Thursday, 23 March 2017

Review Blitz: Collection of short stories from Aleatha Romig's "Infidelity World" series.

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog is pleased to be a part of the Review Blitz for the collection of stories that have been released as part of Aleatha Romig's "Infidelity World" series. 

Series Synopsis:

The Infidelity Corporation will broker relationships—for a price. Their clients are exclusive and successful, their employees confidential and classified. Infidelity ensures that CEOs, politicians, and high-profile artists find love, with their friends and relatives none the wiser about how the happy couple met. But twists and turns abound in a world where old money, new money, and no money clash, from West Coast to East Coast and beyond. Enter Infidelity’s world of entrapment, betrayal, and deceit, where you decide whose relationship is real and whose is just an agreement.

Ted Persinger: "Manor."

Amazon.com:    http://amzn.to/2nLFRlR

Synopsis:

A woman's heart can break the shackles of servitude. 

In antebellum Savannah, young Sarah Montague inherits control of a manor and plantation after her husband is commissioned in the Confederate army and leaves to prosecute the war. She is faced with decisions she never could have imagined. But her troubles multiply when the Union army first burns nearby Atlanta to the ground and then occupies Savannah. Sarah has to overcome trials she was never prepared for as her husband fails to return when the city is besieged, and she’s required to quarter a Union general, an intimidating man with dark secrets.

Is Sarah strong enough, or will these forces break her? As her new country disintegrates, she must do what is right for her and those she loves. Will she have the strength to persevere and the will to resist the handsome general?

Manor explores the choices and fortunes Sarah must overcome. It is a novella in the Infidelity Kindle World of Aleatha Romig, and is a prequel to that series.

Review: Surj 

For someone who claims not to have a penchant for historical novels, I sure as hell struggled to put Ted Persinger's "Manor" down. This was a prequel to the "Infidelity" series and transported me back to the American civil war  in the 1800's. I loved the feel of the story. It reminded me of the film "Gone with the Wind" and the series "North and South" both of which are up there in my all time favourite lists. 

"Manor" told the story of one woman's strength and fighting spirit in times of adversity. It showed the struggles and hardship she faced when the world around her was crumbling and it showed her bravery and courage when fighting for those less fortunate then herself. There were so many instances that I could see where history had repeated itself in Charlie and Nox's story and it seemed to all stem for the curse of that darn Montatgue Manor, lol. Oh and don't worry, for you us hopeless romantics, there is an element of romance that filters through the story that will have your heart skipping and a jumping. 

For such a short novella, "The Manor" definitely packed quite the punch. Even if you don't think you're a fan of historical stories, I would definitely suggest you read this one. It won't take up much of your time as it is short but I'm sure you will love it. 

I rated "Manor" ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

A.D Ellis: Devoted 

Amazon.com:    http://amzn.to/2mTfYLC

Synopsis:

Adam & Kyle: Something About Him 

Kyle Matthews and Adam Jeffries have a terrific relationship, fabulous friends, and plans for the perfect wedding and honeymoon. 

When their plans are derailed, a mysterious stranger comes to their rescue. Yet even with their honeymoon back on track, Kyle and Adam face doubts, hostility, and opposition. 

Is their mutual devotion strong enough to save their marriage? Or will the bitter malice awaiting them be the beginning of the end?

Review:

"Devoted" was a m/m romance that told the story of Kyle and Adam, two love birds who were getting ready to tie the knot and live "happily ever after." Of course their journey to finding their perfect fairytale ending wasn't without its hurdles and everything that could go wrong, did. Lucky for them, they had some good people on their side. 

Kyle and Adams story was sweet, it was cute and it was kinda hot too. I will put my hands up and say, for the first 40% or so of the book, I did find myself wondering where this couple's story fit into the "Infidelity" world but fear not my lovelies, because things suddenly became clear with the appearance of a couple of characters I'd grown to know and love from original series.

This was a short and sweet romance that I rated ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 


Donya Lynne's "Suspicion."

Amazon.com:    http://amzn.to/2nqvL8J

Synopsis:

Some poker faces are prettier than others.

My name is Max.

I’m a con man. A good one, too. One of the best.

But I’m tired of looking over my shoulder, waiting for my luck to run out. So I’m making a career change into the world of professional poker. Which is why I’m in Vegas. There’s a huge Texas Hold’em tournament at the Rio, and I’m going to win it.

My best friend and business partner, Shaun, isn’t happy with my decision to go legit. He says he brought me into the con game and that I owe him. He’s even willing to blackmail me to keep me under his thumb.

I don’t respond well to blackmail, so this isn’t going to work out the way Shaun wants.

Then there’s the girl. Disarming eyes, innocent smile, long legs. Nash came out of nowhere and filled a void in my unworthy heart I only recently realized existed. She’s trying to make a fresh start, too. Maybe together, she and I can create a new beginning and leave our crap pasts behind.

I’ll admit I’ve fallen hard for this girl.

Harder than I’ve ever fallen, and probably harder than I should have.

Because I, more than anyone, should know how easy it is to fall for a con.

Review:

I'm not a big fan of "instalove" romances but I absolutely loved Donya Lynne's "Suspicion." It was a fast paced thrill of a ride that had me clawing at the pages to see how it would all end. The twists and turns had me engaged 110% and honestly, I could not have predicted the turn of events that unfolded before my very eyes.

