Monday, July 24, 2017

Cover Characteristic: Trains

The Cover Characteristic meme is hosted at  Sugar and Snark.   Here are the guidelines:

Each week we will post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favorite covers with that characteristic. If you want to join in and share your 5 favorite covers with the weeks particular characteristic, then just make a post, grab the meme picture (or make your own) and leave your URL in Linky (so we can visit).
You don’t even need to participate, just stopping by and saying hi would be great! Don’t forget to stop by the other participants!


This week was harder than I thought!  I assumed trains would be pretty easy, but they were not!  So I have three covers of books I have read, and two that are from my TBR list.

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From TBR

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From TBR

So, those are the 5 covers I could find from what I'd read or books I'm wanting to read.  Have you read these?  What covers can you think of with trains on the cover?



 

Promo Blitz: Going Down and Man Candy (Five Wishes series #1 and #2) by Elise Sax




Romantic Comedy
Date Published: June 2017

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Five Wishes Series, Books 1 and 2
The Five Wishes Series: Novellas about wishes that go terribly wrong…fortunately. Five Wishes...A happy ending is just a coin toss away. Each novella is approximately 100 pages with NO cliffhanger.

Book 1: Going Down:
Marion MacAlister wants to nail her audition, not get nailed. Truly. Honestly. All right...maybe she does want to get nailed, but that's just because her hottie landlord and local diner owner Mack Ryan is confusing her. Can friends become lovers? Especially friends who might not even be friends in the first place?

Book 2: Man Candy:
Raine Harper is in love with Wade Gates. But Wade likes women who are model thin, and Raine is model thin plus a whole lot of pounds. Desperate to make him love her, she trains just a little too hard and passes out in the arms of superstar movie star Dirk Adams. Dirk thinks Raine’s junk in the trunk is perfect and proposes to make Wade jealous by becoming her pretend boyfriend. Pretend soon seems very real. Is Dirk a great actor, or is something really developing between Raine and the movie star?

Praise for Author Elise Sax

“Elise Sax will win your heart.”—NYT bestelling author Jill Shalvis
"Elise Sax will make you laugh. Her larger-than-life characters jump off the page and make crazy seem like a fun place to hang out."--Christie Craig, New York Times bestselling author of Texas Hold 'Em
“Elise Sax belongs on every bookshelf." -- Melissa Foster, New York Times Bestselling Author


About the Author


Elise Sax worked as a journalist for fifteen years, mostly in Paris, France. She took a detour from journalism and became a private investigator before writing her first novel. She lives in Southern California with her two sons. She loves to hear from her readers.
Don’t hesitate to contact her at elisesax@gmail.com, and sign up for her newsletter at http://elisesax.com/mailing-list.php to get notifications of new releases and sales.



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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Book Blitz with Giveaway: Addicted to Love (Serendipity #1) by Jennifer Wilck


Book info:
TitleAddicted to Love
Author:  Jennifer Wilck
SeriesSerendipity #1
Publication date: July 21st, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:
Dan Rothberg struggled after an accident killed his wife and he nearly lost custody of his daughter. He can no longer allow himself to get attached to anything or anyone. Until he meets Hannah.
Hannah Cohen is a young executive with a meddlesome grandmother and a troubled brother. She’d like nothing better than to find her own Mr. Right, after too many Mr. Wrongs. A sexy older man with a teenage daughter was never in her plans.
As they navigate their relationship through adolescent attitudes and grandmotherly interference, they realize age is just a number and love can be right in front of them. But when the terrible truth of Dan’s former struggles is exposed, Hannah must decide if she can get past his deception and allow love to conquer all.


EXCERPT:

“So what’s Hannah like?” Tess sank into the chair next to him. Dan refrained from telling her to go to bed. For once she wanted to talk—he’d spend all night with her if necessary.

“She’s nice. Funny and smart, too.”

Tess winced. “Sounds great.” Her tone implied anything but.

Dan nudged her. “Trust me, she is. I didn’t think you’d want to hear other kinds of stuff.”

“Eww, no. Where’d you guys go?”

“I took her to the planetarium, and afterward, to Isabella’s.”

Tess sat up straight. “You took her there? I thought you were joking!”

“What? She liked it.”

“Really? Or was she just pretending?”

