Review: Last Night with the Duke by Amelia Grey

The Duke of Griffin has never lived down his reputation as one of the Rakes of St. James. Now rumors are swirling around London that his twin sisters may bear the brunt of his past follies. Hiring a competent chaperone is the only thing Griffin has on his mind–until he meets the lovely and intriguing Miss Esmeralda Swift. In ways he could never have expected, she arouses more than just his curiosity.

Esmeralda Swift considered herself too sensible to ever fall for a scoundrel, but that was before she met the irresistibly seductive Duke of Griffin. His employment offer proves too tempting for her to resist. She can’t afford to be distracted by his devilish charms because the stakes are so high for his sisters’ debut Season. . .unless one of London’s most notorious rakes has had a change of heart and is ready to make Esmeralda his bride in Last Night with the Duke, the first novel in the brand-new Regency Rakes of St. James series by New York Times bestselling author Amelia Grey.

 

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You would think that this was a typical case of a wealthy man falling in love with one of his employees, where yes this does happen the fact that Ms Swift is not just any kind of chaperone is great. Esmeralda is true to her family and who she loves most which is her sister. She supports her mothers decision even though it effects her greatly and the things she needs to deal with after her mother is gone. I loved her strength and fight, I also enjoyed the fact that everyone seems to find her enchanting as well. There was one part that broke my heart and I know its a necessary evil and the way that Esmeralda’s sister reacted to it is more than any child her age would ever do, it was still heartbreaking.

I give this book 5 chaparoned kisses…

Happy Reading… Adri

Review: Sentinel’s Kiss by Jamie Schmidt

If Josh Lehman learned one thing as a Green Beret, it’s patience. Josh founded the Sentinels of Babylon because he was sick and tired of watching scumbags cheat the system—scumbags like the man who murdered his sister. Of course, if Josh’s sniper rifle was linked to the death of his ex-brother-in-law, that might be a problem. The bigger problem is the nosy reporter who’s this close to exposing the club. Josh has to find a way to keep her hot mouth from talking . . . but he’ll be damned if he lets someone take her from him. Not on his watch.

Ashley Carver thought she’d do anything for a scoop. That was before her latest story leads to multiple attempts on her life. Ashley’s been investigating a homicide that has gone unsolved for two years when she uncovers evidence tying the vigilantes of the Sentinels of Babylon to a revenge killing. Now she’s in their crosshairs. But after Josh defies all notions of club loyalty to come to Ashley’s aid, soon they’re burning up the sheets—and taking on the world.

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As always I want to thank Random House Loveswept and NetGalley for providing us with a copy of this book so that we could bring you this review.

To have the Sentinels of Babylon back on the streets is something that those in the criminal community need to worry about… well in this book at least. Sentinel has had a beef with his brother in law since his sister was murdered. And we once again hear from THE JUDGE that is one character I am still trying to figure out who it is. The fact that Sentinel’s love interest is a very nosy reporter can be a problem. But Sentinel does everything to make sure she doesn’t sniff out a story with him and the rest of the SOB’s. Loved the connection between the two characters and the protectiveness that Sentinel exhibits. Loved this story I don’t know what it is about Sentinel but I think he was my favorite from book one. Looking forward to what happens next.

I give this book 5 vigilante kisses…

Happy Reading… Adri

 

Review: Icing, Top Shelf & Back Check by Kelly Jamieson

Duncan Armstrong may be an NHL star, but he’s a country boy at heart. His ultimate fantasy is going home with the Stanley Cup, not a gold-digging airhead who aspires to be a trophy wife and nothing more. Newly single and hoping to enjoy a night out with his teammates, he ends up hitting it off with a down-to-earth waitress who’s a complete breath of fresh air—until Duncan learns that she’s a part-time model. He tries to forget about her, but their sizzling chemistry has him coming back for more.

Amber is working hard to put herself through school, and has zero interest in dating a professional athlete. She’s seen firsthand how fame and fortune can mess with their heads—her father’s brilliant football career ended in a firestorm of addiction and infidelity. So Duncan’s attentions immediately have her on the defensive. Still, there’s something different about him. And once she stops trying to freeze him out, irresistible temptation turns into all-consuming passion.

Not only is Jared Rupp one of the stars of the NHL’s Chicago Aces, he’s also the owner of the Sin Bin, the after-hours hot spot where the whole team hangs out. Lately, Jared can’t take his eyes off the woman he’s hired to give the Bin a more modern feel: a sexy, sophisticated consultant who has carved out a niche updating drink menus. She’s as passionate about her career as Jared is about hockey—and yet he can’t help wondering what kind of cocktail she really wants.

