Friday, 23 September 2016

Review: Tara Sue Me's "The Claiming (The Submissive #8.5)."


Synopsis

Submitting is just the beginning...

Sasha Blake never thought her emotional wounds would heal—that they were a part of her just like her physical scars. But that was before Cole Johnson’s boundless love and overwhelmingly sexy control set her free, unleashing a confident side that she never knew she had. He’s more than just her Master; he’s her world. And she’ll do anything he asks...

Cole’s days of restless wandering are done—he’s found everything he needs in Sasha. Now, it’s time to make it official. When his childhood home in England goes up for sale, he realizes the old estate is the perfect place to claim Sasha as his own, and the ideal opportunity to show her just how much she means to him.

As Sasha, Cole, and their closest friends from their Partners in Play community descend on the British countryside for a titillating adult vacation, the submissives and Dominants alike will test their boundaries—and have an adventure none of them will ever forget...

Review: Jo 

"I'm going to pleasure you so much, you'll never want to dream again because sleep only means you're separated from me." 

When I discovered that this was another instalment to Sasha and Cole's story, I couldn't wait to read it. I fell in love with the couple in their previous book and I was well in favour of more from this passionate pair. This novella was the perfect combination of steamy sex and swoon-worthy romance. I loved everything that happened in this addition to one of my favourite series. As always, the other couples played a part in this short story and I enjoyed catching up with them. If you have been following this series, I highly recommend adding this to your collection. You won't be disappointed. 

"She could stay in his arms forever, there was nowhere else she'd rather be." 

"The Claiming" gets 4 hearts from me.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Release Day Blitz: Brittainy C. Cherry's "The Silent Waters (Elements #3)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be part of The Release Day Blitz for Brittainy C. Cherry's "The Silent Waters (Elements #3)."

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

Synopsis

Moments.

Our lives are a collection of moments. Some utterly painful and full of yesterday's hurts. Some beautifully hopeful and full of tomorrow's promises.

I’ve had many moments in my lifetime, moments that changed me, challenged me. Moments that scared me and engulfed me. However, the biggest ones—the most heartbreaking and breathtaking ones—all included him.

I was ten years old when I lost my voice. A piece of me was stolen away, and the only person who could truly hear my silence was Brooks Griffin. He was the light during my dark days, the promise of tomorrow, until tragedy found him. Tragedy that eventually drowned him in a sea of memories.

This is the story of a boy and girl who loved each other, but didn’t love themselves. A story of life and death. Of love and broken promises.

Of moments.

Review: Jo 

Brittainy C. Cherry always delivers when it comes to books that are both beautiful and heartbreaking. "The Silent Waters" was yet another story from this author that captured my heart. Brooks and Maggie's tale was both poignant and heartfelt. It was a story that I wholeheartedly recommend reading. 

"She'd be the one girl I'd love forever. No matter how life tried to change us." 

This started out as a sweet story of a childhood crush and young love. I was instantly pulled in by the cute characters, Maggie and Brooks. I loved little Maggie for her feisty and fearless nature and Brooks was just adorable. After my introduction of the two main players of the story, I thought that this was going to be a romantic tale of first love, however not long into the story, unforeseen circumstances changed everything for Maggie and Brooks. Life was not going to be as easy as I'd initially expected for the pair. 

"It was a beautiful dream, he and I. But that's all it was. 
A dream that I was forced to wake." 

As well as Maggie and Brooks's story, there was also big roles to be played out from the secondary characters. Their stories were equally as intriguing and strengthened the importance of family in times of emotional turmoil. I especially loved the journey that Maggie's Dad and Step-mother took and I was rooting for them just as much as I was rooting for Maggie and Brooks. I felt that Brittainy was spot on with the way that Maggie's issues affected everyone in the family and I sympathised with the frustrations that they felt. Maggie's tale was one that truly pulled at my heartstrings. 

"We were two souls praying to be rescued, 
yet with each kiss we delivered, the waters grew higher." 

"The Silent Waters" was a beautifully written story about overcoming the biggest of obstacles for the ones that we love. It was a tale of strength, courage and loyalty. This is sure to be another hit from one of my favourite authors and it gets 4.5 hearts from me.