He paused and considered Hannah’s reaction. It hadn’t seemed fake. He’d been careful not to overload her with too much geek data, which might fascinate him but bore others. No, he was sure she’d liked it.

“Her eyes didn’t glaze over, and she pulled me along to show me things she thought were interesting. So I’d have to say really.”

“Weird. Are you going to see her again?”

This was worse than he expected, as he tried to keep from squirming in his seat under Tess’ direct gaze. “I hope so.”

“When do I get to meet her?”

“You’ve met her, Tess. At the JCC concert.”

“I know, Dad, but when do I get to really meet her? If you like her enough to go out with her so often, I should at least get to know her better. Invite her over for dinner.”

He glanced at his watch. “Shouldn’t you be…in bed or something?” He regretted his eagerness to talk to her. Well, that was his feeling lots of times as the father of a teenager, but this time she was talking about Hannah. And for some reason, she made him feel like his mother was interrogating him, rather than his daughter. He needed to regain the upper hand. Somehow. “Dinner’s a good idea, Tess. Just not right now.”

“Why not? You’re a good cook. Everyone has to eat. You can invite her here, impress her with your culinary skills, and she and I can get to know each other better. What’s the problem?”

The idea had so many problems her compliment didn’t hit him until after.

“Thanks,” he said.

“For what?”

“For telling me I’m a good cook.”

“You’re welcome. But changing the subject won’t work.”

Damn. He ran a hand through his hair and remembered he needed a haircut. Turning in his seat, he grabbed his phone and added it to tomorrow’s to-do list. “Tess, I think it’s too soon in our relationship for this to happen.”

“Too soon? What’s too soon about it? You’ve been dating a couple of weeks, right?”

“Ten days.” Was it only ten days? “You have a daughter.”

He nodded.

“So, it’ll look weird if you keep me hidden away, like Mr. Rochester’s wife.”

“Oh, a literary reference,” he said. “Nice touch.”

She grinned. “I thought you’d appreciate it. As my reward, I think you should listen to me. I could always come with you somewhere if you don’t want her at the apartment.”

Letting out a sigh, he faced her. “Like a chaperone? Oh, sounds fun. Come here.”

She stood and he pulled her into a hug. “I’ll think about it. I’m glad you’re okay with the idea of me dating.”

Tess shrugged. “I don’t know. I mean, Hannah seems nice, but do you have time to date? You always tell me how busy you are.”

He pulled her into another hug. “No matter what I do, I’ll always have time for you. I promise.”

Author Bio:
When I was a little girl and couldn’t fall asleep, my mother would tell me to make up a story. Pretty soon, my head was filled with these stories and the characters that populated them. Each character had a specific personality, a list of likes and dislikes, and sometimes, even a specific accent or dialect. Even as an adult, I think about the characters and stories at night before I fall asleep, or in the car on my way to or from one of my daughters’ numerous activities (hey, anything that will drown out their music is a good thing).
One day, I started writing them down (it was either that or checking into the local mental hospital—the computer was way less scary) and now I'm a published author. My first book, A Heart of Little Faith, was just declared a Finalist in the Fiction: Romance category of the 2016 Best Book Awards.
In the real world, I’m the mother of two amazing daughters and wife of one of the smartest men I know. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, traveling and watching TV. In between chauffeuring my daughters to after-school activities that require an Excel spreadsheet to be kept straight, I run youth group activities, train the dog we recently adopted from a local shelter, and cook dinners that fit the needs of four very different appetites. I also write freelance articles for magazines, newspapers, and edit newsletters.
When all of that gets overwhelming, I retreat to my computer, where I write stories that let me escape from reality. In my made-up world, the heroines are always smart, sassy and independent. The heroes are handsome and strong with just a touch of vulnerability. If I don’t like a character, I can delete him or her; if something doesn’t work, I can rewrite it. It’s very satisfying to be in control of at least one part of my life. My inspiration comes from watching the people around me and fantasizing about how I’d do things differently.

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Three Kylie Scott Book Mini-Reviews

As I mentioned earlier this week, getting behind on reviews again.  This time I've got three books by the author that is pretty much becoming one of my all time top favorite authors.  One is one of her first books, the second is the latest in her Dive Bar series, and the last one is her first YA novel, where I must say she has done a great job breaking into that genre!  Of course I have to share my photo with her from Apollycon this past March, when I made sure to tell her that Mal was my book boyfriend!

