Friday, 18 August 2017

The Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas BLOG TOUR #giveaway #bookreview #excerpt

THE FORBIDDEN by Jodi Ellen Malpas (August 8, 2017; Forever trade paperback original; $15.99)
A new story of dangerous temptations from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the This Man trilogy. 

Annie has never experienced the 'spark' with a guy - the kind of instant chemistry that steals your breath and blindsides you completely. Until a night out with friends brings her face to face with the wickedly sexy and mysterious Jack. It's not just a spark that ignites between them. It's an explosion. Jack promises to consume Annie, and he fully delivers on that promise.

Overwhelmed by the intensity of their one night together, Annie slips out of their hotel room. She is certain that a man who's had such a powerful impact on her and who could bend her to his will so easily, must be dangerous. But she's already in too deep. And Jack isn't only dangerous. He is forbidden.

“Every kiss, every sexy scene, every word between this pair owned a piece of my soul.  I could read this book a hundred times and still react as if it was the first time.  The Protector is a top 2016 fave for me.” –Audrey Carlan, #1 bestselling author of The Calendar Girl series

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“Thank you for your help,” I say quietly, studying him, definitely detecting that he’s deep in thought. Don’t ask, don’t ask, don’t ask. I need to get back into my apartment without engaging with him, which could prove tricky when he’s blocking the doorway and looking like he has no intention of shifting to let me in.
“Annie,” he breathes. “I’m struggling so badly.”
“I’m not doing this.” I swallow, pushing my way past him. He grabs me by the top of my arm and holds me in place. “Let me go, Jack.”
“I’ve already told you I can’t do that. Annie, I’m drowning here. I’m going out of my mind, and the more time I spend with you the fucking worse it’s getting. Listening to you, talking to you, sharing a passion with you that goes way beyond the amazing time we had in bed together.”
“You have to forget!” I yell, knowing anger is the only way forward. Be angry with him. Let it dominate me and rule me, because the alternative scares me to fucking death.
He pushes me into the hall and slams the door behind us, forcing me to back up. “No,” he says, straight and even. “No,” he repeats, moving one more step forward, except this time I don’t retreat. Because I can’t. Because he has me locked in place with those grey eyes, and now they’re back to their full glory. Sparkling, even if it’s with anger. He reaches for his shirt and starts unbuttoning it before shrugging it off and throwing it to the floor, revealing the chest that’s haunting me.
I quickly look down at the pile of material, my mind reeling. His chest. His perfect damn chest. “What are you doing?”
“I have no fucking idea.” He reaches for me and slides a hand around my neck, pulling me to him. Our chests meet, and my determination to repel him vanishes under our connection. Wrongs turn into rights. Conflict turns into craving.
“I can’t get you out of my head, Annie.” His forehead meets mine, his palm massaging away the tightness in my neck muscles, softening me up until I relax in his hold. “I want you all over again, and I can’t even find the will to worry about how much more that’ll make me want you.” He breathes down on me. “I’ve played that night on repeat. I’ve dreamed of holding you in my arms again. I’ve craved the sound of your voice, the feel of your touch, the softness of your lips on mine. I know I shouldn’t want you. But I do. Nothing has ever made me feel this insane with need. Nothing has taken up so much space in my head. I can’t fucking help it, Annie.” His grey gaze sinks into me, my heart steadying to an even thrum. His head starts to shake mildly, his splayed hand moving up to the back of my head and fisting my hair. “I don’t want to help it,” he growls. “I want you. I don’t care how wrong it is.” His clenched fist tightens, gripping my hair harshly. “I know I’ve been on your mind since I fucked you every which way in that hotel room. Stop denying it. Don’t insult me and tell me you don’t crave that amazing feeling all over again. I can see it in your eyes every damn time I look into them. You. Want. Me.”
It’s me who moves in first. All me. I lunge forward and smash my lips to his, the magnetic force winning. His words winning. Jack winning. My heart winning. I coax his mouth open with hard, hungry kisses. I’ve lost my mind to a craving too powerful to fight off. And, like Jack, I don’t care how wrong it is.
Yet as he walks me backward until my back slams into the wall, I feel found again.
I cry out, and Jack moans. We’re clumsy and desperate. He’s pushing me up the wall with the force of his kiss, then he’s rolling away, taking me with him until it’s his back slamming into the wall. It’s the elevator all over again. The atmosphere is sizzling. I’m on fire. He scoops me up, pinning me to him, and carries me into my bedroom. I focus on him. Only him and the return of feelings that I’ve fantasized about since that unforgettable night. All the guilt is abandoning me, and I let it, unprepared to let anything stop me from taking the forbidden.

