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(CABR Top Pick) Review & $100 Amazon G.C. Giveaway: “The Slayer” by Kele Moon

Apr 11

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Review: Kele Moon has outdone herself in THE SLAYER (Untamed Hearts #2), and that’s saying a lot because THE VIPER (Untamed Hearts #1) built on the powerful story lines, strong characters, raw emotions and hot sex we’ve come to know in the Battered Hearts series.

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Filed Under: CABR Top Pick, Giveaway, Reviews

Review & $10 Gift Card Giveaway: “Seducing Phoebe” by Nicole Flockton

Nov 4

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Review: I loved this book! 🙂 There was angst and the return of an ex-boyfriend on the eve of the heroine’s wedding to a man whose ‘been there’ for her all along.

Phoebe and Marco each have their own secrets and insecurities which affect their ability to truly open up to one another and most importantly, to open up to love.

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Filed Under: Category romance

Review: “Extreme Love” by Abby Niles

Apr 15

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STAR-5

Review: I read EXTREME LOVE in one night (352 pages) because it was so good, I just had to know what came next. 🙂

Abby Niles is a new-to-me author but if her other books are as good as this one, I’ll be adding them to my auto-read list.

You might have guessed from the cover that EL is about a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter but there’s so much more to this story than an MMA fighter finding love.

It’s also about a woman on a journey toward a healthier body image whose looking to help others realise their own fitness dreams.

Dante “Inferno” Jones and Caitlyn Moore first meet when she attends an after-party for her best friend’s boyfriend, Dante’s friend and fellow MMA fighter.

These two made me alternately laugh, groan in frustration and go “wow” at their sexual chemistry.

Caitlyn abhors the violence of MMA and figures a hot, ripped, guy like Dante would never be attracted to a curvy, plus-sized woman like her. She’s now a size 12 but used to weigh 80 pounds more, so the reality of her new body has yet to register with Caitlyn herself.

This was one of my favourite aspects of ETERNAL LOVE. Being a curvy woman myself, it was delightfully refreshing to read about someone else with body issues finding love. 🙂

Caitlyn and Abby have inspired me to continue on my recently begun journey toward a healthier lifestyle. Thanks ladies!

Dante has no such weight problems and struggles at first to understand why it would be hard for someone to get/stay healthy.

He’s also tired of the groupie scene, many of the women with “sticks”  for legs as he puts it, so when a sexy woman with curves enters his life, there’s no way in hell 😉 the Inferno is gonna let her get away.

Dante’s instant attraction to Caitlyn, is fanned by her couldn’t-care-less attitude toward his sport and obvious fame.

Caitlyn pushes Dante away because she just doesn’t see what he sees, because she’s never had a real boyfriend and is afraid to be with someone as experienced as he is, and most importantly, because she’s afraid of risking her heart when he’s only in town for two months.

Thus begins the back-and-forth between these two.

Thanks to her two best friends, Caitlyn realises it’s time to embrace the new her and to open her heart to something special. Dante meanwhile, goes from wanting to be with her because she’s the opposite of the women he’s accustomed to, to wanting a real relationship full of love and romance.

No spoilers here, just trust me when I say you will enjoy reading EXTREME LOVE. So go pre-order your copy.

I hope Ms Niles includes Dante and Caitlyn in her future MMA novels. They are one special couple 🙂

 

Extreme Love coverTitle: Extreme Love

Author: Abby Niles

Rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Entangled Select, an imprint of Entangled Publishing

Publication date: April 30, 2013

Synopsis: New body. New clothes. New men.

Used to the average Joe, Caitlyn Moore is overwhelmed when the supremely masculine Dante Jones walks into her life and expresses an interest in her. At first she pushes him away, refusing to encourage the attention of a cage fighter. Then she learns Dante has a love ‘em and leave ‘em reputation. What better way to fine-tune her non-existent flirting skills than with a male who won’t stick around? But Dante has no intention of being a practice dummy; he’s out for all or nothing. Now Caitlyn must accept Dante—violent career and all—or let him go.

