Jul 28, 2014

L.H. Cosway Six of Hearts Release Day Blast

 
 
Making my way down the narrow staircase that leads out of the building and onto the street, I bump into a tall man with golden-brown hair. I wouldn’t normally notice a man’s hair so specifically, but this guy has some serious style going on. It’s cut tight at the sides and left long on the top, kind of like a sexy villain in a movie set in the 1920s. I stare up at him, wide-eyed. He’s wearing a very nice navy suit with a leather satchel bag slung over his shoulder. Even though it was the first thing I noticed, his hair pales in comparison to the wonder that is his face. I don’t think I’ve ever been up close to such a handsome example of the male species in my life.
Why can’t men like this write to me online? I ponder dejectedly.
Because men like this don’t even know the meaning of the term “socially awkward,” my brain answers.
My five-foot-something stares up at his six-foot-whatever, and I think to myself, what’s a prize like you doing in a dive like this? Actually, now that I’m looking at him, he does seem vaguely familiar, but I can’t put my finger on where I’ve seen him before.
Probably on the pages of a fashion magazine, if his looks are anything to go by.
If it hasn’t already been deduced from the fact that I can’t even find a date using the romantic connection slut that is the Internet, then I’ll spell it out. I’m useless with men, and I’m talking all men. Even the nice approachable fellows. And I’m not looking at a nice approachable fellow right now. I’m looking at a “chew you up and spit you out” tiger.
Rawr.
Since the entrance to the building is so narrow, we have to skirt around each other. I give him a hesitant smile and a shrug. His eyes sparkle with some kind of hidden knowledge as he lets me pass, like beautiful people know the meaning of the universe and are amused by us ordinary folks who have to bumble along in the dark.
I’m just about to step out the door when the tiger starts to speak. “I’m looking for Brandon Solicitors. Do you know if I have the right place?”
I step back inside.
He sounds like Mark Wahlberg when he’s letting his Southie roots all hang out. His deep American accent makes me want to close my eyes and savour the sound. But I don’t do that – because I’m not a complete psycho.
“Yeah, this is the place. I work here, actually. I’m the secretary slash receptionist slash general dogsbody. It’s my dad’s firm,” I reply. Too much information, Matilda. Too. Much. Information.
The tiger smiles, making him better-looking, if that’s even possible. And
thankfully, he doesn’t comment on my fluster. “I have an appointment with Hugh Brandon at nine. I’m Jay,” he says, and takes a step closer to hold his hand out to me. My back hits the wall, his tall frame dwarfing mine. I don’t think he realises just how narrow this space is, and now I can smell his cologne. Wow, it’s not often that I get close enough to a man to smell him. And Jay Fields smells indecently good.
“Ah, right. Jay Fields. Yeah, I have you pencilled in. You can go on upstairs, and Dad will take care of you,” I reply, shaking his hand and letting go quickly so that he doesn’t notice my sweatacular palms. “I’ve got an errand to run.”
He stares at me for a long moment, like his eyes are trying to take in my every feature, but that can’t be right. When he finally responds, it’s a simple, “I won’t keep you, then, Matilda.”
God. Why does the way he says “keep you” in that deep voice have to make my heart flutter? It’s been literally thirty seconds, and I’m already well on my way to developing a crush. He makes some keen eye contact with me, then turns and continues up the stairs to the office. I’m already on the street when I realise I hadn’t offered my name, and yet he knew it.







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Jul 25, 2014

A Bittersweet Goodbye!



When I started blogging three years ago, I had no idea where it was going to lead, other than my next great read. Where I found myself though, is in the midst of some really fantastic people. Some who became friends, some who became good friends and some who became something more like sisters. On of whom is Debbie from Keep Calm Read Romance.

After working together in June on the Emerald City Author Event, we decided we make a great team and want to continue to work together. So we've decided to shut down our current blogs and start a new joint venture.