About the Author

Jodi Ellen Malpas was born and raised in the Midlands’ town of Northampton, England, where she lives with her two boys. Working for her father’s construction business full-time, she tried to ignore the lingering idea of writing until it became impossible. She wrote in secret for a long time before finally finding the courage to unleash her creative streak, and in October 2012 she released This Man. She took a chance on a story with some intense characters and sparked incredible reactions from women all over the world. Writing powerful love stories and creating addictive characters have become her passion, a passion she now shares with her devoted readers.
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Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Forever Romance via NetGalley
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

My The Forbidden Review . . . 

It has been quite awhile since I read a Jodi Ellen Malpas book, so as soon as I saw the description I knew I had to read it.

I was hooked from the beginning and even though I had a feeling what the story line was going to be, I still jumped in knowing that this particular story line is hard to read at times. 

I did feel like the story was quite predictable but it still kept me engaged throughout the whole story.  It felt like a very personal story that needed to be unleashed, which made the emotions come out even more.   

Annie's main focus is her career and never men.  She truly doesn't understand the need for men as she's never had the heart deep feeling for a man before, so she didn't get why so many people fell.   One fateful night changes it all for her.   A few too many drinks.  Tons of chemistry.  Heart palpitations.  And a gorgeous man. 

This night was amazing but freaks her out since she's never felt anything like that before.  So, instead of facing the morning after she bolts.  Only to have this mystery man be part of her work life but he has many secrets that change everything.

Jack is miserable but he made his bed with his choices.  However, meeting Annie changed everything.

I begrudgingly did like Jack and Annie even with the circumstances.  Jodi wrote them, that there was no way that you couldn't like them and were rooting for them even though . . .

The book's emotion were raw and well done.  I did like the story but the complete predictability is what dampened it in the end for me. 

3 . 5 When it's right, its right thumbs up!

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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

THE WRIGHT MISTAKE by K.A. Linde - Review Blitz






A new stand alone enemies-to-lovers romance by USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde...


I spent six weeks screwing Austin Wright’s brains out and all I got was this broken heart.


He can’t be trusted. Not with my body or my heart. Yet, two years have passed and I still crave him like an addict needing a fix.


The last time we tried this, it nearly ruined me. I know I should run and never look back. But his dark haunted eyes and razor blade smile speak to my soul. His touch sets my body on fire. And we all know what happens when you light gasoline. Someone is bound to get burned.


A second chance might destroy us both.


Because everyone knows two wrongs don’t make a Wright.




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K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of more than fifteen novels including the Avoiding series and the Record series. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, geeking out over Star Wars, binge-watching Supernatural, and dancing in her spare time. She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super adorable puppies.

Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Author and Inkslinger PR
Genre: Adult Contemporary
Standalone and Part 3 of a a standalone series

My The Wright Mistake Review . . . 

Austin Wright is the black sheep of the Wright family.  He's still loveable just misunderstood with all of his drinking.  The only problem is Austin doesn't realize his drinking is actually a problem.  To him he's coping fine.  To all the other Wright's and their partners they know its a problem, they just don't know how to deal with it.

Julia is a transplant into the Wright business and now friends with Heidi and Emery.  Everyone knows that Julia and Austin had something in the past but have never learned the full details about why it ended.   Julia's always drawn to the bad boy and Austin is no exception but she's trying to stay away from that type because it never brings anything good for her.

Now that Julia is newly single again Austin tries to make his way back into Julia's life but his drinking once again gets in the way.   Julia's willing to give it a go, if Austin stops drinking.   Julia and Austin start to date again but it starts out tenuous.  Especially because both of them are keeping secrets from one another.  Which never works out when this happens.

As Julia and Austin are trying to figure things out, we get a devastating twist into the story with another character which just gutted me, as I was not expecting this story line at all.  As I and the Wright's move forward from this tragedy, both of Austin & Julia's secrets are coming to forefront.

As with this series, the Wright boys need to be set free until they can get their shit together before they win the women back.  This time around Austin has to clean up and find his way before he's able to win Julia back.

I did quite like this story, and I felt like the alcoholism story line was done well.  There were some gaps but that is a hard story line to completely capture the devastation that it can cause on a family or a relationship. 

Julia was a strong heroine, which is always a preference for me and I feel it was portrayed well.    Now that Austin is finding his right footing within the Wright family its time we get to see the girls get their HEA and I can't wait for those stories.

3 . 5 Wrongs can make a Wright thumbs up!

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Monday, 31 July 2017

Illicit by M.N. Forgy Book Tour #sincityoutlaws #bookreview #excerpt #booktrailer


My desire for her is forbidden. My infatuation is illicit. I’m betraying my club. And if the wage of my sin is death, then this woman is going to get me killed.

