Review [Science of Attraction] (Expats Book 1) by Verity Jacobs

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Title: The Science of Attraction

Author: Verity Jacobs

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Reviewer: Mags

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You know those dirty thoughts you have when you see a really hot guy? The things you say in that dirty little head of yours and the very graphic images that cross it? Well, Kate is just like that! She shares with us her thoughts about the very hot new scientist Tom! Those were some hot fantasies she was having and I couldn’t wait until they became a reality for her. Although the main characters are scientists and alot of the story takes place in the lab, there isn’t so much science talk that it takes away from the actual story. One of the things that I love about reading (maybe you can too) is how I can leave my life behind, for even a short period of time, and become someone else.

The anticipation of the sex was killing me. Hurry up and do it! But it was worth the wait. I did enjoy their form of foreplay with their flirtatious ways. Kate did annoy me a little with how she handled Tom and Rob. But I’m glad she had a sister to tell it like it is. I loved the friendly banter and skype conversations Kate had with her sister. Sometimes I wish I could have a relationship like that with mine.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and I don’t know why I put it off for so long. I was laughing at loud one minute and the next I was hot and bothered. This is a standalone and a nice and easy read. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

 

Happy Reading,

Mags

I received an in exchange for an honest review.

About The Science of Attraction:

Kate Ramsey is at the top of her game.

She’s the hot new recruit at the most prestigious research institute in Germany, and she’s determined to live up to the hype — even if it means working day and night. Stress relief comes in the form of a no-nonsense affair with her neighbor, who also happens to be the director of the institute. Who says sex should be anything more than a contract between two people who have other things on their mind?

So when Tom Baker saunters into her life, Kate is understandably upset to see this well-oiled machine splutter and seize. Tom is young and smart, and far too pretty for his own good. Kate can’t help but be drawn to him, even if giving in to the attraction would mean risking everything she’s worked for.

 

 

Review [The List] (Irresistable #3) by Anne Calhoun

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Title: The List (Irresistible #3)

Author: Anne Calhoun

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Reviewer: Mags

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About this book: Daniel and Matilda have their lists, each list different from the other. She’s smart, idependent and successful and so is Daniel. She owns her own business and Daniel is an FBI agent. They meet through a mutual friend at a party and they’re not quite the same after that. Although this is #3, this book can be read as a standalone and in no particular order.

What I liked: I like the originality of their occupations. We get so much of the same thing that a change in scenery is nice. Daniel used to be a cop but went on to become an FBI agent but not so much of the undercover, getting shot at type of agent. Tilda’s jobs too are unique. She owns a shop where people order customized, high end stationaries as well as a match maker. They both have lists, but they’re unique as the person that writes it. The story starts off in the present and moves into the past, on how they met and how they got to where they currently are in their relationship. Daniel was so sure of it and did not give up! They both come from different background, family wise. It takes a traumatic event for Tilda to finally see and understand why Daniel is so close to his family. Once you find out what actually happened to Tilda, you will understand why she’s the way she is. But I don’t want to give too much away!

What I didn’t like so much: It’s not so much a dislike but an observation-where’s the epilogue? This is a standalone story and I would have really liked an epilogue. Something, anything! I guess it’s in our nature to always want MORE and I wanted more with Daniel and Tilda. But aside from that, there really isn’t anything I disliked about the book.

 

I received an ARC in return for an honest review

About The List

Who’s on top?

Matchmaker and stationery shop owner Matilda Davies brings people together. For those on her list, Tilda will find the man or woman of their dreams—whether it’s for an hour or a lifetime. But due to a painful past, the British expat has never put her own name on the list. Instead, she limits herself to emotionless and commitment-free hookups. Then she meets Daniel, who wants not just her body, but also her heart…

Daniel Logan hides the soul of a poet under the suit and tie of an FBI agent. Specializing in financial crimes, he pieces together stories of greed and ensures justice is done. He plays by the rules—until he meets Tilda. He’s drawn in by her passion as well as her mysteriousness. Daniel knows that no matter her secrets, he’s the perfect match for Tilda. But even pleasure doesn’t come with a guarantee…

Review [Thoughtful] (Thoughtless 1.5) by S.C. Stephens

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Title: Thoughtful (Thoughtless 1.5)

