Showing posts with label Four Star Reads. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Four Star Reads. Show all posts

November 16, 2017

Review: Prince Roman by CD Reiss

From NY Times Bestselling author, CD Reiss, love comes in the most ordinary and most forbidden places.

Rules for my new job:
1) Do not have sex with a man in the office (again).
2) Do not break Rule #1

I’m playing it cool, clean, and professional…until I meet Roman Bianchi. He’s not an insecure nerd or an ego-hole like the other kings of Silicon Valley. He’s charming and handsome. He’s fun, funny, and smart.

He’s also in the office across the hall.

Two broken rules waiting to happen.
I can’t lose this job over some guy.
But Roman’s not just some guy. Under that suit and cocky smile, he’s a prince.


 Review by April 

ARC provided for an honest review

4 'I wanted to be her stability, not her chaos.' Stars

A little nerdy and a whole lot dirtaaaaay! Things are getting hot in SV and I'm not talking about the temperature rising *wink* I really enjoyed this novella by C.D. Reiss, her books and words pack a powerful punch that always leave a lasting impression, making me crave more, more, moreeeeee!!

Prince Roman takes us on a little forbidden inter-office flingaroo, which is highly frowned upon due in part to the company's no-fraternizing policy. But hey, forbidden is where it's at for this reader! I was introduced to Raven who is not new to office shenanigans, if you catch my drift. She's fierce,  intelligent, and has a goal of permanence at her new place of employment which equals no office 'D'.  That's all fine and dandy until her eyes land on Roman Bianchi, the hot AF lawyer who's office is across the hall from hers.

But...
Office D is ok if it happens outside the office & no body finds out...
The thing is... someone is always watching...
So scandalous.

The risks you take when you find the one, what you'll give up to make it work. GD, Roman Bianchi know what he wants, what his heart wants, and he won't give it up for his lifelong dreams.

"If I wanted you, I had to. And I want you."


November 3, 2017

Review: Diamond by JA Low



Round 2 with the Devil begins in the second standalone dark romantic suspense novel in the Bratva Jewels series.

Grace thought she had left the nightmare of the Bratva Jewels behind her. Her days spent as one of the Russian Mafia's most desired escorts were some of the darkest of her life, but she was safe now. Or so she thought.

When Russian mobster Dmitri seeks revenge, he gets it, and Grace knows she must call on every ounce of inner strength she has to withstand what he has in store for her. What she didn't expect was to meet someone like Maxim . . .

Maxim is one of the Bratva's most skilled, and most feared, assassins. But his relationship to the Bratva is a complicated one. And when he meets Grace, suddenly everything becomes clear.

DIAMOND is the second standalone novel in the Bratva Jewels series - a completely immersive dark romantic suspense from the author of the DIRTY TEXAS series. If you loved SAPPHIRE, you will lose yourself in DIAMOND.


 Review by April

ARC provide for an honest review 

4 'Master and Jewel' Stars

Sexy and suspenseful, JA Low is bound to have jaws dropping with the powerful and enticing second installment of the Bratva Jewels series! Holy crap!! Whereas Sapphire was dark in a bloodshed sort of way, I had been expecting the same sort of mafia-esque story line and plot to play out within Diamond but, this book went in an entirely unexpected direction and a bit "lighter" in terms of bloodshed.

This book swooned my panties right off! Yes, you read that right. I fell head over heels in love with an assassin *gasp*... I know, right?! Pure insanity. BUT Maxim, my sweet killer, he really grew on me. The way he cared for and fell for Grace so hopelessly and helplessly, you knew there was some little piece of humanity still lurking within this bad-ass monster for hire. I just heart him!! GAH!

JA Low has created a brilliant, complex and dark world among the Russian Bratva with twists and turns at ever flip of the page, one that is beyond complicated with the lowest form of human scum there can be on this earth. Submerging the reader into uncomfortable territory, delving deep into the sex trade world and life of the Jewels. This is a series that will have you begging and pleading for more. It really is a 'dark light of day' experience.

'Yet, among the chaos, you seem to have fallen in love. I mustn't have broken you enough.' 
 

Review: Cuffed by K. Bromberg

From the New York Times bestselling author, K. Bromberg, comes a new series about three brothers, the job that calls them, and the women who challenge them.

“I hate you. I never want to see you again.”