AUTHOR BIO

Brittainy Cherry has been in love with words since the day she took her first breath. She graduated from Carroll University with a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts and a minor in Creative Writing. She loves to take part in writing screenplays, acting, and dancing--poorly of course. Coffee, chai tea, and wine are three things that she thinks every person should partake in! Brittainy lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her family. When she's not running a million errands and crafting stories, she's probably playing with her adorable pets.

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Review: Pepper Winters "Can't Touch This."

Synopsis:

I don’t want to touch it. 
I really, really don’t.
He’s egotistical, crass, and my patient’s owner—which makes him totally off limits. 
Yep, that’s right. He owns the wiener I’m currently working on. 
A wiener dog—get your dirty mind out of the gutter. 
I’ve also worked on his spoodle, his cocker-shitzu, and a cheagle—don’t ask. (And no, it’s not a sexual position.) 
It doesn’t help that he also represents most of my joint-owned veterinary practice’s small clientele. We’d only just opened the doors a few months ago, and in he strode with a yelping Taco Terrier. One haughty look at our sparkling new facilities, he’d demanded royal treatment, even though I was currently finger deep up a squalling tom cat. 
Ever since then, he expects me to serve him.
Any time. All the time. 
Him and his revolving zoo of dogs. 
One of these days, I’m going to swat him for being such a pompous ass but I can’t deny the way he handles his charges makes me want to see past the ‘do as I say and don’t ask questions’ barking exterior. 
But then last week…he caught me staring at his um, cough, package. 
His bossy commands switched to a cocky smirk. 
He gave me permission to do something I promised myself I would never ever do.
I can touch it.
If I want…

Review: Surj 

Pepper Winters... that name is synonymous with writing very successful dark, twisted romances that wrap themselves around your heart, squeezing the life out of the very organ that keeps you alive. This author likes to give your nerves and emotions a good work out so that by the time you've turned the last page, as much as you feel completely fulfilled and content as a reader, you kinda also feel a little exhausted too, lol. Mrs Winters has also tried her hand at contemporary romance this year and of course, it was an absolute hit, but when she announced (out of the blue) that she had written a romantic comedy, I have to say, I was a little surprised. This author revels in the joys of ripping your heart out and stamping all over it so to do a complete 180 turn and write a book that would have me laughing and giggling, of course I did a double take. However anything she writes definitely piques my interest so I couldn't wait to dive in. 

"I tell you man, women are witches. They have some sort of hocus-pocus
that bypasses our brains and turns our dicks into sex zombies."

The cover was the first thing that jumped out out me (quite literally ... he he he!!!). It was bold and bright and pretty damn hot. Then there was the synopsis which had an abundance of humour  and had me desperate to get to know these two main characters better. Their story looked like one I would definitely enjoy. Then of course there was the beautiful note inside the cover that had been penned by Pepper explaining how this book had come about and how it had helped her heal during one of the worst months of her life. Her note was heart breaking but at the same time, there was an uplifting tone to it and I couldn't wait to see how her written words had helped her overcome such tragedy and loss.

Well, it didn't take me long to "get it" that's for sure. "Can't Touch This" was a book that was light hearted, hilariously funny and full to the brim with sexual innuendo's that left me with a constant  cheesy grin on my face.  Then there was the sexual tension and the heat." Holy hell fire, did my face burn red with all the hot flushes I experienced whilst reading Vesper and Ryder's book. The anticipation of these two getting it on drove me crackers but I kept going because I knew that when "it" did finally happen, there would be fireworks!!! 

Something tethered me to him. Something strong and undeniable and foreign but familiar. 
This wasn't just a hug. This was a transition of everything living between us that
hadn't found the courage to be voiced. 

From the characters names to the hilarious situations they found themselves in, from the wieners to the chiweenies and of course the banter between Ryder and Vesper, this really was a laugh a minute read. I absolutely loved Vesper's character. She was strong and independent and completely dedicated to the care of the animals that came to her practice. There was no time for men in her life, especially the bossy, standoffish variety. So why was Ryder Carson getting under her skin and affecting her so much? And Ryder, at first glance, he was a bit of an asshole but the more I got to know him and read his POV, the more I really liked him. He was not only sexy as hell with a touch of alpha bossiness but there was also a compassionate side to him and put all of that together and I was swooning like a love sick puppy. 

