Sunday, July 9, 2017

Elegant Deception by Tee Smith

Title: Elegant Deception (The Elegant Series Book 2)
Author: Tee Smith
Rating: 5 Stars
Author's Blurb: To follow your head, or follow your heart? 
Which can possibly lead you to the most trouble? 
All is not what it seems and not everyone can be trusted. 
When Vera is courted by the charming Kyle Kalisi, is she getting into more trouble than it’s worth? Or is he just a damaged soul? What is it about him that keeps her pulling back? 
Then there is the dark, mysterious Wombat. Everything about him screams danger. 
Torn between two worlds, every choice she makes could change her life. 
Some people will stop at nothing to get what they want. Even when what they want is somebody who doesn’t want them in return. 
Review: Do me a favor, go back a read that blurb again, then prepare yourself for one hell of a ride! This book was AWESOME! If ya'll have read any of my other reviews you already know that I am a fan of Tee Smith's writing. But really with each installment in her Elegant series she keeps proving over and over just why it is that I love her! Her story telling is beginning to reach a completely next level status that just has me in awe with each and every flip of the page. 
Elegant Deception is the second book in the Elegant series but really you can read it as a standalone as it takes place one year after the first book in the series and revolves around characters that were only fairly minor parts of that one. 
From the very beginning I was drawn in to this story. 
I loved the characters, especially Wombat. Oh my god Wombat guys!! I can't even say too much because there would be a million spoilers if I did but really just DAMN that dude is hot in my head!! 
I also liked Vera, even though I wanted to smack her about a million times! In some ways she sort of embodied all the annoying traits that weak lead female characters seem embody, but then in other ways she was totally strong and made complete sense in the context of the story. Vera has a past. Her life has not always been easy. She has trust issues, she's a workaholic, and she is super rusty when it comes to dating and relationships. So in those ways I think she was an awesome roll with the punches character and I found her compelling to follow. The only thing that really grated my nerves is the same thing that has grated on me with thousands of characters from so many books before, SHE DIDN'T SPEAK UP! 
Oh my god I wanted to shake her so hard so many times! But I kept pressing forward, and the pages kept flying by and in end I couldn't even be mad about it anymore because everything was so awesome. 
I loved the conflicts and dark turns that this book takes. I have read all of Tee's other books and this is by far the most risk I have ever seen her take with dark content. BUT IT TOTALLY WORKED! It was amazing actually. Again no spoilers but if you have read the book you know what scene I am referring to...When Vera focused on the door knob hoping it would turn, hoping someone would come for her....chills guys! Actual chills, that's what that scene gave me. It was dark and gritty and completely NECESSARY. There was no turning back after that scene. I knew what I was in for with this book. I knew that the hurt was not over yet and I knew that we just took some giant steps away from a happy ending that we would have to claw and fight our way back to. 
It was a really incredible journey. That's the only way I can even think to describe it. From beginning to end this book was roller coaster ride of emotion and I loved every second of it. 


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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Suddenly Dirty by J.A. Low

Title: Suddenly Dirty (Dirty Texas #1)

Author: J.A. Low

Rating: 4 Stars

Author's Blurb: He was everything she wasn’t looking for … 
Finding a naked rock star in my bed was not how I saw my new life starting. Especially when that rock star is Evan Wyld, guitarist of the hottest band on the planet, Dirty Texas. 
He looks dirty as sin with colorful tattoos, muscles and piercings in all the right places. Summer is about to heat up as I join Dirty Texas on their European tour. 
She was everything he wasn’t ready for… 
Sienna Hayes is off limits, but ever since the blonde bombshell accidentally climbed into my bed, I’ve been fantasizing about the ways I could help her get over her ex. 
She has baggage, but I’m known for being a good time. Maybe I can be her rebound, help put her back together again. 
One little taste can’t hurt; can it?

