Thursday, March 31, 2016

#FILIPINOFRIDAY: Fallen Again (Addison Hill #2)


It's too easy to fall in love with Jake.
Don't do it.

Lindsay and Jake have loved each other (as friends) since their senior year in college, and she made sure they didn't become more than that. The guy now known as Jacob Berkeley, star of a wildly successful TV show, was always too much for her.

Too handsome, too many questionable hookups, too restless. Also sensitive, fun, and genuinely caring. She's his emergency contact, his "zombie apocalypse buddy," his holiday dinner companion.

They've kept up this love-maintenance friendship for years, surviving graduation, their new careers, her move to New York City to work as an environment consultant. But then, days before a big climate change conference, he shows up, with big news. Jake wants to pick up what he never managed to finish in college. He wants to save forests again, work in environmental research - and he wants her.

Don't fall in love with Jake...
Why again?

-Romanceclass

This title was previously published as Never Just Friends.

This is a standalone romance with NO cliffhanger.

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About the Author

Mina V. Esguerra writes contemporary romance, young adult, and new adult novellas. Through her blog Publishing in Pajamas (minavesguerra.com), she documents her experiments in publishing.

When not writing romance, she is president of communications from Bronze Age Media, development communication consultant, indie publisher, professional editor, wife, and mother. She created the workshop series "Author at One" for writers and publishers, and #romanceclass for aspiring romance writers.

Her young adult/fantasy trilogy Interim Goddess of Love is a college love story featuring gods from Philippine mythology. Her contemporary romance novellas won the Filipino Readers' Choice awards for Chick Lit in 2012 (Fairy Tale Fail) and 2013 (That Kind of Guy).

@minavesguerra on Twitter.

Find her books and join her mailing list
(major things, guys)

Go stalk her on Amazon's Author Page and website Publishing in Pajamas
She's also on Wattpad!
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Youtube?!

You can purchase the books here: Amazon || Smashwords
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*****STARS: 5!*****

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LIKE, WHOA. This was amazing, and completely kinda surprising because the first book was a solid 4 Stars for me, and I just assumed that the series would stick to the same type of writing feel and now... boy, was I pleasantly wrong. Told from both Lindsay and Jake's POV, I really fell hard for this pair. I was a little wary in the beginning because of how the first book left its impressions on me, but by the end of the first chapter, I was curious. They seemed like the typical M/F bffs (got that straightened out right away haha!) but by the end of the first flashback, I was like, "I need more of this NOW."

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I just can't get over how perfect it was. The flow was so on fucking point, I devoured it in mere hours. Jake was a confident hottie with a brain (thank God) and the social skills to give Lindsay's business peeps a run for their corporate money. He made this story so interesting for me, more so because Lindsay was hesitant with his seemingly grand idea of a HEA for them. When a woman is that hesitant, you can't help but wonder what really happened to the both of them to have her question it all. I think that was the best part of it, as well, wondering what had happened to them in the four years they'd known each other. It kinda reminded me of Made of Honor (you know, with McDreamy?) in the sense that the girl keeps to herself because the guy she seriously likes/loves is too much of a playboy to risk what already solid relationship they have together as BFFs.

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Needless to say, this book took it a little further and added on the real-life complications of what happens when the person you want to fulfill all yours needs is out of reach. Their histories made things more real for me, but at the same time that I was digging it, I was also miffing a bit.

*! caution: mild spoiler !*
With Lindsay, it wasn't so bad because those guys were just fuck buddies for her, and at times they also knew (well okay some of them knew) that Jake was her only guy, and they were just subs to fulfill what she didn't trust Jake to do. Not if she wanted to keep their friendship and her heart intact.

But with Jake? Grr... He actually fell in love with someone, believing- actually believing -that he loved her (his co-star) as well. UGH!!! I hate it, but at the same time I can't blame him for doing what he does. It's... Jake. Even Linds said that it was what he did when he was on unfamiliar grounds. Sad, but a truth that he later makes up for in more ways than one. Thank GOD.
*! end of spoiler !*

Esguerra did a fabulous job at building up their relationship (or should I saw rebuilding it?) and making them and me, the reader, fall for what they had all over again. Mixed with the work that they love, it made for a very multi-faced story with a lot of assets to work with. I saw them at their dedicated hardest in the office, at their most vulnerable during pillow-talk, and at their most awkward whenever a piece of their past came to nibble on the padding of their toes.