The link to Aleatha Romig's "Infidelity" series was two fold and it was brilliant. Firstly there was the hero (or anti hero so to speak) who we were first introduced to way back when in "Betrayal." he was the guy that was chatting up Charlie at Del Mar before Nox jumped in and pretended to be her husband. The second link... well I'm going to leave that for you to uncover but trust me, you will love it.

I absolutely loved Max and Nash (our leading lady). Their connection may have developed quickly but for some reason it didn't feel that way to me. For me, what developed between the pair was believable and it did feel realistic.

"Suspicion" was a brilliant drama filled ride of a read that I rated ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️



D.D Lorenzo's "Indiscretion."



Amazon.com:    http://amzn.to/2nqdlFd

Synopsis:

When nothing is as it appears 

Love is dispensable; companionship is critical.

Some words of wisdom that my father imparted to me. I never gave much thought to either. My only desire was to be my father’s well-bred heir. A true Southern gentleman who took what he wanted and paved the road to success with the spoils. 

Hiding behind the curtain of gentility, I perfected my role. 

Until desire tore it in two and I was left with the tattered remains. 

Review: 

I haven't been reading the synopsis for any of the short stories in this collection, going in blind so to speak, but  loving the element of surprise when finding the link to the "Infidelity" series. Well let me tell you,  no book has filled me with glee when uncovering the link than this one. "Indiscretion" was Patrick's back story, yes Patrick, Alex's wonderful, thoughtful cousin who I fell completely in love with when I met him way back when. His story took me back to his high school years where I was given an insight into the inner conflict and uphill struggle Patrick faced not only trying to fit in to what people perceived as the "norm" but also trying to live up to the expectations placed upon him by his family, whilst all the while trying to hide the person he really was. 

"Indiscretion" was by no means an easy read, in fact more often than not it was heart breaking and soul destroying. Even when Patrick thought he was finally able to be himself, be open about his sexuality and maybe even find love, that came with its own challenges and with every two steps he took forward, it appeared that there were always ten steps back. 

My favourite part of the book has got to be the final few pages. Despite the angst and emotional rollercoaster I experienced through most of "Indiscretion," I did turn the final page with a warm, fuzzy feeling in my heart and a huge grin on my face because I knew exactly where this story would end up. 

This one gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Lulu Astor's "Illegitimate."

Amazon.com:    http://amzn.to/2mTgQ39

Synopsis:

Meet the new boss… 

Luca Costello, heir apparent to the New York Costello organized-crime family, is a man committed to sin, both professionally and personally. He takes no prisoners and expects no quarter.

Gabriella Buchanan, a beautiful and determined Chicago attorney with family ties to Brooklyn is on her way up when her path accidentally crosses with this son of a major New York crime boss. One look at the sexy, sloe-eyed Luca and she is instantly conflicted. She’s never been so attracted to any man before but they’re on different sides of a dividing line: the law.

For Luca, it’s simple. He can take what he wants and what he wants is Gabriella. In a universe of what-ifs, one thing is certain: Gabriella will prove to be either his saving grace or his fall from grace. The only question is which one it will be.

Review:

Lulu Astor's "Illegitimate" gave us a fantastic, thrill a minute mob romance and this time it was the turn of Nox's cousin Luca to get his story told. This had all the elements we've grown to know and love from a mafia story. From that feeling of impending danger and doom that was a constant, to the double crossings, lies, betrayal and deceit, oh and not forgetting the swoon worthy romance, this really was an addictive read. 

Despite being a novella, this book did span a few weeks but not once did I feel the book was rushed or the romance element forced. In fact what developed between luca and Gabrielle was beautiful and kinda hot. 

Luca's character was one I rooted for throughout this book. I loved the way each of his chapters started and because of that, I really wanted him to get the girl. Of course I already knew that there was going to be all kinds of turbulence ahead but I didn't care. Gabrielle was a perfect match for Luca. She was his equal and these two belonged together. 


I absolutely loved the way "Illegitimate" ended. It was just perfect and left me feeling completely satisfied with all of the turn of events. This one gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️


T.C Winters: Inheritance

Amazon.com:    http://amzn.to/2mTlpdw

Synopsis:

Every stroke of the brush creates an illusion. 

Renowned artist Dante Costello's carefree lifestyle is shattered by his father's brutal murder. Although is mafia family is suspect, when he confronts the person he believes is responsible, the man is executed right before his eyes.

In a bizarre twist, his younger sister is arrested for their father's murder, and Dante is ordered to locate a priceless stolen painting to exonerate her.

During his search, Dante investigates the family business and is devastated to discover his father's legitimate lifestyle was only an illusion.

As the hunt turns deadly, Dante must race against time to protect everyone he loves.

Review:

Ok so I'll be honest, T.C Winters "Inheritance" has left me a little conflicted. This book was definitely a story of two halves. The main plot revolved was fantastic and revolved around the mafia and murder. The "who done it" element that ran through the core of this story was brilliant, the mystery and suspense along with the twists and turns really making for edge of the seat reading. I loved that so many characters from the Infidelity series made an appearance. Nox, Oren, Luca and Deloris all made vital parts in how this story played out. 

