Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Last Call (Bad Habits Book 3) 
by Staci Hart



Once Rose Fisher makes a decision, that’s it. End of story.

Like when her ex, Patrick, dumped her out of the blue, then showed up with a super hot, tatted up sex kitten on his arm. Then it was over for good. The end. Poof. Dead to her. Except he was everywhere — down the hall, at the bar with their friends, worming his way into her dreams.

But with their friends paired off, they’re left alone more and more. Rose is determined to keep him friendzoned — doesn’t matter that he stares at her with a smolder that drops all panties in a ten foot radius. She’s over him, and she’ll prove it by getting back into the dating game, Patrick be damned.

Patrick Evans is no stranger to consequences. When your mother walks out, your dad drifts away. When you leave home, you’re on your own. And when you run away from the girl you love, you lose her. He finally has an opportunity to rebuild the bridge he burned, and it’s not one he’ll take for granted. But he’ll have to fight for her, even if it hurts. Even if it means he’ll walk away brokenhearted. Because deep down, he knows that she’s it for him. 

The trick will be to get her to admit she feels it too.

With a Twist (Book 1)

Chaser (Book 2)

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom; she has three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife; even though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. Her favorite word starts with f and ends with k. 

From roots in Houston, to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics. 



Chandler by Laurelin Paige

Title: Chandler (A Fixed Trilogy Spinoff) 
Author: Laurelin Paige 
Publication Date: September 20, 2016 
Genre: Contemporary Romance


I dominate the boardroom. I’m a Pierce—it’s what we do. But I never had a reason to bring that persona into the bedroom. 
Until Genevive Fasbender. 
She’s brash and bold and stubborn as hell, and she doesn’t believe it’s possible to satisfy her. But I’ve discovered her secret, one she hasn’t even figured out herself—she wants what I want.
And not only does she want it—I'll make her need it. 
No matter what.


Free Me is on SALE 
"Laurelin Paige has done it again with her sexy, protective, alpha males. ★★★★★" 
 - Shayna Renee's Spicy Reads


With over 1 million books sold, Laurelin Paige is the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Fixed Trilogy. She's a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there's kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn't seem to complain, however. When she isn't reading or writing sexy stories, she's probably singing, watching Game of Thrones and the Walking Dead, or dreaming of Michael Fassbender. She's also a proud member of Mensa International though she doesn't do anything with the organization except use it as material for her bio.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Score (Off Campus Book 3) 
by Elle Kennedy


5 STARS – The Score is FABULOUS! Get ready to live the Life of Dean!

“It’s hard to let go of someone who’s been such a big part of your life for so long. It’s even harder when that person refuses to let you go.”

Ali Hayes is Molly’s best friend and she has been dating Sean off and on since freshman year at Briar. The problem is that what they both want out of life is totally different. They argue all the time, and recently it’s so much worse. So much worse in fact that Ali is done. She breaks up with Sean for good and even though it hurts she knows deep down that she has made the right decision. Sean is not on board with her decision and he is making it difficult for Ali to move on, so she’s avoiding him at all costs that means taking further drastic measures.

“Looking at him, you just know this guy gets whatever he wants, whenever he wants it.”

Dean Di-Laurentis is one of the star defensemen of the Briar hockey team, and close friends with Garrett, Logan and Tucker. We met him in both of the previous books. I will fully admit that I had more than a few pre-conceived notions when it came to Dean, but once I began this book, most of them got thrown out the door. Dean is of course cocky and arrogant, but he is also very loyal. Never dishonest and he says what he thinks. He may be the biggest manwhore on the team but he owns it, and he is totally honest and upfront with his many, many conquests. 

“The guy has the attention span of a fruit fly, and the affection-giving habits of a puppy, offering his sexual devotion to whoever happens to be holding the treat. By which I mean the vagina.”

Ali desperately needs a place to hide away from her now ex-boyfriend Sean who is not taking their latest breakup to well. She’s trying to avoid him, but he is just not getting the hint. When Garrett and Molly offer her the use of the boy’s house while they are away for the weekend, it seems like the perfect solution. What she does not expect when she walks through the door though, is a live sex show playing out on the living room couch. Dean is entertaining two very pretty young girls, now she doesn’t have an issue with that, seriously she just wants him to move it to the privacy of his bedroom, so that she can watch television and forget her troubles for a while.

