Thursday, April 16, 2015

Monster by Fracette Phal

20871425I'm not sure how I feel about this one, this story follows an abusive sociopath and a woman with the strength to walk away, even if for a little while.

Eden Mercer became a trophy wife out of desperation and Dominic Armstrong was the orchestrator of her despair.  

Eden had been working slowly on her escape plan from her abusive marriage, but when she found out she was pregnant she moves up her timeline.

After leaving Dominic, Eden is finally living a good life, she has a good job, a nice place to live and her beautiful baby, Liam. But, after almost two years, Dominic has finally found her and he intends to get his "wife" back and he'll do by less that scrupulous means.

This time around Eden isn't the same desperate girl she once was, this time she fights back. 

Dominic is even more attracted to this new Eden and despite his reservations about having children, he quickly warms up to his cute little baby, Liam. 

The story was dramatic, Dominic wasn't likable at all, until maybe closer to the end, where we begin to learn what made him the cruel, horrible person he was. Eden was young and desperate and I'm glad she left Dominic and fought him when he returned.

What I did not like was that in one of his musings Dominic makes references to causing the financial difficulties that ultimately forced Eden to accept his offer yet he never apologizes. What I did like was that as the book progresses, you see an improvement in Dominic's character and his attempts to improve himself. This story may seem a little dark, with the abuse and all, but it was a descent read. 

Rating 2.5 out of 5
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

When Things Go Wrong by Lacey Silks

24689035Julia is on a vacation from hell, I mean cougar mom playing tongue twister in public with her boy-toy (eww). 

When a surprise encounter brings her to her old high school friend Scar, that she hasn't seen in five years, things get a lot more fun.

In this prequel to the upcoming Cheaters Anonymous we get a the reunion and a glimpse at the background of these two commitment-phobes. 

Scar and Julia both come from broken families, this book is a short quick entertaining read that must be read with the upcoming book.

Rating 5 out of 5
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Beneath the Surface (Reluctance #1) by M.A. Stacie

17856148Kyran Reese is drowning, he has a horrible father (who can't even see his own flaws), a brother with so many addictions and a company to run. To let off a little steam, Kyran likes to go to an underground MMA club and fight.

Enter Dale Porter as his brother's new assistant, from the moment he meats her he becomes captivated; she see's him and understands him. Soon Kyran develops a sex-only relationship with Dale that immediately turns into more. However, what kind of romance/drama story doesn't have a stupid guy who gets freaked out by a little four letter word (L-O-V-E) and runs. 

Fortunately, a few punches in the ring knock some sense into Kyran and he runs off to confess his feelings. I do wish his grand gesture would have been a little better, but still it got the job done.

Now, I know as you read, you will want to know what happens with Kyran's no good brother, but don't fret; book two in the series follows Taylor's story.

The story was entertaining and the characters are so dramatic and the whole fight club thing, now that was fun.

Rating 4 out of 5
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Monday, April 13, 2015

Edward Scissorhands Volume 1: Parts Unknown by Drew Rausch

24013985I'm not sure how I feel about this one; the art was okay, but the story left something to be desired.

This "story" takes place years after the movie, you know the one that has Johnny Depp rocking ultra-goth duds with some wicked scissors and show cases more of Tim Burton's incredible talent. 

Well in this book the protagonist Megan (Kim's granddaughter) is out to prove her grandma wasn't crazy, while Edward is out to find himself an friend in The Inventor's other creations.

Like I said, the art was okay but the story lacked something. Throughout most of the book everyone denies the existence of Edward and then all of a sudden a little boy goes missing and they're like "grab your pitchfork and torches and let's get the monster". I have a feeling this series might improve in following issues.

Rating 2.5 out of 5
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Friday, April 10, 2015

Full Contact (Redemption #3) by Sarah Castille





21991208About Full Contact: 
Ray wraps his arms around me and holds me tight as if something terrible has happened and he doesn’t want to let me go.

Full Contact. This is how Ray speaks when his emotions overwhelm him. I melt into his stillness. His body is hot and hard, his breath warm on my neck. He smells of leather and sweat, sex and sin. Nothing can tear me away.

