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review 2017-06-21 17:12
Book Review for Destiny by Faith Starr
 
 
 
 


Title: Destiny
Series: Hilltops #1
Author: Faith Starr
Gene : Contemporary, BDSM-Lite, Suspense
Release Date: February 21, 2017
Reviewed by : Angels With Attitude Book Reviews
Publisher: Loose-ID 

4 stars ARC

 

Blindfolds, bondage, board meetings. All in a day's work for Noah Dorian, co-owner of Hilltops, an exclusive club for those who like a bit of spice.

 

Enter Jordin Turner, a psychology student who is doing research on the BDSM lifestyle.

 

Noah agrees to provide her with information via telephone but when she comes to the club for an observation, his world is turned upside down. Jordin is strong, confident, intelligent, and beautiful; traits he has never seen packaged together in a woman he likeshttp://angelswithattitudebookreviews-joelle.blogspot.com/2017/06/book-review-for-destiny-by-faith-starr.html this much. He's always guarded his heart, but Jordin makes him want to open his heart and free himself from his demons.

 

Jordin has had her fair share of heartache, including an ex who made her doubt herself. Especially in the bedroom. Noah's dominant nature gives her a chance to change that. His desire and his dominance help her break the chains that hold her back.

 

Noah and Jordin. Sometimes love is destiny.

 

 
 
“You don’t have to argue every point. I’m simply making my own observations.” Why did his breath have to smell as good as the rest of him? It was almost hypnotic, if not tempting every fiber in my being to lean forward to see if he tasted as good as he smelled. Damn Noah Dorian. “That’s supposed to be my job.” Oh my gosh. I sounded like a schoolgirl with a childhood crush, giggling stupidly. “Yes, it is, but I’m having a rather good time doing your job too.” “Why’re you doing this, Noah?” Confusion filled me. I was a little light-headed in addition to the other slew of symptoms having a field day inside me. He was pretty much suffocating me with his charm and good looks. “All I’m doing is pointing out to you that you don’t always have to keep yourself so tightly wound. Sometimes it’s nice to let loose.” “And what’re you implying?” “I’m merely suggesting that you allow me to bring some of your curiosity to life.” Say what? “You mean like mentor me in BDSM? Sorry, but I’m not a bow down, please and thank you, Sir, type of a woman.” Reality check! It was time to dodge this bullet. Unfortunately, it was somewhat impossible since he had me caged between his strong arms. “I’m not so sure about that. Besides, you’ll never know unless you try.” “I’m sorry if I’ve given you the wrong impression, Noah. I think maybe I should go.” I needed air. I needed to get out of this room. I needed Noah Dorian. That’s what I needed.

 
I couldn’t take it anymore. My dick could only behave for so long. My poor impulse control and I pushed her against the car, tasting those succulent lips again. Something I couldn’t stop thinking about. Luckily, her mouth voluntarily welcomed my tongue. I could only imagine what else it could do to her luscious body. “Because I know you feel it too.” Her eyes blinked several times as they stared into mine, her breaths jagged between her slightly parted lips. That was all the reassurance I needed to know she would be there on Saturday night. I backed away and took her hand in mine, suddenly with more pep in my stride. I walked her to her car and made sure she got in safely, her wittiness taking a hike and replaced with desire. Her eyes had hunger in them, and I knew exactly how to feed it. This woman had no clue how fucking sexy she was. I intended to make that concept very well known to her. She looked up at me and almost whispered her good-bye, her lips swollen and begging for more. I leaned down and slid my hand into her hair, tilting her chin upward so I could have one more taste to hold me over until the weekend. To my surprise, she fisted my hair desperately. I planted a gentle kiss on her lips to find her almost panting when I pulled away. I released my hold on her and smiled. “Good night, Jordin.” It took all the self-control I had to walk away after the kiss. My dick ached, wanting to blow, but it wasn’t something I couldn’t take care of later.

