Sunday, 19 February 2017

REVIEW: ROOKIE MOVES by SHELLY ALEXANDER


Rookie Moves
Checkmate Inc #2
By: Shelly Alexander
Releasing February 20th, 2017
A Touch of Sass, LLC
 
 
 

In Rookie Moves (Checkmate Inc #2) by Shelly Alexander, Dex Moore has achieved a lot in his life, most of all founding a successful company with his two friends. But the one thing he doesn't have is the one woman he wants more than anything. However, when that woman is Ava, his best friend's sister, how are things possibly supposed to work out for the best between them? Especially when he knows his best friend would not be happy if he learns the truth of the secret Dex has been hiding.
 
There are so many words to describe how good of a story Ms. Alexander has penned in this book, encompassing the brother's best friend trope, a hero determined to fight his feelings for the one woman he wants and a heroine determined to go after what she wants -- Dex. The way this story started with the prologue gives readers a wonderful introduction into the hero's life, and as this story is only told from his point-of-view, it made me intrigued to want to learn more about him. However, it was the moment that the hero and his best friend's sister come face-to-face for the first time in this story that I found things got very interesting. There is so much chemistry between Dex and the heroine that it's inevitable they're going to succumb to it, no matter how hard the hero tries to deny the attraction.

The dialogue was intense due to the main characters back stories and the challenges these two face on their journey to happy ever after. The heroine is keeping secrets from her brother, so what's one more. Then there's the hero and the dilemma he faces. Does he choose the woman he wants over his best friend? What will happen if he chooses the former and his chance at happiness only to have it blow up in his face? However, the dialogue wasn't all intense. There was also a bit of dirty talk from the hero that upped the heat level of this story, and moments where I felt sorry for the heroine because of the hero's reputation when it comes to women.
  
As for the heroine, she's strong, brave and I liked how she finally faced her past at her school reunion. No one should be treated the way she is treated, and I'm glad that she had Dex by her side. He makes things so much easier for her to deal with when it comes to the mean attitudes of old classmates. However, what I liked most about the heroine is how determined she is to get Dex to see her as more than just the sister of his best friend, because he could help make her no longer a 'rookie' in things she wanted to experience, since she hasn't experienced things in her life that she wishes to.

While Dex, he's confident and would do anything for Ava, even knowing that by putting himself in a certain situation, that he could find himself in trouble with her. I could understand his conflict when it comes to having to choose Ava over his brother or vice versa, because Ava's brother has done so much for him. Yet, how could he deny himself a chance at love, family, happiness. The kind of bond he's never had with his own parents.

Overall, Ms. Alexander has penned a really good read in this book, encompassing a dirty talking hero and a heroine that isn't afraid of his domineering side in the bedroom, because he's giving her moments she's never experienced before. The way this story ended had me shaking my head at the hero. Why did he have to be so mean to Ava? Being with her is the best thing that's ever happened to him. However, I liked that he was willing to go face-to-face with anyone that stood in his way of being with her and that he accepted the good advice of his close friends. I would recommend Rookie Moves by Shelly Alexander, if you enjoy the brothers best friend trope, the friends to lovers trope, the forbidden romance trope or a dirty talking hero that enjoys showing the woman he loves just how good they are together. 

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BLURB:
"Rookie? She'll be an expert when I'm done teaching her." --Dex Moore

Smart guys make the best lovers. We're curious and want to learn as much as possible, especially when it comes to women. Women are the most fascinating and complicated species on the planet, right? So when we meet a lady that piques our interest, it drives our curiosity to soaring heights. We want to study her. Figure her out.

Lucky SOB that I am, I've built a career on this very thing. As a founding partner of Checkmate Inc., a company that's grown into a multimillion-dollar business, I'm a quasi-celebrity. It's a role I never expected, and I've somehow been labeled the jet-setting playboy out of all three Checkmate partners.

