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Book Review: ‘Wildest Dreams’ by Savannah Kade

Title: Wildest Dreams (Hollywood Nights Book 1)

Published: 4th May 2017

Publisher: Griffyn Ink Publishing

Author: Savannah Kade

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ReadSavannahKade

Twitter: @SavannahKade

 

Synopsis:

~~ Sexy, emotional, often funny, always messy, true love romance ~~

Jenn Lesley isn’t finding the man of her dreams, so a friends-with-benefits situation suits her just fine in the meantime. She’s a smart woman—a lawyer—with her feet solidly on the ground. She’s pretty sure she knows what she needs, and Walker isn’t it.

Walker Booth knows that he and Jenn have simply hooked up, not fallen in love or anything like that. He’s committed to chasing his dream, and he’s carved out a great, if unconventional, life for himself. So why do his paintings all start to have Jenn’s face?

When fate throws them a curve, Jenn may be too busy trying to right the trouble of her past to see that Walker is full of surprises.

Follow Jenn, Bree, Zoe and Jessica as they navigate the glitz and shine of Hollywood. Can be read as a standalone. This series has real emotion, hard won happy endings, and smoking hot romance.

 

Review:

A romance with a bit of a difference when you get to this one as it has two people who at first had no intention of making anything of what they had. A friends-with-benefits thing was all they wanted but that’s about to change when a certain test result comes back positive.

Jenn is clearly one of those people who loved to jump to conclusions right from get go with whomever she’s meeting. She had her mind set with how she thought things would go or how certain people should act and a good 9 times out of 10 she was wrong. Seems the dream guy and life she thought she wanted was nothing more than a fantasy. Reality turned out to be a whole lot better. A few times how she acts and thinks annoyed me but you have to go through those parts to get through to the real her. The one Walker is slowly helping her find.

Loved Walker from the start with his calmer carefree outlook on life. He is always trying to look out for Jenn even when she insists she doesn’t need him to. There’s more to him than meets the eye, which I liked. It just takes Jenn a while longer to see it but you know she will get there in the end. Seems she gets under his skin more than he would like to begin with and soon turns into a muse for his work. One he hopes to turn into reality though is yet to be seen. Loved his neighbours thought they were a good example of what real life looked like. A life Jenn soon starts to crave.

Thought her ‘friend’ Lissa was a right selfish bitch that definitely owed Jenn an apology for the ice queen she turned into. Melt the bitch I say. The friend she thought she had turned out to be one she’s better off without and the others she thought of as more acquaintances turned into the true friends she really needed.

Clark ‘dream guy’ was a tool of epic proportions and you really hope karma comes back to teach him a lesson. Lissa too really with how she acts. He was such a plank and how he acts after his major faux par is just laughable. Hello stalker in training, he’s getting close to it. Let’s just say when you are looking for ‘wife’ material it shouldn’t just be a job role to fill. Having your cake and eating will not just fly with our Jenn.

The dream man you think you are looking for can turn into a nightmare and that’s when the real thing sneaks up on you. The things Jenn might have put on her perfect partner list soon become obsolete. She gets what and whom she really wants when she starts looking with her heart not her lawyer business mind. Jenn may not have looked in Walkers direction for her future but it seems fate had other plans. She soon becomes the painting he longs her to be and he turns into the man of her wildest dreams.

Side note: A few times I spotted a name swap where Clark was used and it should have been Walker but nothing else that major.

3.5 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from Griffyn Ink Publishing for my honest review.

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Author Interview: ‘Only: The Alex Conner Chronicles Book Three’ by Parker Sinclair

About the Book:

One would think the sassy, sexy hybrid Earthen Protector and Healer Alex Conner deserves some downtime after all she’s been through. But no. Instead, she finds herself trapped by the king of the Fae, and he’s not letting her go until he gets what he wants.As alternate realities tangle her in confusion and bring her close to forgetting who she is and everyone she loves, will she unwittingly give the king what he craves?

