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Ruffles and Beaus by Carina Adams–Review

Love triangles can be a tricky subject to write. Some people don’t care for ‘cheating’, some don’t understand the dynamics of a love triangle and sometimes it’s just plain hard to fathom depending on the writing. Carina Adams has written Ruffles and Beaus perfectly. I will not say ‘how’ this is a triangle, but if they’re not your thing, you should give it a read. Dynamically it was written differently and done well.
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Now, let’s get into the fun stuff. Our leads are Cady, Reid and Roman. I loved Cady. She was not your stereotypical model like lead, but more of a true to size real life woman. She was feisty, tough, incredibly snarky, yet had insecurities about herself. Reid and Roman have been friends forever and own a burlesque club. Due to a shortage of cash and an inability to not get fired, Cady finds herself in need of a job and quickly. Everyone, let me introduce you to Ruffles McGee (aka Cady). She not only makes the best of a bad situation but excels at it. It was wonderful to read about her transformation.

‘Good girls bend at the knees, bad girls bend at the waist.’

Without giving too much away, I will say, that Roman and Reid are interesting co-leads. They are the ying to the others yang. Where one in dark, the other is light. Where one is friendly and smiley, the other appears to be an insufferable prick. It was hard not to be drawn in and enthralled by their characters though. They were enduring and lovable in their own way.

Ruffles and Beaus was such an enjoyable read. I was sucked in from the beginning. The pacing and storyline was well developed and had no lags. Carina wrote an enjoyable story with many dynamics to keep you engrossed in the book. I loved this book so much, that I really wish there was more to read about. I, highly recommend Ruffles and Beaus, but please don’t get hung up on the ‘love triangle’. It really was written well.

‘It’s love. It doesn’t fit in a neat little box. It doesn’t have rules that we all have to follow. Nothing about it will ever make sense. It isn’t perfect. And it hurts like hell.’

5 stars

Anonymous by L.P. Dover–Release Blitz

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Title: Anonymous
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Author: L.P. Dover
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Cover Design: Regina Wamba
Release Date: April 23, 2018

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 Every person has a story to tell. Some may be sweet with a happily ever after, but there are others that end in tragedy. Mine has yet to be finished. My name is Elizabeth Kingston and this is where my story begins.

I never thought my life could be so perfect. I have an amazing job owning my own bakery, and a wonderful husband who I love and who loves me back. Never once did I have to worry about anything, at least, not until the texts started coming in. They always begin the same way … numbers that spell my nickname when read upside down.

31773

It’s someone from my past, only they won’t to tell me who they are, but that by talking to them, I’ll figure it out. It’s a game I refuse to play. Unfortunately, I’m left with no choice when things begin to take a dangerous turn. His name is Anonymous and there’s only one thing he wants … ME.

 My Review: Anonymous by L.P. Dover–Review

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It’s closing time and Vikki and I are busy cleaning, so we can get home. My phone beeps with an incoming text and I look down at it and growl. “You can’t be serious.” Staring back at me isn’t a text from Jake, but from Anonymous. Even though I deleted and blocked the number ninety days ago, I still recognize it.

Vikki moves closer, her eyes wide. “What’s going on?”

I show her the text.

Anonymous: 31773?

Brows furrowed, she sits back. “What does that mean?” I turn my phone upside down, so she can see that the number spells out my name. Her eyes widen. “Wow, that’s cool you can type your name with numbers.”

“But not so cool when I don’t know who the person is,” I counter. “About three months ago, I got texts from this exact same person. Whoever it is likes to play games. I’m sick of it and I want them to leave me alone.” Taking a deep breath, I type out a reply.

Me: WHO IS THIS?

Anonymous: Why all the yelling?

I roll my eyes. This is just ridiculous.

Me: I like using all caps.

Anonymous: Don’t stop on my account. So, what have you been up to? Been a while since we talked.

Me: Yeah, it’s because I blocked the number.

Anonymous: Why?

Me: BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!!!!!!!

“What is he saying?” Vikki asks. I show her the texts and her eyes widen. “So, you haven’t talked to him since you blocked the number?”