Lets start off by saying that I really enjoyed our first read by this author.I liked the characters as they were fun and interesting.Noah and Jordin were such opposites yet their relationship worked even though they had a few hiccups along the way.
 
I always pick a favorite character in a story in this time around its going to be Jordin although Noah follows closely.I found Jordin to be bright,charming,shy,intelligent ,insecure, but she also had fire and passion within her.
 
Jordin meets Noah as she has asked Noah who own a sex club to help her collect information on the bdsm lifestyle to write her dissertation for school in order to graduate to become a therapist. Jordin chose this subject because she wanted to understand more and gather more insight in order to consul abused women. I loved Jordin she was so out of her element,nervous, shy, intimidated and an innocent to boot but when it came to observing the scenes throughout the club in order to learn Noah is the one who caused all her flutters and uneasiness not the scenes themselves. Jordin's attraction to Noah and him to her was apparent from the start and their chemistry was hot as hell.I loved how she opened up and blossomed throughout the story creating many firsts and new experiences for herself  doing this in baby steps she was growing more confident. Jordin surprised me the most though she had just the same hang ups as every other women does and those self insecurities but never really applied the logic to herself as she did her patients .Noah is the one who helped her overcome most of her insecurities and I loved that most about him
 
Noah definitely was a man of many layers.He had much more depth to him that I even thought was possible about him and I loved discovering more and more about him as the story progressed he really was a tender love and caring soul.I found Noah to be many things but loved that he was confident yet sensitive.Noah's attraction with Jordin has him tied up in knots from the onset.I loved how Jordin has him feeling things and experiencing a lot of firsts himself.Noah is such and experienced man in and out of the bedroom he has lived the lifestyle an has enjoyed it but it doesn't dominate his life .I loved this about him the most as Jordin is all about vanilla and yet he still peruses her with a passion.I loved his patience and kindness that he showed Jordin and those around him.I loved seeing this side of him as he definitely liked to be in charge and loved to dominate but never saw being tender or kind as a weakness.I fell in loved with him a little bit myself especially when he walked through the facility that his brother was staying at and he took the time to have a kind word with each and every patient he came in contact with along the way to see his brother. He put a smile on all those patients faces.He was definitely swoon worthy!
 
A really enjoyable story that was a learning experience for both characters who fell for one another and yet just what the other needs to make them whole.I enjoyed the chemistry these characters had as I really thought they made a cute an amazing couple together and I was glad that they found their way to one another even though their journey wasn't always a easy one.
 
I love when you can connect with the characters you read about and I was able to that in this story .I loved when that happens when you like your character so much from the onset that you know its going to be a good enjoyable story for you.
 
I looking forward to reading other stories by this author as she creates them.
 
4 stars from us

 
 

 
 
 
When she's not managing her husband’s medical practice or taking care of her three kids, Faith Starr loves writing erotic romance fiction. Faith is passionate about putting herself into the minds of her characters, giving them a life of their own with all of the emotions that go along with it. She is head over heels in love with each and every alpha male she creates and the confident women who steal their hearts. Faith has found her passion writing in the romance genre. Creating heartfelt love stories has become key in giving her inner spirit the creative outlet it desires. She is a hopeless romantic, with a little spice, who truly believes in the “Once Upon a Time” and “Happily Ever After” ending.
 
 




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text 2016-03-10 07:05
Release Blitz w/Review - JACKED UP

 

 

Meet Jack & Elle in Jacked Up by Elle Aycart!

 

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Title: Jacked Up
Series: Bowen Boys 4
Author: Elle Aycart
Publisher: Loose Id LLC
Cover artist: Valerie Tibbs
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense
Length: Novel

Release date: 3/8/2016
Purchase Link: http://www.loose-id.com/bowen-boys-4-jacked-up.html
ISBN: 978-1-68252-081-9


 

 

 

Blurb:

 

Since James Bowen married Elle Cooper’s sister, tall dark and handsome Jack Copeland has become a permanent fixture in Elle’s life. A silent, rather annoying fixture, with his arrogant aloofness and my-way-or-the-highway attitude rubbing her the wrong way. So she does what any self-respecting woman would: aggravate the wits out of him.