And speaking of the past... before I rant, I have to say that Esguerra gets brownie points for hitting all the emotions in me. I was happy, both in relief and nostalgia, for the couple, worried for their HEA, frightened for their fears, and pissed at their exes and their exes' problems. I'M LOOKING AT YOU, LINDSAY! Okay, so ***spoiler ahead***, but Lindsay had just gotten dumped by her fuck buddy who'd decided to stick to this girl he was also seeing. She was fine with it, but somewhere between her happy place with Jake and the ending, fuck boy's girlfriend decides to approach Lindsay and accuses her of being a slut for sleeping with her boyfriend!

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Whoa there, bitch, but you should get your fucking facts straight first before yelling at Jake to tell his girlfriend not to 'fuck other people's boyfriends'. Blame your own dumb ass for falling for a player! GGRRRR!!!!!!!! I really wanted someone to slap that idiot, but alas, it really just gave the cute couple a reason to talk about their pasts and future. (I'm not thanking bimbo for it, btw. She can keep whining about the inconvenience. *goes and breaks something*)

I honestly don't think I've ever felt more insulted for a character in a while... like seriously, who does that?! I don't know what annoyed me more, that Jake fell in love with someone else on top of Lindsay, or that this cranky idiot decided to place blame on Lindsay for something she couldn't help. I just wanna-

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A few lines tripped me up (technical errors) but aside from that, everything else is seriously deserving of more than five stars. Not only did the writing flow, it set up a beautiful and terrifying moment for Lindsay and Jake (and I guess me as the reader) to wonder if something could ever be too good to be true. At times I even questioned the two myself, wondering if one was ready for it all, if one was telling the truth or hiding something insidious. *shivers* But hey, speaking of insidious, I'll tell you something that wasn't! (Wait for it)

THE. SEX.

It really was fucking hot like erotica. The first time they did it, you have to understand that so far all I'd gotten was serious shit (work and relationship faults) so when they finally hit the sack, things seriously- like... they....THEY TOTALLY DID IT. Esguerra- holy fucking shit -is a select few of my author's list who can make you all wiggly with the way they write their naughty scenes. Their first time together blew my mind and- I kid you not -made my stomach tighten.

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And you can bet your ass that by the time two more delicious scenes occurred, I was just all atwitter with their chemistry. I asked myself the same question they did: "Why didn't ya'll do this sooner?" But we all know the answer to that lol. Horniess aside, this book really did meet my standard for having every emotion picked at. I just loved the way it made me want to read it all in one sitting.

And I loved that the author made it so beautifully easy to connect with the characters while still maintaining that slight distance for mystery. I also ALSO loved how solid Jake was by this point of the story; his accomplishment made it easy to better handle Lindsay's own struggles with doubt about love. I won't lie, but the near ending threw me into a crying fit panic when he suggested they take a break. Like. What. The. Fuck? I mean I know that you think she-

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Okay I won't say anymore lol but I will say that the last sex scene had me like-

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It was that hot.
Overall this is a great romance with depth and mystery that hooked me in the entire time, and by the end of the book, I was left feeling more than satisfied and mushy. A definite recommend!

Last Thoughts:
Things the author should also write:
- Erotica
- Jake's TV Show[w/o HER] (cause I'd totally read that)
- Erotica
- the living room scene
- Erotica

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But before you go~!

If you're new, this post (and six others) are all a part of #FilipinoFriday, a fun partake in reading books based in the Philippines by Filipino authors and reviewing them on your own blog or that of:

Who is Binibini, you may ask?
Why, the lovely blogger who introduced me to such a treat! You can click on the banner at the top to check her out and find out more on where to sign up and choose the books/dates you wish to read and review.
Interested?
I know you are.

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Happy Reading =^-^=

Saturday, March 26, 2016

When I Moan (Russian Stepbrother Romance #1)

When I smile, I think about how lucky I am, to have the three hottest guys in town doting on  me.

When I scowl, I think about how unlucky I am, to have three crazy protective Russians as stepbrothers.

When I cry, I tell myself I'll never do anything to jeopardize what we have.

But oh, when I moan...
I tell myself it's just for work.

When I moan, no one should know I can only feel this beautiful, terrible need to touch and be touched by secretly fantasizing about him ---

Vassi.


The gorgeous Russian celebrity every girl wants to own --- And the one man I'm forbidden to even want... because he's the stepbrother I've fallen in love with.

So I just moan, knowing that one day he'd fall for another girl and then I'll have to close my eyes, hoping that my moans can mask my tears.
-Goodreads

*****STARS: 5!*****

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Okay first of all, congratz Marian Tee on writing your first stepbrother romance!!!

