Showing posts with label 2015 Reviews. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2015 Reviews. Show all posts

December 11, 2015

Review: Forbid Me by M. Robinson

It was only a matter of time until the truth came out.
I never thought it would come to this…
I tried, God knows I tried to stay away from her but eventually I crossed that line and broke that trust. I could no longer go back and I sure as fuck didn’t regret a single moment of it. I knew there would be hell to pay, I knew the wrath I’d be facing but I would willingly take the burns and scars just to have the love of my best friend's sister.
If there is one person I’d willingly go to hell and back for it was…

Lillian Ryder

STANDALONE within a series. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Strong language and sexual content, not intended for readers under 18.

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Review by Amanda

ARC received for an honest review

Well M. Robinson outdid herself again!!!! Forbid Me sucked me in from the very start. When I had to put it down to do real life work I became irritable. I love me some forbidden romance and M apparently is a master!! It was an emotional rollercoaster from the beginning to the end. This is the second book in this series of standalones but I highly recommend reading Complicate Me first. You will not be disappointed because it is also fabulous!

Forbid Me is the story of Jacob and Lucas' little sister Lily. Jacob has been in love with Lily for as long as he can remember and the feeling is mutual. There is only a couple problems with that, he is 7 years older than her and Lucas would KILL him. Even though he tries Jacob can not stay away from her, he is drawn to her like a moth to a flame.

Lily has been head over heels in love with Jacob since she could walk... She knows he loves her too but he is so scared of Lucas and the age difference that he keeps advertently breaking her heart. When he shows back up claiming his love for her after he disappeared for 3 years leaving her a blubbering mess, will it be to late??? Can Lily find it in her soul to trust him and give him heart????

I loved how this book switched from past to present in dual POV so you got the entire back story and all the angst and feels from both characters. Lily is a stubborn witty little spitfire who has met her match in the stubborn department because apparently what Jacob wants Jacob gets!

And HOLY HELL the last paragraph in this book!!!! I cannot wait til spring to get Dylan's story!!! I'm hooked already and will be stalking M like a mad woman!!!!


December 8, 2015

Review: Jagger by Olivia Hawthorne

We're two different people.

He's my cocky, arrogant, rock star stepbrother, Jagger. He betrayed my trust years ago and I haven't been able to forgive him ever since.

I'm in college and the good girl in every sense of the word. Perfect GPA, perfect group of friends, and worlds apart from my Internet famous stepbrother who's famously known for breaking hearts and leaving throngs of screaming fans in his wake.

So how can I tell my body to stop going crazy every time we're together?

And when you're sharing a room with the hottest man you know in the most romantic city in the world, how can you possibly say no?

She's almost unbearable and completely off limits.

Jessa, aka JJ. My stepsister.
She's perfect, focused, snide and hates me.
And she's completely irresistible.

She haunts my thoughts, my dreams.
And she's the reason I do what I do.
I'm a bad boy to forget about her.

The only problem is, it isn't working. 

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 Review by Amanda

Received an ARC for an honest review

If you enjoy taboo romances like I do, this was a fantastic read! I love forbidden romances and this one was well written, a lot of the problems Jessa and Jagger have could have been settled a lot easier with some open communication but I guess that doesn't help in the angst factor!!!

Jessa and Jagger are step siblings who started out as great friends but over the years Jessa came to despise Jagger.  They share a little sister named Elena.  For Elena's birthday they both get stuck chaperoning her and her friends for a week in Paris.  Jessa and Jagger haven't seen much of each other in years but when they meet up in the city of love sparks begin to fly... Can they make it work when they get home?? Between Jagger's rising rockstardom and Jessa's life changing surprise, mixed with a domineering father and a money hungry mother the odds are slim to none.

This was a great book and I'd recommend it to everyone!!  Great job Olivia!!!

December 7, 2015

Review: Landon by Scarlett Edwards (writing as E.A. Knight)

Can one night change your life? I never thought so.

But can one night with the right man change everything?

I am about to find out...

Fearful of exposing the secret she's been hiding for years, Celeste Adams never lets feelings seep into her relationships with men. But when one sinful night introduces her to a gorgeous stranger she cannot simply forget, her resolve to remain unattached is threatened...

She resists the temptation to seek out more, while forging ahead plans to recreate herself as a graduate student at the University of Chicago. And she does just fine, until that very same stranger waltzes back into her life as the very sexy, and very unattainable...

Professor James Landon.

... Suddenly our lives are thrown together on a collision course of the deepest passions. Neither of us know how far this will lead. How powerful these feelings will become.

Or, that our love is doomed from the very start.

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Review by April

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5 Unexpected Stars


I'm not quite sure where to begin aside from the fact that I FREAKING LOVED THIS BOOK!!
I'm such a sucker for a student/teacher storyline. The tabooness of it all just sucks me in and consumes me.