When you can’t resist the one person who could destroy you…
Sia O’Donnell can’t help but push the limits. She secretly attends every underground MMA fight featuring The Predator, the undisputed champion. When he stalks his prey in the ring, Sia is mesmerized. He is dominant and dangerous and every instinct tells her to run.

Every beautiful thing Ray “The Predator” touches he knows he’ll eventually destroy. Soft, sweet and innocent, Sia is the light to Ray’s darkness-and completely irresistible. From the moment he lays eyes on her, he knows he’s going to have to put his dark past behind him to win her body and soul.

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What did I think?

This story was WOW! It was intense and dramatic and the characters were really something. Although it's book three in the series, it is a stand alone and follows Ray "The Predator" Black (by the way we don't learn his last name until almost the end of the book) and Sia O'Donnell. Ray is super mysterious, think James Bond but with tattoos and Sia is your good girl gone rocker/goth; both characters have their traumas and are a bit around the edges, but together they make each other better.

The supporting characters were great, I loved Jess, she was an awesome best friend; however, Sia's older brother Tag really got on my nerves, way too overprotective. 

So, why a four and not a five? Well, they constantly hit that Ray may be a CIA agent but we never know for real and we get a secondary romance (take a guess, I did mention them) and we don't get enough details (I'm expecting either a book or a supplemental novella) to quench us. Those were my only issues, Sia as a character was incredible, she does have her self doubts but you see her grow as a person. You'll definitely enjoy this one, plus the fight scenes are super cool; come on ladies, guys aren't the only one that love a little MMA action.

Rating 4 out of 5
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Full Contact, the third standalone book in the Redemption fighter romance series by NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author Sarah Castille is now on sale!

"Castille continues to introduce characters who are both intense and vulnerable. The females are more than a match for the men in their lives, and these guys are worth their efforts.” --RT Book Reviews on FULL CONTACT

Castille's follow-up to the excellent Against the Ropes doesn't pull its punches."—starred review and Best Summer Book, Publishers Weekly on IN YOUR CORNER

 “Fifty Shades of Grey meets Fight Club.”--RT Book Reviews on AGAINST THE ROPES
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EXCERPT: Consumed by fire (Words 467)

My gaze drifts below his belt, to the bulge in his jeans. He is fully erect, his shaft straining against his fly. A naughty thrill of excitement shoots through my veins. He’s aroused because of me.

“Um...do you want to take a break before I apply the stencil?”

He shakes his head, then leans forward and sweeps his hand through my hair, letting the strands slide through his fingers. A sigh escapes my lips as delicious sensations sweep through my body. I am on fire. And although I’ve been with men before, I’ve never been immobilized by a single touch.

“So soft.” He runs his hand over my hair again, this time trailing his fingers along my shoulder. His thumb glides over my throat and he curls his hand around my neck. “So fucking delicate.”

I am burning. Consumed by fire. A burst of need drives a whimper up my throat, and I choke it back as his thumb circles the sensitive hollow at the base of my neck. Firm. Unyielding. Dominant. With one squeeze, he could break me. The way I was broken before. The way he broke the butterfly. And yet nothing could tear me away from this moment.

“Sia.” He says my name softly, drawing out the last syllable in a gravelly murmur, almost like a prayer.

My brain fuzzes with lust, and I surrender to the thrill of his touch, the pounding of my pulse in my veins, the desire that has haunted me since I first saw him in the ring. My head falls back, my lips part, and I drown in the depths of an azure sea.

With a low groan, Ray turns sideways in the chair, dropping his legs to the floor. With his hand still cupped around my neck, he pulls me between his legs, the casters on my stool squeaking in gentle protest. I circle my arms around his neck and my breasts rub against his bare chest. The press of his erection against my stomach sends a rush of moisture to my sex.

“Jesus Christ.” His voice drops husky and low. “You’re killing me.”

He leans down and sweeps my hair behind my shoulder, then nuzzles my neck. Sensation sears through my body and I tilt my head to the side to give him better access. So unprofessional. What if Slim comes out? Overcome with the fulfillment of a year’s worth of longing, I can’t bring myself to care.

He feathers kisses over my cheek and I lick my lips in anticipation. This is really happening. He’s going to kiss me again. A real hands-on- the-body Predator kiss.

