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Released Today: Book 3 in The McGavin Brothers Series

The McGavin Brothers Series by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Contemporary Romance

 

A Cowboy’s Return (Book 3)

 

I received a free copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to review it and I honestly recommend it.

A Cowboy's Return

Overall Rating: 3.5 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Ryker McGavin has been back from serving his country for a few weeks and so far has been lucky to avoid his high school sweetheart April Harris. But when April needs a flight up Kalispell to see her sister, Ryker is determined to get the awkwardness out of the way. So what that she broke his heart? April has always had a thing for Ryker, but even though he’s back for good, she knows that they are too different to be together long term. He’s a war hero and she’s a vegetarian pacifist. How could they possibly make it work?

Beginning this book I was very excited. I have always wondered how two people who approach the world in fundamentally different ways make it work. To me, this book is premised upon a very real problem: what do you need to have in common, if anything, to make love work?

As I progressed through the book, I totally fell in love with Ryker. Although I probably have more in common with April, I found her to be a little bit distasteful. She’s too involved in her own worldview to allow people their differences.

That being said, by the end of the book, I loved Ryker and April together. I was really rooting for them, and I’m so glad this story ends in a happily ever after. I have to admit, though, that April is a little hard for me to take. I know a few pacifists and all of them admire our U.S. Veterans. It’s not that April doesn’t, it’s just that she didn’t seem to have a lot of empathy, and that’s weird to me because all of the pacifists I know are very empathetic people. But, I will admit, that on a rational level (so not dependent on my personal experience) I understand her reasoning and motivations.

In the end, I really enjoyed the book. If Ryker were a real person, I’d be ALL OVER HIM! He is the quintessential cowboy, as all the McGavin men are, and he is the real star of this book. If you need a sweet new book boyfriend, then look no further!

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $0.99 Special Price)

Yes! It’s very sweet and you should get it RIGHT NOW because of the special price for release week. At a buck this book is well-worth getting a small instead of a large Frappuccino at Starbucks!

Something else you might enjoy:

It’s not really the same storyline, but I enjoy how these two characters challenge each other about politics and personal beliefs. Kristen Ashley’s Kaleidoscope has two characters who make it work despite their differences.

Cover Reveal of Forces of Nature

A Force of Nature Fairytale Series
Author: M.A. Horst
Genre: Standalone Erotic Romance
Release Dates: May/June 2017

Series Blurb

One man’s promise to another binds his future Flower grandchildren to the Royal Family.

One by one a Flower will be claimed by a Royal.

The Royal family is a force of nature to be reckoned with, but have they finally met their match?

The Royal men are domineering, brute and fierce until they lay eyes on a Flower woman. Then nothing can stop them from claiming what’s rightfully theirs.

Fire Royal is the only female Royal amongst a sea of formidable Royal men, but she won’t let this keep her down. This is one woman who will never bow before a man, until she meets Reed Flower – the last of the Flower family to be claimed. 

Warning: Seven short, over the top, insta-love, hot as hell fairytales with a twist of kinkiness. 

Each book in The Force of Nature series is standalone & about a different couple.


Poppy
Release Date: May 8, 2017
Storm, the eldest
son of a heartless businessman is forced to choose a bride. His father wants
grandchildren to secure the future of Royal Industries, and he wants them
now. 
Forced to choose
from a specific list of women that’s been promised to the Royal family, Storm
holds a masked ball and invites the six women.

Poppy has lived a
sheltered life. She has been homeschooled by her overprotective mother.
Attending the masked ball is an exciting experience for her until she lands in
the arms of Storm Royal. Electricity crackles around them.