What didn't work for me with the romance element.  It didn't feel realistic but more forced if anything. I felt Elena constantly compromised her position and the safety of those she was supposed to be protecting and I just didn't feel the connection between the couple. The chemistry and the heat unfortunately fell short for me on this occasion. 

Had Dante's story remained more of a thriller/ mob story, I would have been as happy as a pig in muck. 

I rated "Inheritance" ❤️❤️❤️❤️


Jillian Jacob's "Insider."

Amazon.com:    http://amzn.to/2mT8Jn3

Synopsis:

Within the lens, everything is picture perfect… Or is it? 

Stepping through Infidelity’s doors binds all who enter to the strictest secrecy. Even insiders have secrets they must keep, and the consequences for betraying that bond are dire. 

Infidelity insider Imina Lesedi is forbidden to share her employer’s secrets—and her own. Only one man understands the delicate nature of working for a company that provides companionship for the elite, but his social and financial status make him unattainable, even though Imina craves a visit to his darkroom.

Award winning photographer Aiden Maxfield views life from behind the camera. A charmer by nature, he relishes the moments he makes the elusive Imina smile—but he would much rather picture the exotic beauty on his rumpled sheets. 

When the two are trapped together, the enticement proves too strong to resist. Raw passions are exposed, and their years of denial culminate in an insatiable desire for more. 

But not everyone celebrates their newfound bliss. A malicious foe is threatened by Imina’s knowledge of a dark secret from their shared past. When that truth is exposed, Imina and Aiden must fight for their love before it becomes shuttered by lies, deception—and Infidelity. 

Review:

Jillian Jacob's "Insider" took us on a journey to the dark side of 'Infidelity Corporation." And when I say "dark side," I don't mean that in a sexy, naughty, tie me up in handcuffs kind of way. Aiden and Imina's story focused on what happens when things go horribly wrong in the world of Infidelity and the consequences and repercussions of keeping secrets. In part, this was definitely not an easy read due to the seriousness of the subject matters covered. However this author managed to balance that out with some pretty hot romance between our hero and heroine. 

Imina and Aiden were explosive right from the get go, but with Imina fighting the connection and insistent that it couldn't possibly go anywhere, this really was an enthralling read. Imina's character was different to what we are used to seeing in our heroines. She was the dominant one in the relationship and she was the one that was in control in and outside of the bedroom. Don't get me wrong, Aiden could absolutely hold his own but if there was one alpha in this relationship, it was definitely Imina. 

I loved taking a step behind the scenes of "Infidelity" and getting to know some of the other characters a little better. I would love for Karen to get her story told. It seems there is a lot she needs to share with readers and I would whole heartedly pick up her book. 

Another great addition to this series of novella's that I rated ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Release Blitz & Review: R.J. Prescott's "The Storm."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be part of the Book Blitz for R.J. Prescott's "The Storm." 

Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/2mNiTY6

Synopsis:

Marie Kelly is a survivor who doesn’t know when to quit. Against all odds, she’s living a life she never dreamed she could have. It was enough… until a stubborn boxer makes her want more. 

Irish charmer Kieran Doherty has been a fighter at Driscoll’s Gym for most of his life. He’s been content to let his best friend take the spotlight, now it’s his turn to make a name for himself in the world of heavy weight champions. Falling in love is the one thing he vowed never to do, but meeting Marie changed everything. 

It’s easy to imagine a happy-ever-after when the sun is shining. But when the storm comes, and all hope seems lost, they both learn that if you want something badly enough, you have to be willing to fight for it. 

Review: Jo

I am officially in love with Kieran Doherty! Those boys at Driscoll's Gym just keep getting better and better. RJ Prescott has delivered another brilliant book that had me swooning from beginning to end. I have always loved fighter books and RJ Prescott's are fast becoming some of my favourite. 

"It don't matter how long the road is. 
It's the moments that make the journey matter. 
You can run and hide all you like, but I ain't letting you walk this road alone." 

Kieran had never taken his love life seriously until he met his game changer, Marie. He made it his number one mission to make Marie his girl and was not willing to take no for an answer. I absolutely loved this couples story. Kieran kept me thoroughly entertained with his charming and cheeky character and the gorgeous way that he pursued Marie. Kieran was just so delicious that it would have been impossible for anyone to resist him and his swoon-worthy ways. I was so happy to watch Kieran and Marie's story play out. Marie had been through some tough times in her life and needed someone special to be by her side. The pair made the perfect couple. 

"I was sure that he would be the one to break this battered heart. 
It didn't occur to me that he could be the one to fix it." 

As well as enjoying Kieran, I also loved the other Driscoll boys. They truly were one big happy family at the boxing gym, sharing so much love between them. I loved how they were always there for each other to joke around or to hand out much needed advice to one another. It was clear to see what a strong bond they all had, including Emily and Marie. How lucky were those girls, having all those sexy fighters to watch out for them. Another treat from this book was catching up with Cormac and Emily. I loved their story so I was delighted to see how well married life was going for them. 

"We were a family, and it didn't matter that we weren't all blood. 
Family held you together when you didn't even realise you were falling apart." 

