Friday, June 23, 2017

Amy's 4 star ARC Review of Recluse by Jaycee Ford



You were my brother in the line of duty.
My partner.
My best friend.
You were the man who had it all.
Your thoroughness and precision made you a great cop.
It’s what got you killed.
And now I live with the darkening shadows of your memory.
You weren’t here when I needed you to save me.
You weren’t here when I needed help solving the most gruesome murder this town had ever seen.
But most of all, you weren’t here to keep me from falling in love with your wife.








Wyatt and Grace are both mourning the death of a best friend and a husband. Coming back home without his best friend and fighting feelings for that best friends wife -- add that into the mix with some town murders and you have a story. It sounds wonky I know but it is a good story line. 

I wasn't aware when I started reading this was a cliffhanger book so that bummed me out but it was good enough to keep me wanting to read the rest of the story. There were some iffy parts in the story for me as far as the relationship points between these two but again the mystery and the growth of the two main characters kept me turning the pages. 

I am anxious to see what happens so I will click up the next. Thank you for the ARC!

Amy's 5 star ARC Review of Bound By Desire (Ravage MC Bound Series #2) by Ryan Michele







 Have you ever wanted something so badly it consumes you?
There is a fine line between needs and wants.
Deke Gavelson has wanted his Ravage cut for as long as he can remember. He’s earned it. He was born to be in this club. He’s not afraid to fight for his place, either. 
Then she barreled into his world, and Deke suddenly desires something more than his rag and winning the next round. 
Rylie Hollister has lived through hell and back. Each event makes her the strong, independent woman she is today. Until a bitter underground fighter threatens to turn her plans upside down.
These two are bound by their desires, but oh, how that changes when his intensity meets her passion.
** Bound by Desire (Ravage MC Bound Series #2) is a standalone full-length novel. You do not have to read the Bound by Family or the Ravage MC series to follow this book, but if you’d like to see the whole picture, you really should. **







This book is amazing. Deke was introduced to us in Bound By Family. Readers didn't love him so I was told in that release but I adored him. Knowing the way these stories play out I knew in the end this man would come out winning. He protects his sister with all that he is so who couldn't love him. No matter what mistakes he made in the past my heart broke for this character. 

Rylie was the exact type of woman I would have imagined Deke with. This character had her own past to deal with but came out more spirited than ever. This was a perfect pair. 

I love the cover ... it says so much about Rylie and Deke. Perfect choice. 

I have to say I love all the series and releases but this is my hands down favorite this far. Do not pass the book up. Thank you for the ARC and the chance to read! I love these two characters! Thank you thank you!! 

Amy's 5 star ARC review of Punched by Jacob Chance



Reagan is the one who got away - or should I say the one I drove away? Now, four years later, she’s back to manage the gym where I train. Seeing her everyday is a distraction I can’t afford. I’m so close to achieving the big payoff I’ve been working for. Nothing’s going to keep me from winning this belt - not even her.

This is a second chance MMA romance standalone.






I am loving me some Jacob Chance. A man who writes a love story I can not only tolerate but embrace; that's a talented man. Punched is a fantastic read about a love story that ended too soon only to come barreling back like a freight train. 

Reagan has come home to run her father's gym so that her father can focus on training his fighters. It just so happens one of those fighters is not only the boy who she gave herself too but also the boy who crushed her the next day. Fool her once ok ... Twice .. Not going to happen. Reagan is not the same girl .. This character is not only smart but she is sassy yet practical .. Witty and on point .. I love her. 

Nolan No-No has oh shit written all, over his face. He is trying to keep his eye on the prize. A win in a professional fight would be his ticket but the girl he walked away from is standing in front of him and is no longer a girl. His greatest regret could change those plans of he doesn't get his head back in the game. 

Reagan and Nolans story is a story filled with loss and love, hardship and doing what is right to protect the ones you love. Wait until you find out how Nolan got his nickname ... 

Excellent book. Pick this one up. Thank you for the chance to read.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Amy's 3.5 star ARC Review of Mine (A Real Man #13 ) by Jenika Snow




That one word has never meant so much.

JANA

Ballet was my life, but after getting injured, that dream faded. I still needed fast money, so I sucked up my pride and decided to strip.

Clubs could use a virgin stripper, right?

But from the moment I saw Cole Savage, owner of the strip club I was trying to get in to, all rational thought left me.
He was dark and dangerous, and his personality screamed arrogance.

