ARC Review: Mine To Keep

Mine to KeepMine To Keep (Mine #2) by Cynthia Eden
Pages: 280
Publisher: Cynthia Eden
Review Source: Author/NetGalley
Release Date: September 16, 2013
My Rating: 3.5 stars

Synopsis:

Love is the most dangerous obsession…

Skye Sullivan is trying to put the pieces of her life back together. She survived a brutal stalker and escaped his abduction, and now she is looking to the future—a future that includes Skye’s lover, billionaire Trace Weston. Skye thinks the danger is finally over for her.

She’s dead wrong.

When Trace’s past comes back to haunt him, Skye discovers that the man she loves isn’t quite who he seems to be. Trace has been leading a double-life. An ex-special forces agent, his military training turned him into the perfect killing machine. He made more than his share of enemies during his time in the military—and as he built his security empire—and one of those enemies is striking back.

He won’t lose her.

Skye is the one weapon that can be used against Trace—his only vulnerability. But he won’t let her go—he can’t. Trace will do anything necessary to protect Skye. Anything. Yet when she discovers the secrets that he’s tried to keep hidden, Skye’s pain and rage may send her running directly into the cross-hairs of a killer…

Author’s Note: MINE TO KEEP is a sexy romantic suspense novel. It contains violence, strong language, and hot adult situations. Please consider yourself warned. Thank you.

My Thoughts:

This is the second book in the Mine series and the conclusion to the first Mine To Take. I will mention that the first does not end in a cliff hanger; it ends in a nice spot.  Mine To Keep picks up 4 weeks after the end of Mine To Take. These must be read in order, so I’ll try not to rehash book one or spoil this one.

I was glad to get more of Skye and Trace’s story. This one is a mystery full of angst. Skye is dealing with the aftermath of her abduction including nightmares and Trace’s need to protect her. She is a strong woman to have dealt with all that she has in her life. Finally Skye has the only thing she’s ever wanted, Trace, but now they have to figure out who is out to destroy him by killing her. We see a lot more of Skye’s strength and determination.

Trace is just as alpha and hot in this story. We get to know him so much more and what he’s been through during the 10 years he was away from Skye. Trace has done some bad, dangerous, good, and painful things while in and out of the military. It’s a mission from the past that comes back to haunt him and Skye. He has to eventually tell Skye the truth about his past if he’s going to protect and keep her. It’s after he opens up that their love really grows, if you thought it was intense in the first book you were wrong. I feel more for Trace than in the Mine To Take.

This has just about everything romance, HOT sex, angst, and mystery. I have to say that I figured it out sooner than I would’ve liked and that left me feeling as if it was drug out; but it was still a fantastic “who done it” to solve. Noah is also introduced and I can’t for his story.

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Review: Thoroughbreds and Trailer Trash

Thoroughbred and Trailer TrashThoroughbreds and Trailer Trash by Bev Pettersen
Pages: 276
Publisher: Westerhall
Review Source: Publisher/NetGalley
Release Date: March 28, 2012
My Rating: 4 ★★★★☆

Blurb:

Jenna Murphy, a dedicated horse masseuse, relies on her job and street smarts to support what’s most important…her younger sister. But when the Thoroughbred Wellness Center experiences a hostile takeover headed by a charming but ruthless corporate shark, both her heart and career are in jeopardy.

My Thoughts:

When I read the title I just had to read this one! I’m glad I did, I really liked it. This was my first Bev Pettersen book. I will be reading more of them.

This is a sexy and heartwarming romance from an author who knows what she’s talking about when it comes to horses and writes as if her readers are smart enough to understand. The story flows nicely and the conversations felt real along with the characters.

Jenna is a very believable, soft hearted, and strong character. She’s trying to make sure her sister gets a college education and working her butt off as horse masseuse to do it. The challenges she faces, her loneliness, and Derek. Both Jenna and Derek have issues that have to deal with in order to come together and love each other.

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Tour GiveAway & Review: Girl On Tour

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Title: Girl on Tour (Kylie Ryans #2)

Author: Caisey Quinn

Genre: Romance

Age Group: New Adult (MA 17+ Content)

Release Date: August 27, 2013

Cover Design & Format: E.M. Tippetts Book Design

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 *Synopsis

 An up and comer trying to make a name for herself…

KYLIE never expected to be stuck on a tour bus with a pampered princess and her boyfriend’s ex.