I have loved every single chapter of this book. Kieran and Marie's story did not disappoint, some of it may have been a little predictable, however there was also a few surprises thrown in. The fight scene's had me biting my nails and there was a moment in the story where I was tempted to message the author because I was so shocked with what was happening. Because I was having such a fabulous time reading this story, I was gutted when it ended. I was so not ready to leave the Driscoll gang. Bring on the next book. I can't wait to see what happens next for the hot fighters and their girls. 

"Through the pain and noise, the heartache and chaos, she was my peace." 

"The Storm" gets 4 hearts from me.


Excerpt 

When I finally plucked up a bit of courage, I peeped out of the curtains to see Kieran throwing stones at the window.
“Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair,” he mock shouted, when he caught my eye. I opened the window to whisper loudly back at him.
“Are you high?” I asked. “Why didn’t you just ring the doorbell or call me?”
“I thought this would be more romantic,” he said.
“If I ignore the fact that my nipples probably have frostbite, I am feeling romanced,” I replied. He looked pained. “What’s wrong?” I asked.
“You said ‘nipples’ and now I can’t think of anything else,” he replied, making me smile. 
“Now I’m down here, what’s the chances of seeing an accidental nip slip?” he asked.
“Depends,” I replied.
“On what?” he asked.
“What’s in the bag?” I said.
“Hot chocolate and warm doughnuts,” he said, holding up the bag as if to barter. 
“Well, I would have said slim to none, but fresh doughnuts might have just tipped the odds in your favour,” I replied.
“Yesss!” he said, fist bumping the air in victory. 
I closed the window and ran to buzz him in. He bounded up the stairwell, his heavy footsteps echoing loudly in the hallway. When he got to my door, he looked me up and down, taking in my short royal blue, silk pyjamas. Dropping the sack, he speared his hands into my hair and pulled me into a kiss that had me melting. Kier didn’t kiss with just his lips; he did it with his whole body. Without shoes on, I was tiny in comparison, but inside of the cage of his huge arms, I felt protected and safe. Despite his size, his lips were so gentle. He didn’t treat me like I was fragile, but like I was precious, as though every touch was one that he was experiencing for the first time and memorizing for later. 
Feeling bold, I traced the seam of his mouth with my tongue, and when he parted his lips and touched his tongue against mine, I groaned. Every sensation was too much, and not enough. Breathless, he pulled away from me to nuzzle his face in the crook of my neck. I reached up and gently stroked the short hair at the back of his neck, making him sigh.



Link to Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2mXoivC

Author Bio

USA Today bestselling author R.J. Prescott was born in Cardiff, South Wales, and studied law at the University of Bristol, England. Four weeks before graduation she fell in love, and stayed. Ten years later, she convinced her crazy, wonderful firefighter husband to move back to Cardiff where they now live with their two equally crazy sons. Her debut novel The Hurricane was an international bestseller and finalist in the Goodreads Awards in the category of debut author. 

Author links:
http://rjprescott.com/
https://www.facebook.com/rjprescottauthor/
https://twitter.com/rjprescottauth
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9114529.R_J_Prescott

Giveaway to win an e-copy of The Storm and a $100 Amazon gift card 



Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Review: K Bromberg's "Sweet Cheeks."

Amazon.com:   http://amzn.to/2mi2wkd
Amazon UK:    http://amzn.to/2eWrhlP

Synopsis:

An all new second chance love story by the New York Times Bestselling author of the Driven series.

It all started with the invitation. To my ex-fiance’s newwedding. 

I should have ignored it.Thrown it away. Set it afire. But I didn’t.I replied. 

With a plus one. 

And then my assistant accidentally mailed it.

Enter Hayes Whitley. Mega-movie star. The man who has captured the hearts of millions. But I gave him mine years ago. He was my first love. He was my everything. Right until he up and left to chase his dreams without so much as a simple goodbye.

When he showed up out of the blue ten years later, I should have known to steer clear. I should have rejected his offer to take me to my ex’s wedding. I should have never let him kiss me.

But I didn’t. 

And now we’re left wondering if the pieces of the life we once shared still fit together somehow. First loves are hard to forget. The question is, do we want to forget? Or do we risk the chance and see what happens next?

Review: Surj 

I was first introduced to Kristy Bromberg way back when she hadn't even released the first book in the "Driven Series." I received an email from an unknown author asking if I would take a chance on her debut novel and review it as part of my blog. Of course I jumped at the chance because, well it sounded like a bloomin' good read. Four years later and the series has gone from strength to strength with a huge following of fans who just love Donovan and his crew. But this series couldn't go on forever could it? Surely this author wasn't a one trick pony with no other stories to tell? Or was she? Well, "Sweet Cheeks" was Kristy's first step away from the world that had kept her safe for the last few years. It was a complete detachment from the series we'd all grown to know and love so I guess you could say it was a huge risk. Would her fans love the change in direction she took, only time would tell. 

Told me he’d stay forever. And left without ever saying a word.

Well, I finished "Sweet Cheeks" and I loved it. I mean who doesn't love a second chance romance, right? Especially when it's teenage sweethearts who had their whole lives mapped out ahead of them only to be separated by a twist of fate. This had all the formulaic ingredients of a second chance romance. There was a whole heap of angst and heart ache and of course that resistance we always get to taking a chance again. But we got some extra awesomeness with this one. The story was different and definitely had me intrigued as to how things would play out. I mean an invitation to your ex finance's wedding, six months after you call it off? Add into the mix the reappearance of your first love who let your heart in pieces? This could only end in disaster right? Queue the humour and cuteness which gave this story a fantastic edge. Plus the bucket load of sexual tension which really did reach fever pitch. Yup, there right there made this book definitely worth the read. 