Review: Rock star romance isn't my typical genre of choice. Usually stories about fan girls falling for their celebrity crush just don't appeal to me. Suddenly Dirty seems to be an exception to that rule. 
I really liked this book. It was fun, sexy and fast paced. I never got bored and more than that I actually really liked the characters. 
Sienna was a great female character. From the moment you meet her newly single and disoriented waking up next to a naked rock star. I think her reaction of confusion, terror, lust, and shock were all well conveyed and somehow totally believable. I got to like her even more as the story progressed and you learn about her past and the events that lead to her taking a job with Dirty Texas. 
Outside of Sienna our other main character is Evan Wyld, who I'm pretty sure was a guitar player and back up vocalist for Dirty Texas (Axel was said to be the lead vocalist but the author describes Evan singing to Sienna throughout the story so I think he got in on the vocal action as well)  Evan was...a sexy rock star from Texas. His character did the things I expected him to and he played his part in the story well. I can' say I ever found myself completely smitten with him but he never made me want to throw my kindle either. 
We were also introduced to so great side characters in the form of Sienna's friends Vanessa, Derrick and Isla, as well as Evan's little sister Charlotte. I could see the seeds the author planted to set up future stories about these characters and their own rocker love interests and a few of those I found pretty intriguing. Most especially Vanessa and Christian and Charlotte and Blake. Those are probably the stories I am looking forward to the most coming out of this one. 
I liked the plot line of Sienna's divorce from her husband Beau and the dynamics and twists we got along the ride. Sienna really was a strong, assertive and yet still fun to follow heroine and without giving too much away I will say that really shined through when it came to Beau. 
Other than the merits of a good female lead (which is harder to find than it sounds) The other main reason I found this book enjoyable was probably the sex. I wouldn't class this book as erotica it's definitely safely seated in the contemporary romance genre but it was PACKED full of sexy scenes. And what's more they were really well written. The author didn't make me cringe at her vocabulary once and every scene fit the context of the book I never felt like it was just gratuitously thrown in for no reason. 
I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of rock star romance or just to anyone who is a fan of fun sexy stories. I enjoyed this one and I will probably be checking out the next installment in the series sometime in the near future.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Dropout By Jamie Schlosser

Title: Dropout (The Good Guys Book 3) 

Author: Jamie Schlosser

Rating: 5 Stars

Author's Blurb: 
JIMMY
Over the past year, I’ve been called a lot of things. Slacker. Troublemaker. Party animal.
I thought I was on top of the world. Turns out, I was pretty close to rock bottom.
Now I have a new title: college dropout.
Talk about a reality check.
But I’ve got a chance to redeem myself. One summer to turn things around. Two months to prove I’m not a complete f*ck-up.
It’s time to change.
I want to get back to being one of the good guys.
MACKENNA
I have everything I need to live out my dream of being a reclusive songwriter—my guitar, my notebook, and blissful silence.
At least, I did until Jimmy moved in next door.
With tattoos, piercings, and mischievous green eyes, he’s got bad news written all over him. And last time I got with a bad boy, it ended horribly.
Jimmy makes me feel things I shouldn’t feel. Want things I shouldn’t want. He’s a hazard to my carefully laid plans.
But he’s only here for two months.
I can resist him...right?
 

Review: I love this series so freaking much! From the very first novel I feel in love with Jamie Schlosser's writing style and her oh so sexy, not afraid to be goofy, studly, alpha, or vulnerable "good guys." I thought I loved Travis and Colton from her first two books. I devoured their stories and rooted for them the whole way, it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience for me... then I met Jimmy. 
SWOON SO FREAKING HARD! 
I more than loved this character. He was, sexy, funny, kind, and more than a little bad ass for a "good guy"...plus he has the coolest grandmother in the history of grandmothers. Seriously I thought I would be turned off by the idea of a kid (he's only 19) with flower tattoos and nipple piercings...HELL TO THE FREAKING NO. Call me a cradle robber all you want that fictional man is all freaking man and all freaking MINE! James Peabody Johnson is my new favorite book boyfriend and I plan to tell the internet all the freak about it. 
But all the swoons and thigh clenches aside this was another really solid story to fit with the trend of solid stories from Ms. Schlosser. I don't think there is anything that could have made me enjoy it any more than I did. I have really come to expect a fun, romantic, heartfelt ride from these books and so far I have yet to be disappointed. 
I love how the pool of interesting characters and possible plots just keeps growing with each of these novels. I love the way we are introduced to and then get to keep up with these awesome characters and their world through the small town setting of Tolson. I'm really excited for the next addition to this series. 
I can't wait to recommend this book to everyone!


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Monday, May 29, 2017

More than Money by Allison Michaels

Title: More than Money (Found in Chicago #1)

Author: Allison Michaels

Rating: 5 Stars

Author's Blurb: Ryan McMillan believes hard work and perseverance are the keys to success, not games of chance. When he receives an instant lottery ticket, he never expects to win a dime, much less walk away with the grand prize.
Collette Russo is no stranger to hardship. Loss has taught her valuable lessons in grace and modesty, traits Ryan can’t help but notice on the winner’s cruise. Collette is the only other passenger not obsessed with material things and their mutual humility sparks an attraction neither of them anticipates.
As good fortune continues to favor Ryan, his relationship with Collette turns into a romance filled with affection and laughter, and his career begins to take off. Yet when his loyalty is tested, an old friendship turns sour.
Ryan chalks it up to greed and arrogance, and finds comfort in Collette’s experience with both. But an unthinkable event reveals that nothing is as simple as it seems. Envy and greed threaten to ruin everything.
Has Ryan’s luck finally run out? Can he take back control? Will Collette stand by him in the aftermath?
Only time will tell if love is worth more than money.
* Due to adult language and sexual content, this book is intended for readers 18 and over.