I wanted him, and by the way he looked at me, I knew he wanted me as well.

But I should keep it strictly business. That’s what I told myself anyway.

COLE

From the moment I first saw Jana, I wanted her. She needed a job at my club, but the possessive side of me rose up, demanding she was only mine. I might have just met her, but I was already so damn territorial of her.

If she wanted a job, I’d give her one, but she’d be keeping her clothes on.

I’d been celibate for years, but it was time to change that with her.

Jana would soon realize what it meant to be mine.


Warning: This is a short story featuring an over-the-top possessive hero who makes no secret that the heroine is his. It’s got dirty dancing, raunchy scenes, but is safe and has the Happily Ever After that comes with reading a Real Man story.








This series is a good read. They are all really short and perfect to carry to the beach. They are all standalones. 

Jana is an innocent girl looking for a job. When she enters Cole's club he sees the woman wanting the job and decides the girl is his. No way is she dancing for anyone except him. She can have a job but not that one -- not the one taking her clothes off for others. Only for him. Being a ballerina, Jena is not the one to fling herself around the pole. She knows the dance of beauty not what the women are expected to do here. Maybe Cole giving her an office job is a blessing. And maybe this man might just take her heart. 

Again this is a very quick read. Another Real Man release with a superior cover. Thank you for the ARC. 

Amy's 5 star ARC Review of Fighting With Honor (Men of Honor Novella) by K C Lynn




Once a man pledges his honor to his country, that sacrifice is embedded in his soul forever. For years he’s trained to fight, kill, and do whatever necessary to protect his country and its freedom, even if it means giving his own life.

He becomes more of a machine than human—one that’s built to destroy the enemy.

When it’s time to turn in his weapons, he never forgets the skills he learned. Never forgets the smell of death or feel of a rifle in his hands. The same hands that one day cradle his baby girl and caress the skin of his beautiful wife.

If anything or anyone ever tried to steal away the family he has vowed to love and protect, may God have mercy on their soul.

***

This is a Men of Honor novella. All prior Men of Honor stories must be read in order to read this one.








HOLY SMOKES
Jax and Julia are brought to us with some men we also know. This is tragedy at it's best and honestly I had a hard time reading it being a teacher. It's our worst fear. Someone coming in and wanting one of our children or just randomly shooting. This is the story ... Oh and you will find Men of Honor and Acts of Honor characters in this one. 

Being that this is a short read this is about all you are going to get. Have no fear. Keep turning the pages even if you think you can't or you are afraid. Keep turning ... I promise you. It will be ok. 

Thank you for the ARC and the chance to read. This one was heart wrenching. 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Amy's 5 star ARC Review of I'm Only Here For The Beard (The Dixie Wardens Rejects Book 4) by Lani Lynn Vale




Sean is a man with needs—needs that a lot of women were ready and willing to fulfill. Yet, the only woman that he wants to fulfill them dumped him for another man. A man who’s a member of his MC and is someone he has to see every single day and twice on Sundays.

He’s bitter and angry. He’s definitely not in the right frame of mind when it comes to dealing with women. Which is unfortunate for his new partner, Naomi, a fresh-out-of-school and totally green paramedic. 

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Naomi’s got enough problems on her plate. A brother who’s self-destructive and doesn’t care who he takes down with him. A man who she’s in love with but who doesn’t love her. A job that she hates because it is a constant reminder of what she can’t have.

Desperate to distance herself from her problems, she runs, taking the first job in her field that she finds willing to take on someone with so little experience.

The last thing she needs is a perpetually pissed off partner, especially when he sets her blood on fire.

But life doesn’t ask how much you can handle when it dishes out challenges. It just keeps piling them on until you’ve bested them or you’ve buckled under them.

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Sean really doesn’t want to like his new partner, Naomi. He just wants to be left alone to live his life however he damn well pleases and without complications.

Naomi doesn’t care what he wants, she can’t be anything but herself. It isn’t long before she’s breaking down his walls and making him feel again. She’s trying to pull him closer and he’s pushing her away.

It’s not long before Sean sees the error of his ways.

It’s too bad, though, that by the time he realizes she’s the one, Naomi’s already gone.








With the release of another great read to a great series we have Sean and Naomi. I'm trying to keep track of all the interlacing of these characters but it's hard! 