Author: S.C. Stephens

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Reviewer: Rachel

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Kellan Kyle is one of my favorite book boyfriends. He is the standard by which all of my other book boyfriends are measured and usually found lacking. No other male character has made me swoon as hard as he did when I first read the Thoughtless series and I am absolutely gaga for him! So when I first saw the announcement that Stephens would be rewriting the first book entirely from his POV I was shocked and excited beyond belief to get a whole book inside his head. However, I was scared and had my trepidations. You see, having books retold from the male’s POV is not really my thing. They usually seem like boring rehashes of a story I already know, and the last one I read was so awful it ruined a favorite book and character of mine to the point where I can’t even bring myself to read the series anymore. So to say that I was worried going into Thoughtful is an understatement. While I didn’t fall completely in love with Thoughtful, thankfully I never once felt like smashing my ipad and quitting the book forever, all while cursing the author for ever writing it.  … Read more

Review: [Wilde Heart] (Wilde Women #2) by Suzanne Halliday

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Title: Wilde Heart (Wilde Women #2)

Author: Suzanne Halliday

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Reviewer: King Midian

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I don’t know which character I loved the most in this book.

Liam, Rhiann (YES, Jesus Christ is not like I hate ALL heroines) or Roman.

I read the book twice before writing this review. Yes, twice.

First of; let me tell you that the books in this series just get better. I love the fact that Ms. Halliday’s work evolves, improves, it gets better and better.

I won’t really tell you what the book is about because the blurb serves its purpose, so instead, I will tell you about the things I loved about it.

 

Liam: By all things holy… I didn’t think I would like any other Halliday Alpha more than Jax Merrill, but I was proven wrong. I would worship at Liam’s altar, I shit you not. He is smart, quick witted, hardworking, HOT AS HELL, even though he didn’t have the perfect family, you can tell he is caring, and super protective of those he loves. He is so damn sexy, y’all. He had me panting, totally wishing I had the power of wielding magic so I could bring him to life and make him mine. I want to cry every time I’m reminded of the fact he is not real.

Rhiann: Again, people, is not like I hate ALL book heroines, just most of them. I won’t lie to you and tell you our journey (Rhiann and I’s) was super smooth and bump less, hell no; I got mad at her at some point. Like, she overreacted (in my opinion) and got mad at Liam, over something that, if she listened would be just a peach to eat, and I was like “Why, why do you have to kill my buzz? Now I’m going to be weary as hell and will start looking for shit to be mad at you for”, but I couldn’t find any. Rhiann is kind of a badass, she should give some tips to her sister, Brynn. She’s the type of girl I would like to be friends with, because she is that cool, so yeah, I would let het sit at our cafeteria table. When she had to fight for herself, and the things she loves, she does. So props to Ms. Halliday for making Rhiann my type of heroine, I don’t know how I would’ve reacted if she wasn’t like that.

Rhiann taught me that the sure way to fail in life, is trying to please everyone else.


Roman
: I want him to be in my life, like, 26 years ago. Roman is what awesome people are made of, he was so damn funny and overall BADASS that I just wanted to jump into the book and hug the breath out of him. He’s good people, REALLY good people.

The Writing: Pretty fucking impressive. Ms. Halliday uses third person POV and I know a lot of people have issues with this style of writing (I really don’t mind) but let me assure you, you wouldn’t mind either, the story is that entertaining. I just couldn’t put this book down, I finished my first read of it at around 4am, because I kept having a battle with my brain, I knew I had to stop and rest, you know, sleep; but my brai … Read more

Review [Pocketful of Sand] by M. Leighton

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Book Title: Pocketful of Sand
Author: M. Leighton
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Reviewer: Jenn

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Cole! Oh my Cole! I don’t know how she did it but M. Leighton created the perfect damaged hero in Cole Danzer. It has been a while since a character captured my heart the way he did, from the first word to the last.

I am a HUGE M. Leighton fan no doubt, she is that kind of author that I will read without having to think twice and Pocketful of Sand was everything I expected from her and more. This story was so beautiful and tragic that is took my breath away and also stopped my heart. Cole and Eden’s story touched my soul.