 

Party girl Elle Cooper is everything covert operative Jack Copeland doesn’t want in a woman. Outspoken, sassy. A smartass. Too bad when he closes his eyes, all his mind conjures up is her. To everyone else, he comes off as intimidating and unapproachable. Everyone except Elle. So he does what any self-respecting man would: stay the hell away from her. But when Elle gets herself in deep trouble, all of Jack’s protective instincts kick in, and keeping his distance is no longer an option.

 

Elle’s already complicated life takes a downturn, and she’s given two choices: go to jail or stick with Jack.

 

With Jack and Elle in such close proximity, sparks are flying all over the damn place and it’s only a matter of time before they ignite. The only question is, who will kill Elle first? The vicious drug cartel hunting her or Jack?

 

 

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Prologue & Chapter One: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ke2IMehTTc4VllWWZDvQrf3xDKD-fV3wJOqAEsAhmc0/edit?usp=sharing

 

 

Bowen Series Reading Order

 

More than Meets the Ink (Bowen, #1)

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Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1AddDA2

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Kobo: http://bit.ly/1yVS0xC

 

Heavy Issues (Bowen #2)

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1TzesMU

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1yZFYrN

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1vn91q6

iTunes: http://bit.ly/1tN4oEo

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1DjiFbW

 

Inked Ever After (Bowen, #2.5)

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1QQYQP6

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1AddNYq

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1DshXJJ

iTunes: http://bit.ly/1HB27mj

Kobo: http://bit.ly/16duB52

To The Max (Bowen, #3)

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1QQYTuu

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1AgchDW

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1QDtWtD

iBooks: http://apple.co/1QvkJ8K

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1QA4zw3

All Romance ebooks: http://bit.ly/1KMsQZp

 

 

About the Author:

 

After a colorful array of jobs all over Europe ranging from translator to chocolatier to travel agent to sushi chef to  flight dispatcher, Elle Aycart is certain of one thing and one thing only: aside from writing romances, she has abso-frigging-lutely no clue what she wants to do  when she grows up. Not that it stops her from trying all sorts of crazy stuff.

 

While she is probably now thinking of a new profession, her head never stops churning new plots for her romances. She lives currently in Barcelona, Spain, with her husband and two daughters, although who knows, in no time she could be living at the Arctic Circle in Finland, breeding reindeer.

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review 2016-03-10 01:01
Under my skin
Jacked Up (Bowen Boys Book 4) - Elle Aycart

This is book # 4 in the Bowen Boys series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  The reader will get more understanding and enjoyment if this series is read in order.  There are many spoilers in the book, if this story is read first.

 

Jack and Elle meet when her sister marries his closes friend.  After that, they just annoy the hell out of each other because it is fun.  In denial of all the sparks flying all around them, the onlookers are wondering who will get burned.

 

When she is in danger, Jack runs to help her.  He berates himself for not being able to stay away, but he cannot stop himself.  Elle is just as guilty.  She relies on Jack without realizing that is what she is suddenly doing.  All the while, things heat up between them, and the kisses take on a life of their own.

 

Such an amazing well though story!  I cannot believe how often I laughed in a book I thought would be so serious.  The characters are so good together and the heat is so HOT, it literally burns the pages.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC was given in exchange for an honest review.

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Blog Tour - STORM DAMAGED

 

 


STORM DAMAGED by Kerry Adrienne!

In another time and place, she’d be exactly the kind of woman he’d want to date. And more. If only…

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One winner will receive a new Kindle! 
 

 



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Title: Storm Damaged
Author: Kerry Adrienne
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: January 26, 2016
Publisher: Loose Id
Print Length: 231 pages
Format: Digital
Digital ISBN: 978-1-68252-044-4

Synopsis:

In a world where humans don’t know mermaids exist, Mari leaves her home in the ocean to escape her mother, her betrothed, and her tribe’s expectations in order to make a go of independence on land. Chase, former Navy diver and self-appointed curmudgeon-who-isn’t-worthy-of-love, lost his brother in a freak diving accident and now fears the ocean he once loved.

