Rum & Coke
Not everything goes as planned …
Vincent Reed always believed he’d play professional volleyball in the Olympics, but when he’s injured his sophomore year of college, his dreams are crushed and he loses his scholarship. Instead of dropping out of school, Vinny began working as a male escort to pay for his education and fulfill his new dream of teaching children. Enjoying the life of luxury and travel, Vinny continues moonlighting as a male escort after graduation. He has everything he could ever need.
Everything happens for a reason …
Teresa Stewart never planned to get pregnant before she was married. She also didn’t plan for the father of her baby to die in combat before she could even tell him the news. Struggling to feed herself and her son, Colton, Tessa moves to Las Vegas where she hopes the cost of living will be cheaper and she’ll find a job in a popular hotel. But finding a job isn’t easy for Tessa, and a neighbor soon convinces her that stripping is the best way to make the money she needs to provide for her small family. All of life’s puzzle pieces are starting to come together, but Tessa knows something is still missing.
They say best friends make the best lovers …
At a bachelor party for his co-worker, Vinny meets Tessa. The sexual attraction is undeniable, but they each have something holding them back from moving forward. They grow even closer when Vinny becomes Colton’s teacher, and it seems as though all the pieces are finally falling into place.
However, sometimes the best-laid plans turn to hell …
Because murder will change everything.
I loved every amazing word of this book. It’s got all the right moves to captivate your attention and wanting to read it like crazy to see what happens next.” – Goodreads ARC Review
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Paris Bound by Summer Brooks
I met him in the city of love.
He whooshed by with his perfect little daughter.
I turned around.
And it took him a minute to steal my heart.
He towered over me with his flawlessly sculpted face.
Rich, powerful, and a doting father.
My nasty luck with men told me that he was too good to be true.
I wanted to turn back around.
To run for my life.
But guess what?
I stayed and shook his hand instead.
His mahogany eyes met mine.
Everything went from wrong to right.
Until it all spiraled out of control…
Shane Rodman actually wasn’t too good to be true.
He was the devil with a hidden agenda.
I fell in love with the enemy.
I crossed that line.
But like they say, the line between love and hate is a thin one.
No cheating and a guaranteed HEA!
Paris Bound is a short and sweet story where two people are brought together by a sweet headstrong 13-year-old, Shane and Kristina. Shane, a business mogul, and Kristina a fashion designer appearing at her first show in Paris are quickly swept up with one another, although they have different viewpoints on the fashion industry. With this story being so short, it was easy to get through, but it was a little difficult to become invested in the characters with so much going on in such a short time. I did like the chemistry between Shane and Kristina, but falling in love in a total of about 3 days is a stretch for me. I did enjoy the main concept of the story, with Shane being a single dad and wanting to protect his daughter, and by showing Kristina’s hard work and dedication to something she loved, was an overall nice set-up.
This was the first story I have read by the author, I may read her next book to see how things stack up.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving my honest review.
Pennies (Book #1 of the Dollar Series) by Pepper Winters
Published: July 2016 Genre: Romance/Mystery
E-book: 300 pages
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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Where do I begin? There are so many things I could say, but I refuse to spoil the book for you. Pepper Winters is known as the Queen of Darkness, every book I have read by her has taken me on a emotional roller coaster and still I continue to read.
Pennies is about a girl that is stolen, stolen from the life she knows and dragged to a world that is not at all pretty. She becomes a slave, a slave to a man that takes pleasure in doing the unthinkable. She suffers this ill fate for some time, at moments wishing things would just be over with, and yet she holds out until the day Elder Prest enters her life. Both Pim and Elder share similar qualities they are stubborn, strong, intelligent, and caring but the obstacle that keeps them apart are their issues. They are two broken souls with traumatizing pasts and a questioning future.
This first book is set-up perfectly, it is a show burner romance that is not at all romantic. While reading, the events that take place are so vivid that you believe you have lived through them yourself. The writing rakes you into the book where you can clearly see everything act out in front of your eyes. If you enjoy suspense, romance, action, and thrillers with a dark side I definitely recommend this read.
The Seduction by Roxy Sloane
Published: February 2015 Genre: Romance, Erotica
E-book, 187 pages
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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The Seducer, has made a life for himself doing what he does best…seducing. He takes in clients from all sorts of walks of life, some wanting to gain dirt on their competitor, and even those trying to get out of divorces. You could say that the Seducer does his own kind of private eye work. The Seducer is given a new job, Keely Fawes but unlike his other jobs this one takes a bit harder to crack than others. Keely Fawes, is a good girl, she goes to work, busts her ass, works overtime and does it all again the next day just to cover the bills. But when the Seducer comes along, there’ll be more on her mind than her normal busy schedule.