A bell tinkles behind me. Damn front door. Damn customers who come after hours. I’m not turning around. I want my kiss.

Ray glances up and stiffens. “Holy shit.”

EXCERPT: I don't want to lose you (Words 585)

Ray grabs my wrists and pins them to the mat over my head, his body angled over me. My breath catches in my throat, and I steel myself for the memories, the black rush, the heart-pounding fear, but it doesn’t come. Instead, a red haze settles over my vision, and I press my lips together and buck my hips, throwing him slightly forward.

Bad plan. Now his groin is only inches away from my face. He’s still wearing his jeans, which means that bulge isn’t a cup.

“Ray...”His face softens. “I hurt you.”“Yes, you hurt me. Keeping secrets hurts me. It makes me feel like you don’t respect me. And it makes me feel like I can’t trust you. So maybe you could return to your proper seat now. Tray table up.”

He shifts down, settling his weight over my hips, but he doesn’t release my hands. “I hurt you. Means you care.”

I swallow hard and meet his gaze. “You hurting me means I was being stupid. Things were going where I didn’t want them to go. Now I’ve had a wake-up call. You have secrets you can’t share. You need to protect your secrets. I need to be with someone I can trust, and I need to stand on my own two feet. It’s just not going to work between us.”

His gaze darkens, searing me to the core. “You want to be done? Or are you scared and trying to push me away?”

The air shifts between us, electrifying, tightening my nipples and heating my blood. I am hyperaware of his thighs tucked against my hips, carrying most of his weight as he sits astride me in a dominant MMA position. My wrists, hot under his palms, press against the cool mat, restrained in a way I could never have imagined allowing them to be restrained. My chest rises and falls twice for every one of Ray’s breaths, and my core tightens. The innuendo isn’t lost on me. God, yes. I want to be done in the carnal sense of the word. But only by Ray. And I don’t really want to let him go.

“I don’t want to lose you.”

Ray’s hands tighten on my wrists, and he leans down and brushes a kiss over my lips. “I don’t want to lose you either, but I live in a dangerous world. I’ve got stuff in my life that would make your head spin. I need to protect you from that, and I’ll do what it takes to keep you safe, even if it means you hate me for it, because for the first time in my life, I want something more than doing my duty. I want a life and I want you in it. I’ve got one bad guy to catch and then I’m free. And after I’m done and after what went down this evening, you’ll never have to worry about being safe again.”

Finally, he releases my hands but I don’t move. Heat sweeps through my belly. I feel both vulnerable and curiously safe lying beneath him. My gaze shifts from his intense gaze to his sensual lips, and my breasts swell, remembering the touch of his hands, the gentle press of his lips. He wants me. Not just today, but tomorrow and the tomorrow after that.

“You make it sound like I don’t have a choice about being with you.”

“You don’t.” He leans down and kisses me with a savage fierceness that takes my breath away.
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About Sarah Castille: 
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Sarah Castille, writes contemporary erotic romance and romantic suspense featuring blazingly hot alpha males and the women who tame them. A recovering lawyer and caffeine addict, she worked and traveled abroad before trading in her briefcase and stilettos for a handful of magic beans and a home in shadow of the Rocky Mountains. 

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Wide Awake in Slumberland: Fantasy, Mass Culture, and Modernism in the Art of Winsor McCay by Katherine Roeder

This book gives a background of the great cartoonist Winsor McCay and his famous work. This was an enjoyable and enlightening read.

I will say that this book might not be enjoyable to everyone, so obtain at your own risk.

You will see some of McCay's work and learn of the work of a great cartoonist. The book reads like a documentary and it feels very educational.

Rating 5 out of 5
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Conflict of Interest by Gillian Reese

25181603Trent Cannon was Avery Peters's first love but after some tragic events things go very bad.

Years later, Avery is a second year law student and working as a summer associate as a small law firm that gets swallowed up by a much bigger one.

At a welcome reception for the new recruits Trent can't believe his eyes, the woman he's loved for years is standing right before his eyes.

Avery and Trent get a second chance once buried secrets and truths come out into the open.

The story is a short sweet novella; I read it all in one day and it was nice. Both Trent and Avery are likable and I do hope to see more of Ms. Reese's writings.

Rating 5 out of 5
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