#BRMondays – Snatched by Cathleen Ross

Published September 17th, 2018
Print Length: 188 pages
Genre: Contemporary Military Romance

AMAZON / GOODREADS

My Review

My first book by Cathleen Ross and I would want to read more of her work just to make sure my first impression is not the only thing I have for the future. Don’t get me wrong, the book was well done and I enjoy reading it but… I think this author has potential at some level.

The characters were interesting, mostly because I loved the premise of the story: my sister for your sister. It sounds kind of simple but it wasn’t I liked that.

My problem with the characters is that I felt the biker act a little crazy at times. It fits with his mean guy kind of look but it did not click with me. At least he admitted he was an a$$hole.

The female protagonist was strong but weak. Nobody is perfect but I liked her the most between them because he was just so close to being too much at times that I just couldn’t side with him.

I have my doubts when it came to the first encounter between them but I don’t feel, deep down, that it wasn’t consensual. It could be seen like that so, I wouldn’t be surprised is someone was offended by that encounter.

My favorite parts where when the President of the MC and his wife were in the scene. OMG, that was just so funny and cute to watch, at least for me.

Writing wise I think the author did a great job. I did not find any grammar errors or anything like that, and the vocabulary was simple enough that it was easy to follow. The flow of the story was good and it wasn’t cut, for me, at any point during the book.

The twist of the sister left me with interest in the next book. I’m very interested in seeing how this works out.

I would recommend this book to those that love biker romances, just a reminder that this is fiction and that some roughing around might ensue.

Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book provided by Netgalley. The opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author

There are many ways an aspiring writer can make it into print and I believe every writing credit helps build a career. Be game. Be creative. Be brave.

The first year I joined Romance Writers, a new publisher came to the conference and asked writers for erotic stories for their anthologies. Fired with enthusiasm, although I had never written a sex scene, I sent in my first erotic story Sweet Vengeance. The editor bought it and asked for more, so I sent Astral Ecstasy and the editor bought that too. I don’t know why I had to be good at writing about sex but it’s not something I’m going to complain about, not with so many publishers looking for hot stories.

This unusual success propelled me to write an erotic partial for Black Lace, Virgin Publishing, London, which was then the largest publisher of women’s erotic fiction in the world. They took on three new authors that year and I was one of them. The editor contracted me on a partial and I quickly had to write an eighty thousand word novel full of sex and make it interesting. My book Man Hunt became the best selling erotic book on the Virgin Publishing website in 2006. It is currently selling in England, Australia and America. The more I tell people that they might be offended by the explicit and unusual sex scenes, the faster they go out and buy the book.

I love reading women’s magazines and always fantasized about writing for them. I started by sending in pitches to the magazines I loved but none of them sold, but I didn’t give up. That’s the main lesson a writer has to learn. Never give up.

I’ve found if a writer scratches the surface, people are always doing amazing things that make good stories. I often hear about funny confessional style sex stories from my friends, so I wrote some up and sold them to various magazines. Mind you, I did change details to protect the guilty!

I found that once a writer gets something accepted by an editor it is easier to sell more work.

This success led to editors ringing me and asking would I write stories for products. For example, I was asked to write a story about a new cream that gives women continuous orgasms. Naturally, I rang the manufacturer and asked for a sample. It is important when writing to do ones research. I couldn’t write about a product like that without trying it. Well that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

I also think it is easier to get published if you are prepared to try to write for the new publishing lines where the editors are actively seeking authors. It helps to go to conferences, meet editors and introduce yourself.

One publishing credit often leads to another, but it is important to get used to rejections to. Learn to get over it and to keep trying. Not everything sells, but for me, there is nothing more exciting than when you get that call from an editor.

Mind you, I haven’t got my hands on that new cream yet.

Cathleen Ross

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#BRMondays – Give Me Fever by Jasmine & Arielle Lockhart

Published January 15th, 2019
Print Length: 206 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance

four-half-star

AMAZON / GOODREADS

My Review

This is the story of Jessa and Jackson. They got married young and in love, but Jackson’s huge drive to get a better life for him and his wife, along with the lack of good understanding between them, broke them apart.

Jessa went back to their old town and bought the home plantation from under her ex during the divorce. Now Jackson wants to sell it but the man that bought it refuse to listen to reason. So he flew to his old town to talk to the guy and Jessa’s lie was up, but that wasn’t the only thing they discover when they got brought together by destiny.

I believe the Lockhart sisters did a fantastic job with their debut novel. Working as a team in writing doesn’t sound easy but there was no difference, in my opinion, in the writing style. So they did great at mixing their writing together while telling a story.

When I saw what happened with their divorce, which was pre-talked about on the blurb, I was jumping with joy because I love me a good marriage that loves each other get a second chance so they can live happily together.

