Friday, June 16, 2017

Take A Chance by Erika Wilde

Book Description

The son of a con-artist, Sean O'Brien learned the hard way that living by your own rules comes with a price. After a brief time behind bars, Sean is now ready to live an honest life, and pay for his past mistakes, and he's fortunate enough that a member of The Reliance Group sees Sean's potential for good and gives him a job at the Onyx Casino. 

Zoe Russo has met all types of men on the Vegas strip. But when Sean pays a visit to her boutique, she's certain her luck has changed for the better. They share an immediate, irresistible attraction, and for the first time in her life she's found a man she thinks she can trust. But when Zoe stumbles onto the truth about Sean and his reasons for pursuing her, she can't help but question everything they'd shared. Are his feelings for her real, or has she been a fool once again? Until now, nothing has prepared her for the thrill and risk of taking a chance on love. 

Originally published as NIGHT AFTER NIGHT by Janelle Denison, October 2011 

AVAILABLE: June 15, 2017

Take A Chance is the second book in Erika Wilde's Vegas Heat series. The charming ex-con artist, Sean O'Brien, takes center stage in the newest of The Reliance Group series. Sean believes that his skills from his past life can be used to help people and is extremely thankful for his job as a bartender at the Onyx Casino and as a member of The Reliance Group. And his newest assignment for The Reliance Group puts his face to face with his past and the daughter of the man that put his father in jail.

Zoe Russo is trying to open her flagship store in the shopping center at the Onyx Casino when she meets the charming Sean O'Brien. She has no idea who he is and how their pasts intertwined. Their attraction is instant and she feels that she has finally found a man that she can trust. But soon she discovers the true reason why Sean pursued her in the first place. When Sean shows her the evidence of her father's illegal dealings, she finds it hard to believe this of the man that raised her.

Will Sean be able to let go of past resentment and the anger he has for Zoe's dad and have a future with the woman that he has fallen in love with?

Again, Take A Chance was originally published as Night After Night by Janelle Denison.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

**I received an ARC from the author in exchange for a honest review.**


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Game of Chance by Erika Wilde

Book Description

A former Marine and Las Vegas vice cop, Nathan Fox has seen it all and then some. Heading up security for the Onyx Casino is tame compared to his dark past, but it's not his only job. Working for the Reliance Group is his real passion project. His current case: a missing woman. His mission: to find her. Easy enough, until he finds himself tangled up with sexy Nicole Hutton, a stubborn—and stunning—journalist who's nosed her way into his investigation . . . and into his dirty, erotic fantasies.

Resisting Nicole is impossible, and he soon discovers that in this dangerous high stakes game of chance, falling in love is the greatest risk of all.

Originally published as INTO THE NIGHT by Janelle Denison, March 2011

AVAILABLE: June 8, 2017

Game of Chance is a sexy, fast-paced, romantic suspense that has everything you could want.  A hero and heroine that are both strong, independent, and determined to make a difference in the world, that find each other in Sin City as they are thrown into a world of sex, prostitution, and human-trafficking.

Nathan Fox is a former Marine and Las Vegas vice cop working at the Onyx Casino as the Head of Security.  But that isn't his only job.  He is also part of the Reliance Group.  The Reliance Group is a very discreet and covert group that took assignments that other agencies refused to take.  But Nathan's next job hits a little close to home: looking for a 16 year old runaway that also gained the attention of an prominent older man.  But before he goes undercover to find the runaway teen, Nathan goes to a speed dating event as a favor for a friend. Just as Nathan is thinking his night can't be any worse, he sees Nicole Hutton.

Nicole is at the speed dating event to write an article for her paper.  Nicole is growing restless with these "puff" pieces her editor keeps giving her.  She wants to write about things that matter.  After coming across Nate's TRG information, she decides to do a little undercover work herself into the missing teen.  

And when Nate discovers that the man they are after has set his sights on Nicole, he will do anything to protect the woman that has wormed his way into the one place he didn't think would happen again: His heart.

I do want to mention that Game of Chance is a RE-RELEASE of Into The Night by Janelle Denison.

Rating: 4 out of 5

**I received an ARC from the author in exchange for a honest review.**

Thursday, May 25, 2017

All of You by Callie Harper

Book Description

Night after night, Jax pictures her coming to him. In his dreams, Sky appears in the darkness, ready and wanting. But the night that finally happens, he finds out they’re in the middle of a nightmare.

Sky has nowhere to turn. Only one man can keep her safe, but he’s the most dangerous of them all. Her only choice is to put herself in Jax’s hands. Even if it destroys them both.