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Now on to the review. HOLY SHIT BALLS. Now I'm not a stranger to stepbrother stories-
*cough*
*okay stepbrother "erotica"*

-but this one was just perfect for me. The pace was good, the writing connected me to the story, and it was from a sweet POV. It was literally like watching a movie in my head with the way the details were written. Instead of it being sex with a bit of story to call it a book, this was a story about step-siblings with that pinch of hot sizzle.

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Seri is a sweet girl with a lot of shit thrown at her, but in a commending way, she doesn't let it change her. She continues to smile and doesn't let any of life's darker moments ruin the happiness she shares with her papa and brothers. Does she get bullied and targeted by rabid bitches? Sure, but it's high school, and there's only so far they can go before Sergei, Misha or Vassi find out. And they wouldn't dare risk the opportunity to date them... and I think I threw up in my mouth.

I loved her brothers Sergei and Misha because they had such a huge sister complex. XD If you don't know what that is, it's basically a (usually big) brother feeling all kinds of protective and worship towards his (usually little) sister. They're the king, the knight and the clergy all wrapped into one beautiful package deal, forever set with the lifetime task of assuring that no man invades her walls. Cause they know what she wants and needs.

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HAHA! They even went so far as to stay back from graduation and internships to remain by her side at school! Both ridiculous and adorable. The best part of this is that reading the first few pages made me feel like I was watching anime- fucking giant smile on my face the whole freaking time! It's actually really funny how her brothers and papa are so protective, I just felt all high and giddy and shit. I liked seeing that in here. :) Vassi, only a year older than Seri, is her favorite brother, and it's when she's a freshman in high school that she realizes that he might be more than that.

It all started four years ago when it rained one day at school and her shirt turned transparent...

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Her heart skipped a beat- EEKK! -but she couldn't believe what it meant. So she ignored it. Until she was up close with her dear favorite stepbrother once again and- BAM. There was no denying that physical pull. This was so hot because I didn't take it as taboo (since they aren't related) and it wasn't creepy or gross. You can't really go wrong with stepbrother erotica cause it's SEX but whenever I hear sibling affairs, it's usually got me wiggling uncomfortably. But with this? No weirdness at all. It was sweet, actually, and a rather forbidden love story that couldn't happen not for the taboo of it, but because of what would happen to their father and big brothers were they ever to find out.

And trust me, Vassi thinks about this all the time. So, spoiler. He loves her, too- EEKK! -but because of their relation, he doesn't want to fuck up what they all have right now- BOO! -so he ignores her interest in him and plays it off as a brother complex of hers. All the while going on his projects and job sites, making women weep over his posters... and his cock.

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OOOO!!!! When he brought that tramp home, I wanted to scream! How dare he do something so underhanded to Seri, knowing she's hearing you getting it on with that- that- UGHHH!!!!! I was so mad, I had to stop reading for a second to figure my shit out! And it didn't help that Seri was going crazy, too. But I do love that she went the angry way about it. If she started bursting into tears over his OBNOXIOUS GRUNTING YOU GORILLA I would've had a hard time reading it, so the fact that she took the high darker road and cursed him for his idiocy made it easier to enjoy.

I'm actually relieved that this book wasn't too heavy in the heartache. While I find myself a book closer to accepting that I'm an emotional masochist, I do have a terrible streak of sadism, so seeing her fight back in the small ways satisfied me to no end. I was glad that she didn't break down or take it and mourn. She took it, burned it, and jerked it back out at him through a cannon shooter with interest.

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A serious problem comes up that scares her family, and although the scene introducing said problem was good, the way it ended was a little soft. As in, it felt more like a tease with a reason to lead to 'this' and 'that'. Or maybe I just like violence too much and expect it in the majority of books I read with this level of intensity.
*I should probably get that looked at*

I loved Davey, her gay best friend, and how he's so masochistic! Little slut had me LOLing at his post-orgasms after being bodily threatened by Misha when Seri got dropped off at his house.

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I love you so much lol and I low-key hope you get something out of this.

The story was great and I liked that it started off her freshman year of high school, because it weighed more on the story than the thought of taboo sex with brother dearest. I fucking loved the high school moments because it was like anime got transported into my head. I liked the way her brothers were so doting on her, even if it was borderline ridiculous. A lot of times it's great because of that. I want that overflowing of love. I want what happens to your heart when you're constantly surrounded by people who will always love you. I want the type of love that let's me know I'm something precious to someone and wanted. You just don't see that type of affection expressed nowadays. You're lucky if you even have a semi-social relationship with them, let alone get attention.