They think I want her. She thinks I don’t. I know I want her. I know I can’t.

Hayes Whitley was a character that challenged me. I liked him, I loved him, I didn't like him, he was an ass... lol. See, what can I say other than MEN!!! The more I got to know him though, the more I fell for him and honestly, it was difficult not to fall for that charm. Saylor's character was fierce and feisty. She had the guts to call off a wedding she knew wasn't right and bless her heart, tried with all her might to fight off her growing feelings for her first love who had decided to rear his beautiful head. On top of that, she was desperately trying to save her failing business. Luck was not on this girl's side that's for sure. 

Saylor and Hayes together were pure magic. The push/ pull between them and the banter was just pure brilliance and definitely made for entertaining reading. Despite everything that had happened between the pair (both past and present), I was still rooting for them to give love a second go. After all, you never forget that first one do you?

There’s only one love that matters more than your first love: Your last love.

All in all, I loved Kristy Bromberg's step away from the "Driven" series and I can't wait to see what else she has up her sleeve. I can see so many other characters in the book needing their story told so let's wait and see who's up next. 

He became my first crush. Then later my first love. And later again my first heartbreak. 

I rated "Sweet Cheeks" ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Monday, 13 March 2017

Review: Ruth Clampett's "Unforgiven."


Synopsis: 

Would you live a lie to hold onto the one you love?

Dean and Jason are best friends, like brothers since boyhood, now architecture students and college roommates. They’ve always had each other’s back, but when one walks in on the other with another man, everything changes. How do you explain to your best friend that he’s the one you’ve always wanted, that until now your life has been a lie? 

Desperation and shame are two dirty words that run through Jason’s veins. He carries the scars from a wayward priest who stole his innocence and left him shattered. Meanwhile for years he’s watched Dean pursuing woman after woman, as his own heart slowly breaks.

When their world blows apart, they learn the powerful bond between them has more fire than either understood. Can two broken souls find the light in their darkness and come together to make a whole, or will sins of the past be forever unforgiven?

This standalone is a M/M love story with graphic sex. Trigger warning. 

Review: Jo 

OMG!! This was hands down one of the hottest books that I have ever read. It was so hot that I felt as though I was on fire whilst reading it, especially the first half of the story, which was off the charts smokin' hot. Not only was "Unforgiven" insanely erotic, it was also a gorgeous tale of friends to lovers M/M romance. Ruth Clampett did good with this novel. 

"We're two friends just fucking around...experimenting.  
It wouldn't be the end of our friendship, 
or would it?" 

The story centres around childhood best friends Dean and JJ (Jason) and the realisation and acceptance of their sexuality and true feelings for one another. There was also an issue from JJ's past that the couple had to deal with together, which added an extra layer of emotion to the story. The journey that Dean and JJ go through together made a sensitive and heartwarming read that I loved. The first part of story was very much focused on Dean and JJ's exploration of their sexual desires. This part had me running for a cold shower. I had no idea that M/M sex scenes could be that sexy!! This book is definitely Ruth's hottest one yet. If you love steamy action, this will not disappoint. 

"He's not my lover who will slide his hand over my shoulder 
and pull me closer while we talk to our friends. 
He's now my secret. My best secret." 

As for the second half, things got a lot more serious and challenging as Dean and JJ had to deal with how their new relationship had made them feel. Confusion, shame, jealousy all played a part and at times my heart broke for the boys, especially JJ. The pair had so many emotions to work through and understand before they could truly accept their new found love. Dean and JJ's story has touched my heart and I found myself rooting for their relationship every step of the way. 

"..As the hours pass we wind our limbs together until we are one." 

This was my first M/M story but I'm certain that it won't be my last. Ruth Clampett has delivered a sweet, romantic and a deliciously red hot novel that I highly recommend. 

"Unforgiven" gets 4 hearts from me.

                              

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Blog Tour: Nashoda Rose's "Kept from You (Tear Asunder #4)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be part of the Blog Tour for Nashoda Rose's "Kept from You (Tear Asunder #4)".


Synopsis:

A first kiss that changed everything.

Killian Kane. 

He was the most feared guy in high-school.

Guarded. Angry. A fighter.


But when I caught him watching me with his captivating green eyes I saw something more. Something protective and kind. 


He warned me to stay away from him. 

I did. 

Until I didn’t and he kissed me. A knee weakening, body tingling kiss that left me breathless. 
And scared the hell out of me.


And then… 

He warned me never to come near him again or next time he wouldn’t let me go.


That was eleven years ago.
 
We aren't teenagers anymore. He has probably forgotten me. 
He’s a famous rock star now. I’m a dance instructor with a broken dream and desperate for a job.

So, when we cross paths again I don't expect him to remember me.

He does.

And his warning eleven years ago? I'm about to find out exactly what that meant.

Review: Jo 

I have read almost every book that Nashoda Rose has released and I have not once been disappointed by her work. This author consistently delivers all of the things that I love in a good romance novel: a gripping story, passionate love and my favourite kind of book boyfriend-An alpha. "Kept from You" again ticked all of the boxes for me. I absolutely loved Savvy and Killian's story. 

