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review 2020-09-09 23:36
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Must Love Dogs...and Hockey - Kelly Jamieson

Lilly feels like her life is falling apart.  She has lost another job, and it has her feeling low about herself.  Then she gets an additional dog walking client.  He intrigues her, and she finds him incredibly attractive.

 

Easton is totally enamored with Lilly.  Right from the moment they meet he cannot help but think she is so beautiful.  She seems to love dogs, and is great with them.  Since he finds himself unexpectedly the caregiver of a puppy he needs her help.

 

This story has such a great balance.  I felt like it had a great base story. Was full of humor, angst, heat, and more.  I had to read it all in one sitting, since I did not want to put it down.  The characters are meant to be and it shows. I give it a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review by Netgalley and its publishers.

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text 2020-09-08 06:50
SERIES SPOTLIGHT: TEMPT ME BY SARA WHITNEY

 

 

 

Check out the gorgeous rom com series from Sara Whitney today! 

 

"Whitney has become one of my favorite authors in a short amount of time. She delights with sassy characters that tickle the funny bone and melt your heart ..." - (Isha C., Hopeless Romantic)

 

 

 

"Erik and Josie are a match made of fun. Whitney serves up a delicious blend of sugar and spice that definitely hits the spot." - (Tempting Taste, Isha C, Goodreads Reviewer)

 

"Tempting Talk flirts it's way past your defenses with laugh out loud dialogue, captivating characters and tempting storytelling." - (Tempting Talk, Isha C, Goodreads Reviewer)

 

Series page: https://amzn.to/3lPDw3Q 

Tempting Heat (Book 1) 

Tempting Taste (Book 2)  

Tempting Talk (Book 3) 

 

 

Tempting Lies - September 28th - books2read.com/temptinglies

~*~ 

He’s out to prove he can do more than swing a hammer. 

 

After her widowed mother rushed into a regrettable second marriage, Thea Blackwell vowed never to commit to anything. Not jobs. Not hairstyles. Not men. Yet here she is dreaming about buying a house and having it renovated by the town playboy who never spared her a second glance. Too bad she lacks both the cash and the courage. 

 

Aiden Murdoch put his wild ways behind him to help his ailing father run the family construction business, but he can’t seem to escape his scandalous reputation. Then his childhood friend Thea shows him her money pit of a fixer-upper, and he stumbles on the perfect solution: he'll provide the labor, and she'll make him look happily domesticated in front of his father’s nervous clients. 

 

What should be a simple arrangement gets complicated fast when fake kisses lead to real feelings, leaving Aiden aching to prove he’s worth a lifelong commitment and Thea wondering if her pretend boyfriend can truly give up his swipe-right lifestyle. With forever on the line, will they be brave enough to tear down the lies they’ve told each other—and themselves? 

 

Tempting Lies is a witty, wild romantic comedy featuring a charismatic carpenter and the woman who loves to watch him swing his hammer. It’s a standalone romance with a happily ever after, so find your favorite breakfast nook and get reading! 

 

 

~*~ 

Series page: https://amzn.to/3lPDw3Q 

Tempting Heat (Book 1) 

Tempting Taste (Book 2)  

Tempting Talk (Book 3) 

~*~ 

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review 2020-09-05 01:18
THE HOLLOW PLACES BY: T. KINGFISHER
The Hollow Places - T. Kingfisher

I think this book will stay with me for awhile, I'm afraid the willows have taken root. I know many people draw the obvious parallels with Lovecraft, but for me this one also had some vibes that brought up touchstones from The Mist (Stephen King) and a smidge of Pan's Labyrinth. Definitely that dark otherworldliness but also the religious and/or mythical undertones throughout.

 

Sometimes the vastness and imagination that goes into multiverses can be overwhelming but I thought this was beautifully balanced by the characters, with their lightness and their dark humor and being so down-to-earth (which is funny, all things considered!). Carrot and Simon, and even Uncle Earl help even things out and brought levity to a quagmire of disturbing otherness.