She gets treated like a princess.

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And when her birthday came! OMG, I was so worried that he was gonna be a jerk and not show up, but when he did, without a girl, I was relieved. We all know he loves her, too, but he doesn't want to risk ruining the family. His position sucks, but I was glad he didn't prance around another pair of boobs in front of her. *wipes sweat* But... T_T He still rubbed it in her face that they would not be together. Ever.

That scene was a little torturous because we all know what they want, but it's such a touchy topic that no one wants to risk fucking it up. So it's a slow walk down a creepy dark alleyway, when you know something bad is about to happen but at the same time, it's so exciting that you can't help but keep going.

I won't say what she did or what transpired after the party, but I will say that it made my stomach tighten and toes curl. Made my girls sing Hallelujah! and more with what happened- without the thing that I can't say actually happening. EEEEEEEEEEKKKKKKK!!!!

Overall it was a fun read with a semi-feel of a back story and tease to a taboo love between two people. It was a nice introduction to their affair, and although they were all so young up until halfway through the book, I still enjoyed the stories and sexiness when permitted without going full-out creepy. Writing style was cool with that anime-like flare, and although it was silly at times, it just matched the way Seri was, in comparison to her very perfect, coolfoxyhot brothers.

Total recommend. This was all just so intense and hot without the major heartache, but at least I wasn't dying from it like I sometimes am with Tee's other books.

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Yet.

Check it out on Amazon or Goodreads to get a feel of what people are saying.


Happy Reading =^-^=

Friday, March 25, 2016

#FILIPINOFRIDAY: Falling Hard (Addison Hill #1)


She knows it won't last...

Nicholas is unlike anyone Daria has ever dated, and yet he hasn't left her mind since she got her hands on the 23-year-old rugby player when he took a tumble during a game.

But they aren't even really dating, a fast fling is all they have time for. He's heading to Japan to play pro and is only in town to tie loose ends. She's graduating in three weeks, and is only covering his struggling rugby club to win an internship spot in a documentary that'll start filming in Europe.

Getting what they want means they don't get to stay together. But that doesn't mean they can't have fun -

... as long as they don't fall hard.


(previously published as The Harder We Fall)

I know one review is never enough to satisfy me, so check out what others are saying about it on:
>> Goodreads <<

and the following links:
>> Amazon <<



About the Author

Mina V. Esguerra writes contemporary romance, young adult, and new adult novellas. Through her blog Publishing in Pajamas (minavesguerra.com), she documents her experiments in publishing.

When not writing romance, she is president of communications from Bronze Age Media, development communication consultant, indie publisher, professional editor, wife, and mother. She created the workshop series "Author at One" for writers and publishers, and #romanceclass for aspiring romance writers.

Her young adult/fantasy trilogy Interim Goddess of Love is a college love story featuring gods from Philippine mythology. Her contemporary romance novellas won the Filipino Readers' Choice awards for Chick Lit in 2012 (Fairy Tale Fail) and 2013 (That Kind of Guy).

@minavesguerra on Twitter.

Find her books and join her mailing list
(major things, guys)

Go stalk her on Amazon's Author Page and website Publishing in Pajamas
She's also on Wattpad!
and-
wait-
Youtube?!

Now on to the review.

****STARS: 4****

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This was a pretty cute read. Okay, cute and hot. Fucking hot? Sure, that too. I mean it's a rugby alumni for crying out loud, and- well. Let's just say he knows how to keep those muscular thighs in shape. God, just thinking about it-

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The sexy scenes were on point, and they pretty much lit my kindle on fire every time they came up. Made me blush and all that good shit. This was also pretty funny at some parts. Daria's a very sassy little thing with the bad habit of hiding it behind a cool exterior that I don't think she notices. If she does, it's because of some issues she later resolves.

Falling Hard, previously known as The Harder We Fall is a college-based love story between an uptight yet social hot-as-fuck rugby alumni and a young woman who's spent the majority of her time trying to prove herself to the world. They both have issues, but I found it fascinating that I got out of Nic about as much as Daria did. What inquisitive attitude allowed her to discover more of the deep hottie is all I was allowed to see, the rest was based on assumptions.

It's a hot read, the characters develop at the end of the story, and the writing style was pretty good for me. The only thing is that I felt like I was reading this with a thin wall between us. I've read a few of this author's past books, and they always managed to claw their way into my chest. This one didn't. The emotions were there, and everything was amazing, but I was just this close to feeling something I desperately wanted, and I didn't.