"Savvy Grady was going to place her good bits in my hand,
 and when she did, I'd close my fist and never let go." 

The first part of this story was all about when Savvy and Killian first met as teenagers. I discovered Killian and Savvy's past and the reasons behind Killian's protective nature. Killian was the epitome of an alpha-male, even as a young man he showed signs of the adult that he would become. After learning of his childhood, it was easy to see why he acted the way he did and I realised how much he needed to be loved. I enjoyed reading about Killian and Savvy and watching their first attraction to each other grow and finding out where their love began. 

"You were always meant to be mine, Savvy." 

In the second part of the story, I was brought into the present day and boy, did things hot up for Savvy and Killian. This part of the story had me hooked, not wanting to give up reading for anything. I was desperate for the pair to take the second chance that they had been given. I was rooting for Savvy and Killian to make their relationship work. The couple were just perfect for each other and I was ecstatic that they had found each other again. Savvy and Killian together made my heart rate soar, I was so excited for what lay ahead. Unfortunately not everything went perfectly for Savvy and Killian and there was a part of the story that left me wondering if an HEA was actually going to happen. My heart began to break for Killian and Savvy but I tried to remain hopeful that their love would prevail. 

"He was my home. Wherever that may be, 
and however long it took to get there, this man was my home." 

"Kept from You" was another fantastic addition to a brilliant series and it gets 4.5 hearts from me.

Excerpt:

Excerpt copyright 2017

The thin sweet crunch mixing with the light, airy cream tickled my tongue.
Indulging was rare. Indulging in something like crème brûlée was heaven on a spoon.
But what made it even more like heaven was that Killian watched me with desire blazing in his eyes.
I swallowed, then with the tip of my tongue, I slid it over my lower lip, licking the remnants of cream.
“Fuck,” he growled.
I secretly smiled, heart pumping wildly.
I’d never been sexy or tried to be sexy, but I wanted to be with Killian. He made it easy for me to be brave.
Lights dim, candles flickering, the soft jazz music in the background, skin tingling from the sexy-as-hell man next to me, yeah, I was brave.
I dipped the spoon in again, but Killian’s fingers spanned my wrist, stopping me.
I met his eyes and without a word, but knowing exactly what he wanted by the silent exchange of his steady expression, I released the spoon to him.
His attention went to the dessert where he tapped the light thin sugar shell before breaking through and sinking into the airy lightness.
He lifted the overfilled spoon at the same time as his eyes.
I thought he was going to take a bite himself, but he held the spoon out to me. “Open.”
I nervously laughed, thinking he was kidding; it was a huge mouthful. “It’s too much.”
“I know. Open, Savvy,” he said.
Oh, God, my belly dropped and my sex clenched. I swallowed, licking my lips again.
“No,” he said with a firm voice. “I didn’t ask you to lick your lips. Although that is fuckin’ delectable as hell.” His tone lowered further. “I asked you to open your mouth.”
My eyes widened. Holy. Fuck. That was hot. Demanding and a little scary because him using that voice I’d pretty much do anything he asked.
I opened, and he slid the dessert into my mouth, and since there was so much, it hit the roof, sides, and back of my throat. He didn’t remove the spoon right away and watched as I struggled not to pull away.
When I was just about to say screw it, he said, “My cock will fill your mouth a hell of a lot more than this.”
I nearly choked. And I would’ve if he didn’t slowly remove the spoon, my lips dragging over the cool, smooth surface of the spoon to make certain I took the entire dessert.
His elbow rested on the table, spoon in his hand, eyes on mine as I swallowed little by little until it was gone. The entire time I thought about his cock.

Meet the author: 

Nashoda Rose is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Toronto with her assortment of pets. She writes contemporary romance with a splash of darkness, or maybe it’s a tidal wave. When she isn't writing, she can be found sitting in a field reading with her dogs at her side while her horses graze nearby. She loves interacting with her readers and chatting about her addiction—books.

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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Blog Tour: Pepper Winters "Throne of Truth (Truth & Lies Duet # 2)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be a part of the Blog Tour for Pepper Winters "Throne of Truth (Truth & Lies Duet # 2)."


Synopsis:

TWO YEARS
Since my life changed for the second time and not necessarily for the better. Two years since I traded prison bars for streets and hunted a runaway who I’d met in an alley.

TWO DAYS 
Since I forgot how to lie, woke to fists, and chased after the girl who’d been stolen from me. 

TWO HOURS
To save her, rescue her, keep my lies intact. She looks at me full of hate. I look at her full of confession. 

TWO MINUTES
For our relationship to switch from mutual dislike to floundering with unknowns. I’ve hurt her. Now, she’s hurt me. I guess we’re even.

TWO SECONDS
For her to listen, to see, to finally know who I am. The answer comes with hardship. The answer isn’t what she wants to hear.

TWO BREATHS 
For me to walk out the door.

TWO HEARTBEATS 
For it all to be over.

Review: Surj 

Love her. Hate her. Adore her. Abhor her. 
I could never win because I wasn't telling the truth. 