A troubled artist struggling to hold onto his career…

TRACE thought he was finally getting to do things his way. Until the label added co-headliner Gretchen Gibson, the only person in country music with more issues than him, to his No Apologies tour.

Surrounded by tabloid rumors and people they can’t trust, Kylie and Trace need each other more than ever. But the choices they make will change everything.

 Because chasing your dreams and following your heart don’t always lead you to the same place…

My Brief Thoughts:

The story continues where Girl With Guitar left off. I couldn’t wait to get back to Kylie and Trace. This was an emotional read with distinct ups and downs. I didn’t put the book down until I finished it. It went by too quickly 😉 It’ll be difficult to wait for the next book, especially with the way this one ended. I must admit the ending is only thing I didn’t like.

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Review: Me, Cinderella?

Me, Cinderella

Me, Cinderella? by Aubrey Rose
Pages: 234
Publisher: eXcessica Publishing
Review Source: Publisher/NetGalley
Release Date: June 22, 2013
My Rating: 3.5 stars

Synopsis:

One kind deed can change your life forever…

Brynn Tomlin could never afford to follow her heart. But when she sees a stranger shivering in the snow outside of the college library, an inexplicable urge leads her to buy him a hot cup of coffee. It’s just a small act of kindness, a few words of conversation. Brynn should be focusing on her finals, after all, not on the man who looked up at her gratefully with piercing blue eyes.

He could have been anyone – a janitor on break, a graduate student, a bum. But the man standing outside in the cold turns out to be Dr. Eliot Herceg, one of the most brilliant minds in mathematics and heir to a fortune. After years of reclusive isolation, he now finds his heart awakening to the kind girl whose name he does not know.

Brynn has spent her life trying to forget her desires, and Eliot’s deep wounds have taken nearly a decade to heal. After so much hurt, will either of them be able to open their hearts again?

My Thoughts:

This is a sweet and emotional love story. I really liked the fact that the plot revolves around the relationship between Brynn and Eliot. We are introduced to Brynn’s two “study buddies” and to Eliot’s brother; they are well developed secondary characters that don’t distract from the main story line.

Brynn is very intelligent and shy; she hasn’t had it easy in her life. Brynn lost her mother at a young age and her father remarried a real witch. Brynn was emotionally abused by her father and his new family, until her maternal grandmother took her in. Brynn learned love and to pass along her good fortune from her grandmother. Unfortunately her father’s actions also taught her not to trust.  When Brynn sees Eliot in the snow she follows her impulse and gives him a cup of coffee and has a short conversation with him.  Little did she know that this is the man that would steal and break her heart, along with forcing her to face her issues. At times she was too forgiving; staying in a place that has no heat and literally freezing to death she waits way too long to call Eliot because she doesn’t want to disturb him at his dinner. Really? She’s in a strange country with no other contact and he’s the one responsible for her accommodations. Call before you go into hypothermia.

Eliot is still suffering a loss from ten years ago and is surprised when Brynn shows up and offers kindness and a bit of company for a brief time. He’s stunned to realize that this young woman has stirred his interest. He fights against his loss and growing love for Brynn so hard he really hurts her. I got a bit upset with his back and forth attitude, especially since he was taking Brynn along for the ride. One minute hot and the next freezing. Eliot hides behind the teacher – student issue almost to distraction. I admit it was an important aspect of the story, but Brynn is a grown woman who is graduating almost immediately upon returning to America. It just got a bit too much at times regardless of the necessity. I did like that Brynn finally stood up to him and as a result he had to confront the past and deal with it instead of running from it. Eliot also realizes he can’t let her go after he almost losses her to a traumatic event (won’t spoil).

Overall this is a good quick read. I recommend this to anyone looking for a heartwarming love story and like to watch two people grow while they find themselves and each other.

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ARC Review: Crimson Night

Crimson Night

Crimson Night (Night, #1) by Marie Hall
Pages: 300
Publisher: Marie Hall Publishing
Review Source: publisher/author
Release Date: September 5, 2013
My Rating: 5 ★★★★★

Blurb:

Welcome to Carnivale Diabolique ― or what I affection ally like to call the circus of the damned.

My name is Pandora, and though my face might not seem familiar to you, you do know me. I’m a Nephilim. What does that mean? I’m half demon, what’s my other name? Lust. I’m the dark craving that drives you mad, makes you want, makes you reckless and stupid. I’m the drug you’ll do anything to get your hands on. But I’m not all bad. I fight for light, for goodness and truth. I love my job; killing vampires and werewolves, zombies, and freaks… it’s what makes me happy.