Note: “All of You” is a standalone hot contemporary romance. It’s one of four “All In” novels, which can be read in any order, with some crossover characters

AVAILABLE: May 24, 2017

All of You is the third book in Callie Harper's All In series.  Each book focuses on a different couple with some character crossover from other books (and future books).  All of You focuses on Jax and Sky and their journey to finding their happily-ever-after.   

Sky works at an assisted living facility where Jax's grandfather is.  She is insanely attracted to Jax.  But there is a (BIG) problem...  Sky is married.  Even though her husband is a psychotic loser, Sky isn't one to cheat.  Her husband, Mike, has gotten increasingly violent towards her, and she is binding her time, stashing away money so she can leave him.  She knows it would be dangerous for herself and Jax if Mike ever found out about their mutual attraction.

Jax, along with a business partner, own a bar that attracts a lot of the MC crowd, where he sees Mike all the time with woman that are not his wife.  Jax doesn't understand how Mike could want any other woman when he has Sky as his wife.  Jax wants Sky but he respects the fact that Sky won't cross that line from friend to more while she is married.  He doesn't like it, but he respects her wishes.  

It isn't until Mike finds out about their friendship/relationship that Sky asks Jax for help.  And from this point on, Jax and Sky's relationship really develop as they fight for what they want: each other.

While I really enjoyed the story, I felt there were times when the story seemed to drag a bit and I hard a hard time following the jumps in time.  A few times I had to go back and reread a few pages to figure out when/how far in time the jump in time was. 

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

**I received an ARC from Sassy Savvy Fabulous PR in exchange for a honest review.**


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Real Sexy by Meghan March

Book Description

In Nashville, country stars are a dime a dozen.

I swore I’d never get caught up with one, but Boone Thrasher made a liar out of me.

I said I’d never put my heart on the line, but he didn’t ask before he stole it.

Now we’re facing my worst fears, and we'll see if this country boy is tough enough to see it through.

Girls like me don’t get happily ever afters… but maybe he’ll prove that wrong too.

AVAILABLE: May 23, 2017

Real Dirty Duet
Real Dirty (Book 1) *Review HERE
Real Sexy (Book 2)

If you haven't read Real Dirty, you need to STOP and go read it before reading Real Sexy!!!!

Real Sexy is the conclusion of Boone and Ripley's story.  It has everything I have come to expect in a Meghan March story: steamy moments, heart-felt moments, surprising moments, and REAL moments.  And you get a peak at several characters from Meghan's previous stories.

Real Sexy picks up right where Real Dirty left off.  Boone has been taken in to the police station and is trying to figure out just what the hell is going on.  Which also leaves Ripley questioning everything she felt about Boone and what she thought their relationship is or could of been.  The tabloids (and the return of an ex) leave the usually confident Ripley feeling insecure about herself and determined to figure out what SHE wants out of life.  

However, Boone has other ideas.  He knows what he wants: Ripley.  And he sets out to prove it to her.  Boone shows us a side of him that we didn't get the full effect of in Real Dirty.  It was amazing to read about a MAN that knew what he wanted and wasn't scared to express his feelings for a woman.  

In my review of Real Dirty, I said that I think Boone and Ripley might be my favorite Meghan March couple... I think it is a tie between Boone/Ripley (Real Dirty Duet) and Logan/Banner (Real Good Duet).  Can't recommend this Duet and author enough!!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

**I received an ARC from InkSlinger PR in exchange of a honest review.**


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Real Dirty by Meghan March

Book Description

I have everything a guy could want—a new single burning up the charts, more money than a simple country boy could spend, and a woman I’m planning to marry.

Until she doesn’t show up for my proposal.

The life I thought was so perfect, isn’t.

The guy who thought he had everything, doesn’t.

I’ve got my heart on lockdown, but life sends me straight into the path of a mouthy bartender who puts me in my place.

Now the only place I want to put her is under me.

I thought I was done with love, but maybe I’m just getting started.

AVAILABLE: May 9, 2017

Real Dirty Duet
Real Dirty (Book 1)
Real Sexy (Book 2) *Available May 23, 2017

I think Boone and Ripley might be by favorite couple searching for their happily-ever-after stories by Meghan March so far.  (I'm saving my final verdict until I can get my little hands of Real Sexy!!)  Boone has had little parts in previous Dirty/Duets, but if you haven't read any of them, you won't be missing anything for Boone's story (Although I highly recommend going and reading them because they are all great!).

