Review ~ Beauty of the Beast by Rachel L. Demeter

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Beauty of the Beast by Rachel L. Demeter was exactly what I needed right before seeing the super fab live action remake of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. It reminded me of the more realistic, somewhat sad version of the classic tale.

I loved Isabelle. She was true to the times, yet fierce and unrelenting when necessary. Her strength of character was only out shined by her ability to love. Lost, cold, and caring for her ill father, Isabelle refuses to take no for an answer when they find Prince Adam’s castle are in need of shelter. Her willingness to marry a horrible man (and omg, he is AWFUL) to ensure her family is taken care of broke my heart.

Prince Adam was very well written. The way we are shown his past really set the stage for his desire to be alone and the depths of his sadness. But the way he cared for Isabelle proved that even after years of anger and self-hatred, his heart was still strong and seeking someone to fill it with love.

Certainly not an easy read, Beauty of the Beast dives into the less beautiful side of relationships and the pain of not measuring up. But it also allows the reader to see that even when surrounded by darkness, there is always light .. if you look for it.

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bofb.jpg Experience the world’s most enchanting and timeless love story—retold with a dark and realistic twist.

A BEAST LIVING IN THE SHADOW OF HIS PAST

Reclusive and severely scarred Prince Adam Delacroix has remained hidden inside a secluded, decrepit castle ever since he witnessed his family’s brutal massacre. Cloaked in shadow, with only the lamentations of past ghosts for company, he has abandoned all hope, allowing the world to believe he died on that tragic eve twenty-five years ago.

A BEAUTY IN PURSUIT OF A BETTER FUTURE

Caught in a fierce snowstorm, beautiful and strong-willed Isabelle Rose seeks shelter at a castle—unaware that its beastly and disfigured master is much more than he appears to be. When he imprisons her gravely ill and blind father, she bravely offers herself in his place.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Stripped of his emotional defenses, Adam’s humanity reawakens as he encounters a kindred soul in Isabelle. Together they will wade through darkness and discover beauty and passion in the most unlikely of places. But when a monster from Isabelle’s former life threatens their new love, Demrov’s forgotten prince must emerge from his shadows and face the world once more…

Perfect for fans of Beauty and the Beast and The Phantom of the Opera, Beauty of the Beast brings a familiar and well-loved fairy tale to life with a rich setting in the kingdom of Demrov and a captivating, Gothic voice.

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Beauty of the Beast is the first standalone installment in a series of classic fairy tales reimagined with a dark and realistic twist.

Disclaimer/Trigger Warning: This is an edgy, historical romance retelling of the classic fairy tale. Due to strong sexual content, profanity, and dark subject matter, including an instance of sexual assault committed by the villain, Beauty of the Beast is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

Review ~ To Me I Wed by KM Jackson

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Once again, KM Jackson has given me a sweet romance with just the right amount of heat. In fact, I liked this one even better than her last, Insert Groom Here. And can we get a round of applause for this cute-as-a-button cover??

The idea of loving yourself enough to promise to cherish yourself forever is super fab. While unconventional (and garnering a ton of crap from her family), Lily  was a great leading lady. I loved her dedication and fierce determination to prove that she doesn’t need a man. However, what we need and what we end up wanting…. that can be different.

Enter Vincent. He and Lily share a bit of a past – one that any reader can relate to. I swear, I have had similar thoughts regarding past instances and it made me grab a hold of these characters easily. Their wariness, their hesitation, and their fears are so real and understandable that I HAD to see them be happy. Had. To.

The relationship is anything but easy as both parties have huge fears when it comes to relying on and falling for someone. The author kept the drama realistic and yet I was still able to escape into the world she created.

I absolutely recommend To Me I Wed to anyone looking for a sweet, romantic, sorta hot read.

 

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tmiw.jpg“Have your cake and true love too…”

Nightmare bridesmaids dresses, tasteless fondant icing, budget-busting wedding expenses some women just aren’t about it. They’ll laugh off tradition, make their own rules and find the most outrageous ways possible to flip wedding day lockstep into true love.

She’s done, finished, “had” it. Between her family’s expectations and being always-a-bridesmaid, Lily Perry is fed up with being nagged to find a husband. She’s happy with her life and tired of being burned by nice guys who demand she fit their dreams. So she’s going to settle the issue once and for all: by marrying herself. And celebrated chef Vincent Caro’s fabulous restaurant is the perfect place for a big-time, blow-out,
not-hearing-it-any-more wedding. Lily doesn’t care if everyone including Vincent thinks she’s crazy. Especially when his mouth-watering talent and no-commitments style ignites one sizzling, no-strings fling, or two or more.