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I’m an animal, a member of the Sin City Outlaws motorcycle club that isn't capable of human compassion. So I’ve been told anyway.
Raven is my club’s prisoner. I’ve been ordered to break her. It should be easy given my violent history. But being this close to a woman—this woman—for the first time in a long time, is like sharing company with the demon Lilith herself.
She’s my perfect toy. Filled with a dark rage. Blessed with perfected beauty. Sinfully sweet and wickedly divine. Everything about her solicits the demons inside me
I want to hear her screams. I want those big, dark eyes looking up at me—silently begging me for mercy. I want to be her heaven…and her hell.
My desire for her is forbidden. My infatuation is illicit. I’m betraying my club.
And if the wage of my sin is death, then this woman is going to get me killed.


“Kill me?” she whispers, her fingertips caressing my cheek. I want to push my body onto her, and feel her warmth against my skin one more time before I take her life and her body cools. I’m going to enjoy her. She’s dark and twisted.
I smile and bend down to get closer to her. Running my hand through her soft black hair I pet her, brushing her loose hairs away from her face. Fuck, I’m excited to play with her, hear her scream and watch her fear me. To quickly kill someone as pretty and smart as her would be a goddamn waste. Like breaking a toy before you got a chance to play with it, this needs to be done slowly.

“Oh no sweetheart, the fun is just about to start,” I threaten in a low whisper.

Something dark passes over her face, but she doesn’t break eye contact. It’s almost as if she sobers completely.

Suddenly a foot strikes me in the chest and I sail into the side of the van.
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M.N. Forgy was raised in Missouri where she still lives with her family. She's a soccer mom by day and a saucy writer by night. M.N. Forgy started writing at a young age but never took it seriously until years later, as a stay-at-home mom, she opened her laptop and started writing again. As a role model for her children, she felt she couldn't live with the "what if" anymore and finally took a chance on her character's story. So, with her glass of wine in hand and a stray Barbie sharing her seat, she continues to create and please her fans.

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Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of TRSOR and Author
Genre: Adult MC Romance
Part 4 but can be read as a Standalone

My Illicit Review . . . 

This is technically book 4 of the Sin City Outlaws series but it can be read as a standalone.  The series keeps growing on me and the story line continues to get darker and darker.   In Illicit, we have Machete who's a bit deranged but still has a huge heart.  And we have Raven who is BROKEN.  She's broken from her past, and for her to start to heal she needs to be broken more to break free of her shackles. 

The Sin City boys like to live on the edge and do the opposite of what's normal.  In Reign & Mercy, Zeek the president falls for the local sheriff Jillian, which is the most taboo when it comes to their world.  On his coat tails,  in Retaliate Felix his vice-president falls for the Sheriff's best friend Alessandra, whom also happens to be one of the town's cops.  However, Alessandra has a past that is lurking in the basement of her mind and her new partner Raven brings her past to the present.  

With this, Raven becomes an enemy of the club as she tries to destroy Alessandra.  However, this is the beginning of the end for Raven and she starts to see the light within her darkness.  And her light comes in the way of the club enforcer, Machete. 

Machete has sworn off woman as a whole but Raven's crazy speaks to his crazy and he can't stop from wanting her.  

The boys of the Sin City Outlaws are a family and they will support each other no matter what, and in Illicit this is proven many times over. 

" . . . We're the fucking Sin City Outlaws, a brotherhood stronger than any family."

Even though Raven may be their enemy, the MC and her have something in common, which is vengeance for the same person.    

Machete and Raven have their own brand of psycho but together it was also a dark sexy.  I don't think there could be anyone more suited for one another but these two.  

I liked the book and I'm always a sucker for a MC romance and this series always fits the bill for me.  It has enough grit and rawness that I prefer within the MC genre but at times it also has too much smoothness making it unbelievable at times, but not enough to turn me against the story. 

3 . 5 Sexy yet a bit psycho thumbs up!

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Friday, 21 July 2017

SMITTY'S SHERIFF by Cardeno C. Blog Tour #bookreview #excerpt #MMromance


Smitty’s Sheriff, a sexy, heart-warming MM romance by Cardeno C. is available now!


Todd is too flakey. Richard is too stubborn. Together, they're perfect. A May-December couple get a second chance at love.
Retired soldier Richard Davis wants a stable life in a quiet town with a forever man. Becoming the sheriff of Hope, Arizona, accomplishes two of his three goals, but instead of finding a serious partner, he falls for too-young-to-be-committed and too-flakey-to-be-serious Todd Smitty. Richard won’t find the right man if he’s obsessed with the wrong one, so he walks away from Todd.
It’s lust at first sight when Todd meets his sister’s army friend. He sets his sights on the worldly, strong, stable older man, and the more time he spends with Richard, the harder he falls. But after three years together, Richard cuts off all contact with no explanation.
When a mutual obligation requires Todd to move into Richard’s house, he’s thrilled at the opportunity to earn a second chance. Ignoring Todd from across town was hard enough. Can Richard resist temptation under his own roof?


