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Wasted Heart (Ruining, #3) - Nicole Reed Omg, I thought this series was complete!!! Makes me a little nervous where this could go....however, I'm stoked to get more of Rhye!!!!!!!! :)
Undressed - Avery Aster Okay, so it's a little confusing for me to start a series and read them out of order, but it worked, lol. I'm still a little confused about how to rate this book, but having said that, I think I liked this book more than the first.

Lex is struggling to keep her fashion company together. She's been working her ass off to keep it off the ground and has high hopes that with this next Fashion Week everything will pay off. However, her fabric provider has decided last minute he won't be sending her the fabrics. With no other choice, Lex leaves home and heads to Prince Massimo's to try to convince him to send the shipment. Little did she know this business adventure would be life altering, not only for her company but personally as well.

I loved Prince Massimo. He was hot hot hot!! And Lex was strong willed and brave. I got a little confused because some of the things Lex did after her and Massimo got together didn't exactly seem like her, and some of the things Massimo said and did, didn't really seem like a Prince would do. I like them together, just some things that happened felt a little odd for the characters.

I don't want to seem like I'm picking the story apart, it's just some things I noticed, but it was still a good story and I must say I liked it more than the second in the series. :) I think Blake's story should be interesting and can't wait to read it soon! :)
Unscrupulous (The Manhattanites, #2) - Avery Aster ummm, I've been so perplexed on how to rate this book. I really really really wanted to like it. It's been on my short list for some time, I just was never able to squeeze it in. Whoa, Whoa, whoa, I'm not saying I hated it, I just was never able to love it. Here's why....

Taddy, Lex, Vive and Blake have been friends every since they met at boarding school. Well, Taddy and Lex longer, but once they met Vive and Blake the foursome was complete. They have been through thick and thin together, including a near "death" with Lex's mom. Needing a break the girls head on a vacation that will forever change Taddy's life.

She meets Warner, and they immediately feel something. But a huge misunderstanding has Taddy running for the hills and making a New Year's pact with her girls, promising for the next year, sex and men are out of the equation and they will all focus on work only. The girls all do well until a freak run in with Big Daddy changes everything for Taddy again.

The book was hilarious. The girls were so funny, it had me cracking up out loud in the middle of the night. And omg, Big Daddy, hot hot hot!! Loved him!! And once him and Taddy got together,....yum!!! I absolutely loved them together, and well both of them apart as well, but here's where I couldn't love it.

I got bored. :( I really hate to say it, but I did. I felt like it took forever for the story to get started. I know you have to be introduced to the storyline and sometimes that can take a little longer, but it seemed like it took forever for Taddy and Warner to meet and then once they met it took forever for them to meet up again, then everything rushed up and the story was over. yeah, I got pulled back in at the last, but for the remainder of the book I was just bored and irritated wondering what was taking them so long to get together, orrrr, have a conversation, or something. Yeah, they met and instantly wanted each other and spent months thinking about the other, but it just took forever for it all to happen. :(

It was a good read, just not what i was expecting. Usually I can read books really really fast, and since my little boy has started kindergarten I've had more time to read, especially at night since he goes to sleep way early, I was just so bored with the storyline I couldn't focus on it and would end up going to sleep too. :( Maybe if it had been edited more, so that the couple ended up together sooner, I would have liked it more. I loved them together, there just wasn't enough of that and took forever to get to it. :(
Edge of Obsession (SKALS, #3) - Adriana Noir "Welcome to SKALS. I suggest you strap yourself in, cupcake. You just entered the ninth circle of hell."

This series......This book......smh, if you haven't started it yet you are definitely missing out on something here. It is pure GENIUS!!!



Edge of Obsession is the third book in the SKALS series. I have been beyond excited to read it and when Ms. Adriana Noir offered me an ARC I jumped on the opportunity. Once I started I could NOT put it down. OMG, it was AMAZING!!! EEK!!!



Sebby and Taylor are struggling to get over what happened to them in the previous book. Seb is on edge worried about Taylor, what he has got her into, and how he can still keep her. However, this isn't his biggest problem. Something huge is happening. He has his suspicions on who is behind everything, but he has to be able to prove it, and that is not an easy task. The harder he digs it seems the more questions he has, not to mention he's not completely sure on who he can trust and who he can't. The stress gets to him, plus some reconditioning. Taylor seems to take the brunt of it. She tries, as hard as she can but sometimes Sebastian's demands are more than she can keep up with.

"I lost my way, but I love you and nothing is ever going to make that change. No matter how much SKALS might rip away, some small part of me is always clinging to you. You are what keeps me breathing when I want to give in. You are what makes me fight to come back home."

I literally just could go on and on and on about this book. Seb is my favorite anti-hero right now. Don't go into this series thinking it is going to be heart and flowers, because you will be sorely disappointed. Seb is hard core. At times I wince and just want to look away because his punishments can be so extreme, but he explained that a little in this book and I understand now better where he is coming from and why he does the things he does. He can also be extremely caring and protective of Taylor, and I'll just say something happens in this book that I just knew was coming. I was a little shocked at the way Sebastian handled it, but not in a bad way.



Taylor is her own kind of special. It takes someone brave and extremely strong to be with a man like Sebastian. At times when she is scared to death, i'm actually thinking run, go for it, what do you have to lose. And then I remember,....everything. Not only would she probably lose her life if she fled, or would take the ultimate punishment, she would lose Sebastian. And even though at times he can be terrifying, it would be horrible to lose him all the same. She literally has to walk on eggshells, but seems to be finding her way, if she can just get through this next test.....