Eden and Cole are two deeply damaged people, Eden, along with her young daughter Emmy are running away from a past that damaged them both while Cole is hiding punishing himself for a mistake that will forever haunt him. The first time Eden and Emmy see Cole he is silently building a sandcastle alone on the beach. A moment passes between them that affects them both. There is a connection that neither can deny. Whether it is an understanding of pain, chemistry or desire is left to be seen, but they are drawn to each other.

Although both damaged and afraid of what could happen the two cannot seem to resist the possibility of what if. I loved watching the relationship between Eden and Cole grow. Despite the fear and pain within them they seem to heal each other. The pain of the past is always present but it seems that together they may lessen the wounds they still bear.

This was a beautiful journey of true love and the power of that love. I fell in love with every word and moment and I couldn’t put the book down, nor did I want to. I truly felt this story in my heart, both the tragic and the beautiful. Things are not easy for Cole and Eden but they have definitely earned their love story.

I don’t want to say too much about their story and give anything away, but Pocketful of Sand is a must read! M. Leighton does a fantastic job of telling their story and revealing their painful secrets in a way that is touching and powerful. I can’t say enough how much I loved this book and Eden and Cole! I’m always a sucker for the damaged hero and I think Michelle may have won with Cole Danzer. This book captured my heart and I’m sure it will capture yours too!

“I’m going to make you fall more and more in love with me. Every single day.”

                                                                                ~Cole Danzer

I was provided with a complimentary copy to review for SMIBookClub.

~Laters, Jenn

About Pocketful of Sand

“She’s beauty for my ashes. And I’m hope for her heartache.”—Cole Danzer.

I don’t know what makes a great love story. Is it that instant attraction when boy meets girl? The passionate kisses and the fairy-tale ending? Or is it a lifetime of tragedy, paid in advance, for a few stolen moments of pure bliss? The pain and the suffering that, in the end, you can say are worth it for having found the missing piece of your soul?

The answer is: I don’t know. I don’t know what makes a great love story. I only know what makes my love story. I only know that finding Cole when I did, when Emmy and I were running from a nightmare, was the only thing that saved me. That saved us. He was more broken than I was, but somehow we took each other’s shattered pieces and made a whole. If that is what makes a great love story, if that is what makes an epic romance, then mine…ours is the greatest of them all.

**Contains material that some may find disturbing. Not intended for readers under the age of 18**

Cover Reveal: [Sustained] (The Legal Briefs #2) by Emma Chase

Here at SMI Book Club, we LOVE Emma Chase! And we will always do, she’s our girl, that girl.

So it is a pleasure to bring you the cover reveal for book 2 in The Legal Briefs Series! Just look at it… *le sigh*

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SUMMARY:

A knight in tarnished armor is still a knight.
When you’re a defense attorney in Washington DC, you see first-hand how hard life can be and that sometimes the only way to survive is to become harder. I have a reputation for being cold, callous, intimidating – and that suits me just fine. In fact, it’s necessary when I’m breaking down a witness on the stand.Complications don’t work for me – I’m a “need-to-know” type of man. If you’re my client, tell me the basic facts. If you’re my date, stick to what will get you off. I’m not a therapist or Prince Charming – and I don’t pretend to be.Then Chelsea McQuaid and her six orphaned nieces and nephews came along and complicated the ever-loving hell out of my life. Now I’m going to Mommy & Me classes, One Direction concerts, the emergency room and am knee deep in a damn compost pit.Chelsea’s too sweet, too innocent and too gorgeous for her own good. She tries to be hard, but she’s not. She needs someone to help her, defend her…and the kids.

And that – that I know how to do.

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Review [Light Shadows] (Dark Light, # 3) by S.L. Jennings

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Title: Light Shadows (Dark Light #3)

Author: S.L. Jennings

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Reviewer: Juewelz
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The emotional attachment I have to this series is something serious! I love Dorian,Gabs and everyone else.

The wait for this book really tested my patience. It’s not that the wait bothered me. I will wait for a masterpiece. However I felt like the author was not interested in continuing the story as she was more focused on her other books. Which is good of course you don’t want to read or even write something you aren’t fully committed to.

