Thursday, September 11, 2014

Rock Addiction (A Rock Kiss Novel)

A bad boy wrapped in a sexy, muscled, grown-up package might be worth a little risk… 

Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media’s harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction. 

A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that’s all it was meant to be… 

Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he’ll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn’t only her body that’s become addicted to Fox, but her heart…

Nalini Singh
September 8, 2014

I was lucky enough to be approved for a review copy thanks to the author through NetGalley. I openly admit to being a monster fan of Nalini Singh's paranormal books, and now can add her contemporary books to my must-buy list.

I was completely drawn into this book from page one and didn't want to put it down. I love the entire band and absolutely loved watching Fox and Molly fall in love with one another. Molly wants to blend in thanks to a scandal from her past. Falling for a rock star is so not in her plans, yet the more time she and Fox spend together, the easier it is to love him. I loved that Fox knew from day one that Molly was his. I love when the guy falls first in a romance and watching a bad-boy rocker fall is even more fun. I've come to expect a pretty steamy level of romance from Nalini Singh, and she more than delivers in this book.

I'm already counting down the days for the next book in this series. Once again a series by Nalini Singh becomes an auto-buy for me.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Best Kind of Trouble

She has complete control…and he's determined to take it away 
A librarian in the small town of Hood River, Natalie Clayton's world is very nearly perfect. After a turbulent childhood and her once-wild ways, life is now under control. But trouble has a way of turning up unexpectedly—especially in the tall, charismatically sexy form of Paddy Hurley…. 
And Paddy is the kind of trouble that Natalie has a taste for. 
Even after years of the rock-and-roll lifestyle, Paddy never forgot the two wickedly hot weeks he once shared with Natalie. Now he wants more…even if it means tempting Natalie and her iron-grip control. But there's a fine line between well-behaved and misbehaved—and the only compromise is between the sheets!

Lauren Dane
Release Date 8/26/14
Harlequin HQN

I'm a pretty big fan of Lauren Dane, yet seem to have so many of her books in my to be read folder on my kindle. After reading The Best Kind of Trouble, I wanted to immediately read any of her books that I'd missed so far.

I'm a big fan of reunion stories, and have to say this one made me laugh so hard in the beginning. Natalie totally acts like she has never laid eyes on Paddy in her life, yet they spent 2 incredible weeks in bed together right before she started college. Paddy chasing after Natalie also made me laugh, as you really never think of a rock star having to work to get a date.

I really loved both Natalie and Paddy as individuals and as a couple. Paddy helps Natalie to loosen up just a bit, but still accepts that she needs to maintain control. Natalie makes Paddy work hard for something...he has never had to work to get women. I loved that he chased Natalie for weeks before she would agree to have dinner with him. The chemistry from before is still strong all these years later. While I loved how steamy they were together, I loved they could be tender with one another as well.

I did want Natalie to not compare her dad and his actions to Paddy and his quite as much. I almost felt like Paddy had a couple of strikes against him because of her dad. I wanted them to work so much and loved when Natalie finally got it about talking things out with Paddy. Not that Paddy was without faults. He acted like a total jerk a few times and I really wanted to smack him on the back of the head and tell him to get his head out of his butt...luckily he had brothers and parents to do it for me.

I really loved the story overall and am looking forward to Ezra's and Vaughn's stories. 

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Dare to Submit (Dare to Love #4)

Decklan Dare knows about the unexpected loss of loved ones and for this reason, he values control in all areas of his life. Amanda Collins enjoys the freedom she finds in casual encounters without the emotional connection a relationship brings. They meet and their physical attraction is mutual but both experience feelings that could run deeper – if they drop their guard and let each other in. Decklan is first to trust, but when he discovers the secret Amanda’s been hiding, will he forgive? Or will he rebuild every wall before she has a chance to explain?

Release Date 9/8/14
CP Publishing
Dare to Love Book 4

I openly admit to being a huge fan of Carly Phillips. I've read and loved her books for years, and I love the direction she has taken since going indie last year. Dare to Submit is absolutely one of the best books I've read all year.