Dante “Inferno” Jones has one goal: win the Welterweight Championship. At a time when focus is crucial, the last thing he needs is a distraction. Yet Caitlyn Moore becomes a challenge he can’t resist. When the light-hearted pursuit shifts to a battle to win her heart, his focus is shot. Faced with losing the biggest match of his career, Dante must decide if his extreme life also has room for Extreme Love.

Filed Under: Reviews

Review: “Star Crossed” (Battered Hearts book 2) by Kele Moon

Mar 23

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STAR-5

 

 

Review: WOW. Kele Moon’s second book in the BATTERED HEARTS series was even better than the first, and that’s saying something.

The only problem I had, and it was a relatively minor one, was the vague description of the dress Jules wears during a key scene early on in the story. The reader was left guessing what made the dress so special even though her brother and later her date, Romeo, both commented on the significance of her outfit of choice. The description came much later in the evening.

That aside, STAR CROSSED kept me up all night, as I  was drawn into the drama, raw chemistry and emotions of Romeo and Juliet.

Ms Moon does a clever, new, take on Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed lovers, Juliet ‘Jules’ Conner and Romeo ‘Gladiator’ Wellings. Clever title choice too 😉

Whereas Melody and Clay from DEFYING THE ODDS took their time getting to now each other before having sex, largely because of the physical abuse Melody suffered during her first marriage, Jules and Romeo give in to their  desire on their first date.

They have lots of sex, really, really hot sex. 😀 This book is listed as an erotic romance after all but Jules and Romeo have major obstacles in their path. How they deal with this and the humour that is present in Ms Moon’s writing, is what makes STAR CROSSED such a great read. 😀

Romeo has such a strong, loving bond with his younger brothers, Nova and Tino Moretti, but things are strained because both younger men ended up joining the New York mafia family their father belongs to.

Nova and Tino’s father is actually the mob boss’ son and when Romeo ended up in jail during their pre-teen years, their scumbag of a father swooped in and used them to his benefit – Nova is  a genius and Tino became ‘mob muscle’.

The complications from this are numerous and potentially fatal to all three brothers. This is Romeo’s challenge to a HEA with Jules.

For her, it’s about the loyalty to her family – twin-brother and town Sheriff, Wyatt Conner, and their mutual best friend, Clay “Powerhouse” Powers, who fought Romeo in the UFC Championship fight featured in book one.

After their seemingly one-night-stand, Jules and Romeo realise they have a strong connection but are unable to be together, either publicly or physically, for a long time.

Their relationship blossoms though…via telephone and eventually video chat 😉

Let me tell you, these two scorched my Kindle with their activities!

It was a wonder Jules and Romeo didn’t jump on each other when they met again. I’m guessing Hal’s Diner on a crowded lunch hour in a small town was not the best place to embrace, especially when your relationship is still a major secret. 😉

But boy, oh boy, did they make up for months apart! 😀

Romeo and his baby brother Tino end up moving to Garnett for training with Clay and others at the UFC-equipped gym owned by the Conners and Powers.

That’s when his relationship with Jules really begins to grow on an emotional level. There’s danger ahead though from the mafia family that even Nova, with his genius IQ, can’t see a way out of right now.

If you’ve read DEFYING THE ODDS, then prepare yourself for an even more shocking confrontation climax in STAR CROSSED. In makes the hostage situation in book 1 look like child’s play.

There is a happy ending though, so keep the faith. 🙂

Star Crossed coverTitle: Star Crossed

Series: Battered Hearts, book 2

Author: Kele Moon

Rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Loose ID

Publication date: February 2013

Synopsis: Heavyweight UFC fighter, Romeo Wellings comes from the hard streets of New York where his family ties to the mafia cause him nothing but pain. His life takes a surprising detour when he crosses paths with the twin sister of his long-time enemy. After a steamy, one-night stand, he faces the fight of his life, but it’s not in the cage. The secret relationship that blooms between Romeo and his real life Juliet has him battling his family and a dark past rather than let her go.

The only lawyer in her hometown of Garnet, Jules Conner is also a volunteer Sheriff’s deputy and co-owner of a successful MMA training center. Strong and dependable, Jules is always there for those who need her. Until one forbidden night in Las Vegas with Romeo leaves her feeling so alive she can’t stop reaching out to the sexy bad boy of the UFC, even knowing the forbidden love affair could jeopardize everything.

