of breaking apart her future is uncertain. Years spent on the road has left her with nothing at home except platinum records on the walls, an empty fridge and a cold bed. For the first time, she’s looking for something and someone beyond the spotlight. 


When Lola’s first night in her condo ends with Rep breaking up a fight he realizes that temptation has moved in next door. Lola doesn’t usually go for the strong and serious types, but the more she sees of her neighbor, the more she wants. When a thank you dinner turns into dancing and a hot tryst in the back of the club their attraction cannot be denied. But when Lola-induced trouble results in a front-page-career-ending spectacle the player must decide if he’s going to be as daring with his heart as he is on the field. 

Review

I loved the openness of the characters in this book. Somehow, deep inside, they knew that they could trust each other and they didn't have to play games. Lola and Rep didn't sugar coat how they felt for each other, and it's quite refreshing to read. It made life much easier, I think.

I wished the book could have been longer, but I thoroughly enjoyed this novella. There's that cliche of making the big gesture, and this one is definitely a winner. I would recommend this book if you want a love story with a little bit of steam and a whole lot of honesty.

Note: The blurb of this book seems like a complete back story of the characters.

One of my favorite bits of the book:

As far as he could tell, she only left the condo when he was at the stadium and in spite of his nightly knocking at her door, she refused to see him. She was hurt, you couldn't be that kind of mad unless you cared a lot and he held onto that thought like it was a life raft and he was lost at sea.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Author Interview: Rough Justice



Hi everyone! When I saw that I had the same name as the main character of this book, I just had to interview the author. She's one of my favorite authors and I was glad to be able to chat with her about her new release! Enjoy!

Author Interview

1. What inspired the story of this book?

The hubs and I were on a motorcycle trip from London, England to Oslo, Norway. We had to cross the ferry from Harwich to Ebsjerg and we hung out with an eclectic group of bikers along the way, who shared all sorts of fantastic stories with us. I got quite a few of my characters from that trip!

2. How did you decide on the character names?

My heroine is a tough, kick-ass biker chick but she hides a soft, girly side. I wanted her name to reflect her softer side, and I've always loved the name Arianne (my second daughter's middle name is Arianne). Also, I know a blogger with the prettiest name... **winks**

My hero needed a tough, take-no-prisoners name but I wanted it to be slightly different. "Jagger" suited him very well.

3. Why have you chosen a motorcycle gang and not billionaires, tattoo artists, etc?

My hubs has motorcycles and we've done a lot of road trips where we hung out in biker bars and met interesting characters so it was something I was familiar with. Also, I could test out moves in real life on the bike!

4. Did you have a say on the cover of Rough Justice?

Not too much. St. Martin's sent me a draft. I loved it. End of story!

5. How many books do you have planned for this series?

So far there are three books in the series: Rough Justice (Arianne and Jagger), Beyond the Cut (Cade and Dawn), and Sinner's Steel (Zane and Evie).

I swear, I'm already in love with the character names. Zane is also one of my favorite male names! It's just so sexy! ;) Thanks for stopping by, Sarah!

Title: Rough Justice
Series: Sinner's Tribe Motorcycle Club, #1
Author: Sarah Castille
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Pages: 385
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Blurb:

IT TAKES A GOOD, STRONG WOMAN
Raised in a motorcycle gang, tough, beautiful Arianne Wilder has always dreamed of a normal life. But no sooner does she escape her father’s domineering grasp than she wakes up to find herself in a rival gang’s clubhouse—at the mercy of the dangerously sexy Jagger Knight.

TO TAME A MAN WHO’S HELL ON WHEELS.
The alpha leader of the notorious Sinner’s Tribe, Jagger Knight is all muscle, all biker, and all man. But somewhere inside this hard, tattooed outlaw, Arianne senses a kindred spirit—and she can’t ignore their tempestuous attraction. Can she beat him at his own game in a revved-up blaze of glory? Or will their passion spark a war that’s the end of the road for them both?


About the Author:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Sarah Castille, writes contemporary erotic romance and romantic suspense featuring blazingly hot alpha males and the women who tame them. A recovering lawyer and caffeine addict, she worked and travelled abroad before trading in her briefcase and stilettos for a handful of magic beans and a home in shadow of the Rocky Mountains.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Promo: Be Mine


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Snowed in With the Tycoon by Shoshanna Evers
When they get snowed in together on the same piece of land they're each fighting for, unexpected desire sparks.

Wrong Bride by Geri Foster
Short, sexy, fun...

Crashing Down by Cathryn Fox
Will the fire they created turn to ash when truths come spilling out?

Eternal Ever After by A.C. James
BDSM and HOT alpha Vampires... Oh, my!

The Erotic Dark (A BDSM Erotica Novel) by Nina Lane
A downright dirty book!

Stay the Night: A Navy Seal Erotic Romance by Caridad Pineiro
He was the kind of man that every woman would want . . .

Marley's Ménage by Jan Springer
Single, soon-to-be mom, Marley Madison's latest cravings are downright...naughty. She wants a menage, and she needs it bad.

Heat Wave by Denise A. Agnew
He's one hot man she can't resist

Romance Quickies (Encounter 2) by Monique DuBois
Brooke is determined to have a one-night stand, but will the sexy stranger let her ride him on the subway?

Morgan's Match by Krystal Shannan
The biggest catch to being a matchmaker...you can't work a spell on yourself.


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