Monday, 23 April 2018

REVIEW: GOOD GIRL GONE BAD by CARMEN FALCONE


Good Girl Gone Bad
Dirty Debts #1
By Carmen Falcone
Releasing April 16th, 2018
Entangled Publishing



Lily has always lived up to her preacher father’s expectations of how she should behave, but all that changes when a hot stranger walks in to her hair salon and a feral need to have him takes over her common sense. On a whim, she screws him in the supply room, caving to a desire that only grows with each kiss.

When she learns he’s the billionaire alpha who wants to boot her out of her business for the sake of his own, she’s livid. But the pulse between her legs never got the memo. Things heat up even more when he offers her a naughty proposal that’s going to make this good girl stop thinking twice about being bad…

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In Good Girl Gone Bad (Dirty Debts #1) by Carmen Falcone, Lily should have known the stranger she had sex with in her salon's supply room was too good to be true, especially when he's looking to take her business away from her. However, when he comes to her with an offer, she knows she shouldn't refuse when it means she can save her business and have a month's worth of her handsome stranger's time in and out of the bedroom. Will Lily be able to convince Marco to give happy ever after a shot or will they both walk away when the terms of their agreement have been met?

I always enjoy this author's stories and I've got to say that Good Girl Gone Bad was a very entertaining read that was sexy and addictive because of Marco, the deliciously hot Alpha hero. Really, the way this story started had me reading quickly, determined to discover what Lily's reaction would be once she learns the hero's identity. Yet, it was from the moment the hero's proposition is made where things really get interesting, as he has quite the offer for her. Will she benefit just as much from the offer as he will?

Both the main characters were fantastic and I liked every moment they converse, as the heroine isn't afraid to challenge the hero to get him to open up. Will Lily be able to help the hero heal from his past? Will Lily be able to help the hero heal the strained relationship  he has with his father? Can Lily and Marco convince everyone that their relationship is real when they both know it's fake? Moreover, both the main characters back stories were intriguing and I couldn't help but feel sorry for the hero, as he's filled with guilt over what happened to his mother. While the heroine, she's grown up the good girl in being a preacher's daughter and someone that would never accept such a daring proposition as to what Marco has proposed. Yet, there's something about Marco that drives her to be bold and daring and do something outside of her comfort zone, which makes her resilient and courageous.

Overall, Ms. Falcone has delivered a really good read in this book where the chemistry between this couple was heady and convincing; the romance was steamy because the hero loves control; and the ending had me loving the hero's determination to make things right with the heroine, especially once he realizes how much the heroine means to him. I would recommend Good Girl Gone Bad by Carmen Falcone, if you enjoy the opposites attract trope, the fake relationship trope, or books by authors Naima Simone, Amy Andrews, Tessa Bailey and Samanthe Beck.
















































Sunday, 22 April 2018

RELEASE BLITZ - REVIEW: WHEN STARS BURN OUT by CARRIE AARONS



When Stars Burn Out
By Carrie Aarons
 Contemporary Adult
Releasing April 22, 2018

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Blurb

Stars die in one of two ways.

So slowly that each layer burning out feels like agony … or suddenly, exploding into a million pieces before the universe even has a grasp of what is happening.

When Paxton Shaw left Demi Rosen without so much as a goodbye, he stole her shine in both manners.

Now, eight years later, he’s trying to pull her back into his orbit. The nation’s most beloved football player, a tight end with a seriously tight end, has finally realized Demi is the one who got away.

But she’s a different woman than the weak girl who used to come running whenever he called in the middle of the night. Strong, successful, her life’s mission being to grant the wishes of children whose flames have all but been extinguished.

And untouchable, as dark and cold as a midnight sky with no moon in sight.

When one special child forces their star-crossed paths to collide, it’s impossible to keep the feelings of their past buried. Paxton had been her Halley’s Comet; the once in a lifetime love that scorched Demi’s heart in the most spectacular of fashions.

She promised herself she would never make that mistake again. But, how can she forget the dreams of love she once had, when Paxton wants to make them come true?


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In When Stars Burn Out by Carrie Aarons, back in college Paxton Shaw treated Demi Rosen badly, but now eight years later he's determined to make things right between them. However, that isn't going to be easy, especially when he broke Demi's heart when he used her and then left without even saying goodbye all those years ago. Will Paxton be able to convince Demi to give him a second chance or did he hurt her too badly in the past for her to think about giving them another chance?

