Review: Sin’s Haven by Carlene Love Flores

Happy Friday!  I hope all of you have had a great week and like me are looking forward to the weekend.  Well, I have a great book to start off your weekend.  This is the third book in the Sin Pointe series that I am reviewing and I loved it.  Not to mention Ben is one of my favorite characters anyway.  He finally gets his awesome HEA and it’s totally well deserved.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Have an awesome weekend guys and don’t forget there are only two more days left to vote for me for Blogger of the Year.

19056863Book Blurb:

When Sin Pointe webmaster, Benjamin Wright, is publicly humiliated on his birthday, he knows he’s never gonna be able to show his face around the guys again. But an angelic hostess who lets him sleep it off at the club seems surprisingly eager to help him out. Is his luck changing or does she just feel sorry for him?
Hazel Temple, bagel mistress by day and club hostess by night, feels horrible for inadvertently playing a part in Ben’s embarrassment and vows to make it up to him—by telling him they had a sizzling hot one night stand. Still recovering from losing her fiancé to suicide, she worries about Ben when he discovers her lie. Is she bound to hurt the men she cares about?
A Sin Pointe camping trip provides Hazel her chance to get Ben’s groove back.
Will her webmaster be the one to rock her world?

Review:

It’s Ben’s thirty-first birthday.  He and everyone else in the Sin Pointe family have high hopes for him and the special girl who will be joining them.  Unfortunately, things don’t turn our quite the way they expect.  In fact, it ends up with Ben being broken-hearted and drunk.  Normally this would be a sad ending except for the gorgeous singer/bagel server, Hazel, that performed for Ben’s birthday.  There attraction is almost instant but their pasts hold them back from fully realizing the potential.  Ben must move passed the six years of waiting for his girl and Hazel must move passed her ex-fiancee’s suicide.  Can the two of them heal each other and monopolize on the connection they have or will a lie and some pain keep them apart?

I loved this book.  This is another great addition to the Sin Pointe series.  All of my favorite characters are back with lots of teasing for Ben.  This book did seem shorter than the others though.  I would have liked to have seen more especially since I am a huge Ben fan :).  Hazel was the perfect girl for Ben.  Her character had just the right amount of what Ben needs.  Again, I felt we could have gone further into her story.  When the story ended with the camping trip I was a bit disappointed and wanted to know more and only one steamy seen with Ben was just not enough for me.  Overall, I loved this book and can’t wait for the next in the series.  If you’ve been keeping up with Sin Pointe you will definitely want to pick up Ben and Hazel’s story.

Coffee and a Review with Sin’s Flower by Carlene Love Flores

images5Welcome to our first Coffee and a Review for 2014.  I have a good one to start off our year.  Carlene Love Flores’ second book in her Sin Pointe series is Sin’s Flower.  This was a wonderful follow-up to the first one, Sidewalk Flower. I love Jaxon and Lily.  Their romance blooms so well and you fall in love right along with them.  You can find my review of Sidewalk Flower here.  For the rest of my review be sure to keep reading after the book blurb.  Have a great week everyone!

18186234Book Blurb:

When Jaxon James, a sexy rock star and struggling single-father, is invited to ditch California and spend Christmas in Tennessee with his estranged family, he hesitantly accepts for his young daughter’s sake.

But his attraction to his best friend’s baby sister, Lily Elstone, threatens to unravel the bonds he’s made for his daughter. The honorable thing to do would be to give up Lily. But his instincts are telling him she’s exactly the one who could bring light to his life and the missing fire to his bed.

Unfortunately, Lily’s too sweet for his world. He fears his rock and roll life style will taint her. How far are Jaxon and Lily willing to go to find what’s missing at home?

Review:

This was a great follow-up to Sidewalk Flower.  We meet Lily again as she is pulling up to Trista and Lucky’s house.  Though Lily is fearful of her sister’s rejection she really had nothing to feel.  She is welcomed into her sister life with open arms.  After five months of living with her sister and her husband Lily realizes that something is missing in Trista’s life.  She sees the excitement that her best friend’s daughter’s visit gives her but she sees that it is her best friend, Jaxon  that she truly misses.  Lily decides to take it upon herself to try to go to California and convince Jaxon that Trista needs to see him as much as he needs to see her.  What she doesn’t expect is to find a man who begins to win her heart.  Lily is unsuccessful in her trip to California but with a bit of pushing from his Sin Pointe band mates Jaxon flies out to Tennessee for the holiday.  Jaxon knows Lily is off-limits but her influence alone continues to brighten his days.  Will Jaxon and Lily follow their hearts or will the outside pressures destroy each others chance at real happiness?