Grant Malone is not the reason I moved back to Sunnyville—at least that’s what I tell myself. Yet, those parting words I said to him back in third grade, ring in my ears every time a townsperson brings up one of the Malone boys. I thought time had healed my wounds. I was wrong. Nothing could have prepared me for how I felt when I finally saw him again.

Twenty years does a lot to turn a boy into a man. One who hits all my buttons—sexy, funny, attractive, and a police officer. But Grant is off limits because he knows too much about my past.

But I’m drawn to him. That damn uniform of his doesn’t hurt either. It’ll be my downfall. I know it.

What’s one night of sex going to hurt . . . right?

***

I’ve always loved Emmy Reeves.

That’s why I’m shocked to see her all these years later. The shy girl I once knew is all grown up.

Adventurous and full of life, she owns my heart now, just as much as she did back then. Convincing her of that is a whole different story.

I’ll give her the one night she asks for—like that’s a hardship—but when it comes to letting her walk away after, she has another thing coming. There’s no way in hell I’m letting her go this time without a fight.


 Review by April

ARC provided for an honest review 

 4 'Forget the memories and just chase the moments.' Stars

Emotionally gripping and powerfully raw, K. Bromberg sure knows how to pull at my heart strings and make my face leak. As a reader who thrives off the risk of going into a book as blind as possible, I was completely blindsided by Cuffed as it went in an entirely different direction than I had been anticipating or expecting based solely on the cover, because let's be honest here- I'm 100% a cover whore and that hot AF cover doesn't really fit the book after reading it. Yes, theres a hot cop with some killer abs but there's so much more to this story; the content is most certainly intense and may trigger some. To me, that kind of intense, deep, and dark deserves more than abs. Anywho. Carrying on. ;)

'She's sunshine with a little bit of hurricane thrown in, and I'm willingly walking straight into her storm with nothing more than the clothes on my back.'

Gut wrenching, heart breaking, yet soul and spirit lifting to see the level of personal gorwth, acceptance and realizations of self worth and ill placed blame and fears throughout the story. I'll admit at times I did struggle with some content and character traits that left me feeling a bit 'meh' about the book, but after finishing and reflecting I can say that I was left with a content feeling in my heart and a smile on my face as I read the last pages. And the note from K. Bromberg at the end, well, f me. That made me love the story that much more.

'He brings calm to the chaos spinning out of control around me and within me.'


If you're looking to get lost AND found within a sea of feels and emotions, I recommend checking out this book!

"Head up. Wings out."

 

October 25, 2017

Review: The High Road by Lauren Runow

I walk through these halls with my tight bun, form-fitting uniform and a fake smile plastered across my face. My career is everything I’ve planned. I’ve made Captain in the Air Force, and I’ve gained the respect and recognition from my peers both below and above me. On the outside, I look like I’ve got it all, but on the inside, I’m slowing dying inside.

I never knew after one staggering night out, Alex would change my perception on life. He opened my eyes and gave me a glimpse into a world of what I was missing.

More of what I yearned for.

More of what I needed.

But he forgot to mention one thing… he is my subordinate.

*The High Road is a novella originally published in the Secret Affair Anthology.


 Review by April 

ARC provided for an honest review

4 -because I'm greedy and want more- Stars

Woooo! The High Road might be a short tantalizing treat of a read but it certainly doesn't lack in the sizzle and holy f department. This novella is scorching hot!!! Yes, ring the freaking alarm! Right. Now.

Military reads really aren't my thing but the whole taboo factor of this one kept me engaged and flipping the pages at an alarming rate. An Officer and a newbie fraternizing = tsk tsk tsk! Yes, I'm a sucker for anything taboo, and this story just kept getting hotter and hotter by the page! The turmoil, angst and passion within set my little book nerd heart on FIRE!

This novella packs a punch! Loaded with kink, a swoony storyline, and one sexy badboy you won't soon forget! You'll be panting his name soon enough *wink*

I'm brought to a heaven I didn't know existed.'
 

 

September 28, 2017

Review: Racer by Katy Evans

A bad boy with something to prove.
A woman with a mission.
The race of their lives.
The love of a lifetime.

I don’t think his parents expected him to live up to his name—Racer Tate—but once he felt the adrenaline rush behind the wheel, he was addicted.

He's the fastest, fiercest driver around.