I don't know if it was the paragraphs of monologue or the lack of the feels from someone, but this story fell a little short for me. Hot as hell, and a good spin of story-telling, but the usual connection of book and reader wasn't there this time.

Still a highly recommended read from me, because despite the glass wall between us, I still enjoyed seeing Daria and Nic struggle through their problems and newfound love. Enticing, nice, hot and in the end, quite good.

Very good...

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Happy Reading =^-^=

Friday, March 18, 2016

Echo Among Stars (Echo 1)

Would you risk everything you thought you knew about yourself it it meant saving everyone you love?

In this thrill debut novel, sixteen-year-old Eden Huntleigh and her family live within the district of Empyrean. Under the rule of The Renegades, and their tyrant leader Cesar, every aspect of life is controlled. Streets are patrolled by humanoid Enforces. Necessities are rationed. Disobedience is not tolerated.

When Eden receives an omen, and joins a group of Revels led by the alluring Leo Dillon, her life begins to unravel.

Just as the Rebels are beginning to understand what they are capable of Cesar has kidnapped their families enforcing them to strike before they are ready. Once inside the Empyrean palace they discover the horror of what they are truly facing. Does Eden have what it takes to be the legend she was destined to be?

Ready or not she's about to find out...
-Goodreads

*received a copy from the author in a giveaway*

***STARS: 3***

For a first novel, this wasn't bad. A little young for my taste, though some scenes were pretty gnarly for a YA mind. Aside from the creative world and intense plot, a lot of it made me feel like I would've better appreciated this were I still in middle school.

Eden is a very young character with an attitude that I couldn't embrace, which is probably why it was harder than usual to get into this book; it's told entirely from her mind, after all. The plot was interesting, but the way things were gone about wasn't very interesting enough to keep my attention. A lot of times I found myself skimming over her thoughts on how hot Leo was to get to the point.

OH. So funny story: I was reading this thinking how young everyone was gonna be and then the lust factor came on and I was like-

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Totally had a nanay moment. Not proud lol
Another thing is that she just felt really young, so to see her suddenly do adult things like lusting after Leo or getting into extremely dangerous situations gave me whiplash. Now I was sixteen once, too, so I get that it's normal, but the whole execution still threw me off. I don't mind teens going on adventures but usually they're the kind of mature ones, the characters who have some type of hard edge to do what needs to be done, if not a sense of propriety.

Maybe I'm just not used to seeing characters grow into the people I usually read about, so I won't judge it too harshly, and when I actually think about it, it's pretty cool. I still had some instances that wowed me, and although the flow didn't flow with me, it doesn't mean it won't be amazing for someone else. I'm totally reading the second book, though. I need to know what happens.

Happy Reading =^-^=

Sunday, March 13, 2016

The Siren (The Soul Summoner 2)

All the missing victims of North Carolina's deadliest serial killer have been found...

all except Rachel Smith.

When the FBI produces a photo providing Rachel is alive and well in Texas, one case is closed but another one is opened. Either this is a case of mistaken identity or there are more people than just Sloan Jordan and Warren Parish who seem to walk the earth without a soul.

Along with Detective Nathan McNamara, Sloan and Warren travel south to find Rachel and solve the biggest mystery of all: determining who- or what -they really are.

-Goodreads



*received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review*

*****STARS: 5!*****


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Oh my GOD!!!!! The stakes have just been risen, the story has leveled up, hell has frozen over- not yet. But will it??? Who knows with this fucking story, anything could happen! Anything. And I mean anything.

The Siren picks up where we left the happy trio. One of the things I love about Hyder is that she makes this love-triangle perfect. I can't stand love-triangles because it makes the hero/heroine look like they don't have their shit together, and a lot of times I prefer the mind of a sound soul just trying to find their way in a world where life likes to fuck you over.

Annnnywho, I can't get mad at Sloan because it is hard to choose. Warren's a sure thing because she really can't breathe without him, but Nate is a connection that you just can't question. She loves them both, but it's Warren she's with. However, it didn't help that Nate was with a twit of a woman at the time, and Warren kinda magnetized her to his side as she did with him.

This book makes you question: what happens when there's no Warren to pull her and no Shannon to keep Nate off the market? (We get the answer in book 3!) This story was awesome because in book 1, we start off with a regular woman getting thrown in an elaborate murder case. This installment takes it up a notch and adds... are you ready?

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Angels.