If she does escape, will she ever pick up where she left off with her sexy Adonis Ryan? And can she control the new power she never knew she could wield—one over life and death itself—or will she be entangled in a realm whose ruler is hell-bent on entrapping her and someone she holds dear, forever?

Only is the third book in the Alex Conner Chronicles, an Urban Adult Fantasy/Magical Realism Series with magic, heart, sensuality, & mystery

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you into writing?

My name is Parker Sinclair, and I have woven a fascinating web in my life so far. I’ll never trade my childhood full of backpacking and hiking around the United States; my love and pursuit of science and psychology where I studied marine mammals; a stint in party planning, my master’s in counseling; and now I’m a published author.

I’ve always been a writer, and I have stories from grade school still hidden away in my plastic bin (aka treasure chest) along with research papers, short stories, poetry, and a variety of book ideas. I think the summers camping, meeting new people, creating our fun through games, plays, reading countless books, and telling stories around campfires have aged like a fine wine in my memory. The stories are now pouring out of me!

2: Do you have a favorite time and place where you write?

I used to write at night after the kiddos fell asleep and just late enough to get a good 4-5 hours of sleep before I had to be at my counseling job at a local high school. I’ve been a night owl most of my life, but that was becoming dangerous for my mental health. Now that I’ve taken the leap to focus on my dream, I have slowly adjusted to daytime writing. My word count and imagination are usually at their best with a Marvel movie in the background or outside on my porch listening to nothing but the wind, birds, and the occasional dog barking.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I’ve always loved reading, writing, and movies. The genres I am most drawn to are fantasy and Sci-fi. I spent a lot of time, and false starts, coming up with the Alex Conner series. I wanted a heroine who was both a powerful yet who also had her weaknesses and those moments when you just get frustrated with her. That’s life, that’s real, and it’s what I love about one of my favorite shows ever, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Now my YA novel, Eve of the Exceptionals (epic fantasy) came about with my hope to write a book to read to my kiddos, to bring around to the schools, and from my love for the classic fairy tales and fantasy quests like The Princess Bride.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

My first two books, Trust and Truth, had the most planning. Trust had a full outline, but it also took on a life of its own at times. Truth had an immediate plot, but the side stories and twist that came to be were off the cuff and organic. Forbidden was purely on the go as well as Eve of the Exceptionals. Only was lightly planned out, but I went off script and new chapters and ideas found their way into the novel.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

My books cross over into many genres such as: Urban Adult Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Magical Realism, Suspense, & Epic Fantasy. My dad mainly read fantasy/sci-fi so our library was full of covers with dragons, glowing blue swords, and scantily clad women with pointy ears. At that time, the books I read were mainly by men, but now my own bookshelf is full of excellent female writers as well.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

This is such a fun question, and I’ve enlisted the help of some of my biggest fans to help answer it.

Alex: I’m thinking the lead in Ex Machina who is now in the new Tomb Raider movie, Alicia Vikander.

Sandra: Scarlett Johansson without a doubt! She’s a bombshell and plays both funny and compelling characters at the same time.

Ryan: Jason Momoa: Tall, dark, and handsome. Need I say more?

Logan: If I could have Tom Hardy as Logan I would be in awe! He’s a stellar actor, and nice to look at 😉

Justin: Ryan Gosling. He’d be great as the “safe” boyfriend who goes dark.

Valant: This one is tricky. Who to play the Demon? Bill Skarsgard perhaps or Taron Egerton.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors.

I used to binge read constantly, but then my own stories were churning in my head, which made it hard to read for a while. I have slowly been jumping back in for enjoyment and research. I want to continue to get better and reading helps me do just that.

When I was young, my first favorite author was Terry Brooks. I love the Harry Potter Novels and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series. As I got older and got my hands on adult urban fantasy novels, they truly sparked my interest. Those books helped to solidify my idea for my main character, Alex, and that my story was acceptable—more than acceptable. My faves are Kim Harrison, Jeaniene Frost, Kelley Armstrong, & Cecy Robson. I’m also enjoying beta reading for other indie authors, and I’ve found such joy in helping my fellow writers in this capacity.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I am reading Kim Harrison’s The Turn & Across the Veil by Lisa Kessler.

