The Cornerstone by Kate Canterbary – REVIEW

Necessary Restorations by Kate Canterbary

Synopsis

 

 

A tough-as-nails businesswoman.

 

An arrogant Navy SEAL.

 

A power struggle with no end in sight.
Some people hook-up at weddings. Others break a hotel room bed (and a table, and a desk, and some complimentary bathrobe belts) and discover they’ve been surviving on bargain basement orgasms their entire lives.
The last one? Yeah. That’s all me.
She’s driven and demanding…


He’s never walked away from a challenge…
They’re wrong for each other in every possible way… Or are they?

My Review

5 Stars

I think I finally figured out what I want to be when I grow up and its Shannon Walsh. I loved this story and everything about it from the first word. Two alphas make things so much more interesting and this story did not hold anything back.

My Thoughts

This is the fourth book in the series and features the second eldest in the family, Shannon. Shannon is the no-nonsense, take no prisoners, brass balled “Cornerstone” of the Walsh family. She has taken it upon herself to care for her siblings, runs their business, and pretty much their lives, working her ass off to do whatever she can to make life easier for them all. She can come off as an overbearing bitch, or a man-eating shrew, but it was really nice to get to see all of the reasons and thoughts to her actions and behaviors. She has every situation and every body under control…..

Until she meets Will Halstead. Will is as alpha as the come. Leader of a bad-ass squad of Navy SEALs, he is used to being the one in charge and ordering everyone around. He meets Shannon and they have a battle of wills as to who is in charge. The banter between these two in their battle for control was amazing.

As their relationship progresses he becomes so much more that the big bad alpha soldier and it was a funny, sweet, swoony, and beautiful transition. He is able to become the calm in the storm for Shannon and that is not an easy task, luckily he never gives up and is the right man for the job. I really enjoyed Will in this book. He was so demanding, but also so sweet, gentle and caring that it made me want a Will to take care of me too.

Shannon seemed so overbearing in the last novels and I was worried that she would be labeled as one of those females that we love to hate, but Mrs. Canterbary’s writing was so beautiful it redeemed Shannon and made her one of my all time favorite female characters. It is so hard to straddle that line of strong female characters with readers and not have them come off as annoying or abrasive or fake, but it works so well in this book I never had an inkling of those feelings. Just the opposite in fact, I fell hard for Shannon and Will and they have become one of the best book relationships out there.

This book is one of my favorites of 2015 and everyone should read this book and take lessons from Kate Canterbary. This is how to write a strong, beautiful female character. These characters will stay with you long after the book is finished and make you want to befriend this crazy bunch. I look forward to the next chapter of the Walsh series, and know that it will not disappoint.

 

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Reading Order and Buy Links

The Cornerstone: Amazon

 

About the Author

Kate Canterbary doesn’t have it all figured out, but this is what she knows for sure: spicy-ass salsa and tequila solve most problems, living on the ocean–Pacific or Atlantic–is the closest place to perfection, and writing smart, smutty stories is a better than any amount of chocolate. She started out reporting for an indie arts and entertainment newspaper back when people still read newspapers, and she has been writing and surreptitiously interviewing people–be careful sitting down next to her on an airplane–ever since. Kate lives on the water in New England with Mr. Canterbary and the Little Baby Canterbary, and when she isn’t writing sexy architects, she’s scheduling her days around the region’s best food trucks.

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Testing the Boss by Mallory Crowe – REVIEW

Testing the Boss by Mallory Crowe

Synopsis

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Billionaire Luke Devereaux gets what he wants and what he wants right now is to bring down the shady organization threatening his family. Teaming up with the FBI is his only option–even if that option comes in the sultry Evelyn Price, the ice-princess who’s all business.

Refusing to be distracted by the sexy, rich playboy, Evelyn forces herself to stay focused on the case, gearing up for the criminal takedown of her entire career. As the enemy closes in with Evelyn as its next target, it’s up to Luke to keep them out of danger. The more they work to protect each other, and fight for control, the harder it is to resist their undeniable attraction.

And the one thing Evelyn has learned from working with him is that Luke Devereaux gets what he wants.

Review

3.5 Stars

This book was full of suspense, steamy scenes, off the charts chemistry and a fantastic role reversal. Instead of the tough alpha guy being the protector, it was a bad-ass female FBI agent keeping Luke safe and kicking ass.

My Thoughts

This is a stand alone in the Billionaires in the City series, and while it can mostly be read by itself there were so many things happening and backstories weaved into the story that I think I would have benefited from reading the others first. I enjoyed the fast pace of the story and the banter through out the book. It was also refreshing that Luke was not an alpha billionaire that demanded everything and got pissy when he didn’t get his way. He may have stacked the deck to get his way but he wasn’t overly pushy and my way or the highway as so many are today.