Poppy’s delicate new love is shattered when she finds out why Storm really
wants to marry her. She’s only a means to an end, another piece of property.
Can Storm win
Poppy’s trust while trying to keep his fiery desire for her under control?
This is one force
of nature Poppy didn’t see coming.
Lily
Release Date: May 15, 2017
Lily has been born into
wealth, and with that comes a certain responsibility. She has been promised to
Hail, who has just taken over Royal Industries along with his brothers and
cousins. The Royal family screams power and money and they’ll destroy anyone
who stands in their way of acquiring more.
Hail is more forceful and
unyielding than the preppy son of a greedy bastard Lily took him for.
Everything about him is dominant. When his eyes lock with hers sparks fly instantly.
Lily belongs to Hail and there’s nothing she can do but honor her grandfather’s
promise.

Just one look at Lily and
Hail is determined to own her in every way. He doesn’t want her obedience just
because she’s honoring a promise. He wants her obedience because she craves to
please him.

The force of nature might just be too much for the delicate Lily.

Rose
Release Date: May 22, 2017
Rose is more thorns than
the flowery beauty people take her for. When she hears that she’s been promised
to Lake Royal, an arrogant bastard, she turns prickly.
Lake might be known as
the family player but he has a more serious side that comes out when he sets
his sights on something he really wants. Lake wants Rose with a burning
passion. He wants to own her and tame her. There’s nothing more Lake likes than
a good challenge.
Rose hates that Lake can
make her burn up with just a touch.
How long will Rose be
able to fight of the force of nature that’s Lake Royal?

Magnolia
Release Date: May 29, 2017
When Rain pictures
innocence, he imagines a hot body in a school uniform.
Magnolia Flower is
anything but. Her clothes are always a size to big and you won’t find her dead
in a dress. Her hair’s a mess that she hides behind.
It only takes one
flick of Magnolia’s warm brown eyes to bring Rain to his knees.
Rain decides he’s
tired of playing the waiting game and he claims what’s rightfully his. Magnolia
will be his, body, mind and soul.
Can a delicate
flower keep a force of nature like Rain on his knees?

Jasmine
Release Date: June 5, 2017
River Royal is like a bloodhound, once
he gets the scent of a woman he wants, there’s no stopping him. He lives for
the thrill of hunting and conquering.
Jasmine Flower is determined to make it
on her own in the business world. She’s offered a job by River, and even though
all her senses are on high alert, she agrees. The money is amazing and it will
go a long way to helping her get on her own feet.
On her first day of work River informs
her that he’s laying claim to the promise her grandfather made to his. She’ll
be his in every way.
It might not be the job Jasmine applied
for, but she likes it, so why not?
Has this force of nature finally met his
match?

Cherry
Release Date: June 12, 2017
It’s Cherry Flower’s first day at her first job. All she wants to do is make enough money so she can leave home which has become hell.

Everything changes when she literally falls into Tide Royal’s arms.

Tide is the most successful out of all his brothers and cousins. Everything he touches turns to gold. He’s never felt a burning passion for anything in his life … until Cherry. Tide rarely laughs and always keeps to himself. He wants nothing to do with the list of women promised to his family until he finds out that Cherry is the last woman left. It’s between him and his cousin Stone – who will get Cherry?

Tide can’t keep himself from feeling protective of Cherry. An overwhelming desire burns through his veins and he’ll stop at nothing to make Cherry his.

Will this force of nature win the heart of the last flower?

Reed
Release Date: June 19, 2017
Young Reed Flower gets a job as a
security guard, working the nightshift at the reception counter of Royal
Industries.  The powerful and sexy CEO,
Fire Royal, is beautiful and mysterious. She’s worked hard to earn herself the
nickname ‘The Ice Queen’ in order to keep gold-digging men at a distance.
Fire keeps playing with him – a game of
cat and mouse. She has no intention of ever being the mouse. Unable to resist
Reed’s dangerous good looks and inexperience, Fire admits she wants him and
employs him as her personal bodyguard. When she finds out just how innocent Reed
is, she wants to be his first. She wants to shape him into a lover that will
obey her every command. 

Reed is shocked to find that he’ll do
anything to win Fire’s trust, but she’s a woman with dark secrets.