Scouting new talent brings me to his doorstep...
but his smile sends me to my knees.

The sexy, mysterious Racer Tate is not the kind of man a girl like me falls for. He's secretive, reckless, elusive. But his proximity pushes me beyond reason, and his kiss....

This is our last chance to win, and he is our only hope. I'm supposed to watch him—make sure he doesn't get into trouble. But it's an impossible task. And now the one in heart wrenching, toe-curling, soul-crushing trouble is me. Because when your heart belongs to someone, their truths become your own, and their secrets become your salvation...or your curse.

He says he wants me. He says I'm the One. But he also thinks he'll break my heart, one piece at a time until it's gone.


 Review by April

ARC provided for an honest review 

4 'Claim, conquer, and own' Stars

Katy Evan's delivers an emotional smack-down to her readers once again with another insanely spellbinding, steamy, panty melting, and intense installment in the REAL series by giving us RACER!!!! The one and only son of Remington Tate, our beloved Remy of Real... and Brooke, and, and, and I JUST CAN'T EVEN!

'I want inside her. And I want it slowly. Breathe in her neck. Whisper in her ear. Make her remember the feel of me inside her when she's not with me. I want her to move beneath me, scream my name, let me taste her mouth taste and see the color of each damned moan.'

The apple didn't fall far from the tree when it comes to Racer Tate, he most certainly is a chip off the old block *wink* Like father, like son. The intensity was off the charts as Katy Evans weaves and spins the heck out of the the emotional highs and lows; never slowing, going full throttle around every twist and turn throughout the course of Racer and Lana's story. There are so many layers to this book and they meld so perfectly, creating an ending that made me sit and hug my e-reader for a while. So, so, so perfect!! GAH!

'Rome wasn't built in a day... and nobody said it was easy to fall in love with a Tate.'

Even the bluest of blue eyes have their dark days, not shying away from mental illness, Katy Evans delves deep within Racer to bring his whole being and essence to the forefront for readers to grasp all the "ugly" that lurks within which isn't all that ugly and terrible at all with the right people by your side. Challenges are met and faced for both Racer and his Crasher with an outcome I didn't see coming! You just need to read this book now! Take it for a spin, you won't be disappointed :)

"I want you, your whole being, your entire you."

September 14, 2017

Review: Dirty Little Secret by Kendall Ryan

The start to a sexy new series from New York Times bestselling author, Kendall Ryan...

She’s much too innocent for me, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting the sweet, young librarian. I’m dominating and possessive, and my control streak runs a mile wide.

The way she looks at me—like I’m one of the heroes in the books she loves, like I’m broken, and she wants to be the one to piece me back together—it only complicates things further. I’m nobody’s hero.

But there’s no denying my tragic past reads like one of her favorite literary classics. It’s raw. Visceral. Captivating. And together, we’re a perfect mess.

How can I resist when the sexual sparks zapping between us set me on fire? The need to control, and claim her force my walls to come tumbling down, but when she learns about my dirty little secret, will my world come crashing down with it?

The story continues in Dirty Little Promise, releasing October 9.


 Review by Jennifer 

ARC received via NetGalley for an honest review 


Author Kendall Ryan girl we need to have a little chat about “that ending”. I’m pretty sure the whole world heard me gasp and scream! Now I totally get the Dirty Little Secret title.

Now that I’ve talked about the ending of the book, lets talk about the beginning. Emma is a young woman who has been through a lot when she sees this man at a coffee shop that she frequents each morning. She is instantly drawn to him and somewhat intrigued with him as well. One day he returns the interest. This sets the both of them off of on a path to a steamy, tumultuous and sometimes infuriating relationship.

Gavin is definitely a dominate man and he is used to getting what he wants, when he wants it and you guess it, he wants Emma! However Gavin has a past that he hasn’t come to terms with yet and one that could possibly be dangerous for Emma. Will he be able to overcome it before Emma falls for his Brother Cooper? Yep you read that right Gavin has a brother , two actually but Cooper is the only one involved in this little love triangle of sorts.

Cooper might just be the healthy competition that Gavin needs to bring him to his senses or better yet his knees.

Dirty Little Secret is hot, engaging & shocking! It’s definitely one to grab!


 


September 11, 2017

Review: Dirty Filthy Rich Love by Laurelin Paige

I’ve discovered Donovan Kincaid’s secret.

