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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Review | Stealing Rose (The Fowler Sisters #2) by Monica Murphy

Stealing Rose (The Fowler Sisters, #2)

Book Title: Stealing Rose (The Fowler Sisters #2)
Author: Monica Murphy
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Reviewer: Jenn

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I love a damaged hero and Monica Murphy definitely delivered with Stealing Rose!

Rose Fowler is the youngest of the Fowler sisters, working for the family cosmetics company but feels like there is little she is actually contributing. While attending a party in Cannes for a viewing of a documentary on her family she feels the need to spice things up by wearing a sassy dress and a stunning diamond necklace borrowed from her grandmother. While at the party she meets sexy, mysterious Caden. Caden is a man, well thief, on a mission. Get that amazing necklace from Rose.

After a daring skinny dipping episode and a sexy moment with Caden Rose doesn’t think she will see the stunning man again. And that is where the fun begins. Through mutual friends, Caden crosses paths with Rose again and while his mission is to get the necklace, he can’t stop his attraction to the sassy woman.

These two are HOT together, and very naughty. I love that Caden brings out the dirty side to Rose and brings her to life. They definitely have a strong connection that neither expects. Now the question is, is Rose enough to make Caden change and can Rose love him without knowing his secrets?

I really enjoyed this book and the chemistry between Caden and Rose. It was like there was an invisible string between them pulling them together. Rose is a smart woman and knows that something isn’t right, especially once loved ones around her start questioning who Caden actually is. She knows though what he means to her, and doesn’t want to give him up. Caden is the perfect damaged hero, living a life of lies while believing he doesn’t really deserve anything better, especially someone like Rose Fowler. Read more

Review | The Fifty Shades of Grey the Movie

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1. First things first, what’s your rating of the film and why?

Juewelz

Right off the bat I would give the movie a B rating or a 3.5/4 out of 5. I was very happy with the overall visuals of the movie. I felt like they really tried to stay as close to the books dialougue as possible between Christian and Ana so that was really refreshing. However for me the movie fell short when it came to chemistry…more on that later!

Midian

 3 Kisses. Because I went in with my expectations low, and thanks heavens I did. I liked the humor and  that it was on 3rd person. Because I can’t stand being on Ana’s head.
Hmm that’s interesting and might be why I found it hard to connect to the characters. -Juewelz
Nic

My rating was a 4.  I thought the movie was good and I can’t wait to re-watch it.  It stayed true to the book which I was very happy to see.  My biggest complaint was the transition between some scenes.  It felt very choppy in some parts and had I not read the books I think I would’ve thought, “WTF is happening?!?  How did we get here?”

Jenn

Hey J -
I’m struggling with how I feel about this movie but here we go… Oh boy, I kinda had this feeling myself when I left the movies :-(  -Juewelz
I’m going to give it a 3. I liked the movie, but I really feel like I need to see it again and try to be less critical in comparing it to the book. I read the book right before seeing the movie so everything was very fresh. I want to see it again to try to appreciate the story and not every detail.
Mags
Okay. So here’s what I think: I liked it. NOT loved it. Jamie wasn’t all that believable. He walked funny and I just couldn’t really see him as Christian.

2. What do you think about Dakota Johnson’s portrayal of Anastasia Steele?

Juewelz

I am overwhelming surprised at Dakotas performance! I just knew she was going to not be the right Ana. But I am happy to say I was WRONG. Dakota truly embodied what it meant to be Anastasia. I can’t imagine how many times she read FSOG. She seriously did her homework. She was awkward, goofy and vulnerable.

Midian

Dakota’s portrayal was very good actually, she knew when to be funny and I really liked that.

Nic

Totally nailed it.  She was perfection.  Loved every part of her performance.

Jenn

There were times when I thought she was spot on and others where I was rolling my eyes. Physically she fits, but I also felt like she was far more aggressive and challenging as Ana. Overall I thought she worked though.

Mags

Dakota was hilarious. I like her as Ana. I wasn’t too sure about her at first but I’ll take it.