Speaking of that, well, I can't spill anything about what I'm talking about her because it would definitely spoil, but for those who know what I'm talking about they'll understand what I'm saying here. When Sebastian finds out about what happened he is going to go apeshit crazy, and I pity the soul who steps in his way during that time,....and after when he goes for them. The ending killed me, I was sooo into it, sigh.....I NEED MORE!!! LOL!!!

Arc kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thanks so much Ms. Noir!! :)
Finding Hart - Ella Fox Omg, I have so loved this series from the very beginning and for me each book gets better and better. I love how this family sticks together and supports each other no matter what.

I'm out of time to write a review, I'm off for a somewhat vacation but I didn't want to leave without writing some kind of review.

I can say this book was completely different than the rest of the series. The book before left us hanging on a cliffhanger and this book picks up right after with a little bit of a backstory added in. It was amazing!!

I loved Dominique finally confiding in her sister and Dillon. I think she needed that so bad. I also loved that Dominique had such a bond, a bond that only a twin would have. And the fact that Dominique was willing to give up everything, absolutely positively everything, including her last breaths for her sister and her unborn child. It just goes to prove how much love they had for one another.

Once again, this family has been a favorite of mine from the beginning and I can't wait to get Leah's story. I wish I could write more, but real life has beckoned me for about 2 weeks. I'll say, give this series a chance, it's awesome!!
Unteachable - Leah Raeder "You're pretty brave, sitting up front by yourself."

It all started at a chance meeting on a carnival ride. Both trying to beat their fears.


"I see the lights every night. It seems like the whole world has figured out how to be happy, but no one's letting me in on the secret."

Maise is facing her fear of a roller coaster due to the tragic lost of her bear on one from years ago. But also just really needing to feel alive. Evan is facing his fear and also preparing himself for a new job, a new town, and hopefully a new life.



They share a magical night full of beer drinking, carnival games, rides, and hot smoking sex in the front seat of Chevy Monte Carlo. But all too soon Maise sees what she's done and leaves Evan behind like she does all of her other conquests. However, unlike the rest of the older men Maise seduces, this one has a lingering effect on her. She can't seem to stop thinking about him. And then the unexpected happens. Maise runs into Evan, at schoool, in class, where he is going to be her teacher. They try, oh so hard, but within days they realize they can't get enough of each other.


"I can't hold on to you. You're like that shooting star. Just a trail of fire in my hands."

Maise and Evan keep sneaking around hotels, then weekends in St. Louis, touches here, glances there, but nothing is enough. They keep getting braver and braver. Maise shows up at his house during the week, he comes to parties to get her when she's gotten to drunk, kisses in the classroom during lunch, then more. They are falling madly in love with each other, or are they obsessed, or is it the thrill. Neither knows, they just know they can not get enough, until finally it all explodes.



Turns out more than one person knows about them. One exploits the knowledge cleverly, the other uses it as blackmail. Turns out though that's not the worse of it. Evan's been keeping a huge secret. A secret that, on top of the blackmail and the other proof could tear them apart.



"It's always goodbye with the mouth and until we meet again with the heart."

Okay, I can't say more. I actually feel like I've told too much. I felt so sorry for Maise the entire book. She's had a horrible childhood. Her mother is a drug dealer who has let all sorts of people in her home and has left Maise to raise herself. Her dad's gone. All she dreams of is her future and getting on with her life somewhere else. Then her mom happens. It was like no matter how hard she tried there was always something there to stop her efforts.

"This is the biggest thing that's ever happened to me. You, and all of this. You changed my life. Who I am. How I think and feel and see the world."


Evan hasn't had an easy life either. He's running from his childhood and other parts of his life, as well. But when they were together they were perfect. Evan just always wanted the best for Maise and was willing to destroy is own happiness if that's what it took for her to have it. I wish there would have been an epilogue or something. I would have liked to know what they ended doing in the future. Maybe there will be another book?? I don't know. It was a good ending I just was left curious at what happened after.

The Mistress (The Original Sinners, #4)

The Mistress (The Original Sinners, #4) - Tiffany Reisz

NO, NO, NO, NO.....Yeah, I seemed to have plenty of status updates that say the exact same thing, but over and over that is how I felt. I'm all over the place right now, so this review may end up a rambling mess that I have to come back and fix, but I need an outlet to release some feelings and I'm using this review to do that. haha, I've vented to Lkay, Mercy, and Amy and they've helped and made me realize I'm not the only one feeling this way, so that makes me feel a little better. SO, hurry up Vika, Dana, and Sultan so I can see how you girls feel too, lol, but overall I just feel disappointment. SO much damn disappointment. :( I think the ending just did me in.



Now since then^^, yeah up there, I have talked to Diana, and she has helped me to see some things through another prospective and it helped to calm me down, which then made me raise my rating and be less mad at some of my beloved Sinners. But I still have some beef, so my ramblings may be edited, lol.

The Mistress begins right after that cliffhanger from The Prince. In case you haven't read this series and plan on it, don't read any further there may be spoilers to the other books but I won't spoil on this book without spoiler links. Nora has been kidnapped by Soren's wife/Kingsley's sister. I put this in spoilers because I'm pretty sure that was revealed in The Prince, but it's been a while so I was just being careful, lol. and being held captive. Everything has basically been building to this book. All during the series there has been things going on, (break-ins, documents stolen, mysterious killings, property damaged) that has been hinting to what was to come. Once Nora is kidnapped all come together to find and rescue her. Including some that came out of nowhere. haha, and so my rant begins...