"I'm Celeste. I'm not exactly innocent, but I'm not entirely a slut, either."

With an opening line that?! Hook. Line. Sinker. I knew Landon was going to rock my world! Little did I know, it would also crush my heart and completely gut me. Landon is NOT your typical student/teacher story line. Sure, there's A LOT of scorching HOT Sex..omg it's just...fucktastic!! *fans self* but what I loved most about this story were the unexpected twists and turns that knocked me on my ass, left me reeling with tears streaming down my face.

It's not light and fluffy. It's a fast paced roller coaster ride of heart wrenching epicness...never knowing what lies in waiting on the next page.

"You deal with the cards handed to you. if you spend your days longing for the -what if-, your whole life will pass you by in a blur of pity and regret."

What started as a one night stand slowly transitions into one of the best love stories I have ever read! This is a book that needs to be experienced and absorbed. A top read of 2015 and one that I'd die to read again for the first time.

"Because I love you." he whispers.

Sobbing mess!!!!  


December 5, 2015

Review: Dirty English by Ilsa Madden-Mills

A scarred fighter.
A girl with rules.
One night of unbridled passion.

There are three things you need to know about Elizabeth Bennett: she’s smart as a whip, always in control, and lives by a set of carefully crafted rules. She’s learned the hard way that people you love the most always hurt you in the end.

But then she meets Declan Blay, the new neighbor at her apartment complex.

A tattooed British street fighter, he’s the campus bad boy she’s supposed to avoid, but when he saves her from a frat party gone bad, all her rules about sex and love fly out the window.

She gives him one night of unbridled passion, but he longs for more.

With only a cardboard-thin wall separating their bedrooms, he dreams of possessing the vulnerable girl next door forever.

One night. Two damaged hearts. The passion of a lifetime.

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Review by April

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3.5 Fur Coats & No Knickers

Like the obsessed cover wh*re that I am, I was instantly drawn to this book...for obvious reasons lol. Who wouldn't want to lick
..I mean who wouldn't love that deliciousness of  hot, muscly man back gracing the cover?! *drools* But what lies beneath that hot cover is so much more than I had ever expected. That prologue! O.M.G! SO intense and intriguing, it sucked me into its vortex of despair. But I must admit some parts of the story lost my attention.  I enjoyed meeting these new characters of Ilsa's. Dirty English is nothing like Briarcrest Academy!! 

There are so many aspects to this story. Dirty English is a story of second chances, perseverance and redemption for both Elizabeth and Declan. The storyline is life in it's rawest form. Deep and Dark. Dirty. My soul shattered  for Elizabeth, to lose something so precious the way she did.. God, I just can't even...Her grief, self blame, anger and turmoil just about ruined me. Thankfully with every roller coaster ride there are ups and downs and Ilsa placed those laugh out loud moments exactly when they were needed. A person can only take so much angst and despair at a time.
 "Something dark slithered around inside me, crawling into the crevices of my soul and suffocating it. Everything I'd believed about myself...about who I was...about love...unraveled, turning into something dark, dirty."

December 3, 2015

Review: Forgetting August by J.L. Berg

She can forgive, but can she forget?

Some days, Everly still thinks she sees him. In the food court at the mall, or in a car speeding past as the light changes. It only lasts a second, but when it happens, she slips back to a time when she was ruled-and nearly ruined-by August Kincaid. And it doesn't matter that she's moved on, that she's about to marry another man. In those moments the only thing she can do to regain control is take a deep breath and remind herself that August can't hurt her-because he's in a coma. Except that he's not anymore.

August is awake. With no memories, he sets out to solve the mystery of his lost life. He unearths a photograph of a beautiful redhead named Everly and knows instinctively that she's the key. But when he finds her, the August she describes is more monster than man.

Tortured by the thought of having hurt her, August wants only to become the man Everly deserves. As the new August emerges, Everly glimpses the person she first fell in love with. But can she trust that this August is real? When the final secret of their shared past is revealed, one of them will make a choice that changes their future forever . . .

Review by Jennifer

ARC received for an honest review from the publisher via Netgalley

Forgetting August was such a unique storyline from other books that I have read. It totally drew me in from the very first page. What would you do if you were given a second chance at life? A complete do over?

Everly has loved August Kincaid for years, in fact, there was a time when she thought that she would spend the rest of her life with him. But life doesn’t always go as planned and as she is moving on and planning her new happily ever after with Ryan, Everly receives news that leaves her feeling very confused and second guessing some choices that she has made.

“Loving someone was easy. Life was the chaotic mess in between.”

I really liked Everly. I could sympathize with her thoughts and feelings and most of all her confusion. I didn’t always agree with her choices but they often made me think, what would I do in that same situation?

August Kincaid is lost and trying to put his life back together. He doesn’t remember Everly but he still feels this undeniable attraction to her and he just knows that she is the missing piece of the puzzle that he needs to complete his life.

