Review: Real by Katy Evans

Today I am reviewing for you guys a romantic, sexual romp in the boxing ring.  Real by Katy Evans has been on my TBR list for a while.  I finally got around to it and I was not disappointed.  We have a complex, tormented hero who falls for the caring and selfless heroine.  Who wouldn’t love a story like that.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  I hope all of you are having a great week.

17617277Book Blurb:

A fallen boxer.
A woman with a broken dream.
A competition…

He even makes me forget my name. One night was all it took, and I forgot everything and anything except the sexy fighter in the ring who sets my mind ablaze and my body on fire with wanting…

Remington Tate is the strongest, most confusing man I’ve ever met in my life.

He’s the star of the dangerous underground fighting circuit, and I’m drawn to him as I’ve never been drawn to anything in my life. I forget who I am, what I want, with just one look from him. When he’s near, I need to remind myself that I am strong–but he is stronger. And now it’s my job to keep his body working like a perfect machine, his taut muscles primed and ready to break the bones of his next opponents . . .

But the one he’s most threatening to, now, is me.

I want him. I want him without fear. Without reservations.

If only I knew for sure what it is that he wants from me?

Review:

Remington Tate is the best underground boxer there is.  He’s ruthless, powerful and has the power to make any woman swoon.  This was what Brooke Dumas was told by her best friend.  It isn’t until she sees him in action and makes eye contact with him that she believes her.  Soon Brooke finds herself employed by Remi.  Disappointment soon grows into an obsession and she can’t seem to pry herself away from him.  The attraction is mutual and as it gets even stronger she realizes that she wants him no matter his faults.  But, when Brooke makes a decision to help her sister this one decision could tear them apart and destroy their relationship forever.  Can Brooke and Remi find equal ground or will they lose everything with misunderstandings and hurt?

I really loved this book.  It was just what I needed.  It had some steamy sex scenes.  Great characters who you want to know more about.  A unique and entertaining story that will stay with you until you pick up the next book in the series.  Remington Tate is one of the most complex, sexy and real characters that I have read in a while.  He is tormented by something very real and with that aspect of his character you really feel connected to him.  The story is unique and well written.  The content is well thought out and portrayed accurately.  Overall, this was a great book with memorable characters, story and steamy scenes.  I know I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book, Mine.

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Review: What’s Left of Me by Amanda Maxlyn

Happy Hump Day!  Today I am reviewing a book that will tear you to pieces.  It is heart wrenching in its love and sadness.  The rawness of this story fills all of the pages and will leave you feeling exhausted from the emotional roller coaster.  For my full review of Amanda Maxlyn’s What’s Left of Me keep reading after the book blurb.   I hope all of you are having a great week.

18480026Book Blurb:

Life works in mysterious ways.

Four years ago I became known as the girl with cancer.

I refuse to cry.

And I refuse to give in.

A relationship with a man is the last thing I’m looking for right now, but one night with Parker changes everything. He is persistent, and he knows what he wants. Me.

He doesn’t treat me like I’m fragile.

But he doesn’t know, and I’m not ready to tell him.

What if it changes everything?

Tragedy found me when I was seventeen.

Love found me when I was twenty-one.

My name is Aundrea McCall, and this is my journey.

Review:

Cancer has been the story of Aundrea’s life for the past four years.  Between treatments, hospitalizations and doctors her life hasn’t been her own.  As soon as anyone meets her and finds out she has cancer their opinion changes.  That is until she decides to go out with her friend one night.  While out she meets a handsome guy and has a one night stand.  Or that’s what she thought would happen.  Unfortunately, the guy who is her one night stand has recently started working with her brother-in-law and she will be seeing lots of him.  Parker, doesn’t want things to end with Aundrea after one night.  He is bound and determined to change her mind on their relationship.  He knows they share more and wants more.  Aundrea is holding back and is scared.  She just wants Parker to keep seeing her as just a girl and not the girl with cancer.  But, if she can’t get passed this then they will never have a future.  Will Aundrea let love in or will she push away the one great thing in her life out of fear.

