Under The Lights by Dahlia Adler – REVIEW

Under The Lights by Dahlia Adler

Synopsis

25507868Josh Chester loves being a Hollywood bad boy, coasting on his good looks, his parties, his parents’ wealth, and the occasional modeling gig. But his laid-back lifestyle is about to change. To help out his best friend, Liam, he joins his hit teen TV show, Daylight Falls…opposite Vanessa Park, the one actor immune to his charms. (Not that he’s trying to charm her, of course.) Meanwhile, his drama-queen mother blackmails him into a new family reality TV show, with Josh in the starring role. Now that he’s in the spotlight—on everyone’s terms but his own—Josh has to decide whether a life as a superstar is the one he really wants.

Vanessa Park has always been certain about her path as an actor, despite her parents’ disapproval. But with all her relationships currently in upheaval, she’s painfully uncertain about everything else. When she meets her new career handler, Brianna, Van is relieved to have found someone she can rely on, now that her BFF, Ally, is at college across the country. But as feelings unexpectedly evolve beyond friendship, Van’s life reaches a whole new level of confusing. And she’ll have to choose between the one thing she’s always loved…and the person she never imagined she could.

My Review

5 Stars

I loved everything about this beautiful story about finding yourself and finding happiness.

My Thoughts

I know this book was the second in a series, but I was so excited to read it that I jumped right in.

I started this book hating Josh Chester. I mean who wouldn’t he was an arrogant asshole living off of mommy and daddy, but as the story moved along it did something I would have never guessed; it made me really like Josh Chester.

In the beginning of the book I kept thinking that it was gonna be a Josh and Vanessa love story, but was pleasantly surprised when it became a much more powerful and beautiful story. The journey that Vanessa went on was so raw and beautiful and emotional that I couldn’t put it down.

The book quickly became about growing up and being who you want to be even if the road is a little rocky. I loved how these revelations and journeys made each character stronger. The romance between Vanessa and Bri was so touching and raw it was almost tangible, and you feel every up and down right along with them.

I loved everything about this book. 5+ Stars.
Advance copy was provided by the publisher from Netgalley.

Notable Quotes

” The thing is, K-drama, sometimes you just have to accept that no one else’s opinion means shit, you know? Sometimes you just have to do what makes you happy and say fuck to everyone else.”

Reading Order and Buy Links

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About the Author

Dahlia Adler is an Associate Editor of Mathematics by day, a blogger for B&N Teens by night, and writes Contemporary YA and NA at every spare moment in between. She’s the author of the Daylight Falls duology, the upcoming Just Visiting, and Last Will and Testament, as well as over five billion tweets as @MissDahlELama. She lives in New York City with her husband and their overstuffed bookshelves.

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Ryker by Sawyer Bennett – REVIEW

Ryker by Sawyer Bennett

Synopsis

23834721The stakes have never been higher for Carolina Cold Fury goalie Ryker Evans. With his contract running out, he’s got a year left to prove he’s still at the top of his game. And since his wife left him, Ryker has been balancing life as a pro-hockey star and a single parent to two daughters. Management is waiting for him to screw up. The fans are ready to pounce. Everybody’s taking dirty shots—except for the fiery redhead whose faith in Ryker gives him a fresh start.

As the league’s only female general manager, Gray Brannon has learned not to mix business with pleasure. And yet even this tough, talented career woman can’t help breaking her own rules as she gives Ryker everything she’s got. She hopes their hot streak will last forever, but with Ryker’s conniving ex plotting to reclaim her man, the pressure’s on Gray to step up and save a tender new love before it’s too late.

My Review

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4 stars. This book was sweet, sexy and intelligent, just like Ryker.

My Thoughts

I have been waiting for Ryker’s story since we first met him in Zack, and I was not disappointed.

Ryker is the veteran back up goalie that came in during the playoffs and lost it all for his team. This season he is trying to lead them back to the cup and dealing with the heartbreak of last season. Couple this with catching his ex-wife with a team-mate and things are not all rosey for Ryker right now. His world revolves around hockey and his two little girls at this point in his life.