“Move in with me. Please. Warm my bed, live in my arms…never leave.” (sigh..sigh)

I adored August. I was rooting for him from the get go. I was so happy that the Author told the story in alternating views. I liked getting his view of things and how he was feeling, especially in the beginning. He always had the right things to say and although he was in a vulnerable position he didn’t come across as weak instead he came across as very strong and even demanding at times.

This was a very good read with some twists and turns along the way that I didn’t see coming. It also left me feeling a little confused at how I really want things to turn out. I can’t wait for the second book. I need to see where the Author is going to go next with their story and I need some questions answered!

J.L. Berg was a new author to me prior to reading this book but I will be seeking out more of her books. She can definitely write a captivating love story!


December 1, 2015

Review: Irresistibly Yours by Lauren Layne

Meet the men of Oxford magazine! In the first captivating spin-off of Lauren Layne’s Sex, Love & Stiletto series, a not-so-friendly battle of the sexes turns into a scorching office romance.

Hotshot sports editor Cole Sharpe has been freelancing for Oxford for years, so when he hears about a staff position opening up, he figures he’s got the inside track. Then his boss drops a bombshell: Cole has competition. Female competition, in the form of a fresh-faced tomboy who can hang with the dudes—and write circles around them, too. Cole usually likes his women flirty and curvy, but he takes a special interest in his skinny, sassy rival, if only to keep an eye on her. And soon, he can’t take his eyes off her.

Penelope Pope knows all too well that she comes off as just one of the guys. Since she’s learned that wanting more usually leads to disappointment, Penelope’s resigned to sitting on the sidelines when it comes to love. So why does Cole make her want to get back in the game? The man is as arrogant as he is handsome. He probably sees her as nothing more than a barrier to his dream job. But when an unexpected kiss turns into a night of irresistible passion, Penelope has to figure out whether they’re just fooling around—or starting something real.

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Review by April

5 ballpark hot-dogs with a side order of swoon!

ARC provided by Netgalley.

This was the first book of Lauren Layne's that I've read and it certainly
won't be the last! Irresistibly Yours is simply that; irresistible. So
much so that I DEVOURED it in one sitting and loved every second of it!

Irresistible Yours encompasses everything that I adore in a romance book.
From the opposites attract, quick wit and banter, the breaking of those well
constructed walls around ones heart, to the realization of "holy shit,
I'm in love!!" The primary characters, as well as secondary,  are so
well developed they suck you into their world. Which by the way was
fabulous. Their banter and scheming throughout the whole story is
hilarious and quite entertaining. Diving into the world of Oxford and
Stiletto's was quite the experience.

It wasn't hard to fall for Cole and Penelope. They're just so darn lovable,
but in their own uniqueway. They're a match made in opposites attract heaven.
Cole is the good looking, get any girl he wants, easy going type vs. Penelope who is a
tomboy and "one of the guys" with low self worth. My heart hurt for her
on multiple occasions.  Watching their platonic friendship and love of
all things sports bloom into full blown love was beautiful. While being a
sweet and cute read, there wasn't anything lacking in the sexxxxy kink

"Weekdays, we’re colleagues. Weekends, we can be—”..“fuck buddies."

And O.M.G! The sexual tension and chemistry between these two was off
the charts HOT! And watching Penelope gain confidence was heart warming.
I may have done a few fist pumps for her lol. Go Tiny go!!! 

"I will treat you with the respect you deserve at work, and then I will use
your sweet body for sex after work, but Penelope Pope, I give you my
solemn promise not to fall in love with you." 

Heh, sometimes promises ARE meant to be broken. How could they not?! They're so perfect
for each other. And this book was the perfect one for me. *Happy sigh*

Review By Jennifer

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If I could pick a place that I wanted to work at, I would work for Oxford Magazine. They just seem like such a fun group of guys to work with plus the ladies at Stiletto would be close by and I absolutely love them. Really this group of friends will have you totally laughing your butt off! From the “guy group talks” to the “girl group talks” this group has no secrets. They were all up in each other’s business all the time and made no excuses for it and I just loved every minute of it!

Cole and Penelope meet under circumstances that should immediately put them at odds with one another. But instead of that happening they strike up a friendship that turns into much more. However that much more does not come without drama and some ex baggage showing up. The banter between these two characters was funny and sweet. Cole was sarcastic and Penelope had no problem putting him his place when the need arose. Penelope had some self -esteem issues and Cole was wonderful at trying to help her overcome that. Their relationship was just so real and nice from the start and I really liked that. This wasn’t a love/hate story, this was a friends turned lover’s story.

I felt good reading this book and felt it was a heartwarming little love story. Cole definitely has his swoony moments and Penelope has her emotional ones. It has sass, romance, a good storyline, love and sex, just a little bit of everything that makes a great combination.

Love, love, loved it!