When a hurricane threatens, they have to work together to save everything they've worked so hard to build. With Mari's betrothed on the rampage over a centuries-old vendetta, the storm isn't the worst thing they'll have to face.

 
 

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Mari’s lower lip trembled and she rubbed her palms against her knees and looked back toward Inna. She was in trouble.

Big trouble.

Inna stood, unmoving, and staring at her. She reached to her throat, but words had dried on her tongue. She shook her head as tears sprang to her eyes. This couldn’t be happening. Not now. Not when she was finally getting Chase to relax. Not when she thought things were finally getting better. Not when she’d finally pushed her betrothal out of her mind, at least for the moment.

Mari looked from Chase to Inna, then back to Chase. What to do? What to say? The only way this situation could be worse was if Inna saw everything… Oh gods, how long had he been watching?

He’d kill them both.

“He’s been watching.” Had she spoken aloud, or was her mind screaming? She blinked away the tears and wiped away the trails on her cheeks. It felt like her frightened heart had expanded and she couldn’t breathe. Inna was going to kill them.

Chase jerked upright. “He couldn’t have seen anything inside the cart. It’s okay. He didn’t see anything.”

The setting sun streamed across the park, casting long shadows of rides onto the empty beach like an invading army of giant insects. Inna’s thick shadow moved swiftly along the ground. One thing was for sure, Inna had seen enough to be pissed.

He was headed directly for them.



GUEST POST with Author Kerry Adrienne:

My Favorite Book

Wow, to only pick one book is very difficult. I thought about this a while and decided that a book I must really love above all others is one that I re-read the most often. That book would have to be The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.

I read it first when I was maybe ten years old, and the Joad family reminded me of my grandparents even then. They were Depression-era folk, that was about the only comparison, but something about the way the Joads reused things and valued things reminded me a lot of what I saw in my grandparents. And the way they protected family, no matter what. I had never read a book that had drawn me in so deeply except Gone With the Wind and I felt like I was making that trek to California (which might as well have been Mars to this poor girl in the mountains of North Carolina), and I felt like I was in the migrant camps. Something about the way Steinbeck wrote (at the time I didn’t know, but later I realized he did many things very well—characterization and setting among them) captured me like no other writer. I love other books of his (East of Eden is probably my second favorite).

When I first saw the movie starring Henry Fonda, I loved it, mostly. Seeing what the desert and dust bowl looked like (at least in Hollywood’s vision) was interesting. Everything was so desolate and dirty. Yet life went on! People managed to live and even find happiness along the way.

I was disappointed that the movie had changed many things, especially the ending, but I was too young to really understand why other than that the book was so very long and that would make a really long movie if they tried to include everything from the novel.
The ending however, confused me. Why did they change that in the film? To me, even as a young child, the book’s ending was perfect. It was hope and new life in the middle of death and hardship. It was a rose among the thorns of life. Rose of Sharon. I got it and I thought it was beautiful. It had a tremendous influence on me. It was such a perfect example of theme being strong and perfect but not preachy. At least, I didn’t think it was preachy. I read later that some did think it was preachy later.

Other books that I would say are also my favorites are: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Stand, Childhood’s End, The City and the Stars, Neuromancer, and I could go on…



 

About Kerry Adrienne:

Repped by the fabulous Marisa Corvisiero with the Corvisiero Literary Agency. http://www.corvisieroagency.com/

Kerry loves history and spends large amounts of time wondering about people who lived and walked on Earth in the past. She’s a mom to three daughters, six cats, and various small animals. Her husband says she’s a marketer’s dream, as she often believes everything she hears—at least initially. Her shoe horde will attest to her fine shopping skills.