If you're looking for something a little different to read, something light and fluffy and funny, honestly, pick this up. You won't be disappointed. I rated "Can't Touch This" ❤️❤️❤️❤️

"Oh may I?"
"May you what?"
"Touch him"
"Touch my wiener?"
She scowled "Yes."
"You've already held him I think your past asking permission."


Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Tiffany Reisz's "Her Halloween Treat (Men at Work, #1)."


Synopsis

It was a devastating dirty trick—Joey Silvia just found out her boyfriend of two years is married. What. A. Dick. Joey knows her best chance to get over one guy is to get under another. Of course, heading home to her family's remote cabin in Oregon poses some challenges in the "available men" department…until she discovers this cabin comes with its own hot handyman! 

Holy crap, Chris Steffensen. When did her brother's best friend turn into a hard-bodied pile of blond-bearded hotness? He's the perfect Halloween treat—and a surprisingly dirty rebound guy. For a couple of weeks, anyway. Except that Chris has other ideas…like proving to Joey that this blast from the past is a whole lot more than a naughty Halloween hookup. 

Review: Jo 

I loved this sweet and sexy romance from the fabulous Tiffany Reisz. With cute characters, a brilliant story and a deliciously swoony hero, this story would make the perfect Halloween treat. 

"A man who stored his condoms in his toolbox. 
That was cute. Very cute." 

Tiffany Reisz never fails at creating characters that I instantly take a liking to. Joey and Chris were so much fun. Joey was the heroine with a broken heart. I found it easy to relate to Joey and I loved her plan of a rebound romance. I'm sure that we have all been in a similar situation so it was obvious that I would be rooting for her from the first page. A sexfest with the handyman seemed like the best plan! 

"Everything with Chris felt right. Too right."

Chris the handyman was the ideal guy for Joey. Not only was he extremely cute but he was also amazing in bed. Joey and Chris's fling kept me entertained and amused throughout the entire book. The pair were so good together, both in and out of the bedroom. I loved their banter, often finding myself giggling at Joey and Chris's conversations. I also loved how the story played out. The final few chapters were my favourite and I finished the book with a big, soppy smile on my face. 

"I'm going to marry you by next Halloween." 

"Her Halloween Treat" gets 4 hearts from me.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Blog Tour: Helena Hunting's "Get Inked (A Pucked Series and Clipped Wings Crossover Novella)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be part of the Blog Tour for Helena Hunting's "Get Inked (A Pucked Series and Clipped Wings Crossover Novella)."



Synopsis: 

When the itch for new ink takes over, NHL star Randy Ballistic commissions his trusted tattoo artist to design a new sleeve, and the rest of the PUCKED boys decide it’s time to commemorate their love of hockey with a team tattoo.

But it can’t just be about the boys—the PUCKED girls want in on the action, too. Ink cherries will be popped, cupcakes will be consumed, and the hazards and enhancements of boob bling will be pondered.

Worlds collide when the hockey boys pay a visit to Inked Armor, the renowned Chicago tattoo studio where master artists Hayden Stryker and Chris Zelter ply their trade. Don’t miss the resulting action and insights in this Pucked series and Clipped Wings crossover novella. 

Review: Jo 

"The Vagina emporium really likes the idea of Randy adding to his ink. She's already preparing 
to open the doors and give him an all-access pass based on the thought alone." 

This was such a fun and sexy read. Exactly what I expected from a "Pucked" series novella. I thoroughly enjoyed catching up with my favourite characters from the series, especially Lily and Randy as they are my favourite couple. If you loved Pucked, you will love this delicious little treat. 

The story itself was an uncomplicated one, revolving around the Pucked team getting a tattoo. All of the main players from the series were involved so I was delighted to get another dose of the humour and sexiness that they bring. I was intrigued by Darren and Lisa. I had only met them as secondary characters previously so this story shone a little more light onto their relationship. I was definitely left wanting more from them. I have feeling their book would be all kinds of kinky! 

