Review: Creed by Kristen Ashley (Unfinished Hero #2)

Released 09/15/12

382 pages

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

Way too young, eleven year old Tucker Creed and his six year old neighbor, Sylvie Bissenette, find they have something awful in common. Creed then decides he’s going to do everything in his limited power to shield his Sylvie from her ordeal. So he does and Creed and Sylvie form a bond that grows and blossoms with their ages.

They plot to leave their lives behind, the town they live in that will hold them down and the histories they share that, unless they break free, will bury them. Sylvie goes to their special place, Creed never shows and she doesn’t see him again until it’s too late.

With Creed gone, Sylvie is forced to endure a nightmare and do the unspeakable to end it. To deal, she develops a hard shell with sharp edges that very few can break through. So when Creed again finds his Sylvie, he discovers the girl he loved is locked away and he has to find his way back into her heart without getting shredded in the process.

THIS BOOK! I did not see this coming. This book is legitimately in my top 10 favorite books ever if not top-five. Like seriously, I have never loved two characters as much as I love Sylvie in Creed. At first, it took me a while to get into this book. I believe the first time that Sylvie in the creed get together. Period that’s when I knew it was on. I absolutely fell for both of these characters.

Sylvie works for Knight. Creed does his own thing. They come together to work on a case for Knight. Sylvie loves night, not like that, as best friends. She complicit me trust him. And she feels slightly betrayed when she’s forced to work with Creed who he knows is her childhood sweetheart. This book is told in alternating time periods. It goes between now and when Sylvie and Creed were younger. So what happened was Creed ended up leaving and he promised Sylvie that he would come back for her but he never did. Since he didn’t come back for her she was forced into this relationship with this other man by her father of all people. I don’t give away the whole story by telling exactly what happened but I think is important to know that each of their foundations is skewed since they don’t know the story from the other person’s perspective.

Honestly this is a five out of five because there are no two characters that can really compare to Sylvie and Creed for me. I don’t think I have loved both the hero and heroine is as much as I’ve loved these two characters in the book. This is the first time that I’ve loved both main characters hands-down. At first, I was a little put off by Sylvie and the whole story but I had read such great reviews that I kept going. Not to mention Knight is one of my favorite books ever. In the end, you have to read this. That is a statement, it’s not an “if you like this book you should read…” it’s a “I don’t care what you have read, you have to read this”

Favorite Quotes:

Born to love you, baby,” he repeated. “Die lovin’ you, my Sylvie.”

“You need me. You won’t stay away and you won’t let me go because, baby, you can’t breathe without me.”

“Some people get to live life. Some people survive it. We’re survivors. We can carve out our pieces of happy, and, I swear to God, baby, right now, you got my vow, for you and for me, the rest of our lives, I’ll bust my ass to carve our piece of happy.”

Review: Rock with Me by Kristen Proby (With Me in Seattle Series)

Release Date: 4/30/13

Pages: 298

Price: $3.99

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

From the Publisher:

Front Man Leo Nash from the world-famous rock band, Nash, is the last person on earth Samantha Williams would trust. She’s already learned about loving a celebrity the hard way and isn’t signing up for another lesson.
Every time Sam gives Leo attitude, he wants to knock that chip off her fragile little shoulder. What the hell did he ever do to her, anyway? He’s not used to women treating him like he’s poisonous, and he isn’t about to let her run away every time he gets close. He’s had enough of people running away to last him a lifetime…when this one runs, he gives chase. But, catching Sam isn’t as hard as he thought.
The sexual attraction between them is so thick, Sam can practically hold it in her hand. There’s no way she can deny herself the promise of pleasure being with Leo would provide. But, pleasure always comes with pain and when secrets are revealed and trust is challenged, who will run and who will chase?

 

So, I’m a little late reading this. I honestly love the With Me in Seattle Series and I like series like this where the story actually ends at the end of the book but through other characters we still get a glimpse of what happens afterward. I like spin offs. This may be because the first erotic romance novels I read were by Megan Hart and all of her novels are stand alone but there is a reading order because the characters are intertwined. Anyway, so this book is about Leo who we saw in Play with Me which was Meg and Will’s story. Sam has appeared in all 3 books. Meg and Leo were in foster care together and Sam is Will’s sister.

This is going to be pretty short as I don’t have a lot to say about it which is not a bad thing. I thought the story was well paced and well written. The connection between Sam and Leo is instant and their reaction and banter is hilarious. Sam is very much an independent woman which I like; I am not a fan of spineless characters. At times Sam is a bit headstrong and difficult but I will take that over spineless, insecure characters any day of the week. Leo is a Rock star so of course he is used to people using him to get somewhere. He never has that thought with Sam. While she can be a bit cold to others she really has a warm heart and wants to help others. Sam is the one that is used to being used because of her famous family and that’s why she is so independent and sometimes standoffish.

