Thursday, 1 December 2016

Review: Karen Erickson's "Jane's Gift (Lone Pine Lake #1)."


Synopsis

Lone Pine Lake’s resident playboy, fire captain Christian Nelson, is happy with his single-guy lifestyle. But when quiet, mysterious Jane Clark comes for a tour of the firehouse with her three small children, Chris is immediately drawn to the beautiful woman—even though he’s been burned by commitment in the past.

Jane’s been battling scars both physical and mental—having lived through a devastating house fire years ago—so she’s hesitant when her brother’s best friend, Christian, offers to help quell her family’s residual fears of fire. Jane’s mind is the epitome of once burned, twice shy, but her heart has other plans.

Despite her brother’s warnings about his friend’s playboy status and dangerous occupation, Jane can’t help but fall for the gorgeous fire captain. Can two scarred people find the strength to let go of their pasts to live in the present, when a lifetime together might be the sweetest gift of all? 

Review: Jo 

I was drawn to this one, not only because it was a Karen Erickson novel but also because I loved the cover. It looked like a swoon-worthy read and I was not disappointed. "Jane's Gift" was a sweet festive story that was perfect for this time of year. Reading this book felt a lot like stepping into one of those Hallmark movies that are playing endlessly on TV at the moment. It was the kind of book to read on a snowy day with a mug of hot chocolate by your side. 

This story focuses on single mum, Jane and the local sexy fireman, Christian. Jane had been through an awful few years, leaving her all alone to bring up her three children. Enter Christian who had the makings of being Jane's hero. I did find the first half of  this book a little slow paced, however I understood why Jane and Christian's relationship had to be a slow burner rather than a speedy insta-love story. Too much had happened in Jane's life for her to jump into Christian's bed, although I wouldn't blame her if she had! Lol. 

Jane was a sweet character, who truly deserved to be loved and cared for. Christian was the perfect guy for her. There really wasn't anything bad to say about the hunky firefighter. I especially loved that he didn't hold back with his feelings for Jane, even though he was someone who usually ran from commitment.  For Jane everything changed. 

"...I already have my Christmas gift. You. The kids. 
All of you are my gift. You're everything I need." 

If you love festive romance, add this one to your TBR.

"Jane's Gift" gets 3.5 hearts from me.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Review: Ava Harrison's "trans-fer-ence."


Synopsis

The nightmares find me.
They steal my breath, slowly suffocating me.
I’m scared.
I want it to stop.
He’s supposed to help me.
Instead, he evokes something forbidden.
I know I should run.
But I can’t.
I’ve made my choice.
I want him.
There's only one problem...
He's my therapist.


Review: Kirsty

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC for this book in turn for an honest review. I thought it was a great, quick read. The blurb doesn't tell us too much, but I was sure I was in for some nitty-gritty. A forbidden romance is one of my favourite topics, so I couldn't wait to dig in. 

Eve, the heroine, has suffered many traumatic experiences in her life, and as a young woman, it has finally started to take its toll.. resulting in her ending up in hospital after an accident. With much persuasion from her roommate, Sydney, she agrees to see a psychologist. Which is exactly where we meet our hero, Preston. 

"We are two pieces of a puzzle and eventually we will be put back together."

I really enjoyed reading about Preston. Although he was Eve's psychologist, right from the start there was so much more to their relationship than that. There was an instant attraction, which both of them knew they shouldn't act on, but couldn't resist. Their relationship was slow building, but once it started, I felt like there weren't really that many hiccups. Yes, they had moments of being apart and denying each other, but ultimately I thought their relationship was too easy. Given the circumstances I wanted more angst, more pain and way more heartache. Clearly I'm a sicko.

Eve's character was interesting to me. She has been through a hell of a lot in her life and was in desperate need of help, which she received.. in the form of Preston originally, and then a new psychologist when things got too intense. Her 'recovery' could be seen throughout the whole book, but in the end I felt like it was all a little rushed. One minute she was having issues and the next, she was almost healed.