In addition to writing, Kerry loves to sew (costumes and cosplay, especially), draw, paint, make chainmail, and play guitar.

Her new love is her Mini Cooper Convertible, Sheldon, and they have already gone on many adventures. They travel to as many concerts as they can–especially Green Day and Marilyn Manson.

You can visit her much-neglected costuming blog here: http://cloakandcostume.blogspot.com/ Maybe she’ll have time to update it soon.

Connect with Kerry: Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Amazon | Goodreads



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REVIEW: “Toxic” by Belinda McBride
Toxic (Truckee Wolves, #1) - Belinda McBride

Genre:  ER-PNR

Length:  @ 127pgs (ebook)

Heat Level/Content:  erotica-lite (m/f; a dash ’o kink)

Publication Date:  April 23, 2013 (orig = Oct 2009)

Publisher:  Loose Id (orig = Changeling Press)

Series Info:  Truckee Wolves #1

 

BLURB:

There are three things that Dr. Briony Theale loves. Her job as a veterinarian, a good bar of rich, dark chocolate, and Rico, the ranger in charge of the Wildlife Rescue center. When a casual dinner with Rico turns surprisingly intimate, Briony realizes that she might just have a chance with him after all, if only she could lose a few pounds. It’s the ultimate sacrifice, but Briony goes cold turkey, and swears off chocolate forever.

 

Rico Montgomery fell hard for Briony the first time he set eyes on the curvy little doctor. Her rich brown hair and cocoa skin trigger cravings that he can barely control, and her fragrance is like the sweetest, richest chocolate he’s ever scented in his life. That’s a bad thing for Rico, because to a werewolf like him, chocolate is literally a toxin. After his pack warns him off the very human doctor, Rico finds himself even more drawn to Briony.

 

Rico can’t live with it, and Briony can’t live without it. And when a certain wandering wolf finds a bag of chocolate in the trash near Briony’s clinic, these two will find out just how toxic love can be.

 

* This is a substantially expanded and revised version of the short story Sex and Chocolate: Toxic which was previously published.

(spoiler show)

 

 

* Review copy provided by the author/publisher via NetGalley.

 

It's rare that I give 4 stars to a novella, especially when it's PNR. But there was so much that I enjoyed about this revised edition of Toxic, starting w/ the luscious hero (or rather, his wolf) who is so infatuated w/ the chocolatey smell of his mate that he forgets that chocolate is a major no-no for canines. Loved the MCs, loved the various secondary characters (especially Briony's mum!), and definitely loved the romance and the HOT! sexy times.

 

Even tho it's almost to be expected for a novella, lost a star due to less than substantial world-building, as well as sketchy references to common trope of secret military experiments. (TBT, for me, any references to genetic experiments, super-soldiers, traumatised females and such immediately invite comparisons to Lora Leigh's Breeds series.) Also, I found it distracting to have POVs beyond the MCs in a novella-length story; multiple POVs work better for me in a full-length novel with a more substantial plot.

 

Given the number of interesting characters introduced in Toxic, there's such potential for more stories in this series! If so, hopefully there will be more backstory re: Abraxas, the shadowy organisation involved in the illicit experiments, and how the various pack members came together. Frankly, I'm hoping that Ms. McBride will be inspired to focus on Sage. Or even Dionne. *grins* Oh, and what's the story w/ Kurt and Ethan?!

 

Whilst I wait, guess that I'll re-read the shorts in the 2 Doms of Dark Haven anthologies so to finally put everything in proper chrono order.  FYI, “Educating Evangeline” (published in Doms of Dark Haven) is first, then Toxic, and then “Hunting Holly” (published in Doms of Dark Haven 2: Western Night).

 

NB: Review of 2013 revised edition. This got lost in calibre due to being merged with the original 2009 story put out by Changeling Press. B/c of when I read the original version years ago, I didn't remember enough to notice what was different this time around.

Source: karmabites.booklikes.com/post/840640/-toxic-by-belinda-mcbride
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