This is the first book I've read by Ms. Aarons and what a wonderfully-crafted story it was due to the fantastic main characters that have quite the history; and the enthralling dialogue that made this story an absolute page turner, as Paxton and Demi have some tough obstacles to overcome. The way this story started with the prologue drew me into this story immediately, as it was palpable Demi was halfway -- if not all the way -- in love with Paxton and it seemed he was using her as a booty call. So, that had me reading quickly, determined to discover if the hero realized the truth that Demi meant more to him than a booty call all those years ago. 

As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the main characters back stories, as the hero has been through tough times. Really, losing his parents was hard and I could understand why doing so well in his career was important to him because they supported him so much when he first started out. Will he be able to add another championship ring to his others? Moreover, the hero is confident, hard-working when it comes to getting back onto the field after what happened and I liked how determined he was to win the heroine over because she means a lot of him and there's no way he's letting her get away a second time. I also liked how he wasn't above using any means necessary to get the heroine to converse with him. Will his plan work, especially when he has someone special helping him; someone that likes Demi because of what she's doing for him to make his life a little better? 

While the heroine, she really surprised me. She's been through a lot too and it's understandable why she started the sort of charity she has. Furthermore, she's resilient, hard-working and I loved how kind and caring she is, especially with what she's doing for sick kids that need deserve their wishes granted. I also liked that the heroine gave the hero another chance, even though he hurt her badly and it's hard to handle the horribleness of an old friend of Paxton's that thought she was a desperate girl back in college to continue coming back to the hero for attention. Will the pair prove the hero's old friend wrong, especially when there's so much chemistry between Demi and Paxton and that it's palpable he feels more for her than the arrangement they had in college?

Overall, Ms. Aarons has delivered a superb read in this book that left me a little emotional because of what happens to someone the main characters really cared about, but had me loving the way things turned out for these two. They're so deserving of their second chance at happy ever after and I loved what the hero did to prove he wants the heroine in his life forever. Then again, it was either go big or go home and what better way to express his feelings and ask a very important question. I would recommend When Stars Burn Out by Carrie Aarons, if you enjoy second chance romances or books by authors Maggie Dallen, LA Fiore, Melissa Toppen and Claire Contreras.











Author Bio

Author of romance novels such as Red Card and All the Frogs in Manhattan, Carrie Aarons writes sexy, swoon-worthy, sarcastic characters who won't get out of her head until she puts them down on a page.

Carrie has wanted to be an author since the first time she opened a book, and can't imagine a better or more maddening profession.

A lover of good manicures, Riesling and the beach, she enjoys chasing her puppy through the dog parks of New Jersey, or trying to make her husband binge watch the latest Netflix craze.


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Friday, 20 April 2018

BLOG TOUR - REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: FORGET YOU by NINA CRESPO


In the first novel in the new Kingman Brothers series from Nina Crespo a disgruntled assistant is wrangled into staying on to help her boss when he suffers from amnesia after a plane crash…Playing this out with him was so wrong, but she didn’t want to stop.


Forget You
The Kingman Brothers #1
By Nina Crespo
Releasing April 16th, 2018
Pocket Star Books





Sophie Jordan dreams about hooking up with Nicolas “King” Kingman—the gorgeous CEO of her company—but as her boss, he’ll always remain out of reach. King knows he isn’t built for happily-ever-afters and only indulges in brief romantic encounters. But when Sophie agrees to fill in as his last-minute date to a charity gala, an unexpected discovery quickly escalates their platonic relationship to one of passion.

King is determined to ignore their attraction and, feeling betrayed, Sophie severs ties with him and the company. Everything changes, however, when he’s injured in an accident, and Sophie agrees to help until he closes a major deal. Unfortunately, he’s developed amnesia, and although he doesn’t remember their night together, desire binds them in ways they can’t resist.

Time is running out on closing the deal, as well as Sophie moving on to her new career. Will King deny love in favor of winning and lose Sophie forever?