I loved Decklan Dare when we met him in Dare to Surrender and was so excited he was the next member of the Dare clan to get his story. I knew it would take a special woman to make Decklan ever think about being in a relationship. Decklan has needed to be in control every since his parents died in a car wreck. Amanda Collins likes the ability of giving up control that being a submissive gives her. Decklan and Amanda are both attracted to one another from the first time they see each other in the BDSM club, yet neither wants a relationship so neither approached the other initially.

Neither Decklan nor Amanda is prepared for the connection they have to one another. While they start out as a one-night stand, neither one can stop thinking of the other. They both seem to know what the other needs and are more than willing to be there for each other. I loved how incredible the chemistry was between Decklan and Amanda. There are some BDSM elements, and the sex is steamy. I loved watching Decklan and Amanda fall for one another, as neither ever expected to find someone to love. 

Dare to Submit is the hottest book from Carly Phillips to date. I feel like the romance was just as strong as ever. Decklan and Amanda are one of my favorite couples from Carly Phillips. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a strong contemporary romance. While there are some BDSM elements in this book, I feel like they add to the story and help the readers understand the main characters better.  


Monday, September 08, 2014

Boarded by Love (Bellevue Bullies #1)

Jude Sinclair here, hockey player for the Bellevue Bullies and lover of all ladies. Hockey’s in my blood, and not to sound full of myself, but I’m good at it…really good. The draft is within my reach—it’s mine to take—but that’s not the only reason people know my name. They know me because of my way with women. They know the score, and I aim to please. I just tend to stay away from repeat performances. In other words, I don’t do relationships beyond my family and friends. I’m happy with life. However, I should warn you that my story and how I see it playing out is about to change due to a certain redhead on campus.
She’s beautiful. Stunning. Breathtaking.
She’s my game changer.
He’s trouble from the moment I see him. I don’t know what I’m thinking, but from the moment I meet his gaze, I’m his. It’s a scary feeling.
I’ve never trusted anyone outside my aunt and uncle—and even that took months. I didn’t have it easy growing up. My mom was usually strung out, and she didn’t give me a second thought. Drugs and the men who paid her were more important to her. It was horrible, but I’m stronger today. Because of my past, security is what I need most. Money assures me that I can take care of myself today, tomorrow, and next month. I don’t want to ever be hungry or go without again, so I work hard for every penny.
Oh, by the way, I’m Claire Anderson. I’m a hard-studying sophomore at the University of Bellevue, dancer for the school dance team, and a burlesque dancer at a club, but that’s my secret.
You may think you know how our story ends, but you have no clue. It’s not easy falling in love… or living happily ever after. At first it may seem so, but when is anything worth having ever won without a fight?
Especially when you’re boarded by love.

Toni Aleo

I am a huge fan of Toni Aleo. Her Nashville Assassins books are some of my favorite hockey romances ever. I'm so excited she has started another hockey series with the Bellevue Bullies. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of Boarded by Love and I couldn't wait to read Claire and Jude's story.

I loved Claire Anderson in Breaking Away, and was so excited to see her get her own book. Only a guy as strong as Jude Sinclair could be a good fit for Claire. I loved Claire and Jude as a couple. Claire grew up around hockey players thanks to her uncle, so she totally gets the work Jude needs to do to make it to the NHL. Jude has never had to work to get a woman in his life. I loved that he fell for Claire at first sight and had to work to get her to date him. The attraction between them was smoking hot, yet they were so sweet together as well.

I loved their romance and while I initially thought they both admitted they loved one another fast, I could feel their emotions and totally bought it. My only issue with the entire book was Claire keeping a secret from both Phillip and Jude. I knew it would end up being a major issue and totally understood the reaction of both men. 

I also loved I got to spend time with some of my favorite characters from the Assassins' series. Of course we got to see Reese and Phillip, but also all of Claire's "aunts" and "uncles" from the team. There is a bit of a surprise for Assassins fans in this book so I won't spoil the surprise, but say I totally figured it out and squealed when I read it.

I love this start to the Bellvue Bullies series and can't wait to read more books in the series. I've already been told that Jude's brothers will each get their own books, and I'm hoping a few of the other new characters will get their own books as well.