Sam and Leo have some hot sex. Kristen is like a master at writing sex scenes that are realistic yet scorching on the sex scale. I will read anything she writes. Honestly, in most other series’ book four is in no way as good as maybe the first two. Kristen knows the secret of keeping it fresh. All of the characters male and female are different from previous books so it doesn’t feel like you are reading the same thing over and over. Also, since the characters from earlier novels continue to appear it maintains the connection or theme within the novels which helps because the characters are so different.

If you haven’t read any of the With Me in Seattle Series you must be living under a rock and you need to get out from under there and pick up all the books. You will not be disappointed.

Favorite Quotes:

“I’ll take you hard, and soft, and every way in between.”

“I’m going to make love to you until you’re shaking and don’t remember who you are.”

“As soon as I get you home I’m going to fuck you until you can’t walk”

Review: Kept By Him by Red Garnier

Release Date: 7/1/13

Pages: 100

Price: $2.99

From the Publisher:

Red Garnier takes readers deep into a world of power and possession—and passion…

Not everyone knows that billionaire Daniel Lexington gets a little dirty, a little dark, and will settle for nothing less than everything from any woman lucky enough to tangle his sheets. Handsome, rich and completely irresistible, Daniel can have any woman he wants. However, there is one woman he aches to possess, but has never touched: Monica Davenport.

Monica is one of the alarmingly few women in his life that Daniel has called friend and Daniel protects his friends—no matter what. But when Monica comes to him one night, asking him to make love to her, Daniel is not about refuse—he can’t refuse—even if it could cost him everything. Now, she has a shocking, erotic proposal that threatens to change everything between them because Daniel is a demanding lover who will accept nothing less than complete surrender…

Read all five e-novellas in this sensational series—and look for the full volume of THE BILLIONAIRE’S CLUB in January 2014 from St. Martin’s Paperbacks.

Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.

So, I really love the billionaires club series but I would have to say that out of the novellas so far this is my least favorite. I thought I would love it because Daniel is the head of the billionaires club. Not necessarily the head but he’s known as the Prince of Chicago. Monica Davenport is known in Chicago as the Ice Maiden. She is very stoic, unemotional and cold. The only person that she’s ever been warm to is Daniel.

Daniel and Monica were close 10 years before the setting of the story. She had just lost her parents and she moved in with the Lexington’s for a while before she got on her feet. During this tough time Daniel would comfort her night but they never went beyond friendly interactions. Except for one night. Monica being the Ice Maiden that she is refused Daniel and set their futures into motion.

Obviously, the two are meant to be together but since they are denying their attraction they tend to look for what feels safe in a relationship. For Daniel, this is one night stands, never sleeping over, and generally being alone. For Monica, this is older men, unemotional attachments, and generally being alone. What they’re both lacking is love and excitement in a relationship.

Monica runs into Daniel at a public event and then they end up leaving together. Monica tells Daniel that the reason her boyfriend broke up with her is because she can’t turn her mind off during sex. She then propositions Daniel to have sex with her and of course he accepts. Their chemistry is off the charts whenever they’re together. Monica tries denying the attraction she feels to Daniel but Daniel understands that this is his chance to have the one woman that he always wanted. Daniel is the one that ends up fighting for the relationship. Eventually Monica sees the light and they give it a go and they get their happily ever after.

Like I said overall the book is good but it’s not as good as the previous novellas in the series. To me it didn’t have the same heat and excitement that Chloe and Graves story had. I can only hope the other stories will be more along the lines of the first two that I read.

Review: Lick by Kylie Scott

Release Date: 7/1/13

Price: 3.99 for ebook

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this.

Evelyn Thomas’s plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure as hell never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.

One thing is for certain, being married to rock and roll’s favourite son is sure to be a wild ride.

After reading the synopsis I figured this could be really bad or be really good. I’m glad to say that this was a pleasant surprise. This was much better than I thought it would be. Long story short, Evelyn goes to Vegas to celebrate her 21st meets a Rockstar and he falls for her and they get married. Biggest problem: She doesn’t remember most of the night and he does. This causes him lots of frustration because he doesn’t readily trust people and he let her in. Evelyn has had her whole life mapped out by her parents and getting married strays from that. she realizes through the course of things that she doesn’t want what her parents want for her. Since David (tattooed Rock star that she married) kind of wants to try things to see how they go, she is willing to step out of her shell and see what life would be like with him.

They have their ups and downs at the beginning but as they work out their issues they have some really hot sex. Kylie Scott is an incredible writer (this is the first book I’ve read by her). The banter between the characters was fresh and didn’t feel forced as it sometimes does. Overall, I really liked it and honestly that was a surprise. I felt like this was different enough to distinguish it from other Rock star books. I would definitely recommend that you read it if you like books that are mildly humorous, sexy and with a touch of rock n’ roll.