This is the story of Luke Devereaux, a billionaire mixed up with white collar criminals and Evelyn Price, the tough FBI agent tasked with protecting/helping bring them down. They start the book fighting all the time and hating each other, which of course leads to smoking chemistry down the line. I didn’t really understand why they hated each other from this book, but maybe it was better explained in the previous book.

Things moved pretty quickly for the case and the duo’s slow burn of a relationship. Once they realized their attraction it was hard to ignore. So much so that Evelyn was distracted from her job and tried to step back to focus on the case. There was angst and drama and suspense right up until the very last page that kept you wanting to know what would happen next. That made this book a fun quick read.

A review copy was provided by RockStar PR , via Netgalley for an honest review.

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Testing the Boss : Amazon  •  Barnes and Noble  •  IBooks

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About the Author

Mallory Crowe has lived in Michigan her whole life and has been in love with romance ever since she’d skip to the end of every novel, just to make sure the hero and heroine survived and ended up together. She lives with her husband and three dogs. When she’s not writing, she’s spending too much time in front of the TV, hiking, or working with various animal rescues.

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The Truth About Him by M. O’Keefe – REVIEW

The Truth About Him by M. O’Keefe

Synopsis

We played our roles, told each other lies.

But now Dylan is no longer just a mysterious deep voice on the other end of the line. We’re face-to-face and our relationship is very, very real.

We still have secrets—but so much is crystal clear:

The thrilling danger.

The raw, naked desire.

The need to keep feeling the way he makes me feel. Forever.

Dylan is putting up walls, trying to keep me safe, but he can’t shut me out. He has seen my darkness and rescued me. Now it’s my turn, if only he will let me.

My Review

What started in the erotically charged Everything I Left Unsaid, now comes to a gripping conclusion with The Truth About Him. I was immediately drawn in by Annie and Dylan in the first book and this one does not disappoint. Instead of a raging inferno, like the first book this is a slow burn, but just as intense and all consuming.

My Thoughts

This book picks up exactly where the last one left off, and while the first book was so full of erotic tension and mystery, this one is completely different and I can’t figure out if it was a good or bad thing. Overall this book had a completely different tone, but was just as full of tension and mystery, just a different kind.

The book starts with Annie’s past that she’s running from coming back to claim her. We get to see all the people that Annie has forged relationships with come to help her get away from Hoyt, but the one that saves her is Dylan and the confidence that Dylan inspired in her.

This book is still in alternating points of view, but the focus shifts from Annie to Dylan, as do the mysteries and suspense. We learn little by little about his past, his family, and the demons he is trying to outrun. With Annie’s love and help he slowly works to accept all the things in his life that he feels he doesn’t deserve and let go of all the anger and resentment that was keeping everyone at an arms length. There is plenty of drama and suspense and danger, but it is faced with less fear than Annie had and more of a wariness or awareness of the final outcome and knowing you can’t change it.

It was beautifully written and Dylan and Annie got their ending, but I wanted to see more of the other character’s stories wrapped up too. Like Max and Joan, Blake, Tiffany, Margaret. They all had roles in the final outcome, but I wanted to see how they fit into the new roles that Dylan and Annie had taken on. I am hoping to see more of this world in the future. I highly recommend this series.

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

Notable Quotes

I was used to being one thing. And one thing at a time. That’s all I could hold. And what she wanted from me, what she was asking, was messy. It was human and fraught with disaster. And I had no idea if I could do it.


I was a fucking Daniels. We didn’t love, we crashed. We destroyed. We burned everything in fire.


The truth, our truth, was complicated. But it was beautiful. And it was real.


She owned me. Despondent and wrecked, smiling and bright- it didn’t matter. I was hers.


I’m just…fuck. I’m just so glad you answered that damn phone.

 

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About the Author

Molly O’Keefe has always known she wanted to be a writer (except when she wanted to be a florist or a chef and the brief period of time when she considered being a cowgirl). And once she got her hands on some romances, she knew exactly what she wanted to write.

She published her first Harlequin romance at age 25 and hasn’t looked back. She loves exploring every character’s road towards happily ever after.

Originally from a small town outside of Chicago, she went to university in St. Louis where she met and fell in love with the editor of her school newspaper. They followed each other around the world for several years and finally got married and settled down in Toronto, Ontario. They welcomed their son into their family in 2006, and their daughter in 2008. When she’s not at the park or cleaning up the toy room, Molly is working hard on her next novel, trying to exercise, stalking Tina Fey on the internet and dreaming of the day she can finish a cup of coffee without interruption.