 

The disquieting undertones all throughout was classic horror that I greatly appreciate. It's like a feeling you get that something is behind you and that paralyzing moment where you're deciding whether to look or not, to quickly escape or rationalize it away. In willow world or not, that feeling stays with you throughout the story and it's fabulously unsettling. On the flip side the vivid picture painted with some of the more in your face creepy situations, like the bus or Sturdivant, was grotesquely clear and so easily visualized.

I think my favorite part of all though was the last part in the Museum. It brought a whole new heartwarming element to the tale that I wasn't expecting. For lack of a better term, there really is no place like home, and the idea that your home might feel that way about you too is quite touching. All in all this was a fast paced enthralling read and I definitely look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

 

I received an arc of this book from Gallery Books via Netgalley and this is my honest review.

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text 2020-08-30 08:27
NEW RELEASE: WOLF'S BITE (MAFIA MONSTERS #4) BY ATLAS ROSE & KF FAULKS

 

 



Wolf’s Bite, book 4 in the Mafia Monsters Series, by Atlas Rose & Kim Faulks is LIVE early!





Title: Wolf’s Bite (Mafia Monsters Book 4)

Author: Atlas Rose & Kim Faulks

Release Date: August 30th

Genre:  Gothic Paranormal Romance 

 Cover Designer: Covers by Christian

Photographer: Wander Aguiar

Model: Johnny James

“Wolf’s Bite is well written with a gripping story line and chemistry bursting characters you can't help fall in love with!!” - Goodreads Reviewer

“Gritty and explosive. This book had me on edge. ”  - Goodreads Reviewer



Blurb:


“Don’t come any closer,” I warned, my FBI badge useless in the face of this fanged monster. “I’ll scratch and bite.”

“You’ll crawl and beg too.” Phantom promised as he strode closer, a glint of desire danced in his eyes. “And that Special Agent…will only be the start of it.” 

The Costello’s were mine. 

Mine to corner. Mine to hunt. Mine to bring to their knees.  

I’ve hunted Ruth for years now. Sat outside her house. Tracked every shady deal she’d ever done. She’s my ticket to her family, and the entire cesspool they play in. The Costello’s are lower than low…they are liars…they are mobsters. 

They are Mafia. 

This is more than a case for me. This was personal. The last bullet in my father’s ruined policing career. He’s a drunk now and alone…and I’m his only visitor—pathetic huh? 

Only a war erupted. A war which I’m now part of…a war between the beasts that roam west of my city and the powerful Immortals they answer to.

I replayed that night in slow motion. Fangs. Blood…and Phantom. The Alpha of the Wolves. The one I saved from a rogue Vampire. 

And the one who saved me. 

I carry his bite mark on my shoulder…and the memory of what I’d done in his bed. 

He might think he has a handle on me…

He might think this is more than what it was…

He’s about to find out how wrong he is.

 

Download FREE on KU → https://tlknrdy2me.com/WolfsBite


Add to your Goodreads TBR → https://tlknrdy2me.com/TBRWolfsBite


 

Catch up on the rest of the series:

 

 

Book 1: http://tlknrdy2me.com/VampiresKiss

 


Book 2: http://tlknrdy2me.com/VampiresSin

 


Book 3: http://tlknrdy2me.com/VampiresPromise

 

 

Excerpt:


I dropped my head at the trail of those calloused fingers down my spine. They were worn from fighting, blood-stained…death-delivering, not kind…not in the fucking slightest. Utterly Alpha.

“You think because you carry a badge you can bust down my door…and invade my fucking life?” 

A shudder tore through me in answer. 

“You need to understand who you’re playing with Special Agent.” His hands gripped my hips. Jesus just that deep, graveled voice made me wet. 

One draw of a breath and I knew he scented me…the low rumble in the back of his throat was all fucking promise. 

“I…” I started. 

“I?”

Thick knees pushed between my splayed thighs. Long powerful thighs opened, making stretch my legs outwards. Hands on the hood…legs out wide. I could hear my own commands come back to me. 

My legs were out wide, pushing wider the more he moved. 

