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Redemption of the Heart by Moni Boyce

Redemption of the Heart

 Redemption of the Heart by Moni Boyce

Release Date: January 8, 2019

E-book/Audio Book: 510/ N/A

Purchase Links:    Amazon    Apple    Barnes & Noble      Google Play    Kobo     Universal Purchase Link

Rating:

5 star rating

 

Summary:

After surviving an abusive relationship that landed her in prison, Gemma Peyton, just wants a fresh start once she is released. Her focus is to create a new life for herself and put men and relationships on the back burner so she can rebuild.

Alex Chambers hasn’t felt anything for another woman since his wife died a few years ago. His life is his restaurant until the moment he meets his new waitress. Something stirs within him that’s been dormant for a long time.

Despite the baggage each of them is carrying, neither of them can fight the attraction they feel for one another, even though they try to resist. As they fall harder and deeper in love a shocking incident from their past that they unknowingly share, threatens to tear their newfound love apart.

Once the truth is revealed, will their relationship be able to survive? Or will the revelation shatter the love that’s grown between them?

~Goodreads~

Review:

Alex and Gemma. I am not sure where I want to start this review. I guess I would first like to say that I am in love with these two. Gemma has had a rough life, and it’s great to see a woman not allow her past to ruin her future. Did Gemma have moments of self-doubt, yes, but don’t we all? Gemma was my beacon of hope in this story, I enjoyed seeing the transformation Alex took with his own issues, but Gemma was the star of this story. It is difficult for me not to love a strong-willed woman who doesn’t allow anything, even herself, to stand in the way of what she wants and needs in her life. For that, I have to applaud Gemma for being everything I see myself as, even though we have completely different backgrounds.

Now, on to Alex, our Alex. He is a heartthrob. Masculine, intelligent, hardworking and he loves cooking so much so that he owns his own restaurant? Yes, please! Although Alex is Gemma’s night in shining armor, I always love seeing a man in a vulnerable state where they put their emotions on the line and fight for what and who they love. I would have loved to see a little more of Alex’s history with his ex-wife. I also understand why we didn’t get as much information, it would have maybe left the story lopsided, with only the knowledge or flashbacks of Alex and Sam and little of Gemma and her ex-husband (he who shall not be named).

Some may say the story moved a little quickly, but as adults, we know when we’ve found someone we didn’t even know we were looking for. The pace was good, simple and not next day romance, but something that did build over time. This relationship moved like any other, and I felt as though I was experiencing every emotion with them.

I would love to see where these two end up later down the line. I have an issue with letting go of a storyline when I have fallen so deeply in love with the characters. Moni Boyce was able to capture the humanity in each character written and I am so happy I decided to pick this book out of the thousands in my Kindle library. Moni Boyce has gained a new follower and reader.

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Chosen by Shadows

Chosen by Shadows

Chosen by Shadows (The Original Demons Book 1) by Basia Pike

Release Date: November 2018

E-book/Audio Book: 201 pages, no audiobook

Purchase Links: Amazon

Rating:

3 Stars

Summary:

When there’s no way out, only the devil can help.

Hayley Saint unwittingly goes to hell to rescue her best friend from the devil’s sister, a violent, brutal, and savage fallen angel. And that’s on a good day.

Lucifer’s sister, Arianna, wants revenge on Haley for unearthing the gateway to hell, but the moment Lucifer sets eyes on Haley, he’s bonded to her in ways outside of his control.

If Lucifer’s mating bond to Hayley is discovered, he risks her life and his right to the throne. But the only other option is letting the woman he’s destined to love leave him forever.

Hayley just wants to get out alive. But when feelings for the devil start to surface, she must determine whether she wants to fight her way out of hell, or fight for the ability to stay.

Fans of Lucifer are falling for the devil in this addictive paranormal romance.

~Goodreads~

Review:

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

I was initially captivated by the title and book cover. I am giving this book three stars. There are grammatical errors that need to be checked, and some editing and revision to make the necessary corrections to bring this book at least a star higher. This storyline is a slow burner, but you must know **spoiler** that Hayley is attracted to two brothers, both of the attractions are sexual in an instance.

I found the storyline to be interesting, there is a different outlook on the history of Lucifer and God, and I enjoyed the take on things. What I did not like had anything to do with the way the book was written but, is an overall pet peeve of mine: the love triangle, or sexual tensioned triangle. I find the entire exchange eye-roll worthy, mainly because Hayley is in hell for heavens sakes, sex would be the last thing on my mind.

Hayley gets so caught up in the sexy feels that she has for Lucifer and Gabriel that she doesn’t continuously raise questions or concerns about her best friend, Adam. He disappears for most of the book, randomly popping up out of nowhere. I would have liked to see Adam in her life more since he was supposed to be her best friend. You would wonder and worry about your best friend, especially if one of the siblings is treating you like crap and beating you.