Because I had not read the "Clipped Wings" series, the tattoo artists and their girls were all new to me, however this did not put me off reading and again I was left wanting to know more about their story. They sounded just as hot as the pucked gang. It's a series that I will be catching up with soon, so as a cross over novel, this worked brilliantly. 

The only negative thing I have to say about "Get Inked" was that it ended abruptly at eighty-one percent. The remainder of the book contained previews of both the "Pucked" and Clipped Wings" series. I really wanted more from this novella so I was a little disappointed for it to end so quickly. Overall though, I found this book to be perfect for any fan of either series and could not give it less than ❤️❤️❤️❤️



Author Bio:

NYT and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She's writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy. 


Friday, 16 September 2016

Blog Tour: Aleatha Romig's "Entrapment (Infidelity # 4)."

Blog Tour: Aleatha Romig's "Entrapment (Infidelity # 4)."


Synopsis:

"The snare is set—leaving, friendships, lives, and futures dangling in the balance"

ENTRAPMENT continues the epic new romantic suspense series INFIDELITY, featuring Lennox "Nox" Demetri, Alexandria "Charli" Collins, the Montagues, and the Demetris. 

The thrills, heat, and suspense continue to add up...

One chance meeting
plus...
One sexy, possessive alpha and one spunky, determined heroine 
plus...
One week of uncontainable, unbridled passion
plus...
One impulsive decision 
times...
Two declarations of love
divided by... 
The sum of intertwining pasts, lies, and broken rules 
equals...

Review: Surj 

OMG did she just do that? She did. She did "that" and now I am officially dead!!! Why and mid sentence too... Seriously????? Just when I thought Aleatha Romig's "Infidelity" series couldn't get any better, she goes and takes Alex and Nox's story to a whole new level, a level I couldn't have ever imagined, a level that left my heart in my mouth, my nerves in a constant state of melt down and my ass metaphorically battered and bruised from this edge of your seat turn of events. This book was a constant build up to "THAT" ending and yes, Aleatha got me again!!!! 


The sum of intertwining pasts, lies and broken rules equals.... Entrapment. 

"Entrapment" is the fourth book in this crazy series and to be honest, I was a little apprehensive about diving in. So much had happened in the previous books. There were so many twists and turns that had left us gasping, so many pieces of a messed up puzzle that had left us shocked and so there was a part of me that wondered whether I would remember everything that had happened or whether things would start to feel a little disjointed because I'd forgotten some of the links. Nope, it didn't happen. In fact everything came flooding back the minute I began to read and it took no time at all to immerse myself back into the world of the Montagues, the Demitri's and of course the Collins, although I have to say, there were moments I felt like I had stepped into some kind of parallel universe when it came to some of these characters. Seriously, were these people for real? Some of them really did have a screw loose!!! 

My eyes were definitely opened to so many aspects of this story and as the twists continued to roll in thick and fast, my emotions were on a constant state of high alert. Alton was like the devil himself, wearing his f**ked upness like a badge of honour but this time he had a side kick. Bryce... OMG he seriously scared the ever loving life out of me. He was a psychopath of the worst kind and he was taking no prisoners when it came to achieving his end goal. My heart broke for his victims because there was no choice. There was no standing up to this man. He held all the cards. And as for his mother... she really was something else. A bitch of the worst kind, out for herself and her family name trampling on anyone who got in her way. And then of course there was Adelaide whose character just broke my heart. I never thought I'd be saying that when I finished reading book one that's for sure. I loved getting an insight into her relationship with Oren who again, left me surprised time and time again. 


I'd told Charlie once that life wasn't a fairytale and I wasn't Prince Charming,
but in my wishes, I'd imagined storming the castle and freeing the princess. 
That's what she was to me: my Princess. 

This book was just brilliant and so completely addictive. It drove me mad reading it but it was so worth it. My nerves are grateful there is only one more instalment to go. Then I can go get counselling and begin my recovery. Another ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Aleatha and so well deserved. I'm going to go get myself a whiskey now to calm myself down, god knows I need it!!! 