"Sadness can break a person. It can make a home inside you, 
slowly building a wall around your soul."

All in all this was a really good read but there were definitely a few things I would've changed.

I rated "trans-fer-ence" 4 hearts.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Review: Tiffany Reisz's "One Hot December (Men at Work #3)."


Synopsis

Never mess with a woman who carries a blowtorch in her backpack. Welder and artist Veronica "Flash" Redding's playful sense of evil sometimes gets the better of her. Like when her insanely handsome, wealthy, suited-up boss gave her the most sensuously wicked night of her life…then dumped her. Yep, revenge is a dish best served hot. 

Only Ian Asher isn't quite letting Flash get away quite so easily. He's not ready to forget the intensity between them. The searing heat when they touch. And the deliciously demanding control Ian wields in the bedroom. Now he has only the holidays to convince Flash that they belong together…and that even the most exquisite, broken things can be welded back together.

Review-Jo 

What a fun series this has been! All three books have been brilliant reads and perfect for this time of year. With the weather turning colder, I just want to curl up, keep warm and read a good book and each one of Tiffany Reisz's "Men at Work" books have delivered the much needed feel good factor. Tiffany had injected a huge dose of humour and witty dialogue into this story that made it an absolute delight to read. The characters were fantastic, so easy to love and I had a great big smile on my face with each new page that I read. 

"She laid her head on his thigh and he couldn't help but feel 
that it was exactly where it belonged." 

The relationship between Flash and Ian kept me thoroughly entertained. My interest stayed throughout the story and I adored every single thing that I read. Ian was the perfect combination of sweet and sexy. The way in which he turned all alpha in the bedroom made my tummy flip flop. Flash was fiercely independent, strong and hilariously funny making her an equally perfect heroine. I think I had a bit of a girl crush on her, which was no surprise to me because I always love the characters that this author creates. Some of the comments that Flash come out with made me laugh so hard, but then again, Ian also made me laugh out loud. There was a scene involving Flash's cat that just made me howl with laughter. There truly was no end to the amusement that this couple provoked. 

I'm pretty sure that Tiffany saved the best till last with this book. It's one that I would highly recommend, especially if you want a standalone romance that will brighten up any cold winters day. 

"...now I can breath again and all I want to breathe in or out is you." 

"One Hot December" gets 4 hearts from me. 


Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Blog Tour: Pepper Winters "Dollars (Dollar #2)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book blog is pleased to be a part of the Blog Tour for Pepper Winters "Dollars (Dollar #2)."


Synopsis:

“I should never have asked for a night with you. This would never have happened if I’d had more willpower.” 

A thief met a possession and did what he did best.
Now, he has to live with the consequences. 
Including the girl he claimed. 

Pimlico was stolen and sold all before her twenty-first birthday. 
Two years with a master who almost killed her is over. 
She has a new master now. 
A master who demands everything, expects everything, and requires ultimate access to her mind. 

Elder broke countless rules when he took the girl who wasn’t his. 
She confuses and bewitches him, but his fascination won’t save her from his desires. 

He wants to know her.
She wants to forget. 
Together…they’re doomed.

Review: Surj 

ONE WORD. Fuck. Two words. Motherfucking Christ. 
Three words. I'm screwed. 

Dear lord, after reading "Pennies," I honestly thought I knew the direction Pim and Elder's story was going to take. I had it all mapped out in my head and I couldn't wait to see it all play out in "Dollars." Well knock me down with a feather because I couldn't have got it more wrong if I had tried... lol. Everything about "Dollars" was such a stark contrast to "Pennies." Where "Pennies" had been fast paced, drama filled, savagely violent and horrifically brutal, "Dollars" was a slow burner filled with heart felt uncertainties and an undercurrent of something akin to an almost forbidden love story, with two people fighting their growing feelings for one another. This chapter in Pim and Elder's story definitely surprised me (but in a good way of course). It felt more humane (for want of a better word.) It was raw and emotional but equally heart breaking but for different reasons to book one. This was a book about fear and uncertainty. It was a book about trust and motives but most importantly, it was about two people fighting their demons and trying to get through each and every day without their demons winning. 