I don't mind the smokescreen. I can't commit to a serious relationship while I trot around the globe to oversee our expansion, a venture that could bankrupt Checkmate if I don't keep my eye on the prize. Besides, the only woman I'd like to study, figure out, and unlock her ear-splitting cry of ecstasy is the one woman I can't have. And since she's one of my closest friends and my business partner's sister, a jet-setting playboy image is the perfect facade to hide my true feelings.

Bestselling author Shelly Alexander brings you this fresh new series of super sexy, sizzling hot heroes. It's a fun, flirty, and dirty series of romantic comedies that can be read as STANDALONE novels.

If you like smart, gorgeous, dirty talking guys who love bold and bright women, then this is the series for you! If you prefer your romances sweeter with a touch of steam, try Shelly Alexander's Red River Series.
 
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Saturday, 18 February 2017

REVIEW: SAVAGE URGES by SUZANNE WRIGHT


Savage Urges
The Phoenix Pack #5
By: Suzanne Wright
Released May 3rd, 2016
Montlake Romance
 
 
 
 
In Savage Urges (The Phoenix Pack #5) by Suzanne Wright, Makenna Wray loves to help people, especially people like her. Being a lone wolf isn't easy, and when she finds someone that is in desperate need of help in connecting with the Phoenix pack, she jumps at the chance. However, she wasn't prepared for Ryan Conner, the handsome enforcer for the pack, and soon she has to decide whether to give him a chance or whether to stay away, especially with the trouble she and her friends are facing against another Alpha who wants the shelter where she volunteers.
 
What a brilliant book Ms. Wright has penned in this story about a heroine that finds it hard to trust; a hero that will do anything to prove to her that there's a connection between them, even without the mate bond forming like it should; and a couple that face big trouble from a scary Alpha that wants what he can't have. The first sentence of this book made this story an intriguing, fast-paced read that had me hooked, because how is the heroine supposed to help someone that has come to her in the condition they have. However, it was the moment that she comes face-to-face with Ryan that things became interesting. Would he listen to her, or do to her what he suggests because he couldn't be bothered listening to anything she has to say since he sees everybody as a threat?

The dialogue and the plot were riveting, and I loved both the main characters and every moment that they conversed. Makenna doesn't find it easy to be around other shifters besides those that come to the shelter, but I liked that she gave the hero a chance. Makenna is strong, brave, kind, caring and I liked how she provided quite a challenge for the hero. No way will she be intimidated by anyone. Not after all she's been through to get to where she is in her life. While Ryan, he's confident, determined when it comes to the pack's safety and I loved how protective he was of Makenna. He proves through his words and actions -- whether it's in helping her or the teen she's brought to his pack's attention -- that she can trust him.  

Overall, Ms. Wright has penned a wonderful read in this paranormal where the sex scenes were filled with lots of exquisite heat and passion that illustrated the strong chemistry these two had from the moment they met. Ryan is very alpha when it comes to physical intimacy, and he makes things very exciting for Makenna. The way this story ended had me cheering for this couple's happy ever after. Makenna is stubborn when it comes to being involved in what happens when it comes to defending the shelter where she volunteers, and it was hard not to fear for her and Ryan's safety. Moreover, what happened to one of the main characters towards the end was nerve-wracking. Would they be alright? However, it was the final chapter that I really enjoyed. Finally, Makenna gets some closure about her past and I liked how the hero and heroine could still tease each other after all the obstacles they had to overcome to be together. I would recommend Savage Urges by Suzanne Wright, if you enjoy paranormal romance where the hero is good at dirty talk and the sex is red hot.  

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BLURB:
She’s a lone wolf with a cause.
 
As a volunteer at a shelter for lone shifters—the same one that rescued her—Makenna Wray has dedicated her life to finding homes for its residents. And when she discovers that a teen in her care is related to Ryan Conner, the broody, handsome-as-sin enforcer of the Phoenix Pack, she’s eager to help connect the two. She just wasn’t prepared to feel a connection of her own.
 