But people are starting to disappear and lately I’ve felt a dark presence lurking around me. I think it might be a death priest, that’s not good. There isn’t much a demon like me fears, but I fear them. This should have been easy, me killing the fanged freaks, getting rid of my pesky priest problem, but I’m about to be betrayed by the one person I thought I could trust with my life and before the night is through I’ll be covered in crimson..

My Thoughts:

I usually only give 5 stars to books I know I’ll re-read and this one is no exception. This is an excellent first book to a series. The first part of the book is devoted to character introduction and world building. Not only are the MCs fully developed; I got to know and like the secondary characters and their unique personalities.  I spent a summer working for a traveling carnival when I was young (great way to see the south) and Marie Hall brings Carnivale Diabolique to life. I could see and smell the midway. I fell into the story from page one and didn’t put it down until I finished it really late at night. I loved everything about this story from the plot and characters to the fact that the writing was faultless (to my eyes anyway).  The pacing was quick and perfect for the book.

Pandora is one of the strongest paranormal heroines I’ve read in a while. Don’t get me wrong she has her issues to deal with, anyone of her age and having another to share your mind and body would. Pandora also sees herself as weak at times and she’s so far from it.

The mystery/suspense kept me turning the pages. It wasn’t so easy to figure out and it was just enough angst to keep me on the edge, but not so much that it got frustrating.  The sex was well done with the right amount of detail that it was very hot and steamy without overwhelming the rest of the book.

I’m impatiently waiting for the story to continue. I recommend this to anyone looking for a well written paranormal that will have you laughing and then tearing up at times this is the one for you.

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Release Day Event & GiveAway: Girl on Tour

Girl on Tour, the highly anticipated sequel to Girl with Guitar, is AVAILABLE NOW!

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Synopsis:

An up and comer trying to make a name for herself…

KYLIE never expected to be stuck on a tour bus with a pampered princess and her boyfriend’s ex.

A troubled artist struggling to hold onto his career…

TRACE thought he was finally getting to do things his way. Until the label added co-headliner Gretchen Gibson, the only person in country music with more issues than him, to his No Apologies tour.

Surrounded by tabloid rumors and people they can’t trust, Kylie and Trace need each other more than ever. But the choices they make will change everything.

Because chasing your dreams and following your heart don’t always lead you to the same place…

Excerpt:

She pulled up the web browser on her phone and did the one thing Trace had told her never to do. She Googled herself.
COUNTRY COUPLE UPDATE: IS THE HONEYMOON ALREADY OVER FOR CORBIN AND HIS LATEST FLING?
She clicked the link and read the few lines talking about her and Trace. Her vision blurred but she could read the main points. All they do is argue, says a source close to Ryans. She scrolled down the screen. There was more. For a second, everything was tinged in red. They’d had one minor disagreement since being apart. Over Mia, who’d been listening in on her conversation. She’d put up with the crazy chick being cold and distant and sometimes downright hateful. But this was bullshit. And Kylie intended to tell her so.
Below that was a link to another article. One that almost caused her to forget about the situation with Mia entirely. Almost.
TROUBLED ARTISTS TRACE CORBIN & GRETCHEN GIBSON CELEBRATE THEIR UPCOMING CO-HEADLINING TOUR WITH A NIGHT OUT ON THE TOWN.
She couldn’t even read the article because she was too distracted by the pictures. Her surroundings began to spin as bile rose in her throat. Her stomach clenched and her entire body tingled with a painful intensity similar to what she imagined being electrocuted would feel like.
Struggling to swallow, she clicked on the album featuring the grainy photos of Trace and Gretchen. The first showed him checking her out while they played pool. The next one was of the woman licking Trace’s neck as they took body shots off one another. With each click Kylie’s heart pounded harder. Her hands trembled as she swallowed the lump in her throat and stared at the image of Trace holding Gretchen in his arms in the middle of a bar.
There has to be an explanation. There has to be. She just hoped it wasn’t something along the lines of he was out having a good time, getting wasted with Gretchen Gibson, like he’d be doing for the entirety of his tour. Even though that was exactly what it looked like.