“You owe me, Pimlico. I told you I wasn’t the hero.”

In true Pepper Winters fashion, "Dollars" really did have my mind swimming with questions. Who was Elder Prest? What were the demons he struggled to keep at bay when he was around Pim? What the hell was he hiding? His character was one that was shrouded in so much mystery and suspense, it near on drove me crazy. I needed to get inside his head and under his skin, more so that what Pepper was allowing. I needed to know what made him blow hot one minute and arctic cold the next? 

He wasn't just multifaceted; he was layers upon layers of hypocrisies.

Oh and Pim, boy did my heart break for that girl. She was trying to come to terms with everything that had happened to her but in the same breath, she was faced with a future that was so uncertain. Why had Elder stolen her? What were his intentions? I felt every ounce of Pim's helplessness at a situation she had been thrust into. I felt her fear, her doubt, her anguish and her despair but equally, I felt her anger and her rage. Was this how it was going to be for Pim now or was there a glimmer of hope? Would Elder be her knight in shining armour or would he be the devil in disguise ready to take her back to the pits of hell? 

Elder Prest might’ve changed my circumstances, 
but he was still a monster I had to survive.

"Dollars" really did turned out to be quite an unexpected, tragically beautiful start to what looks like a heart wrenchingly fantastic love story. Those little glimmers of hope, those tiny butterflies dancing around in my gut, the characters questioning those unexpected emotions they were feeling. I'm giddy with excitement to see what comes next. Oh and as for that ending... oh no... I honestly didn't see that coming. Two steps forward, ten steps back by the looks of things. 

"I told you you are worth more than pennies, 
yet you cling to a dollar as if it's the sum of your value."

I cannot wait for "Hundreds" that's for sure. I rated "Dollars" ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️


AuthorBio:

Pepper Winters wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero, the better, and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex... her books have sex. 

She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends. 

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Friday, 18 November 2016

Blog Tour: Monica Murphy's "More Than Friends (Friends #2)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to the part of the Blog Tour for Monica Murphy's "More Than Friends (Friends #2)." 

Amazon UK:   http://amzn.to/2eS6JY7

Synopsis

He's not perfect, but he's all I want...

I’m your average girl at your average high school, trying to figure out my place in life. After catching my now ex-boyfriend messing around with my now ex-best friend, I’ve made some big changes. No more band, no more backstabbing friends and no more boring old life. Now I have new friends, a new job and new interests.

But there’s a certain someone who’s interested in me, and I don’t get it. Jordan Tuttle could have anyone he wants. He’s the most popular boy in school. Rich, gorgeous, smart and the star quarterback, he’s perfect. Yet he acts like he wants no one else but…me.

So despite my fears and doubt, I let him get close. Probably too close. I discover that he’s not so perfect after all, but it doesn’t matter. I’m falling for him, even though he runs so hot and cold. I know someday he’s going to break my heart.

And I’m going to let him. 

Review: Jo 

I was over the moon when I discovered that this book was all about Amanda and Tuttle. My interest had been piqued by their relationship and I was hoping that I would get the chance to know what was going on with this intriguing couple. As soon as this book hit my kindle, I was ready for some Tuttle swooning and Monica did not disappoint. I adored "More Than Friends" and I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Amanda and Tuttle's story was not going to be done and dusted in one book. The couple's relationship was a lot more challenging than I had initially thought. 

"Everything's better as long as she's part of it. 
And that's the scariest thing of all." 

