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Review: Crushed by Lauren Layne

Posted February 13, 2015 by Ginny in Reviews / 3 Comments

Review: Crushed by Lauren Layne
Crushed by Lauren Layne
Series: Redemption #2
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary Romance
Published by Flirt, Random House on April 14, 2014
Format: eARC
Pages: 240
Source: NetGalley

Reviewed by: Ginny
Also in this series: Against the Ropes, In Your Corner
Purchase Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Book Links: Goodreads
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Book Description:

Lauren Layne’s latest novel about the healing power of redemption tells the story of a crush gone wickedly wrong, proving that what you want isn’t always what you need.

Growing up in New York, Michael St. Claire never expected to spend his twenties wearing cowboy boots. But that was before he learned about his real father, a total stranger with a family in Cedar Grove, Texas. Once in the Lone Star State, Michael meets Kristin Bellamy, who is exquisitely refined and everything Michael always thought he wanted in a woman. The only problem is that Kristin is dating Michael’s new half brother, Devon.

Kristin’s mouthy, curvy sister Chloe has always been in love with Devon Patterson. So when Michael offers to help Chloe break up Devon and Kristin, Chloe agrees to a deal that seems too good to be true. Before long, Chloe finally gets her man, only to make a startling discovery: She no longer wants the guy she had to fight for—she wants the one who stood by her side.

After all he and Chloe have been through, Michael swears he’s damaged goods. Can Chloe convince him that love is worth the risk?

 


Great Quote:
So this is why people have meaningless, no-strings-attached sex. Because guy-to-girl contact feels good.

My Thoughts:

I am at that point where I’ll read almost anything Lauren Layne writes. I’ve read & reviewed her books in the past and continuously seek out more. I hadn’t heard of this series so when I saw it on Netgalley, I had to try it out.  Then I realized that it was the second book in the series, so I then had to purchase book one (worth it) and read that before this one.  Now, you don’t NEED to do that, you could read them out of order, but I recommend reading them all — if only because she’s a fantastic author.

But I digress: in Crushed I’ve found a kindred spirit in Chloe.  Curvy girl with low self esteem but the sarcasm and snark to hide it. And Michael sees past that all… yes, he does initially attempt to use her as an ends to a means, but also genuinely wants to help her with her body and self esteem. He finds in her a magnificent friend who sneaks past all the walls he’s put up.

I will admit, at first, that I was a bit annoyed with him for wanting her to change her body — as was she, but he makes it very clear that he wants her to have a healthier lifestyle and mental health — rather than turning her into a twig. I kind of wish I had the money to have a trainer like him because it would be so very helpful. I have no self control. But maybe I’ll use her as inspiration!

Lauren Layne created another world of fascinating characters, humor, grace (and falls from), and another moment in which a character says, “That’s what she said.”  Oh the joy in my heart upon reading those words!!

Grab this book when it comes out on Valentine’s Day  April 14th! Grab the others if you haven’t already (She has a Redemption book 0.5 as well that I need to buy).

** Update: I read the publishing date incorrectly, I apologize! **

Review: The King by Tiffany Reisz

Posted January 28, 2015 by Ginny in Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance / 8 Comments

Review: The King by Tiffany Reisz
The King by Tiffany Reisz
Series: The Original Sinners #6
Genres: BDSM, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Menage
Published by Harlequin MIRA on November 25, 2014
Format: eARC
Pages: 443
Source: NetGalley

Purchase Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Book Links: Goodreads
Overall Rating:

Book Description:

Book Description:
Cunning. Sex. Pure nerve. Only this unholy threesome can raise him to his rightful place as a ruler of Manhattan's kink kingdom.

Bouncing from bed to bed on the Upper East Side, Kingsley Edge is brilliant, beautiful and utterly debauched. No carnal act or chemical compound can relieve his self-destructive heartache—only Søren, the one person he loves without limit or regret. A man he can never have, but in whose hands Kingsley is reborn to attain even greater heights of sin.

Kingsley's plan to open the ultimate BDSM club—a dungeon playground for New York's A-list—becomes his obsession. His expertise in domination can't subdue the one man who wants to stop him. The enigmatic Reverend Fuller won't rest until King's dream is destroyed, and so the battle lines are set; it's one man's sacred mission against another's…


Reviewed by Ginny:
I absolutely love Tiffany Reisz’s writing and this book was no different!

I have been following the chronicles of her characters through the years and I was SO excited to read more about Kingsley and Sam. I love being able to go back in time and see different angles and perspectives on things. It takes a very talented writer to do such a thing and Ms Reisz does JUST that.