(This is exactly how I was while typing this out, lol. ^)

I have loved this series. In the first book I was slighty,...okay lets be honest scared shitless of Soren, but had a major crush on Zach and haha Nora too. Come on now, you did too, don't pretend Nora wasn't awesome. And feeling mushy feeling for Wes. The second book I found myself being less afraid of Soren and more on his side. But come on, at first I was disappointed Zach wasn't around but soon found out my crush for him was nothing compared to my crush for Griffin, ahhh, Griffin. And totally wanting to stab Suzanne in her nosey throat with a pin. Then the third book I found myself falling harder for Soren and rooting for him and Nora more than ever and getting highly irritated with Nora and Wes. I must explain that. I love Wes, I do, I just never thought he was a good fit for Nora. He would never accept her world and after a while she would become suffocated trying to live in his. So I just was sick of them together even though they could be sweet. But in the last book, sigh....I'll try to explain, I just feel so much and so strongly about it.



I don't want to tell much more about the plot because I don't want to spoil. So let's just sum it up. Wes called and warned Soren about Nora, which in turn went to Kingsley with the news. Soren is desperate enough he even suggests cops, for which Kingsley ummmm, denied him. :) You'll see. Wes races to find answers by coming to Kingsley. Griffin comes to help but is told that he will be in charge while all is going down. All of this made perfect sense to me. These are the characters that we have grown to love from the very beginning. I wish Griffin could have played a bigger part, but I understand someone had to take over for Kingsley. But there are other characters that just sprung up.



Laila is Soren's niece. She's in town for a "surprise" visit to see her uncle. She ended up being a pawn. OH yes, that term. Apparently this book is one huge chess game, and if weren't for Amy and her explaining I would have never figured this part out. SHOUT OUT GIRL!! Thanks for the info, btw!! She's sweet and innocent and has stories to tell about her Uncle Soren and Aunt Elle, but really not a major player. However, I saw her place in the story from the very beginning. ;)

And then there's Grace. She's Zach's wife in for a visit which accidently ended up being by herself. For some reason, when she finds out about Nora she automatically thinks she deserves to be in the inner circle even though no one there even knows her. Get ready for it, I didn't get her relevance to the story, she seemed forced and in the way and annoyed the hell out of me, until the end, and then I just hated her. YES, I know I may get some negative feedback from this, but that's how I feel about her.



Okay, Since Grace is my biggest downfall of the book I think I should start there. Grace and Zach are back together and apparently stronger than ever considering they joke about them having affairs and Zach missing Nora. Zach has given Grace one night to let loose in the Underground as long as he doesn't have to know the details. But when Nora's kiddnapping comes to her knowledge she goes to find out answers. okay, whatever she was worried. But then for me, every time I got a chapter with her POV, I internally groaned. Really. Like I said she made no sense being involved in this situation. But every chance she got She ran to Soren, tried to touch him, fawned over him and let him spill stories to her. The man is in pain over worrying about what's happening to the woman he loves and this chick keeps coming around, trying to get closer and closer. Then she tells him she wanted him. SHE'S MARRIED. SOREN IS WITH NORA AND KINGSLEY, HE GAVE HER ALL KINDS OF WARNING, BUT IN HER LAST DITCH EFFORT WHEN HE IS GOING TO RISK HIS LIFE FOR NORA SHE TELLS HIM SHE WOULD HAVE GIVEN ANYTHING TO BE WITH HIM. uh, inappropriate, but I still didn't hate her like major. I HATED HER MAJOR WHEN *MAJOR SPOILER* Nora has been saved yet she sleeps with Soren and makes a baby with him. UMMM, talking about slapping your husband in the face. He didn't want any details about what happened while she was gone and she comes back pregnant with a man he couldn't stand in book one, when he couldn't make a baby with her. That was it, this girl right here was so D-O-N-E with this chick.





Okay a bit dramatic, maybe, hmmm, I feel a little better though, a little.



But I'm not done yet. I'm confused by Wes too. Okay, so since book one he has been in love with Nora. He saves himself, gives himself to her in book 3, even proposed. But in the end, he just let her go. Okay wait, you know that's what I wanted, I'm not complaining that he did. It's just the way everything went down. Yes, I loved him with Laila. I wanted him with Laila, they seemed to connect right from the start. But it seemed like he was in love with Nora, wanted her, all of her forever, was willing to marry her, but when he decides that it would never work he turns around walks away ,like he should have,and then, so unlike him, takes Laila's virginity 20 minutes later knowing he may never see her again. After he had held his for so long. I wanted them together, so I'm happy about that, I just think he went too fast with getting in her pants, and let's be honest, there are other things way bigger than that left hanging after this book that they could have just kissed and left you figuring they were together. Let me clarify, I'm only upset because it seemed so unlike him to end one relationship, turn around and take a girl's virginity that he barely knew. I'm not upset about him leaving Nora, lol. It was the way it should have always been with him and Nora. But, I really did get so sick of him looking down his nose the entire book. Okay, really, I'm trying to shorten this up, I just feel so much about it.