Favorite Quotes:

“They’re love songs, baby. Love isn’t always smooth or straightforard. It can be messy and painful,” he said. “Doesn’t mean it isn’t still the most incredible thing that can ever happen to you. Doesn’t mean I’m not crazy about you.”

 

Review: With this Collar by Sierra Cartwright (Mastered #1)

From the Publisher:

Julia Lyle will have nothing to do with domineering men, no matter how tall, dark, and sexy. But Dom Marcus Cavendish will be satisfied with nothing less than collaring the fiercely independent Julia.

Nothing could have shocked her more…

Julia Lyle is invited to her best friend’s wedding and is stunned when Lana kneels to accept her husband’s collar. When Julia starts to object, firm, relentless hands land on her shoulders. The man behind her threatens to turn her over his knee if she interrupts. She’s outraged, but there’s no doubt he’s serious.

After the ceremony, he offers her a glimpse into her friend’s lifestyle, if she’s brave enough to accept.

Master Marcus Cavendish is everything she doesn’t want in a man—dominant, self-assured and arrogant. So why can’t she resist him?

Telling herself that learning about the lifestyle will make her a better friend, Julia agrees to submit to Master Marcus, but only for the evening. Firm and unrelenting in his handling of her, he introduces her to his tawse and the pleasure/pain of a spanking delivered by a competent Dom. The experience unnerves her, making her question everything she thought she knew about relationships, and his forced orgasms leave her shattered.

No doubt the scene seduced her, and that makes her doubly determined to avoid him. She has fought hard for her freedom and vowed only to date nice men, and Master Marcus is anything but safe.

Marcus is undeterred. Julia is a natural sub. The way she responded to his touch, his voice, his punishment proved it. Now he has to convince her to yield to him, submitting to his tawse as she kneels to accept his collar.

240 pages

Released 2/18/13

With This Collar (Mastered) .99 on Amazon.com

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

So, I’ll admit the I like to dabble in BDSM erotic novels. I don’t like anything super extreme. Sometimes it’s good to read something a little different. That’s kind of what this novel is about. Julia is a normal woman going through life and everything is a little bland.

Her best friend is getting married and the wedding turned out to be extremely bizarre from her perspective. At the wedding she meets Master Marcus who forces her to stay and watch the ceremony when she wants to leave. There’s an immediate connection between the two of them. Master Marcus invites her to stay after the wedding for the party afterwards. Things get a little serious at the after party for Julia and Master Marcus; Julia instantly responds to his touch and Master Marcus is intrigued.

Of course, Master Marcus is never seen with the same sub twice. Julia is okay with this because she only wants to try the lifestyle for one night. After their blazing hot night together they decide to continue Julia’s training with Master Marcus. As they train together they begin to fall for one another. The problem is neither of them is looking for relationship. At the end of the day, Julia ends up running from Marcus and the lifestyle that he offers her. The question is will she come back?

All in all, I was impressed with this novel. I tend to choose novels based on their cover and the title as well as if I know anything about the author. I’ve never read anything from this author before. I have to admit of course but I was drawn in by the cover it supremely hot yet subdued. The novel is well-written, there were incredible scenes between the two main characters Julia and Marcus. I wasn’t really sure what to expect out of this. I thought it would be possibly a pretty intense BDSM novel but it turned out to be relatively mild in my opinion. It had just the right amount of kink.

Favorite Quotes:

“How many spanks have you had, Julia?” Damien asked. “Two, Sir.” “What colour are you on?” “Mortification,” she mumbled.

Review: Wreck Me by J.L. Mac (Wrecked #1)

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Yes, I will judge a book by its cover. This book is hot, steamy and just perfect.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

From the publisher:

Life can be cruel. People can be ruthless and evil. The world can be cold and uninviting. No one knows these things better than Josephine Geroux. By her own definition, she is a twenty-five year old “nobody with nothing,” and she is content to stay that way. Growing up an orphan has made her tough and indifferent to the people around her until she meets a strangely familiar man with a face that haunts her for reasons she can’t understand.

Despite the pain that will inevitably ensue, she makes it her mission to discover what parts of her tragic puzzle she is missing. On her journey to discovering why the she feels an alarming connection to an absolute stranger, her greatest fear is reawakening the demons and darkness from the past that will surely overtake her if she lets her guard down.

Little does Josephine know that the past should be the least of her worries. She is toying with a man who has already broken her heart once. She just doesn’t realize it.
Although she makes it a point to avoid interactions with others, Josephine’s life becomes entangled with the enigmatic stranger. Before she realizes it, she has given herself over to the one person who is close enough to wreck her.