While GingerRead Reviews has been my baby and I love the girls I blog with there, this just feels right and I'm really excited about it.

So..check out Black Heart Reviews, give us a like. We'll officially start on August 1st. And...we will have some other big news coming soon. Stay tuned!!

You can find our blog page by clicking **HERE** and on Facebook **HERE**.

What does this mean for Chelcie, Amber and Amber? It means they too have started an exciting new blog.  You can find them on Facebook at Addicted Souls

GingerRead Reviews will be up and running through August 15th.  Any future requests should be directed to Black Heart or Addicted Souls.  

I cannot express my gratitude for the all the support you've given over the years.  I tear up even trying to form the words.  Blogging has, quite literally, changed my life.  

I love you all and hope to see you on the flipside!

Thank you!!

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Jul 24, 2014

Review ~ Ricochet by Skye Jordan

Ricochet (Renegades #3)

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Published July 14th 2014
Copy provided by Netgalley
 
After a tragic incident in Afghanistan leaves Master Sergeant Nathan Ryker the only man standing in his tight-knit team, he spirals into an alcohol-and-sex induced escape. A call from his lifelong buddy pulls Ryker from the shadows with a request for help with his stunt company’s latest blockbuster. If Ryker can survive the next three weeks of leave and get back to his remaining men, he might just be all right. But a sexy woman who can take his mind off his trauma is too hard to resist, and when he hooks up with Renegades’ sultry, snarky office manager, his sanity takes a backseat to the first glimpse of a future he isn’t sure he deserves.

Still reeling from a bitter romantic betrayal, Rachel Hart wants nothing more than an uncomplicated hookup. So when the mysterious Nathan seduces her with a little dirty talk and one delicious kiss, Rachel drowns all her good sense in a Mandarin and soda and gives herself over to a night of sexual bliss. But her memories tarnish in the morning light when Rachel discovers his real identity and his link to Renegades. Her job and her friends are the only thing holding her life together, and she won’t be ruined by one sultry night with this damaged and dangerously sexy man.


So, you know you are in for a super-hot read when in the first chapter the main character is “picking” up a hot stranger at the bar for anonymous sex. And let me tell you…..this is blow your panties off HOT sex, for real!
Rachel Hart is the glue that keeps the Renegades Stunt Company together. She runs the show like a tight ship. Unfortunately her private life is not so put together. Her friends keep telling her that she needs to cut lose, and so, after hours in traffic trying to pick up the newest team member of the Renegades, only to have him not be there, she decides to invite a total stranger to rock her world! And he does, boy oh boy, he does! The problem? He is not a stranger, his name is Nathan Ryker. He figures out real quick that she is there for him, but the thought of sleeping with her makes him keep his mouth shut.  After an amazing night, they go their separate ways.
Until the next day when Rachel discovers that truth. She wants to pretend it never happened, but Ryker wants more.
Ryker is dealing with a whole host of problems. On leave from the Military, Ryker should be working on his PTSD. Instead he is working on getting Rachel back in his bed.
The chemistry between the two is undeniable. A relationship is improbable. Rachel has her own baggage that she is dealing with, and unless Ryker gets help, he will only hurt himself and those around him.
I have read all of the books in this series so far, and they are all excellent, but Ricochet is my favorite. It might be because I have a soft spot for the Military man, who not only is a dirty talker but also a bit broken, or it could be that Rachel is smart and funny and loves beer. Not sure what the reason are, but if you are looking to read something that is steamy and sexy and has a fabulous cast of characters, I would highly recommend this book and series to you.


Jul 23, 2014

Blog Tour - More Than Forever by Jay McLean


More Than ForeverTitle: More Than Forever (More Series Book 4)
Author: Jay McLean
Published: July 12, 2014
Source: ARC provided for honest review

Links: Barnes and Noble   Amazon


Synopsis:
-LUCY-
There is a love so fierce it cannot be measured.
A heart so strong it will never slow.
There is a promise so sure it can never lie.
He promised me that love forever.
Even when it wasn't enough.