9: What is your favorite book and why?

Running with the Demon by Terry Brooks. It was one of his first with a female lead, she was a young runner as I was, she did the impossible, and I felt I could as well. I have to also toss in The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. It’s a large book and full of science and magic, and while I was trying to create my book, I didn’t seem to realize at the time that, duh, I could put my science and psychology education into each book. I thanked him for that over Facebook. It meant that much to my artistic craft.

10: What advice would you give to someone thinking about becoming a writer?

I’ve been volunteering quite a bit in my local schools and I have met some remarkable students in middle and high school for the last few months. There truly are some talented, budding authors in those schools. I told them just to write, free flow it, and not to worry about the perfect word or the perfect description at first. They just get the bones of the story down. That’s good advice for writers of all ages!

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?

I have a bunch of them! Thank you for giving me an opportunity to interview!

Webpage: www.parkersinclair.net

Blog: www.parkersinclair.net/blog

Purchase my books: www.parkersinclair.net/buy-a-good-book

Newsletter: www.parkersinclair.net/contact

FB group page: www.facebook.com/groups/236408996753314

Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/ParkerSinclairbooks

Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/Parker-Sinclair/e/B00Q33GTQM

Instagram: @ParkerSinclairauthor

Twitter: @Parker_Sinclair

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/9860680.Parker_Sinclair

Youtube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCWQE3qvMyB5DEZ9wwdz8rOQ

 

About the Author:

Parker Sinclair gives credit to the development of her imagination and passion for writing to multiple childhood destinations lacking indoor plumbing. While attending college, Ms. Sinclair studied biological sciences and psychology, specifically animal behavior, but her love has forever been to write. Since 2007, Ms. Sinclair has called Virginia Beach home where she is a licensed professional school counselor and a full-time writer, and finds time to write late into the night after her kiddos and in many cases, her husband are fast asleep.

Previous Books from Parker Sinclair:

Trust: The Alex Conner Chronicles Book One

Truth: The Alex Conner Chronicles Book Two

Forbidden: An Alex Conner Chronicles Novella

Eve of the Exceptionals

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Release Blitz: ‘Sin With Me’ by Lacey Silks

Title: Sin With Me
Series: With Me #2
Author: Lacey Silks
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: July 10, 2017

 

Blurb

Lies are necessary, mistakes are fatal, and sins unforgivable.

 

Hes a priest.

I repeat the words daily in hope that theyll erase the picture of a perfect man from my mind. I dont want to look at him intimately, but I cant stop. Could any woman stop? Ive seen the way they ogle him and Ive heard the whispers in town; the ones of committing the unforgivable sin with the new addition to our parish.

Living in Pace was supposed to be easy, and it was, until I began seeing Father Cameron as more than a clergyman. He was kind and quiet. He was that perfect distraction I needed to forget my past.

Now that my body wants him, the pull is even stronger. His presence overpowers the room, his scent lingers in my lungs for hours and his kind heart is slowly healing my pain.

I pray for a resolution to my feelings but its not helping. My mind is clouded and my past is catching up to me without my knowledge…

Wanting him is a constant, needing him feels nurturing and resisting him is impossible. After all, forbidden fruit tastes the sweetest, except when its poisoned…

 

From the Author: Sin With Me is intended for mature audiences only.

 

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USA Today Bestselling Author Lacey Silks writes erotic and contemporary romances with a touch of suspense. Her stories come from her life, dreams and fantasies. She’s a happily married wife with two kids who uses her husband to test out the more intimate scenes for her writing – he said he doesn’t mind it at all. 

Lacey likes to make her readers blush and experience the story as if they were the characters. Drawing on the reader’s most sensitive emotions through realistic stories satisfies her more than… …ok not really, but you get the point 😉

She likes a pinkish shade on a woman’s cheeks, men with large feet and sexy lingerie-especially when it’s torn off the body. Her favorite piece of clothing is a birthday suit.