Lastly, Hayley says in the beginning how she wants to escape Jane and the criminal life she is living to be with her sister. Hayley wants to reunite with her at least in time for her sister’s wedding. While Hayley is in heaven, the thought of her sister hardly crosses her mind. This issue is one of the biggest issues I had with the story besides Hayley not picking a guy.

Overall not bad, but I am not sure if I will be reading the next book.

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Enthrall by Vanessa Fewings

Enthrall

Enthrall by Vanessa Fewings

Published: 2014

Genre: Romance

E-book pages: 277

Audiobook: 8 hrs 21 min

Purchasing Links: Amazon

Rating:

2 gold stars 

Summary:

This is the world of the forbidden. This is the embrace of Enthrall. 

Mia Lauren is a single, twenty-one-year old working in a West Hollywood art store who dreams of one day becoming a fashion designer. When an unexpected offer arises to work at Enthrall, L.A.’s premier fetish club for the wealthy, Mia accepts. It’s a salary beyond her wildest imagination.

Mia becomes the secretary to the club’s assistant director, blond and broody Richard Booth. Richard is not only one of L.A.’s most beautiful and wealthiest men, he is also the club’s senior dominant. Mia is both drawn and terrified when he reveals flashes of his white-hot passion, threatening an unbound pleasure like no other. She knows her attraction may be her undoing, but the spellbinding feelings render her powerless to resist his advances.

What Mia cannot know is that Enthrall’s dashing founder and director thirty-year-old Cameron Cole, who is also the club’s psychiatrist, has lured Mia to save his best friend and patient Richard from his obsession with thrill seeking. Cameron masterfully sets up sexy scenarios to ensure the collision of Richard and Mia, hoping that love will save him.

However, despite Cameron’s noble intentions, he also finds himself enticed by Mia’s haunting innocence. Passion and pleasure stir, forming a dangerous love triangle. This is the world of the forbidden. This is the embrace of Enthrall.

~Goodreads~

Review:

Cute storyline for a romance, a little fast paced but I am a sucker for instant romances when you know you know. When it comes to the BDSM portion of the storyline, I would have to say that this book was lacking in that section. There just wasn’t enough steam for me to appreciate the BDSM portions of the storyline.

Mia, poor naive Mia. Mia is written as a young woman in her early 20s that’s a virgin (because apparently, men enjoy taking a woman’s virginity) and it seems as though her being a virgin makes her unintelligent. What bothered me about Mia’s character is that she seemed so one dimensional. Her role didn’t pull me in or make me feel that I had to continue reading the book. As for her best friend, Tara, I understand what the author was trying to convey. Tara was supposed to be this outgoing, encouraging friend that wants to see her friend happy, but I felt that some of the actions Tara took only made her seem like she had an ulterior motive by sending Mia into the bosses office when she knew Mia wasn’t experienced with what she might come in contact with. That one incident left a bad taste in my mouth and just had me questioning a lot of the events taking place.

Richard was just as one dimensional as Mia. Although he’s had experience in the BDSM world, I still didn’t get the heat from their rendezvous, yes Mia is a virgin, but she was also willing to try and learn some things. I think I wanted a little more of a lesson plan to properly introduce Mia into the BDSM world.  Richard also has issues of his own, I felt that his problems were barely touched upon and nothing was ever resolved, he just seemed to move on.

I genuinely wish my heart would have loved this story as much as I wanted to, but this book was hard for me to get through.

Well gang, if you’ve read any of the Enthrall series by Vanessa Fewings let me know. Also, what are your thoughts on BDSM type books?

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Alien Warrior by Sade Carter

Allien Warrior

Alien Warrior by Sade Carter

Published: July 2015

Genre: Science Fiction Romance

E-book pages: 110

Audiobook: Not Available

Purchasing Links:  Apple      Kobo     Nook     Amazon

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary:

Stuck on a military outpost in the middle of nowhere, Zoey had been praying for something to relieve her boredom.
She never dreamed that relief would come in the form of a seven-foot tall, sexy alien. One who claimed she belonged to him.
Delusional.
Except, there was something pulling her to him… a deep, hot attraction she couldn’t deny.
Dexanon Xa’a always thought his mate would be a sweet, obedient female. Instead, the Gods landed him with a maddening, outspoken, outrageous female who didn’t comprehend the honor that had been bestowed on her.
Dex might have a rockin’ body, but his ideas about women needed a total overhaul.
And she was just the woman to do it.

~Goodreads~

Review:

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars, it was a quick read and not much to dive into with the number of pages. Zoey is kidnapped from her outpost in space and is immediately deemed the alien prince, Dexanon Xa’a’s soulmate. Zoey being the strong level headed woman she is denied the connection she felt towards Dex and outright refused to be treated like a “princess” if that’s what you want to call it. 