Sean lost his love to a brother of the MC. Seeing them happy together kills him. Naomi only had eyes for PD but we know that was a lost cause. You do get to revisit him in this story. 

Thrown together after an accident with Naomi's brother Sean knows his partner is hiding something. The thoughts he has about her .. they need to get out of his head because it only leads to being burned. A man who gives his heart to a woman more than once and gets it's thrown back .. yeah he knows how this goes. 

Naomi left needing a new place to call home. PD is married and happy to say the least. The beast of a man she works with is surly and rigid. Perfect match for a whole lot of non feeling. 

This is a great read with characters who both have been through the wringer. Of course it can be read as a standalone but you should go back and pick up the others. Characters do appear from other series which again I encourage you to grab up through the summer for some good reading. 

Love the book and the characters as always. Thank you for the ARC!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Amy's 5 star ARC Review of The Way Back Home by Carmen Jenner



August Cotton shouldn’t be here. When a tragic accident calls him home to Magnolia Springs, this returned Veteran adds his parents to the list of things he’s lost in recent years, right along with his IED detection dog and his left leg. As the sole guardian of his four-year-old sister, August must rely on his Marine training in raising a tiny hellion who’s as stubborn as he is. But the Corps could never prepare him for this. Nor could they prepare him for Olivia Anders, a woman who’ll stop at nothing to get her way. 

As owner of Paws for Cause, Olivia is no stranger to the broken men and women who return home from war. She’s no stranger to broken dogs either. In fact, she’s made it her mission to pair the two and enrich both of their lives, but pairing ornery and aloof August Cotton will take some work. The last thing August wants is some pushy southern woman occupying his parents’ bed and breakfast and forcing him to open up about the hell he narrowly escaped, but that’s exactly what Olivia intends.

They complete one another, and yet they can’t stand to be in the same room. 

Can Olivia make this hardened Marine feel again and finally show his heart the way back home?

*** Intended for a mature 18+ audience only. This book may contain triggers for some readers.








5 stars

This is a must read for your summer list. What a beautiful and amazing story rolled into a wonderful learning experience and a book everyone needs to read and learn from. 

Paws For A Cause pairs broken men and women with unwanted and thrown away dogs. Good dogs that were tossed aside for no reason. (Truth -- over 3500 adoptable dogs are killed due to space in shelters daily - the majority are pit bull or bully type breeds due to the WRONGFUL stigma). Pairing men and women in need alongside a pup that needs the same is the mission for her. A mission that puts the mistreated and the forgotten together to have purpose once again. August Cotton is difficult -- finding the one for him is more than she bargained for. He is more broken that any man she has ever met. 

The marine August Cotton shouldn't be allowed to live -- the demons in his head are more than he can handle. When a tragedy back home calls him back; its just another tick on life that has sucked every ounce of happiness from his body. The loss he suffered deployed and now this ... all of this and he has been left behind to rot in this life. His little sister needs him -- she is all he has but she is just like him. Strong and stubborn -- they are like two trains colliding. Now Olivia is pushing his buttons and getting in his head. That is the last thing he needs. 

This book killed me -- the loss of life --- the PTSD -- the horror of what our men and women go through. This was a brilliant read, a must read. I loved this story. I loved everything about it. Please take the time and click this one up. Absolutely fantastic and heartbreaking and wonderful and fun and magnificent all rolled into one. Thank you for the ARC! I am HONORED to have read this story. 

Amy's 3.5 star ARC Review of Dax (SouthSide Skulls MC #1) by Jessie Cooke



Dax Marshall is six foot four of hard muscle and raw animal magnetism. 
As president of the Southside Skulls Outlaw Biker Club, he’s had his share of women, but never one who meant more to him than his Harley or the brotherhood. 
That was before she walked into the Spirits Bar and told him her name—Angel.

Angel Brady went searching for something she would only find by hiding who she really was. 
But she found much more than she was looking for, and now her secret stands between her and what matters most.

Can Dax and Angel overcome the other dangers lurking in the shadows that threaten everything they live for? 
Secrets that even Angel never knew.

This is the first book in the Southside Skulls MC Series.
This is a Standalone Romance Novel, with HEA and No cliffhangers. 
Intended for Mature Readers.








Angela Davis needs to start a new life. Undercover and trying to infiltrate the Southside Skulls MC may pose more difficult than she thought. Especially since their president Dax is something to be reckoned with. The lines are blurring for Angel. 