Ali knows Dean well enough to know that his reputation, as manwhore, has been well earned. Dean knows that Ali is trying to get over her boyfriend. Brilliant idea, add tequila and rebound sex. HAHAHAHAHA. One drunken and embarrassing hook up later, Ali feels embarrassed and vows to never tell anyone. Dean on the other hand, needs a repeat performance, once with Ali was NOT enough for him, and that fact startles him.

“Not only did I seduce him, but I tied him up and rode him like he was my own personal amusement park ride.”

“I want her again.”

“The Life of Dean gets me all hot and bothered.”

Elle Kennedy gives us yet another stellar novel, I very much enjoyed The Deal and The Mistake, but I must be honest, The Score is my favorite book in this series to date. I LOVED IT! Dean was not what I was expecting at all. His and Ali’s chemistry is positively molten. What’s even better, their banter. I laughed so hard I had a tummy ache. While Dean and Ali attempt to keep their “relationship” on the down low from their friends it becomes troublesome and hilarious. Whether they realize it or not, they are the perfect match. Ali doesn’t give Dean even an inch and Dean is not used to having to work to get a woman into bed. I was addicted to this book I read it in one sitting. I couldn’t put the dang thing down. Scorching hot sex scenes, humour, a bit of drama, and just enough feels to make you heart ache, The Score is going to keep you glued to its pages. Getting to spend a bit more time with the rest of the crew was a huge bonus and near the end there was a TWIST that I never saw coming. It kind of knocked me on my butt actually, but it only worked to intensify the story. I am now officially addicted to Elle Kennedy and this series, I cannot wait for the next book, it’s going to be Tucker’s book. September is tooooooooo far away!!!!!! Bring on the next book, I’m ready for more!

“All my senses are filled with her—her sounds, her smell, her touch. Her.”

Monday, January 25, 2016

The Mistake (Off Campus Book 2)
by Elle Kennedy


The Mistake is sweet, sexy, funny and has the prefect amount of feels! Elle Kennedy ROCKS!

The Mistake is the second book on the Off Campus series by Elle Kennedy. The Mistake is Logan’s book and I can honestly say that when I read The Deal, I fell head over heels for this character from the moment I met him. How can you not love John Logan and his cocky grin?

John Logan is a player a fact that he makes no excuses for. He is a very well-known member of the Briar University hockey team and because of this; he has no problems getting the female students attention. In fact he has no issues getting any females attention, at all. But lately Logan has realized that he has been hooking up even more frequently than usual, even by his own standards. In fact his friends are noticing it as well, but what they do not know, is that he has a reason for his behaviour. He is just not willing to admit it or even consider dealing with it because he is far more comfortable with running away from the problem, then facing it head on.

“This obsession with Hannah Wells is really starting to mess with my head. I need to get laid. ASAP.”

Grace Ivers is a freshman at Briar University and she is well aware of who John Logan is. Her best friend has been chasing Dean, one of Logan’s teammates for quite some time now with no success. When she bumps into Logan at a party on campus one night, immediately following one of his many hook ups she is struck by his hotness and cocky attitude, but quickly pulls herself out of the lustful fog. John Logan is a player and there is no way he would ever be interested in her, the freshman virgin. Grace also has no interest in being yet another notch on Logan’s seemingly never ending belt loop.
When Logan randomly knocks on Grace’s dorm room door one evening looking for a party, she is shocked. What could he possibly want with her? It has to be a mistake… and it is, he has the wrong room but, what happens next as they say is history. Grace and Logan are attracted to one and other and the sexual tension is thick enough to cut with a knife. Lust prevails and they do hook up that night, but Logan gets freaked out and leaves Grace “hanging” immediately afterwards. She is confused and hurt. Logan is totally clueless; he does this all the time, hooks up and runs, but then it hits him, Grace deserves better than that. Grace is better than that.

“I made the guy come last night and he didn’t even stick around long enough to kiss me goodbye. So yeah, I have to face the facts: I’m just another girl on a long list of John Logan’s conquests.”

“Leaving a girl wanting isn’t just embarrassing. It’s unacceptable.”

Grace is not a puck bunny, in fact she doesn’t even like hockey, she prefers football. Logan doesn’t do relationships; he has no time, between Hockey and dealing with his troubled family life. When Logan is finally realizes he has feelings for Grace he doesn’t handle it well at all. He wants what Garrett has with Hannah. He is lonely and the never ending line of hook ups no longer interests him, he’s thinking constantly of Grace, other women no longer interest him at all. But he has screwed up royally; can he ever win Grace back?