But no matter how hard they try to keep things light, their relationship keeps getting hotter. The more Vincent helps Lily tackle unexpected trouble, the more he finds she might be everything he s ever wanted. Can she afford to forget caution and finally let go? And can they both take a risk to discover if what they have is meant to last long after the dessert course?

Review ~ Wild Ride by Julie Ann Walker

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Wild Ride was an interesting interpretation of an MC. The men were still gruff, but the way they spoke didn’t quite fit with how I envision bikers speaking. Ollie sure as heck didn’t act like a badass. While I understand he was in the middle of recovering from something horrific, he was such a softy, it took away from his realism. Yes, it’s fiction. I get it. But with all things, everyone has limits, including me.

Call it a stereotype, but it’s how I felt. I mean, I am in no way saying that guys that are part of this type of club (though this particular one is not partaking in illegal activities and its members are some of the most honorable and brave people possible) can’t be smart, or even a little nerdy. Obviously, as their resident hacker, Ollie is going to be both. But it was a stretch that he loved The Princess Bride that much. And the emphasis on his emotional upheaval was emasculating – guys don’t think like that. I don’t know a single man who thinks the way Ollie does. Because while the book was fun to read, it was extremely clear that it was written by a woman.

Why is that bad? Because I couldn’t lose myself in the characters. I enjoyed their story. I totally dug the action. Those two elements kept this rating in the middle. But the disconnect I maintained with the characters made it hard to love the book.

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wrThe hero we’ve all been waiting for…

Ethan “Ozzie” Sykes

Former Navy SEAL

Underground operator for Black Knights Inc., the covert government defense firm disguised as a custom motorcycle shop.

In a black-on-black international mission that went seriously sideways, Ozzie was badly injured—now he’s stuck at BKI headquarters in Chicago, champing at the bit to get out into the field again. To his disgust, he’s tasked with distracting Chicago Tribune ace reporter Samantha Tate, who’s been trying to dig up the dirt on BKI for years. Turns out Samantha’s beauty, intelligence and sense of humor are a seriously big distraction, and Ozzie’s losing his desire to keep her at bay.

Ozzie’s tired of hiding, and Samantha may be the best-and worst—person to share his secrets with…

The List to End All Lists

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I really enjoyed this book. I loved seeing a not-twenty-something finding her footing, and living real life. I love realistic books!

Mateo and Emerson have a wonderful relationship, and it was fab to watch come to fruition. Seeing her learn to appreciate herself as an individual and go after what she wanted was inspiring. And Mateo? Wooo! He is an AWESOME BBF. Kind, sexy, compassionate, and daring, he will steal your heart.

The struggles that come with being a divorced mom and the drama that an ex brings to the table certainly kept the book grounded, but the pace never wavered.

I will say, I never really wondered about the outcome, I didn’t see the draw to her old life, but I was happy with how the author presented the ending.

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The Sex Bucket List by Prescott Lane
Release Date: March 9th
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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I’m Emerson, and my “to do” list is longer than I’d like. You might wonder what kind of woman comes up with a sex bucket list? Answer — the kind who’s been in a sex drought, has two crazy girlfriends encouraging her, and one too many bottles of wine.

This kind of list requires special skill. And I have just the man in mind to help me. He’s younger. So that checks one thing off my list. And he’s the kind of man every woman should sleep with at least once in her life. The kind of man who knows his way around a woman’s body. And God, I’d like him to know mine.

Armed with new lingerie and a fancy high-tech vibrator, I’m taking charge. Of love, of life, and my libido. How hard can that be? Well, judging by the rate of pole dancing injuries, I might be in trouble.

But how much trouble can one woman get in? Giving your panties to a stranger isn’t illegal in Georgia, is it?

Grab a pen and make your own Sex Bucket List!

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Our kiss is hard and rough, and it has my legs clenching together.  His hands go to my ass, pulling my dress up slightly, lifting me up onto the edge of my desk, grinding against me.  Wearing a wrap dress today was a good call.  I usually wear wrap dresses because they are no fuss, add a nice cinch to my waist, and feel like pajamas.  Easy access wasn’t one of the reasons, but I’m thankful for it now.

Wrestling with his shirt, I yank it out of his pants, desperate to feel his skin under my fingertips.  His tongue finds my neck, and he kisses a path along my collarbone.  I thrust against every hard inch of him.  He pulls on the tie of my dress, and I wrap my legs around his waist.  Picking me up, he pushes me up against the floor-to-ceiling window.