Dax's father was betrayed by a man that he thought had his back. Growing up in the club life wasn't hard. His father was the best man he knew -- a hero in a son's eyes. The man who killed his father better watch his back. His time is limited and Dax is the owner of that time. Angel has changed his life though -- maybe she is the one -- maybe she will understand or maybe his path should be different. 

I didn't dislike this book, but I felt there could be more to the characters. I look forward to reading the next and think that this will be a good series as we continue to get releases. Thank you for the ARC and the chance to read.



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Amy's 3.5 star ARC Review of Gypsy's Chance by Shelley Springfield and Emily Minton



Gypsy Rose’s life is changed by one brutal act. 

She is forced to leave her home behind and head to the small town of Macon, Missouri. While there, she finds love and contentment with a family that isn’t her own. She is finally able to bury her past and look to the future with hope and excitement. 

After an unexpected tragedy hits, she is left to start over again.

When she meets Chance Ryan, he offers her a helping hand. She can't help from being skeptical, but trusting this supposed knight in shining armor seems like her only option. With nothing left to lose, she really has no other choice but to take what he offers. 

Can she take a chance on him giving her the happily ever after she always wanted?

Warning** This story includes violence against women, both physical and sexual. Not intended for readers under 18.









Gypsy's mother put her in harm's way in the worse way possible. A tragic life with a mother who didn't care and never bothered to worry about her daughter she leaves that world behind. Making a stop on her trek to safety she meets a couple who sees the hurt in her. Taking her under their wing she finally knows what its like to have someone care for her and love her. Yet silver linings never last -- or do they? Does tragedy have to strike twice before the good finally stays? 

Chance fell in love with her the first day he saw her. Can he protect her and can she learn to trust him after everything she has been through. Fighting for her might just be what he was meant to do. 

This was a decent read. I did like the characters, but the storyline was not as in depth as I wanted it to be. Thank you for the ARC and the chance to read. 

Amy's 4 star ARC Review of Tough Love by Max Henry



Some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried …

Eight years ago, Amelia Harris had her life ripped out from underneath her. Being the centre of the town gossip was hard enough, but when the boy who promised her forever left without so much as a goodbye, he took her ability to love with him.

After family tragedy brings Evan North back into her life, the secrets of her past have never felt as close as they do now. When the same scandal that tore them apart rears its ugly head, will history be doomed to repeat itself?






Amelia has found herself sitting in a hospital waiting room with her sister fighting for her life. A sister she hasn't known for years. The past broke them apart -- in fact it broke them into pieces. Being there now is unnerving to say the least but when an old flame shows up things start to get complicated and the past floats back in. Not only does the past float back in but it's staring her right in the face. How can you feel for someone so much and hate who they are from all at the same time? 

Evan left without a word so many years ago. Amelia knew things were not great in his house but until now she never knew how bad. Evan has more secrets that haunt him and confessing to the one girl he has loved his entire life might finally drive her completely away. Tragedy brings people back together but can also tear them further apart. 

Tough love focuses on a family that turned their backs on a horrific situation and left one child alone while hiding secrets from her. Second chances may be a good thing or a bad thing -- 

I did love the storyline, but I was not really thrilled with one particular incident of someone showing up from the past. I felt like there should have been "more" written about this event. I recommend clicking this up but get ready for a whirlwind of emotions. Thank you for the ARC -

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Amy's 5 star ARC Review of Scarred (Ruthless Rebels MC, #3) by Chelsea Camaron and Ryan Michele




Whitton ‘Skinny’ Thorne – scarred skin only covers a beautiful soul.

Bitter with a capital B.

Life has been hell from the beginning when Whitton was burned as an infant, yet as much as he pushes me away I’m always coming back for more.

When I finally let go, he wants to let me in, how do I survive when we’ve both been scarred?

*Chelsea Camaron and Ryan Michele have teamed up to bring you an explosive new MC romance that will have you panting for more of the Ruthless Rebels. Hold on tight, it's going to be a wild ride full of action and suspense that these two authors are known for. Throw in two people who finally get their second chance, and things are about to get smoking hot.**

**This book contains violence, adult language, and sexual situations and is not intended for readers under the age of 18. This book is a work of fiction and is not meant to be an exact depiction of life in a motorcycle club but rather to entertain.*








This is my favorite of the series. I love Whitton Thorne and Roelyn Duprey. I love even more our female leads occupation! Go teachers! 