Talk about thrills and spills. Talk about my heart feeling bruised and battered. What can I say other than I don't think any of us who have read "Crown of Lies" will have seen this story coming. Pepper, Winters really is full of surprises and I have to hand it to her, she really has gone and done it again, her hard work and dedication to Pen and Elle's story ensuring this conclusion to their duet truly was a masterpiece. 

Lies, lies, lies. I wanted to vomit with lies. 
I wanted to wash away the lies. I wanted to bleach the lies. 

There is so much I absolutely loved about this book. I loved that Pepper didn't give me all of the answers straight away. I was thrilled that she gave me a gripping, edge of my seat story line that kept me occupied and entertained whilst the truths came to light slowly but surely. I adored the direction she took the story line. It was realistic and believable, every bit of it. Any other direction and (in my opinion) it would have felt forced and false. And that delicious, delightful, delectable cherry of the cake for me was getting Penn's POV.  Yes ladies, I got to have a good rummage around in that beautiful head of his and what I found made my heart melt. This was a man who (despite being a little misguided with his train of thought) really did have the biggest heart and of course he was soooo sexy with it. And Elle, I loved her strength and her determination to find the truth. She was no pushover that's for sure.

Her apology echoed in my ears. Her tears glistened in memory. 
I’d hurt her, but she’d hurt me. And now, I was here, and she was there, 
and there was no way to fix what was broken.

"Throne of Truth" was such a gripping ending to this couple's story, it really was. I know my review is brief but I refuse to give anything away. There is too much that could potentially spoil the book for you and give you the answers I know you are all craving. Be patient peeps. This is a story filled with so much goodness, you will need to savor every bit of it. 

"Sometimes, love isn't enough. It doesn't conquer everything."

I rated "Throne of Truth" ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️


About the Author: 

Pepper Winters is a multiple New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today International Bestseller. 

After chasing her dreams to become a full-time writer, Pepper has earned recognition with awards for best Dark Romance, best BDSM Series, and best Hero. She’s an multiple #1 iBooks bestseller, along with #1 in Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, and Erotica Thriller. With 19 books currently published, she has hit the bestseller charts twenty-six times in three years. 

Pepper is a Hybrid Author of both Traditional and Self-published work. Her Pure Corruption Series was released by Grand Central, Hachette. 

Her books have garnered foreign interest and are currently being translated into numerous languages, including already released titles in Italian and Turkish. Audio Books for her entire back-list will be available in 2017. 

Connect with the Author: 

Twitter: @PepperWinters 

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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Release Blitz & Review: Kristen Ashley's "The Deep End (Honey #1)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be a part of the Release Blitz and Review for Kristen Ashley's "The Deep End (Honey #1)."

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Synopsis:

Enter a decadent sensual world where gorgeous alpha males are pleasure slaves committed to fulfilling a woman's every desire. At the elite Honey club, no boundary will be left untested, and one's darkest desires will become a sensual reality.

Olivier isn’t sure what he’s gotten himself into when he joins the Honey Club, only that a dark part of him craves the lifestyle offered by this secret, exclusive club.

When Amèlie invites Olivier to surrender, she pushes him to explore his deepest desires as a submissive. As they grow closer and find themselves falling harder than either of them anticipated, the truth about Olivier’s past could threaten the budding relationship they both long for. 

Gripping and seductive, The Deep End is the first book in a sensational new series from bestselling author Kristen Ashley.

Review: Surj

MARMITE: That is probably the best way to describe Kristen Ashley's "The Deep End." It will either be for you or it won't but lucky for me because I absolutely adore marmite, especially when it's spread with marmalade... lol. That sweet mixed with that savoury is simply divine and that's exactly what I got from Amelie and Olivier's story. The only advice I can give you before you dive in is to do a complete mind refresh in terms of what you expect from a KA book. Leave expectations at the door and try and go in with an open mind. The synopsis is a HUGE indicator of what this book is about and if you try and fight the story line, if you pray and hope that it takes a different path than the one it is on, then you will lose and this book won't be for you. There is a reason for everything in "The Deep End" and the more you read the more things will become clear. 

She saw thighs. She saw his ass. He was a beast. An incomparable steed. 

I will admit, the first 5% of Amelie and Oliver's story had me all in a fluster. There was a lot of wordage that I struggled to get my head around and I honestly wondered whether I should continue reading. But I was determined and soldiered on. Well I'm so glad I did because I loved so many things about this story. I loved that the plot was completely unique and different to anything I'd read before. I know the author was taking a risk with this one but for me, her risk definitely paid off. 

Olivier and Amelie met in an exclusive sex club called "Bee's Honey" and so it goes without saying that there was going to be sex in this book, a whole lot of sex. Like I said, see synopsis lol. However for me, there was a reason for this. The sex wasn't just added for the sake of filling pages. It played an integral part in the relationship between the Amelie and Olivier and how that developed into being something so much more than a submissive/ dominant connection. Without the club, this couple would never have met and it was this club that allowed the couple to explore their connection both sexually and otherwise. Much of the book centred around the "Bee's Honey" and the majority of the scenes are set within the club and rightfully so. It takes time to build trust between a sub and dom and the only place that was going to happen was in that club and initially through sexual interaction. The sex worked for me (not literally of course lol) but it felt right and realistic for the couple. Personally, I didn't think there was an excessive amount of it at all. Like I said, please see synopsis!!!