This is going to be a pretty short review seeing as I read this book ages ago but I really did love it so I thought it deserved its own post at least.

So, I’ve gotta say that I loved this book. JL Mac pulled me in and I was wondering where exactly this story would end up going. I’m pretty sure I knew the twist pretty early in the book but I was on the edge of my seat wondering when, where and how it would happen.

Josephine is a bit hardened by the life that she has had to lead so far. Orphaned at a young age and suffering through foster care and orphanages, she has seen and dealt with her share of undesirable people. Because of this she is distant from most people. She meets Damon on the anniversary of her parents death and he seems like a good distraction. Jo doesn’t do relationships but that doesn’t mean that she is some sort of spinster so when she meets the sexy and alluring Damon Cole, one night with a Greek god doesn’t seem like a bad idea. What she doesn’t expect is the connection that she feels to him, for someone who keeps people at a distant she is drawn to him and how he makes her feel. The intense attraction is mutual.

The sex is steamy and well written. Of course, all good things come to an end, shit hits the fan and then the book freaking ends! JL Mac, I thought we were cool but you did me dirty on this one 🙂

Their story continues in Restore Me which is out now.

Favorite Quotes:

“You may not realize it yet, but you’re mine. Not because I am claiming you. You’re mine because that’s how it is. I feel like I have waited my whole life to find you. Before we met in that store I dreamed of you every night. I wondered where you were and when I’d find you. Now that I have, you’d be crazy if you think I would just let you go.”

“Even if it takes the rest of my life, I swear to you, I’ll make you forget every bad thing that has ever happened to you. We’ll make happy memories that will outweigh the sad ones ten-fold. I live to make you smile, Josephine.”

Review: Release Me by J. Kenner

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From the Publisher:

For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You comes an erotic, emotionally charged romance between a powerful man who’s never heard “no” and a fiery woman who says “yes” on her own terms.
 
He was the one man I couldn’t avoid. And the one man I couldn’t resist.
 
Damien Stark could have his way with any woman. He was sexy, confident, and commanding: Anything he wanted, he got. And what he wanted was me.

Our attraction was unmistakable, almost beyond control, but as much as I ached to be his, I feared the pressures of his demands. Submitting to Damien meant I had to bare the darkest truth about my past—and risk breaking us apart.

But Damien was haunted, too. And as our passion came to obsess us both, his secrets threatened to destroy him—and us—forever.

So I have to say that I really loved this book. Damien of course is a super hunky alpha male which tends to be the norm in all the new adult romance novels. Not that I am complaining. At All. J Kenner’s writing style made everything seem a little more fresh. I read a lot of books, and most of them are in the same category. I can’t quite pinpoint what made this different for me. It could be the writing, it could be the characters or it could be a combination of both.

Nikki is written with such depth and the character is well developed. She isn’t a Mary-Sue but she does have her moments where she is frustrating. All characters have those moments but with some it seems like every other page their world is imploding and they can’t handle it. Kenner builds Nikki with such depth that yes, she does things that frustrate the reader but the reason why she does those things is understandable. I don’t want to give away too much as this is one of my first reviews so I am trying to find the middle ground between telling the whole story and not spoiling it for people who want to read it.

The build up to the relationship in this novel is hot. I’m not sure if hot is even good enough. I don’t know what word would do it justice.

“I’m looking forward to tonight, Ms. Fairchild,” he says, his voice ripe with quiet urgency. He’s looking right at me, and I see the heat in his eyes that has become familiar to me. “It’s hard to be so close to something so precious and know you don’t yet possess it.”

“Possess?” I repeat.

His grin is slow and confident. “Possess. Have. Hold. Enjoy. Control. Dominate. Pick your verb, Ms. Fairchild. I intend to explore so many of them.”

And that is before things even get good! Let me just tell you that there is this incredibly hot scene with some pearls that will get your blood boiling. Again I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone so I won’t say too much. While the book is definitely steamy it also has its emotional moments and they feel real and genuine.

“Everyone breaks a little sometimes. That doesn’t make you weak. It makes you wounded. And I will always be there to help you heal”

I release a shuddering breath as I pull back enough to loo into his face. I can’t imagine Damien breaking, but somehow I know that he’s speaking from experience. Everyone breaks.

That is one of my favorite little sections of the book. Both Nikki and Damien are overcoming things that they have gone through and they do it beautifully. Reading about how they grew into a relationship with one another was beautiful.

Overall, I really did enjoy this novel, everything seemed to wrap up well and it didn’t end in a mega cliffhanger. This is the first in a series of three books. The second book, Claim Me will be out April 23.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Disclaimer: This book was purchased by me. Blurb from Amazon.com