Monday, July 28, 2014

Holding Aces by Nikki Groom
I was sent this awesome book by the author and I had absolutely no expectations.  And I was totally blown away.  The author is a former blogger turned author, and this is her first book, and I fell in love.
They say that time heals all wounds.
But mine are set in so deeply, they’ve taken on a life of their own, lurking in the shadows at every turn and haunting my thoughts.
The girl I once was has been replaced by a stranger. 
I don’t even know who I am anymore.
I run.
And I hide.
Pretending to be someone I’m not…
Until I meet Denham King.
My burst of color in an otherwise grey world.
And for the first time in my life, I find myself running towards someone instead of running away.
But fate can be cruel,
and I can’t escape my past.
Can I? 
We meet Natalie and we know that she is not who she is pretending to be, but it takes awhile to figure out who she is, and why she is running.  I really loved this story.  I liked that we didn't know much at the beginning and that I had to keep reading to figure out what was going on with Natalie.  Natalie, who actually turns out to be Arianna is a loveable, strong character that I immediately rooted for.  She has made some bad decisions, and she has chosen the wrong men.  And then we meet Denham.....sigh!!!!!!  

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Denham is a fantastic knight in shining armor.  I fell in love with him right away.  He was sweet, sexy, and just the right amount of alpha male.  He wants to protect her, but he also wants to stand by her side.  He is a good combination of sexy, caring, and gentle.  He was amazing, he is definitely made it to the top of my book boyfriend list (yes, it's a list) 
I loved this book, but I must warn you, it is a crazy cliffhanger!  I cannot wait till the next book comes out.  This is a must read, it is fast paced, sexy, and keeps you guessing all the way until the end.  Definitely 5 stars!!  The second book, High Stakes is due out in October, 2014. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Addicted by Tracy Wolff 
(An Ethan Frost Novel)
As Chloe Girard discovers, there’s love . . . and then there’s addiction.

Ethan Frost is everything a woman could want in a man. He’s rich, gorgeous, powerful, one of the most eligible bachelors in the world.

But that’s not why I’m with him.

I love Ethan for all the things no one else gets to see: his innate kindness, his reckless spontaneity, his unwavering determination to use his brilliance for good. I love the way he looks at me, the way he touches me. The way he makes me forget the wreckage of my past and the twisted fear that still lives inside me.

But sometimes it terrifies me how much I crave him, how much I need him just to breathe. I always thought it would be my past that ruined us, but there’s a darkness in Ethan I never dreamed existed. Can we survive as his secrets surface—threatening to unravel us both?
Addicted is the followup to Ruined.  I have been anxiously waiting for this book because the end of Ruined was quite the cliffhanger.  I loved Ethan in Ruined, but we had a lot of unanswered questions.  And I was hoping to get more of them answered in this book.'
Displaying ADDICTED by Tracy Wolff.jpgChloe frustrated me, she kept running, and then she ended up coming back every time.  Ethan also frustrated me, he had so many secrets, and instead of just telling Chloe everything, she kept finding out things as she went, and it ended up making things so much harder.  The relationship between Chloe and Ethan is very intense and sexy.  And despite all the drama, I was rooting for them to work it out.  Every time I thought they were past all the trauma, something else would happen and I would think how can they possibly overcome this?  It did keep me guessing, and I wasn't sure for a good part of the book where it was going!  
I did feel like this book tied up a lot of loose ends for Ethan and Chloe, but I was left at the end wanting a little more.  I felt like it was a little rushed.  I loved Ethan and Chloe though, even though occasionally I wanted to scream at both of them.  Both books in this series are available now and I highly recommend them if you are looking for a sexy intense read!

Friday, July 11, 2014

More Than Forever, by Jay McClean (book 4)

I discovered this series last Summer and I instantly fell in love with all the characters.  I had been anxiously awaiting Cam and Lucy's book, and it did not disappoint.  We meet Cam and Lucy in the first book and I immediately fell in love with Lucy.  She is hilarious and I can totally relate to her.  She reads a ton and when she's drinking, she says some of the funniest stuff I have ever heard.  For example, "I'm not calling you a slut, but if cocks had wings, you'd be a fucking airport!"  That's just funny!!  I loved Cam and Lucy's book because it spanned years and we got to see the beginning of the relationship, and how they became the characters we met in the earlier books.
There is a love so fierce it cannot be measured.
A heart so strong it will never slow.
There is a promise so sure it can never lie.
He promised me that love forever.
Even when it wasn't enough.
Forever. Everlasting. Eternal.
There is no measure of time.
No sounds of the ticking of a clock.
Just the rising and falling of the sun.
And our own sense of forever.

But our forever isn't always.
I really enjoyed getting to know Cam and Lucy.  I loved the way Cam was with Lucy, she described it as "Fierce" and that was an incredible description.  He was protective, and has a huge heart.  Of course, there was a time during the book that I wanted to punch Cam in the face, but at the same time I wanted to hug him!  I also loved Lucy, even more than before.  The beginning of the relationship they were so young, and she was going through a heartbreaking time.  But they grew up together.  The middle of the book was stressful and heartbreaking, but this author has an incredible way of bringing it all together!  Cameron may be my favorite guy from this series, and that's saying a lot!!  I have an ongoing love affair with Logan since More Than This! 

This book is my favorite of the series for sure.  Cam and Lucy and sweet and funny, and protective of the relationship and each other, and I loved them.  It made me cry, laugh, and swoon a little!  All the books in this series are available now, and I will post links!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Falling Sky (Blue Phoenix #2), by Lisa Swallow

**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review

This is the follow up to Summer Sky, which I read earlier this year and absolutely loved.  It had quite a cliffhanger, so I was anxious to get my hands on Falling Sky.  

Sky's world turned upside down when she met rock star Dylan Morgan, and exploded when she discovered his hidden past.
Four months after Sky learns Dylan's devastating secret, she's trying to piece her life back together. Without an explanation from Dylan, Sky has no choice but to try and forget him.
Dragged back into the life he ran from, Dylan continues to spiral downwards as he copes with his fame the only way he knows how. Shattered by the revelation Sky knows his darker past, he forces himself to return to England and explain.
Sky and Dylan reconnect, attempting to build on the shaky foundations of their summer. But the outside world continues to conspire against them.
Taking place in the epicentre of the Blue Phoenix world, Sky and Dylan's story continues amongst the chaos surrounding the band and its members. 
I loved Dylan and Sky, even though on occasion I wanted to scream at them to get there shit together.  Dylan was hiding from his past, and wouldn't just have a conversation with Sky.  And Sky was obviously in love with Dylan but wouldn't give in because she was scared.  I had to respect Sky for not just giving into the hot rock star!  I am not sure I would have been able to hold out as long as she did!!   
I thought this was a great extension of Dylan and Sky's story.  We got a ton of insight into Dylan and why he is the way he is.  And also a little more about Sky.  The other fun part of this book was the insight into the rest of Blue Phoenix.  They were really background characters in Summer Sky, so it was interesting to get some more insight into that dynamic.  
Summer Sky and Falling Sky is a great love story, between a Rock Star and a normal girl.  This is not your typical rock star story and that's one of the reasons that I loved it.  I love that Sky is a normal girl who doesn't immediately fall for the sexy rock star.  It is a sexy, funny, sarcastic, and sometimes heart breaking read.  I highly recommend it!!  If you are looking for a sexy, fun, Summer read, these are your books!  Both are available now!
We will be getting more books about the other members of Blue Phoenix in the Fall of this year and I am super excited!!