 

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Book Review: ‘Beyond the Horizon’ by Anne Malcom

Title: Beyond the Horizon (The Sons of Templar MC Book 4)

Published: 15th May 2016

Author: Anne Malcom

Facebook: www.facebook.com/annemalcomauthor

 

Synopsis:

Life is counted in tiny breaths, ones that measure the length of your existence. Life stole the ability to make those breaths easy when Lily was nine years old. Turned her quiet. Made her curl into herself, and shut out a world that threatened to bury her under its weight.

The end of her world is what brings him back—her biker. His chocolate eyes pierce her soul while his club tempts her with a life that she didn’t know she could ever have. Especially not when she was clutching the tattered remains of her existence, and with a weight bearing down on her which makes her unfit for the role of Old Lady. Asher changes that. He wants to set about repairing it, repairing her and her broken world. The problem is, even his strong shoulders can’t carry the burden of her sorrow.

Asher doesn’t take no for an answer. She may have given him her heart three years ago, but never in her wildest dreams would she imagine she had possessed his for the same amount of time.

Just when it seems like she may be able to ride off into the horizon, the world isn’t quite finished trying to rob her of breath. Of life.

Can be read as a standalone
HEA and no cheating

 

Review:

These badass bikers seem to have the biggest hearts. Some of the things they say will make you swoon while reading and Asher is no exception. The connection was off the charts from the moment he and Lily met but life it seems always gets in the way and letting go of someone to help another seems to be the way to go for Lily.

The story starts at the darkest point for Lily with the funeral of her mother – three years after she had first met Asher. She was her leading light so with her gone she feels like she is floating away with no direction and no feeling. She has her best friend Bex to lean on but it soon comes to light later on that she needs a bit more help than she is letting on too. Seems the only person she really wanted there came even when she thought she’d never see him again – by her choice at the time mind you – Asher. It’s almost like the moment she sees him she can breath again, so you know what went down between them is anything but over.

We have a few back flash moments after they reconnect to show how Asher and Lily first met. Seems to be in the middle of everyone else’s stories so it was fun to see a few other sides to the same event. Namely the party at Gwen and Amy’s where both the women were having a bit of trouble with their respective men. This party was the turning point for Lily feeling more like a woman with the chance of losing the v-card. Seriously sparks flew from the moment Asher saw her, she was always going to be his. With what the flash backs show you can see just how wild and adventurous a first time she got with Asher in charge of her passion. Seems like Lily was holding onto a fantasy though. One to escape the darkness that followed her from the moment her mother told her she had cancer. Asher was the light but one she couldn’t hold onto while her mother was sick. Its like she didn’t think she should have happiness with what her mother was going through.

Back to present day and you can see how hard she is struggling with her mothers’ death. Asher is the only one who can make her feel something again but when he’s not with her she turns into someone she’s not. Drinking and partying the night away with Bex seems to be the coping mechanism she has chosen. She’s playing a role that’s just not her. Seems she’s still good at hiding things from Asher as he has no idea just how bad things are getting. The path she has chosen could soon lead more into danger.

This story has more of a group feel to it as it follows both Lily and Bex. Bex has had a dark past and is still living in some kind of darkness. She might not want to pull Lily down into it but dangers from outside sources change the status quo. She is a fiery character so you can see why Lucky would take a liking to her, ‘dibs’ as far as he’s concerned. Loved that he made a fun appearance throughout. When the four of them come together they create a fun dynamic banter but danger is never far away. This time its not caused by the clubs association but by connections in Bex’s life. Dylan, her on/off again boyfriend, and Carlos her boss for me tie in the biggest dickhead/creep award. From the moment you meet them you are almost screaming at the women to stay as far away as possible, bad vibes galore right from the start. They both really need to get their comeuppance but don’t think that will happen until Lucky and Bex’s story – which luckily is next. It’s going to be a lot darker than the others but hopefully we get to see a lot of light too to help push the darkness away.