Hi, my name is Cydney and I am addicted to steamy romance books. Okay, now that I got that off of my chest lets begin. Vaughn, our Seducer is your book boyfriend dream come true, he has a strong personality, he obviously has a nice body, and he says everything you didn’t think you wanted to hear. From the beginning chapters you are swept up in the sensual whispers Vaughn uses for Keely, and like every good girl Keely stays away, physically that is. The basis of the story is built on Keely and Vaughn’s relationship but there is background noise worth listening to. As the background continues to move forward, although Vaughn and Keely are at a stand still you are continuously drawn in by the sensual air of the two. Keely learns a lot about herself, and tries to learn more about Vaughn but with him using his ultimate super power, its difficult to get anywhere except to the bedroom. If you are looking for a hot, steamy number this is it, but fair warning this is a series, I know, I know I can’t stand them either…but I just can’t help myself.
One Shade of Grey by Monica Corwin
Published: October 2017 Genre: Romance, Gothic Romance, Literature Fiction
E-book, 219 pages
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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This book is based off of a tall telling of The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde, which was originally in June of 1890 apart of the Philosophical Fiction genre. When the book was first published it brought on a lot of negativity as far as rumors on the character Dorian being of terrible immoral character as well as a bad influence and somewhat corrupting. Now, I personally have not read the original, but after doing some research I think I will take a chance and see what all of the fuss was about.
Back to the present, Monica Corwin, being a fan of the original telling wanted to put her own spin on the scandalous book, and bring into the new age. I personally found Dorian very difficult to not like. He automatically appeared as the good guy just wanting a chance with a woman, and how often does that not happen in real life? I enjoyed Dorian his mannerisms were a little old school, (which makes sense) but who doesn’t want to be treated respectfully and pampered? On to Sybil, I mean Izzy. Izzy sounded like an everyday working woman, out trying to accomplish things and not get blisters. Corwin wrote Izzy in a very relative manner, I could see myself responding to Dorian’s advances, and I could also agree with her actions and train of thought. The steam between Dorian and Izzy was palpable and I just couldn’t put my phone down, always a difficult thing to do when you’re at work.
Monica Corwin did a good job on this rendition, so much so I have added the original to my tbr list. I may be reading a couple more of Corwins’ standalone books, she may have just gained a new follower.
Bitten (Book 0.5 The Bitten Series) by Lynn Best
Published: October 2017 Genre: Paranormal Romance
E-book, 51 pages.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5
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Synopsis: Stephanie moves to Austin with her boyfriend where they are starting their lives together. But almost as soon as they get settled in a new city things begin to fall apart, this man that she moved across states with is not the same guy he was before. Now, Stephanie is sitting in a little coffee shop crying her eyes out over her lack of a relationship when she is approached by a handsome stranger, Francisco. Soon she catches herself being drawn to this handsome stranger only to find out he has issues of his own.
I thought the story was okay. I think I just had personal issues with the speed at which these two main characters fell into each others arms, but what can you expect from a 51 page book, right? I know this was just a glimpse to get me captivated by the story but it was just to fast for me. I personally would have liked to see Stephanie and Francisco build a little more on their sudden attraction, and maybe leave us with a huge cliffhanger. It might just be my thoughts, but I do love some suspense and maybe some moments of heart break, but ultimately I want to see the happy ending. I just believe this book wasn’t for me, but I think I will give the 1st book a shot to see if there is the anticipation, and angst that I was missing.
Beauty and the Beast: An Adult Fairytale Romance by Vivienne Savage
Published: October 2016, Genre: Fairytales
Audiobook 7hrs 7min.
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As a fairytale retelling, I don’t think I need to fully go into a full back story. Beauty and the beast is primarily about learning to love and care for those not because of their looks, but because of who they are.
Princess Anastasia Rose has a journey ahead of her, although she has been promised the ability to attend university to further her studies, that promise is broken because of war. When a war breaks out between her kingdom and another she is set out to protect and save her kingdom, with this twist Anastasia is brought face to face with a dragon and not one but two Princes.
I loved this retelling of Beauty and the Beast, one of my favorite fairytales. I was happy to see that Anastasia was a strong heroin, one that did what she thought was needed to help her family. I liked seeing that it wasn’t just about her father that needed rescuing but the entire kingdom, she was educated, strong, but most of all caring and loving something I truly love about Belle. Now, I normally don’t lean towards dragon tales but, I did fall in love with Alistair. I enjoyed reading from his perspective, and knowing the inner struggles he was going through as the one dealing with the spell. Although I knew how this tale was going to end, somewhat, I was still found myself hoping that they would come together, but all turned out as it should, and I am glad I decided to give this one a try.