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In Forget You (The Kingman Brothers #1) by Nina Crespo, Sophie Jordan wishes her boss Nicholas 'King' Kingman would take notice of her in a romantic way. However, there's no way he'd get involved with an employee. Yet, when he needs her to be his date for a charity gala, she finds things changing for the better. But when King is injured in an accident, will Sophie and King achieve their shot at happy ever after or will he ruin things between them because he believes he's not cut out for a forever relationship? 

Ms. Crespo is a new-to-me author and I'm really glad I read this story because it was a wonderful and entertaining book from start to finish, especially because of what happens to the hero and the decisions the main characters make that put them at odds. Will the hero respect the heroine's wishes when it comes to her career path? However, it was from the moment the hero has his accident where things really get interesting for this story, as the hero needs the heroine.

As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the main characters back stories, especially that of the hero, since what his father did is the reason why he's so against a forever relationship. Will the hero realize that forever is a good thing before he loses the woman that's coming to mean everything to him? Moreover, the heroine is strong and courageous when it comes to handling the hero's reaction to what is happening between them. Yet, what I liked most of all about the heroine was the decisions she makes that have her pursuing her passion and something she excels at. While the hero, he's confident, hard-working and I liked that he realized how invaluable the heroine was to him. She's not just his employee. I also liked the challenges the hero faces including whether he'll be able to handle the pressure of his job once the accident happens. Yet, what I liked most of all about the hero was his determination to win the heroine over, especially once he realized how much she's coming to mean to him. 

Overall, Ms. Crespo has delivered a delightful read in this book where the chemistry between this couple was strong; the romance wonderful; and the ending had me loving what the hero does to win the heroine back after their relationship goes awry. I would recommend Forget You by Nina Crespo, if you enjoy workplace romances, the boss-employee romance, or books by authors Katee Robert, Lia Riley, Jenny Holiday and Megan Crane.



What he was about to do seemed crazy. He just needed to hear Sophie say nothing sexual had ever happened between them. Then he could chalk up those images as pure fantasy.
He pulled into a space, threw the gear in park, and got out. Sophie’s shocked expression alone would whip him down to size. Guilt over dreaming of her naked would replace his attraction to her. That’s exactly what he needed. A heaping pile of remorse.
Signs with numbers and arrows led him through the maze of duplexes in the courtyard. In the past, he’d followed her from work after a long night to make sure she’d made it safely home, but he’d never actually gone to her apartment before. King located the right door and rapped on it. Not that he had a good reason now.
A porch light flickered on above him. He heard movement inside. What if Sophie’s roommate answered? He’d forgotten about her. Shit. What was his excuse? A lost phone number. Problems accessing the presentation from his computer.
Sophie opened the door. Devoid of makeup, hair swept back into a ponytail, and dressed in a faded green tee and jean shorts, she radiated uncomplicated beauty. “King? What are you doing here?”

He barely squashed the need to take her in his arms and went inside. “We have to talk. Is your roommate here?”

“No. Robin’s at work.” She closed the door. “Why? What’s going on?”
“When were we together?”

“Yesterday. Don’t you remember?” The genuine concern in her expression made him feel like a cross between a jerk for thinking of her sexually and a man struggling to prove his sanity.
“No. I mean yes.” He raked his hair and pulled so hard his scalp stung. “When did we sleep together?” Shock. Laughter. An emphatic denial. He braced for them.
Sophie paled. She shrugged and brushed her bangs from her forehead. Her tell. She planned to deny what happened.
No way in hell was she getting away with that. “How long ago was it? Weeks? Days? Why didn’t you tell me?”




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BLOG TOUR - REVIEW: BURNED by CHRISTINA PHILLIPS


Burned
Viking Bastards MC #3
By Christina Phillips
Releasing April 16th, 2018
Entangled Publishing



Ty...

Ten years ago I offered her everything, and she threw it back in my face. When she walked, I vowed no other woman would ever screw with my head the way she did. I moved on. Now I'm the V.P. of the Bastards, run my own nightclub, and nameless sex keeps me sane. No commitment or ties, just the way I like it.

Now she's back, for one week only, gorgeous, successful, and I can't keep away. She offers a long goodbye, a way to heal our fractured past. She burned me so bad––there's no way I should even want to be near her. But the more she gives, the more I need. Until I discover the real reason she left, and my whole damn world implodes...