What I liked:
As usual Dorian ruined me! He is one HOT supernatural man. He obviously has to not be human to be as perfect as he is. Gabs bad girl attitude is turned all the way up in Light Shadows. She is faced with the hardest decisions and often literally has to make them all on her own. Gabs has always been independent with Dorian lurking in the background. But she really had to lean and trust herself a lot in Light Shadows. It was nice to see how much she has grown over the series.

But I feel taking that into consideration the author looked at Light Shadows as finishing things up. As I said I am emotionally obsessed with these characters and their story. I feel like book1 the original story line was so amazing that this could be the next Twilight ! Yes I know that is like blasphemy to say especially being a true Twihard. But I mean it.

Light Shadows for me was just ok. But I am not happy with the way things ended or unfolded. I feel like too much pain unnecessary pain happened. Like are people being killed off just to wrap things up? Thats not right. I know a whole bunch of readers also love these characters as much as myself. I hope one day maybe someone will write a fan fiction version that will not only continue the story.

Would I recommend this book
If you are truly a fan of this series you will automatically feel like you have to read this book. If you are new to this series and haven’t even read the first book. I would honestly tell you to only read the first two books. I do not feel like you or well I can say I for that matter feel anymore peace or closure with the way things ended in Light Shadows.

-Juewelz xo

About Light Shadows

Twenty-one years ago, Gabriella’s life was stolen from her before it even began.

Orphaned at birth and encompassed in a fortress of lies to protect her identity, she never truly understood her purpose on this earth. But now that she has ascended, embracing her destiny, the ghosts of her past have come back to haunt her.

Even with insurmountable power running through her veins, part of Gabriella is irreparably broken. And with old enemies working to destroy the tiny shred of normalcy she has left, she’ll be forced to face the ugly truth about Dorian, the man she chose to love despite his darkness.

Everything she loved is a lie, and everyone she thought she knew is a stranger. And now that Gabriella is about to be thrust into the battle of her life, she discovers that she may be fighting for the wrong side.

Exclusive Excerpt | [His to Take] (Wicked Lovers #9) by Shayla Black

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Now they could get down to business. That was a relief because Joaquin needed justice and . . . he really didn’t know what to say to his youngest sister.

Logan let himself in and locked the door. Hunter secured the French doors and set the alarm. In the kitchen, he flipped on lights, started the coffeemaker, then looked at Joaquin expectantly. “Talk. Are you in danger?”

“No. But I need to figure out who might be this killer’s next victim.”

“Are you working a case?” Logan demanded.

He hesitated. “Not officially.”


The brothers exchanged a look, like they had some sort of private speak that only they would ever understand. Finally, they broke contact, and Logan gave a little nod.

“Were you followed?” Hunter asked.

“No. I was careful. But if I don’t move fast, we’ll have more dead women on our hands.” Logan frowned.

“Serial killer?”

“Not exactly, though the man wielding the implements has clearly had both training and practice. But if he were a simple serial killer, I would leave that to the police.”

As the scent of coffee filled the air, Hunter opened a cabinet and withdrew mugs.

“Cream? Sugar?” Joaquin frowned.

“Do I look like a pussy?”

“Hey!” Logan objected.

Hunter barked out a laugh. “Ms. Thang likes cream in his coffee.”

“Fuck you both,” he groused.

“No thanks.”

Against his will, the brothers amused Joaquin. He missed this banter and camaraderie. Nate had been a great friend, probably the closest thing he’d ever have to a brother. Joaquin still couldn’t believe he was gone. The loss fueled him with fury all over again. He shoved the blinding anger down and focused on the case. Nate had done the same until his dying breath.

Review | [Take] (scars of the wraiths) by Nashoda Rose

 

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Title: take (scars of the wraiths)

Author: Nashoda Rose

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Reviewer: Juewelz
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Amazing

I had no idea that this was going to be an urban fantasy /paranormal until I started reading the book. I saw the cover and teasers but did not read the blurb. Boy was I in for an amazing surprise. As will you!

About this book:

Take is about Jasper. She has special powers being a healer. Due to her powers she was taken advantage of by Drake (lol really) who held her captive for 6 long years. Torturing her and doing horrible unthinkable things to her. In exchange he continues to use Jaspers healing abilities for his own personal gain. Jasper is finally captured Xamien <3 he doesn’t push her but he knows she is special and needs him because she has no one else. Until Max.

