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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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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

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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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Book Review: ‘Punched’ by Jacob Chance

Title: Punched

Published: 13th June 2017

Publisher: Brothers Chance Publishing

Author: Jacob Chance

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Twitter: @JChanceAuthor

 

Synopsis:

Reagan is the one who got away – or should I say the one I drove away? Now, four years later, she’s back to manage the gym where I train. Seeing her everyday is a distraction I can’t afford. I’m so close to achieving the big payoff I’ve been working for. Nothing’s going to keep me from winning this belt – not even her.

This is a second chance MMA romance standalone.

 

Review:

Four years ago Noah, aka No-No, made a mistake with the one that got away, Reagan his ray of sunshine. Now she’s back to run her fathers gym – the one he trains at – he knows he can’t stay away this time and it’s not long before he wants his second chance. He has been training for the chance to be a MMA fighter champion and knows his focus needs to be on the fight coming but with her back you know that focus is soon to slip, something Jimmy – his trainer and Nora’s dad – is not going to be happy about. Jimmy might have been able to manipulate him when he was younger to make a certain decision but those days are over.

They sure know how to go from zero to 100 in the chemistry heat-o-metre. Work out at the gym anyone? Ray gets quite the seeing to by Noah. Can she trust him with her heart again? He broke her once but will he do it again if she lets him get close. She’s not sure if she will survive it a second time. Running her fathers gym she knew Noah would be there but hoped she would have more time to prepare herself for seeing him again. Seems he has only got hotter and there’s only so much a girl can take. Especially when it seems he wants to direct that hotness right at her alone. He’s not really giving her an option as once he really thinks about what he wants his future to be he can only think of her in it. He may want the champion title but he is only just starting to realize that he wants her more. Lets hope she’s ready for what’s to come.

Flashbacks cutting back and forth between were an interesting way to show more of how they got together in the first place, how they split and how memories from both might help them find there way together now.

Chemistry is seen a mile off between these two, even when they don’t talk. She can feel his eyes on her when she walks through the gym. She’s like a presence he can feel and once he sees her it takes great measure to pull his eyes away. Seems the moment they connect again everything else falls into place but is she the one playing a game this time? Her friend drunkenly seems to think so and I did think more could have been done with expanding that part. If not tension with Noah and Reagan then with Reagan and her friend. All in all though another great sport romance read that is sure to get the pulses racing throughout.

4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from Give Me Books for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Jagged Ends’ by Taylor Dawn

Title: Jagged Ends (Magnolia Series Book 4)

Published: 26th February 2017

Publisher: Princess Press

Author: Taylor Dawn

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Twitter: @TAYLORDAWNBOOKS

 

Synopsis:

Agent Ryan Madden always had a tough time fitting in at the Washington D.C. FBI field office. As the daughter of a fallen agent, Ryan had the determination to make her father proud and uphold his legacy. Unfortunately her anger management issues and jagged demeanor caused more problems than she’d expected. Hoping to teach her a lesson, Ryan’s superiors sent her and her tacky pant suits to the Biloxi, Mississippi field office for a change of scenery. FBI agent Remington (Remy) Archer was anxious to meet his new partner…that was until she walked into his office. He’d been expecting a man, not a sexy female with bright hazel eyes and a trendy bobbed haircut. His instant attraction to Ryan was alarming but he was resolute in his decision to make things work. That was, until they were assigned their first case together. How was he supposed to go undercover at a BDSM club with a strong willed woman who refused to submit to anyone? Get covert with Ryan and Remy as they brave the danger of the human trafficking and drug trade in the fourth installment of Taylor Dawn’s best-selling Magnolia Series.

 

Review:

First day on the job got very interesting very fast for Ryan and its full steam ahead from that point onwards. Talk about zero to fifty in the passion-o-metre when Ryan walks in to her new office, shocking Remy in the process with the fact his new partner is female. With the reaction his body is giving her that shock quickly wears off to something else entirely. Sexual tension aside – neither can really explain their reaction to the other – it seems like things are going to take a turn for the naughty with a case that’s dropped into their office. One only a couple can do, as they need to start investigating a possible drug ring at a BDSM sex club run by Alastair Bordeaux.

To be members it seems you have to go through a bit of an induction and then give a showcase performance. But I’m getting ahead of myself, as these guys have no idea about anything that might go on in one of those clubs. A bit of one on one lessons are needed and Dash just happens to be the teacher. Talk about insecurities for Ryan though. After having to strip to her underwear and then make out with Remy – again – she can’t understand why he would want/need to leave the room so quickly saying he can’t do it. Her first thought is that she’s so repulsive he couldn’t even pretend with her. But as Dash so helpfully points out Remy wouldn’t have had such a hard on if that was the case.