Childhood friends with Whitton and his twin brother TT; Roe took care of the boys as best as a child could helping them heal with friendship and love after their continued abuse from their mother. Friendship turns into love but years take them apart. 

At the funeral of the boys now men's foster parents, Roe has never forgotten either of her childhood friends but especially Whitton. However her heart can't take another break as Whitton destroyed it the first time leaving her to heal and piece herself back together. Whitton still hasn't moved past his younger years and the trauma he endured. He can't make a lifetime promise or even a day long promise. Keeping Roe away is best but is it possible? 

There are so many amazing things in this release. A storyline that is shattering, an appearance from an old friend from Ryan's books and so many fantastic secondary characters. This again is by far the best release yet. The cover is beautiful. Great read  Click it up! Thank you for the ARC .

Monday, May 15, 2017

Amy's 3.5 star ARC Review of Mr. Dark by Pavan Kaur








Mr. Dark - I know what they say about me, I’m demanding, but that’s only because I know what I want and I don’t play games. I don’t do girlfriends; I walk away without a second glance…until I met her. I feel myself losing control around her, will she be the one to bring me to my knees? 
Ava - All I’ve ever wanted was to own a magazine. Doing this internship at Dark Media wasn’t my first choice. I do what I’m told until I meet him. He wants me, I can see it in his eyes, but he wants more than I can give. He unnerves me; he wants me to submit to him. 
How can I say no to him when my heart is saying something else? What if he breaks me? 
Will I be able to walk away with my heart still intact when this is all over?










Ava Banks is a smart woman and has taken on her own despite her past. Working for Kevin Dark is a nightmare and a dream all rolled into one. He's beautiful -- he oozes everything that Ava does not need to be thinking about. 

Kevin Dark is the man behind Dark Media. He is a wanted man in many ways but when Ava comes around he sees someone he wants as his and his only to train -- a sub. Mingling within the workplace is not something he should be doing but this woman needs to be at his mercy. Keeping the lines drawn poses a very difficult task. 

When the past catches up to Ava -- Mr. Dark needs to decide what he feels. The need to protect her is more than the need to keep her at arm's length. 

This storyline was decent. I did wish the characters were a tad bit more in depth. I ended up skimming over a lot of the "love" scenes and was more interested in the past coming to find Ava. If you like the Dom/Sub relationship that turns into something more than this is for you. 
Thank you for the ARC and the chance to read.

Amy's 3.5 star ARC Review of Fury by Cat Porter




I still have the dreams, baby. Do you?
In mine, I plead and wait for your touch to come like it always did.
But it never does.
I strain against the iron, but you’re no longer there in the shadows. 
I’m alone.
One single shard of deep dark hope was enough back then.
Not now.
My claws, your fangs have sunk deep.
Follow my trail of blood,
my trail of anger, desolation.
Am I the same man?
Soul dark,
Heart dense,
Blood fierce,
Purpose raw.
Flame burning.
Unrelenting.
Brewed on vengeance,
laced with tenderness,
my fury for you.

Chained in brutal darkness, they fell in love. Free in the world, they were torn apart. Empires rise, empires fall, and still, she burns in his soul. But between them now runs a wild river of ambition, greed, and blood. So much blood. He’ll do anything for revenge, and she’ll do anything to protect him. Love and vengeance are the same kind of savage...

**This is for mature readers only! Graphic sexual situations and trigger warnings. Some situations may not be comfortable for all readers.




Fury is sort of a part of the Lock and Key series maybe? I don't know -- however this is a really tough read -- there are triggers all over the place in this book so be warned. 

This is Finger and Lenore's story. Fury is a very very dark read and again this is a definite MC of the bad kind ... I wouldn't say this is a love story but a story of survival. These two have absolute horrible beginnings. I mean you talk about the depths of hell. And how they survived is just an entire other issue in itself. 

I will tell you the story is deep and just drenched in emotion but not happy and rainbows. The most you get I would say is maybe the lighter portion of a tornadic shit storm laced with intertwining of the devil himself. Yup ... I felt like we were reliving the same horrible scene over and over again. 

Again I will say this is not a bad read but it's tough. It was a little too graphic for me as far as the scenes that were depicted BUT if you look solely at the writing of Cat she is extremely talented and you certainly do not want to see what's inside that head. 

I appreciate the chance to read -