Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Review: Tap by Georgia Cates

Craft beer and sexy men who brew it. Both, always a good idea.
A faceless name. That's all she was when I agreed to play a part in deceiving her. But then the unplanned happened.

We met. And all I wanted from her was a dirty weekend... until that wasn't enough and I longed for so much more.

Lawrence Thorn suddenly means the world to me. And that's a problem. She's my business partner's sister. Forbidden fruit. Pursuing her can mean trouble for me and Lovibond Brewery. But I don't care.

I yearn for her skin against mine. 
I crave her smell on my body.
I want to make her laugh and then hear her moan my name. 
And she does for a brief moment in time. 

But Lawrence wants more than I'm able to give. And it's a damn shame because there's no one else on earth I want more than her. 

An epic love. 
A miserable ending.
Unless it's not.

5 Stars for Tap by Georgia Cates. The first novel in her new Lovibond series sucked me in and left me looking forward to more Lovibond love! 

Tap is a business partner of Lawrence's brother. When his partner has to enter rehab he asks Tap to "cover" for him with his sister. He doesn't want her to know where he's going. This should be easy, reply to some text messages, creatively avoid a few phone calls until his friend is back. It was easy until Lawrence decided to pay her brother an unexpected visit and Tap comes face to face with a woman he can't forget. He has to decide if he is willing to risk his friendship for a shot of at happiness.. only his past may keep his future at bay.

This story has it all! Forbidden love, tragic past events, great beer and even greater love. I enjoyed getting to know Lawrence and Tap and the other Lovibond characters. Tap is a stand alone novel with a perfectly timed happily ever after.  I can't wait for the next book in this series!

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I read this book using my Kindle Unlimited membership, it was good enough that I bought it immediately after I finished reading it... This is the kind of book that re-read dreams are made of..

Friday, November 20, 2015

Review: Always by Lynsay Sands

New York Times Best Selling Author Lynsay Sands returns with the unforgettable story of a reluctant bride and groom who will soon find common ground in the bedroom....

Bastard daughter of the king, Rosamunde was raised in a convent and his wholly prepared to take the veil.. until King Henry declared she would wed Aric, one of his most valiant knights. Suddenly she found herself promising to love, honor and obey.

Rosamunde's education had not covered a wedding night, but the handsome warrior she was now bound to seemed intent on giving her a lesson in the art of pleasure. In no time, Aric was certain she would surrender to the irresistible passion he promised.

And while Rosamunde's spirited nature often put her at odds with her new husband, his mastery in seduction was quickly melting her resolve- and capturing her heart.

I have been in a funk lately and just couldn't find any historical romance reads that would keep my attention for very long. I picked a copy of Always by Lynsay Sands and it was just what the doctor ordered. I love that whenever I see Lynsay Sands name on the cover of a book I know it is going to make me laugh and fall in love and Always did just that.

The relationship between Rosamunde and Aric is a little tension filled at first. Aric was betrayed by his last love, so he has trouble trusting women and keeping her wedding vow promise to obey her husband becomes more and more difficult for Rosamunde. What she was told to expect in the marital bed by one of the nuns from the convent.. had me laughing so hard tears were streaming down my face. The connection these two shared was always there, but as they spend more time together it becomes a beautiful bond. This story has lots of humor (ie: a war horse with a cold wearing Aric's cape..-you need to read this for the full story) which is always a plus for me. I found myself quickly invested in this story and I turned the last page with a smile on my face. I am a sucker for a good happily ever after and it the ending was perfect!

I gave Always 5 STARS! If you are looking for a heartwarming story with humor, love and some heat pick up Always by Lynsay Sands, she never disappoints!

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I was given an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and I honestly loved this book!

Friday, October 23, 2015


USA Today bestselling author Catherine Gayle presents the second novel in the Tulsa Thunderbirds hockey romance series.

Desperation changes a person. Leads them to do things they would have never dreamed.

Thanks for his mother, Ray "Razor" Chambers knows what desperation can lead a person to do. But as a defenseman for the Tulsa Thunderbirds, those days are long in the past for both of them. His best buddy is about to get hitched in Vegas when a woman whose eyes are filled with an all-too-familiar haunted look approaches Razor. She makes him a proposition, an he knows he's witnessing yet another act born of desperation.

Viktoriya Dubroskaya knows all about desperation, too. She came to America to study ballet and escape a fate no one should have to bear. She can never go home again. She's broke and broken, not to mention in survival mode. Viktoriya turned to the only help offered, but in the end it stripped her of everything she was and all she wanted. Now she's out of time, money and options... until she sees Razor.