I think back to when I blocked it and if my calculations are correct, the ninety days was up yesterday. “No, but he has perfect timing. My ninety days ran up yesterday. I might need to run to the cell store and see if they can block it permanently.”

My phone beeps again and a sharp pain settles in my gut. I just want whoever it is to leave me alone.

Anonymous: That hurts. You’ve always been friendly toward me.

Me: Obviously not friendly enough, if you can’t tell me who you are. It’s weird and it makes me uncomfortable. You need to leave me the hell alone. Don’t text, call, or try to contact me in any way. I’m happily married, and I want it to stay that way. GOODBYE!

Heart racing, I log into my cell phone account and before I can block the number, another text comes through.

Anonymous: Sorry 31773 but that’s not going to happen.

The blood in my veins runs cold. Hands shaking, I block his number and my phone drops onto the table. Vikki picks it up and reads the final text, her face growing pale.

“I don’t think this person’s going away.”

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author L. P. Dover is a southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she began her literary journey she worked in periodontics, enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.

She loves to write, but she also loves to play golf, go on mountain hikes and white water rafting, and has a passion for singing. Her two youngest fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime, usually Christmas carols.

Dover has written countless novels, including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, the Gloves Off series, the Armed & Dangerous series, the Royal Shifters series, the Society X series, the Circle of Justice series, and her standalone novels It Must’ve Been the Mistletoe and Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense, but if she got to choose a setting in which to live, it would be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.

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King Size by Madison Faye–Review

Lexi Whitlow is taking the ‘heir and a spare’ phrase to a different level. She wrote with such feeling that you could appreciate its uniqueness and genuineness.

King Size follows around Norah and Owen (aka. Collin). Norah is an American from Charleston, South Carolina. She is an artist, adventurer and thrill seeker. Norah has been traipsing through Europe and on this particular night she is in Paris where she has been interning with a fashion photographer. Owen ‘the spare’ has troubles of his own. However, he manages to sneak away for one last night of fun, prior to returning to his real world and responsibilities.  He is immediately drawn into Norah at first sight, but has been using his middle name, Collin. She is not anything like the usual Paris fashionistas and he likes this quality about her. Needless to say, they have an amazing night together only for it to be over when the sun comes up and he gets an emergency phone call from home.

Norah is not immune to the troubles that effect Owen. After being mad, about being left in bed, she receives an awakening from home that may put her plans on hold. She has a childhood friend that she has remained close too that she is hoping can help her out. Eric is willing to help, but has an agenda of his own. Norah agrees to whatever he wants, because she would like to visit her friend from college. Let’s just say from here on out, her future is being carved out and she doesn’t even know what it is or why. Fate has a funny way of working things out.

King Size was cute, royal, romantic read that was fast paced. Writing was well done with multiple twists and turns and ‘no way’ moments. This newly formed couple will have many issues that they need to conquer, individually and together. This was one story that I was sad to have reached the end!

Ambivalent by Stefanie Torres–Review

5 ‘Dr. Endowed BIG’ Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


I had a job to do.
An assignment I had been hoping for.

To anyone else it might have appeared easy.

Interview the well-known plastic surgeon, Dr. Kean Bennett.

Determined to succeed, I powered right into it.

Except the man hated the media with an inexplainable passion.
And he despised me for being another annoying journalist chasing a story.
His story.

That’s when I screwed up.
I gave the surgeon the power to destroy me.
Complete obliteration.

I’ve always believed there could be good hiding in the darkness, but maybe I was mistaken.

My problem?
I came to that conclusion much too late.
I had already risked my life to get what I wanted.

*Warning: This book contains scenes that may be disturbing for some readers


Well, I can officially say, I was anything, but Ambivalent to this book. I, absolutely loved it! For a debut novel, Ms. Torres did a wonderful job. I, thoroughly enjoyed, the story and interaction between Kean and Ciaran.

I have noticed others mention that the story was a little slow in the beginning, but Ms. Torres was giving some much needed background/history of the characters, which I can understand as being slower paced. For me, the pacing in the beginning kept progressing at an even pace until BAM, the mystery and intrigue enters. This is when Ambivalent almost kicks into overdrive. It was very hard to put down and therefore, I read it in one sitting.