Flesh (Flesh series #1):
Published:  October 1st, 2012
Source:  Purchased Paperback
My rating:  3.5 stars

I do love The Walking Dead, and so a zombie apocalypse story told by one of my favorite authors was an instant add to my TBR.  The romance in this is pretty much what you might expect to be realistic in this type of a world, something that most of the time is kind of skirted over in TWD world, except for maybe with Negan.  The characters are definitely interesting enough you want to read more about them, and while there is another book in the series, that is pretty much a standalone, I'm still eager to read it.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Ali has been hiding in an attic since civilisation collapsed eight weeks ago.


When the plague hit, her neighbours turned into mindless, hungry, homicidal maniacs.


Daniel has been a loner his entire life. Then the world empties and he realises that being alone isn't all it's cracked up to be.


Finn is a former cop who is desperate for companionship, and willing to do anything it takes to protect the survivors around him.


When the three cross paths they band together; sparks fly, romance blooms in the wasteland and Ali, Daniel and Finn bend to their very human needs in the ruins of civilisation.


Lust, love and trust all come under fire in Flesh as the three battle to survive, hunted through the suburban wastelands.

This story is rated "Hot" (4 out of 5 flames) and contains M/F/M and F/M pairings.  


Twist (Dive Bar series #2):
Published:  April 11th, 2017
Source:  Purchased paperback
My rating:  4 stars

While I didn't love these characters as much as I did Vaughn and Lydia from Dirty, they were characters that still grabbed me and made it really hard for me to put the book down.  I read this in May, and hated that I still had to get up for school in the morning, because it is a book I would have stayed up all night reading, it was that good.  And what is even better?  Well there was a definite twist towards the end that I did not see coming.  Perfect to fit in with that title, huh?  

Now, I ordered the UK version of the cover, because I liked the guy on it better, even if he doesn't look like what Joe is supposed to look like.  However, I later won a contest, I think on Goodreads, for another copy of the book, this time with the US cover version.  I don't usually collect different country books, but with Scott's books, I kind of want to.  The first cover you see to the left, is the UK version.  The one at the bottom of this mini-review is the US version. 

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

When his younger brother loses interest in online dating, hot, bearded, bartender extraordinaire, Joe Collins, only intends to log into his brother's account and shut it down. Until he reads about her - Alex.

Alex Parks is funny, friendly, and pretty much everything he's been looking for in a woman. And in no time at all they're emailing up a storm, telling each other their deepest darkest secrets . . . apart from the one that really matters.

And when it comes to love, serving it straight up works better than with a twist.






Trust:
Published:  July 18th, 2017
Source:  E-galley from Netgalley
My rating:  5 stars

Kylie Scott's first YA novel is perfection.  She's got the realistic characters, the chubby main character girl, the bad boy, who really is a bad boy, the bullies, the old best friend who doesn't get it, and the new best friends who are extremely wonderfully written diverse characters.  This is one that I was barely able to put down.  I took it on vacation to Disneyworld with me and I couldn't wait to get back to my hotel room to continue reading.  I totally connected to the main character, Edie, within the first part of the book when she was at the gas station and could barely make eye contact with the cute sales clerk.  I have the same issues with talking to the "pretty people" as she puts it, and this is a problem quite often for me when I'm working the cash registers at my part time job and a hot guy comes up.  I can't seem to make eye contact or do much more than say exactly the basic sales things I need to say.  I really loved all of this, especially Edie's new friends, including John's best friend.  I hate that this is a standalone book since I would love to go back and visit all of these characters again!  I do think maybe the cover is a little bit risque or adult for a YA book, that's probably the only downfall I can see at all.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Being young is all about the experiences: the first time you skip school, the first time you fall in love…the first time someone holds a gun to your head.

After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen-year-old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers.

While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.

An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first—losing her virginity—their friendship gets complicated.

Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose—each other.


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Friday, July 21, 2017

Blog Tour: Excerpt with Giveaway - Amid Stars and Darkness by Chani Lynn Feener


Book info:
TitleAmid Stars and Darkness
Author:  Chani Lynn Feener
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: July 18th, 2017
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Synopsis:
Delaney’s entire world is thrown into chaos after she is mistaken for Lissa Olena, an alien princess hiding out on Earth in order to escape an arranged marriage.
Kidnapped by the princess’s head bodyguard, Ruckus, and imprisoned in an alien palace, Delaney is forced to impersonate the princess until Olena can be found. If she fails, it will lead to an alien war and the eventual enslavement of the entire human race.
No pressure or anything.
Factor in Trystan, the princess’s terrifying betrothed who is intent on unraveling all her secrets, and her own growing feelings for Ruckus, and Delaney is in way over her head.
Get lost Amid Stars and Darkness, in this YA sci-fi romance from debut author Chani Lynn Feener.