This was a fantastically emotional story.  The characters are wonderful and story is well written.  Aundrea and Parker’s love story is one for the ages.  Though it comes with tears and fears the love is felt throughout this book.  I think when any woman reads this book they will want a Parker.  Not to mention the few love scenes they have are quite spicy.  The addition of the love scenes are very much-needed to lighten the mood and give a sense of hope and reality.  The cancer portion of the story is very well researched and portrayed honestly.  This book feels very reminiscent of a Nicholas Sparks or Colleen Hoover book.  You are definitely going to feel like wrung out after reading this book.  It will stay with you way after the last page.  I look forward to Amanda Maxlyn’s next book, What’s Left of Us.

Review: The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter

Good Morning!  I hope all of you have had a great week so far.  It’s a few days late but for Halloween my grand plan was to review the final book in Gena Showalter’s White Rabbit Chronicles, The Queen of Zombie Hearts.  This is the final book in her trilogy.  It’s a great ending to what has been a great young adult trilogy.  I couldn’t have asked for more with her wrapping up this series.  For my full review be sure to keep reading after the book blurb.

20579287Book Blurb:

I have a plan.

We’ll either destroy them for good, or they’ll destroy us.

Either way, only one of us is walking away.

In the stunning conclusion to the wildly popular White Rabbit Chronicles, Alice “Ali” Bell thinks the worst is behind her. She’s ready to take the next step with boyfriend Cole Holland, the leader of the zombie slayers…until Anima Industries, the agency controlling the zombies, launches a sneak attack, killing four of her friends. It’s then she realizes that humans can be more dangerous than monsters…and the worst has only begun.

As the surviving slayers prepare for war, Ali discovers she, too, can control the zombies…and she isn’t the girl she thought she was. She’s connected to the woman responsible for killing—and turning—Cole’s mother. How can their relationship endure? As secrets come to light, and more slayers are taken or killed, Ali will fight harder than ever to bring down Anima—even sacrificing her own life for those she loves.

Review:

The Queen of Zombie Hearts is the final story of Ali, Cole and their zombie slayer friends.  This is the most action packed, emotion filled portion of this trilogy.  Ali and Cole are still fighting Anima Industry but everything they know will soon be turned upside down when they lose 4 friends in a night of killing by not zombies but humans.  They feel unprepared and now want revenge and to take down Anima no matter what.   But, as always, Ali is still developing more abilities and learns some very devastating news about her past.  This threatens to tear her and Cole apart.  With Anima breathing down their necks, Ali, Cole and the others must find a way to protect those they love and survive the impending attacks.  Sadly, their losses are not done and when the smoke clears hearts will be broken and loves will be lost.

This was probably the best out of the three stories in this trilogy.  As always I love Ali, Cole, Kat and Frosty.  They are some of the best characters I have ever read.  They have grown through their stories and I felt everything they felt.  Though this is a young adult story there is so much adult content just without things getting graphic.  I truly couldn’t have asked for a better ending to this trilogy.  Actually I could have done without one or two of the characters that got killed off but no story is perfect.  I won’t spoil it by giving details but I felt their deaths way after I finished the book.  Gena Showalter has done such a wonderful job with this trilogy I can’t say enough.  I think it has been clever, fun, action packed and emotion filled.  The Queen of Zombie Hearts is her crown jewel in this trilogy and you will not be disappointed.  You may end up a bit heart-broken and sad at times but as Cole says that’s reality.

Review: Till Justice is Served by Jerrie Alexander

Happy Monday!  Today I get to share another great novel by Jerrie Alexander, Till Justice is Served.  This book contains her great blend of suspense, romance and crime right out of the headlines.  As always we have the hero who any girl would be glad to have as their savior, but this time the past of both hero and heroine are linked.  Jerrie has done it again with another great novel.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  If you like this review be sure to check out the other books I have reviewed for Jerrie Alexander.