I loved Jaxon in the first book but this brought him to a whole new level.  Jaxon and Lily’s love affair is just that its much more focused on love than on sex.  I enjoyed that since you almost expected his story to revolve around sex.  With that being said they did have some very steamy sex scenes that had my nook almost at melting point.  The story itself was emotional and touching.  The two of them both have haunted pasts and that really made their love seem more genuine.  It wasn’t painted as if they were just filling an emotional need but they were really building something.  I think the one thing I do wish I had more closure on what Lily’s past.  We see bits of it coming back but in the end I expected something to happen but it just kind of vanished from the story.  Maybe this will be brought up again in a future novel but I would say that was the only little bit of a loose end.  I am extremely excited that Ben’s story is next.  I love him and think he deserves a wonderful story.  I can’t wait to get my hands on that.  Overall, Carlene Love Flores produced yet another awesome story that I enjoyed.  I would suggest that readers read these books sequentially.  There was a lot of information in the first book that pops up in the second.  So, if you’re looking for a romance story with a rock star instead of a rock star with a love story then you need to pick up this series!

Fresh Face Friday: Sidewalk Flower by Carlene Love Flores

WooHoo!  Happy Friday Everyone!  Today I am pleased to feature Carlene Love Flores and her book, Sidewalk Flower.  This was a wonderfully romantic and emotional read.  It was hard to put down and all I wanted was more Lucky, Jaxon and Trista.  Be sure to see all of my review after the book blurb.

17234317Book Blurb: (Courtesy of http://www.carlenelove.com)

Trista, a jaded young woman, sets out on an intense road trip home to deal with her past when she is asked to allow a relative stranger to tag along.

But, she’s seen too many good guys succumb to the harsh realities of her supposed privileged life in the music business and intends on keeping her distance.

When she picks up Lucky, the southern gentleman cousin of her selfish best friend, she has absolutely no idea of how to accept a perfectly good person with good intentions.

Review:

Sidewalk Flower was a fantastic find.  It begins in Tennessee where we meet Trista.  Trista must travel across the country back home to California.  But, she is joined by her best friend’s cousin, Lucky.  He is there to hitch a ride and offer assistance if needed.  Almost immediately after meeting Trista and Lucky have electric chemistry.  The trip and the secrets revealed bring them closer as they approach California.  But, as with all great love stories there are obstacles.  In this story the obstacles are both Trista previous experiences and Trista’s opinion of herself.  Incidents in California tear them apart to a point where you don’t know if they will get their happily ever after.  Even when the chips are stacked against them,  and sometimes you really just want to take both characters and lock them in a room and tell them to figure things out, you will continue to hope for them to make it.  You will be drawn into the emotion and difficult situations that Trista, Lucky and Jaxon are thrown into.  But, through it all you will be continually routing, hoping and guessing whether Trista and Lucky will find their way back to one another.

This book was a great contemporary romance.  You fall for all the characters you meet, except Vangie!  The story told from Trista, Lucky and Jaxon’s points of view flows so well that you don’t feel like your missing anything.  The story is told so completely that you feel satisfied even when the story throws you for a loop.  I loved the back drop of rock star lifestyle.  I really enjoyed this story and became very attached to the characters.  I wanted more with each turn of the page and Carlene Love Flores definitely provided.  If you like contemporary romance with a little bit of rock and roll with a little bit country then you will fall for Sidewalk Flower.

author-carlene-love-floresAuthor Bio: (Courtesy of http://www.carlenelove.com)

Carlene Love Flores is a big fan of the stars (especially Orion), honest music (especially Depeche Mode), and her traveling family (no favorites there-she loves them all).  These things have always inspired her to think up stories and continue to do so.  Carlene feels honored to be a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Washington DC Romance Writers (WRWDC), and The Waterworld Mermaids.  She currently lives in the D.C. area where she can often be found listening to live music and looking up at the sky on clear nights.  If she could touch someone’s heart with her writing the way others have done for her, she’d say truly there never lived a luckier girl.  😉

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