“It's a damn shame that duels don't play a role in the modern world anymore.” 

The Deal was the first book I had ever read by this author and I loved it, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on The Mistake. It then got buried on my kindle and I just realized I hadn’t yet gotten to read it and I moved up the list. I’m so very glad that I did, I love Elle Kennedy’s style of writing and being a Canadian I have a real soft spot for handsome, cocky, hockey players. I love that this book was a fabulous balance of sexy and steamy, sweet and sassy, funny and emotional. I love the characters, every single one of them. I especially love that the female main characters are spunky and sassy. The story line was great and I thought that the banter between characters was very amusing. I love that each book has a happily ever after and I’m really excited now to begin reading The Score. I hope that each and every one of the crew is given their own story in this series before it ends, because now I’m addicted. I’m reading The Score next; I’m excited to read Ali and Dean’s story. If you have not yet begun to read this series, I highly recommend it; I am loving this series by this fabulous Canadian author.

“This guy continues to surprise me. To awe me. He’s a better person than I am, better than he gives himself credit for, and if I wasn’t sure about it before, then I’m damn well sure of it now. I love him.”

“I need you. I can’t stand the thought of being without you.” He releases a shaky breath. “You’re the last person I think about before I go to sleep, and the first person I think about when I open my eyes in the morning. You’re it for me, baby.”

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sweet Hope (Sweet Home Book 4) 

Sweet Soul (Sweet Home Book 5) 
by Tillie Cole

My Review

This series continues to be intense, sexy and extremely emotional. Elpidio and Ali’s story is going to have you swooning, sighing, sniffling and full on weeping.

“When you’re dragged up in hell, I suppose you don’t think about what the other side could be like.”

Since Sweet Fall, Ali is now graduated and finally working her dream job, an art curator. One of her favorite artists, a reclusive man, who creates the most beautiful sculptures, is preparing for a show and Ali needs to be the curator for this exhibit. Elpidio’s work inspires very intense emotions for Ali and she has zero reservations about literally dropping everything and rushing off to interview for the position. Elpidio is a sculptor that has gained a lot of attention recently with his pieces, yet he does not want or need the recognition that comes with the praise for his work. Elpi’s mentor and close friend is adamant about showcasing his work, and even though he is not comfortable with the all of attention he agrees, reluctantly to the exhibit. Ali and Elpi are about to collide and it's going to get messy!

“What has happened in your life to make you so broken?”

Elpi is quite content in his solitude, his past haunts him daily but in his heart he believes that he deserves it, guilt eats at his very soul and his past is troubled one. But from the moment Ali meets Elpi she feels an overpowering and undeniable connection. Their attraction is explosive, but any type of relationship will be tested and more than once, when Elpi’s true identity is revealed it all becomes even more complicated. Emotions run extremely high and there are so many hurdles to overcome, their relationship simply feels doomed. 

“Everything I had left in the world was on the other side of that door. Everything I had left, but nothing I deserved.”

Ali and Elpi have a very long road ahead of them, before they can get to a place where a happily ever after is even possible. The rest of the characters that we have come to love are back in this book as well. Rome, Lexi, Molly, Austin, even Levi, revisiting all of them is great. Seeing how their lives have changed and living their happily ever after is gratifying on so many levels, and now it’s finally time for Ali to have hers, right?

“From the first time I ever saw your angel sculpture, it seared my heart… I always knew if I could meet you in the flesh, your soul would do the same.”

Tillie Cole never fails to deliver a story that will pull at your heart. Her stories bring such intense emotion and the characters begin to feel real. Sweet Hope is intensely emotional; it’s a bit darker than the previous books in this series. Things that we as readers thought knew about the Carillo brothers are re-explored and a new perspective is added into the mix. It changed everything for me, it made my heart ache and I cried a few times for the men who already endured so much pain in such a short time. Rest assured, Tillie Cole always delivers a happily ever after for her readers, so you can put any anxiety about that to rest, but when I reached the end of this book, I was relieved to find out that there is yet another book in the series, Sweet Soul, this is Levi’s book. I’m excited to read it and it’s up next on my TBR. I am sad that it took me so long to get to read this series, I’ve had the books on my kindle for some time, and I wish I’d read them sooner. This series has kept me hooked from book 1 and I will be very sad when I finally reach the end. I’ve fallen in love with this series and I loved this book. I loved the story, the romance, the emotional elements it was amazing from start to finish. If you’ve loved the previous books in this series, you’re going to be more than satisfied with Sweet Hope, enjoy!