In her line of work, Sidney Frayne is used to guys hitting on her in bars, but Jared gets her hot enough to burst into flames. When he’s wining and dining her, he’s sophisticated as hell; on the rink, he’s a testosterone-fueled powerhouse. Still, Sidney’s bitter divorce taught her to keep her emotions on ice. With her busy schedule—and Jared’s playboy reputation—she’s not sure she’s ready for a fling. Because if she lets Jared into her bed, she just may have to let him into her heart.

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Tanner Bennet hates weddings. They just remind him that he simply isn’t cut out for any kind of healthy, committed relationship—never has been, never will be. After getting rejected by the girl he thought was “the one” all those years ago, he made a huge mistake and married the wrong person. Now that the divorced heartbreaker has reluctantly agreed to be a groomsman for one of his NHL teammates, the last thing he expects is a chance at redemption with the one that got away.

After Marc Dupuis of the Chicago Aces hires wedding planner Katelyn Medford, she discovers that her big break comes with a twist: a reunion with her college sweetheart. The way she dumped Tanner still haunts her. Eight years—and three broken engagements—later, Katelyn knows she’ll never have that kind of innocent, wide-eyed passion again. Still, she and Tanner soon generate enough body heat to burn up the sheets. And even with Tanner’s career with the Aces up in the air, Katelyn’s wondering whether the time is right to let him in for real.

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Well what can I say about the 3 sexy hockey players other than WOW… I mean these are books 2-4 of the series and having already been in love with the Ace’s hockey team how could I not be anxious to read the other books. I love Duncan and his innocent sexiness. What do I mean by that simple… he doesn’t know how sexy he really is and things he innocently says that make him so much sexier is fantastic, I love it. Amber and her father’s past was a little sad, but it helps her become the person that she is so much that its what makes her perfect for Duncan. Sidney reminded me so much of one of my favorite shows Bar Rescue  and how in that show they are helping bars improve, which is what Sidney does for a living. It made me laugh how Rupp starts to fall in love with Sidney and doesn’t even realize it, but once he does I love how he tricks her into giving them a chance to have a relationship. Now I have to say that I started to read Tanner’s book before I read Rupp and Sidney’s so I was looking forward to what was going to happen at the end of Top Shelf. Now let me get to Tanner and Katelyn… which I will say was my favorite book of all them. I guess we all know how I feel about second chance love stories, but the fact that Katelyn is kind of like the antithesis of what Tanner believes in is awesome. She helps him see how things can be different. My heart breaks at one point for the things that Tanner has had to endure when he was young.
I give these three books a combined total of 4.75 body checking kisses…
Happy Reading… Adri

Her Survivor & Hers to Heal by Vonnie Davis

Navy SEAL Dustin Franks can handle physical pain; it’s his soul that needs mending. After losing part of his leg in an explosion, the panic triggered by his PTSD nearly drives him over the edge. So Dustin retreats to his former SEAL commanding officer’s home–the Eagle Ridge Ranch—to heal and find a piece of his soul again. In the nearby small town of Warrior Falls he discovers solace in the arms of a shy beauty who reawakens desires he thought he’d lost forever—and who makes him want to lose control, just when he needs it most.

Kelcee Todd sees beyond Dustin’s scars to the real man beneath: fiercely protective, strong yet tender. She wants nothing more than to feel his battle-hardened hands on her body. However, Kelcee is not the ordinary small-town girl she appears to be. Her brother is a killer with ties to the Russian mob, and after her testimony put him in prison, he’s out and eager for revenge. Now Dustin is her best defense, even if it could cost him everything. Kelcee could never ask him to make that sacrifice . . . but she can’t stop him, either.

 

Navy SEAL Reece Browning sacrificed body and soul in the line of duty. He survived torture at the hands of America’s enemies, but lost his career and his voice in the process. Traumatized and desperate to get his PTSD under control, Reece escapes to Eagle Ridge Ranch. Under the big Texas sky, he finds peace, a renewed sense of purpose—and a woman who makes him feel like a man again. Her smile lights up his dark days, and her caress helps him forget the night terrors.

Ex-Marine Gina Wilson also bears painful scars: emotional wounds inflicted by men she once trusted with her life. She has fought hard to overcome her demons and build a good life for her daughter, and Reece is too intense, too damaged, too raw to let into her heart. Yet she’s drawn irresistibly to his steely gaze and heated embrace. No one else understands what it’s like to suffer in silence. And when Gina’s daughter is threatened, it’s Reece who risks everything to save the day.

Ok so like always I will start by thanking NetGalley and Random House Loveswept for providing us with a copy of these books so that we could bring you this review.