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Licked by Brooke Blaine – REVIEW

Licked by Brooke Blaine

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As the owner of Licked, an eclectic ice creamery and bar, Ryleigh Phillips doesn’t have time for that love stuff. Serving up Nibble My Nuts sundaes and Drunken Sailor boozy shakes are as close to an orgasmic affair as she’s had in months thanks to her expanding empire—until the night of her ten-year high school reunion.

When Ryleigh’s crush, gorgeous ex-football god Cameron Mathis, comes streaking into her life (literally—streaking), she begins to wonder if she really can have it all.

Wouldn’t it just figure that the moment you think life is perfect is when it falls spectacularly apart?

Enter Hunter Morgan, the contractor in charge of Licked’s renovations. Devastatingly handsome, and smartass to boot, he’s got his eyes on Ryleigh from the moment he finds her passed out on his couch (yeah, that’s a long story). There’s just one tiny complication—he happens to be Cameron’s best friend.

When the lines between relationships and friendships blur, and it’s impossible to choose between two delicious flavors, what’s a girl to do?  Taste a sample of each? Or go out and get LICKED?

 

Review

4 Stars

This book was hilarious. It was sweet, sexy, sassy and full of fun. A very enjoyable read that I recommend to anyone wanting a fun read with very little angst.

My Thoughts

Please do not over look this book based on the blurb, like I almost did. I kept putting this off because I will not read triangles, they are the bane of my existence. This is an angst free zone, in which the characters act like adults most of the time and the triangle is cleared quickly and perfectly early on.

I laughed a lot, swooned quite a bit, laughed a lot more, blushed a bit at the sexy times and dirty talk, and drooled over Hunter the entire time. This book was crazy at times, sweet at times, fall on the floor funny at times and just a touch angsty. I highly recommend this to anyone who can appreciate a little booze with their ice cream and the fabulously dirty names for each flavor. I personally would kill to have a shop like this near me, although I would probably weigh 300 lbs.

A review copy was provided by Rock Star PR for an honest review.

Buy Links

Licked : Amazon

About the Author

Flash Point is Brooke’s debut solo novel, and she is the co-author of the erotic serial, A Desperate Man, with Ella Frank. The latter has scarred her conservative southern family for life, bless their hearts. Licked, a romantic comedy, will be released on November 11th, 2015.

If you’d like to get in touch with her, she’s easy to find – just keep an ear out for the Rick Astley ringtone that’s dominated her cell phone for ten years.

You could say Brooke Blaine was a book-a-holic from the time she knew how to read; she used to tell her mother that curling up with one at 4 a.m. before elementary school was her ‘quiet time.’ Not much has changed except for the espresso I.V. pump she now carries around and the size of her onesie pajamas.

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Tryst by S. L. Jennings – REVIEW

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From the author of Taint, comes this steamy novel of a happily married couple who decides to take a walk on the wild side in order to add spice to their sex life—but end up in a situation that neither could have ever bargained for.

Heidi DuCane is a tough-as-nails publicist with a passion for success and her husband Tucker. While they’re polar opposites, what they do have in common is a fierce love and commitment to each other. But their relationship—in and out of the bedroom—will be put to the ultimate test.

Rock superstar Ransom Reed is every woman’s fantasy, including Heidi’s. When she meets Ransom, she shares a wild night with him where Heidi gets to play—and Tucker watches, and enjoys, the pleasure Ransom gives Heidi. Though Tucker was a willing participant, Heidi still can’t help reeling with guilt. There’s no doubt that she loves her husband. While Tucker is the perfect lover—generous, attentive and gentle—she needs much more. She needs the mind-blowing ecstasy Ransom offers.

Tucker isn’t blind to the fact that Heidi has unconventional needs which he can’t satisfy. He loves his wife and will do anything to please her The night he watched her and Ransom was so scorching hot that Tucker can’t stop thinking about it. He decides he wants to join Ransom in pleasing Heidi. But as Tucker and Heidi soon realize, it’s not just the sex that is enticing. Heidi felt something within her awaken, and she felt so deliciously sated and loved by both men. Tucker felt it too, and he finds it impossible not to want that feeling again.

Ransom and Tucker satisfy a need within Heidi. And now that she’s had them, she can never go back to the way things were before.

Review

3.5 Stars

I have a love/hate relationship with this book. I am not one for cheating in books and the angst that goes along with it, but this story was so well written and beautifully broken that I was completely addicted to every word.