Ambivalent is an unexpected enemy to lover’s scenario. Ciaran is a journalist and given the assignment of writing about Dr. Kean Bennett and getting as much personal information as possible. Since Kean, detests interviews, you can imagine how this went down. Ciaran is anything but a plucky, resourceful, although somewhat accident-prone individual. Through the course of trying to get information from Dr. Endowed, those hateful feelings turn into romantic ones.

Ambivalent is more than a romance book. There is quite a bit of mystery, intrigue and ‘who done it’ moments all leading to a greater storyline. Honestly, I absolutely LOVED this book. It kept me on my toes trying to figure out what was going on. It was well written and certainly spicy, romantic and hot. I, highly recommend this book to you if you’re interested in a hot romance with a side of whodunit. Congratulations Ms. Torres on an excellent debut novel!

Callback by Katana Collins–Review

4.5 ‘Sticker and Planner’ Stars

Callback is a uniquely written book that centers around two actors who are up for lead roles in a movie that includes the world of BDSM. Jude and Marly are actors who practice their craft through method acting. The hero, Jude, is a ‘kink master’ of sorts and belongs to a very secretive and secluded BDSM club. Marly is an actress with very recent success on a rom com movie, who is looking to break out of the roles that are slowly becoming her ‘stereotypical’ role.

Jude is on the audition panel when Marly walks into the room and is instantly smitten with her, because of her innocence and submissive nature. Unfortunately for Jude, there is one other actress up for the role and that is his ex-wife, Layla. The CEO of the production company has laid it out in front of Jude the direction that they want to go in and it’s simply because of her sexual appeal. That would-be Layla, however, Jude saw Holly (the character within the movie) when Marly was auditioning. He is given one week to teach Marly the in’s and out’s (no pun intended) of the BDSM world and see if she can handle the part. As you can imagine, Jude and Marly get closer than close and have to break down some internal walls to see what is right in front of them.

Besides learning a few things encompassing the BDSM world, we are treated to a wonderfully developing love story. There are hang-ups, road blocks, ups and downs and contractual issues that prevent them from exploring any feelings between them. Despite everything against them, does love find a way to Jude and Marly? Does Marly get the part?

Callback is a super sizzling, steamy and just plain deliciously hot, that is FULL of all sorts of naughtiness and deliciousness. It is SO much more than the exploration of BDSM, there is a story of two individuals who have been hurt in the business and are trying to find a way to each other. The underlying romantic relationship was developed beautifully (and the last chapter and epilogue was full of feels). After finishing, I completely felt a juxtaposition of feelings. I was truly saddened by reaching the end, yet deliriously happy at the ending and the little preview we get of Ash’s book.  SO excited, I can’t wait (Ash is Jude’s best friend)!

‘Do you know what BDSM stands for?’

‘Burritos, Doritos, Snickers and M&M’s’

 

Mr. So Wrong by R.C. Stephens–Review

Mr. So Wrong is the second book in the series, but can be read as a standalone. We first meet Al in Mr. All Wrong, which is about his friend, Colton.

Albert Walsh the Third sounds like such a pretentious name, but truth is he’s just Al. Al is a guy who gave up that wealthy, snobby, privileged life a decade ago. The only remaining person that he talks to is his younger sister. Mr. So Wrong picks up where book one left off. His best friend has found love and is moving on, while Al is happy for him, this makes him unemployed and slightly lost. With nothing in sight, he plans a trip to spend Christmas with his younger sister at the family cabin in Colorado. Let’s just say his Porsche is not equipped for near blizzard like conditions and ends up in the ditch.

Samantha Belmont is a little girl who is lost and running away from life, despite, never leaving her hometown. Sam had made a promise to her mother when she was nine years old to make it out of their small town and find a good man to love. Here we are present day, where Sam is twenty-three and working side by side with her father on the ranch. Sam is coming home during the middle of the snowstorm and finds Al in the ditch. He is unconscious and freezing cold, so she takes him home (the home she shares with her father). It is the quintessential story of country girl and city boy.