Emotional depths of the characters draw you in with this one. It doesn’t shy away from the feelings that come with grief, pain, anxiety and suicide attempts. Lily has had to deal with darkness in her past but it was her mother who always got her through. She became her mothers’ muse, the colour that filled the room. So when she died Lily was left in darkness and it takes a lot from Asher to bring colour back into her life, slowly but surely. He won’t let her push him away again; he’s there to stay. They might get their HEA but that doesn’t mean the story doesn’t get darker. Danger is coming and not just for her. Lets see if the MC family can get everyone out alive.

5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Release Blitz: ‘The Unrequited’ by Saffron A. Kent

Title: The Unrequited
Author: Saffron A. Kent
Genre: Contemporary/Erotic Romance
Release Date: July 13, 2017


Blurb

Layla Robinson is not crazy. She is suffering from unrequited love. But it’s time to move on. No more stalking, no more obsessive calling.

What she needs is a distraction. The blue-eyed guy she keeps seeing around campus could be a great one—only he is the new poetry professor—the married poetry professor.

Thomas Abrams is a stereotypical artist—rude, arrogant, and broody—but his glares and taunts don’t scare Layla. She might be bad at poetry, but she is good at reading between the lines. Beneath his prickly façade, Thomas is lonely, and Layla wants to know why. Obsessively.

Sometimes you do get what you want. Sometimes you end up in the storage room of a bar with your professor and you kiss him. Sometimes he kisses you back like the world is ending and he will never get to kiss you again. He kisses you until you forget the years of unrequited love; you forget all the rules, and you dare to reach for something that is not yours.

NOTE: Please be aware that this book deals with sensitive topics like cheating and death. 18+ Only.

 

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I’m hit by a storm of desire to kiss him better. It’s a tornado, an avalanche in my body, and in one breathless moment, I decide to go for it. It’s okay. I can take the blame for it later.

I break the rules and reach up and kiss him. A feathery peck on his plump lips, it’s a kiss of solidarity, a kiss that intends to tell him I understand—but one isn’t enough. It only manages to ratchet up my lust. So I give him another, this time on the corner of his mouth, and then another one on his jaw.

It’s not enough, these small, barely-there touches. I want more, but I won’t take it. I’ll be good; I’ll only give.

Abruptly, he fists my curls and stops me. I look at him fearfully, ready to apologize—not for the kiss, but for being the kisser. His gaze reflects passion, stark, raving need, and I shiver, despite wearing layers and sweating with his heat.

“Are you trying to kiss me, Layla?” he rasps, flexing his fingers on my makeshift ponytail.

He couldn’t tell? Blush rises to the surface and I know I’m glowing like a neon sign. Swallowing, I nod. “Yes.”

He inches closer to me, still not touching—as impossible as that is—but infinitely closer. “You want to kiss me, Miss Robinson, you do it right.”

Oh God, does he have to call me that? Now, here? My spine arches on its own and my heavy tits graze the contours of his shuddering chest.

“H-How?” I ask innocently, belying the daring action of my body. His stern, professor-y voice is doing things to me, making me wild, uncontrolled.

For a second, he’s silent, just watching. I’m afraid he’ll back out from whatever this is, whatever insanity we’re about to commit—but then I sense the shift in the liquor-laced air as he opens his mouth and growls, “Like this.”

 

 

Author Bio
 Writer of bad romances. Coffee Addict. White Russian Drinker. Imaginary Ballet Dancer and poetess. Aspiring Lana Del Ray of the book world.

I’m a big believer in love (obviously). I believe in happily ever after, the butterflies and the tingling. But I also believe in edgy, rough and gutsy kind of love. I believe in pushing the boundaries, darker (sometimes morally ambiguous) emotions and imperfections.

The kind of love I write about is flawed just like my characters. And I hope by the end of it, you’ll come to root for them just as much as me. Because love, no matter where it comes from, is always pure and beautiful.




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