My Thoughts

This is one of those books that has me torn, on one hand I wanted to hate it but I couldn’t, I really enjoyed it. The story starts with Heidi and Tucker talking about a “Hall Pass” and their relationship. These are two people who are deeply in love, but want something different sexually. Heidi gets the chance to meet/work with one of the guys on her “Hall Pass” list and the story evolves from there.

They act on her fantasies the first time that her and Tucker meet Ransom. It all happened so fast, but was so hot you will need an industrial fan. From that moment on there is a strained dynamic between Heidi and Tucker and an even weirder one with Ransom.

This is where the book really had me torn. She loved her husband so much that she wanted to do anything to save her marriage, even though it was both of their decisions to go through with it. And at the same time any time she was with Ransom there was off the charts chemistry and sexual tension. She was so torn between what her body craved and what her heart wanted that it was almost painful to read. You were right there feeling what she was feeling and just as confused about it all.

At times you wanted to hate Tucker for being safe and reliable, and at times you wanted to hate Ransom for being sex personified and the embodiment of all her fantasies. So she turns to Justice Drake, yes that Justice Drake, to help her client and her marriage.

Each couple was unique and each catered to a different facet of the others, but together this group has potential together, but can they all deal with this type of relationship? It is fine having these fantasies but when they turn into a reality?

This was the major struggle through the entire book, and one that through the writing were able to connect to each character, even if this is not your normal type of book, that makes it a fantastic read. There were major twists in the end that made you see the entire book in a whole new light and with them it made me like this story even more.

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

 
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Reading Order and Buy Links

Tryst: Amazon  •  Barnes and Noble  •  IBooks

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About the Author

NYT & USA Today bestselling author of TAINT, the Fearless Novels & The Dark Light Series.

Military wife, mother of 3 boys, and author of The Dark Light Series & Fear of Falling

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His Contract by Rebecca Grace Allen – REVIEW and Giveaway

His Contract by Rebecca Grace Allen

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Lawyers know when to play by the rules…and when to break them.

Harvard law professor Jack Archer once balanced his professional life with the private world of dominance, surrender and trust he shared with his wife. Since cancer stole her a year ago, finding love again—her final wish for him—is the furthest thing from his mind.

From his empty house to the classroom, grief follows his every move. Until he meets a young woman with shadows in her eyes even darker than his own.

Once a shining star at law school, Lilly Sterling’s dreams died when the Dom she trusted left her heartbroken and lost. She’s starting fresh in a new city as a paralegal, but meeting Jack reawakens all her old demons—and her lingering desires.

Jack offers to become Lilly’s mentor for both the courtroom and the playroom, but tells himself it’s not a relationship. Their carefully worded agreement guarantees that. But when their trial agreement starts heating up, both Jack and Lilly must decide what will tip the scales: the letter of the law…or love?

Warning: All rise for a book that contains a wounded submissive and a Dominant who wants to retrain her while retaining control of his heart. Discovery phase may involve spankings, bondage, edging, and blindfolds. Is it hot? You be the judge.

4 Stars

This was not your typical Dom/Sub story. It was a beautiful story of two lost souls found each other and were able to love and trust again.  I loved every minute of this well thought out and perfectly executed story line.

Review

Let me preface this review by saying I normally don’t read books with BDSM. I have nothing against it, but just usually don’t read them. This book was a beautiful unexpected surprise.

The book starts with a terrible loss for Jack. He is so lost that he doesn’t know how to live life or be happy anymore. His friends drag him out for an evening and he finds the person he didn’t know he was looking for.

Lilly has had her trust and spirit broken by a man she was in a Dom relationship with. She has moved to a new city, put her career on hold and buried her self in work. She goes out with her brother and his friends and is immediately drawn to Jack.

Jack becomes determined to show her what a real BDSM relationship is supposed to be. He wants to gain her trust and in the process they both become whole again. Jack fights this growing relationship at every turn thinking he was betraying his wife, but Lilly was all in, once she realized that this is how BDSM should be. There was a little angst, but over all it was a beautiful story of real people that were broken by life and were able to overcome their issues and find happiness again.

A review copy was provided by Rock Star PR for an honest review.

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About the Author

Rebecca Grace Allen writes kinky new adult and hot contemporary BDSM romance. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a double concentration in Creative Writing and Literary Comparison, as well as a Master of Science in Elementary Education, both of which seemed like good ideas at the time. After stumbling through careers in entertainment, publishing, law and teaching, she’s returned to her first love: writing. A self-admitted caffeine addict and gym rat, she currently lives in upstate New York with her husband, two parakeets, and a cat with a very unusual foot fetish

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Top Ten Facts

1. The first story I ever wrote was called “The Webster School Bully.” I was 9. The cover was felt and the title was written in puffy paint.