Okay, then my beef with Soren, hahaa. It's not as bad, but it's there. Soren and Nora, and Kingsley too, faced death. Nora and Soren had this beautiful moment, yes it was at gun point, but my god, I was bawling. Then Kingsley saves them and is injured. It was just THAT moment, in a book that you NEVER forget. Then Soren comes home and after years of only being with ONLY Nora and Kingsley, he screws Grace. He was with Nora and Kingsley because he loves them, so why of all of the chances he's had before to be with others does he decide to be with Grace. WHY?!??! I've seen other people speculating, but it seems.....WRONG to me. I mean, don't get me wrong, I know these three don't have some perfectly monogamous thing going but for Soren all of a sudden especially after that moment and what had happened. I guess I just can't wrap my head around it. Diana did help me to see this perrogative a little clearer, more through Soren's eyes and I think I get it a little better when she pointed out how Soren saw it, so I'm going to try to be less upset about this, but never going to get over Grace getting pregnant. NEVER, EVER.



Funny enough, I never even have discussed the Crazy. Well she has a name, but crazy suits just fine. She had definitely slipped off her rocker and honestly, if the whole Grace situation wouldn't have taken up so much of my review I would have talked about her more, but given how long this has become I'm trying to cut it all out. She'S a demented crazy psycho that was completely delusional.



AND THEN....the ending. WTF?!?!? I still have unanswered questions, smh....maybe I'm being to hard on this. I mean, I have loved this series, will still recommend to everybody. The writing was beyond fantastic, the storyline captivating and I hung on every word. It was just this book that felt....disconnected? from the rest, maybe not all of it, just the Grace thing felt too forced and I didn't get it. I know I have rambled a lot and I'm going to edit some, but I had to let my feelings out first...And as you can see, I didn't hate the book, I gave it 4 stars, if it wasn't for the Grace thing, I'm sure it would have been a 5 star, she just annoyed the hell out of me which led me to a lower rating.

"I always love you. I never once stopped loving you. All those times I said I hated you, I never meant them, not once. I loved every part of you, every secret, every sin. I love what you are and what you do and how you make me feel so scared and so safe all at the same time. God, I wish I had my collar."

"You don't need it. I know who you are, who you belong to."

"I promised you forever. Forever isn't long enough."

"And I promised you everything in return. I meant it."
Wicked Games - Jill Myles, Jessica Clare "Welcome to Endurance Island! We are here in the famous Cook Islands, home to piracy and private, sandy beaches. This will be your home for the next six weeks, provided you can withstand all the challenges that Endurance Island has in store for you!"

So, I'm going to make this short and sweet, lol. This was a very unexpected read. I grabbed it up as a freebie and one night needed something to read quick before my next buddy read started the next day. It reads really fast but kept me hanging on every word.



Abby was placed into a reality show she didn't want to be in with a partner she didn't want to be with on Endurance Island. At first everything is awful, as I mentioned her partner, the island, the lack of EVERYTHING, all the people on the island with her...EVERYTHING. Then when Abby and Dean realize they have to work together in order to get anywhere, things starting changing immediately.



It's only 100 pages so you know I can't spill more than that or I'd ruin it, but let's just say enemies turn into partners, turn into friends, turn into lovers, one big misunderstanding and then.... I'll leave the rest for you to figure out. :)

"Hush, woman. I'm busy renewing my alliance with my teammate. I need to win her over if I want her to vote for me."
Cowgirl Up and Ride - Lorelei James ahhh, so I normally write my reviews right when I finish the book. You know, it's fresh and my thoughts are flowing freely. I'm going to be completely honest, I put this review off, read a short story then read a mind fuck of a book and my thoughts are everywhere but I'm going to be short, lol.

This was Cord and Amy Jo's story. Amy Jo has been in love with Cord since she was five and he helped her. Since then she has put him on this pedastool and basically fawned all over him, but from afar. She's watched him grow older get married, have a kid, move away, come back broken, go through a divorce and basically be the rock of his siblings. Not to mention she had to be in his house and babysit that kid for him over and over. But now she's tired of waiting and she's about to make her move.



Cord is tired. He loves his life, his job, his son, his ranch, but he gets lonely. He doesn't want to admit that because he thinks women are all liars and keeps himself away from them, but with his son gone to visit his mom he realizes just how lonely he can get. Once out, he spots this sexy girl across the floor and starts imagining doing dirty things with her, until he realizes his dirty thoughts have been about his sister's best friend and son's babysitter which is also too young for him, however he can't stop the thoughts especially when little Amy Jo makes him an offer he can't refuse.



Ahh this book was so good. Cord and Amy Jo burn up the sheets and when they find their deal being almost done they can't stop thinking about each other. I felt sorry for Amy Jo, she had loved this man her whole life and he had never noticed her, not like that anyway, but that was the least of her problems. She's worked on her farm hard her whole life and never everything is crashing around her, plus she's had to leave school to come and have a front row seat to watch it crumble.



I have to sneak the hilarity of a bachelorette party. OMG, it was sounded like so much fun, made feel like I was missing out not being there. :)

Cord had his own issues he had to get over, pride being the biggest of them all. But he has other problems as well, his brother Colt is coming apart at the seems and he can't seem to get through to him. Then he starts to have deeper feeling for AJ, he just doesn't voice them well.

Other characters stories seemed to take off in this story too. Colt's for sure, and Kane and Kade's. Plus we got a little sneak peak into other stories prior including good news for one, or two, or maybe even more couples. WINK WINK!! Can't wait for more from this series!! Each book pulls me in more. :)
Games of the Heart - Kristen Ashley
"Don't play games of the heart, honey, even if you're doing it to protect one."



Holy crap this book was good. This was Mike and Dusty's story. It starts out with the unexpected death of Dusty's brother, Darrin. Even though this is tragic, it gets the ball moving for so many good things, and so many more bad things as well.


"Miracles happen on this farm. Dreams come true here."


"I mean he's a guy. Girls at school say he's a hottie. Hotties nail babes. It's the way of the world."