I can’t remember the last time a guy banged me up against a wall, or a window, for that matter.  This is a perk of being with a younger man.  Am I really going to do this?  In my office?  In the middle of the day?  He must feel my hesitation because he lowers my legs to the ground, flipping me towards the window, his hard dick pushing up against my ass, his warm breath tickling my neck.

He whispers in my ear, “Number 19.  Orgasm in a public place.  I’m saying this counts.”  I look down the few stories to the busy Atlanta street, the neighboring building.  Roughly, he forces my legs apart with his foot then reaches his hand between my legs and pushes my panties to the side.  “Your list belongs to me,” he says, his voice hard.

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About the Author:

Prescott Lane is the Amazon best-selling author of Stripped Raw. She’s got six other books under her belt including: First Position, Perfectly Broken, Quiet Angel, Wrapped in Lace, Layers of Her, and The Reason for Me.  She is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, and holds a degree in sociology and a MSW from Tulane University. She married her college sweetheart, and they currently live in New Orleans with their two children and two crazy dogs. Prescott started writing at the age of five, and sold her first story about a talking turtle to her father for a quarter. She later turned to writing romance novels because there aren’t enough happily ever afters in real life.

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Review ~ Coming Up For Air by Miranda Kenneally

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Coming Up for Air is a great YA story with a well rounded cast of characters. I enjoyed the friendships and how they developed.

So we have these for friends, right? They’re on the cusp of adulthood, senior year, and hella focused on their sport (2 singers, 1 cheerleader, and a football player). They have been together four years, as they had alerted scheduled due to sports. They were solid, tight.

Then…

Well to be honest, there wasn’t any ridiculous drama reading them apart at the seams. It happened naturally and didn’t feel forced. Maggie and Levi moved from friends to more than friends at a believable pace that paid homage to how nature dedicated athletes can be, but never forgetting they’re kids.

It’s a great book for YA lovers who prefer the lighter side of the rainbow.

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cufaSwim. Eat. Shower. School. Snack. Swim. Swim. Swim. Dinner. Homework. Bed. Repeat.
All of Maggie’s focus and free time is spent swimming. She’s not only striving to earn scholarships—she’s training to qualify for the Olympics. It helps that her best friend, Levi, is also on the team and cheers her on. But Levi’s already earned an Olympic try out, so she feels even more pressure to succeed. And it’s not until Maggie’s away on a college visit that she realizes how much of the “typical” high school experience she’s missed by being in the pool.

Not one to shy away from a challenge, Maggie decides to squeeze the most out of her senior year. First up? Making out with a guy. And Levi could be the perfect candidate. After all, they already spend a lot of time together. But as Maggie slowly starts to uncover new feelings for Levi, how much is she willing to lose to win?

Review ~ The Deep End by Kristen Ashley

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Before I get into what I think about this book, I’m going to put myself out there and ask…why are people so negative about this book? I mean, way to go KA! You moved away from your tried and true and gave us a great story that is not “typical”for you. Thanks babe!

Right, before I get myself in more trouble, let’s move on…

I know I said KA moved away from her comfort zone, note that I didn’t say how far. Because it’s not as far as you think, based on the blurb. The hero reminds of Lee Nightingale, but mostly because of his speech patterns. It’s very reminiscent of him (this is not a complaint). I really liked how Kristen explained the alpha-sub. Totally made sense to me. Totally dug it.

The heroine was freaking cool. A powerful woman, who knows and respects herself, treats others with respect, and is a great friend? I’m not really sure how not to like her. I can understand some of the less kind comments about her, but I don’t agree wth them. We’ll leave it at that.

This book is filled, to the brim, with hot, kinky, wtf-did-that-just-happen sex. A. Lot.

It’s also filled with Kristen giving you that, and you appreciating her giving you that because you know how hard it is. But in doing this, you give her even more.

^^ This style of writing got confusing. And a teeny bit redundant. And possibly annoying on a rare occasion. That’s why I couldn’t give The Deep End five stars. Other than that, I really loved the connection to the characters and the entire plot.

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Enter a decadent sensual world where gorgeous alpha males are committed to fulfilling a woman’s every desire…

Olivier isn’t sure what he’s gotten himself into when he joins the Honey Club, only that a dark part of him hungers for the lifestyle offered by this exclusive club. Here, no boundary will be left untested…and one’s deepest fantasies will become an exquisite reality.

When Amélie invites Olivier to surrender, she gives the alpha submissive what he craves. Soon they both find themselves falling harder than they ever anticipated—but as their connection deepens, the truth about Olivier’s past could destroy everything…

Gripping and seductive, The Deep End is the first book in a sensational new series from bestselling author Kristen Ashley.