3. What do you think about Jamie Dornan’s portrayal of Christian Grey.

Juewelz

I’ve always said whoever was going to play Christian had to truly be a “man’s man.” Sadly Jamie was more straight laced than the Christian I fell in love with. Christian did not ask, he’s invasive and he just takes. Jamie was curteous and considerate.Christian had an element of rage about him that was sexy as hell. Jamie seemed to be more tantrum and dramatic. As you can see to me I felt like besides that 1 scene (Ana’s apartment doggystyle woah) Christian and Jamie were two different people. I hope Jamie grows into a better Christian as the story continues.

Midian

Jamie’s portrayal was, awkward.

Nic

This one I am still on the fence about and why I definitely feel a re-watch is in order.  From what I recall of CG from the novels, he was extremely intense.  I did not feel the same level of intensity in the acting…  Next time I watch I am going to try to just watch the movie for what it is and compare less to the book.

Jenn

​ Oh this is tough. I went into this with 0 expectations for him, he is definitely not what I pictured as Christian. He did better than I expected. He definitely delivered some solid Christian moments even though I was missing some of the mystery and depth that is Christian. I think he will be more believable moving forward where we get softer Christian.
Mags
Even though  Jamie was mediocre at best, I still liked the movie and enjoyed it!

4. Favorite scene?

Juewelz

Most memorable would have to be Ana’s apartment lol. Okay i’m acting like a 12 year old boy going through puberty. My favorite scene would be when Christian took Ana on Charlie Tango for the first time. It was really a wow and sweet moment for me.

Midian

Favorite scene is when she leaves, believe or not, because I hated it in the book.

Nic

I really like the business meeting scene.  That or the hardware scene.  Oh, and the drunk dialing was hilarious.  Dakota killed all of those scenes.

Jenn

​ Definitely Ana’s drunk dial from the bar. It made me giggle and definitely embodied the Ana I’ve imagined from the book. ​It was also when I felt a true Ana/Christian moment sizzle.
Mags
I was so busy comparing it to the book and trying to figure out when certain things happened and if it was the right order that I did miss a couple of things from the movie. I am highly disappointed they skipped the hotel room scene while in Georgia, but that’s just me. I had two favorite scenes: when he takes his shirt off, climbs on the bed and takes a bite of her toast. The other is when he goes to her place after the “it’s been nice knowing you” email. You know when he ties her up, blindfolds her with her shirt, flips her, smacks her ass then fucks her.  I will be seeing it again and when the DVD is out, I’m definitely buying it.- Okay Mags I see you took detailed notes of that scene. LOL it was my favorite too. - Juewelz

5. Anything you didn’t like about the film? Why?

Juewelz

I really did not feel the chemistry between Jamie and Dakota and that was basically from Jamie’s end. His acting was REALLY ANNOYING me at some scenes. Like please don’t read your lines BE YOUR LINES. Jamie needs to become Christian Grey. Believe he’s Christian Grey. So I can see him not as Jamie D but as Christian Grey.

Midian

I didn’t like the lack of screen time of secondary characters, example, the Grey family, Mia has like 2 lines. I didn’t like that Kate was not the obnoxious, opinionated little %@&#& she is the book, and her relationship with Elliot was kind of a creepy background because it was not developed like in the books. It bothered me to no end that we don’t get enough TAYLOR! He’s pretty much the best thing about the books. I didn’t like that we get to see Ana naked, but no Christian, not the same way, that was kind of objectifying her.
Nic

Nothing more than what I stated above.

Jenn

​ There are two major issues I had with the film. I felt like they missed some easy, key things from the book.​ Use of different words in important moments frustrated me, the changed emails and clothing differences. Those are small things but they mattered to me. My biggest issue was the power balance between Christian and Ana. It didn’t feel right to me; Ana was far more assertive than I expected and Christian was a softer than the book. I think the power balance in the first book sets the tone for all of the changes to come for both characters so I was disappointed to not feel that in the movie- ..OMG I totally Agree jokingly I said to Nic when we left the movies that the Christian I knew from book 1 was 1 incident away from a domestic violence class. LOL all bad jokes aside HE WAS. But in a sweet alpha male kinda way. Christian Grey in the movie was WAY too considerate of Ana’s feelings and that was just off to me. -Juewelz
Mags
My hope is that Jamie gets better as Christian Grey in the next two movies. But I’m not worried because I know Dakota will nail it. Overall I give it a 3.5/4 kisses.