“Hope is a fervent, silent wish that everything will turn out just as you dream…”


Sweet Soul is the perfect conclusion to a series that is deeply and intensely emotional. Simply Perfection! Tillie Cole is at her very best.

“There was always the hole that gaped open in my heart. The one I had no damn idea how to seal.”

Levi is youngest of the Carillo brothers and he has always been the most soft hearted and shy. Finally moving on from the past, the Carillo brothers have finally begun to heal and move on from their devastating pasts. They are all in very different places in their lives, from where they were when we first met them. Rome, Austin, Axe, all have successful careers and are in healthy and loving relationships. It seems the looming clouds that over shadowed this family for so long, have parted and the sunshine is finally shining down on them. Levi however is still struggling. He is playing football and excelling, but deep down he has guilt and has not fully moved on from his past. He has never had a girlfriend, never been on a date, does not like to party and spends majority of his spare time home, studying or hanging out with his family. His brothers are worried about him; Lexi and Molly are worried about him. Levi should be fully enjoying his experience at school, not only playing football but making friends, going out and maybe even dating. But Levi keeps to himself a lot and he doesn’t really confide his fears, guilt and memories to anyone. He’s hiding from his pain in plain sight. Then one night, everything shifts for Levi. A twist of fate puts Levi on a new path and for the first time, in a very long time Levi forgets about his own troubles. He has a new focus, to help this young woman, they he meets in an alley, a woman who so desperately needs it.

“Levi. Levi Carillo had helped me. He had saved me. Even when I’d pushed him away.”

Elsie has not had it easy; in fact her life to an outsider would seem to be an endless nightmare. Homeless and hearing impaired, Elsie struggles on the streets to merely survive. Elsie is battling the harsh elements, freezing with no place to go she is fighting daily to find her next meal. The night that Levi and Elsie’s path cross is pure coincidence but the meeting could not have come at a better time. Elsie is very gravely ill and her days just keep getting worse. When Levi stumbles upon this pretty young woman who is so obviously in need of help, it hits him very close to home. Levi is acutely aware of what it feels like to be hungry and feeling hopeless, he is resolved within an instant to do whatever he can to help her.

“Elisie,” he whispered again. “You can talk to me. You can open up to me. I swear you are safe with me.”
“She just… held me, no questions, no conditions.”

Levi and Elsie ae both incredibly shy and they are both struggling. From the moment they meet a connection and trust begins to build. What starts as mere friendship begins to build into something else. Together these two people slowly begin to heal each other and it is truly a beautiful thing to experience. As a reader I was drawn into not only the love story in Sweet Soul but also the breathtaking journey that these two are on to not only moving on from the past but also facing their demons. Leaning on each other for support emotionally and finally finding that one person that they can confide their deepest fears and worst memories is painful but it is also very helpful. Levi and Elsie slowly but surely begin to finally heal and emerge from the shell that they hide behind so often.

“We kissed and we kissed until, breathless, Elsie pulled back to look into my eyes. “Levi, you…you make me want to give my heart away.”

Sweet Soul is a slow burn, the passion and love builds throughout the course of the story is sweet. What is not clear from the moment that you being this story is that it is going to be at times, overwhelmingly emotional. The issues that Elsie is struggling to overcome are not for the faint of heart, but they are immensely important for most young people today, men and women alike. Tillie Cole has absolutely no issues at all with tackling tough storylines, and in Sweet Soul she tackles these issues with a metric ton of courage and poise. This book is beautifully written and the feeling that it brings forth are powerful. The story line is one that will keep you furiously flipping the pages from the very beginning; I was completely at the mercy of her words and characters. This series is one that is not an easy breezy, from book one, you are sucked totally into this fictional world and the characters begin to own your heart. Every single character has their own battles to face and overcome and while it is not always easy, they always manage to overcome and succeed. I’ve enjoyed every book in this series and Sweet Soul was the same. Emotional, beautifully written, and intensely powerful and heartbreaking, this book will take you a journey that you will not soon forget, if ever. Get out the tissues before you begin this book because let me assure you, you are going to need them.  

“My mom brought me the stars. Levi Carillo, you bring me the moon.” I held my breath, then whispered back, “Then you bring me the shine.”