Claimed by a Demon King (Book #2 Eternal Mates) by Felicity Heaton
Published: February 2014, Genre: Paranormal Romance
E-book, Pages: 269
Rating: 4 out of 5
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King Thorne and Sable first met in Book 1 of the series of Eternal Mates. Upon there first encounter Thorne and Sable both found each other attractive, but Thorne new from the moment he set eyes on Sable that she was his fated one. Sable a “human” was thrust into wars in hell because of her friend Olivia whom we learned about in Book 1 kissed by a Dark Prince. Sable, is working towards commander at Archangel she and a team of hunters are preparing for a war in the Third Realm. This war brings Sable and Thorne together they have to fight side by side to save Thornes’ kingdom in the third realm. Where war is coming upon them the attraction between the two become unbearable, and their passion explodes and they find themselves falling even harder for one another.
I really enjoyed the story line I did find some of the events a little predictable but was also kept on my toes. I loved Thorne, he was very woo worthy, but Sable at times appeared hard to deal with. The only thing I was left wondering was information Sable came upon. Heaton does not conclude this information, and I am hoping to finding out what this new information means to Sable.
Kissed by a Dark Prince by Felicitiy Heaton
Published: November 2013, Genre: Paranormal Romance
E-book, Pages: 218
Rating 5 out of 5
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Olivia works for Archangel, a human run research facility, what they research and study is the paranormal species. While Olivia has hit a rough patch, she gets a handsome and seemingly dangerous fae dumped on her lab table. Will this be the lucky break Olivia needs to get her career and life back on track?
Loren, Prince of the Elves and currently the unconscious species on Olivia’s table suffering from injuries of an almost life long war. When Loren comes to, he’s confused and also distracted by his surroundings and the female occupant that resides in it. Due to the Princes bodily injuries, and lack of blood all he can focus on is Olivia’s pulse in her neck, and one bite tells him this is his eternal mate.
I was a little skeptical in the beginning, I didn’t bother reading the summary that way I wasn’t sitting around expecting something to happen. I am so glad I decided to click on this book, I was first drawn to the cover and the title. Loren and Olivia’s nonexistent/existent relationship had me hooked. I enjoyed the development with with characters and that Olivia wasn’t automatically swept up, although she technically was. Loren tried to use that sort of masculine authoritative air about him, but Olivia was stubborn and tried her best to stick to what she knew. Because Loren and Olivia are eternal mates they are automatically drawn to one another when found, but I was glad to see a courtship and not just an automatic relationship. Like I said before I am definitely hooked, I have already started the second book, I am not sure how far I am going to get into the 15 books of the series but, Heaton has me hooked as of now.
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House of Guardians by Beatrice Sand
Published: Genre: Fantasy
E-book, 420 pages
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
I was pretty caught up with this series, I did see a similarity to Twilight with the main characters age and some of the similar circumstances. But overall for me the relationship between Sam and Laurel was one that any high schooler would want minus the life-threatening actions of a demigod, and mixed signals of their relationship. I did enjoy the history that Sand provided, I also liked that some of the ancient Greek dialect was written into to the story line. The writing style is truly what kept me going throughout the book, and I did like the story line. While reading this I recalled just how much I love Greek Mythology, and it influenced my recent purchase of Mythology by Edith Hamilton, and Norse Mythology by Jake Jackson.
I would have loved to see Laurel make some of her own intelligent decisions. Sometimes you do need to be rescued I get that, but every single time? Also, there were moments when you could tell Laurel was going to do something completely foolish but hey that’s why Sam is his savior.
I would like to find out what happens between the two of them, I’ve seen the covers of the next two books, so I can kind of tell but I’m not to sure I am ready to sit down and read them right now.
Addicted by S. Nelson
Published: May 9, 2015, Genre: Contemporary Romance
E-book, 246 pages
Rating 3.5 out of 5
What can I say about Sara and Alek?
Sara is a down to earth woman who is getting ready to start a new chapter in her life after living in Seattle for a year. She is roommates with her best friend Alexa, and has made a new friend at her current job, a young man by the name of Matt who seems to be outrageously attractive but sadly for our sake, he’s gay.