Will Reed give himself over to Fire and
explore the darker side of love or will this force of nature be the end of him?

Author Bio

International bestselling author of Predator, The Monster Series and many others. She loves writing anything from Young Adult to Suspense Romance.

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Dirty Thief Book Review & Release Blitz

 

 

Dirty Players by Tia Louise

Contemporary Romance

Dirty Thief (Book 4)

I received an early copy of this book and voluntarily wrote a review. Although this is book 4 in the series, it is a standalone novel.

Overall Rating: 3.5 (XXX)

Quick & Dirty summary: Ava Wilder is married to the King, and although she used to survive by stealing, she is dedicated to being the wife he needs. Rowan Tate is thankful he married the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen and he will stop at nothing to keep her, and his country, safe. But when Ava’s past begins to haunt her, and women she is connected to through tragedy wind up dead, she must work together with her husband to stop a killer.

This is the 4th book in a series and when I decided to read it, I had no idea that it was a part of a series or that the series was so long. While I could tell that there were backstories that I hadn’t read, I don’t think it detracted from my enjoyment of the novel. In fact, I really like that the story began with Ava and Rowan married. I love that it showed that even once you’re married, the adventure doesn’t end!

Overall this is a fun book. There is a bit of a murder mystery, but it isn’t too difficult to work out “who done it.” That being said, there is a bit of tragedy and suspense that adds some emotional depth to the book. This is layered with a lot of really hot sex scenes. What you get is a couple that seems to be tied to each other emotionally as well as physically, which is nice.

What I didn’t care for so much is how silly Ava acts toward the end. For a girl who spent her childhood in foster homes and on the streets, she doesn’t make the best decisions. There is also a kind of awkwardness in portraying Ava as a sweet, caring person. Tia Louise backs up her characterization of Ava as sweet with some great actions and descriptions, but they seem stilted to me. This might just be me and you won’t have any problems with it.

I think I would have had more of an investment in the novel had I read the entire series. As I mentioned, it’s not necessary to appreciate the book, but I think I would love the characters a bit more because I’d have spent more time with them. That’s the great thing about series!

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $2.99 Release Day Only)

If you’ve been following the series, then of course you need to buy it! But, if you haven’t read the other books, I’d hold off, even with the sale price. While it’s good as a standalone, I think it would be well worth the money to wait and read the other books in the series to further the fun.

Something else you might enjoy:

If you’d like to try a historical romance novel, try Christina Skye’s Come the Night. In this one, the hero is a highwayman, so it’s a nice little inversion of the thief theme.

Title: Dirty Thief
Series: Dirty Players #4
Author: Tia Louise
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 25, 2017

 

Blurb
DIRTY * SEXY * SCANDALOUS 

What do you get when you mix a brooding king with a sexy pickpocket? Not your usual fairytale.
Ava Wilder is beautiful, she lives in a pink castle, and she’s a thief. Rowan Westringham Tate loves power, speed, and Ava.
Their romance is straight out of a dirty Cinderella story, until the one man Ava is running from shows up to claim what she stole—or to claim her.
Now Ava might be forced to take another thing to protect her happily ever after… A life. 
DIRTY THIEF is a white-hot CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE in the “Dirty Players” universe. It features secrets, lies, a touch of darkness, and scorching-hot sexy times. Prepare for frequent panty changes, frantic clicking, and rapid breathing until the end. Mature readers only.