The plot was interesting and so precious. I do have to say that Jessa annoyed me a little bit with how easy she blamed Jackson for things without looking at herself too. Good thing she noticed and did the right thing later or I would have been really mad.

I would recommend this book to those that love second chance romances.

Disclaimer: I got an ARC copy from the authors. Thanks Lockhart Sisters!

About the Author

Jasmine and Arielle Lockhart were born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, in a house overflowing with books, art, and poetry scrawled on scraps of paper by the hands of their father and mother. The sisters spent their childhood summers setting crawdad traps and picking peaches from the three-hundred-year-old tree on their family’s plantation. On stormy nights when the power would go out in the Antebellum home, Arielle would distract her younger sister by telling her stories. It never took long before Jasmine’s fear of the dark was forgotten and she was butting in with her own ideas of how the story should go.

In 2017, over mint julep’s on the plantation’s ivy-laden porch, Jasmine and Arielle came up with the crazy idea to co-write a romance novel. A year and many heated debates later, the first book in the Fever series was complete.

When she’s not nagging her sister to add more kissing scenes to their books, Jasmine is a world-traveler, living between New Orleans and Abu Dhabi in the Middle East.

Arielle currently resides on the plantation, where she spends her days writing and convincing Grammy Dee that Annabelle, the housekeeper she hired three years ago, is not the reincarnation of the young woman who hung herself in the peach tree after her fiancé failed to return from war.

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#BRMondays – Keeping Her Under The Mistletoe by M. Robinson

Published December 5th, 2018
Print Length: 39 pages
Genre: Adult Fiction, Adult Romance, Erotica, Contemporary Romance

five-stars

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Disclaimer: These stories are NOT for readers under the age of 18 years old due to the heavy sexual content on them.

The short story collection is a teaser of epic proportions for me. I haven’t read anything by M. Robinson, not that I could remember, and I believe I should remember her books going off the reaction I got from this collection.

The first short story is about the couple from El Diablo. The heat level was at an all-time max and I was left wanting more. Now I need to actually read El Diablo to get to know these characters and get my fix. One thing is for sure: I won’t be looking at candy canes in the same way for the rest of my life. *blushes deeply*

The second story was about Noah and Skyler’s from the Lost Boy. This got almost the same amount of love from me as the first one. Except, nobody can top Alejandro Martinez so far. It sounds like the Lost Boy should be a lot of fun with these two as main characters. I can hardly wait to find out.

The last story is a teaser scene of a future book by the author that will be releasing in Spring 2019 and the scene depicted in those short pages was some very powerful stuff. I can say with honesty that I’m as excited to get this new book as I am to read El Diablo… Well, almost. Lucky for me I have a backlist of books from M. Robinson to catch up on before the release.

As far as recommendations go, this Collection of short scenes in on my top list for teasers and as a way to get to know a new to you author’s writing. It was hands down, one of the best ways to end my reading year. I just hope 2019 gets even better reading-wise.

I almost forgot to mention that I got the book with the KU (Kindle Unlimited) subscription.

About the Author

M. Robinson loves to read. She favors anything that has angst, romance, triangles, cheating, love, and of course sex! She has been reading since the Babysitters Club and R.L. Stein.

She was born in New Jersey but was raised in Tampa Fl. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D in psychology, with two years left.

She is married to an amazing man who she loves to pieces. They have two German Shepherd mixes and a Tabby cat.

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#BRMondays – Angie’s Gladiator by Ruby Dixon

Published December 3rd, 2018
Print Length: 270 pages
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Aliens Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy

four-star

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My Review

Imagine waking up on an alien planet, naked as the day you were born but with a big difference: you’re hugely pregnant with no recollection of how it happened. Also imagine that two red smoking hot alien twins are fighting, in their own way, to get you attention but only one of them makes you week at the knees.

That was Angie’s life. She woke up on a cold plannet, surrounded by aliens, no way of going home, pregnant, scared and the object of attention of twin warrior aliens.

Vordis and Thrand were gladiators, clones of the same male and slaved to give their master the satisfaction of strong fights in arenas. Now they are both on a cold plannet, free and confused. They always did everything together so when Vordis is paying attention to Angie, Thrand does it too.

I have to admit Thrand got on my nerves faster than a character on his situation usual would. Vordis on the other hand was the perfect main character and mate for Angie.

The story is part of a series but it can be read as a stand alone and it’s a good hook to get you reading more books in this universe. The world is carefully crafted and very consistent in each book I’ve read.

Writing wise I have no complains, even though it was a short book by my standards and I finished it in one fast sitting, I can say anything else but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The other couples are ones that I recognize because I follow the series and I was really happy to see this particular couple come together.