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Caisey Quinn lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, daughter, and other assorted animals. She is the author of several New Adult Romance novels featuring country girls finding love in unexpected places. She is currently working on Girl in Love, the third and final book in the Kylie Ryans series. You can find her online at www.caiseyquinnwrites.com.

 

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Review: First Surrender

First SurrenderFirst Surrender (The Serafina: Sin City Series) By Katie Reus
Length: novella
Release Date: September 22, 2013 (novella only)
Review Source: Author
My Rating: 4 ★★★★☆

Blurb:

He’s dangerous, sexy, and everything she wants…

Sierra hit it off with Hayden from the moment they met. The dangerously sexy, tattooed ex-SEAL is one of the best friends she’s ever had—and the main star in her wildest fantasies. But he doesn’t see her that way. And she’d die of embarrassment if he found out she was still a virgin.

And he’s about to make his claim…

Hayden’s struggled to keep his attraction to the beautiful, dark haired casino chef a secret. He’s not good enough for her. But when an attacker targets Sierra, Hayden’s protective instincts go into overdrive. With the attraction between them burning out of control, he’ll do whatever it takes to protect her and convince her they’re meant to be together.

Author note: First Surrender is part of the Wicked Firsts anthology, releasing August 19, 2013. It can be purchased as part of the multi-author box set or individually.

My Thoughts:

I’ve said it before, but here’s another great story from Katie Reus. This is a spin off novella of the Red Stone Security Series and intro into the new series. If the rest of the series is like this I can’t wait to read them. It was refreshing to read a book with no editing issues that I could find. The characters are remarkably developed for the length of the story.

Hayden and Sierra have been friends since he first started working security at The Serafina. They got together regularly to hang out. Sierra has feelings for Hayden, but doesn’t think he could ever fall for her. It will take Hayden admitting his attraction to her for her to overcome her insecurity and Sierra being attacked pushes him over the line and he lets her know how he feels. That it was her inner strength and not taking anything from him that got his attention from their first meeting.

If you’re looking for a quick read that has a very hot Hero and strong heroine this is the one. Did I mention that the intimacy between the two is very steamy and well done? If you like the Red Stone Security series you’ll like this one as well.
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ARC Review: Stay With Me (With Me #1)

Stay With MeStay With Me (With Me #1) by Elyssa Patrick
Pages: 270
Publisher: Elyssa Patrick
Review Source: Author/NetGalley
Release Date: August 30, 2013
Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb:

New Adult/Contemporary Romance – recommended for ages 17 and up.

With one look, I’m his . . .

With one touch, he’s mine . . .

With one kiss, it changes everything between us . . .

I’ve been famous since I can remember. Singing, acting, dancing—I’ve done it all. The tabloids cover my every move, but I don’t want that anymore. I want to be normal, whatever that is.

When I leave Hollywood for college in Vermont, I’m on my own for the first time in my life. This is my chance to figure out who I am and what I want in life.

But it’s a lot harder than I expected. I can’t escape my image. Classes are difficult, and I’m struggling. And then there’s Caleb Fox.

Sexy, intriguing Caleb Fox.

Caleb is the one man who doesn’t want to use me. He breaks down my walls. He challenges me. He wants me. And I just don’t know if I can give him the same—or if he’ll stick around when he finds out my shameful secret that the tabloids haven’t managed to uncover.

Dating him is risky enough, but loving him could break me.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I was attracted by the cover and it just got better from there. It has a nice steady pace and the story flows nicely. There is no OTT drama or angst. The focus is on the loving relationship and the growth of the characters.

Hailey is a young woman who is escaping fame and the trappings that go with it to try for a “normal” life and college education. She has been famous all her life; starting out as the Gerber Baby and going on to singing and acting. Hailey has been pushed her entire life by her mother, who is the one who really wanted the fame and money. Hailey is trying to figure out who she really is and what she wants to do with her life. A relationship doesn’t fit into her plans, but Caleb turns out to be too hard to resist.

Caleb is sexy, loving, tender, and solid. He knows what he wants and has the patience to wait for it and the understanding of how to fight for it when needed. He sees Hailey, not THE Hailey. Caleb is there for her from the beginning, letting her come to him on her own time. Proving his love and that he can be trusted by actions as well as words. Caleb helps Hailey figure out a lot of things by simply being there and accepting her for who she is no matter what.

Daphne is one of Caleb’s little sisters and is a freshman like Hailey. Daphne is another person who accepts Hailey and they become fast friends. She is also very funny; I can’t wait for her story.