I don’t know where to start really other than I am  in love and hope Ms Vonnie plans to write a million of these books in this series. A place that helps heal our soldiers… Maybe not physically but emotionally… to me that in itself is a win, but then to add all the awesome emotions and characters makes these books a must keep. Oh man did I enjoy how Kelcee’s bookstore carried so many of the books that I have come to love over the last 4 years. I really like the history of the falls and what they can do for those in need of healing. As someone who has a very good Shaman friend I took the traditions and stories of the falls and felt them deeply. Ms Vonnie has a great voice to tell these stories. I loved the way that Kelcee and Dustin fight to find their way to each other. Yes Dustin had lots of anger and its not easy to deal with PTSD, but Kelcee was strong and helped him. Even though I didn’t like the danger that Kelcee had to deal with I really liked how it helped be a catalyst for her and Dustin’s relationship. As for Gina and Reece’s story… well let me just say that it wouldn’t have been as perfect as it was had it not been for Gina’s daughter. She helps bring Reese out of that dark place he was in, and she was such a riot to boot. There was just one scene in the book that I might have been ok with Gina not talking about, but it is definitely a very necessary evil in the book. Like I said at the beginning of this review I am not ready for this series to end any time soon.

I give both these books 5 healing kisses…

Happy Reading… Adri

Review: A Wicked Woman by Vanessa Vale

Because of her stepsisters, Eve Jamison is driven from her hometown in scandal with a train ticket in one hand and a proxy marriage license in the other. But when she arrives in the small Colorado mountain town, she discovers her groom recently died. Even though she never met her husband, the new widow learns she is quite wealthy. At the mercy of her dead husband’s money-grubbing family, Knox and Jed Dare each vow to protect her. They both want the beautiful bluestocking and refuse to cede way to the other.

Eve has other ideas where the two men are concerned. Because she is now a woman of Slate Springs, she doesn’t have to choose. She wants both Jed and Knox… and gets them.

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I would like to first off thank Vanessa Vale for providing me with a copy of this book so that I could bring you this review.

Oh I think of the 3 Mail Order Bride of Slate Spring books that Ms Vale has written so far this by far is my favorite. I love the fact that despite 2 very wicked women Eve is able to not only get beyond it and find two very helpful and great men. But also look above what they did to her and wish them happiness. I so enjoyed the fate that they were met with and can’t wait to see if Ms Vale writes about the two sisters in the future. Now let me talk about Jed and Knox… the fact that they weren’t originally from Slate Springs and only came to find things out because of their sister was so much fun. Their open-mindedness and not to mention their sexiness… yum… but then again I might have a small weakness for gingers. The spice in this book was just right for me when it came to a relationship with the three. I can’t wait for more from Slate Springs and Vanessa Vale.

I gave this book 5 gingery kisses…

Happy Reading… Adri

Review: Mastering her Sense by Laura Kaye

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Decadent… Sensual… Forbidden…

 

12 Masters. 12 Desires. 12 Fantasies Come to Life.
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12 Masters. Infinite fantasies. Welcome to Blasphemy…

 He wants to dominate her senses—and her heart…

Quinton Ross has always been a thrill-seeker—so it’s no surprise that he’s drawn to extremes in the bedroom and at his BDSM club, Blasphemy, where he creates sense-depriving scenarios that blow submissives’ minds. Now if he could just find one who needs the rush as much as him…

When an accident leaves Cassia Locke with a paralyzing fear of the dark, she’ll try anything to get help. Ready to fight, she knows just who to ask for help—the hard-bodied, funny-as-hell Dom she’d always crushed on—and once stood up.

Quinton is shocked and a little leery to see Cassia, but he can’t pass up the chance to dominate the alluring little sub this time. Introducing her to sensory deprivation becomes his new favorite obsession, and watching her fight fear is its own thrill. But when doubt threatens to send her running again, Quinton must find a way to master her senses—and her heart.

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I want to first thank Laura Kaye and InkSlinger for providing us with a copy of this book so that we could bring you this review.

This was a tamer BDSM book but it was so darn sweet. I did think that it was going to be a bit different from the description but a big reason for that was how was a DOM who is into sensory deprivation was going to work with a woman who was afraid of the dark. But let me tell you it was done so beautifully I loved it. And let me tell you Master Quintin’s dirty talk and visualization is fantastic. I like how he helped Cassia get through things. Cassia is a strong woman and her need to serve is so beautiful, there is one particular scene in the book that shows how great the two of them work together and their dynamic of Master/submissive is so perfect. I can’t wait to see what Laura Kaye has for us next in the Blasphemy series.

I give this book 4 blinding kisses…

Happy Reading… Adri

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Review: The Billionaire’s Virgin by Jackie Ashenden

Dark, tortured, and intimidating, these dominant billionaires will steal their innocent heroines’ breath away. Overwhelmed by their desire to control their world, they push their heroines to explore their deepest desires. But even the most unworldly of heroines can unlock these billionaires’ secrets.