Mr. So Wrong is a perfect balance of second chance romance among two damaged people, emotionally intense histories, new love/beginnings and breaking down the emotional barriers. Ms. Stephens wrote a book that was gripping, astonishing and outright beautiful. The plot and storyline was well done, as was the dual POV (past/present). The only negative I have is with the epilogue. If you are an epilogue whore, like myself, I was just plain wanting more. I felt that it was kind of lacking. Other than that, I truly do recommend this book.

“Even great men fall. I made fun of my best friend as he was falling hopelessly in love with his girlfriend. It was a jackass move I know. I’d been in love before but love was for fools. I promised myself I’d never fall in love again which means right now with Sam I’m totally screwed.”

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Crux Untamed (Hades Hangman #6) by Tillie Cole–Review

Crux Untamed was one of my most anticipated reads! I knew when I read the blurb that I just had to read it. I was curious from the beginning of the dynamic duo of Cowboy and Hush. Cowboy’s outgoing personality and Hush’s calm and quiet demeanor pulled at me making me wonder what was going on underneath. As soon as I heard that Sia was Ky’s sister, I knew I had to have more.

This book…(smh)…man, this book was everything. It destroyed me in the best way possible. It was dark, gritty, uncomfortable, emotional (totally cried here), passionate and the underlying storyline was magnificent.

“Kärleken ser inte färger. Bara rena hjärter.” 

(“Love doesn’t see colors. Just pure hearts.”)

Our three leads are Sia (Elysia), Cowboy and Hush and I LOVED them. They stole my heart and had no concerns with giving it back. Prior to reading, Cowboy and Hush had me intrigued equally. While reading though, Hush, massacred my existence and slowly became my #1 go to guy of the series. Don’t get me wrong, I have other favorites, but Hush will always have an extra piece of my heart.

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Tillie Cole mentioned that Jesse Williams, Kellan Lutz and Amber Heard were her inspiration for the characters. She did a pretty spot on job with description and transferring that into reader visualization.

“Three sets of blue eyes, all different. All who have walked different paths…All who have seen the full spectrum of life-the good, the bad, and the ugly.”

Sia is the sister to Ky, VP Hades Hangman. When she was seventeen years old, she got into some trouble and drew the attention of Juan Garcia (Mexican cartel). Ky and Styx (Pres of Hades Hangmen) had to go in and kidnap her back. Since this time, she has been hidden on a farm where she happily works with horses, as her own form of equine therapy. Unfortunately, she is indirectly found by Garcia.

“You’re mine, rosa negra. And I’m never letting you go.”

The underlying story and bond between Cowboy and Hush is beautiful, shocking and outright emotional. These twenty-six-year-old Cajun twosomes hale from an incredibly small town in Louisiana. Through much bad blood and incredibly hard to imagine horrific circumstances, they meet and have created a bond so strong, that nothing will destroy it!

Despite the seriousness and emotionally heaviness of this book, Viking and Ky brought forth some much needed instances of laughter. Despite being distraught and tormented, Ky mentioned something that just had me laughing with tears.

“It’s the thought of those fuckers double-teaming you that makes me see red…You’re my baby fucking sister. Now you’re in bed with not one but two brothers, who quite honestly could be fucking each other too. All I see in my head whenever you three are mentioned is a conga line of pussy, cocks and assholes. It’s fucking with my head!”

Truthfully, in all out honesty, Crux Untamed, is one heck of a book. You have Sia, Cowboy and Hush each with their own individual issues/storylines, but then you bring together three different people and meld those storylines into an incredibly heart-wrenching, yet tragically beautiful story, you simply end up with perfection. Everyone has their own very specific role within this threesome, it was exquisite to read. Sia is a broken woman, Hush is a damaged and lonely man, while Cowboy is the free-spirited glue that holds them all together. It was striking to read of them evolving and changing and finding peace within themselves and their souls. A truly impactful story with much greater depth than two men and a woman in a relationship.

“I couldn’t have been prouder to wear the Hangmen patch. Because they were my family…After fighting my demons for so long, I let myself accept the truth. I belonged.”

Bravo to Tillie Cole for another well done Hades Hangman!!

Live Free. Ride Free. Die Free!”

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