Sunday, October 23, 2016

Review The Fractured Heart, Second Circle Tattoos series by Scarlett Cole

Title: The Fractured Heart
Author: Scarlett Cole
Series: Second Circle Tattoos
Release Date: January 5th 2016


All things, when placed under pressure, eventually break or leave a mark.

Tattoo artist Brody "Cujo" Matthews knows how to keep things simple. In life and in love. Abandoned as a child by a mother who refused to stick around to raise three boys she didn't want, he's intent on staying clear of complicated women. The only things complicated in Cujo’s life are the killer tattoos he designs and inks. That all changes when he’s asked to help organize his best friend Trent's engagement party, which means working with Trent's fiancée's best friend, Drea, the definition of high maintenance and sizzling curves. And the one woman he doesn’t want to walk away from.

Andrea "Drea" Caron is broke and tired. After years of caring for her ailing mom, she's at the end of her rope trying to manage the piling medical bills, two jobs, and a life placed on hold. She certainly doesn’t need the added frustration of a sexy playboy tattoo artist messing up her best friend’s engagement party or her carefully balanced life. But when Drea witnesses the abduction of a woman from the café she works at, she can’t help but turn to Cujo who’s determined to prove to Drea that he’s someone she can count on forever…but as they attempt to bring the truth to light, someone is working to bring that forever to a sudden, deadly halt.

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Review by Iza

Drea and Brody can't stand each other; the last thing they want is to be in the same room with one another, but fate has different plans for them when they're thrown together to plan a wedding. Brody is the best man, Drea is the maid of honor. They have to learn how to work with each other, in order to get things done.  
Hard? Very. 
They're very different - or so they think. Drea is a small control freak - but due to the things she's been through and is still going through, it's understandable - while Brody is a go-with-the-flow guy. 
Clash of the titans? Definitely.
But Drea isn't the only one that's had it tough. I love that Ms. Cole writes about real-life situations and scenarios; things you can imagine happening in our day-to-day lives. Yes, it's fiction and the angst and drama prove it, but these characters - along with the others in the series - are well-developed and constructed in a way that makes it all too real.
My heart ached for them, broke, I just about wanted to strangle them, at one point, but it's not easy when you're broken and bruised on the inside. 
Do they make it work, in the end? Of course. Is Brody one of my faves? Yes, he is. Is he a guy I'd fall for in real life? Hell yes!
So, if you haven't read this one already, do it. You're missing out. I still have one book left to read in the series - as a matter of fact, it's book one - but I'm savoring them because this series ended. *pout*
5 stars.  

Author Bio

Two-time RITA finalist, Scarlett Cole, is a contemporary romantic suspense / contemporary romance author (represented by Beth Phelan at The Bent Agency). Author of the Second Circle Tattoos Series. The Strongest Steel was a Best Debut Goodreads Author Finalist 2015, and Authors on the Air Global Radio Network #1 Contemporary Romance Pick for 2015.

When Scarlett isn't writing, she spends her time reading, hoarding mason jars, and working out to off-set an epic sour candy habit. 


Review Bang Gang by Jade West

Title: Bang Gang
Author: Jade West
Series: Standalone
Release Date: September 30th 2016


It’s one thing knowing your ex-boyfriend is a bit of a player, but it’s another thing altogether to find out he’s pimping himself out to anyone who’ll pay good money for it.

Not just himself, either. That would be far too regular for Darren Trent.

Darren Trent – my teenage sweetheart and father to my two young girls – is not just whoring himself out. Oh no. Darren Trent pimps himself out alongside four of his mechanic friends – all of them at the same time.

Five hot, sweaty mechanics at your service.

They call themselves the Bang Gang… you can imagine.

In a village our size I should keep my head down and hope the scandal blows over before the girls or my poor old Nanna catch wind of it.

Only it’s not blowing over. Far from it. It seems every woman in the village wants themselves a five-mechanic sandwich.

They make no qualms about it, either. Just rock on up to my café counter and ask how they can book themselves in for a Bang Gang special. Like I would know.

I definitely wouldn’t know. I hardly even know Darren Trent anymore. We split up a lifetime ago.

I definitely don’t think about him late at night. Don’t think about five mechanics and me as much as every other woman in this village.

And even if I did, I wouldn’t act on it. I wouldn’t draw the money from my savings account and have a go for myself.