Review: This book isn't my typical type of read, but I am so glad that I decided to give it a chance. This is a fun contemporary romance set around wonderfully developed characters that made for a story full of heart and emotion with plenty of laughs and a few tears along the way. 
From the very beginning I fell in love with Ryan's voice. He was funny, down to earth, relate able and frankly all of this together made him down right swoon worthy in a way that I would not have expected had someone described him to me beforehand. 
It took me a slightly longer moment to warm up to Collette and get a feel for her character but inevitably I found myself rooting for her and her relationship with Ryan pretty much the whole way through this book. I also really loved the characters of her brothers Les and Neil and I really hope that as this is the first in a series we will end up seeing more from those two in the future. 
Overall the characters where the heart and backbone of this story. The plot revolved around your emotional attachment to them and the workings of their lives. The pace never falls flat because the author chooses all the right moments to reveal each piece of the emotional puzzle that is this novel. The flashbacks and clues to bigger plot threads all blend together perfectly and made it easy for this somewhat tame story to keep me interested from the beginning all the way through to the last page. 
I look forward to reading more from this author and hopefully more from these characters in the near future. 

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Elegant Retribution by Tee Smith

Title: Elegant Retribution (Elegant series book 1)
Author: Tee Smith
Rating: 5 Stars
Synopsis: Lilijana Bartholomew is in a bad spot. Pregnant, beaten, alone, everyone she ever believed cared for has turned their backs. She doesn't know what she do but she knows she can't stay in her small hometown any longer. The business card in her hand could be her savior, but it will also open a whole new door of unknowns. 
Denim Gargliano is a powerful and respected man. His family's business dealing may not be all 100% legitimate but he is known to be fair and compassionate to the plight of those who surround him. When Lilijana bursts into his life she takes up quick residence in his heart as well. But Denim knows that he has to be careful, he can't allow her to get too close, he can't allow the dangers of his lifestyle to impact her in such a delicate time. But Denim's no push over, and he won't hesitate to protect those he cares for. 
Review: I want to avoid spoilers here so I will try not to say too much. I really loved this story. I've come to expect a great plot surrounding wonderful characters whenever I pick up a Tee Smith book and the first book in the Elegant series was no exception.
Denim and Lili were great characters. Denim was strong and compassionate, he was sexy and also a bit hard headed. I wanted to shake him just about as much as I wanted to kiss him and I loved it. I love a male character with flaws especially when those flaws are all driven by his compassion and just a bit of naivety in ways of the heart. 
Lili was that perfect combination of strength and delicateness that it so rare to find in a female lead. She was young and naive but she had also seen a lot of pain and heartache in her short life. Her response to her tough upbringing was beautiful. In some way she was hardened to it, she had a tough outer shell and a defiant sense of self. Lili didn't bend easily to the whims of others. In some ways this was to her detriment. Thus the naivety, Lili was stubborn and sometimes childlike in her refusal to accept assistance. But she was brave, and eventually willing to look past her past and open her heart to promises of the future.
Of course as wonderful as the emotional base for these characters was, it wasn't nearly the whole story. From the opening pages the plot moved along swiftly. I won't talk specifics on this because I think the events of this story are best read organically the way the author intends. 
Ultimately this was a good read. I enjoyed it and I would recommend it to others. I look forward to more from this author and from this series. 

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Elegant Retribution by Tee Smith

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Preppy Part Three by T.M. Frazier

