Friday, January 29, 2016

#Review Backlash by @BSommerland #WintersWrath

Title: Backlash
Author: Bianca Sommerland
Series: Winter's Wrath 1
Rating: 4.5 Books

Outcasts, black sheep, those who never fit in anywhere. Winter’s Wrath belongs to them. Every single member of the band rejects the norm when it comes to music.
They won’t settle when it comes to love.

Alder Trousseau, the lead guitarist in a band that owns his heart and soul, has always stood in the shadow of a man he hates. Braver “Brave” Trousseau, the voice of Winter’s Wrath.

For the success of the band, they have to work past their animosity, but that’s difficult when they have the same taste in women. And men.

Sex is a game to Brave. A game that might leave the people Alder cares for completely broken. Unless he claims them for his own.

If he steps out of the shadows, he’ll have no choice to play. To win.

On stage, the drama drives the fans insane. The songs they sing are a blood racing, body moving, warcry. But the very real battle taking place between the snares and the mic might tear the band apart.

Ms. Sommerland sucked me in, she drew me in and made me fall completely in love with the whole band. I haven’t read a lot of Rock star romances but if any of them are as half as good as Ms. Sommerland’s I will be picking them up!

Alder Trousseau has lived in his brother’s shadow for a while, but he loves his brother and doesn’t really mind. I adored Alder, not just because he is one of the sweetest men when it comes to those he loves but because he comes off the page as genuine, someone who I would gladly hang out with, and the way he takes care of everyone around him. Definitely in love.

Danica makes no apologies for putting her career first, even as she feels a bit awkward asking Alder to let her use him. I don’t think she expects for fall in love with Alder so quickly or fall in love with the whole band and find herself a solid family.

Brave Trousseau is the lead singer, and there are times where I was pissed at him. I wanted to smack him and say be nice to your brother. He definitely redeemed himself a bit, and I really want to read his story.

This is a menage, and Ms. Sommerland definitely brings the heat and the sexy and I fell in love with Alder and Danica’s third, I’m going to leave it to the reader to figure that out, because I enjoyed watching the relationship unfold. There is action, lust, sex, music and overall it’s a very enjoyable read that has me anxiously awaiting more. 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

#ReleaseBlitz The Billionaire's Secret Kink 1 by @LisaLadewAuthor @OnceUponAnAlpha

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Knox Rosesson is a 28 year-old self-made man, driven by the secrets and lies of his father. He's driven to find the lost half-siblings he knows must exist, to discover the truth about what drove his mother insane, and most of all, to never, ever become like his parents. But so far, that road has lead to personal entanglements he's afraid he'll never escape. These problems persist until he is tasked with guarding the one woman in the world who might be able to fix him, to sear his soul of its troubles and make him whole again. Mica Nichols has been running her entire life. All her money and success has never brought her the safety she yearns for with all her heart. But one man made her feel safe on a very special night so many years ago, and when she sees him again, she hires him on the spot, while hiding her true identity from everyone, even him. She has followed his mysterious persona for the last decade, unable to reconcile the man she knew with the rumors she has heard. They will have one last chance to make it right, before Mica's past catches up with her.




Lisa Ladew lives in the frozen northwest, a mother and a wife first, and an author second. She says she's not cool or quirky or eccentric, and really has nothing to put on a bio. But she loves a good story and does her best to create enjoyable stories for her readers.


Thursday, December 31, 2015

#GuestReview Anything for You by @Kristan_Higgins Review by @virg_nelson @HarlequinBooks

Anything for You (Blue Heron #5)
Kristan Higgins
Releases 12/29/2015
ISBN: 9780373789085

Before you get down on bended knee… 

…you should be pretty darn sure the answer will be yes. For ten years, Connor O'Rourke has been waiting for Jessica Dunn to take their on-again, off-again relationship public, and he thinks the time has come. His restaurant is thriving, she's got her dream job at Blue Heron Vineyard—it's the perfect time to get married.

When he pops the question, however, her answer is a fond but firm no. If it ain't broke, why fix it? Jess has her hands full with her younger brother, who's now living with her full-time, and a great career after years of waitressing. What she and Connor have is perfect: friends with an excellent benefits package. Besides, with her difficult past (and reputation), she's positive married life isn't for her.

But this time, Connor says it's all or nothing. If she doesn't want to marry him, he'll find someone who does. Easier said than done, given that he's never loved anyone but her. And maybe Jessica isn't quite as sure as she thinks…

Kristan Higgins never fails to tell a fresh story, as proved by the interesting beginnings to her novels. In the long-awaited tale of Connor O’Rourke, (twin of Colleen, who we met in Waiting on You) she begins with Connor getting his proposal of marriage denied rather bluntly. To say that Jessica Dunn is not a likeable heroine in that first chapter is an understatement—she utterly shatters the hero, Connor. At this point, I paused in my reading (an accomplishment, as I gobble down Higgins’ books like they’re candy) and wondered… how is she going to do it? How is she going to make me like this woman who walked coldly away from a man who clearly loves her so very much?