And even if I did that, I definitely, definitely wouldn’t fall for him. Not again. Not after everything we went through. Not after splitting up the first time nearly brought me to my knees.

Not after settling into a decent routine, the girls and me, with no drama, no heartbreak, no crazy passions to rock the calm little boat we’re sailing on.

I mean, who would be stupid enough to risk all that over a hot, sweaty, oily bit of rough like Darren Trent?

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Review by Iza

I loved it. I was intrigued and very curious after reading the blurb, but still hesitant because I've never read books by this author before. It could go either way - I actually expected to not like it, to be honest. I love smut just like the next person, but it's not always written in a good way, in a hot way.

Well, no worries here, Jade West nailed it. She managed to do something not many can: she combined the dirty, the smutty with the feels. That's the big surprise that had me glued to this book, not the dirty scenes - okay, I loved those too, they were written in a really good way - but the major feels the story gave me!

As you've gathered from the blurb, the hero's a mechanic-turned-gigolo, along with his work mates. The heroine is his ex and mother of his two daughters - by the way, I love those girls! They have such strong personalities.

It takes a while - and some really hot scenes - for the main characters to reconnect and find their way back to each other. It's not an easy road - especially when there's a character that keeps interfering - but it's so worth it. No major drama, just the right amount. I think it's safe to say this book is one of the best I've read this year and I am keeping my fingers crossed for a book with two other characters that will get their HEA.

5 stars. No buts about it, just like that. It was really, really good.

Author Bio

Jade has increasingly little to say about herself as time goes on, other than the fact she is an author, but she’s plenty happy with this. Living in imaginary realities and having a legitimate excuse for it is really all she’s ever wanted.
Jade is as dirty as you’d expect from her novels, and talking smut makes her smile.
She lives in the Herefordshire countryside with a couple of hounds and a guy who’s able to cope with her inherent weirdness.
She has a red living room, decorated with far more zebra print than most people could bear, and fights a constant battle with her addiction to Coca-Cola.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Release Blitz + Review Spied by J.M. Miller

Title: Spied
Author: J.M. Miller
Genre: Romantic Comedy Standalone
Release Date: October 20, 2016


Gia Keats works both sides of love’s dirty business. Some days are spent at Silhouette Bridal Boutique, helping brides prepare for their delusional walk to happily ever after. Other days she clocks hours for Duplicity, spying on cheaters and crushing their plans for future trysts. The two jobs are a solid reminder to ignore the dead thing inside her chest and to stay out of love’s sight. She never expected to get caught.

Love is also pretty far down on Mark Foster’s priority list. The closest thing he’s had to a relationship was two nights with a hottie tourist looking for an unforgettable vacation bang. But after he catches a gorgeous local spying on a public make-out session, his sour view of long-term turns a little sweet. He’ll even ignore the odd coincidences that follow her for a taste of the L word.
Falling for Mark’s charm would be easier than choosing a single item from a dessert menu, but Gia knows love’s never that simple. When an anonymous Duplicity client hires her to target a Silhouette bride and groom, both sides of the business collide.  And Mark’s ties to the bride are the icing on the screwed up cake.

"Do you know what I love? When a book surprises me in the BEST way!" - The Dirty Book Girls 
"If you are looking for a fun, humorous, romantic story then this is the one! A Must Read!" - Alpha Book Club
"I didn't want it to end. Hilarious, laugh-out-loud moments, swoony moments and overall fun." - Goodreads review

J.M. Miller currently consumes her coffee in Florida. When she isn't busy being distracted by social media sites, she writes Young Adult and New Adult romance novels that vary in genre from contemporary to paranormal.

Aside from spending time with her family, she loves to travel and will jump at the chance to go anywhere, whenever life allows.

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Review by Iza

I can't tell you how much I loved this book! It was the BEST surprise! I've read two other books by Ms. Miller and they were so different! I loved those, too but this hit the spot, getting me out of a funk/hangover.
Our heroine, Gia, has been jaded, so she decided to help others from said heartache by opening up her very own business. It kind of butted heads with her other job, where she encountered people that were in love and were preparing to tie the knot. 
Our hero, Mark, stumbles upon her in a funny scenario, then they meet again and poor guy has his work cut out for him, trying to convince Gia there is a happy-ever-after for her, as well.
This book was so funny and sweet and hot! I was melting one moment, swooning the other then fanning myself. These two get into all sorts of trouble together. 
 The conclusion to my review is that you have to read this book, you have to meet my new book boyfriend, Mark. Because believe me, you'll want a Mark too. As a matter of fact, where's my Mark?