Greyson, Grey, Bannon has just made sports history. She has been promoted to General Manager of the Cold Fury, making her the first female GM in the history of the league. Grey was very intelligent, strong and not really caring about the naysayers or the “boys club” that thought she didn’t deserve the position. One of my favorite parts of the book is when Grey tells a reporter a story about kicking another reporter out for asking about her beauty regime. It was really telling about how she wanted to be known as a GM first and not a woman. It was much harder to get the players and some of the coaching staff on her side though. It was almost shocking (not really these days) the vehemence that some characters had for her just because she was a woman.

The thing that I loved the most about this book was the unconditional support that Ryker and Grey had for each other. Even before the relationship she scouted him and got him in the position for the team that he deserved and when she was promoted to GM he stood behind her 100%. It was refreshing to see this from a book, well actually just refreshing in general. This mutual respect and their chemistry made it difficult for the two of them to stay away.

This leads me to my least favorite part of any story, secret relationships… This book did handle it really well, and I understand why they felt it needed to be secret, but come on. If Grey would have talked to her father or anyone really I’m sure they would have come up with a solution earlier. It’s not like she was his coach or direct supervisor. Ryker was completely against keeping them a secret and again I agree. In the end after both of them were willing to give up their careers to make it work it all worked out

Overall I really liked this book. There were some little things that kept it from a 5 star, but it was a really sweet, fun and sexy read. This is my favorite of the series so far and a great addition to the Cold Fury series.

A review copy was provided by Netgalley for an honest review.

Notable Quotes

“I have no clue what you are talking about. I call you Big Bang after the TV show The Big Bang Theory. … It’s a TV show about these really brilliant scientists. Geniuses like you. So absorbed in their work they don’t understand pop culture unless it’s about superheroes and comic books. The fact you don’t recognize it as pop culture just couldn’t make this any more hilarious.”


“You’re very unique to the professional hockey world, Miss Brannon, because you’re a woman in a traditionally male role, and because you’re using groundbreaking methods with which to manage this club. I’m curious… if you were to die tomorrow, what would you prefer to be known for?”


“You’re wrong about one thing. A fling wouldn’t be difficult, because it would be quick and secretive and over probably as soon as it started. You’d have little risk of ever being caught. But I don’t do flings. You would be way more than a fling to me.”

Reading Order and Buy Links

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About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling Author, Sawyer Bennett is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. Her husband works for a Fortune 100 company which lets him fly all over the world while she stays at home with their daughter and three big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn’t have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.

Sawyer is the author of several contemporary romances including the popular Off Series, the Legal Affairs Series and the Last Call Series. She will be releasing her first book with Random House Loveswept, entitled Alex (A Cold Fury Hockey Novel) on 10/14/14.

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Friction by Sandra Brown – REVIEW

Friction by Sandra Brown

Synopsis

25114548A Texas Ranger, relegated to deskwork due to past recklessness, petitions to regain custody of his five-year-old daughter, and his case is assigned to a family court judge who is as attractive as she is ambitious. When a masked gunman barges in during the custody hearing with his sights on the judge, the Ranger reacts instinctually and goes after him. But authorities apprehend the wrong man, and the real gunman remains unknown, at large, and a threat. Will this take-charge lawman jeopardize his chances of custody by going after the would-be assassin? And will this unlikely pair be able to deny the forbidden attraction building between them?

My Review

4.5-Stars

4.5 Stars. Full of action, suspense and romance. It kept me turning pages to see what would happen next.

My Thoughts

This book was Sandra Brown at her best. I was wary going in to the story because it didn’t grab me right away… but as soon as it did I could not put it down until I knew what happened.

The story started with Texas Ranger, Crawford Hunt, in court trying to get custody back for his daughter. Then a shooter comes in the courtroom and the story is mostly non stop from there. Hunt has had some hard times and everyone in the story made him out to be the reckless bad guy, even if he was the one saving everyone’s butt. That got a little tiresome, but in true Sandra Brown fashion, she redeemed the hero in everyone’s eyes by the end of the story.