Mike hasn't seen Dusty in years, but when she only makes a short appearance at her brother's funeral, and then doesn't stick around to help her family out, he has decided he is going to give her a piece of his mind. Turns out, nothing is as it seems. Dusty has her reasons for staying away from her family, and Mike had no idea, so when he acts a total dick the last thing he expects is for Dusty to attack him. NOPE, not like in an angry way, in a hot smoldering kiss that leads to more, that leads to him spending the night, the next day, and seeing her off at the airport.

"I've loved you since you were twelve and I've read your diaries, you can't deny you felt the same fuckin' thing. You weren't old enough then for my thoughts to go there but we both know that bond started then and we both know just how it changed when it snapped tight in that hotel room."



Dusty has been in love with Mike since she was a young girl. She had to sit by and watch him dating her sister and then when he tried to help she pushed him away, but now is her chance to finally have what she always wanted. All she has to do is convince her ex that that is what he is and has been for months and figure out how to make everything work with Mike. They have their share of troubles but finally once she is forced to return to the ranch to help out, everything seems to smooth out, for Mike and Dusty's relationship anyhow, other things don't work out as well.



This book, well this whole series actually, has been amazing!! I totally loved Mike and Dusty's story, but it was so sweet getting to see a first love bloom and grow between Reesee and Fin in this book as well. They were so amazingly sweet and made me relive my first love right along with them. I loved watching Dusty's relationship grow between No and Reesee as well.



This book had everything, as typical KA fashion. HOT, possessive alpha, beautiful sassy heroine, a great love story, the coolest kids ever,totally funny moments that will have you laughing out loud, amazing friends, and a suspenseful storyline that keeps you guessing until the end. Also, sneaks into the lives of the characters of the books before this one. Sigh...I always want to jump into a KA book and make it my life,....if only.

Mike looked up at the ceiling but he still heard Rivera mutter,"Brownsburg. Every year. Spring Break. I fucking love this place."

I totally agree with Rivera, booking my plane ticket now, lol.
Rode Hard, Put Up Wet (Rough Riders, #2) - Lorelei James "Age is just a number and there are no age restrictions on when you might find true love."



^ Ole Trace Adkins there is not wrong. I'm going to make this short and sweet seeing as I have about 15 more books to go in this series, I don't want to be too repetitive.

This is Cash Big Crow and Gemma's story along with Carter McKay and Cash's daughter Macie's. The story started off a good while after the first book ended. Gemma pushed Cash away in order to get her head straight to move on from her dead husband. Now she is ready for him, but she'll have to find him first. Once she does she asks him to come help her work her ranch, but Cash has other thoughts. He'll work the ranch as long as Gemma allows him to sleep in her bed every night and she gives him the control there. Gemma is now ready for this, she just has to convince Cash that she is.

"Lucky for you I just got my second wind and a new rope to break in. Keep up that dirty talk and I'll have to try out the gag too."



Meanwhile Carter has been working part time for Gemma for the summer. He's a struggling artist that lately has been having dreams of one girl over and over. When he goes with Gemma looking for Cash he sees his muse in the flesh. Instantly he wants to get to know her and convince her to let him draw her, but he also feels something deeper for her and just has to convince her he being truthful about that. Macie hasn't ever had the best of luck in anyone. She's just getting to know her dad, but really no one has ever really stuck around for her, so when Carter starts making all of these promises she just ends up blowing him off. But eventually blowing off Carter isn't easy, especially when he is the very one who begins to be her everything.

"Thank you, Macie for knownin' what I needed when I didn't know myself. For lettin' me show you my intensity. For seein' me. The real me. You seem to know what I need. No one else ever has. No one has ever cared. You make me feel...whole."



Both couples grow closer and closer. But both relationships have misunderstandings. Gemma and Cash seems to be hiding feelings from each other, while Carter gets so lost in his art, he forgets what's important in the end.

"She's exactly like you, which means she's perfect for you because she will make your life a living hell. Or heaven on earth. Depending on the day and your collective brooding moods."~Keely to Carter

This book was so good. I can't say I liked it as much as the first, only because it was a lot to keep up with both couples. I don't even know if that is what it was, honestly, cause I had no trouble following along, just seemed I liked the first better. However, this book was so hot. Trevor made a surprise visit and I was not disappointed by that, lol. These books so far seem to have scorching hot sex scenes and lots of them, but still maintains a good storyline that sucks you in. I can't wait to read more. :)

Bad Things (Tristan & Danika, #1) - R.K. Lilley "I knew that we were going to be a dangerous combination. Bad things were going to happen if we spent too much time around each other."

I have soo many emotions right now. That ending just made me a hot mess. I have so much to say, but just can't seem to get it out....

The ending has left me..



Okay I'll try. This is a spin-off from the Up In the Air series. I have been completely stoked to read this. So freaking excited. This story starts off prior to Bianca and James, even before James knew Tristan. Danika is working for Bev and Jerry. To me the coolest bosses ever. She's their nanny, but once she met Tristan she didn't do a whole lot of that, yet never got in trouble, lol. I'm just saying!! But, I'm getting ahead of myself. The day she meets Tristan she automatically senses that something about him is going to change her entire life. She was not wrong.

My Tristan

"I want you so badly that I'd do just about anything to have you. The only thing I won't do, though, is risk losing you. Can you promise me that if we do this, I won't lose you?"