It’s dirty and filthy and rich – as dirty and filthy and rich as he is – and it haunts me as much as he ever did.

Even after knowing what I know now, I still want to talk to him, to touch him. But there’s an ocean between us, and I’m not sure it can be crossed with something as easy as a phone call or a plane ride.

Yet I’m willing to try.

He doesn’t know this yet, but this time I’m the one with the power. And maybe – just maybe – if the air were cleared and all our secrets bared, there could still be a chance for us.

And this dirty, filthy thing between us might end up being love after all.


Review by April 

ARC provided for an honest review

4 'I had my seat belt on and everything.' Stars

***This book is part of a duet, you MUST read Dirty Filthy Rich Men first***

The wait is finaaaaaaaally over! Laurelin Paige returns with the finale of the Dirty Duet with a gut wrenching, no holds bar intensity that shreds the heart and soul within the pages of Dirty Filthy Rich Love. A love story so compelling and addictive AF, you certainly won't forget Donovan Kincaid anytime soon! I mean how could anyone forget a primitive alpha, the alpha of all *cough*asshole*cough* alphas. Gah! I heart him! I truly do.

Picking up where Dirty Filthy Rich Men left us hanging in a fit of OMFG's, Laurelin Paige quickly thrusts the reader back into the angsty emotional whiplash and darkness that consumes the world of Kincaid and Lind, everything that I loved about the first book. The secrets, lies, and deceit follow the puppet master; always.

'I'd just invited the devil out to play.'
'Because he knew me. He knew what I needed.'


I'm not sure what I had been expecting to happen long term, other than a HEA, as I went into the book, but the journey was most definitely an adventure filled with growth and many set backs along the way that propelled the story full force- in only a way that Laurelin Paige can. Her voice is one of a kind, addictive, and talented AF! *bows down*

This is a story of two broken individuals who are so freaking perfect for each other that it almost hurts to write this *sigh* This is their painstakingly and beautifully, well deserved...tortured to the end, ending. HEA? You'll have to read to find out :p    

August 22, 2017

Review: Drunk Dial by Penelope Ward

From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new, sexy standalone novel.

It seemed like a good idea at the time. Look up Landon Roderick, that boy from childhood whom I’d never been able to forget—even though he so easily forgot about me—and call him.

Then again, anything sounds like a good idea when you’ve had a little too much wine before bed, right? It was supposed to be just a quick, meaningless, prank call. Instead, I went off on him—unloading thirteen years of pent-up emotions.

I didn’t think he’d call me back.

I certainly could never have anticipated the weeks of sexually tense phone conversations that followed as I got to know the man he’d become.

Turned out, Landon had never really forgotten me, either. That special connection we had was still there. I opened up to him, but there were also things about me he didn’t know. And he had his own secrets.

Over the countless hours we talked on the phone, I wondered what would happen if we actually saw each other. One night, I did something impulsive again. Only this time, I went to the airport and booked a ticket to California. We were about to find out if one phone call could bring two lost souls together or if my drunk dial really was all just a big mistake.

A complete STANDALONE.


Review by Jennifer 

ARC provided for an honest review 


I felt this was a unique story line and a little different from Penelope’s other books that I have read and I’ve read ALL of them.

The beginning of this book had me laughing. I mean how many times have you been out drinking and you get to thinking about “that one guy” from your past that you just can’t forget. I am sure there have been a couple of times that you wanted to call him up and say whatever you were feeling and then blame it on the alcohol the next day. Well, that is exactly what Rana Banana does! I loved it! It was funny, entertaining and well received the guy, Landon.

Just because this story starts out lighthearted don’t let it trick you into thinking there is not a deeper meaning to it because there is so much more to these characters that meets the eye in the beginning.

Rana Banana & Landon are two friend who lost touch long ago. They are two people who are broken. Together can they heal one another?

“There’s nothing wrong with having flaws. They’re what makes us human.”

Landon was dreamy. Just a very caring man. You could sense he was good from the start even though he is hiding some secrets. Rana Banana had self -esteem problems and was having trouble getting over some things from her past. It was amazing to watch these two characters fall in love and overcome the obstacles that had held them back from other relationships.

Some of the secrets revealed will shock you but the love that you feel throughout this story will melt your heart.

“Feel me wrapped around you. Smell me. Close your eyes, and just be with me.”