Overall, this is a great book with an ending. It is a stand-alone as the next book is about another character. I do wish there would be more for Hailey and Caleb. It feels like their story has just started and I hate to leave them. I feel I should mention that there were a few typos, but nothing that took me out of the story.

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ARC Review: Gone Wild

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Gone Wild by Ever McCormick
Pages: 20
Publisher: All Night Reads
Review Source: Author/publisher
Release Date: August 15, 2013
My Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb:

Just before college graduation, Ina–star of her senior class–made a mistake that went viral. Then, when life seemed like it couldn’t get any worse, she walked in on her boyfriend cheating with her roommate. To get away, Ina ventures to a cabin on a remote mountain, intent on some solitary time.

She doesn’t count on Adam — the man who watches over the cabins — being so distractingly sexy. Adam came to the mountain to get distance from anything that could cause him pain, and Ina stirs feelings in him he thought he’d left behind.

As Adam and Ina open up about their pasts, the mountain seems like the perfect setting for a second chance at love.

Until they realize they’re not alone.

My Thoughts:

I read this one straight through before I even realized it. It was really good and grabbed my attention right away. This is a fairly relaxing read with just a bit of a mystery.

Ina is looking for a chance to think and come to terms with everything that has recently happened to her. She wasn’t prepared to run into (almost literally) the very hot man of the mountain.  She suddenly finds herself thinking about and spending time with Adam instead of doing the introspection she had planned. It actually worked for her, Adam asks some important questions that Ina has to consider and her feelings for Adam make her reevaluate what she was really feeling for her ex. That is until her ex pulls off one hell of another betrayal. I won’t spoil it, but what a first class jerk.

Adam is on his mountain due to a traumatic past event. He doesn’t want to deal with the “real world” and now he doesn’t have to. He is a very sweet, gentle man under all his abruptness, flannel, and facial hair. When Adam lets himself fall for Ina he does so with his whole heart and he is an alpha man. She is his woman and he will protect her. I would like to have my very own Adam.

The story flows nicely and I enjoy watching Adam and Ina fall for each other slowly. They spent a decent amount of time just getting to know each other and spending time together. They didn’t just jump into bed with each other. I loved their talks and walks. The mystery was good and did not overwhelm the sweet romance of the book.

ARC Review: The Hero (Thunder Point #3)

The HeroThe Hero (Thunder Point #3) by Robyn Carr
Pages: 384
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Review Source: Publisher/NetGalley
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb:

In a moment of desperation, Devon McAllister takes her daughter and flees a place where they should have been safe and secure. She has no idea what is around the next bend, but she is pretty certain it can’t be worse than what they’ve left behind. Her plan is to escape to somewhere she can be invisible. Instead, an unexpected offer of assistance leads her to Thunder Point, a tiny Oregon town with a willingness to help someone in need.

As the widowed father of a vulnerable young boy, Spencer Lawson knows something about needing friendship. But he’s not looking for anything else. Instead, he’s thrown his energy into his new role as Thunder Point’s high school football coach. Tough and demanding to his team, off the field he’s gentle and kind…just the kind of man who could heal Devon’s wounded heart.

Devon thought she wanted to hide from the world. But in Thunder Point, you find bravery where you least expect it…and sometimes, you find a hero.

My Thoughts:

I have to admit I love the Thunder Point series, but this may be my favorite yet. I’m going to make this as spoiler free as I can.

Devon is a very strong young woman who digs even deeper inside to save her daughter. She is “rescued” by Rawley and we learn so much more about him in this one. He helps Devon to adjust to society again and gain confidence in herself. Through all this she’s a good mother and grows every day, it was heartening to watch the whole town support her and care for her even though they knew her and Rawley’s “story” wasn’t exactly true.

Spencer is also new to Thunder Point as their new football coach. He’s a decent hero, I didn’t fall in love with him, but I did like and understand where his thoughts were coming from. He has his own issues and child to deal with, but he does pull some typical bone headed male moves.

My favorite character of this whole series, not just this book, is Rawley. I liked him before, but this story really helped me love him. There was so much revealed about him and it was both heartwarming and breaking.

There’s a second (or third?) story line that’s about the compound and it’s women that Devon escapes from. The leader is the reason she needs the protection the town gives her. The way the book ended I’m pretty sure we will hear more about some of these characters.

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Series Reading Order
1. The Wanderer
2. The Newcomer
3. The Hero