There was an attraction between the Judge, Holly Spencer, he saved and Hunt, but I’m not gonna say it was insta-love like a lot of stories. They had intense moments and sought comfort in each other and it kind of progressed from there. I loved the switch back and forth between intense passionate moments and slow burn romance.

This book was not short of twists and turns, heroics,and romance, and in short that is everything I love and look for in a Sandra Brown book. Highly recommend picking this one up.

A review copy was provided by Netgalley for an honest review.

Notable Quotes

“A word of caution, Judge. Don’t show up at my back door looking like you do unless you want to get manhandled.”

Buy Links

Friction : Amazon  •  Barnes and Noble  •  IBooks

Other Books by Sandra Brown

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 About the Author

Sandra Brown is the author of more than 60 New York Times bestsellers, including MEAN STREAK (2014), DEADLINE (2013), LOW PRESSURE (2012), LETHAL(2011), TOUGH CUSTOMER (2010), SMASH CUT (2009), SMOKE SCREEN (2008), PLAY DIRTY (2007), RICOCHET (2006),CHILL FACTOR (2005), and WHITE HOT (2004).

Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published over seventy novels, bringing the number of copies of her books in print worldwide to upwards of eighty million. Her work has been translated into thirty-four languages.

A lifelong Texan, Sandra Brown was born in Waco, grew up in Fort Worth and attended Texas Christian University, majoring in English.

She is much in demand as a speaker and guest television hostess. Her episode on truTV’s Murder by the Book premiered the series in 2008. She appeared in 2010 on Investigation Discovery’s new series, Hardcover Mysteries.

In 2009 Brown detoured from her thrillers to write Rainwater, a much acclaimed, powerfully moving story about honor and sacrifice during the Great Depression.

Brown holds an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas Christian University where she and her husband Michael Brown, have instituted the ELF, a scholarship annually awarded to a student pursuing a fiction writing career. In 2008, she was named Thriller Master, the top award given by the International Thriller Writer’s Association. Other awards and commendations include the 2007 Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature and the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2011 she and four colleagues went on a week-long USO tour to Afghanistan, meeting with service members on numerous bases.

Sandra is the past president of the Mystery Writers of America in 2012. She lives in Arlington, Texas, with her husband, Michael Brown.

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Fan the Flames by Michele Dunaway – REVIEW

Fan the Flames by Michele Dunaway

Synopsis

25664243Former Navy SEAL turned marine rescue firefighter Brad Silverman is tasked with his toughest mission yet: taking care of his best friend’s wife. The only problem is that Scarlett Harrison has always been the one-the one who got away, the one who held his heart, and the one who has always been off limits…

Now widowed Scarlett returns to her childhood home in St. Louis, determined to get her life back on track. She misses her husband but can’t fight the attraction she feels for sexy fireman Brad. As she spends more time with him, the connection they have had since high school grows stronger. Are they finally ready to overcome their pasts and lose their hearts to each other?

My Review

3.5 Stars

3.5 stars. This was a sweet story of a second chance at love.

My Thoughts

From the start I knew this book would be emotional. The first scenes are of Scarlett’s husband’s funeral and a widow with a small child dealing with losing her husband to war. It also included a best friend that felt guilty for not being there to save the husband.

The story picks up when Scarlett and her daughter move back to St. Louis and live in a house that Brad is rehabbing. For me Dunaway’s descriptions of the St. Louis neighborhoods and the parish community was my favorite part of the story. Mainly because I grew up in the area of Tower Grove the book takes place in and am immersed the catholic church/school community that she describes. For me it was really nice to see these elements taken on almost as another character in the book and explain the community welcoming feeling that you get in these small parishes throughout the city.

Overall this was a quick read that had a sweet. slow burn romance and two people moving on and growing together.

A review copy was provided by Netgalley for an honest review.