Kingsley is a complex character that most people (readers and other characters alike) take for granted and mistake him for a drunken playboy too often. This book gives the reader an inside look at his drive and what he’s been through and what pushes him to the next level. What got him to where he was when you first met him in The Siren. I think my favorite line of all time from him has to be “I could lose my watch in you.” (From The Saint).

Kingsley’s relationship with Sam is incredibly deep and emotional and you find yourself both hoping they get together and yet not, because that would be too trite, especially seeing as Sam identifies as a lesbian…. But what Tiffany Reisz does with them is SO much better than you could ever imagine.

And your heart breaks… I was reading this book and I remember I felt like crying and putting the book down because something happens that is so disheartening; so devastating that you want to curl up in a ball (or in a bottle, like Kingsley) — but it all turns out well… as it must, because, if you’ve read her other books (and you damn well should have!) you’d know some sort of outcome already.

I devour these books and as soon as my next paycheck comes around, I will be adding this to my hard copy collection of books. Because good books are worth reading and great books are worth keeping and phenomenal books are worth owning to read again and again and again, no matter where you are and what outlets you have access to.

All of Tiffany Reisz’s books are included in the “phenomenal” category. From The Siren to The Mistress, from The Saint to The King… I can’t get enough, and I absolutely cannot WAIT until The Virgin is available for me to consume.

Read them, love them and know that she will take you dark places but you’ll love them and come to crave them. And that, my friends, is true writing genius.

Review: The Trouble with Love by Lauren Layne

Posted December 22, 2014 by Ginny in Reviews / 5 Comments
Review: The Trouble with Love by Lauren Layne

The Trouble with Love by Lauren Layne Series: Sex, Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fiction, Romance, Romantic Comedy Published by Random House Publishing Group on March 3rd 2015 Format: eARC Pages: 237 Source: NetGalley Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: As Stiletto magazine’s authority on all things breakup-and-heartache, Emma Sinclair writes from personal experience. Five years ago, Emma was Charlotte, North Carolina’s darling debutante and a blushing bride-to-be. Now she’s the ice queen of the Manhattan dating scene. Emma left her sultry Southern drawl behind, but not even her closest friends know that with it she left her heart. Now Emma’s latest article forces her to face her demons—namely, the devilishly sexy guy who ditched her at the altar. After giving up everything for a pro-soccer career, Alex Cassidy watches his dreams crumble as a knee injury sidelines him […]

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Review: Red Hot Dragon by Lolita Lopez

Posted December 15, 2014 by Sherri in Reviews / 3 Comments
Review: Red Hot Dragon by Lolita Lopez

Red Hot Dragon by Lolita Lopez Series: Dragon Heat #2 Genres: Paranormal Romance Published by Forever Yours on October 1st, 2013 Format: Ebook Pages: 128 Source: NetGalley Reviewed by: SherriAlso in this series: Dead Sexy Dragon Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Griffin Cadogan is shocked to see Avani Monroe, sworn enemy of his dragon family, walk into his gym. With his mating phase soon approaching, Griffin is curious as to why she has to come enemy territory knowing the risks. Not only does she surprise Griffin and his cousin, Mad, by coming to enemy territory, but what she wants is borderline insane-Griffin must help her have a baby. After her mother’s line was annihilated by the Knights, Avani accepted her duty to ensure the continuation of their unique dragon breed. She’s searched the dragon registries and Griffin is the most likely candidate […]

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Review: Dead Sexy Dragon by Lolita Lopez

Posted December 13, 2014 by Sherri in Reviews / 4 Comments
Review: Dead Sexy Dragon by Lolita Lopez

Dead Sexy Dragon by Lolita Lopez Series: Dragon Heat #1 Genres: Paranormal Romance Published by Forever Yours on August 6th, 2013 Format: Ebook Pages: 128 Source: NetGalley Also in this series: Red Hot Dragon Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: The last thing dragon shifter Stig Wyvern needs is his dead friend’s kid sister showing up on his doorstep. He’s just minutes away from entering a mating phase. Sharing his isolated house with the young woman he’s desperately lusted after for quite some time is a recipe for disaster. But Cora Cardenas has nowhere else to go. She’s in deep trouble with some really nasty people and Stig is the only one who can protect her. That he’s deliciously sexy and makes her tingle with the simplest of smiles is just a bonus. Cora quickly realizes Stig is hiding something from […]

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Review: Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre

Posted November 21, 2014 by Sherri in Reviews / 6 Comments
Review: Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre

Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre Series: Immortal Game #1 Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult Published by Macmillan on August 5th, 2014 Format: Ebook Pages: 384 Source: NetGalley Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: Revenge is a dish best served cold.In Ann Aguirre’s Mortal Danger, Edie Kramer has a score to settle with the beautiful people at Blackbriar Academy. Their cruelty drove her to the brink of despair, and four months ago, she couldn’t imagine being strong enough to face her senior year. But thanks to a Faustian compact with the enigmatic Kian, she has the power to make the bullies pay. She’s not supposed to think about Kian once the deal is done, but devastating pain burns behind his unearthly beauty, and he’s impossible to forget. In one short summer, her entire life changes and she sweeps through Blackbriar, prepped to take […]

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New Release Review: A Rake by Any Other Name by Mia Marlowe

Posted October 22, 2014 by Sherri in Historical Romance, Reviews / 5 Comments
New Release Review: A Rake by Any Other Name by Mia Marlowe

A Rake by Any Other Name by Mia Marlowe Series: Somerfield Park #1 Genres: Historical, Historical Romance, Romance Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on November, 4 2014 Format: eARC Pages: 352 Source: NetGalley Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: When his father, Lord Somerset, tumbles off the roof, Richard Barrett, Lord Hartley, is called home from his Grand Tour to take the reins of the estate while the marquess recuperates. Somerset is in serious financial difficulty, which can only be remedied by marriage to an heiress, Miss Sophie Goodnight, lately arrived from India with her nabob father. Unfortunately, Richard believes he has already lost his heart to Lady Antonia Pruett. And Miss Goodnight isn’t too keen on becoming Somerset’s purse with feet, so she foils their families’ attempts to throw her and Richard together at every turn. To make matters worse, the […]

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Review: What to Do with a Bad Boy by Marie Harte

Posted October 15, 2014 by Sherri in Reviews / 5 Comments
Review: What to Do with a Bad Boy by Marie Harte

What to Do with a Bad Boy by Marie Harte Series: The McCauley Brothers #4 Genres: Contemporary Romance Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on November 4, 2014 Format: eARC Pages: 384 Source: NetGalley Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: Mike McCauley had his soul mate for a precious time before she died giving birth to their son. She left him with the best boy a guy could want, so why is everyone playing matchmaker? He’s sick of it . . . until he meets Delilah Webster. For some reason, the foul-mouthed, tattooed mechanic sets his motor running. He sees the loving woman buried within. But the closer they get, the more the pain of past wounds throws a monkey wrench into a future he’s not sure he can handle. Reviewed by: Quiana What to Do with a Bad Boy by Marie Harte is book 4 […]

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Review: Sidekick by Auralee Wallace

Posted June 11, 2014 by Sherri in Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 8 Comments
Review: Sidekick by Auralee Wallace

Sidekick by Auralee Wallace Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy Published by Escape Publishing on June 1, 2014 Format: eARC Pages: 249 Source: NetGalley Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: Bremy St James, daughter of billionaire Atticus St James, has been cut off from the family fortune and is struggling to survive in a world that no longer holds its breath every time she buys a new outfit. To make matters worse, her twin sister is keeping secrets, loan sharks are circling, and the man of her dreams — a newspaper reporter — is on assignment to bring down everyone with the last name St James. Things are certainly looking bleak for the down-and-out socialite until a good deed throws her into the path of the city’s top crime-fighter, Dark Ryder. Suddenly, Bremy has a new goal: apprentice to a superhero, and start […]

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Review: A Masterpiece of Our Love by Nikki Lynn Barrett

Posted May 20, 2014 by Sherri in Contemporary Romance, Reviews / 2 Comments
Review: A Masterpiece of Our Love by Nikki Lynn Barrett

A Masterpiece of Our Love by Nikki Lynn Barrett Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance, Suspense Published by Self Published on March 17, 2014 Format: eARC Pages: 290 Source: NetGalley Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: Two Lives Torn by tragedy. Eight-year-old Becca and twelve-year-old Hunter cling to each other and life after surviving a plane crash which stole their families. Two Souls Seeking Love. Each year, from the time she was old enough to travel on her own, Becca met up with Hunter on the island that altered their lives forever. Until he stopped showing. Her constant. Her link to the past. Gone in the blink of an eye. Two Lives Bound by Secret. Suffering more heartbreak, Hunter returns to the one place he’s always sought comfort, the island where he and Becca met. It was the place that stole from him, […]

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