As the tide rises against them and the people they love work at keeping them apart, Romeo and Jules hold onto a dream for a better life together and vow to go down fighting rather than accept a tragic ending.

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Filed Under: Erotic Romance, Reviews

Review: “Baby It’s Cold Outside” anthology from Entangled Publishing

Dec 24

BICO  picTitle: Baby It’s Cold Outside

Authors: Kate Hardy, Heidi Rice, Amy Andrews and Aimee Carson,

Rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Publication date: November 19, 2012

Review: “Baby It’s Cold Outside” is a wonderful compilation of sexy love stories set in the holiday season. Treat yourself and get a copy to read during your ‘me time’ this Christmas. 🙂

Since these are short stories, I don’t want to give away too much here, lest I spoil the stories for you. 🙂  (Click on red links to purchase)

STAR-5There’s a Scrooge-type character in Kate Hardy‘s novella; ‘TIS THE SEASON TO KISS SANTA, whose journey to love begins when he reluctantly agrees to play Santa at a children’s hospice. That’s where Mitch meets Ellie, a pastry chef who’d rather spend Christmas in the US than back home in the UK, where she would be reminded of her newly single status. When a blizzard traps Mitch with Emily at her aunt’s home, their attraction to each other ignites.

In ‘TIS THE SEASON TO GO SHOPPING by Heidi Rice, British transplant to New York, Kate Braithwaite, gets a break-up email from her boyfriend Benedict. Apt name huh? A blessing in disguise, I’d say, since Kate is now free to enjoy a night of passion with Ryder Sinclair after they become trapped in his father’s department store. How they meet is hilarious – Kate is wearing a very short leprechaun dress and Ryder think’s she’s a thief.

Things start off on a tipsy, headed-toward-drunk, note for Tamara in Amy Andrews’ ‘TIS THE SEASON FOR KISSING. It’s 9 am in Vermont and Tamara is lying on a couch in her friend’s cabin when she hear’s the sound of someone stamping their feet on the porch. Fearing a thief, she grabs a golf club, prepared to face the intruder…only it’s her best friend’s brother, Sergeant Luke Jackson. He goes into combat mode and next thing Tamara knows, she’s pinned to the floor. So begins this couple’s hot journey to love. Nothing boring here! 🙂

BICO antho pic‘TIS THE SEASON TO BE TEMPTED by Aimee Carson wraps things up with friends turned lovers. Investment advisor Wes Campbell and his best friend’s “free spirited” little sister, music manager Evie Lee Burling haven’t seen each other in years. They go from trading ‘zingers’ to kisses after spending three hours on a flight during which a tipsy Evie talks about orgasms with Wes, rather than think about her fear of flying.

Synopsis: When a freak blizzard hits America’s Eastern seaboard, four pairs of strangers spend a hot night together one cold Christmas season!

‘TIS THE SEASON TO KISS SANTA by Kate Hardy

With the help of a sprig of mistletoe and some snow angels, a recently single pastry chef teaches a highly successful and sexy Scrooge the true meaning of the holidays on a snowy Christmas Eve that quickly heats up.

‘TIS THE SEASON TO GO SHOPPING by Heidi Rice

When a Christmas Day blizzard strands an up-and-coming marketing manager and her boss’s very off-limits, very hot playboy son in his department store, the two toe the line between naughty and nice as they unwrap their holiday presents—and each other!

‘TIS THE SEASON FOR KISSING by Amy Andrews

A down-on-her-romantic-luck kindergarten teacher plans to drown her New Year’s Eve sorrows in a gallon of spiked eggnog, but the arrival of her best friend’s sexy brother threatens to melt the snow piling up outside the tiny Vermont cabin.

‘TIS THE SEASON TO BE TEMPTED by Aimee Carson

After the worst year ever, a jilted music manager rings in the New Year alone, swearing off men forever. But things get complicated when her brother’s best friend, the perfect man with the perfect body, tempts her to break her vow—if only for one hot night!

Filed Under: Contemporary
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