-CAMERON-
Forever. Everlasting. Eternal.
There is no measure of time.
No sounds of the ticking of a clock.
Just the rising and falling of the sun.
And our own sense of forever.

But our forever isn't always


I look at my life differently now. It is no longer one solid life. It is split up into the BEFORE and the AFTER. When a book is written in such pure form and it changes things, it changes everything about you, you can no longer continue living the life you were before. So now there is BEFORE MTF and AFTER MTF.

I love when a story takes you on a journey. A journey of loss, pain, healing, finding love, doubting yourself and your passion, realizing that life isn't perfect and it won't always be easy. It' real and raw and emotional. It is Jay McLean magic at its finest. I don't think a book can get more perfect than More Than Forever. 

This book was supposed to be about love that will continue on into the FOREVER. But that shit is for the fairy tales. This book, gawd, this book was  a roller coaster full of ups and downs. I cried so hard I wanted to vomit. I felt emotion, every ounce of pain. I laid in bed, crying my eyes out, into the early hours of the morning. I couldn't stop, even though the pain was so unbearable at times, I couldn't STOP

There was laughter, there was perma smiles, there was WTF why would you do that? Why would HE do that? Why would SHE do that? I just couldn't understand how a love like theirs, a pure unconditional, knock you off your socks kind of love, has to be tested? 

Their love started off as young love and what young love lasts? LUCA love last. IT HAS TOO. If their love can't survive the test of time, then what love can? 

It's not just a story or words on paper. The words become wrapped around your heart, your soul and your very being. They course through your veins and become the reason you breath. That is the only way to really read this book. You have to become one with it, you have to live it and then, only then will you really under stand what MAGIC is. 

Like every other Jay McLean book, we have get the most amazing side characters. She brings back the old ones that we fell in love with, we get the most amazing parents (one day, hopefully, we will get books about them. I really want a Marky Mark book) and we get more of Lucy's brothers. All of these characters make the book, SO MUCH MORE. They add to the store, they bring it to life right along with Cam and Lucy. That is what good writing is. 

This is WITH-OUT A DOUBT, THE BEST BOOK EVER WRITTEN BY JAY McLEAN

If the writing world gave OSCARS to characters in a book, CAM and LUCY would be the WINNERS!!!!!

Jay McLean you have gone above and beyond the writing world and I am not worthy of your brilliance. You have brought me to my knees and I can't seem to get my ass off the ground. 

From start to fucking finish this book grabbed me by my invisible balls and might still have a hold of them. 

Be prepared to have a case of explosives strapped to your chest, because YOU ARE GOING TO BE BLOWN THE FUCK AWAY



Jul 22, 2014

Review ~ Mr. X by Clarissa Wild

Cover_MrXMr. X by Clarissa Wild
Publication Date: July 21, 2014
Source: Copy provided for honest review



 *Author Note: This is not your average romance story. Some people will kill for love.*

He’s come to kill me. I’m a user and abuser of my own body. In the darkest hour I sold my soul to the devil and now I must pay the price. With his gun to my head I have no choice but to listen and obey, but I refuse to go down easily. Nothing is stronger than the will to survive. My instincts kicked into full gear the second he stepped into my motel room. Except when I look at him I see my own heart staring back at me. A history tainted by blood. I don’t know his name, but I know he wants me. To save myself I’ll sacrifice my sanity. My body. My soul. Something tells me the x-shaped scar that marks his eye is the only escape I have. He is Mr. X; the man who comes to claim my life. Can I save myself before he demands my heart? 

WARNING: This book contains very disturbing situations, dubious consent, breath depravation, strong language, drugs and alcohol, and graphic violence, which may be considered triggers. 






Dark romances seem to be all the rage right now.  I'll admit, they draw me in quite often.  There is something that intrigues me about damaged characters. Not just a little damaged...a lot damaged.  X is that. However, it wasn't enough.