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Excerpt
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Rowan
Moving my mouth, I devour her. She keeps pace with me, and while our bodies are wet and slippery, our mouths are inseparable. Lips move, tongues chase. I pull her full upper lip between my teeth, and she sucks my bottom lip into her mouth. We’re making out like teenagers, and I move closer, cupping her ass to pull her flush against me.
My knees bend, and her hand drops between us, grasping my erection and sliding up and down. I groan into her mouth, and her tongue slides along the seam of mine. Her hand moves faster, and I grip the back of her head, fisting her hair. She’s working me, and it feels fucking amazing.
“Ava,” I groan, breaking away, dropping my chin to kiss her shoulder.
She kisses my neck, just before I feel her teeth against my skin, just before she pulls it into her mouth. She’s sucking my neck, jacking me off, and fuck, I’m so close to coming.
My fingers tighten, and I pull her head back. “I need to be inside you.”
Dilated eyes heavy with desire meet mine. “Take me to bed.”
Holding her around the waist, I lift us both from the hot water, grabbing the white terry robe off the hook as we pass. I drape it around Ava’s shoulders before easing her back onto the enormous king-sized bed. She’s on her back, her head on the pillow, and I brace my hands at her sides. My eyes skim over her naked body, lightly pink from the water, scuffed from my beard. Then I lean down to consume her mouth again.
Her lips part, and our tongues stroke and taste. I’m ravenous for her. My frustration and tension once more finds release in most pleasurable way. Her fingers grip my arms, and I dip my tongue into her cherry-mint sweetness. I haven’t stopped kissing her since we entered the bath, but now I’m wanting another taste.
Moving down her body, I stop at her breasts, pulling one nipple into my mouth, circling my tongue, teasing her tip. Her back arches, and she moans. I kiss my way to the other side and pull another stiff peak between my lips, nipping and sucking. I want to mark her. I want to cover her creamy skin in blistering red marks of passion.
“You’re delicious,” I sigh, kissing the top of her ribs. Lavender oil scents her skin.
She laughs and pulls away. “Tickles!”
I smile as I continue to the center of her torso to circle my tongue around her navel before going lower. I kiss her hipbone, biting and sucking another red mark before settling down between her thighs. Holding her hips, I spread her open. A glance up, and I see her stomach rising and falling rapidly with her breaths. Anticipation is the strongest aphrodisiac.
Holding my lips just above her clit, I allow my breath to warm her body. I lightly brush my lips along the crease at the top of her thigh.
She squirms and sighs. “Rowan…”I love driving her crazy. I love keeping her happy. I want nothing more than Ava Wilder-Tate saying my name in that exact note of need and eagerness every time.

 

Author Bio

Tia Louise is the Award-Winning, International Bestselling author of the ONE TO HOLD series.

 
From “Readers’ Choice” nominations, to USA Today “Happily Ever After” nods, to winning the 2015 “Favorite Erotica Author” and the 2014 “Lady Boner Award” (LOL!), nothing makes her happier than communicating with fans and weaving new tales into the Alexander-Knight world of stories.
 
A former journalist, Louise lives in the center of the USA with her lovely family and one grumpy cat. There, she dreams up stories she hopes are engaging, hot, and sexy, and that cause readers rethink common public locations…
 
Books by Tia Louise
 
The One to Hold Series:
One to Hold (Derek & Melissa), 2013
One to Keep (Patrick & Elaine), 2014
One to Protect (Derek & Melissa), 2014
One to Love (Kenny & Slayde), 2014
One to Leave (Stuart & Mariska), 2014
One to Save (Derek & Melissa), 2015
One to Chase (Amy & Marcus), 2015
One to Take (Stuart & Mariska), 2016
 
The Dirty Players Series:
The Prince & The Player, 2016
A Player for A Princess, 2016
Dirty Dealers, 2017
Dirty Thief, April 25, 2017
 
Paranormal Romances:
One Immortal (Derek & Melissa, #SexyVampires), 2015
One Insatiable (Koa & Mercy, #SexyShifters), 2015ORDER SIGNED COPIES

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Enjoyable Confessions

Wingmen Series by Daisy Prescott

Contemporary Romance

 

The Confessions of a Reformed Tom Cat (Book 2)

 

I did not read book 1, so this book can be read as a standalone, as I did. But, like all series, it’s probably more enjoyable if you read them in order.