Honestly, I was expecting a MFM story but Ruby did a great job at pulling the brother’s apart so each can have their mate. I can hardly wait for Thrand to have his own book.

I strongly recommend you to pick this book up. You don’t need to read the previous ones or other series because this stands on its own but I can assure you, it won’t be long before you’re reading the rest to get to know beautiful characters.

About the Author

Ruby Dixon loves to write sexy, dirty things. Right now she’s obsessed with dirty aliens. She’s also dabbled in dirty bikers, dirty bears, and well, just dirty things in general.

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#BRMondays – Almost Glass by Leah Holt

Published September 3rd, 2018
Print Length: 357 pages
Genre: New Adult, Inspirational, Romance

four-star

Amazon

My Review

This book came into my Kindle with a warning and I’ll say it was justified. The warning looks a lot like the author’s note at the bottom of the blurb: Walk through the darkness and you will see the light. The story is raw, realistic, dark and I think for some people, it should come with a trigger warning.

I did not have a problem with the topics addressed in this book but I know of people that could have them. I’ll warn you beforehand. This story has drug abuse, female physical abuse, suicide attempt and deep emotional issues involving the loss of a son.

Lorelei has been through the wringer in life. She’s been dealt with a cold, hard hand and she couldn’t have reacted differently, at least I think she couldn’t, not with all the emotional pain she was carrying and concealing from the world. I felt her pain. This character was raw, felt realistic and touched my heart strings pretty much from the get-go until the end.

Fallon is a man of medicine but he’s also a man that has seen a lot in his line of work to know that some people are worth fighting for. He sees Lorelei for something that she was, in the beginning, but slowly he helps her build herself back up to become the amazing woman he knows she could be. His love and absolute conviction, just as his willingness to stay at her side no matter how many times she falls down the rabbit hole… that man is precious.

The character development in this book was absolutely incredible. I do have to say that at some point Lorelei seemed to act mean for the sake of being mean to me, or even annoying when she yelled at Fallon, but when you put that into context, and you put yourself in her shoes… it fits almost perfectly.

Writing wise I have no complaints what so ever. I did not find any mistakes on my copy of the book or maybe I was just so engrossed that I didn’t even notice them, which is a testament of the story quality and author’s ability if that was the case.

I would recommend this book if you want a taste of the harsh realities of someone’s life while they look for a reason to keep living. I would also recommend you read this book with a box of tissues close by.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout.

About the Author

Growing up in a small town, Leah Holt’s imagination was able to run wild. She loves to write romance with intense alpha guys, the ones we all desire but dare not admit to.

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Cover Reveal – Only the Truth by Elle Thorpe

Title: Only the Truth
Series: Only You, #2.5. (Can be read as a standalone)
Author: Elle Thorpe
Cover Designer: Sly Fox Cover Designs
Genre: Fake relationship, contemporary romance, medical romance.
Release Date: December 6, exclusive to newsletter subscribers
Blurb: 
Doctor Damien Farrow is a douchebag. Sure, he’s sexy as sin
with his armful of tattoos and Clark Kent vibes. But after a lifetime of
douchebags, my celibacy vow is safe with him.
Which makes him the ideal fake date I need on my arm when I
face my high school sweetheart—and the back-stabbing woman he dumped me for.
Seeing my sister again after all these years is going to
be…interesting.

Also in this series… 
(all books can be read as a standalone, but it’s more fun if you read in order! You’ll get updates on old friends in each new book)
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Only the Perfect – Free on Kindle Unlimited

Author Bio
 
Elle Thorpe lives on the sunny east coast of Australia, about an hour out of Sydney. When she’s not writing stories full of kissing and chemistry, she’s a wife, and Mummy to three tiny humans. She’s also official ball thrower to one slobbery dog named Rollo. Yes, she named a female dog after a male character on Vikings. Don’t judge her. Elle is a complete and utter fangirl at heart, obsessing over The Walking Dead and Outlander to an unhealthy degree. But she wouldn’t change a thing.
 
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#ReleaseBlitz – Only the Perfect by Elle Thorpe

Title: Only the Perfect
Series: Only You, #2. (Can be read as a standalone)
Author: Elle Thorpe
Cover Designer: Sly Fox Cover Designs
Genre: Single Parent, contemporary romance
Release Date: November 8, 2018
Blurb: 
 
When I walked in on my girlfriend screwing another guy, I
never would have thought I’d be sitting at their wedding less than six months
later. But who am I to turn down a night of free food, booze and pretty
bridesmaids?
But at the back of the room, at the rejects table, I’m
captivated by the woman sitting next to me. She’s gorgeous and smart, and I
can’t work out how she’s single. Until I realise she’s the groom’s ex.