To get on with the case they need to work round what the attraction really is with them. His reasoning that things at the club could get physical for real with others around so they might think about getting rid of the mystery beforehand so they can focus on the case. Focus umm yeah-right Remy. The moment they are near each other its like everything else switches off. Well until someone says the wrong thing and then fireworks soon start. Seems Remy has had a painful past that he still is trying to come to terms with. Ryan as well on a professional/personal level with what she had to do to someone she loved. Secrets from their pasts haunt them but to move forward they have to come to terms with them.

Tensions and passions run high and that’s before the case officially starts, as soon as it does things get a little crazy. Seems being at the club she may not be pretending as much as Remy and that scares her a little. She doesn’t need to let feelings get in the way of the case and she has to ask herself what she is really prepared to do to get the bad guy. As the case unfolds though who the real bad guy is may come into question. Bad vibes coming from certain people but its not till the end that all the cards start falling into place. A drug ring might soon become the least of their problems. Danger is coming and you may not know from what side. Love the ending though, you clearly know who is the better one at surveillance is.

Cameo performances throughout with the men this time. Luke and Cole do make an interesting duo love their banter. Kat the hacker informant from book two making an appearance was interesting. She may be a good hacker but not as good as Caden. With the clubs security system the team need the best and that just happens to be Ryan’s brother Caden. Let’s see how helpful he is going to be. Thought he was cool though and loved how he came through for his sister in the end, family through and through. Had a feeling Kat’s might be the next story and love that it’s with Liam. Should be a very interesting ride.

4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from Nell’s PR and Marketing for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Broken Ties’ by Kenechi Udogu

Title: Broken Ties (The Mentalist Series Prequel)

Published: 13th May 2014

Author: Kenechi Udogu

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Twitter: @KenechiUdogu

 

Synopsis:

“There was nothing unusual about the night everything changed. No flashing lights in the sky, no searing fire in my belly; no sign whatsoever to suggest the shift which was to come… Nora Brice did strange things to me. Strange and awful things…”

Paul Colt has a problem, and it is not one most teenage boys face. Yes, he likes a girl; one he’s pretty certain he’ll do foolish things for, given the chance. But he can’t go after her, or any other girl for that matter. That’s what he gets for being an Averter; forced to toe the line for the propagation of the collective. He knows some rules are okay to trifle with, and there are some which should never be broken. The gravest of them all?

Don’t fall in love.

Ever.

This is the story of how Paul breaks that rule.

This prequel novella to the Mentalist Series can be read before or after Aversion, Book One of The Mentalist Series.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – The last book in a series. It is a prequel to show how Gemma’s parents first got together so can be read alone but to get best feel for it I would read after the trilogy and so I’m casting it as the last book in the series. A tale of how young love came about. One you know will lead down another path but one that may have been destined to begin with. Only time will tell.

Paul has followed his fathers’ rules all his life and never really questioned what he would eventually have to do to continue the line of Averters for his family. It’s only after a chance meeting with Nora that everything changes. Hiding out having a smoke he hears her voice before seeing her coming closer. She is getting hassled by another guy and it seems Nora sees Paul as her knight in armour to get the other guy to leave. Seems he won’t take no for an answer and its up to Paul to do something that is forbidden. He does as aversion on him to make him stay away from her from then on. It’s the first time he’s done one for personal gain. Well not his but for Nora anyway. Seems its not the only thing he is willing to do to get closer to her. He may seem reluctant to begin with, as he isn’t allowed to date. He was always told it was for a very good reason so that their kind knows their place in the world and what they have to do. Seems that’s one thing he has in common with Nora, she can’t date either and has never really wanted to until Paul.

From reading the trilogy you know why they are drawn to each other and how they will always find each other no matter what. They might not have had as strong a sentient twin connection as Gemma and Russ but its still there. Sneaking around isn’t something they’d thought they would do but the need to be with the other is too strong to deny. Its like they know they have a ticking clock counting down their time together so they try to make every moment count throughout the summer. Seems time is not on their side as it might soon be running out for them when a fellow averter – Nora’s to be exact – shows up.

You know how the story will eventually end but it’s just the start of the bigger adventure waiting further down the line. They were fated to meet and nothing could have stopped them from going down the path they were on. If they hadn’t then change wouldn’t have started to happen. Things happen for a reason and the story of their young love is what started the journey as a whole.

4 out of 5 stars

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

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