There's no chance he'll take her up on what she's offering, but he suggests a counter-proposal- one involving a ring, a green card, and a chance to reclaim her body. It's an opportunity she can't pass up, but for Viktoriya and Razor, learning to live together as husband and wife is as foreign as interpreting Smoke Signals. And where there's smoke, there's usually fire.

Smoke Signals by Catherine Gayle should come with a warning: DO NOT START READING THIS BOOK UNTIL YOU HAVE TIME TO READ IT ENTIRELY. Trust me, once you start you won't want to put it down.

Razor Chambers may have most of the world believing he is not a good guy, he's the wild one with no filter... and this bad boy is in Vegas for the wedding of his best friend and former teammate. After meeting and being propositioned by a beautiful Russian this bad boy surprised this reader by becoming one of my favorite romantic heroes ever!

Viktoriya is in a desperate place. She's lost her student Visa when the school sent her packing after finding out she was working in the porn industry on the side to be able to afford to stay in the United States. She has no where to turn and the prospect of going back to Russia is scarier than any of her less than favorable options. Offering herself to the handsome man on the casino floor in exchange for money is just the next step in her downward spiral. She never expected him to proposition her right back, but with an offer of marriage and safety.

Razor sees his mother's past struggles in the beautiful eyes of Viktoriya. He is determined to give her something his mother never had.. a chance. These two find themselves married and on their way back to Tulsa. Now for this plan to work, they must convince everyone around them that they are madly in love.. which given their mutual attraction and fast forming friendship becomes less hard.. and very real.

A heroine with a disturbing past, a bad boy who is oh so good. These two steam up the pages! Catherine Gayle did a fabulous job of investing me in this story. I felt a gamut of emotions from sadness to happiness, to the butterflies caused by the love that grows between Tori & Razor. I loved the friendship that blooms between Tori & Tally (from Bury the Hatchet).

Smoke Signals is books #2 in author Catherine Gayle's Tulsa Thunderbirds series. It can be read completely as a stand alone. In fact, I read it BEFORE I read book #1 in the series, Bury the Hatchet, and loved them both equally. Catherine Gayle is an author who firmly earned her spot on my auto buy list several books ago when she hooked me on the Portland Storm series (PS> If you are a fan of her Portland Storm series, the wedding in Smoke Signals is Katie & Babs... I can't get enough of these two.) I gave this book 5 Stars and would probably give it more if it were allowed.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

5 Stars for About A Vampire by Lynsay Sands!

In New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands' new Argeneau novel, a vampire accustomed to seducing every woman he meets finds the one determined to resist him...

With immortal good looks and scorching charisma, Justin Bricker has yet to meet a woman he can't win over. His potential life mate should be no different. But instead of falling into his bed, Holly Bosley runs away and ends up mortally wounded. To save her, he has to turn her. And then Bricker learns the shocking truth: Holly's already married. 

Holly wakes up with a bump on her head, a craving for blood, and a sexy stranger who insists they belong together. She needs Bricker's help to control her new abilities, even as she tries to resist his relentless seduction.
Choosing between the world she knows and the eternity he offers is impossible. But Justin is fighting for his life mate- maybe even his life- and he'll break every rule to do it.

Justin Bricker is an immortal enforcer and one night his life mate literally and figuratively stumbles and falls right at his feet, onto a pair of scissors. He is forced to turn her into an immortal to save her. Quickly he discovers his life mate is already married to a human. The immortal laws prohibit him from telling her too much or using any persuasion to try to gain her affection. Any feelings she may have for him must be her own without his influence. Since Justin is responsible for her change, he is also responsible for teaching her how to live amongst humans as an immortal. He has a short amount of time to teach her and for her to realize that he is her destiny, her life mate. 

Holly wakes from her fall to discover the change. She isn't quite sure what to make of the handsome lunatic. She quickly realizes that what he is telling her is true and that she is an immortal. Holly just wants to learn how to live with her new reality and then get back to her normal life with her husband. Although the more time she spends with Justin, the harder it is to fight this new attraction. Justin & Holly have a lot of things going against them, the biggest is the fact that she is married to human. Justin's fellow enforcers also think this is the perfect time to pull the ultimate prank on Justin and hilarity ensues. Just when I thought I had the story all figured out Lynsay Sands  throws a curve ball and Justin & Holly's happily ever after is even more perfect than I expected. Justin & Holly's Story gets 5 STARS from this reader! 

About a Vampire is Book #22 in author Lynsay Sands, Argeneau Series. These books can be read in order, but can also stand alone. As a fan of the series, I recommend you read them all in order. The relationships that develop are even more special, as characters from previous books reappear to play small parts in each new story. This series is one of my favorites of all time, The Argeneau Series is a must read for any paranormal romance fan! 

**I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I honestly loved this book and have just ordered a paperback copy for my home library**

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