Dex and his peoples’ way of taking care of women is how we see in most hero driven books, they want their mate, soulmate, or chosen to stay behind closed doors being waited on hand and foot as if there is nothing a female can offer to aid the hero in any way. Of course, Zoey is totally against this, and that leads to she and Dex constantly arguing.

I wish a lot more of the issues were resolved in this first book, while Zoey companions kept things interesting, and I did applaud Zoey for standing up for what she wanted and being against the sexism actions taking place, I still found her character lacking.

If you have read any of the books in the series, let me know what you thought.

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Physical books vs. E-Books

One of the most asked questions in the book community, physical books, or e-books?

Personally, I enjoy both, there is nothing like picking up a physical book and having that book smell when you turn the pages, falling further and further into a word of wonder. When the first Kindle came out, I was against reading on the little device, I felt that it was pointless to have a small tablet that looked like a book, without turning its pages. I thought that the books being electronic took away from the experience of reading, it turns out I just don’t like when people try to force me to change my ways. 

Since the start of the electronic book era, I have been sucked into the automatic access to all the books I could ever dream of. Now, I read almost all of my books on my Kindle or using my Kindle app on my phone. It is so easy to open up the app than to load all of the books I’m currently reading into my bag, having to pull them out and be interrupted while reading.

Although I find myself reading e-books, any time I come across a book that I really enjoyed, I try to support that author as much as I can by purchasing the books audiobook if available and buying the physical books to put up on my shelves. Now, don’t think just because I enjoy reading my books on my Kindle that I don’t still walk bookstores touching every book possible. I always enjoy doing some window shopping, which usually results in me purchasing books that I want to read, and those books end up on my shelf continually begging to be read.

I will have to put together a book haul for you guys. Although most of my hauls are done on my phone via free downloads from Bookbub, Book Funnel, and many other newsletters and sources with affordable books, I feel like I owe you guys some tips and tricks into finding new authors and falling in love with all of the book deals.

Well gang, until next time be sure to Read THS!

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Naughty Boss by Whitney G.

Naughty Boss by Whitney G.

Published: December 2016

Genre: Romance

E-book pages: 121 pages

Audiobook: 2 hrs 7 min

Purchasing Links: Amazon          Kobo          Barnes & Noble
Rating:

3 Stars

Summary:

He definitely wasn’t supposed to get that email….

Subject: My Boss.

Have I already told you that I hate my boss today? Sexy as hell or not, this pompous, arrogant, ASSHOLE asked me to pick up his dry cleaning the second I walked through the door. Then he told me that I needed to take his Jaguar to a car wash that was ten miles outside of the city, but only after I needed to stand in a never-ending line to buy some type of limited, hundred-dollar watch. I honestly can’t wait to see the look on his face two months from now when I tell him that I’m quitting his company and that he can kiss my ass. KISS. MY. ASS. All those former fantasies about him kissing me with his “mouth of perfection” or bending me over my desk and filling me with his cock are long over. OVER.

Your bestie,
Mya

PS – Please tell me your day is going better than mine….

Subject: Re: My Boss.

No, you haven’t already told me that you hate your boss today, but seeing as though you’ve sent me this email directly, I know now….

Yes, I did ask you to pick up my dry cleaning the second you arrived to work to day. (Where is it?) And I did tell you to take my Jaguar to the car wash and pick up my thousand-dollar watch. (Thank you for taking five hours to do something that could be accomplished in two.) You don’t have to wait two months from now to see the look on my face when you tell me you’re quitting. I’m standing outside your office at this very moment. (Open the door. ) No comment on your “fantasies”, although I highly doubt they’re “long over”.

Your boss,
Michael

PS – Yes. My day is definitely going far better than yours….

A steamy office-romance novella from New York Times best-selling author Whitney G.

Review:

Mya is caught between a rock and a hard place. how many of us have either had a boss or worked with someone who was attractive and yet, their asshole-ish tendencies made you want to ring their necks? All of us, some of us, none of you, someones lying. Mya, just like the rest of the world’s population, shares a lot of her life with important people, like her best friend. Now although people are constantly sharing their lives on social media, it is nowhere near the same as when we share our information with our best friends. With bestie, we go all out, and this is what has brought Mya to her predicament. I know I have accidentally text someone a message being meant for someone else. You might have a light panic attack once you hit send and the information is out in the inter-web, whelp that is exactly what happens to Mya, and the turn out is the best results Mya could’ve ever asked for.

Michael, Mya’s boss receives this email from Mya specifically typed up and shared for her best friend. Michael, instead of immediately shutting down the message received from Mya Michael takes the opportunity to make a move that he had believed would never occur.

The storyline was okay, I felt like the buildup was a nice pace. I was also glad to see that the characters didn’t automatically get hot and heavy with each other, the slower build up always makes the first contact steamy. I did find the CEO to a bit of an asshole, he apparently is so wanted that he has a different woman every day, for me that sounds a bit exhausting but if it floats your boat…ride the tide.