Sloan and Warren find out a whole bunch of new things about themselves and the world they live in. The whole angel theory was a little predictable, especially the title of the so-called saintly business, but the rest totally blew me away. I loved the action and emotional reward/conflict in this. I had my moments in the first book, but this one had my hand twitching for Sloan a few times. I was first into Nate until I fell hard for Warren, but now this book is making me wonder what the hell is going on.

It's official that she can't stop loving Nate, and her slight enamor with him is holding her back from going all the way with Warren. Worse thing is, it's not even her doing it; Warren's the one stopping their HEA from happening, because he wants her to be sure that he is the man she wants in the end.

I mean think about it. How heartbreaking is that?
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Aside from me wanting to pinch Sloan and slap Nate's adorable face a time or two, I started to really worry when I realized that I was feeling more stuff from Nate and Sloan than Warren. He seemed to be pulling back a bit, which really scared me! I don't want him to go. He's gone through so much already, you know?

The ending was really epic but seriously, I had to stop at one point because something was about to go down, and I refused to read the death of one of the guys. Little did I know... I was worried about the wrong one!

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I'm not kidding. I totally cried. How that could happen, I have no idea, but maaaan! T_T The last page was a nice little teaser to a new world that I can just taste, even though the book won't be out for a few months. Damn. Maybe she'll finally know who she wants to be with and Nate can be like the one friend Warren doesn't mind lurking around?

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HIGH RECOMMEND. I really loved this book. The writer is amazing at writing the way she does; the flow is fantastic, the characters have their little quirks, and the story is interesting enough to read straight through. Sloan was a bit of a drama queen in this one, but she's been through a lot, so who am I to judge? Nate was still adorable, Shannon was actually pretty awesome, Warren is so perfect it's scary...


Oh, and Hyder?

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Don't kill off my boys...

Happy Reading =^-^=

Saturday, March 12, 2016

The Hitman's Second Chance

Sometimes giving someone a second chance is like pulling the knife out of your heart and asking them to stab you again.

Sam
Everyone deserves a second chance, but that doesn't mean I have to give Logan shit. I should put a bullet in his heart for what he did to mine. He didn't just break my heart. HE ground it up into dog food and left it out for the vultures.

I was broken when he left.

It took a long time but I picked up the pieces and put my life back together. But I'm in serious trouble and he's the only one who can help me.

And I'm afraid the pieces will all come crashing back down.


Logan
I thought I had buried her in my past. Just another bullshit teenage romance gone astray. But when I see her again, all grown up with that same spark in her eyes, I just know I have to have her again.

I don't deserve her after what I've done. Everyone knows that. But if I save her from the cartel who has taken her than maybe, just maybe, I can get that second chance.

*received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review*

****STARS: 4****

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There won't be any spoilers here, so let me just say that Fox really knows how to do sexiness in her books. At times I thought the couple's sex-crazed minds were a little much when someone's life was in danger, but that's what is so appealing about this book: it's sex and violence with a dash of sweet.

Logan and Sam have to find a way to reconnect while escaping from a bad guy. The way it happened also happens to highlight the type of couple they are. It didn't disappoint, and although there were times when I wanted to smack Sam, I'm glad Logan still loved her (more) for it. She was just too much of a firecracker for me. She didn't think things through and it really annoyed me because she was putting Logan's life at risk as well. But I guess it doesn't matter since he can hold his own and so I'll see it as her having such good faith in him.

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This is a recommend because of the sex and violence. Aside from the slight convenience his boys gave him, I'd say everything else was pretty fucking awesome. The flow was pretty good (two little errors stopped it though) and if the constant let's-fuck doesn't annoy you, be my guest. Devour this book.

Happy Reading =^-^=

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Cross the Stars (Crossing Stars 1)

What would you risk for love?
Would you cross the stars?
Steal the moon?

She is American. A commoner, an outsider. Min barra. He is Jordanian royalty. A prince, already promised to another. And their worlds are about to collide.

A year shy of graduating from Georgetown University, Ella Wallace feels like she is losing direction. Having carved her own path through life, rejecting her family's elitist influences, the last thing she wants is to waste time and prove her parents right.

A happenstance summer-long program abroad offers the perfect opportunity to immerse herself in volunteer work, finding richness in family and purpose she has never experienced before.

Prince Rajaa bin Ammaar is returning home to Jordan from Georgetown University. His intent is to spearhead a refugee program meant to bring peace to his country. Amidst threats of civil war and revolt, Raj stands for his convictions, even when they challenge his family and the very culture he is preordained to uphold.