Notable Quotes

“Pulling you close and then afterward pushing you away. I was afraid. But I wouldn’t have made love to you last night if my head weren’t finally on straight. I want to have an us…”


I want to feel alive again. I want passion. I don’t want to have died too.”

Reading Order and Buy Links (or other books from author)

Fan the Flames : Amazon  •  Barnes and Noble  •  IBooks

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 About the Author

Describing herself as a woman who does way too much and never wants to stop, Michele Dunaway is a best selling author and award-winning high school teacher. In addition to teaching English III, Michele advises the student newspaper and yearbook. She is a JEA Distinguished Yearbook Adviser, a Dow Jones News Fund Special Recognition Adviser and a Missouri High School Journalism Teacher of the Year. Proud mother of two daughters, Michele is an avid pet lover who shares her home with far too many rescued cats, who of course completely rule the roost.

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Falling Under by Lauren Dane – REVIEW

Falling Under (Chrome and Ink 2) by Lauren Dane

Synopsis

Falling UnderDuke Bradshaw, co-owner of the custom motorcycle shop Twisted Steel, is great with his hands and not afraid to get dirty . . . especially in his fantasies about his redheaded neighbor Carmella Rossi.
Carmella has been secretly lusting after her hot, tattooed neighbor for the last three years. His gravelly voice combined with the throaty purr of his custom bike never fails to send thrills down her spine. When Duke asks her to join him at the shop, she can’t say no. Soon their days together spill over into nights that bring her pleasure beyond anything she imagined. But Carmella grew up with bikers, and knows how bad a bad boy can be. Can she put herself at risk for someone who has heart-breaker written all over him?

My Review

3.5 Stars

3.5 stars. I liked the idea of the story than the actual story.

My Thoughts

In this sequel to Opening Up we get to know co-owner of Twisted Steel Duke Bradshaw a little better. I really enjoyed seeing this laid back, tatted up bad boy be so gentle, protective, and nurturing. He has been keeping an eye on his neighbor (not in the creepy way) for a while, so when she lands on hard times he is there with the perfect opportunity to help her out. Carmella Rossi is a woman used to taking care of everything herself. She has not been dealt the best cards in life and is always working to overcome everything while still trying to help the people who are in her life. When she catches Duke’s eye she gets more than she bargained for in the one person that wants to take care of her instead of being taken care of.

I liked this story, but overall it was a little slow and I got frustrated along with Duke waiting for Carm to get over her issues and accept Duke. All the I shouldn’t/can’t angst is one of those things that bother me most in a book, and unfortunately even though the writing was very good, the story and I just didn’t click.

A review copy was provided by Netgalley for an honest review.

Notable Quotes

“She seemed to float into my life, and once she touched down, the roots grew very deep very fast. I wasn’t expecting love. Knocked me on my ass.”


“ He made her lose her head. Did something to the filters she’d kept in place so long to protect herself. Devastated every single defense until all that was left was the heart of her, exposed to him.”

Reading Order and Buy Links

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About the Author

Lauren Dane has been writing stories since she was able to use a pencil, and before that she used to tell them to people. Of course, she still talks nonstop, and through wonderful fate and good fortune, she’s now able to share what she writes with others. It’s a wonderful life!

The basics: Lauren is a mom, a partner, a best friend and a daughter. Living in the rainy but beautiful Pacific Northwest, she spends her late evenings writing like a fiend when she finally wrestles all of her kids to bed.

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Hard Charger By Meghan March – REVIEW

Hard Charger by Meghan March

Synopsis

Hard ChargerLia has known true darkness—and not just because of the power grid failure nine months ago. She has faced evil and emerged a survivor. Now if she could just make the two men she wants to see her as whole and not broken … maybe she’d have a chance at the future she’s determined to claim.

Cam and Travis have been brothers-in-arms since their days as Force Recon Marines, and there’s nothing Cam wouldn’t do for his best friend—except let him have the woman Cam’s been patiently waiting for. But when Lia shocks him by saying she wants them both, he has the decision of a lifetime to make. Lose the girl, or lose his best friend.