23129133Book Blurb:

FBI agent Rafe Sirilli has made the war against narcotics drugs his personal fight. Home to settle his father’s estate, Rafe has no desire to get involved in local matters. Yet, he finds himself involved in solving two homicides and busting a drug ring as he tries to prove the innocence of a girl he’d long forgotten. Erin has grown into a beautiful woman. The passion she ignites in Rafe is hot enough to incinerate them both. His decision to deliver his own brand of justice will put his commitment to the law to the test.
High school counselor Erin Brady is committed to helping kids. Her world crashes around her when she’s accused of making inappropriate sexual advances and suspected of murder. Erin’s problems have only just begun. She has a secret admirer, one who vows to kill anybody who threatens to harm her or interfere with his plan. Rafe Sirilli agrees to help prove her innocence. Romance blooms, but Erin refuses to hope for permanence. Rafe is available for loan but not to keep.

Will facing old fears help Rafe capture the heart of the woman he loves? The woman who just turned him away?

Review:

Rafe is home after being on an undercover assignment for his job as a narcotics officer for the FBI.  He is home to take care of his fathers effects.  He has no long term plans to stay or get back involved with the community until his father’s old partner asks for his help.  When Rafe finds out its the girl that spurned him years ago he is hesitant at first but soon realizes he may be able to repay a debt he feels he owes.  Rafe is the last person Erin expects to help her out.  Though there has always been an attraction between them their past was never a good one.  But that all changes when Erin is accused of things she hasn’t done and two girls are dead thanks to her stalker.  As Rafe and Erin get closer to solving who killed the girls and who is stalking her they find themselves getting closer even while fighting their attraction.  Can Rafe save and clear Erin or will the bad guys win?

Jerrie Alexander has done it again.  I love the character and the story.  They are all strong and well written.  The crime parts are clearly well researched and the romance is natural.  Rafe and Erin are great.  Their relationship develops so naturally and lets face it what woman wouldn’t want a Rafe.  Though the supporting characters of Luke, Linc and Colton are equally hot and entertaining.  It appears this is book one in a new series by Jerrie.  If this is correct I can’t wait to read more.  I would have to say that the only criticism I may have is I felt the drug part of the story didn’t really wrap up.  A few of the aspects became lost with the stalker end of the story.  This dual story was new for Jerrie Alexander and I think she can pull it off but with this story the one part of the crime end was left loose.  I’m not sure if this will be followed up in subsequent novels but it didn’t appear to be that way.  Overall, it was a great novel and yet another win from Jerrie Alexander.

Review: Sweet Serendipity by Kelsie Belle

Happy Sunday!  I hope all of you are having a great weekend and enjoying yourselves.  Today’s review is Sweet Serendipity by Kelsie Belle.  This is a sexy romance with all the drama of hidden pasts and keeping secrets.  This is the second book I’ve read by Kelsie Belle and I am still impressed with her ability to make me not want to put the book down until the last page is turned.  For my complete review keep reading after the book blurb.

22036387Book Blurb:

Running from a past that threatens to haunt her for the rest of her life, Rayne Carrington finds herself in Eden’s Ridge by chance. She promptly makes the tiny, serene town her home and finally finds some semblance of peace. Six months later, she encounters a dangerously alluring stranger, who turns her world upside down with his mere presence. Soon she is caught in a web of temptation that is too overpowering to deny. But how does she handle a man who is hell bent on resisting her at all cost?

Christian Stockwell returned to his hometown of Eden’s Ridge, to find a beautiful stranger living under his roof. He is instantly bewitched by her loveliness but he knows that he cannot allow himself to have her. He struggles to rein in the lust he feels for her but how long will he be able to resist such sweetness? It won’t be long before he must surrender to sweet serendipity.