A chance encounter at a crowded party in DC brought Ella and Raj together for one fleeting meeting - two people never thought to meet again. But it's not until their diverse worlds collide in Jordan that they realize the power of their connection. With the refugee program as their reuniting bond, they must cross the stars and defy their clashing cultures to protect their forbidden love.

With the culturally rich Jordanian backdrop, Cross the Stars will take you on a Journey into the geographical and cultural Middle East, the resilience of people amidst turbulent civil unrest, the parallel unrest of two lovers' clashing fates, and the diversity they must challenge with every breath to keep their love alive.
-Goodreads

*received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review*

*****STARS: 5*****

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This was my second book dealing with the Middle East area (first was Kite Runner) and I must say before I do my review... I loved it a lot more than I thought I would.

LIKE, WWHHOOAA. I didn't know what to expect- a few adventures, teasing romance, I don't know -but what I just read was something that'll definitely stick with me for the years to come. It left me wanting more! I just couldn't get enough and when it ended with that cliffhanger-

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Ella and Raj both come from different worlds, but what they have in common has nothing to do with the fact that they struggle to maintain their sense of self while in the horrid atmosphere of their old money family responsibilities. I was so surprised at how much I really loved this. One thing you have to understand is that these two don't even meet up until after a good amount of chapters. As a hardcore romance, this would usually have me skipping pages to get to the juicy bit.

Instead, I found myself wanting to know everything Ella thought about. I totally felt for her situation and the pain she harbored for feeling like she wasn't doing anything good with her life. Who doesn't want to do something that goes beyond oneself, you know? Who doesn't want to make a difference?

She finds the opportunity in the form of a program that'll allow her to volunteer as a teacher to kids in Jordan, and just so happens... it's the same program Raj has sweated and bled for to see come to pass. His family- particularly his brother -doesn't agree with his modern look on what is best for the people. Dude's got his own problems to deal with on his end, but I loved that he stood up for helping out the Syrian refugees and caring for the children who were innocent in all this war and bloodshed.

But before all this, they meet each other at a party that neither really wanted to attend in the first place...

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Fate puts them in the same place time and time again, but third time's the charm. *mumbles* She just happens to almost die in the process... Their relationship was a tricky thing because he's a prince and she's an American woman refusing to use her father's status in the government as any form of identity. I was routing for them all the way, and even though they had to be discreet and secretive, I still sat at the edge of my seat, hoping to God that nothing horrible would happen.

But of course it does.

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This thing made me laugh out loud and fall for their blooming romance. It was love at first sight for them and yet they still took their time, though I suspect a good amount was due to Raj's own conservative cultural upbringing. And that's another thing I loved: the culture. Jordan has a very strict way of living, and from what I've read, it made me feel like I was there, which means I can only imagine what it's really like. Ella's time there and her experience riled up something inside me. First off, I love volunteer work, so reading about her teaching kids (ugh my heart) took a lot out of me. When you read something that relates to the things you love, you can't help but find a piece of yourself in the work.

And okay. I had nowhere else to mention this but there's a certain scene that was very... addicting. *wink wink* It was all shades of fucked up, and the people involved are total scum, but holy shit, those scenes... were... like... (can I even say it was arousing? I'm so confused but like- o.o)

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Not gonna lie I'd reread the shit out of that
*shivers* Along with the laughs were more than a few tears, especially when it came to their love being questioned by those who were supposed to love Ella and Raj. It was all so intense and maddening and I ABSOLUTELY LOATHE A CERTAIN CHARACTER but I won't say who. I will say that I admired Raj's intensity with his passion and I had no idea how the story would end.

The way it did end was both satisfying and heartbreaking.

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I had to really think about what the fuck just happened, but nonetheless, it was just amazing. I can't wait for the second book. Definite recommend. <3

Happy Reading! =^-^=

Monday, March 7, 2016

Locked Box

Julia Bennett isn't having a great day.

Funding for her video game is low, her day job is sucking her dry, and to cap it all off she's locked in a police station with the very handsome, extremely married guy she's been avoiding at all costs.

Max Connor isn't having a great year.

He's getting divorced, his best friend is squatting in his house, and his inappropriate crush on the IT girl is getting way out of hand. And that was before he locked the two of them in an evidence room.

Surrounded by three decades' worth of drugs, guns, and floppy disks, Max and Julia are forced to confront the heat that lies between them with dangerous, funny, and occasionally toe-curlingly sexy results.
-Goodreads

*received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review*

*****STARS: 5!*****

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OH MY GOOOOOOOOOOD she brought the sexy back. She brought. The sexy. Baaaack.