She manages this with a shockingly pleasing combination of flashbacks and flash forwards, a technique I’m not usually fond of, but it really works in this piece. Once we get a good look at the whole relationship, the line between good guy and bad guy blurs to the point of being invisible. Soon, I found myself rooting for them to work it out because, although they were human and both made their mistakes, they clearly needed one another in a way that no other would ever quite fit.

As with most of the books in the Blue Heron, (and a lot of her books, in general) the cast of secondary characters planted me comfortably back in the middle of small town life. From the familiar and beloved Holland family to the newly introduced Dunn family, each seemed like people you’d meet and known in your day-to-day life. Higgins did an especially good job with Jessica’s little brother—Davey—in presenting a realistic kid with special needs. As a parent of special needs kiddos, I can vouch for the fact they can drive you to distraction. Surviving meltdowns and so many doctor visits can leave a parent or caregiver worn down, tired, and not sure how they’re going to make it to tomorrow.

With Jessica being so young when she took on this burden, it isn’t surprising to see her have hollowed out moments when she’s not sure what to do next or if she’s mucking it all up, yet Higgins found the joyful moments, too. The fact that kids who see things in a different way share that unique view with their loved ones—tiny snippets of slowing things down and enjoying the truly little moments. The love for this sister had for her brother was heartrending and exceptionally well-written.

As to the romance? Sizzling. It is clear from very early on that Connor and Jessica share a fiery hot connection and that their friendship never took a back burner to that passion really cemented their bond for me as a reader. Connor is what we’d all like to find in a man—solid, sexy, smart, the heart of a marshmallow hidden in a gruff manly exterior, kind, and all in all just a GOOD guy. I fell madly and deeply in love with him and ugly cried when Connor said, “You’re gonna do great, sister mine.” I won’t spoil the scene as to why he said that to Colleen, but that scene… in Connor’s work kitchen? 

Yeah, I bawled.

But that is the magic of a Higgins book. She’s never let me down. I laugh out loud. I bawl the kind of cleansing tears that actually make you feel better after they’re shed. I look at the whole world with a little bit of hope that maybe there is good out there.

We live in a dark and scary time, full of things that are upsetting and waken all those dark creeping thoughts in our minds and imaginations. This book, as with many of her stories, managed to bring light and a little bit of joy to me. I highly, highly recommend this book to those who like happy endings. To those who like falling in love. And to those who maybe need to be reminded that it isn’t where you come from, it is all about where you’re going and who you pick to make the trip with.

Simply said, I loved this book and I think you might, too.  

Saturday, December 19, 2015

#ChristmasTreats Giveaway Hop!

What are our favorite Christmas Treats? Books, of course! Stop by each blog for a chance to win fabulous books & gifties for the Holidays!

Hmmm, Books are always my favorite Christmas treat, and this year I'll be reading on my new Kindle Voyage, yay for 8 year wedding anniversary that falls in December! As far as books I'm looking forward to, I'm going to say any and all Christmas themed romances I can get my hands on. I have been devouring them for the last two months, I binge read them while watching sappy Hallmark Christmas movies.

But I admit that I'm really looking forward to My Kind of Wonderful by Jill Shalvis in the new year. So while I wait, tell me about what books you're looking forward to. I'll pick a winner and send along a $5 Amazon gift card to help with that dream book.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Wyoming Rugged by Diana Palmer #Review

Billionaire oilman Blair Coleman has always taken care of his business. After having been used and cast aside by a woman he thought he loved, his personal life is far from his first priority. He knows only one has ever truly cared for him—but the irresistible blonde beauty is the daughter of his best friend.

Niki Ashton has seen her father's friend wounded and she's seen him fight. Blair is the strongest—and most stubborn—man she's ever known. That very heart and passion makes him the man of her dreams, but whenever they've been in danger of getting close, Blair has always pushed her away.

It takes a possible tragedy to strip away all of Blair's misgivings. Now it's all or nothing: marriage, baby, family, forever. But will the choice be too much for Niki…or too late?

A feel good romance and exactly what I expected when I picked up a new Diana Palmer, with a bit of updating because it has mentions of Facebook and other modern technology yet with a heroine who is still a step out of tune with current culture. 

Blair was a bit stubborn and took awhile to figure out that he loved her. He pushed her away a few times, and I wasn't a fan of how much he heart Niki, especially since she is so sheltered.

Niki is a sheltered virgin, and a bit frail because of her asthma. She honestly is the kind of heroine Ms. Palmer delivers every time, and that familiarity did help me sink into this book. 

Overall, it's a pretty formulaic romance, but that's what I want when I pick up a Diana Palmer. I know I'm going to get at least one virgin, and that there isn't usually any sex or fooling around until to married, and that's ok, because I read Ms. Palmer for this feeling of happiness at the end.