“I’m gonna show you just what I think of you waving your fucking gun around.” He growled. “I’m gonna punish you for shooting me in the fucking chest. Are you ready Special Agent?”

He yanked my hips backwards, my splayed hands slid down the wall, until the tip of his cock danced at my entrance. “Oh my God.” My eyes fluttered closed. 

My body was on fire. 

My focus was on that touch…on that brush of the most sensitive part of me…the belly of the flame burned when he thrust, sliding the head of his massive cock inside. I bit my lip, head lowered, nails scratching the walls…must not mark the walls. 

“You fucking shot me.” He growled, hands closed around my hips like a fucking vise, pulling me backwards and then pushing up. I couldn’t get away even if I wanted to. Grinding, dipping, stretching me wider until my pussy clamped down…and then he pulled free. 

“Fuck you.” I whimpered. “Give me a gun and I’ll shoot you again.” 

A deep rumble of laughter spilled across my bare skin. Thighs flexed, driving this body upwards until his hard chest pressed against my back. “I have no doubt about that.” He murmured against my neck. “Not doubt whatsoever. But right now…you’re mine Carina Chase. I own you, pussy, tits…and soul. 

I whimpered with the words baring down, desperate for an inch more…and he had plenty to give. More than I’d ever had before. 

“Look down Carina.” His hand gentle against the back of my head. “Watch while I fuck you, and when I finish fucking you then you’ll know who you belong to. You’ll know who’s pack is yours. Pro tip. It’s not the one with the shiny badges and the goddamn mortal rules. You belong to us. You are owned by us.” 

“No…” I started as his cock pushed in deep, filling me up, sliding all the way inside until I lost control of myself. 

Slow. Hard. Thrusts dragged me from my own soul, and left me in the dirt and the mud…in the primal yearning of what’d always longed for. 

Family. 

Purpose.

Love.

He claimed me…deeper than any bite ever could. I met his thrusts driving down…hard flesh slapped on flesh, that fire stoked inside me, rising up as I did until he pressed his thumb against my ass.

“Open up for me.” He demanded. “Open this precious part of you and I’ll show you how a real man takes care of what he owns.” 

My ass clenched, breaths hard and fast. Still his hand never moved from the back of my head, fingers tangled in my hair. I watched his cock slide out of me, pink skin glistening from my own savage need. 

 


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Atlas Rose Bio:

Atlas Rose is a regular Aussie girl, writing wolves and witches. She loves the beach...and writing. But above all she loves her readers. Author of Chosen by the Vampire Series. Loves black cats. Eats all the black jellybeans. Yeah, she lives a wild life.

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Goodreads Profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19227365.Atlas_Rose

 

 

 

 

Kim Faulks Bio:

USA TODAY & Amazon Bestselling Author of Dark Paranormal & Urban Fantasy Romance! Do you love dark stories, powerful characters, and a thrilling storyline? Then, I'm the author for you. I'm an Aussie girl who loves stories about the underdogs and the things they've done to survive. Nothing is off limits in my books. I love writing bad guys just as much as the heroes and finding that point of no return. My books are usually hot, action-packed, and always... always dark.

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Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKimFaulks

Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/298052690713388

Amazon Profile: https://www.amazon.com/Kim-Faulks/e/B005J7EPH8

Goodreads Profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5146788.Kim_Faulks

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review 2020-08-29 15:08
The Wolves of Venice
The Wolves of Venice - Alex Conner

by Alex Conner

 

I love both Paris and Venice as settings and have to admit that influenced my request for this book. I did get some taste of Venice, but unfortunately not as much as I'd hoped for.

 

The story itself has possibilities, though it moves rather slowly and the author over uses the word 'had'. It isn't necessary in 99% of the sentences when you're already writing in past tense! It got really irritating and distracted me from the story.

 

The other thing the book got wrong is what too many series are doing these days, leaving resolution for a future sequel. I have to admit this has made me generally avoid series written in this century, with very few exceptions.

 

There is mystery and intrigue, but too much left unanswered at the end.

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