Okay, so this is the author's second novel, and this one's just as hot as the first, only a little more tamed-
*~"TAMED"~*
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-for the usual audience (God I used that in the most loose of terms). Instead of a very distinguished (yet hush hush) Dom and sub, we get a hot IT girl and a hero who looks good in a uniform with a set of cuffs at his hip for playtime serving out justice. Julia is a snarky little bitch I'd love in my life every day. Her snarky remarks and the way she doesn't even intend to appear bored and better than her current position (as true as it is) makes her all the more appealing to me. Not to mention that she's a sick game designer and- well, I won't say. :3 And she's hilarious! Her inner monologue in the beginning was a LOL for me because she's so miserable with the pervy cops whose computers she has to clean with all the porn viruses (lol fucking A) and she just can't catch a break! Especially when the last cop she wants to see is a certain constable that she *hint hint* knew in some hidden past we don't get to know about just yet.

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Max seems extremely wound up and seriously needs to let loose, cause the whole time when he wasn't being all sexy and shit, he was annoying me and making me wish she'd choked him in the throes of their insane-fuck-yes-sexathons. XD Like, damn it man!!! You're obviously attracted to Julia. Why are you giving her such mixed signals??? UUGGHH!!

Their lock up in the evidence room was a blessing in dis-fucking-guise, let me tell you. She's completely out of the loop with him being back on the market, and he's so hung up on something that I can't even see as being a major problem, that it's all just ridiculous with the way they danced around each other. But ooooo, how I loved the way I got teased!

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By the third chapter, you totally know that they've MET SOMEWHERE (and it was dirty) because they won't even fucking think about it until halfway through the bloody book! Getting those little bits and pieces of what exactly happened between them was almost as fun as seeing them flirt away in the evidence room.

*I seriously need to rethink my ways of getting arrested*

THE EVIDENCE ROOM. Don't even get me started on it... but I have to so I will. Ha! Anyways, thank you GOD (and I guess Dangerfield, as well) for giving me that fine piece of specimen with such- well- such deliciously naughty urges! HOLY SHIT! HOOLLLY FUCKING SHIT! First you get him all stiff (tee hee) and proper wanting to bang the shit out of Jules against the concrete wall, but then he continuously flips over to the boring side of wanting to 'keep his distance'.

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When he wasn't being a pain about that, he was making me wish I worked in a police station solely for the chance to get locked up somewhere with a cop and have him have his way with me well until the freaking weekend. Jules has no clue that he's separated from his wife- *Jesus Christ* -but she still goes for it whenever she senses what he can't hide.

*Like his dickity diiiiiiiii-*

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Did I say that?

The hell are you doing to me, Dangerfield? I'm turning into an animal! And speaking of animals... DAAAAAAAMN. Damn. Max may be a good hero playing cop, but the things he reveals to us in that room is something that brings me to tears in the horniest of ways. First off, how dare his wife try to subdue what comes naturally to him? Shoulda been the first sign that they weren't meant to be. And second of all-

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How dare you create a man that doesn't exist.

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So while I'm bummed that a dirty-talking, animal-thrusting man like Max doesn't exist, I'm still glad that this book does. It gave me high level entertainment and laughs to take away all the stress. You know, when Max wasn't adding to it *rolls eyes* The way this ended was just a tear-jerker but still funny yet frustrating (three guesses from who) that it left me a bundle of feels wishing there was and hoping there wasn't a part two. But why mess with perfection, you know?

And I loved her sister, Ash. The other characters played their parts well in making this even more enjoyable, but Ash fucking stole the cake and devoured it like the little terror she is. I love her so much. T_T She's worth a mention and so much more. <3

I can't believe how much I loved this, but it's you, so actually yeah I can believe it. There were a few awkward moments but I'm gonna blame that on how fucking awkward Max makes everything... when he's not being a fucking freak in the sheets holy shit I need to stop now. I love your writing and the way you make your romance and characters so- what do you say? -"unapologetically sexy". No truer words could be spoken to describe this, as Jules and Max definitely heighten up the standards for sex in my life haha.

THIS IS A MUST READ RECOMMEND. The flow was great, characters were hilarious and the story-telling was brilliant in giving me these seemingly chill people who turn out to be about as complex as the plot itself. Loved the descriptions, loved the lame excuses to touch each other (come on now, drinking? naughties) and I loved to hate the way this made me cry more than once.

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Happy Reading =^-^=