Tristan doesn't do relationships. You'll find out why during the story, but instantly he and Danika both are insanely attracted to each other. But they form a fast friendship and deep connection, so much so that they realize they would rather do anything than to hurt it. Which results in Tristan believing rules need to be made so no lines are crossed that would harm their friendship.

Danika

"You have me. I'm yours, and I'm not going anywhere, not ever."

Of course like all rules, it seemed like the instant they were written they both had trouble not breaking them. As Danika says it almost made it seem like a challenge. Once one line is crossed they all begin to be and once they give into their attraction they can't seem to get enough of each other. It was so good, mmmm mmmm. But, remember Tristan doesn't do relationships so once he realizes Danika is seeing this different than what he thinks it is, everything starts to unravel. I literally could go on and on and on, about this book but, hey, I don't want to ruin it for those of you who haven't read it yet.

"Tell me not to kiss you." he said when his lips were a breath away from mine.
"Don't kiss me," I told him, my voice a breathless rasp.
"Mean it," he said, crowing me into the corner of the pool.
"I can't," I gasped.
The words had barely left my lips before he was kissing me.




I felt like my emotions went everywhere with this book. From the sexual frustration between them, to the the hot things Tristan did to Danika and the things he said to her while he was doing them, to blissful happiness, to complete utter tragedy, my emotions were on a whirlwind.





Tristan was like the best guy ever. Holy cow, I was head over heels in love with him. His restraint, confidence, protectiveness, and his complete understanding, not to mention all of those hot showers, ahaha.

"What do you do to food to make it taste this good?" I moaned.
I opened my eyes when he didn't answer me. He was staring at me with a look in his eyes that made me toes start to curl. He set down the uneaten half of his sandwich, striding out of the kitchen.
"Where are you going?" I called to him.
"I'll be back in five minutes," he called back.
I wasn't sure if I was pleased or appalled when I heard my shower turning on.


And dang, I woke up this morning hoping he was in my kitchen cooking me breakfast, sigh, what a disappointment when he wasn't. And then Danika, was so witty. I loved her sarcasm. But I agree, I think she needed to get out and have some fun with Tristan and his buddies. But towards the end, it felt like they just lost control of themselves. Don't worry, I still loved it and it's still going to be 5 stars, it just seemed like they became over possessive, over jealous and always jumped to conclusions in a dramatic form without even beginning to see the whole picture.



I love love loved Frankie and Jared!! But oh how I hate Dean. HATE HATE HATE him. This is for you Mean Dean, and I think it's only going to get worse in the next book, if that's possible...



But the ending was just so painful. OMG, I had been warned there was a cliffhanger, but I never dreamed this. It wasn't the worse cliffhanger I've ever read, it's just the way it ended. Leaving you wanting more desperately but being too depressed at the same time. If you've read it you know what I mean. I absolutely can NOT wait for the next book in this series.


Steal My Heart - Lisa Eugene "The heart is sometimes the last to speak the truth."

This book was so good. If action/suspense plus a hot alpha male with lots of sexual tension does something for you, then this book is totally the book for you. I had the author, Ms. Lisa Eugene, contact me a few days ago offering me an ARC of her book, once I read the blurb, I knew this was a book for me, I however had no idea just how much.



The story begins with Maggie, like the blurb says, a germaphobe on the subway, by force on her way home. Maggie is an OR nurse and never wears her scrubs home but just this once she's not had a choice. Suddenly there is a commotion up front and then the sea of people part and a very dirty, very unkept man starts ambling toward her and basically collapses right in front of her. She really wants to part of this, but since the one time she steps out in her scrubs everyone is waiting for her to take action. Little does she know, in this one moment her whole life will change.

"
"And like Prince Hamlet, I'm trying to expose a murderer as well.

Gabe is ex-SEAL working jobs for people, but something about this job is sending alarms everywhere. For starters, how do these people know his name?? Everything should have went completely smooth, but instead he has a bullet hole in his shoulder and now has to find a way out of this hospital and go get his flashdrive back. Of course that ends up not going as easy as he thought it would either. Gabe only intended to hold Maggie captive until he got his information and then be gone, but something about her keeps calling to him and then of course her life gets threatened so they are on the run.




All Gabe plans on doing is getting her out of danger, finish the job and disappear again, but as things start unraveling he realizes that something is completely amiss my this job and the longer he spends time with Maggie he becomes more and more attached to her. Not to mention that she starts to bring things to light to him that what he is doing could be horrible for people everywhere.



I loved this book. The suspense, the action, the angst between Maggie and Gabe. What's not to like?? Gabe was the ultimate alpha. He was used to being dependent on himself and being alone so when suddenly he has a buxom blonde depending on him to keep her alive he's not sure what to do with her. At the beginning she wasn't given a choice about being with him or not. I wouldn't necessarily call it being kidnapped, because hey she wasn't completely unwilling, but that didn't mean she didn't try to get away. Her getting stuck in the window was priceless.

(WHile hanging half out of the bathroom window)
"What exactly do you think you're doing?"

"Escaping!"

"Not doing a very good job of it. Are you stuck?"

"NO! I'm not stuck!"

"You've been a bad girl, Maggie. I wish I had time to punish you properly. But we need to go."




Maggie was completely out of her element with Gabe. For starters, her lack of clean clothing, not to mention she had to stay in a hotel. hahaaha, I love that she tried to kill any possible bed bugs with a hair dryer, hahahaa and I often wondered about her skin, she took so many showers. After a time though, I felt Gabe understood her, without seeming to be bothered by it and also they made each other better. Maggie seemed to tear down Gabe's walls, while Gabe brought out a bravery in Maggie and even though she is still a germaphobe, she didn't seem as uptight in the ends.