Excerpt:
Trystan frowned at her, dropping the hand he’d still had on her arm. “Do you care?”
 

Because Olena was a self-centered brat who wouldn’t, Delaney recalled too late.
 

“I’m just concerned we might not win now,” she said in a poor attempt to save face. “His clumsiness cost us.”
 

If anything, this only caused his frown to deepen.
 

“Did you develop a liking for sports while you were away as well then?” he wondered, and it was clear from his tone that she’d piqued his interest. Which was the exact opposite of what she was trying to accomplish.
 

“Right,” she drawled, “along with my newly acquired witty tongue.” Deliberately, she took a step back the way they’d come. “As great as this has been, Trystan, I’m afraid I must excuse myself.”
 

She was a bit surprised when he didn’t immediately try to stop her, yet he didn’t have too long to ponder over it. Hearing her name, she glanced toward the beginning of the course, squinting against the harsh glare of yellow sunlight. Weird, that the sky was a different color, but the sun and the ground were all the same.
 

“Olena.” Ruckus was quickly making his way toward her.
 

She took a step in his direction, about to call back, when suddenly an explosion rent the air. The blast came from behind, and she was knocked off her feet and tossed a good ways forward. The motion ended up bringing her closer to Ruckus, who was upon her in a matter of seconds.
 

Her head rang and her vision winked in and out. Disoriented, she clung to his wrists when he dropped to his knees and reached for her. An acrid smell filled the air, like burning rubber, and she managed to swivel her head around to see that the tree she’d been so close to had blown up.
 

The tree she’d been close to…but not close enough.
 

She gasped, and as if of their own accord, her eyes sought out Trystan.
 

He must have gotten on the ground right away. Aside from his hair being a little mussed up, it didn’t seem like he’d been affected by the blast at all. Their eyes met, and there was no denying the feral look in his icy blue gaze.
 

He’d tried to kill her.
 

The Zane, Olena’s—meaning her—fiancĂ©, had just tried to kill her! 
Author Bio:
Chani Lynn Feener has wanted to be a writer since the age of ten during fifth grade story time. She majored in Creative Writing at Johnson State College in Vermont, and graduated in 2012. To pay her bills, she has worked many odd jobs, including, but not limited to, telemarketing, order picking in a warehouse, and filling ink cartridges. When she isn’t writing, she’s binging TV shows, drawing, or frequenting zoos/aquariums. Chani is the author of Amid Stars and Darkness and the teen paranormal series the Underworld Saga, originally written under the penname Tempest C. Avery. She currently resides in Connecticut, but lives on Goodreads.com.

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Nine Adult Romance Free or Cheap E-book Mini-Reviews

Every time I think I'm caught up on reviews, that goes away soon.  I'd say I should slow down my reading, but I don't want to.  So, more mini-reviews today!  The books this time are from some of my favorite authors, new authors, and some that I was asked to give a try or to read to help vote for contests.

The Perfect Game (The Perfect Game #1) by J. Sterling:
Published:  October 1st, 2012
Source:  Purchased on Amazon
My rating:  3.5 stars

I downloaded this book to read because of the Love Between the Lines coloring book.  I didn't have any more pages I could color because I'll only color the pages of the books I've read.  So this was my next choice.  It was an enjoyable read, but ended in a way that I am going to need to read on to see where their story will go next.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:
He's a game she never intended to play. 
And she's the game changer he never knew he needed.

The Perfect Game tells the story of college juniors, Cassie Andrews & Jack Carter. When Cassie meets rising baseball hopeful Jack, she is determined to steer clear of him and his typical cocky attitude. But Jack has other things on his mind... like getting Cassie to give him the time of day. 

They're both damaged, filled with mistrust and guarded before they find one another (and themselves) in this emotional journey about love and forgiveness. Strap yourselves for a ride that will not only break your heart, but put it back together. 

Sometimes life gets ugly before it gets beautiful...