I already knew that I would love Amanda's character. Out of all the girls from this series, Amanda had so far been the most mature, choosing to avoid all of the silly drama's that surrounded her. Olivia's friendship with Amanda made me happy and I was certain that Amanda would be the good friend that Olivia needed. With this book, I was given the opportunity to get to know Amanda and how she truly felt about Tuttle. I admired how strong Amanda was when it came to boys. This girl was no pushover and she was determined to not allow Tuttle to walk all over her, even though he was utterly gorgeous and charming. Sometimes I wondered if she was being a little bit harsh on Tuttle over the course of the story, however Tuttle remained as crazy as ever about her, so her actions were definitely working. 

"I'm kissing her tonight. I don't care what happens or how she acts towards me, 
it's been too long and nothing is going to stop me." 

I loved Jordan Tuttle. This boy was not some shallow teen looking for a quick fling. Tuttle pursued Amanda relentlessly and I was impressed with the reasons why he liked her so much. I genuinely believed that Tuttle's feelings for Amanda were sincere and I was excited to see if my belief in Tuttle would pay off. As the story progressed, I uncovered more and more about Tuttle and I was especially happy to read the chapters that were written from Tuttle's POV. I was eager to know what was going on inside his head. There are a lot of layers to Tuttle that need to be peeled back. I realised that things were not usually sunshine and rainbows in his world which made me feel extremely sad for him and I wished I could make it all better, or at least Amanda could. I wanted to cuddle with Tuttle to make him feel better. 

"How can something that feels this good end up hurting us so bad."

As for the other characters from this series, I am still completely confused about my feelings towards Emily and Olivia. In this book, I saw a more of an unfriendly side to Olivia which I did not like and there were moments that left me feeling sorry for Emily. I felt as though I was swaying towards team Emily, which I did not expect to happen. Who know's what will happen next between Olivia and Emily but I'm looking forward to finding out. 

I enjoyed everything about this story and I am so glad that Monica is writing another book for Amanda and Tuttle. This one left me with such a cliffhanger of an ending, but I am sure the wait for the next instalment will be worth it. I can't wait to find out. Team Tuttle all the way! 

"I'd give her every piece of me. All she has to do is say the word and I'm hers." 

"More Than Friends" gets  ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️   from me.
About the Author: 

Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.

She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she's not writing, she's reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She's a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

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Thursday, 17 November 2016

Review: Heidi McLaughlin's "Blow (Virtuous Paradox #1)."


Synopsis

Bodhi McKnight has always had everything handed to him on a silver platter: fame, success, money, girls. The raven-haired, blue-eyed hottie is the son of Hollywood A-listers, and when he’s asked to join the boy band Virtuous Paradox, his star shoots even higher. But so do expectations, leading Bodhi down a destructive path of addiction—until a drop-dead gorgeous guardian angel shows him her sizzling brand of tough love.

When Bodhi ends up in rehab, he doesn’t expect to meet someone as cool and down-to-earth as Kimberly Gordon. Although he’s enjoyed the company of beautiful, charming women before, none of them have tried to get to know the “real” Bodhi. But Kimberly isn’t fazed by his stardom. She’d rather go horseback riding, teach Bodhi to play guitar, or ask him about his feelings. Soon Bodhi realizes he’s fallen head over heels for her. He just hopes that he’s strong enough to protect what they have from all the pressures and temptations of the outside world.

Review: Jo

When I first read the synopsis of this book, I immediately thought that this would be one that I would love. The premise of the story kinda sounded like there was a bit of forbidden love about it and I am usually sucked in by those stories. As I progressed through the pages, disappointingly, I discovered that this story was lacking in the things that I had most wanted. I failed to feel any kind of anticipation or excitement at what was happening between the two main characters. Everything happened far too easily and quickly in my opinion which made Bodhi and Kimberly's relationship unrealistic given the challenges that I would have expecting them to face. I also have to say that I was horrified by the use of the word "Twat" for Kimberley's vagina. It completely grossed me out and I just couldn't understand why the author would use that terminology. 