Confessions

Overall Rating: 3.5 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Tom Donnelly doesn’t mind his tom cat reputation. He may live on an island, but most of the women he sleeps with know that he’s not the dating, and certainly not the marrying kind. So when his sister’s best friend returns home and propositions him for a one night stand, he doesn’t mind obliging her, even if it goes against his admittedly loose morals. Hailey King has known Tom for most of her life, and although she’s a few years younger, she’s heard the rumors. Hailey knows Tom’s position on love and relationships, and she isn’t about to let anyone play her the fool.

This is a quick-paced love story that follows a somewhat typical storyline for “reluctant romance.” I had never heard of that term until someone else used it in an author group I follow on Facebook. It makes sense because there are so so many of these kinds of romance novels. Guy doesn’t believe in love until one day, the right woman comes along and it isn’t until he almost looses her that he realizes how much he loves her. I don’t think I’m giving anything away by writing that because Daisy Prescott puts her on spin on it.

Tom does have a few emotional depths that are challenged in the novel, and Hailey faces her own trials that reveal her character. There are some funny parts, although that’s not the first word that comes to mind when I think of this book. Instead, I think of it as an easy read that does it’s job of taking you away from the cares of your life.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $4.98)

To me, 5 bucks is a lot of money for an ebook, so I’d say borrow it from the library or from a friend. I think I won this copy on a Facebook giveaway, which I’ve discussed in a previous post. You can read about Facebook “parties” here. But it’s definitely worth a read if you can get your hands on a copy.

Something else you might enjoy:

Try His Lucky Charm by Frankie Love. I read it recently and really enjoyed it, plus it’s set in Ireland. You can read my review here.

Faith & A Cowboy’s Honor

The McGavin Brothers & Vicki Lewis Thompson

Contemporary Romance

 

A Cowboy’s Honor (Book 2)

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Overall Rating: 4 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Cody McGavin isn’t even sure Faith Underwood is a girl when she suddenly propositions him. But once Faith makes her offer: Cody “deflowers” her and she’ll lend Cody her horse for his trip, he can’t stop thinking about her. Faith has spent most of her life around men, but she hasn’t given a lot of thought to love or sex. When she meets Cody . What she hadn’t bargained on was Cody being more than she dreamed.

This is a sweet, sweet novel. It’s short, relatively uncomplicated, and heartfelt. This is, in my opinion, the quintessential romance novel. There’s some sex, but mostly there’s a lot of exploration. Faith explores who she is as a woman and how she defines that in this book and it’s something I can relate to, at least. Plus, Cody is one of the best hero’s. He’s not chauvinist, he’s not arrogant, he’s not a jerk—he’s a polite, well-mannered cowboy who loves his momma and doesn’t run away from his feelings. He is probably my dream man.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $0.99)

Yes! It’s a super sweet novel that is well worth the dollar!

Something else you might enjoy:

If you’d like something a little spicier and sexier, try Alexa Riley’s Branding the Virgin. It’s another short and sweet book with a lot more steam.

Don’t Underestimate a Cowboy’s Strength

The McGavin Brothers Series by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Contemporary Romance

 

A Cowboy’s Strength (Book 1)

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Overall Rating: 4 (sXe)

 

Quick & Dirty summary: Zane McGavin hasn’t seen his childhood friend Mandy Fielding for almost a decade. While Zane isn’t quite sure what happened that made Mandy run away to New York, he knows that Montana is the only place he wants to call home. So Zane is surprised when he finds Mandy on the side of the road in need of some help. Their relationship becomes confusing as they move from old friends to lovers, despite living in two different states.

I love Vicki Lewis Thompson books, in part, because her writing is so smooth. The dialogue is great, the descriptions are vivid, and each character is unique and memorable. I’m not as familiar with Vicki’s contemporary romances, having grown up reading her Wild About You series. I am happy to say that this novel doesn’t disappoint. The plot was straightforward, heartfelt and relatively drama-free.