Review:

Christian is finally returning home after a long absence.  His recent experience in his photojournalism has changed him.  He feels he is damaged beyond repair and just needs a break.  But, when he pulls into his old childhood home that should be empty he finds not only is it occupied but it is occupied by a beautiful stranger.  Rayne meets the owner of the house she is renting when bursts into the bathroom while she is taking a shower and he’s holding a gun.  It is from this point that they continue to fight their attraction and the nightmares that haunt them both.  But when they finally succumb to their desires will they both be able to let go of their pasts and open up to the feelings they have?

This was an entertaining and sexy read.  When Christian and Rayne finally get together the pages catch on fire with the heat between them.  It isn’t just the heat and sex that drives this story though.  There are some very emotional moments with these two characters.  When they are finally honest regarding their pasts there is a real depth to the emotion.  When this finally happens it gave a new level to the story and really took it from a steamy story to multi-layered novel.  This is definitely a good novel if you want to have a steamy read with a great story.

Review: Behind the Glass by Kristen Morgen

I have some really great reviews for all of you coming up.  Today I am featuring Behind the Glass by Kristen Morgen.  This is a love story that will leave you craving the kind of love that Michael and Rebecca.  For more about their classical love story keep reading after the book blurb.  I guarantee I will not disappoint.  I hope you all are having a great weekend and had a happy Halloween.

22606626Book Blurb:

Rebecca Jordan’s life is simple, disciplined, and uncomplicated, at least on the surface. Then she meets a handsome stranger/secret admirer named Michael Vale one fateful late night at a bookstore café. As a focused but struggling photographer with a passion for art, her outwardly happy world is turned upside down during this life-changing encounter when she quickly realizes she has met her soul mate. The undeniable attraction between them and their intense, immediate connection seem picture perfect as they discuss the shop’s local artwork, until Rebecca abruptly ends the chance meeting with no explanation.

Betraying Brett, her loyal, loving boyfriend, is something Rebecca can never bring herself to do. Driven by a strong moral code and molded by divorced parents and a tumultuous childhood, she struggles to stay away from Michael, but fate and circumstance intervene, bringing them back together time and time again. As much as she resists, there is no denying her true feelings for him and the simple fact that Michael understands her in a way Brett never has. Michael proves to be everything she’s ever wanted, but remains just out of her reach.

Behind the Glass tells the story of Michael and Rebecca’s extraordinary love and the many unconventional stages their relationship must go through. Their morals and their faith in true love and in each other will be put to the test as they learn that meeting one’s soul mate does not come without obstacles.

Review:

Rebecca’s life filled with simple everyday activities.  She woke, went to work at one of her two jobs and then came home.  This happened every day except the one evening a night she let herself indulge in the silence of a small bookstore/art gallery that she had stumbled upon.  Nothing extraordinary happens until the day she enthralled with a painting.  She feels it captures her emotions so thoroughly she forgets where she is until she notices a handsome man staring at her.  Feeling self-conscious she runs to her favorite reading chair and tries to find the solace she normally gets just from being in the bookstore.  But that night introduces to her the handsome Michael.  She feels a connection immediately but shies away from the feelings he instills her.  Soon the two realize they have mutual friends, one includes her boyfriend.  But, as their circles draw closer and their connections stronger events through them together and their love for each other grows.  Sadly, Rebecca holds back because of her past and Michael must prove himself or they will forever be separated even as their love burns bright.

I adored this story.  This is a shorter novel but one that will leave you feeling the love and affections these two characters feel.  Rebecca and Michael are fantastic characters.  They are well-developed and grow through the story.  Though not an entirely unique story with some areas being a bit predictable the emotional element is strong and well written.  You feel what the characters feel.  Your heart breaks when theirs does and you fall in love at the exact same moment they do.  It takes a good writer to take their audience on the emotional ride their characters do.  Overall, this was a wonderfully emotion driven story that will leave the reader feeling full of love and hope.

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