**SMIBookClub overall review**

Looks like we are giving Fifty Shades of Grey a Big Ol Sloppy 4 kisses! Let us know what you thought by leaving a comment below.
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If you haven’t already make sure you checkout the movie soundtrack. It is AMAZING! Just like the soundtrack for the book it gets amazing 5 stars!
 
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Review | [The Lover’s Promise] (No Exceptions #3) by J.C. Reed

The Lover's Promise (No Exceptions, #3)

Book Title: The Lover’s Promise (No Exceptions #3)
Author: J.C. Reed
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I have to start by explaining that I read books 1 and 2 in this series and was unaware the characters and their story are introduced in the Surrender Your Love series so I was at a bit of a disadvantage understanding all of the plot.

In this installment of Brooke and Jett’s story Brooke is trying to come to terms with how she actually feels about Jett and what she thinks he has done. She knows he has a lot of secrets wants to try to understand why he keeps so many things from her.

This book has both Brooke and Jett POV, although it’s mostly Brooke. I did enjoy the Jett POV though, it was nice to see things through his eyes. I’m not sure I’m supposed to but I really do like him, although I wonder what he’s up to.

There are a lot of secrets and mystery in this book that will keep you wondering what is going on. It’s hard to tell who to trust in this one! Hopefully the final installment will answ … Read more

RELEASE DAY BLAST: [Spend the Night Ep 3] by Elizabeth Lee

We’re celebrating the release of SPEND THE NIGHT, Episode 3 by Elizabeth Lee! Check out the excerpt below!
Spend the Night: The Hotel Collection Episode #3 by Elizabeth Lee
Adult Contemporary Romance/Suspense
Nic gave all 3 books in this series 5 

All games must eventually come to an end…

Hannah’s new reality is that someone is stalking her. Aggressively. The only question now is who. Fingers are pointed and accusations are made as every clue leads to her down another twisted path of questions without answers. Her feelings for both Carter and Trent cloud her judgment as the investigation delves deeper into her personal life and into her heart. Carter’s past is a mystery and Trent has every reason to try and make her seem crazy. Her loss would be his gain after all.

Hannah will have to choose, but making the wrong choice will cost much more than a broken heart.

Everyone has a motive.

But only one of them has a plan.

Expect the unexpected in the thrilling conclusion to the Spend the Night series.

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He walked around the chair he’d been leaning on and took a seat in front of my desk.  I expected him to lean back and assume an arrogant position of detachment, but instead he rested his elbows on my desk like he was anxiously awaiting a quick response from me.  I felt my brow furrow as I tried to read his expression.

“What do you want me to say?” I finally spoke. His lips formed a seam and I watched him sigh.  “Do you want me to beg you to stay? To ask you to be with me instead of marrying her? Because I’m not going to make that mistake again,” I added. “There’s nothing between us besides a business relationship. You made that perfectly clear when you left me alone and in tears for the umpteenth time.”

I’d done some serious soul searching since our last interaction and, slowly but surely, I was seeing that Trent Crawford was not the right man for me.

“I would never expect you to beg, Hannah,” he confessed. “I just wanted to let you know.”

“Well, thanks, I guess.” When he saw that I was unaffected by his words, he let his back fall against the chair.  “Does that mean that you are backing out of the running for C.O.O. or are you still planning on stealing that from me too?”

“It’s not that simple, Han–” he started, but quickly changed the subject. “Exactly what else did I steal from you?”

“Oh, I don’t know. My sanity for one thing.”

“You know that I never set out to do that.” As much as I didn’t want to believe him, I did.  A fact that pissed me off. I had every reason to believe that the game he’d been playing was intentional. “If it makes you feel any better, I feel the same way. Like I’m losing my mind when I’m around you. I think we’ve both let our emotions get the best of us.”

A week ago I would have spoken up and tried to get him to see that the way we felt around each other was more than coincidence—that it was the universe’s way of telling us we should be together, but the universe was apparently off its meds.  For whatever reason, Trent was still marrying Alison this weekend and nothing I said was going to change that.

“This is why I have to go,” he reiterated. Staring into his eyes, I knew just how easy it would be to climb across that desk and get him to put his hands on me. To kiss me. Hell, to probably even get him to clear it off and have sex with me. But, I knew that it would just end with him walking away.  It seemed to always end that way with us.