“Todd.” Leanne snapped her gaze toward him. “You’re not too young to know the nickname people used to call guys named Richard, are you?
“Uh.” Todd blinked and darted his gaze between Rich and Leanne. They were finally paying attention to him and all he wanted was to go back to being invisible.
Dick,” she said. “Big D got his nickname before we met, but some of us in my squad figured it wasn’t just about his last name being Davis. So we had a bet going.”
She flicked her gaze to Rich again, as if expecting him to interrupt.
He didn’t.
“Problem is, we couldn’t agree on which side won because we couldn’t get solid evidence.” She focused on Todd. “But now I have an eyewitness.”
“I, uh, I don’t—” Todd stammered, hating being in the middle of what felt like an argument.
“Don’t let Sparky get to you,” Rich said, still completely unbothered.
“Some of the guys saw Big D in the latrines, and they said he’s big all over, but when they tried to collect on the bet, the other side made a good point.” She narrowed her eyes menacingly at Rich. “If the man’s a show-er, that means he isn’t grow-er, so he doesn’t actually have a big D, now does he? That means the other side should win.”
Todd drew his eyebrows together and tried to follow Leanne’s question. “Are you saying you guys have a bet going on the size of Rich’s dick?”
“Yep.” Leanne leaned against the chairback, looking smug. “And you, little brother, are going to settle that bet.”
Normally, Todd had no problem talking about a guy’s package. Hell, in the right situation, dicks were damn near his favorite topic. But he had never spoken to anyone about Rich’s body or, really, anything else related to Rich because he knew that was off limits. Of course, Leanne was asking him the question because she already knew he had the answer.
Flicking his gaze toward Rich, Todd said, “Am I allowed to…”
“It’s a simple question,” Leanne snapped. “Is he a grow-er or a show-er?”
Rich didn’t tell him to stay quiet so Todd figured he had permission to answer. “Both.”
She blinked.
“Seriously.” He bobbed his head. “Length, girth.” He held his hands far apart. “It’s awesome.” As long as he had permission to share, he figured he should be thorough in his explanation. “His balls too.”
Leanne coughed.
“I mean it. They’re huge. Each one’s a mouthful by itself.”
“Ehm.” Leanne cleared her throat. “Thanks.” Looking decidedly uncomfortable, she held her palm up in a stop motion. “I’m good on the details. You don’t need to keep going.”
“Are you sure?” After a lifetime of being the butt of the joke with his siblings, Todd enjoyed turning the table. “I can sketch you a picture, but I’ll need one of those extra-long pieces of paper if you want it to scale.”
“That won’t be necessary.” Leanne actually blushed. “I’m all set.”
Rich threw his head back and laughed. “Thanks, Todd. Eighteen years these jackasses have had the silly bet going and I do believe you just put it to rest.”
Thrilled with the praise and relieved to be playing and flirting with Rich again, Todd smiled broadly. “No problem. When it comes to your big D, I’m always willing to lend a hand.”
He settled into the chair, comfortable for the first time that night, and when the conversation turned back to stories about people he didn’t know, he truly didn’t mind. Eighteen years was a long time. If Rich had cared about putting an end to the bet, he’d probably had a dozen different chances. That he did it now, meant his goal had been less about the bet and more about a point. Todd knew something about Rich that nobody else did, or at least nobody who mattered enough to meet his friends. That meant Todd mattered. Leanne knew that now. And so did he.



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About Cardeno C.


Cardeno C.—CC to friends—is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few awwws into a reader’s day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno’s stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever-after sunset.



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Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Social Butterfly PR and Author
Genre: MM Contemporary
Standalone and part 3 in a series

My Smitty's Sheriff  Review . . . 

First off, let's start off with I adore Cardeno C.  Every single one of CC's works I adore.  And Smitty's Sheriff is another sweet story.  It's an easy quick read about second chances in a May-December romance.

Richard Davis is the town Sheriff and since the moment he laid eyes on Todd Smitty he was smitten.  However, Todd's youth is a bit of a negative quality for Rich.  But that becomes less and less important once he starts something with Todd.  As years goes by Rich wants more but doesn't feel Todd can give him that.

Now after being broken up for awhile Richard needs Todd to help him out with a situation causing both of them to be forced to live together and to also deal with their misgivings and miscommunications.

Todd was devastated when Rich broke things off but the big thing was that he didn't know the reason why.  Now that he's forced to help Rich he can now finally find the truth and hopefully mend the gap between the two of them.

This was such a sweet story.  It's a super quick read and as always it was pure CC style and I adored it. 

3 . 5 It always pay to communicate thumbs up!

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