Xavier De Santis: Disgraced. Ruinous. Playboy

The headlines are always shouting about Xavier’s various excesses, and he’s everything they say he is. But now he’s gone too far, and the black sheep of the De Santis family has been ordered to clean up his image. Volunteering at a homeless shelter, he sees a bright light amidst all the bleakness. An angel whose luminous face and tragic beauty call to him in ways he can’t explain.

Mia: Vulnerable. Homeless. Virgin.

When the shelter Mia calls home closes, she is left with nowhere to go – nowhere except for the luxurious, glorious palace of a home that Xavier De Santis has invited her to stay. This too-handsome billionaire is dark, dangerous – and also too good to be true. But surely Mia can indulge in her fantasies and escape the drudges of her daily life for just one night?

As one night turns into two, Mia knows that eventually, the magic will end and she will have to return to her life of hardship. She can’t keep the beautiful clothes. She can’t keep the soft bed. And most of all, she can’t keep the hard, handsome, brutal man who makes her crave his touch with every breath she takes. Mia doesn’t belong in his world. But as Xavier tempts his rags-to-riches heroine with exquisite pleasure and heady desire, Mia doesn’t stand a chance but to surrender completely to him.

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Well I have to say that so enjoyed the moments that happen between Mia and Xavier at the beginning more than anything. The fact that difference between them is so apparent the fact that something about her bugs Xavier made it even better. I really liked the fact that there was more to Xavier then what we first think. He wants to really live a much simpler life not the kind of life that has been handed to him so far. Also my heart broke for him with his fears of making things worse for Mia. I will say that at one point I so wanted to hurt him. I will say that I would have liked to get to find out more information about Mia. The fact that she didn’t have much information about her own history and life was a bit disappointing. I would have liked to know what happened with her grandmother and her mother. Also what was happening now. So the fact that I was left wanting more information is a reason I give this book the kisses that I do. I really did enjoy though Mia and her positive thinking. The fact that she was always hopeful no matter her situation was so wonderful.

I give this book 4 Hopeful kisses…

Happy Reading… Adri

 

 

Review: To Tame a Proper Lady by Ashlyn Macnamara

Lady Caroline Wilde is expected to ride sidesaddle, but she’s not about to embrace convention. She’s also expected to keep a chaste distance from men like Adrian Crosby, the new estate agent, yet she cannot cease her ogling—which is especially irksome considering their ongoing feud. Adrian insists that the fields must be planted; Caro needs those same fields to train her horses. But whenever she tries to put him in his place, Caro looks into his steely gaze and her words simply . . . disappear.

A bastard son who grew up on the Wyvern estate, Adrian was lucky enough to receive an education at the behest of the late marchioness. Now that he has set out on his own, Adrian knows better than to fall for Lady Caroline, the Duke of Sherrington’s daughter. Caroline is at once a thorn in his side and an exquisite temptation, especially when she’s playing the feisty daredevil. Adrian would give anything for a chance to tame her—and with Caro in the saddle, he just might get his wish.

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I love the fact that Lady Caroline could care less where Adrian came from or that he isn’t born privileged. Though they have to deal with how her father the Duke feels about it all in the end it doesn’t matter to her. She loves this great man no matter what. Adrian is so selfless and is always worrying about not only Lady Caroline for Dysarts son. He cares for everyone at the estate and what may happen with them. He is a great character. Lady Caroline is awesome as well she is so progressive and doesn’t really care what others think. She isn’t afraid to go after the things she like or wants.

I give this book 5 daring kisses…

Happy Reading… Adri

 

 

 

Review: Tied to His Betrayal by Stacey Kennedy

Darius Bennett can’t live without supreme control. A self-made billionaire, he’s rich enough to get anything—and any woman—he wants, yet he’s still haunted by a broken relationship. Five years ago, Darius let Taylor Erikson go because he knew he could never give her what she truly wanted: his heart. But the moment Taylor walks back into his life, bruised and beaten, Darius blames himself. To make good on his betrayal, he vows to help her heal—in and out of the sheets.

Once upon a time, Darius was Taylor’s world. Now his fierce embrace is exactly what she needs to get back on her feet. But Taylor pays a heavy price for her sizzling nights with Darius. As the emotional ties become stronger than ever and the paparazzi hunt her down for their next juicy story, Taylor must face some hard truths. They can’t go back. And to move forward, the key to loving Darius isn’t about keeping his secrets—it’s about exposing them.

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I love second chance love and I love that Darius learns that how his choice of the past affected Taylor and the choices she makes as well. Though she learns a lot from her mistake and finds out that she is a much stronger person then she thinks. I think I know though who is the person who is trying to hurt the DC, but will have to wait until the next book to figure it out.