Title: Preppy Part Three (The life and death of Samuel Clearwater) (King series book 7)
Author: T.M. Frazier (AKA The Queen)
Rating: 5...million Stars
Synopsis: Before you touch the beautiful fucking cover of this amazing piece of fucking art you better go back and do your due fucking diligence. This is may be the 3rd novel in the saga of Preppy and Dre and their gorgeously heartbreaking fucking love story but that's only half of what this fucking book is. Because what you are about to read is the 7th and final epic piece to the incredibly fucking fun, dick achingly heartfelt, and down right fucking dirty saga that is T.M. Frazier's King series.
Notice my over use of the word Fuck in this synopsis. Good. If it makes you uncomfortable then this book is not for you. If your cool with it then I urge you, whoever you are to take the God damn time to read these fucking books.
If you, like me, have done your homework and read/re-read every piece of T.M. Frazier material available to this point in anticipation of the mother fucking event that is this book. Then I don't really need to tell you anything about what your about to get because you already know.
You already know that this is the story of Preppy and Dre and their family.
This a story about love conquering all. Even death.
This is the final bow tie till I die, ride or die event with motherfucking PREPPY!
Review: I mean what more can I really say that I didn't already say above? What can I say that I haven't said about T.M. Frazier and this series before?
I can say that she did it again. She totally did. All the expected feelings and emotions, all the expected humor and amazing wit that is Preppy. All the glimpses of our other favorites from the series. She did all of that and more with Preppy 3.
Because this is the last book in the King series and it held that tone of finality throughout the entire book. As much as the swift pace and just utter dirty fun made me fly through page after page, the whole time I was cautioning myself against it. Trying to slow myself down and savor this story like the last of Mirna's chocolate chip cookies.
It's the end of an era. And if you haven't read these books from start to finish you'll have no clue what I'm talking about. But it really truly was. At the risk of spoilers...this is your only warning, it was an era of King, Prep, and Bear against the world. They've all been to hell and back none more so than Preppy, but they all came out the other side stronger and with their women and one another still by their side. Their little family has grown but it's still 100% intact. It's fucking beautiful and heart wrenching and yet because it's T.M. it's also funny and sexy and filled with intrigue and suspense.
It was near fucking perfect if you ask me.
That's all I got. I don't think I can say more without just gushing over ever spoilery detail and you guys know I hate to do that. Simple to the point I loved this fucking book. I loved this fucking series and these fucking characters and I think T.M. Frazier is fucking amazing.


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Preppy Part Three by T.M. Frazier

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Damnable Grace by Tillie Cole

Title: Damnable Grace (Hades Hangmen #5)
Author: Tillie Cole
Rating: 5 Stars
Synopsis: The Hangmen are back and there are more evil fucks out there for them to take on. The nasty pedophile cult fuckers seem to have been silenced for good but they managed to empower some even crazier white trash skinheads on their way out. For AK and the rest of the psycho trio the thought of what that Nazi poser Meister is doing to the remaining cult bitches in his backwards ass brothel town are bad enough without even adding in the knowledge that they have Phebe, the club VP Ky's wife Lilaha's sister. AK can't stop thinking about the red headed cult slut and he knows he can't just leave her to such a fucked up fate. After everything he's seen in his life, first as a soldier in the US Marine Corps then as SGT at Arms for the Hangmen, after everything heartache he's caused in his miserable life. He thinks saving this one bitch might be his only redemption.
Meanwhile Phebe's pretty much given up any hope of ever getting out of Meister's grasp. The pain she has endured has crushed her spirits. She no longer believes there is any good to be had from this world when all she has ever known is it's evil. She lives with many regrets but one more than all others, one that haunts her dreams and leaves her begging for the potion. The potion Meister injects in her veins that makes everything feel better. Sometimes through her haze she see's a pair of kind brown eyes. They belong to a devil's man. A devil's man with angel eyes that showed her kindness and mercy when she believed none existed. All Phebe wants to do is sink into the haze with the vision of those eyes.
Review: Tillie Cole has done it again. Her Hangmen series never seems to disappoint when it comes to the promise of hard hitting action, emotional trauma and gut wrenching heartache, all laced with an undercurrent of true love conquering all. Each novel in this series has been well crafted to this formula but I don't believe any more so than Damnable Grace.
AK and Phebe's story is one of the most tragic and gut wrenching of any so far. Yet it's also somehow one of the ones with the most hope.
From the very beginning you can see that this will be a darkest before dawn story. One that will lead you in to past and present trauma with a promise of bright sunshine to come.
Being the 5th book in the series has given Ms. Cole plenty of time to set up backstory and context for these characters, and I applaud her for the way she dove into those stories so fully and wholeheartedly in this book. Finally revealing in full context who these people where and what made them tick while simultaneously weaving in the other novels both past and future.
This story gave me all the feels. I had so many emotions from start to finish. There was suspense, horror, disgust, sadness, warmth, lust, happiness, more sadness, more horror and disgust, some more sadness, and then some more warmth, lust and happiness. It was a an entire gambit of feelings and they ran together seamlessly. Once again I was blown away by an addition to what is probably my all time favorite MC Romance series ever.
I can't say enough about this book without getting into spoiler territory so I won't even try. I'm just going to end this by saying thank you Tillie Cole. Thank you for creating this world and pumping out book after book of enjoyable content within it. I truly can not wait to dive into the I Do Babe novella and I anxiously await book 6.

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Damnable Grace by Tillie Cole