Here's my finished coloring page for this book:




Dangerous Kiss (Dangerous Noise #1) by Crystal Kaswell:
Published:  November 2nd, 2016
Source:  Purchased on Amazon 
My rating:  4.5 stars

Okay, I have been a fan of Crystal Kaswell since I first discovered her other rock star series, Sinful Serenade.   I read that series out of order, well, I read the 2nd book first, and with this new series, I actually started in the middle, by reading book 3, Dangerous Rock, first, as part of a blog tour.  Of course I loved that book, and so had to go back and get the other two books to read next.  This first book in the series was not my favorite so far, as I had a few issues with the characters, but mainly just because I didn't personally identify with them.  Other than that, it was still good, and I loved getting to know some of the characters that I'd met in book 3, and seeing how their romance came about.  

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:
He was supposed to glue my broken heart back together. Instead he threw me away.

Now he’s just another rock star asshole.

He gets everything he wants.

But not me. Not again.

Ethan Strong was the first man I ever loved. He was the one person who understood me, the one person who made me feel whole, the one person who set my body on fire.

We were supposed to be together forever. Then things got hard and Ethan forced me to choose between him and everything I’ve worked for.

Now he’s back in my life. He says we’ll be friends. It’s been a long time. I can forgive, but I can’t seem to forget. The taste of his lips, the sound of his groans in my ears, those calloused fingers between my legs– I’m going out of my mind remembering all the pleasure he brought me.

Worse, I keep thinking how happy he made me.

I can’t fall back in love with Ethan. It doesn’t matter how badly I crave his gorgeous blue eyes, his tattooed arms, and his strong guitarists’ hands. It doesn’t matter that his smile still lights me up inside. It doesn’t matter that I need him like I need oxygen.

I’m not giving Ethan another chance to throw me away. 


Dangerous Crush (Dangerous Noise #2) by Crystal Kaswell:
Published:  January 3rd, 2017
Source:  Purchased on Amazon
My rating:  4 stars

Once again this wasn't one I loved as much as I did book 3.  I think a lot of times the whole baby sister trope can irritate me.  The fact that Kit was such a jerk at times, and I didn't think it was warranted, well that annoyed me.  I'm glad I read the story, and I did still give it 4 stars, because Kaswell does a great job with these stories, even when you're not in love with the couple, you're still sucked into the story.  Again I enjoyed getting to see the other characters interacting and coming into their own romances as they were unfolding.  And I'm now very intrigued to read the final book as soon as I get my hands on it.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:
Kit
Piper.
My band mate's baby sister.
The one woman I can't have.
The one woman who won't get out of my head.
Those big blue eyes, those sweet pink lips, the cheeks that flush at the slightest provocation...
I want her under me, groaning my name, shaking with desire.
She's too good for me. Too sweet. Too innocent.
I shouldn't be the one to take Piper's virginity.
But there's no way in hell I'm letting another guy fill her with pleasure.

Piper
Kit.
The bassist in my brother's band.
The guy I've been crushing on forever.
The tall, dark, handsome musician who keeps everything to himself.
He looks at me like I'm an innocent flower.
We're only friends. We're only ever going to be friends.
I need to stop thinking about running my fingers over the lines of his tattoos.
I need to stop wondering what his tongue piercing would feel like against my--
I need to get over him.
But the more I get to know him, the more I want to get under him.

 

MFM:  A Menage Romance by Lauren Bliss:
Published:  June 13th, 2017
Source:  Received for review
My rating:  3 stars

I do normally enjoy a good menage romance, and this one wasn't too bad, if not the best I've read.  The writing was great, story was good, although nothing unexpected about it. This being the author's debut novel makes me look forward to reading more from her as she writes more, because it was good! I liked the characters, did like that the best friend was written the way she was, I guess in a way that was a little different from a lot of romance novel best friends. No more details on that in my review, you'll have to read it to see what you think! 

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:
Everything changed the moment I met them.
It was only supposed to be one night: a place to crash, after a fight with my best friend.
But one night wasn't enough.
In fact, I don't think I could ever get my fill of them.
They're best friends, who grew up together like brothers.
Mason and Maxwell. 


Rich, mysterious, and totally into me.
Mason's charming, a real smooth talker, while Maxwell's the strong silent type.
I can't decide which one I like more.
And maybe I don't have to ...
Because now they've claimed me. Claimed me completely.