Sara works at a cute little flower shop, this is where she runs into the gorgeous Alek. Almost immediately, the attraction between the two is too much to bare. Alek is painted as a very mysterious guy, but a pure gentleman. While the author takes her time building the relationship between the two of them, she continuously brings up the fact that Alek isn’t all he’s cut out to be, there is something very strange going on behind his eyes, and in his mind. When the two finally come together and allow the built-up tension to come to a head the passion is so real, that moment is worth the wait. I do love that the author writes in both Alek and Sara’s point of view, it helps us see both sides of the story. I would’ve have liked to find out at least one of their secrets during this first book though, now I am kind of forced to read the next one to see what these secrets of theirs are. S. Nelson does show us a glimpse of Sara’s’ pass she has had a very painful experience but what that experience is we have yet to find out.
I am hoping that the second book shines some light on a lot of the foreshadowing that we’ve had so far, I want to know what Sara ran from, what Alek is hiding, and where these two will end up.
The Red Wife (The Without Rules Series: Book Two) by Tyffani Clark Kemp
Published: February 7, 2014, Genre: Adult Erotica
E-book, 279 pages
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Misspelled words, misused vocabulary and incorrect punctuation litter the book.
Mariss Red, and Sebastian Boa that is really what the second book is about. The author changes the entire spectrum of the story, instead of there being a feud between the husband and their threesome partner the author decides to kill off the husband so that Mariss and Sebastian could be together. I really was not happy with the way this portion of the story turns out. I will admit that I did kind of see this happening, maybe not the attack on Holden but I knew some way he was going to be written out of the picture. Poor Mariss, she was put through so much in this book the loss of her husband and the nervous break downs, yes plural, and the surprise pregnancy and loss of Holden and Mariss’s child. I think the author was going for a lot of dramatic twists and turns but I just felt as if the world was ganging up on poor Mrs. Red.
Throughout this book Mariss shows off a lot of her acquired skills from her pass time, I can understand the reaction she was feeling with the world pinned against her and the Sebastian Boa never backing down. I felt a lack of depth with the characters, everyone appears to be very one sided I know there will be growth or an attempt of it in the next book, but I would have loved to read more about Sebastian and his promiscuous ways, maybe learn why he wants to sleep with anything that bats their eyelashes. Speaking of Sebastian, I could not stand the fact that he was sleeping with Brenda, she was so exasperating. Brenda was supposed to be older than Sebastian’s mother, and yet she acted as if she were a child. For Brenda to know and understand how Sebastian lives his life with multiple women around she should really have stepped off her high horse with her nagging, and pure jealousy.
Overall the story needed a little more work, I would have liked to see more interactions between Holden and Sebastian maybe a little more tug of war instead of offing Holden as soon as she got the chance. There were a lot of chapters that seemed to repeat, Mariss says no, Sebastian pushes, they end up fooling around, on and on. Let’s face it, we all knew Mariss and Sebastian were going to end up together, I just wish we could see some time in between her grieving and hooking up with Sebastian. He still could’ve come in and saved the day but from afar.
As promised here is the first post of Read TH*S new Tuesday tradition.
The Man Without Rules, by Tyffani Clark Kemp,
this book is apart of my nook bookshelf. This steamy story is the beginning of a heart gripping romance that expands over two more books. Sebastian, Mariss, and Holden, the three true main characters will have you constantly questioning yourself as their stories begin to weave in and out around one anothers lives. This book is told from Sebasrians perspective, which gives us a little insight on his mindset and sexlife. Sebastian Boa is a model who gets whatever woman he wants, while Mariss Red is happily married to Holden Red and the proud owner of The Red Wife Club. Holden Red, is a professional basketball player who is constantly traveling for work. On one night their three lives clash in a hot ménage à trois that shows up in the beginning of the book, what happens afterwards is where the true story lies. This book has temptation, love, lust, romance, passion and much more. You will love and hate the main characters, but find that you want to figure out what else is going to happen.
The book has some mistakes, words that are misspelled and some punctuation problems. Although there are errors they do not completely ruin the book. Holden the husband is away a lot due to playing professional Basketball, I found some of those areas impossible to believe. Yes Basketball players do travel, but many times wives go to show support, Kemp never spoke of Mariss going to a game or even reflecting on games she maybe attended in the past. I understand that Kemp wanted to make a book that had the temptation seeping through, but some moments were a little predictive. I did continue and finish the series, if you want to find out what happens to Sebastian, Mariss, and Holden I don’t think it will be a complete waste of time.
Let me know what you guys think. Do you want spoilers, more information, would you like a summary type of review on the next two books? Will you pick up the book, or is this a pass? If you’ve read the book/series did you fall for Sebastian? Did you understand the struggle Mariss had? Would you knowingly cheat? Comment below.
Good Morning TH*S readers. I would like to start a new tradition involving books of course. Every Tuesday, I will post book/books on my bookshelf either physical or electronic. I will include a short summary and what I loved/liked/disliked etc. Let me know if you would like for me to include extra information.