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RELEASE DAY BLAST: [Kylie Ryans Box Set] by Caisey Quinn

We’re super excited about the release of the Kylie Ryans Box Set by Caisey Quinn! Check out the excerpt and giveaway below!

KYLIE RYANS Box Set by Caisey Quinn

NA Contemporary Romance
Release: February 12, 2015
Box Set Designed by Sarah Hansen of Okay Creations
When a girl with nothing to lose ends up on tour with a country artist on the verge of losing everything, she’ll have to pull him out of his rut or risk letting him pull her and her dreams down with him.

Girl with Guitar

Girl on Tour

Girl in Love* (Deluxe Extended Edition previously only available in paperback)

Includes sneak peeks of the spin off novellas Lost in Lyrics (Steven and Mia), and Song of My Heart: The Gretchen Gibson story. And a bonus sneak peek of Leaving Amarillo, book one in the Neon Dreams series coming in March from Avon/William Morrow.

Praise for the Kylie Ryans series:

Kylie Ryans has the perfect mix of talent, strength, vulnerability, and chutzpah. An unputdownable read.” -E.M. Tippetts, bestselling author of the Fairytale series

“A refreshing heroine and a great story you’ll hate to put down!” – Jen McLaughlin, NYT Bestselling author of the Out of Line series
“What an incredible journey. I’m happy and sad to see this series end, but it does so perfectly!” – NYT Bestselling Author Heidi McLaughlin
“The perfect blend of sass, wit, and poignant relatability, Kylie and Trace will have you cheering, grinning, and squirming until you reach the satisfying ending.”

– Rachel Harris, NYT Bestselling Author

Review [Always Loving You] (Danvers #6) by Sydney Landon

Always Loving You (Danvers, #6)

Book Title: Always Loving You (Danvers #6)
Author: Sydney Landon
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I love Sydney Landon’s Danvers series and I was so excited to read the next installment. Ms. Landon’s ability to combine humor, great characters and a touch of angst makes her books a go-to for me and Always Loving You is definitely a perfect installment.

Ava Stone has always been in love with McKinley (Mac) Powers, but when she was a teenager she suffered a tragic attack that has left her fearful and full of self-doubt. Mac was the man she ran to for help that night and it’s been his role since then, but never crossing a friendship/protector line.

Despite an outward appearance of ‘being fine,’ Ava is anything but. She still hasn’t overcome a fear of intimacy and men, but she is lonely and wants to finally move forward with Mac. But, Mac has a new girlfriend so it’s time for Ava to step up her game. She decides that it’s time to get Mac’s attention – riding a motorcycle, roller skating and many other crazy adventures.

Mac has always loved Ava, but he’s convinced Ava doesn’t feel the same way about him. It breaks his heart but he decides he has to get over her and move on, so he starts dating a new woman. All of a sudden his Avie starts trying new and dangerous things and it makes him just a bit crazy.

These two had such a beautiful story, even though there was pain for both characters, their love was so true! Both Ava and Mac have experienced so much and loved the other so hard but also so quietly that at times my heart hurt. There were also wonderfully, funny and light moments too. I definitely spent a fair amount of time giggling.

Always Loving You is a wonderful friends to lovers story that made my heart happy. Ava and Mac are so perfect for each other. I know I will definitely have to re-read this book. And of course, the wonderful cast of the Danvers series is around providing wisdom, laughs and some great swearing. Wonderfully romantic, funny and heart-melty! I would definitely recommend this book, as well as the whole series to any readers.Read more

Release Day Blast [TIGHT] by Alessandra Torre

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BOOK INFO

Title: TIGHT

Author: Alessandra Torre

Genre: Erotic Romance

Cover Design: Judi Perkins

Photography Credit: Maksim Gorbunov

Release Date: Feb. 7th 2015

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I was happy in my small town. In my life as a single thirty-two year old woman. I had a good job, wonderful friends, my independence.

I also hadn’t got laid in three years. Hadn’t been on a date in two. Had stopped counting calories and putting on makeup… a while ago.

Then Brett Jacobs waltzed in. Caressed my thigh, dug rough fingers into my hair, lowered his soft mouth to my skin, took sexual control of my mind and stirred it all around with what he packed in his pants. He dumped my quiet life upside down and crawled into a place in my heart I thought was dead.

The issue is his secret.

The issue is her. … Read more