Moving to the positives of the book; I found Bodhi and Kimberly to be likeable characters and I enjoyed the way the story played out in the end, especially the final few chapters where I was given a tiny bit of excitement. There was also a sweet epilogue to finish the story off. I am always a fan of epilogue's and this was one that made me happy. 

As you can see there were things that I enjoyed about this book, but there was also a lot of things that I didn't like. Despite this, I don't think that it was an overall bad read, it just was not the one for me, unfortunately.

I rated "Blow" 3 hearts.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Blog Tour: Georgia Cates's "Endurance (The Sin Series #4)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog is pleased to be part of the Blog Tour for Georgia Cates's "Endurance (The Sin Series #4)."


Synopsis: 

I'm a doctor. Mobster. Killer.
My hands are covered in filth. I don't have the right to touch anything as clean and pure as Ellison MacAllister.

I distance myself ... always remaining obscure, composed, restrained.
Careful to never allow my eyes to linger too long.
Careful to hide my interest.
Careful to keep my burning desire buried beneath the surface.

I do it for her--suffer in silence--because it's what is best for the woman I love.
And she has no idea.

She'll be initiated as a Fellowship member soon. One of my mafia brothers will go through endurance so he'll earn the right to claim her.
Make her his wife.
Kill. Me. Slowly.

I'm running out of time. Only a month remains before she's beyond my reach forever.
I want to taste her. Share sleepless nights. Ride out her storm.
I want to give her the kind of nights she will still feel between her legs the next morning.
I want us to share the kind of passion that forms on our skin and drips down to saturate the sheets.
Between the sweat and the moans and the messy hair, I want her to know how hard she's been loved.

To have her is to taint her.
I should stay away. But I won't. I can't.
I'm a selfish bastard.
A selfish bastard in love.

Review-Jo 

"This man will consume me. Burn me. Destroy me. And what's worse, I may let him." 

"The Sin Trilogy" was my favourite series from Georgia Cates. When it ended, I was hoping that Georgia would continue with books focusing on the secondary characters so I was very excited to learn that "Endurance" was on the way. As soon as this book landed on my kindle, I couldn't wait to get started. 

Jamie and Ellison's story got off to a good start and I was enjoying the way everything was playing out, however this feeling did not last. Once I was past the half way mark the story slowed down a little and I felt my interest wavering. I became frustrated with Jamie's actions and I was desperate for some excitement. Thankfully, the final part of the book was a lot more interesting and well worth the wait. I was so happy with how the story concluded. 

I like the characters from this series a lot. The men are always sexy alpha's and the women are strong and feisty. Together they make entertaining couples. I adored catching up with Bleu and Sin to see how married life was treating them and I continue to be intrigued by Leith and Lorna, so I am hoping Georgia will write their story soon. The next book in this series is all about Westlyn and I cannot wait to get my hands on her book. That girl is a bit of a mystery so I am eager to get inside her head. 

If you are a fan of this series, Jamie and Ellison's story is worth the read. Although this can be read as a standalone, I recommend reading Bleu and Sin's story first. 

"Endurance" gets 3.5 hearts from me.



Excerpt

Chapter 5: Jamie’s POV

“I don’t mind your stuff being all over our bedroom. And our bathroom. And the hallway leading from the staircase.” Trust me. Her shite is every-fucking-where. “I knew what I was getting into when I asked a high-maintenance lass like yourself to move in with me.”

Ellison giggles. “You did not. You knew zero about what it would be like living with me. And I can guarantee that whatever you’re thinking you’ve gotten yourself into with me ain’t even close to the reality of it.”

“Then why don’t you tell me?”

“I was thinking I would show you.” She grins and I’ve come to know in a short while that it’s a sure sign of mischief. “That is if you think you can handle it.”

“I promise I won’t be the one who can’t handle it.” I already know what kind of lover she likes and wants.

And I very much want to be the alpha she wants.