Zane is super hunky and sexy and if he was a real person I’d be all over him. He is a true gentleman and is my favorite character in the book. He doesn’t have the usual hang-ups of alpha men but that doesn’t make the sex scenes any less sexy. I had a much harder time liking Mandy. She is all over the place with her emotions and her responses and, honestly, I’m not sure she deserves Zane.

But probably one of the best features of the book is Mandy’s mom and Zane’s mom. As secondary characters they are very vivid. They both have their own personalities and back-stories and that’s part of what makes Vicki’s books come alive. She doesn’t write flat characters. I am really looking forward to seeing more of these two strong women in future books in the series.

My only regret is that the novel is on the shorter side. At 200 pages I read this super fast. But the pacing of the novel is great and I can’t wait until the next book in the series.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $0.99 SALE)

Yes! It’s on sale people! Less than a dollar is a steal for a well-written book like this one.

Something else you might enjoy:

If you like hunky men who take care of animals, then try Jill Shalvis’ Animal Attraction. It’s the second book in the Animal Magnetism series but it can stand-alone. I enjoyed reading about the hunky veterinarian.

Beard Mode Book Review

The Dixie Warden Rejects MC Series by Lani Lynn Vale

Contemporary Romance

Beard Mode (Book 1)

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Overall Rating: 3 (sXe)

 

Quick & Dirty summary: Aaron Sims is done with women. After his crazy ex-wife, Aaron isn’t exactly chomping at the bit to give another woman a chance at destroying him. But when he moves in across the hall from Imogen, he can’t help but feel the pull of the beautiful pixie. Imogen knows all about Aaron, or at least she used to. But now that Aaron is back, still sexy as ever but with new scars, Imogen isn’t sure if she’s the kind of woman Aaron wants.

I really wanted to like this book and in a bizarre way, I did. The chemistry between Aaron and Gen is sizzling. They are both fun characters because in many ways they are unexpected. Even though Aaron’s been hurt before, he doesn’t dither around like an idiot when it comes to being attracted to Gen. And Gen is a Marine Corps veteran! How unexpected is that?!

But I can’t really recommend it, or give it a good review, because the book is confusing! None of the characters are described in a way that makes me feel like I really know them. In fact, there are often times throughout the book when someone does something that makes me question the person’s character. That means there is zero character development since there is no baseline.

Also very confusing is the description of events. In one scene Gen is lying down, then suddenly she’s opening a door with no words to describe the in between. Of course I don’t want ALL the nitty gritty details (yes, I know she’s probably breathing), but knowing that she got up, out of bed, put on some clothes, drove to her apartment and THEN is opening her door would have been helpful. It’s also more of a problem in this story than in others because there is a lot of action. There are bombs exploding and guns being fired, so knowing where people are and what they’re doing is incredibly important following the action.

That being said, I really wanted to like this book. And the fact that I finished the book, despite the problems it has, is a testament to how much I enjoyed Aaron and Gen and the storyline in general. There is action, there is romance, and if there’s a few missing paragraphs or pages, oh well. In some ways I think that maybe my critique isn’t necessarily the author’s fault. I think, perhaps, it was over edited and many of the transitional sentences and paragraphs that would have held the story together more were cut in favor of saving a few pages. I’m not sure since I wasn’t a part of that process, but since the book is well written for the most part, I’m going to give the author the benefit of the doubt and blame the anonymous editing crew (sorry, I have to blame someone!). This explains why I gave it a three out of five instead of a two out of five rating.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $3.99)

Unfortunately I don’t think it’s worth buying. I hate to say this since I know the author worked long and hard on this book, but I got more out of reading the Amazon description than I did reading the book.

Something else you might enjoy:

Check out Hells Saints Motorcycle Club series by Paula Marinaro. I read the first two books in the series a while ago and liked them, the first book more than the second. There are three books in the series, so it’s worth a try if you like motorcycle club books.