"You are in so much trouble. Don't you ever do something so reckless ever again! I can't lose you." he choked.

"I can't believe you pushed me onto that floor. Do you know what kind of microbial soup-" Her tirade ended with the crush of his lips.

"Where the hell did you have that gun?"

"Between my boobs. In my...support top."




Once Gabe and Maggie gave into temptation though they couldn't get enough of each other. To the point, Gabe wouldn't allow Maggie to wear underclothes while they were alone and anytime she was caught with a bra or underwear on she got threatened punishment. They ended up being a pretty good team, IMO.

That ending though, or should I say, the big reveal, wow, I never saw that coming. Normally I have a pretty good idea of who is behind all of the bad, but this just completely blew my mind. Of course, then the actual ending was awesome. I actually wish there was a novella or something for what happened next for them. No, it's really not needed I just loved them and wouldn't mind a little more. :)

**ARC courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review**
Long Hard Ride - Lorelei James SOOOO,....this book has been on my TBR pile forever!! I have always seen hot status updates for it but had never made the time to start the series. After a rather colorful conversation with Lkay, she convinced Vika and I we needed to start on the series now. Boy, I wasn't disappointed.



"Nuh-uh, shug. I like my women wet. Really wet. I like it when they get that wetness all over me. All over my fingers. All over my face. All over my-"

"Colby McKay!!"

"Come on dance with me. Let's see if we can't spread that wetness around a little."


Channing has left her life in Boston to find herself. She's always felt like she was being someone she wasn't or just blending in. Her family is basically planning her life for her, so she ran away with the rodeo. After being with Jarred for a while, they're out one night after a rodeo when the very Colby McKay swoops her up for a dance. He keeps making cryptic comments about Jarred and making it obvious he wants a piece of Channing himself.



Channing sooner rather than later finds out Jarred's secret. Colby swoops in to save the day, but with conditions. Colby has been wanting Channing from the first time he saw her. Now's his chance, however him and his traveling buddies always share their women. So this will be no different. Channing will get to live out all of her sexual fantasies with all three guys and they will help her out.

My Colby


"Darlin' you are amazingly sexy all the time, but in the morning especially. If we were home at the ranch I'd never get up on time to get my chores done."

This book was so beyond hot. Holy crap. From threesomes, to Channing getting to sit in the corner and watch another couple, to blindfolds, and deals being struck that leave both beyond breathless. haha, I can't give everything away. :) I have no other words other than SMOKING HOT!! However after a while feelings start to form, friendships are made and fun for a week turns into more.



One reason, I think, I was hesitant on starting the series is the fact I used to rodeo and I wasn't for sure how it would be betrayed. I will say the author did a very good job at explaining everything about what was going on with the rodeo and how rodeo life can be. I will say what a relief that was for me. I grew up with this sport I kind of couldn't help the worry but it really wasn't necessary. I never had the same experiences that Channing did with the three hot guys servicing her, or two anyway, but the rest of the rodeo stuff was all pretty accurate.





Overall, this was a great read. Really hot, great characters, awesome storyline, and a big happily ever after. I can't wait to continue on with the series. I'm addicted, big time. :)

Edible (Exquisite, #3) - Ella Frank Holy Batman was this book scorching!?!?!?!



I have loved this series from the very beginning. I was hooked when Mason and Lena made some peaches and cream, haha, (and I totally thought of that song when I typed it), you know what I mean, and if not, that should make you curious enough to read this series. Then Georgia and Josh were fantastic with a road trip down south, haha pun intended and then I've always had a love for caramel candy, but it gets addicting so I don't have it a lot, I'm thinking I may think of a whole different thought the next time I have one thanks to Cole. I think, I can't be sure, because all of these books have been hot, but I think, this one may have taken hot to a whole other level.

Definitely Rachel


Rachel had met Cole a while back in Entice at the club Whipped. She gave him a hard time, decided real quick she hated him and moved on with her life. Little did she know, she had struck Cole in a whole other direction. Burned out on life, she's wanting a change. She's actually running herself to death and has recently realized she's lonely. Running her mom's shop in the morning and working at Exquisite at night she's thinking of getting herself some help. She was so lost in her thoughts she ran right into someone. And that someone ends up being Cole. They have a heated moment but once again Rachel brushes him off, or at least she wants him to think that, really he has made an impression on her and one like she hasn't had in a while. But, goes on with her business



However, Cole, is overjoyed of his run-in with Rachel and has been waiting on a chance to see her again, and now he knows he wants her and plans to make that happen.



When she agrees to meet him at Whipped she knows she should be running in the opposite direction but something keeps pulling her to him and she knows this could be the beginning of her moving on with her life. Cole can't wait to see what Rachel is all about, but he's already thinking of ways to keep her.



This book, oh my wow, was so freaking hot. Cole has this commanding dirty mouth on him that will make you break out in shivers every line he speaks. I'm not even kidding. Lady parts beware, lol. He is every bit the controlling alpha male. He's a lawyer that is used to getting his way. He was sexy as hell!!! Geez, Louise!! Rachel was fighting demons. She hadn't had the best luck with men, so had started drifting toward men she could control. It really wasn't the kind of man she really needed but needed the control in her life. When she got with Cole this was not the case, and turned out to be the perfect match for her.



This book/series had it all. Scorching sex scenes, drama, however I'm going to say more so in book one and two than three for me. There was drama, just not the same kind. Great characters with a fantastic family to back them and delicious food, wink wink. I highly recommend!!