"I still couldn't process what exactly was happening. He was mad... but he brought me cookies?"

Like seriously, where's my Mark? This book shall be reread many times, I'm sure of that. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.


Cover Reveal - Scarlet Stone by Jewel E. Ann

Title: Scarlet Stone
Author: Jewel E Ann
Genre: A romantic suspense standalone
Release Date: December 10th, 2016

“My name is Scarlet Stone, and my biggest fear is that someday I will find what I want most in life, and it will be impossible to steal.” What happens when life just stops? When one moment makes you question your entire existence? Scarlet Stone is a third-generation thief who has everything: a doting fiancé, a spacious London flat, and a legitimate job offer. In a single breath, everything becomes nothing, and she finds herself on a plane to Savannah, Georgia in search of the meaning of life. After securing a six-month lease for a beachfront house on Tybee Island, Scarlet changes the way she looks, thinks, eats—basically her entire outlook on life. She needs peace, but what she gets is a housemate who looks like Thor, acts like a warden, and smells her proximity like a Bloodhound. Theodore Reed is a carpenter and perfectionist with a body built of steel, a black, hollow heart, and a hunger for revenge. He doesn’t like company, girly-smelling crap, and British accents. He resents every breath she takes. She’s fascinated by his every move. In time, they discover their coexistence is toxic, their physical attraction is electric, the secrets they keep mean the difference between life and death, and the only truth they share is that everything is a lie. “Over eighty-five percent of the world's population believes in a higher power, yet, very few people believe in miracles.” Do you believe?  

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Jewel E. Ann
Adult Contemporary Romance Author

Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor. With 10 years of flossing lectures under belt, she took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business. After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked. Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing. When she’s not donning her cape and saving the planet one tree a a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with her kids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course . . .heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, panty-scorching novels.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Blog Tour & Review - Take Me With You by Nina G. Jones

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Book Title: Take Me With You Author: Nina G. Jones Genre: Dark Romance Release Date: October 17, 2016 Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions

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I watch. I study. I prowl. I hunt. I always go in with a plan. A set of rules for myself. I don’t take unnecessary risks. That’s how I’ve been able to evade capture all these years. But there’s something about this girl that is different than the others. When I finally meet her, the rules become a blur. And I break the most important one of all—I take her with me. ——- It’s just my imagination—that feeling of being watched. That those icy eyes— a vivid turquoise with a distinct golden fleck—aren’t watching me. It’s just stress. I am the person everyone relies on. Maybe that’s why I haven’t been feeling so content with my life lately. Why I dream those eyes belong to someone who can tear me away from all of my responsibilities. But these are just shameful fantasies, never meant to breach reality. Then one night, the dream comes true, only it’s a horrific nightmare. Now, I only have one task: survival.




I feel like I need to shower after reading and liking this book so much. Seriously, this book made me feel so dirty, especially with as much as I enjoyed it.

From the beginning we know that Sam is not a good man; we see his depravity and his darkness. But there's something about him that just draws us into his story. Sam sees Vesper at a grocery store, caring for her younger, disabled brother; he is drawn to her beauty and her kindness.

Vesper is the quintessential good girl on the outside. She has a loving boyfriend and seems to have everything going for her. She the primary caretaker for her disabled brother, Johnny, since her mother is too busy out traveling the world to care for her own son. While Vesper seems to have more than most people would wish for, she craves something else....something darker and dirtier.

Vesper's life is altered when Sam kidnaps her and decides that she is going to be his. Their story isn't easy or beautiful; it's quite the opposite. But as she gets to know Sam, Vesper sees things that no one else ever has: his longing to be accepted for who he is. Sam's upbringing wasn't easy; his mother's coddling and "protection" of him have led him down this dark path, at least in my opinion. We see what has led him to this path and we start to understand him a bit better.

Does this book have triggers......absolutely! So if you have trigger issues, then this book isn't for you, at all.

This book is dark; this book is dirty; and I loved every single second of it.

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Nina G. Jones is the author of seven full-length novels of various romance and erotica sub-genres. Her latest novel, Take Me With You, releases on October 17th.

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