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In Burned (Viking Bastards #3) by Christina Phillips, Ty can't believe that the woman he once loved is back in his life, even though Jas is only in town for a week. Determined to finally be able to move on, she gives Ty a week of memories and the chance to heal. But when the week is over, will they go their separate ways or will Ty be able to convince Jas to give him a second chance, especially when he discovers the truth of why she left years ago?

This is the first book I've read of this series and I've got to say that I really enjoyed from the start, as it isn't easy for Jas to be back. However, the moment the hero and heroine come face-to-face for the first time is what drew me into this story completely, as there's still plenty of chemistry between Jas. Yet, the heroine has a dark secret she'll do anything to protect. Will she be able to keep the truth from Ty? What happens if the truth comes out? Will Ty be able to handle it?

As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the main characters back stories, as the heroine has been through so much because of what the hero's family put her through. However, in saying that, she's risen above what happened to her to be the strong, independent woman she is. She's also quite talented and has come so far in making something of herself when it comes to her career. Yet, what I liked most of all about the heroine is that she gave the hero a chance because they need each other to heal from their fractured past. While the hero, he's confident and really made something of himself because of all he's accomplished, but what I liked most of all about Ty is that he proved to the heroine that she'll always come first in his life.

Overall, Ms. Phillips has delivered a really good read in this book where the chemistry between this couple was intense; the romance steamy; and the ending had me sympathizing with the heroine because of what she's been through in the past, but had me loving that the hero was willing to fight to their second chance together. No longer was he willing to let his family come between them, especially not after the shocking secret he discovers and then with the surprise the heroine has for him. I would recommend Burned by Christina Phillips, if you enjoy the second chance romance trope or books by authors Laura Kaye, Anne Marsh, Lila Rose and Jeanne St James.

  


He gives a predatory smile that doesn’t reach his eyes and backs me up against the wall. “You think one fuck’s gonna make everything right?”

My heart pounds, it’s hard to breathe, and I’ve haven’t felt so alive for more than ten long years. “That’s all you’re going to get, so make the most of it.”

Reckless. I don’t care, and it doesn’t matter. I can say anything to Ty, do anything, the way I haven’t been able to with anyone else since before I left L.A.

“Is that right.” His hands are flat on the wall beside my shoulders, imprisoning me between his arms. I glance at his inked biceps. God, how I used to love his tattoos. Now his left arm is sleeved, an intricate work of art that I could spend hours admiring…

Stop. This isn’t about recreating our past or building bridges. This is everything it never was before. Lust and sex, pure and simple, with no devastating emotions to rip my heart to shreds again.

I drag my attention back to his face. Not that it’s a hardship. If anything, the faint lines around his eyes and the groves in his cheeks just make him more gorgeous than before.

Somehow, I manage to find my voice. “Yes. Take it or leave it.”

Did I just say that?

“That’s what you do now, is it?” He doesn’t come any closer, but the heat from his body envelopes me, stealing my breath and what’s left of my sense. “Fuck them and leave them?”

What would he say if he knew the truth? That even now, after all this time, he’s the only one who meant anything?

“Why? Do you want more than a quick hookup with me?”

His brief grin is anything but amused. “One night should more than do it. What about you?”

I always wanted the impossible when it came to Ty, but I gave up on those dreams a long time ago. If this is the good-bye we never managed before, I’ll make it count. Maybe then I’ll be able to let go and move on.

“A whole night? I was thinking more of a quickie up against the wall.”

“When did your mouth get so smart?”

“You didn’t answer the question.”

This time his smile turns my legs to jelly, and I flatten my palms against the wall behind me before I do something stupid like wrap my arms around him and never let him go.

How is that stupider than offering him a quickie? Except I already know the answer. Mindless sex is one thing, but if I let him through the barriers I’ve built around my heart over the years, leaving him again will all but destroy me.

“I’ll take you up against the wall first, if that’s your best offer. But I haven’t come here for one quick screw. I’m going to have you every fucking way I want tonight, Jas. One night, that’s it, and then we’ll never see each other again. You understand?”







Christina Phillips is an ex-pat Brit, who now lives in Western Australia with her high school sweetheart and their family. She’s had more than twenty romances published, from novellas to single titles, in contemporary, ancient historical and paranormal. Whatever the subgenre, she writes on the sizzling side of naughty, and loves bringing her heroes to their knees (her heroines enjoy this, too 😊 )



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