Excerpt:

DETONATIONS OF RED.

Flashes of white.

Explosions—visible to only me—momentarily hindered my vision. Blinking, I tried to make sense of Deloris's text message. 

“ALEX GOT INTO A CAR WITH ALTON FITZGERALD. WE ARE FOLLOWING.”

Though the plane ascended higher and higher, my heart fell to an abyss, the place where my stomach used to be. 

I read it again.

The words refused to change.

Emotions boiled within me, creating a turbulent concoction capable of destruction. I looked toward the small window, expecting to see swirling clouds, but saw only the deceiving blueness of a complacent sky. Despite the misleading calm, disbelief, hurt, and rage swirled through my body, rushing through my blood, tightening my chest, and weakening my knees. Unconsciously, my fingers balled, creating fists that needed to connect with something—with anything—as I increased the pressure on the phone. Surely it would crack and shatter.

I read the words again and again. 

They didn't make sense. 

Charli wouldn't do that. She wouldn't willingly get into her stepfather's car. 

Something terrible had happened. 

I'd witnessed her apprehension and disgust when it came to Alton Fitzgerald. She'd shared her fears and some of her stories. He was the other devil, the one she spoke of. No matter what he'd done to her or not done to her in the past, being with him was dangerous. She knew that and so did I. 

Charli wouldn't willingly go with him, not after she'd promised me she'd stay safe. 

I clenched my teeth, hearing her words in my mind, her promises...her lies. 

When she refused to wait for me for this trip to Savannah, Charli had promised she'd stay with Deloris. 

According to this text message, she hadn't. 

That's what the words on my screen were telling me. Deloris's message confirmed that Charli had done the one thing I forbade her from doing. She'd put the one person whom I'd entrusted to her care in danger.

She'd willingly sacrificed herself. 

I needed to understand why. 

I needed to speak to her, but I couldn't. 

Since the plane had just left the ground, I couldn't make a call until we were high enough for the Wi-Fi to be activated; however, that didn’t stop my rant. Pounding the tabletop before me with the butt of my fist, a tirade of words spewed forth. The outburst, infused with obscenities, echoed uselessly through the cabin. 

Wisely, Isaac remained quiet, rightfully assuming I'd share more when I was ready. The flight attendant, though, was new. She didn't know me. 

“Mr. Demetri, is everything all right?” she asked, her eyes bigger than dinner plates as she hurried around a wall and moved toward me. With each step she teetered one way and then the next, her body thrown off balance as the plane continued its ascent. 

“No! Nothing is all right. Go sit down before you fall. There’s nothing you can do.”

“Sir,” she said, looking down at the phone still in my hand. “If we’re not yet out of the range of cell towers, we will be soon, but once we have Wi-Fi you'll be able to Face Time.”

I reined in what little self-control still remained. This wasn't my first flight. “I’m aware.”

“However, if you don't want to wait, the plane has a satellite phone. Would you like to use that?”

What? Why didn’t I think of that?

Because I’m too stunned to process. 

“Yes. Get it right away.”

Her knees buckled as she maneuvered toward the cockpit, her hands supporting her one way and then the other. 

“I’M CALLING ON THE SATELLITE PHONE. I WANT DETAILS!”

I sent the text to Deloris, not caring if it would send or if she would get it. Just pushing the letters gave me something to do. 

As soon as the flight attendant placed the satellite phone in my hand, I began dialing the longer-than-normal string of numbers. With each second that I waited for the connection, my blood pressure rose another notch. The rush coursing through my veins filled my ears with an internal roar, muting the engine’s drone. 

Ring. 

Ring.

Ring.

"You have reached—"

Though the plane continued its climb, at the sound of her voice, my stomach took another nosedive. Hitting the disconnect button, I called Mrs. Witt. She probably should have been my first call, but I needed to try to reach Charli. I wanted to know that I could. 

Now, I knew that I couldn't. 

As the satellite phone again waited to connect, I reached for my own phone and pushed the app on Charli's tracker. 

Nothing. 

My mind reasoned that it wasn't because she was unreachable. She may have gotten into a car, but she wouldn't take off the necklace. There was nothing on the app, because we didn't yet have Wi-Fi access and the cellular service was unavailable. 