I pick Ellison up and throw her over my shoulder to carry her to the bed. Well, to the mattress on the floor.

I was planning to wait until bedtime to fuck her—after the work was done and everything was in place—but she’s made it impossible for me to wait another minute.

I toss her on the mattress and stand over her while I pull my T-shirt over my head and start working to get my jeans off. “I’m done waiting to have you.”

She smiles as her eyes survey my body. “I’ve been wondering what you look like underneath your shirt.”

“And?”

“I approve one hundred percent.”

“Take off your clothes, Mac. I want to watch you get naked.” My voice is stern. I’ll be the one in control. The one taking what I want. The one who’ll be completely unapologetic. Exactly what she said she wanted.

It’s November, that time of year where Scotland experiences more darkness than light. The sun is long gone, so the room is illuminated only by the soft lamp on the bedside table. It’s actually sort of perfect.

Ellison sits up and pulls her shirt over her head. Black and hot-pink lace covers what I already know is a beautiful pair of tits that fit my hands perfectly. And I can’t wait to get my hands on them again.

Her lovely breasts tumble out of her bra and she tosses it on the mattress before pushing her thumbs into the waistband of her yoga pants to drag them down her legs. A tiny black and hot-pink lace triangle barely covers the mound between her thighs.

She’s completely naked when she falls backward on the mattress, her feet apart and knees pressed together. Waiting. “No, Mac. You don’t get to close your legs on me. I want to see you. All. Of. You.” I put my palms together and then pull them apart to widen the space between my hands. “Spread them.”

She bites her bottom lip—an attempt to mask her grin—as her knees slowly fall apart. “Is this what you want to look at?”

My underwear is tight. My cock is straining hard against the fabric so I push them down and out of the way. “I think this is a sure sign I want to do more than look at it.”

Ellison grins. “Mmm. Someone’s eager.”

“You have no idea.”

I go to my knees and crawl over Ellison. “I’ve imagined us like this no less than a million times. I’ve seen it happen in my head over and over.”

Ellison brings my hand to her mouth to kiss my palm. “I’ve imagined us together too. I can’t tell you how many times.”

My mouth connects with hers and she opens wide to invite my tongue inside to play. Silky. Slippery. Seductive. I like this game very much.

A little taunting. A little tickling. A lot of teasing. This woman knows how a man likes to be kissed.

I drag my mouth away from her lips and kiss that spot below her ear before moving down the side of her neck. My hands similarly mimic the downward motion beginning at her ribcage and moving lower on her sides, waist, and hips.

She pushes her fingers into the top of my hair and arches her back when I move lower to suck her nipple into my mouth. A soft gasp/moan expels from her chest when my tongue licks the erect point. 

I know she’s going to squirm so I grasp her bum hard and hold her in place as I move lower to kiss the top of her pubic bone. “Doc, this teasing . . . it’s torture.”

“Do you want my mouth on you?”

She lifts her hips and squirms. “Yesss. So badly.”

She jolts when my tongue darts out and licks the top of her slit. “Ohhh.”

I tickle her clit with my tongue and then lick once. Twice. Three times. “I love the way you taste. And smell.”

She rocks her hips in a back and forth motion against my mouth. Her body shudders and a moan is released when my tongue works her in a circular motion. “More?”

“Please. Feels so good.”

Pleasing Ellison. Hearing her moans. Licking her until she comes. I’m going to enjoy this. 

About the Author

Georgia resides in rural Mississippi with her wonderful husband, Jeff, and their two beautiful daughters. She spent fourteen years as a labor and delivery nurse before she decided to pursue her dream of becoming an author and hasn’t looked back yet.

When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing. When she’s being domestic, she’s listening to her iPod and visualizing scenes for her current work in progress. Every story coming from her always has a song to inspire it.

Representation: All questions regarding subsidiary rights for any of my books, inquiries regarding foreign translation and film rights should be directed to Jane Dystel of Dystel & Goderich.