2. I was once a cast member at Walt Disney World.

3. I know how to swing dance. Not well, but I can do it!

4. My first celeb crush was Val Kilmer. My second was Sean Astin. He was a lot hotter in “Toy Soldiers” than he was in LotR. Js.

5. My favorite book is called The Distance from the Heart of Things, which no one has ever heard of, but it’s awesome. My least favorite was Catcher in the Rye. I hated Holden. He freaked me out. Why does it matter so much where the damn ducks go, anyway?

6. I can fold a straw wrapper into a little caterpillar. In fact, I cannot NOT fold a straw wrapper once I see one.

7. My parents’ names both start with “M” and “D.” When I was a kid, I thought this was essential in order to be able to be a “Mom” and a “Dad.”

8. In the fourth grade, I traded all my oily stickers for a giant Kirk Cameron poster. I still regret this choice.

9. I am a New Yorker. I can do the Marisa Tomei “Imagine You’re a Deer” speech, complete with the head bob and accent.

10. My favorite color is purple. Hot pink comes in a close second.

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Once Kissed by Cecy Robson – REVIEW

Once Kissed by Cecy Robson

Synopsis 

Tough-as-steel cop Curran O’Brien is quickly rising through the ranks of the Philadelphia police department. But when his rookie partner is almost killed under his watch, Curran just wants to prove he still has what it takes to walk among Philly’s finest. So he’s pissed to be stuck on a cushy security assignment for the DA’s office . . . until he gets a good look at the sweet, straight-laced intern he’s supposed to protect—but not touch.

Tess Newart recognizes Curran instantly. How could she not? Back in college she tied this former frat boy to the bed with her argyle socks! That sizzling one-night stand was the only indiscretion Tess ever allowed herself. She has survived law school so far, despite being pushed to succeed by her overbearing father. Now that she’s interning on a major case against a ruthless crime boss, she won’t jeopardize her career by giving in to temptation again. She just never expected temptation to look so damn hot in uniform.

Tess knows her father has other plans for her, and they don’t include Curran. But soon she’s falling for him all over again. And when danger emerges, Curran will prove just how good a bad-boy cop can be.

My Review


4 Stars

This story had action, suspense, fun banter, hot sexy times and a drool worthy hot cop. All of these things made it an entertaining read that I would recommend. I was hooked from the argyle socks.

My Thoughts

To be honest Curran O’Brien is the main reason why i liked this book. I liked Contessa ok, but she was such a contradiction that I could not make sense of. When she was among other people she appeared shy, reserved and non-confident, but when she was with Curran and his family she was a completely different person. The flipping between personalities gave me a bit of whiplash at times.

I also could not understand why she would take all that crap from her father. I like my heroines where I can relate to them as a strong woman that doesn’t take any shit or like to be controlled and/or forced into doing things. I really liked her when she was herself around Curran though so she was redeemed then, but so frustrating.

Each character had their own demons to move past, but once they started to address and work through them the story really started to move. I loved these two and their hot, hot, hot sexy times and it made for a really fun and sexy read. One thing that bothered me is that they kept alluding to their first night together and I was really hoping through out the book there would be a flashback or recreation of that night, but there was nothing. In the end I really enjoyed reading this book and am looking forward to Declan’s story and the seeing the rest of the O’Brien clan.

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

Notable Quotes

“You…cad.”
“What?”
“I said you’re a cad!”
“I heard what you said. I’ve just never heard anyone aside from Bugs Bunny use that word. You gonna call me scoundrel next?”


You didn’t gain weight. You gained curves. Men, real men, like curves, not effing angles.


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“Women love me,” he says in the same way I ask for the time. “Do they?”
“They do. I get dates. All the time. You know why?”
“They think you have money, and want you to be their sugar daddy.”
“No. I—”
“They lost a bet.”
“No.”
“They prefer men with small dicks.”


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Once Kissed: Amazon  •  Barnes and Noble

About the Author

CECY (pronounced Sessy) ROBSON is the Penguin Random House New Adult author of Once Perfect, Once Loved, and Once Pure, and the award-winning author of the Weird Girls Urban Fantasy Romance series. A self-proclaimed professional napper, Cecy counts among her talents a jaw-dropping knowledge of useless trivia, the ability to make her hair big, and a knack for breaking into song despite her family’s vehement protests. A writer, registered nurse, and mother living in the South, Cecy enjoys spending time with her family and silencing the yappy characters in her head by telling their stories.

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