As soon as the satellite phone began to ring, Deloris answered, “Lennox we're following her...” 

“What the hell happened? Where is she? Where is that bastard taking her? Why the fuck did she get in his car? Why didn’t you stop her? Did he threaten her?”

“She’s a few hundred yards ahead of us on the street. We’re making our way out of the city. According to her tracker, her heart rate is elevated, but otherwise, we believe she's safe. According to the GPS it seems as though we’re headed toward her home.”

“Her home?” I asked incredulously. “No, Deloris, her home is in New York.”


Author Bio:

Aleatha Romig is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Aleatha has raised three children with her high school sweetheart and husband of nearly thirty years. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she's not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time a with her family and friends. Her other pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams! 

Aleatha released her first novel, CONSEQUENCES, in August of 2011. CONSEQUENCES became a bestselling series with five novels and two companions released from 2011 through 2015. The compelling and epic story of Anthony and Claire Rawlings has graced more than half a million e-readers. Aleatha released the first of her series TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE, INSIDIOUS, in the fall of 2014. These stand alone thrillers continue Aleatha's twisted style with an increase in heat. 

In the fall of 2015, Aleatha moved head first into the world of dark romantic suspense with the release of BETRAYAL, the first of her five novel INFIDELITY series that has taken the reading world by storm. She also began her traditional publishing career with Thomas and Mercer. Her books INTO THE LIGHT and AWAY FROM THE DARK were published through this mystery/thriller publisher in 2016. 

Aleatha is a "Published Author's Network" member of the Romance Writers of America and represented by Danielle Egan-Miller of Browne & Miller Literary Associates. 





Twitter: https://twitter.com/AleathaRomig @aleatharomig 


Thursday, 15 September 2016

Review: Kirsty Moseley's "Fighting to be Free (Fighting to be Free #1)."


Synopsis

Jamie Cole has just been released from juvenile detention. Determined to go straight, he tried to cut ties with crime boss Brett Reye--but Brett has no intention of letting him go. Jamie's life is already more complicated than it needs to be, yet when he meets a beautiful stranger at a bar, Jamie knows he's in over his head. 

Ellie Pearce has just gotten out of a terrible relationship and isn't looking for anything serious...until she meets Jamie. Their attraction is overwhelming and intense-she can't seem to shake her growing feelings for him, even though she's trying to keep it casual.

But when fate goes horribly wrong and Jamie's family is faced with ruin, he's forced to strike a deal with Brett. Despite his struggles, he wants nothing more than a future with Ellie. That's until Ellie finds out that he's been hiding more from her than she could ever imagine... 

Review: Jo

I adore Kirsty Moseley and I have loved all of her previous work so far, however it pains me to say that I really struggled with this one. I am not sure why, but for some reason I didn't click with this book in the way that I usually do with a book from this author. I don't know if it was the age of the main characters or the actual style of writing but "Fighting to be Free" failed to draw me in and I hate to say it, but I was considering giving up. The thought of actually doing that broke my heart, so I continued on and I am so glad that I did this because the second half of the story was a much improved reading experience for me.

"I'd never been this happy before, and it was all down to this girl." 

The premise of this story was a good one. The tale of bad boy, Jamie Cole trying his best to go straight left me feeling desperately sorry for him. The poor boy couldn't seem to catch a break and the more that I read, the more I became frustrated with the hopeless situation that he was in. I would have loved for him to able to turn his life around, but it seemed that he was destined for a life of crime. Jamie had very little life choices in front of him at times and this broke my heart. Although I didn't dislike Ellie, I found it difficult to connect with her. Maybe because of her age, I'm not quite sure. I didn't feel any kind of emotion towards her. Having said that, I did find myself rooting for her in those final few chapters but I think that may be more to do with me hoping for a HEA between Ellie and Jamie. I so wanted things to go Jamie's way for a change. 

"People like us weren't well matched at all. 
Maybe we were doomed from the beginning." 

"Fighting to be Free" was a book that I liked, but unfortunately it didn't wow me, so for that reason it gets 3.5 hearts from me.