Lone wolves are loners for a reason—and most of them bad. Or so Ryan assumes until he meets the mysterious Makenna. Quirky and sensual, she seems to enjoy riling him, especially when she refuses to discuss her past. Although there is no mating bond, he’s sure she’s the one. All he has to do is be patient and wait. But when another pack’s sinister Alpha comes sniffing around, threatening Makenna and her shelter, this enforcer is ready to let his wolf off the leash…
 
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Friday, 17 February 2017

REVIEW: TURN ME LOOSE by ROSALIND JAMES


Turn Me Loose
Paradise, Idaho #3
By: Rosalind James
Released May 17th, 2016
Montlake Romance
 
 
In Turn Me Loose (Paradise, Idaho #3) by Rosalind James, Rochelle Marks doesn't want her little sister to make the same or worst mistakes than she did in her past, so she's cleaned up her act and is determined to show everyone she's not the same girl who they believe uses her pin-up girl image to get what she wants. However, when Travis Cochran enters her life again, she realizes nothing will ever be the same. The chemistry that sparked between them the only night they spent together is still there, and there's no way she can keep things casual, if she gives him a chance. Will Rochelle and Travis have a shot at happy ever after, or will her past cause trouble for her?

This is the first book I've read by Ms. James, and even though it can be read as a stand-alone, I kind of wished after finishing that I'd read the previous books first. However, in saying that, Ms. James has penned a really good read in this third book of her Paradise, Idaho series, which encompasses the second chance romance trope and blends together contemporary romance and romantic suspense superbly. The way this story started had me intrigued with what Rochelle and her sister are going through. Why were the two women in trouble? Who are the bad guys talking about?

As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the main characters back stories and the suspense side of this story concerning the murder a young woman. Who is responsible? Why did they kill her? However, in saying that, there were some really good moments between Travis and Rochelle that had me enjoying any chance they conversed. She doesn't know whether to give him another chance, and I liked that the hero was willing to fight with words and actions to get what he wanted. He shows Rochelle that she doesn't have to be bitter towards relationships, and that just because her marriage didn't turn out like she hoped, it doesn't mean that all men are like her ex.

I really liked both the main characters. They thoroughly entertained me from start to finish with their back stories, their growing relationship and all that they go through on their journey to happy ever after. Rochelle has achieved so much by learning from the mistakes she made in her past. She's hard-working, kind, caring, and I liked how determined she was to prove to everyone that she's more than just her looks. That she's smart and committed to all that she does, whether it's to her work or family. Moreover, I liked how determined she was to make sure her sister didn't repeat her mistakes, even going so far as to put her own life in danger to get her sister out of a harrowing situation. While Travis, he's confident, smart, and I liked how he didn't give up on Rochelle, no matter how determined she was to push him away. Because she's the one woman he's never been able to get out of his mind, even though they only spent one-night together.

Overall, Ms. James has penned a wonderful read in this book where the chemistry between these two illustrated that they are good together. The way this story ended had me on the edge-of-my-seat with its suspense. Would the main characters come out on top against the bad guys? Would one of the main characters sacrifice themselves to make sure the bad guys don't hurt anyone else? However, in saying that, I was glad the way everything worked out and it made me happy that Rochelle and Travis could joke about what they faced to achieve their happy ever after. But what I loved most was the final chapter, because Travis's words and actions revealed how much he loved Rochelle and that when you find the right person, you never let them go. I would recommend Turn Me Loose by Rosalind James, if you enjoy the second chance romance trope. 

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BLURB:
Rochelle Marks is working hard to build a name for herself that has nothing to do with her pinup-girl curves. She’s made mistakes in the past, and now she’s trying to stop her little sister, Stacy, from making worse ones. Rochelle’s done with being nothing more than someone’s good time. Even if that someone is the one-night stand who turned her life upside down before vanishing—and who’s just arrived in Paradise, Idaho, looking to pick up where they left off.
 
Tech mogul Travis Cochran’s hard-won new priorities have brought him to town as a university lecturer, but he’s come for something else, too: the smart, sassy, gorgeous woman who’s been in his head for months. When Stacy’s choices draw her big sister into a web of down-home crime and cold-blooded murder, Travis’s mission gets a whole lot more urgent. Now convincing Rochelle to trust him isn’t just about winning her back. It may be the only way to keep her alive…
 
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