 

This single mother and I are about to turn this wedding into
a night our cheating exes will never forget.  

Also in this series… 
(all books can be read as a standalone, but it’s more fun if you read in order! You’ll get updates on old friends in each new book)
Only the Positive – Free on Kindle Unlimited

Author Bio
Elle Thorpe lives on the sunny east coast of Australia, about an hour out of Sydney. When she’s not writing stories full of kissing and chemistry, she’s a wife, and Mummy to three tiny humans. She’s also official ball thrower to one slobbery dog named Rollo. Yes, she named a female dog after a male character on Vikings. Don’t judge her. Elle is a complete and utter fangirl at heart, obsessing over The Walking Dead and Outlander to an unhealthy degree. But she wouldn’t change a thing.
 
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#ReleaseBlitz – Truth by Trilina Pucci

Title: Truth
Series: Sinful #1
Author: Trilina Pucci
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: October 30, 2018

Blurb

Drew

It was a tryst.
A sin swallowed down by desire.

That’s what I tell myself.
But my body isn’t the only part that
aches for him now.

I sold my soul.
Now my heart is a slave to the devil.
Dominic King.

He unveiled the taboo,
illuminating my lie
and unexpectedly stole my heart.

But I walked away.

Dominic

Lust is my religion.
She became my sanctuary.

If it’s forgiveness she seeks
the price just doubled.

And she’ll pay it bound at my feet.

I gave her pain for pleasure.
Her truth.

Now I’ll make her beg me for more.

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Excerpt

“What are you willing to give me?” Because I want it all.
“I’m undecided.” I hate the look on his face. It’s fear, he’s afraid I’ll hurt him again.
“So just tell me to stop when I cross a line. I’ll only go as far as you trust me to go. Deal.” He nods his head hesitantly as my hand finds the top button of his shirt, I undo it slowly making my way to each before his shirt is completely undone. I only stop to briefly trace the tattoo on his chest. God, I missed this body. His twelve pack casts a heavy shadow from beneath the shirt and I run my fingers over his rock-hard stomach and up to his chest, leaning in to kiss the tattooed area.
“This okay?” I ask from pressed lips against his chest pulling back to look into his eyes.
“Fucking you isn’t my problem. It’s what to do with you after.” Smacking his drink down on the bar top he puts his hands on my waist, walking me backward away from the bar and then jerks me forward eliciting a surprised yelp as I’m hoisted over his shoulder. “See that’s the problem” bringing his hand down on my ass hard, “The way I see it, this is all you get. I’ll give you my cock but that’s it. That’s the only deal I’ll make with you. Take it or leave it.” It’s a start.
Without a hesitation I whisper, “Take it. But it won’t be enough.” He places me back on my feet and looks me up and down, his expression mirrors my own frustration.
“I hate that fucking outfit. I want you naked. Now.” His words leave little room for debate.
“What? What’s wrong with my outfit?” I look at him like he’s lost his mind.
“It restricts access…” crossing his arms he grins, waiting for me to disrobe.
“I’m not taking off my clothes in the middle of this room.” He has lost his mind.
“We’re alone and last I checked it’s a fucking sex club. Take your goddamn clothes off so I can bury my dick inside that tight wet pussy, Drew.”
I’m fucking dripping the minute he growls at me but I take all the time in the world, slipping off each shoulder giving my tyrant his own private show. The more time I take the more his jaw tenses. God, I love riling this man up.
“You realize the longer you take the harsher the punishment. I will take out every one of the seconds, on that ass tonight.”
“Promises, promises.” I challenge back. He grabs his cock adjusting the bulge, groaning with the motion.
“You have ten seconds to get it off then I’m ripping it off myself.” His demeanor couldn’t be more serious. He will tear this very expensive, amazing outfit off my body without so much as a second thought.
“Ten.” I start on one of my heels unhitching the ankle strap.
“Nine.” finishing, I move to the other.
“Eight.” The strap around my ankle gets stuck as I start to panic. I’m never going to make it. Fuck! I’m so hot, I don’t know which outcome I want more. His punishment or my victory.
“Seven.” Fuck it, I rip it off my foot and pull down my right shoulder strap starting to shimmy.
“Six.” I start looking around the room, “Five.” I scope out where I could go to buy some more time. “Four.” I love this outfit.
“Three.” Son-of-a-bitch.
“Two.” Struggling with the zipper it finally comes loose and I push my jumpsuit down to my ankles.
“One.”

Author Bio
Trilina is an author, wife, and mama to three rowdy kiddos. When she
isn’t making grilled cheese sandwiches, she can be found writing saucy novels
that titillate and excite her readers.
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