In a world where nothing is certain, can three people find their way to love?

*Warning: This book includes two sexy as hell Marines, one strong woman determined to have them both, and a whole lot of sex—the dirty kind. Proceed at your own risk.

Note: HARD CHARGER is a novella set in the FLASH BANG world.

My Review

4 Stars

I loved this follow-up to Flash Bang. It was sweet, sexy and super hot.

My Thoughts

This is a novella follow-up to Flash Bang, which is set in a world after all the power has gone out and everyone has to fend for themselves. Hard Charger really should be read after Flash Bang as you will get more of Lia’s rescue and more about the camp that they live in. But the author does a really good job of giving background on these things if you just jump in.

I loved learning more about Lia and her rescue, but while I liked this book I still wish it was longer. I wanted more about Lia, Travis and Cam. I wanted to see more of how they fell for her over time and why they were able to jump head first into an arrangement when Cam wanted her all to himself and why Travis was all for it. I just wanted more, but what we were given was very well written and very steamy and made for a fun quick read. I am hoping we get to see more of this world from the author soon.

A review copy was provided by Netgalley for an honest review.

Reading Order and Links

Hard Charger: Amazon  •  Barnes and Noble

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About the Author

Meghan March has been known to wear camo face paint and tromp around in woods wearing mud-covered boots, all while sporting a perfect manicure.  She’s also impulsive, easily entertained, and absolutely unapologetic about the fact that she loves to read and write smut. Her past lives include slinging auto parts, selling lingerie, making custom jewelry, and practicing corporate law. Writing books about dirty talking alpha males and the strong, sassy women who bring them to their knees is by far the most fabulous job she’s ever had. She loves hearing from her readers at meghanmarchbooks@gmail.com.

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Beneath These Chains By Meghan March – REVIEW

Beneath These Chains by Meghan March

Synopsis

 I was r25200927aised on the streets, so I know things are rarely as simple as they appear—especially this rich girl showing up at my pawnshop demanding a job.

She’s the most tempting thing I’ve ever seen, and I’ll be damned if I can make her leave.

Shit just got complicated … but when it comes to her—I want complicated.

We’re both fighting our own demons, and our only chance at a future is to let go of the past.

But will we be strong enough to break free from beneath these chains?

 

My Review

4.5-Stars

4.5 I loved it stars!!!! Lord, Oh Lord! This was one hot former Marine.

My Thoughts

With each new book she writes, Meghan March just cements my reasons for making her an automatic one-click. This book was no exception. The fiercely independent Elle and the brooding Lord had me riveted from page one, throw in a lot of family issues and not one but two mysteries and this book became one of my newest obsessions. I can’t wait for the continuation of this series in Beneath These Scars and to see what she has in store for Lucas Titan.

A review copy was provided by Netgalley for an honest review.

Notable Quotes

“Trust me, I’m not looking for anyone to chase me. In fact, the chase is decidedly unwelcome.” She jerked her head to the side, flipping a lock of that sexy-as-fuck red hair out of her face. “I’m the kind of girl who does the chasing herself. I see what I want, and I get it.”


“You should be going to your knees for me, woman. You shouldn’t be going to your knees for any man.”
“But-”
“You want to suck my dick, you do it while you’re kneeling above me. I don’t ever want to see you on the ground on your knees.”
“But you did it for me.” I protested.
“Because you deserve to be worshipped.”

Reading Order and Buy Links

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About the Author

Meghan March has been known to wear camo face paint and tromp around in woods wearing mud-covered boots, all while sporting a perfect manicure.  She’s also impulsive, easily entertained, and absolutely unapologetic about the fact that she loves to read and write smut. Her past lives include slinging auto parts, selling lingerie, making custom jewelry, and practicing corporate law. Writing books about dirty talking alpha males and the strong, sassy women who bring them to their knees is by far the most fabulous job she’s ever had. She loves hearing from her readers at meghanmarchbooks@gmail.com.

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