What I liked:

I LOVED that the book was told in dual POV Max and Jaspers sides were told. I also enjoyed the banter and relationship between ALL the characters . The writing was so good that as I was reading it was so easy for me to paint the different scenes out in my head. When Max and Jasper get going girllll its HOT. He is a TRUE alpha as Author Nashoda only knows how to write and Jasper is an awesome heroine . The scenes were not overly detailed with sex and details of them getting it on. It was just the perfect amount to compliment all the action.

Extra bonus: I love that the author writes her stories taking place in Canada. Anytime that we are allowed to explore outside something new (most books are in New York, Seattle, Chicago) I love it!

What I didn’t like so much:

I can’t believe this is a standalone novel. As I said I wasn’t sure going into the book that it was a PNR. The author states in the book if you read her previous PNR series (now unpublished) the healer/scars would be familiar to y … Read more

Review: [The Jeweler] by Beck Anderson

 

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Adult Contemporary Romance 
Published by Omnific Publishing

Title: The Jeweler

Author: Beck Anderson

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Reviewer: Midian

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I absolutely love it when a book stays with me, I just love it.

Normally, when a book stays with me, it’s because I was able to relate to one of the characters. I never expected to relate to Fender so much, it’s like Beck Anderson wrote me in him.

His sarcasm, overall view of life, and other people, it was awesome.

The relationship he has with his dad is not the most functional one, but it is awesome too.

Fender doesn’t buy the whole Love she-bang, he is cynical about it, and he spends more of the time in his jewelry shop mocking his clients, until he is struck with an encounter that will change his whole POV.

Ginger is a nice girl, but I must admit it would take a change of personality from her in order for me to want to be friends with her. I guess is just the fact she was too preoccupied with making sure everybody else was happy, and I needed HER to be happy.

The secondary characters are funny as hell, like Fender’s best friend, Sam.

“Hope that’s not your competition. He looks like he does healthy things regularly. I hate guys like that”

 

And then, HIS DAD! OMG Pops was awesomesauce!

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“To whom is God speaking? That can be a sign to seek medical help, you know. Who’s the one hearing voices?”

 

And then he would say deep things like this and I would feel like getting it in a necklace.

This is a story that shows how people act in front of something as consuming as grief, it shows how everybody has demons, and how we need to deal in order to move on, and you don’t know what’s waiting for you at the end of that journey.

 

ABOUT THE JEWELER

Fender Barnes profits from an institution he doesn’t believe in: marriage. He’s a talented designer, but a reluctant jewelry store owner, thanks to his pop’s retirement. He’s cynical, he’s jaded, he’s not entirely certain about the concept of love, but he’s happy to sell an eager young guy an engagement ring for his fiancée to be—until moments after the transaction when that eager guy is hit by a car and killed, and Fender’s conscience pays a rare visit.

He retrieves the ring and decides to find the woman his customer intended to marry. That woman turns out to be Ginger Stevens, twenty-something ski instructor, who—despite being full of guilt and self-doubt after the death of her boyfriend—is someone Fender finds he quite enjoys being around. He’s smitten.

Which is all well and good, except that after he meets her, Fender can’t do it. Though it’s right there in his pocket, he can’t tell her about the ring. Instead, he embarks on a long, ridiculous quest to find a way to tell her the truth he knows she deserves. Aided by advice from Pop and the antics of his best friend Sam, Fender tries desperately to juggle his budding romance with the reality he knows could ruin it.

Will he find love or foul it up? Can Ginger move out of the past to embrace what the future has to offer? Meet this unlikely pair in Beck Anderson’s heartfelt and fabulously funny second novel, The Jeweler.

 

About the Author

Beck Anderson loves to write about love and its power to heal and grow people past their many imperfections. She is a firm believer in the phrase “mistakes are for learning” and uses it frequently to guide her in writing life and real life.

Beck balances (clumsily at best) writing novels and screenplays, working full-time as an educator, mothering two pre-teen males, loving one post-40 husband, and making time to walk the foothills of Boise, Idaho, with Stefano DiMera Delfino Anderson, the suavest Chihuahua north of the border.

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