Jay is a drug addicted, stripper/ some-what hooker, who has a failed memory of her past and a price on her head. X is the one who is to cash in that price, but doesn't.  He decides he has other plans. Depraved plans, cruel plans.  His motives go back years, tangled in a past that Jay only remembers glimpses of.  But X remembers it all.

Jay did absolutely nothing for me. I wanted to root for her, to get behind a girl placed in a horrible situation that she bravely steels herself to survive.  Unfortunately, I didn't find her voice strong enough. I never quite believed her point of view.  She played thoughts in her head over and over but never really came to any convincing conclusions on them.  She tried at times and I thought we were getting somewhere but then she would revert back to this mindless thing that I just couldn't care enough about.

X was a more convincing character but I found his motives shallow. That confused me immensely because he's a very strong willed and potent character.  So, to see him want to ruin someone over some immature logic felt strange and sad.  He had reason to be pissed but his anger was misdirected.  He's an interesting dude, for sure.  I would love to see more of him. The epilogue leaves much to the imagination so maybe this is something that will come to light in the future.

Here is what I did like...  It's gritty. It's dirty. And, yes, I am talking about the sex.  It's not nice. Not remotely.  It's angry sex. But, hey...I like that kind of thing on occasion.

The cover is amazing. One of my favorites this year.

Here is the thing with this kind of dark romance.... I think a lot of us, readers and writers alike, are chasing that "thing".  That something special that has happened with a couple of dark reads.  Some get pretty close, but there is a finesse to it.  With questionable consent and violent sex, you walk a fine, fine line.  One thing that I think Wild got right, was X's view on Jay's consent and I'm thankful for that.  There is still some depravity there on his end and strawberries will never taste quite as sweet to me because of it; but it was still a delicate balance that he weighed well.

That leaves me somewhere in the middle of loving and loathing this book.  I didn't dislike it but didn't really like it either.  I think there are a multitude of readers who will like it quite a lot. It just wasn't working for me as much as I hoped it would.  I don't regret reading it and am thankful for the opportunity, and as I said, hope to see more of X in the future.  Just hoping it will be with a little more of that "thing".

As always...don't just take my word for it! Check out the other reviews and scroll down for a giveaway. 

Jul 21, 2014

New Release / Giveaway ~ Mr. X by Clarissa Wild


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Mr. X
Publication Date: July 21, 2014

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 *Author Note: This is not your average romance story. Some people will kill for love.*

He’s come to kill me. I’m a user and abuser of my own body. In the darkest hour I sold my soul to the devil and now I must pay the price. With his gun to my head I have no choice but to listen and obey, but I refuse to go down easily. Nothing is stronger than the will to survive. My instincts kicked into full gear the second he stepped into my motel room. Except when I look at him I see my own heart staring back at me. A history tainted by blood. I don’t know his name, but I know he wants me. To save myself I’ll sacrifice my sanity. My body. My soul. Something tells me the x-shaped scar that marks his eye is the only escape I have. He is Mr. X; the man who comes to claim my life. Can I save myself before he demands my heart? 

WARNING: This book contains very disturbing situations, dubious consent, breath depravation, strong language, drugs and alcohol, and graphic violence, which may be considered triggers.  




 Clarissa Wild is the Amazon Bestselling Romance author of FIERCE, a top 200 and top 15 New Adult Romance novel. She is also a writer of erotic romance such as the Blissful Series, The Billionaire's Bet series, the Doing It Series and the Enflamed Series. She is an avid reader and writer of sexy stories about hot men and feisty women. Her other loves include her furry cat friend and learning about different cultures. In her free time she enjoys watching all sorts of movies, reading tons of books and cooking her favorite meals. Want to get an email when Clarissa's next book is released? Sign up here to receive a FREE short story: http://eepurl.com/FdY71