"I needed you to try me. I needed you to push me. I needed from you what you said 
you needed from a sub. I needed you to break me. I needed someone to throw me 
in the deep end and force me to learn how to swim. But I needed to do that knowing 
she was right there to pull me to the surface. And you were right there, 
Leigh, not pulling me to the surface. Leading me up and forcing me to 
surf a fucking killer goddamned wave.”

From the moment I was introduced to Olivier's character, I knew I was going to love him. Yes he was a submissive but equally, he was very much an alpha and it was this that left him with an inner struggle he found difficult to come to terms with. I loved his vulnerability and his resistance to letting go but my oh my, when he did let go did he embrace everything that came his way. Oh and this alpha had a cheeky side too that left me with a huge grin on my face!!! 

I could get lost in this one, she thought. Lost and never found. 

When I think of a dominant in a sex club, I think of a leather/pvc clad individual with whips and cuffs and all sorts of paraphernalia doing all sorts to her/ his submissive. Well that was definitely not the case here. Amelie was a strong, sophisticated character who knew exactly what she wanted from life. Her fear was that she would never get what most people had... love and a life long partner who understood her lifestyle. 

I loved the dynamics between Amelie and Olivier. Despite challenging one another on many an occasion, they were definitely what the other needed and I loved the way KA developed their bond.  It was believable, beautiful and so swoon worthy. 

He wanted more. Of all of it. He couldn't fight it and he wondered why he did. 

"The Deep End" really was a brilliant addition to my Kristen Ashley library. Yes it was different to some of her other books but different for me is a good thing. There are far too many books out there that have very similar story lines these days so this definitely made for a refreshing change. Equally there were things that were so familiar too. The writing, the dialogue between the characters, the characters themselves... all of it made this such a fabulous read. Oh and if you loved "Deacon" and the change in dynamics in the bedroom department in his book, then let's just say, that is a small taster of what's to come in Olivier and Emilie's book. 

"The Deep End" was an unpredictable, thought provoking, intense, titillating eye opener of a read that gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️.  I cannot wait for the next instalment in this series of standalone novels. 

Excerpt:

As he slowly closed the door behind him and moved his eyes to look through the room, taking it in, she watched them get wide. 

They dropped to her and his amusement was clear. Not only radiating from his gaze but twitching his lips. 

Another unusual—and unacceptable—reaction.

He thought this was funny.

She hoped like fuck she had the opportunity to prove him wrong. 

She crossed her arms on her chest and slightly put out a foot, like she was about to start tapping her toe. In the wrap dress she wore, she knew this opened the overlap, not exposing anything, but the promise for him was impossible to resist. 

His attention dropped to her legs.

“In the playrooms,” she began with a snap, and his gaze cut to hers, “I want eye contact. Unless otherwise instructed, you should not only feel free to look me directly in the eyes, if I’m in your line of sight or I’m not giving you something that your body’s natural reaction would make it difficult to meet my gaze, I require it.”

She stood there staring as he did nothing but dip his chin in acknowledgment.

Cheeky.

Exceptionally cheeky.

Fabulous.

“Unless I’ve asked for their silence or for them to ask for leave to speak, I also require my toys to respond when they’re spoken to. Even if it’s only a ‘yes, Mistress,’ or ‘no, Mistress.’”

His stance relaxed, like he was settling in at the beginning of a show he found vaguely intriguing, and his deep rumble of a voice bounced like boulders through the room. “Yes, Mistress.”

Christ, even his voice declared his challenge. 

“Excellent,” she allowed. “Your name?”

“Olivier,” he answered.

French.

Also unusual, at least in this country. And interesting.

She liked it a great deal.

She studied him. 

He let her, holding her eyes. 

“I’m Mistress Amélie,” she eventually informed him.

“I know. You got a lotta fans out there…Mistress.”

The hesitation over him saying “Mistress” gave less of the impression he was testing her and more of the strange impression the word was unpracticed when, with any experienced sub, it would slip right off their tongue. 

She made no comment to that. 

“There are things we should go over,” she remarked.

“Right,” he stated, his big body adjusting again, now like he was settling in further, intent on giving her the same attention he would a flight attendant who gave the safety address.

That being no more than a courtesy.

She fought the shiver his actions created but allowed the irritation.

“Your safe word is kitten,” she stated.

“Yes, Mistress.”

“You’re open to any kind of play,” she went on. 

“Yes, Mistress.”

“It’s important and now’s the time to share should there be anything you wish me to shy away from, Olivier. Especially as this is the first time I’ve played with you.”

Something in his eyes flashed. Blue eyes that were the color of nothing and everything. Not sky. Not sea. Not midnight. A pure blue that only existed in the unchartable depths of a rainbow. 

She felt that flash snake up between her thighs, taking residence in her womb. 

He wanted this conversation done so she would play with him. He wanted the preliminaries over so they’d get to the good stuff. 

He wanted her. 

She stared into those blue eyes and for a moment felt mesmerized.

For God’s sake, Leigh, she berated herself in an effort to pull it together. Rainbow?

“Olivier,” she prompted.

“I’m open to anything,” he confirmed.

About Kristen Ashley:

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn't taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen's Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning. 

Nothing's changed.

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she's blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up. 

And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.