Out of Breath (Breathing, #3) - Rebecca Donovan Every choice had a consequence. I'd earned every aching beat that pounded in my chest.



I seriously don't know how I feel about this book. I know for sure I read the first two books in this series last summer, a whole year ago, and absolutely adored them. They were like an emotional train wreck I just couldn't look away from. But it took forever for this book in the series to even have a release date, and when it finally got one it was ages away. Lucky for me, I have like 1700 books on my TBR list so I kept my self occupied, but I never lost my anticipation for this one. :( Now I just feel,....I have no idea what I feel, disappointment, confusion?? I'm not sure, I'll try to explain.



"You can't keep pushing everyone away...because one of these days, you'll wake up and no one."

When book 2 ended with that crazy ending, I thought I had somewhat of an idea where this would go, maybe not exactly but at least in some direction, I was totally off. 2 YEARS PASSED?!?!?!!? 2 YEARS!?!?!!? I mean sure, that's how long it felt like I waited but I couldn't believe the story skipped ahead that far. Anyway, Emma is living in California going to Stanford. She's pretty much keeps to herself with the exception of her room mates. But when one night the box holding her past literally opens it's like something in Emma comes apart too. Suddenly she's drinking, partying, and on the biggest downward spiral I think I have ever read. No one can seem to get through to her, until she meets Cole. I have so much to say about Cole, but I'll get around to that.

"I promise not to delve into what makes your silence so loud, if you promise not to walk out on me."



Cole and Emma seem to share some sort of connection???, except Emma refuses to really let him in. I felt so bad for the guy, it was like she was just using him, because it is obvious she is never truely going to ever let anyone in. When she is basically forced to go back to Weslyn, that's when she basically broke. Of course we all know who and what is in Weslyn.



Okay, so that is a basic summary and I don't think I should give many other details, but I have so much more to say. First, the drinking thing didn't really bother me like I have seen others no liking. I mean, that's what happens in college, it's not like it's a surprise or anything. Did she take it too far, yeah sometimes, but really I think she was just fighting her demons so hard she had lost control. The thing with Jonathan, I'm still confused about. I mean not confused by what happened, but confused to why that's the only part he played in this book. Not that I guess it was that big of a deal, but he was such a big part of book 2 I was shocked that he was such a minor character in this book.

Hold on to this life, Emma. You're so much stronger than you think you are.

And then Cole. I really really like him. Gah, he is the most patient and forgiving guy, but at times I got a little aggravated at him for being such a pushover. Maybe he knew things would only last so long. But when he left her at the house after the letter, I pretty much knew his time was short lived. I hated the way he left, but totally understood at the same time.

"Maybe it's because once you put all the pieces together, you end up with something beautiful."



Evan, Evan, Evan. I have mixed feeling about him too. Talk about patience and forgiveness. I guess he should have saint status with the things he put up with. However, he's not perfect by far either. When she confessed that deep secret and he let her go after telling her no matter what he would never leave her, I kinda sorta hated him for that moment. But geez, this guy put up with some high stakes drama to try to fix the girl he loves. Omg, that night on the beach where he confessed everything that happened after she left him, he sorta kinda hurt my heart. Not because of him hurting her, but because of some of the things he said.

"Living in the mistakes of your past isn't going to do anything but destroy your future."



"I never stopped loving you, Emma. I just don't know how to love you enough."

"Why would you say that?"

"If I did, you'd trust me with all of you."

"I'm afraid. So afraid that is you see who I truly am, you'll hate me. And I can't let that happen. I only exist because of you.~~~I want to be so much better than this girl in front of you. I want to deserve you, to let you love me. I just don't know how."

"You don't have to let me, Emma. I already do. You just have to love me back. WIth everything you have. And that's all I need. I need you. All of you."


And then there's Emma. I don't know man. Some of the stuff she said I truely wanted to shake her. How can one person, destroy their own life that much. I got sorta aggravated at her. I know, some of the stuff she has been through, were pure shit situations. I'm not even going to lie. The aunt, losing her dad, HER BITCH OF A MOTHER, and the thing with Jonathan, all total shit situations, but some of the things she brought on herself. Losing Evan. She never had to make that decision. It was the stupidest thing ever. The thing with Jonathan was not even her fault. I could go on and on. The girl needed to see a shrink and some meds would have helped her too. Problem solved.



But the main thing is this book. I felt like some of it just drug on and on. I get it, this is not an easy story to tell. But I feel like 100 pages could have been edited out easy. And then, that FREAKING ENDING. *red face* WHAT WAS THAT?!?!?! It's like we took this seriously long heart breaking, deep story and then got one sentence of a epilogue. Okay, not literally but really, I was so pissed. IT seemed like almost an afterthought. I really like what happened, it was sweet and good to see after what had happened to that "household", but that's not at all what I wanted. I seriously thought we would see them getting married or something. As cliche as that may be, I think that level of commitment was exactly what these two needed. And also to see Emma,....well and non-suicidal. Seriously, maybe a happy Emma for once. And her snobby ass grandmother doesn't even deserve her time of day.

"I'm not suppose to live without you. And you're not supposed to live without me. We're in this life together. Without each other, we're not really living."

Overall, it was a really good series. The first two books were amazing. And this book wasn't horrible, just not ever what I had imagined it was going to be. I knew Evan would be coming to find Emma, or vise versa, but never did I see it happening this way. I still recommend it, just bring a large amount of patience with you.


From before I read it....
Ohmigod, I have been waiting on this book since around July of last year....I can't wait anymore, so excited for this to come out.