MFM is a smoking hot, standalone MFM menage romance about a shy, innocent girl called Fawn and the two alpha bad boys who open her up to a whole new world of experiences. No cliffhangers. No cheating. No M/M scenes. HEA guaranteed!


Floating Loose by Jill Beck:
Published:  July 21st, 2016
Source:  Received to read and judge for a contest
My rating:  3 stars

I had some issues with this one because I'm not the hugest fan of the older man younger woman story, especially when the girl is in a school where the man is kind of in a teacher or authority position.  The story was at least good at keeping my attention, even with the issues I had.  If you enjoy this kind of story, then I think you should give it a try.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old orphan Erinn Rylie Keller has just arrived at Marquette, an elite Virginia boarding school complete with horses, a stable, and—with the help of the handsome, determined Alex McKinney—the one thing that’s been missing in her life: hope. 

COMING HOME 

After a lifetime in foster care, Erinn Rylie Keller has inexplicably been placed at Marquette Hall, an elite boarding school in Virginia. Uneasy with the luxury of the setting, and with her new socialite classmates, Rylie finds comfort working with the school’s horses—and with Alex McKinney, the determined young twenty-something who looks after them. 

As Rylie’s skill with the horses grows, so, too, does her confidence. But Alex is more than she can hope for. Handsome, competent, with blue eyes you could fall into...and a girlfriend. In fact, Rylie can’t even hope for a smooth ride to graduation. After two troubling incidents in the stable, Rylie’s only choice seems the same one she’s always fallen back on: to run away. But this time there are those who love her and want to keep her safe—and who will show her that accepting hope is only the beginning. 


Beyond the Stars by Stacy Wise:
Published:  February 8th, 2016
Source:  Received to read and judge for a contest
My rating:  4 stars

This was a really fun read!  The characters were really well written, and I enjoyed the banter and interactions between them.  The guy, Jack, at times I didn't quite understand him, but in the end I grew to really like him and to root that he and Jessica would get together.  Especially after the living arrangements for Jessica fell through.  A fun Hollywood romance between a big star and a normal girl.  Give it a try!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:
Falling for him wasn't in the plans...

Most girls would kill for the opportunity to work for Jack McAlister, Hollywood's hottest actor, but twenty-one-year-old Jessica Beckett is ready to kick him out of her red Ford Fiesta and never look back. She should be spending her junior year in France, eating pastries and sharpening her foreign language skills. Instead she's reluctantly working as Jack's personal assistant, thanks to her powerhouse talent agent aunt.

Jack is private, prickly, and downright condescending. Jessica pushes his buttons—she's not the type of girl to swoon over celebrity heartthrobs, precisely why her aunt thought she'd be perfect for the job—and Jack pushes right back.

But as she begins to peel away his layers, Jessica is shocked to find she craves her boss's easy smile and sexy blue eyes. The problem is, so does the entire female population. And what started out as the job from hell soon has Jess wondering if a guy like Jack could ever find love with a regular girl like her.
 


Blackmail (Skeleton Key #1) by Anna James Watson:
Published:  May 10th, 2017
Source:  Received copy for review from author
My rating:  4 stars

I got the chance to read this through an offering on Goodreads from the author.  As I mentioned in the review above for MFM, I do enjoy good menage stories. While this one had a little more of the MM than I normally like, the emotions and relationship between all three was done perfectly.  I was hooked on this one and had a lot of trouble putting it down.  There were only two little bits that I had issues with, one was there was a philosophy discussion group and it was so detailed into philosophy, that as someone who hated that class in college, I had to pretty much just skim through, and didn't quite get what was the disagreement between the characters. The other thing I didn't really care for was the noises that the characters made during the sex scenes.  Yes, I know there is moaning and such, but the way it was written in this story was a little silly for me.  Okay, I know I sound like I'm bashing this, but really I'm not. The sex noise words really seemed to be cut out the further it went into the story, and that really helped.  However, cliffhanger!  I now need book 2 because while I had an inkling that something like that might happen, I never expected it to go the way it did.  