Real Dirty starts off with Boone planning to propose to his girlfriend at his concert after singing his new song, but she never shows.  Pissed and confused as to where she could be, Boone is dragged to a hole-in-the-wall bar by a friend, where he meets Ripley, the take-no-prisoners bartender. 

But Ripley has ONE rule: No celebrities. 

Ripley is struggling to keep her family's bar afloat.  She is fiercely independent and determined to prove to her father that she can make the bar a success again.  She is extremely loyal to the family she has left, even though they don't deserve any from her.  So Ripley doesn't have time to cater to the rich-and-famous, like musician Boone Thrasher.   

There is much more to this story (and couple) than not being able to keep their hands off each other.  With an unsolved murder, family drama, the struggles of a music career, an foul-mouthed parrot, and unwanted exes, Boone and Ripley have to fight for what they want. 

And I can't wait to read Real Sexy to see how it all plays out!! =]

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

**I received an ARC from InkSlinger PR in exchange of a honest review.**


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Arranged by Lexi Blake

Book Description

Kash Kamdar is the king of a peaceful but powerful island nation. As Loa Mali’s sovereign, he is always in control, the final authority. Until his mother uses an ancient law to force her son into marriage. His prospective queen is a buttoned-up intellectual, nothing like Kash’s usual party girl. Still, from the moment of their forced engagement, he can’t stop thinking about her. 

Dayita Samar comes from one of Loa Mali’s most respected families. The Cambridge-educated scientist has dedicated her life to her country’s future. But under her staid and calm exterior, Day hides a few sexy secrets of her own. She is willing to marry her king, but also agrees that they can circumvent the law. Just because they’re married doesn’t mean they have to change their lives. It certainly doesn’t mean they have to fall in love. 

After one wild weekend in Dallas, Kash discovers his bride-to-be is more than she seems. Engulfed in a changing world, Kash finds exciting new possibilities for himself. Could Day help him find respite from the crushing responsibility he’s carried all his life? This fairy tale could have a happy ending, if only they can escape Kash’s past… 

AVAILABLE: April 25. 2017

Arranged by Lexi Blake is part of her Masters and Mercenaries series.  I have only read one of book in this series but I didn't feel as though I was missing anything.  I believe each book can be considered a standalone with different couples featured in each book.

Being that this book is a short novella, I don't want to give to much away.  The book description is an excellent overview of this story.  I think my main issue with this story was with Kash himself.  I personally found him to be a difficult character to like.  I thought he was a brat and a hypocrite.  He redeemed himself a little towards the end, but not enough for me to be a big King Kash fan.

Rating: 3 out of 5

**An ARC was provided by the author in exchange for a honest review.**


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Faking it by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde

Book Description

Confirmed bachelor Max Sterling isn't into rescuing damsels in distress, but when the very tempting Hailey Ellison needs his help, there's only one thing for him to do. Step in and pose as her loving fiancĂ©. Except there is nothing fake about his attraction to her, or how much he wants her beneath him in his bed, moaning his name. But what starts as a sexy, flirty, temporary engagement, quickly becomes something more serious that neither one ever anticipated.

AVAILABLE: April 11, 2017

Faking It is another great read by authors Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde.  This book is a perfect light, fun and sexy read that will have you swooning over the Hero and watching the Heroine grow and gain confidence in herself.  

Hailey Ellison is a professional matchmaker with a booming business.  Growing her business has been Hailey's sole focus for the last few years and has had little to no time (or desire) to allow anything else in.  So much so that she has faked an engagement to a man that doesn't exist...

...Or does he.

With a continually growing clientele base and a need for more office space, Hailey contacts confirmed bachelor and real estate broker Max Sterling.  After 3 months of searching, Max finally feels that he has found Hailey her perfect space.  After having a celebratory lunch with Hailey, Max learns that the woman he has been wildly attracted to for the last 3 months isn't engaged to another man like he thought...

... she is engaged to him.  He just didn't know it.

When running into a former matches mother, Hailey is forced to explain how she "faked" her engagement to a "Max Sterling" so she could focus on work.  And Max takes full advantage of this fact.  Max needs help with an ex that doesn't seem to understand the word NO and Hailey doesn't want word to get out to her clients that she faked her engagement and lose credibility.  Both agree that their engagement will be temporary.  

But what happens when a fake engagement leads to real feelings?  Will Max be able to convince Hailey to take a chance on real love?  And will Hailey learn to trust in herself enough to left Max in?

Rating: 4 out of 5

**I was provided a ARC of this book in exchange for a honest review.**