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:
Mia Winters was a perfectly normal junior at Yale University. Until she accidentally witnessed a secret lovers' rendezvous. Now, blackmailed into silence, a sexual hunger has awoken inside of her, and there's only one way to satiate it--but she's not sure she wants to. Of course, Julian Roth, her gorgeous and brilliant T.A., and Tristan Masters, her equally gorgeous but loathsome classmate, may not give her a choice. The closer she gets to them, the more she is drawn into the world of old money, family dynasties, and secret societies--all worlds she never intended to discover. Will she let herself go down the proverbial rabbit hole or will her better judgement win out in the war between what her brain thinks and what her body craves? 

This work of fiction is erotica, meaning that sexual encounters are descriptively explicit and extensive. This novel features a "MMF" relationship, meaning two men and one woman are all involved in a three-way sexual relationship. Content is inappropriate for non-adults.
 


True to You (Love Happens #3) by Jodi Watters:
Published:  June 14th, 2017
Source:  Received for honest review
My rating:  4 stars

Okay, while this series is definitely standalones that can be read in any order, I am definitely going to have to go back and read the first two books. I loved the supporting characters, so I am really interested in their stories.  Ashton and Olivia are a very passionate and intriguing couple. Their very short and but hot relationship was one that I enjoyed reading about.  I definitely felt for each of them and what had happened to them, but it was hard at times to give Ash a break or feel sorry for him after what he did to Olivia.  Even knowing that he was hurt as much as she was, the way he handled it, and his treatment of his father, even with what his father may have deserved, was not very flattering for him.  In the end though, I really wanted them to just realize they needed each other and get back together.  Still, you should pick this up and give it a try, and also probably pick up the rest in the series like I intend to.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:
Olivia Quinn wasn’t looking for love. Climbing the corporate ladder at a thriving winery filled her days, and HGTV and a bottle of Coleson Creek chardonnay filled her nights. Hooking up with the heir to that winery seemed a bad idea for both her heart, and her employment status. But even a maxed-out Visa couldn’t make her say no to an impetuous two-day sex fest with a sapphire-eyed soldier who wore rugged and handsome like a tailored suit, and danger like a second skin. 

Two days, that led to a promise of a lifetime. Or so she thought. 

Asher Coleson is former Special Ops and 100% alpha. The sole heir to a family winery he wants jack shit to do with, he’s the strong, silent type, hardened not by the military, but by the aching absence of his one true love. Underneath his aloof attitude and sinewy muscle—all six and a half feet of him—lies a man so loyal to his beloved Olivia, he’s living half a life. And that half doesn’t include sex. He’s a bit... backed up. And not happy about it, either, but only his Olivia can satisfy him. 

These days, getting lucky means only one thing. Getting his wife back.
 


Pucked (Pucked #1) by Helena Hunting:
Published:  May 3rd, 2015
Source:  Purchased on Amazon
My rating:  5 stars

So I finally got around to reading this, and just after barely getting started I was kicking myself for waiting so long!  I finally gave in and purchase the ebook, again so that I could color another page in my coloring book, and also because the author is going to be at Apollycon 2018, which once again I'll be volunteering at, and now I'll be so excited to meet her!  I don't think I can express just how much I loved this book.  How hilarious it was!  How sexy it was!  You have to love the MC, and that does not stand for the main character.  The part at the end with Violet dressing up MC to be Super MC and tying a little cape on it, drawing a mustache?  Man, I laughed out loud at this one. And I was sitting in the same room as my stepmom at the time, feeling a little silly.  I'll be purchasing a paperback of it to get autographed, as well as reading on in the series.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:
With a famous NHL player for a step-brother, Violet Hall is well acquainted with the playboy reputation many hockey stars come with. She’s smart enough to steer clear of those hot, well-built boys with unparalleled stamina. That is until she meets the legendary team captain—Alex Waters.

Violet isn’t interested in his pretty, beat-up face, or his rock-hard six-pack abs. But when Alex inadvertently obliterates Violet’s previous misapprehension regarding the inferior intellect of hockey players, he becomes more than just a hot body with a face to match.

In what can only be considered a complete lapse in judgment, Violet finds out just how good Alex is with the hockey stick in his pants. But what starts out as a one-night stand, quickly turns into something more. Post-night of orgasmic magic, Alex starts to call, and text, and e-mail and send extravagant—and quirky—gifts, making him difficult to ignore, and even more difficult not to like.

The problem is, the media portrays Alex as a total player, and Violet doesn’t want to be part of the game. 


I just started this coloring page, and I have to say I'm disappointed there isn't a beaver anywhere on it: