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text 2017-09-15 13:43
#8 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Momma Says to Read

 

It's Follow Friday with book bloggers! Say Hello to Becky from Momma Says to Read: http://mommasaystoread.booklikes.com/

 

 

When was the very first time you thought “Books. I cannot live without them!”?

 

Oh, gosh, I’ve had a love for books since those first Little Golden Books that my mom read to me as a toddler. I can remember finishing a book and absolutely needing to go to a bookstore for my next read. Thankfully, with Kindle, I always have another book ready to go.

 

How did your blogging adventure start and what are your impressions so far?

 

Actually, blogging started with Amazon. I was one of the many that got hit with a review ban and having all past reviews suppressed. Reading and reviewing is something that I enjoy doing and I’ve found so many new authors to enjoy from review programs. So, during the two-month battle with the elusive Community Reviews Team at Amazon, my daughter suggested a blog. Honestly, I was resistant at first. Seriously, who was going to read my blog? Once I started, I found that I really enjoy the blog and when I see the numbers on views, I get excited. So, I suppose you could say that blogging turned out to be a happy surprise for me. I never thought I would like it so much.

 

 

Do you read one book or several at the same time?

 

Typically, I read one book at a time, but if I’m having trouble getting into a story or just not enjoying it, I have been known to lay it aside and start something else. I do go back and finish the laid-aside book. I’m somewhat compulsive about that – Once I start a book, I have to finish it, even if it takes me awhile.

 

You write “I don't pull punches when I review, love it or hate it, you get what I think.” What’s the process for writing your book reviews?

 

It’s pretty simple, really. I pick books to read and review the same as I’ve always picked books – if it sounds interesting, I’ll read it. I always start a book with the idea that I’ll like it and very often, I do. When I finish a book, I take some time to think about how I feel about the story – that takes longer for some books than others, but I never just finish and immediately write the review.

 

Regardless of how I feel about the book, I don’t bash or attack the story or the author. I always try to be respectful, but I will be honest. If there are plot holes, if the story jumps around too much, if it’s repetitive, etc. I notice those things and even if I like a story, those distractions will be mentioned in my review. Similarly, if the book is labeled as a bad boy romance, I expect a bad boy. If it’s an Urban Fantasy, I expect solid world-building and the supernatural. If it’s a sports romance, I expect to see something of the actual sport. Telling me that the main character plays football, but no other mention of the sport does not make it a sports romance. Those mislabels are a particular pet peeve of mine, and you can bet that when I find them, you’ll see them in my reviews.

That line from my blog is pretty much how I am with everything. I don’t mince words, but I do respectfully give my honest opinion. I am passionate about books and reading and that often comes out in my reviews.

 

 

You’re an editor. How does your profession affect your reading life and your book picks?

 

Honestly, it doesn’t. I still have the same favorites and will continue to read them. I have a handful of authors that I watch for the next release and buy it as soon as it hits the shelves – John Sandford, Jim Butcher, JR Ward, Gabi Moore, Mary Abshire, Casey Hagen, Stella Starling (just to name a few).

I do ask for a synopsis of any book before I agree to edit. If it doesn’t sound interesting to me, I don’t take it on. To be effective as an editor, I do have to actually read the story and if I don’t think I’ll be interested in the story, I don’t feel like I can do it justice.

 

What are your favorite genres? Why are they special?

 

That’s a hard one! I love several genres and will read almost all of them. I do stay away from Sci-fi, aliens, that kind of thing. They just don’t interest me.

My favorite genres really depend on my mood at the time. I love dark romance and psychological thrillers, but after reading something dark, I tend to go to something light and humorous, so usually a RomCom. I also love anything to do with the supernatural, particularly Urban Fantasy.

As far as what makes them special, if a book pulls me in, makes me feel things, and keeps me turning pages, it’s special. The genre is irrelevant at that point.

 

Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?

 

I suppose any story that excites me. I’ve been a member of Gabi Moore’s ARC team for a while and when I get a new email with ARC in the subject line, I get excited before I even open it. The same with Mary Abshire. Of course, those are among my favorites and I never have a problem recommending them, but the same goes for any book that I truly enjoy.

I’m also a huge fan of a good series and when I find one, I quickly recommend it. Heather Myers’ Slapshot series, John Sandford’s Prey series, and Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, and JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood are just a few of my favorites.

 

 

What are your three favorite book covers?

 

Brooke Kinsley’s Jewels and Panties series has some beautiful covers, and the fact that they give no hint at the darkness within always intrigues me. (There are seven books so far and I love them all.)

 

Jewels and Panties: Sex Prescribed - Brooke KinsleyReagan Through the Looking Glass (Hacking Wonderland Book 1) - Allyson Lindt,Daqri BernardoHeart of Darkness: A Gripping Bad Boy Romance (Bad Boys After Dark Book 1) - Gabi Moore

 

This one from Allyson Lindt is a recent favorite. I’ve always loved Wonderland and this cover quickly caught my eye.

 

Gabi Moore’s Heart of Darkness cover is another favorite. The book is also a favorite of mine and that cover goes perfectly with the story.

 

I don’t know that I could necessarily narrow it down to my three favorites as I have so many, but those are the ones that I thought of first, so I guess you could say that they are among the top favorites.

 

How do you decide what to read next?

 

I keep a calendar to keep track of release dates and if it’s an ARC, I always try to read and review as close to the release date as possible But, my next read also greatly depends on my mood at that moment. I often scroll through my TBR list and see what catches my eye. If there’s a new release in a favorite series, then that is usually the next book I’ll start reading, especially if it’s something I’ve been anticipating for a while.

 

 

What’s the new release you’re impatiently waiting for right now?

 

That would have to be Brooke Kinsley’s newest addition to the Jewels and Panties series. The last one ended in a cliffy and I’m dying to see what’s next.

 

What’s your reading spot? We’d love to see the photos :)

 

One spot? That’s funny! My Kindle goes everywhere with me, and I do mean everywhere. That little text to speech option is perfect for me. If I’m busy (gardening, sewing, cooking, etc), I grab my earbuds and listen, so I don’t really have a “spot” other than my Kindle is always at hand.

 

If you could meet one literary character, who would it be?

 

That one’s easy! Harry Dresden from Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files. I absolutely love that crazy wizard. Of course, it would have to be in a wide-open space. If you’re familiar with the series, then you already know that Harry is hell on buildings.

 

Ebooks or paper books?

 

I resisted the eBook idea for a while. There’s just something about holding that book in your hand. But, when I finally broke over and bought a Kindle, I was hooked. Literally, thousands and thousands of books right at your fingertips! I was like a kid in a candy store.

 

Your favorite quote?

 

I have several from favorite stories, but one of my all-time faves is about books rather than from a book.

 

 

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

We’re currently getting ready for a move and all of my “friends” are lovingly packed in boxes, ready to go. There are about 50 of those boxes – we’re a family of six, all readers, and we all have our own favorites that we just can’t part with!

 

Thank you!

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review 2017-09-09 18:14
Book Review for Zack by Jessie Cooke
 
 
 
 
 

Title: ZACK
 
Series: Southside Skulls MC Romance #4
Author: Jessie Cooke
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: August 21, 2017
Reviewed by: Angels With Attitude Book Reviews
5 stars
Arc provided for honest review
 
 
Zack "Attack" Leoni is a wild and free nomad biker who spends most of his time on the road. Each stop there's another woman to satisfy his needs.
He's not one to be tied down to anyone or anything and certainly not a woman with a child. 
 
Nicole Swafford fears for her life as she tries to escape Spider, her violent ex-husband and the father of her child...the same man Zack is meeting for a club business deal.
 
Will the smiling Zack Attack jeopardize club business for a woman he doesn't know, with a child he doesn't want?
 
Will Spider let anyone stand in the way of what he wants? His child and Nicole.
 
Two men, one woman, and a child. That's trouble. Big trouble.
 
This is book four in the Southside Skulls MC Series.
It is a Standalone Romance Novel but characters from the previous novels, DAX, CODY & GUNNER are main players in this story too. HEA and No cliffhangers. 
Intended for Mature Readers.
 
 
 
 
 




Yet Another great read in this ongoing MC series.So far I am thinking this one is my top favorites.

I love it when the men in the story always protest so much about what they want and what they need.As always they think they just want sex and nothing more but, there is always that one that isn't so easily forgotten and when that happens I love seeing these Dark Dangerous Dominate men fall....

Zack's current women he lusts after has a complication as she has a baby and her ex is a current abusive biker from hell from a rival club and still thinks she's his old lady.What man wants all that complication?Zack that is who!He's been in deep since the minute he rescued her.

I loved this story so much from the onset and cover to cover.This story was filled with so much emotion.Some if it happy,scared,hopeful,fearful,love,regret and longing.

I always pick a favorite character in a story and mine is going to be Zack.I just loved him from the onset.Yes ,he wanted sex from from her but, it was so much more and more about protecting herself and child from harm.He always put her needs first.We saw him grow emotionally himself.He let those walls he had built around himself come down long enough to put his trust in someone he loved and cared about.I though he was smart,sexy,kind protective,loving and caring and an all around super guy.I loved how protective her was of Nicole  and her child from the start.I found myself falling in love with him myself. I loved as we saw him fall in love with the child as well as Nicole.I loved all the things a dad does for their child and Zack never realized that he was playing that part throughout their courtship .Smiles...

Nicole on the other hand I found to be determined,loving,caring,fearful and had a bit of a backbone.Nicole was determined to make a life for herself and that of her child.I will say that she annoyed me at times as she was just so stubborn and disregarded her safety even knowing her ex would keep trying to harm her.I hated how her stubbornness made It so hard for them to protect her.I just wanted to smack her so many times for being so stupid knowing all the time what her ex Spider was already capable of.

I loved the chemistry,the passion and the emotion that this couples sexual situations wrought.They made a really cute couple and the perfect family this is something Zack secretly longed for.I so wanted to to finally find some peace and happiness and someone to love him and I am glad he did I was rooting for him.

My heart broke for Zack and the up bringing he had.I have to say that I detested his mother from the onset of their meeting.I felt relieved that justice was served when It came to her.I so wanted to smack that bitch every-time she opened her mouth and I am so not a violent person. LOL

I loved it.Loved the plot the characters and the twists and turns the story took.We even got the chance to have some of our other favorite MC members grace our pages in this current story and I loved seeing them again with all the quirky personalities their love and loyalty toward one another.

Well Done!

Recommend read to all and of course the rest of this series we are loving it!

5 stars from us









 
 
Chapter 1:
 
Nicole walked in the front door of the little studio apartment and stood there for a few moments torn between her heart melting at the sight of her friend holding her sweet baby while they both slept, and being angry that the door had been unlocked and she’d walked right in. She knew that without Stacey she would had never made it this far, but sometimes her beautiful friend just didn’t get how dangerous things had gotten. She walked over to the rocking chair and touched Stacey on the shoulder. Her green eyes fluttered open and for a second she looked confused. When they finally focused on Nicole’s face she smiled.
“Hey, Nick, is it that time already?”
Nicole slid her arms underneath Stacey’s and took the sleeping baby out of them. For a second she just held him up near her face and breathed him in. The sight and the smell of her baby gave her strength, and God knows she needed it. Taking a seat on the couch and kissing the still-sleeping six-month-old angel on the forehead, she looked at Stacey. Her pretty, blonde, slightly disheveled friend was yawning and stretching. She had spit-up on the shoulder of her pink t-shirt and the messy bun she’d pulled her soft blonde hair up into looked like it had given out some time ago. Nicole felt bad again for being angry with her. Stacey had given up a lot to become a part-time nanny to Nicole’s son. She didn’t stay out all night partying any longer and she rarely had a man in her bed…which was new. Stacey watched little Liam five days a week while Nicole worked the morning shift at the bakery, and then she went to her own job in the evening and worked another eight hours…for little more than a lot of drama in return. Nicole bit back her anger and softly said, “You forgot to lock the door again, Stace.”
“Shit. I’m sorry. Liam and I were sitting on the front porch for a while before he started to get sleepy. I came in and fixed his bottle and the next thing I know you’re standing over me.”
And one of these days it might be Spider standing over her. “It’s okay. I don’t mean to be a nag, but even though we might think Spider doesn’t know where you live now, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t. Spider has a way of knowing everything, sometimes before I do.”
Stacey stood. “You want a glass of wine?”
“No thank you. I should get Liam home…”
“He’s fine. He’s asleep. I’m fixing you a glass of wine and you’re staying for dinner. I’ll order pizza. Neither of us have work tomorrow, and that worry line between your eyes is deep today. Something happened.” Stacey didn’t wait for her response before going into the tiny little kitchenette and taking a bottle of wine out of the refrigerator. Nicole got up and went over to the bassinette in the corner. She kissed her baby’s soft face one more time before laying him down. She was still staring at him when Stacey came back over with two glasses of wine. She handed one to Nicole and then took out her phone and dialed a number. As she pressed it to her ear she said, “You can sit down and relax for a minute, babe. He’s not going to disappear.”
Nicole smiled at her friend and took a seat closer to the bassinette while Stacey ordered the pizza. The idea of Liam disappearing was her greatest fear, one that she lived with daily thanks to Spider. Each time he showed up, no matter how the conversation started, it ended with him making threats, telling her she’d never see her child again…the thought of that alone made her feel like she couldn’t breathe. He used those threats now, hoping she’d give in and come back to him, but one of these days she knew he’d tire of her, or kill her and she’d never see Liam again.
“Pizza is on its way,” Stacey said, tossing the phone aside and taking a sip of her wine. “Now start talking.”
Nicole smiled. “Everything’s fine, Stace. You know how I am…”
“Why do you make me drag it out of you? What did that piece of scum do this time?”
Nicole sighed. She didn’t want to talk about Spider…but since Stacey was as involved as she was by virtue of being Liam’s protector eight to ten hours a day, she needed to know. Maybe it would remind her to lock the door. “He came by the bakery today.”
“Shit. I thought Armand had a restraining order against him.” Armand was Nicole’s boss and the nicest man she’d ever known. He was protective of Nicole and Liam, and when asking Spider to stay away politely didn’t work, Armand had gotten a restraining order and promised the biker that he’d call the cops if he even saw him in the parking lot.
“He does, but he wasn’t there today…”
“So? The order is still in effect. Shit, Nicole, you have to start calling the cops on this guy. Maybe a few days in jail will give him a clue.”
Nicole chuckled sadly. “He’d only come out more pissed off and his absence from club business would just piss the rest of them off. So far Spider has kept the club out of it. I don’t want to make things worse.”
Stacey sipped her wine and sighed as she sat it down. “What did he want?”
“The same thing he always wants, to tell me that I belong to him and Liam belongs to him, and give me an ultimatum. He’s really pissed that I won’t tell him where we moved. It took me forty-five minutes to get here because I was scared to death he was following me.”
“Where was your bodyguard today?”
Nicole shuddered at the mention of Zack. The man had the kind of effect on her that most women pray for. Everything about him was sexy from his long, thick, disheveled brown hair to his light blue eyes and down to his incredibly hard body. But Nicole had almost the same reaction when she first met Spider, and that had worked out all bad. She wasn’t looking to repeat her mistakes. “He’s not my bodyguard.”
“So you keep saying. He and five of his closest friends…a few hot ones, I might add…packed up both of our apartments and moved us in the middle of the night. In the past two weeks, he’s spent more time at that bakery or outside of it than he probably has on his Harley. He’s got it bad, Nick, and he’s fucking hot. You think that Hashtag guy has an old lady?”
“An old lady’s life is not for you, babe. You value your independence too much. And we both know that hot isn’t enough.” When Nicole first met Spider, the fact that he was hot was what got her into trouble. His dark, almost black hair and gray eyes and smoking body had been all she could think about. She was barely eighteen and still living with her over-protective parents, so the excitement of the “bad boy” edge had factored in as well. She had been a good girl for too long and Spider made her want to change that almost overnight. After sneaking around with him for a month and a half, she packed her bags and told her parents she was leaving. Her mother cried and her father lectured. They begged and pleaded for her not to go. Her father threatened that she’d never be able to come back. Her mother told her that she was taking everything they’d ever done for her for granted, and ruining her future.
Nicole refused to listen to anything they told her about what a miserable life she’d have if she left Clarksville and moved to Memphis with Spider, however. By her nineteenth birthday, she was living with him and taking pride in the fact that she was his old lady. Her nightmares didn’t start until they’d been together for almost two years. Spider started drinking more and, Nicole suspected, using hard drugs. The first time he stayed out all night and didn’t call her, he came home smelling like cheap perfume and pussy. They’d gotten into a huge fight and that was the first time he hit her. She’d never been hit before in her life. He used the back of his hand, but he was so much bigger than her, it had knocked her to the floor. She was stunned by that, but even more so when he picked her up and took her to the bedroom. He told her that he was going to show her who was boss as he proceeded to rape her. When he was finished, he told her that from that moment on, she was keeping her mouth shut about what he did and who he fucked. He “owned” her, not the other way around. That night Nicole had waited until he went to sleep and then she’d gotten up and, taking nothing but her purse and her keys, she left the apartment. She’d taken a taxi to the bus station and another from the bus stop to her parents’ house outside of the Clarksville countryside. She got there just as the sun was coming up. Her father was picking up the morning paper as she stepped out of the taxi. He looked at her and went back inside the house without saying a word.
Nicole had almost left then, but she barely had cab money and Spider had sheltered her so much that she didn’t have any friends. The idea of going back and living with her rapist was almost more than she could stand. She had taken a deep breath, swallowed her pride, and followed him inside. Her mother took one look at her in her off-the-shoulder Black Sabbath t-shirt, cutoff jeans, and leather ankle boots and burst into tears. Her dad’s response was worse, however; he just refused to look at her. It didn’t take her long to figure out that going there had been a mistake. They’d washed their hands of her. She’d gone back to Spider that day and endured a second beating, even more severe, for leaving in the first place. Three months later she realized that she hadn’t taken her birth control pill the day that he raped her. She was pregnant and for the first few months after she found out, she waffled between wondering if a baby would “save them” and thoughts of taking her own life and the baby’s along with her. She looked over at the bassinette and shivered at the horrible thought.
“Hey, you still with me?” Stacey asked, bringing Nicole back to the present.
“Yeah, sorry. What did you say?”
“I said, Zack isn’t just hot. What guy goes out of his way to do all he did for you without asking for anything in return? I think he’s a good guy.”
“He’s a biker, Stace. I may have been naïve when I hooked up with Spider, but I’m not anymore; bikers do what they do and they don’t give a shit who they hurt while they’re doing it. Spider was good to me for almost two years and look how that turned out. I’m never going there again. I just need a few more months and then I should have enough money saved to get me and Liam out of here for good.”
Stacey looked sad. “I can’t believe you’re going to take off, with the baby who I love too, and I’ll never see you again.”
“Come with us.” Stacey didn’t have any family and she worked as the manager of a nightclub. She and Nicole had met one night when Spider had taken her there and after feeling up every half-dressed ho in the place, he picked one to go home with. On his way out the door with his ho, he had tossed Nicole a twenty and told her to “put her ass in a cab and be there when he got home.” Nicole found her crying at her table and the two women had quickly bonded. It was going to break her heart to leave her only friend behind, but Stacey loved her job and she was good at it, Nicole doubted that she’d be willing to leave.
Stacey smiled and said, “It’s tempting, babe, but you know I don’t like change. Changing apartments was almost too much for me. If not for you and that baby, I’d never have agreed. I love you and I understand why you have to go. I don’t understand, however, why you didn’t just do it when your hot bodyguard offered to take you anywhere you wanted to go that night.”
“Because then I’d owe him, Stacey. Hell, I already do for everything he’s done. But I plan on paying him back before I leave town and then washing my hands of anyone that wears a leather kutte and rides a Harley.” The sound of a knock on the door caused Nicole to almost jump out of her seat. Stacey gave her a concerned look and said:
“It’s just the pizza, babe.”
Nicole nodded. “Just make sure, before you open the door, okay?”
“Sure.” Nicole watched Stacey walk over and look out the peephole. When she pulled open the door and Nicole saw the young man with a Pizza Hut uniform, she breathed a sigh of relief. She reached over and pulled down the blanket that had worked its way up into Liam’s face. She couldn’t believe he was already six months old. He was growing fast, and she had to get them far away from Spider before he was old enough to be influenced by him. She was smiling when she heard Stacey scream. Instinctively she scooped up the baby before she turned, knowing Spider’s smiling face would be the next thing that she saw, even before she saw it.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Jessie Cooke writes hot romance novels about tough guys, bad boys, bikers, fighters and lovers and the women of strong character who tame them.
 
 
 
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review 2017-09-08 22:43
Book Review for Two bit by L. Wilder
 
 
 
 
Title: Two Bit
Series: Satan's Fury MC #7
Author: L. Wilder
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: August 22, 2017
Reviewed by: Angels With Attitude Book Reviews
5 stars
Kindle Edition



 
 
 
Where I was his weakness, he became my strength.
 
 
 
Two Bit:
 
I've never been one to hold back. I’ve always said what was on my mind – right or wrong – and earned my name because of it. Giving my two cents hasn’t always been a good thing, but on one fateful night, it led me to her. She was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of girl. Undeniably beautiful. Fearless. Unforgettable.
 
 
 
I wanted her, but getting mixed up with her nearly cost me my life.
 
I tried to fight it. I tried to save myself from the flame... but after one touch, I knew there was no turning back.
 
Zoe would be mine.
 
 
Zoe:
Sometimes, you’ve got to hit rock bottom before you can find a way to move forward. Well, it’s time for me to find a way to move forward, because I’ve sure as hell hit rock bottom.
 
My father, the president of the Chosen Knights, died and left me a legacy I didn't want. The club was supposed to be my family, but with my father gone, they’d gotten tangled up in things I wanted no part of. I wanted out, free from the torment, but I was stuck with no money and no place to go. I’d thought all hope was gone.
 
Until he walked into the bar.
 
As if he’d stepped out of my dreams, he was everything I’d ever wanted. Handsome. Courageous. Passionate.
 
Being with him came at a price – a price I wasn’t sure either of us could pay.
 
When sparks fly and ignite a war, who will be left standing in the ashes?
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
I am so loving this series.I loved the main characters in this story along with the rest of the MC characters that graced our pages yet again.
 
I love when your reading a story and you can connect with the characters that you read about and I was able to do that with Zoe and Zack the main characters.I loved both of them from the onset of the story.
 
Zoe was brave,yet a little bit timid,loved with her whole heart,had a great personality,was caring,kind,determined and beautiful on the inside and out.I loved her relationship with her best friend Kat especially their conversations they were funny as hell.
 
Seth known as Two Bit was a man of principle.He also was sexy as hell,caring,kind,determined ,possessive, and just and all around great guy .I loved him from the onset his selfless act to stand up for Zoe knowing what the outcome would be but, did it regardless.I fell for him right than and there.
 
I normally pick a favorite character in a story and this time it was really hard but mine is going to be Zoe.Zoe turned out to be my favorite because of the lengths she was willing to go to save herself.Strong determined and willful women.We saw her actually from a backbone and strive to make her dreams come true.
 
Overall I loved the story from cover to cover and everything in between.The story had and interesting plot,drama,payback,revenge,and a great cast of characters that I loved and enjoyed.
 
This series is one of my favorite MC series.I just loved all the MC characters and their interesting names not to mention Nitro he is a favorite of mine too.I am glad Nitro is back in the fold yet again we missed him.
 
A recommended read to all as well as the whole series.One thing I would like to point out is although the series should be read in order I have read them myself out of order and have not had trouble catching on with who is with who and what is going on in the series.
 
 
My favorite so far....
 
 
 
 
 
In my mind, I knew I shouldn’t be there with him, that it was too much of a risk, but my heart just wasn’t listening. Even though I’d tried to keep my guard up, spending more time with him had only made me more attracted to him. His sense of humor, his sexy smile, and that body that made my pulse race were just too hard to resist. He shifted his stance as he looked at me, his eyes glistening in the darkness. I knew what was coming and glanced away. Then, unable to resist the temptation, I looked back at him. He hovered over me as his eyes roamed seductively across my lips, and I could only sit there frozen with excitement and anticipation. I couldn’t remember ever wanting anything more than feeling his lips against mine, and the waiting was pure agony. I should’ve been patient, but I couldn’t help myself. I inched closer, leaning towards him, but he never made his move. Instead, he just stood there staring at me with lust-filled eyes. Without thinking, I mumbled, “Um… I thought you were going to kiss me?”
His eyes sparkled with mischief as he asked, “What made you think I was going to kiss you?”
Embarrassment washed over me. “I guess I was just hoping you would.”
His voice was low and raspy as he asked, “You want me to kiss you, Zoe?”
I nodded as I answered, “Yes.”
“Well, I’m not so sure that’s a good idea.”
“Why not?”
His dark eyes flickered with hunger as they dropped to my breasts. “I’m not sure I’ll be able to stop once I get started.”
I hesitated for only a moment before I replied, “Maybe I don’t want you to stop.”
“Zoe,” he whispered slowly, prolonging each letter of my name as if to savor them. His eyes locked on mine as he leaned forward, but just as his lips were about to touch mine, he stopped. My lips parted, and our breaths mingled. The electricity crackled between us, making my entire body hum. I eased forward, trying to close the distance between us, but he quickly leaned out of my reach. I look up at him with disappointment. “Seriously?”
He paused, not to refuse, but to appreciate the moment before slipping his hand behind my neck and pulling me forward, crashing his mouth against mine. His lips were soft and full as they covered mine. It was like they were made just for me. His warm, wet tongue ran across my bottom lip as his hands snaked down my back. They were strong and sure as he pulled me closer to him. His touch. His scent. His taste. Everything about him made entire body tingle with desire. I had longed for that moment. It had been all I could think about, but I could’ve never imagined it could feel so good, so right. My fingers raked through his hair as I moaned against his mouth.
 
 

 
Leslie Wilder grew up in a small town in West Tennessee. A country girl at heart, she’s always thought that life is too short, but she had no idea how short it really was until her brother passed away in 2014. She’s always been an avid reader, loving the escape only a great book can give, and wondered if she had what it took to write one of the wild romances she’d come to adore. With the support of her family and friends, she published Inferno: A Devil Chaser’s MC, one year after her brother’s death. With him in mind, she fulfilled her lifetime dream of writing. Since then, she’s completed the Devil Chaser’s Series and continued on with the Satan’s Fury MC Series. She has so many stories in her head, and can’t wait to share each and every one.
Leslie has been blown away by the support of her readers, appreciating every message, review, and encouraging word she’s received over the past year. She looks forward to continuing this journey with them for years to come.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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#7 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Sailing in a Sea of Words

Say hello to Kat in Follow Friday book bloggers talks!

 

Let's meet a blogger behind the Sailing in a Sea of Words blog:

http://travelerbypage.booklikes.com/

 

When have you recognized a book lover in you?

 

My love for reading was most definitely fostered and encouraged by my parents. They read to me as a child and I began reading on my own at a very young age. I can’t remember a time where I didn’t love reading. It’s a core part of me and without it, I would have a hard time recognizing myself. All of my other interests are born from the books that I’ve read.

 

Please pick three books you’d like to recommend to our readers?

 

Book #1: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. It’s a really brilliant thriller/suspense novel that is beautifully written and well-researched.

 

Book #2: The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro. Few books have sucked me in as well as this one. Tessaro’s knowledge of scent and her mastery of balancing two different timelines so that neither is lacking in detail and plot makes this book a real gem.

 

Book #3: The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo. This is another book that really sucked me in. I finished it in a matter of days because I needed to find out what happened next. It’s a beautiful coming-of-age story wrapped in mystery and supernatural elements. I’m eager to get my hands on whatever novel she publishes next.

 

The Perfume Collector - Kathleen TessaroThe Ghost Bride - Yangsze Choo

 

Why have you decided to start a book blog? Do you like it so far?

 

I wanted to keep a record of the books I read and my impressions of them. I wanted to make each entry as detailed as possible, but I’ve been having trouble with that as of late. Once I finish my next series of books I have lined up, I’m going to be changing the way I write the reviews so that I can take the time to provide the detail I’ve always wished to give. I love it! I’ve shared my blog with friends and family so they can keep up to date on my recommendations and what I’ve been reading. It helps give me extra incentive to keep going and not let myself fall behind on posting my reviews.

 

In your short bio you reveal you’re a writer! Please tell us more!

 

I haven’t published anything I’ve written online, but I’ve written a bunch of short stories. I’ve been outlining and playing with an idea for a novel, but I haven’t waded into the deeper waters as of yet. The short stories I’ve written mostly revolve around chance encounters and pushing the boundaries of the world one has lived in for all of his or her life.

 

You write “I tend to lean toward mystery and fiction, but I like to change patterns with the occasional YA or non-fiction book”. Which YA and non-fiction books have amazed you?

 

Blythewood - Carol Goodman I’ve only just started re-reading YA books within the last year or so. I enjoyed Blythewood by Carol Goodman.

As far as non-fiction goes, I’ve been exploring books related to topics I like as well as biographies. I really enjoyed Carl Sandburg’s biography of Abraham Lincoln  that’s broken up into the Prairie Years and the War Years. I also enjoyed Mrs. Kennedy and Me by Clint Hill. It’s a memoir of Hill’s time as Jackie Kennedy’s primary Secret Service agent. I really admire Jackie Kennedy and Hill’s memories made me want to dig deeper. I have a few books on the Kennedys and Jackie lined up for future reading. Stephen Sondheim’s Finishing the Hat has been really insightful as I love his musicals and I’ve had fun finding out his thoughts on the musicals he’s worked on.

 

Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and the War Years - Carl SandburgMrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate Memoir - Clint Hill,Lisa McCubbinFinishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics, 1954-1981, With Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines, and Anecdotes - Stephen Sondheim

 

How much time do you spend reading?

 

Many people I know would say too much. I try to read every day. I have a long commute and I take public transportation so I read on my trips to and from work. On the weekends where I don’t have plans, I tend to read all day. That’s when I’ve been notorious for finishing books within hours.

 

What are your three favorite book covers?

 

Book #1: Arcadia Falls by Carol Goodman. This was the first Goodman book I read and the cover just drew me in with how mysterious and elegant it looks.

 

Book #2: The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson. It’s one of the most gorgeous covers I’ve ever seen. The fields of lavender leading up to the lonely looking cottage is so mysterious yet so soothing.

 

Book #3: Wicked Autumn by G.M. Malliet. If you worship autumn like I do, this cover speaks to that love and adoration. I love mysteries to begin with so it was helpful that this book was one, but I wanted the cover just as much.

 

Arcadia Falls - Carol GoodmanThe Lantern - Deborah LawrensonWicked Autumn - G.M. Malliet

 

What’s your reading spot? We’d love to see the photos :)

 

When’s a nice day, I’ll read in the window ledge in my living room. I’ll prop up a pillow, grab a blanket and read away.

 

 

A paper book or an e-book?

 

Paper book, always. I don’t want to strain my eyes, plus I love the texture and smell of books. I’ll never go all digital – not for books.

 

Three books for a desert island?

 

The Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle Book #1: The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It’s easily one of the best mystery novels of all time. I would argue that it is the best one, but I know many who would disagree. This book is responsible for my love of mysteries as my father read it to me when I was young. I love Sherlock Holmes so I need this novel, if not one of the collection of short stories. Who doesn’t love that line, Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound. Chills.

Arcadia Falls - Carol Goodman 

Book #2: Arcadia Falls by Carol Goodman. It’s not just the cover that I love about this novel. I adore the story and it’s one that I can read over and over and never get bored. It brings the feeling of autumn to me and I love that feeling, even if it’s while I’m on a desert island.

 

Pride and Prejudice (Penguin Classics) - Vivien Jones,Tony Tanner,Claire Lamont,Jane Austen Book #3: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I know I’m a minority, but I love Pride and Prejudice. It was close, as I would also love to bring Jane Eyre, but I just love Austen a little more. I need at least one love story on my island.

 

Favorite quote?

 

There are so many it’s hard to choose! I’m going to have to go with the inner romantic here:

I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone, I think and plan. Have you not seen this? Can you fail to have understood my wishes? I had not waited even these ten days, could I have read your feelings, as I think you must have penetrated mine. I can hardly write. I am every instant hearing something which overpowers me. You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice when they would be lost on others. Too good, too excellent creature! You do us justice, indeed. You do believe that there is true attachment and constancy among men. Believe it to be most fervent, most undeviating, in F. W.

 

I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither, or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look, will be enough to decide whether I enter your father's house this evening or never.

 

― Jane Austen, Persuasion

 

If you could meet one author, who would it be and why?

 

I’d love to meet Carol Goodman. She’s the only modern author where I have bought every single book she’s ever written. I haven’t read all of them (yet), but I love her writing, her subjects, and I would love to just chat with her on her writing as well as her inspiration.

 

The best thing about books?

 

The escape! Books allow you to travel to worlds and places too numerous to count. You can transcend time and place to follow the lives of people you’ve never met – both real and imagined. Books are an incredible gift and one that needs to be always appreciated.

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

I don’t have huge bookcases to house all of the books I own (yet), so here’s a photo of some of the books I have in my bookcase.

 

Thank you!

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Book Review for Day of Reckoning by Chelsea Camaron
 
 
 
 
 
 
Title: Day of Reckoning
Series: Devil's Due MC #4
Author: Chelsea Camaron
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: August 24, 2017 
Cover Designer: Cover Me Darling
Reviewed by : Angels With Attitude Book Reviews
4 stars


 
Time served for a crime he didn't commit only provided many lessons learned. The domino effect of one person's crime going unpunished cuts deeply and leaves a mark that can never be covered.
 
He's no saint.
 
Jackson 'Rowdy' Presley did a dime, and he served his time silently. He could have brought down the real criminals, but instead he took the term and paid the price. Never have loyalty before the Devil's Due MC, he finally has the new beginning he desperately needs.
 
She's not afraid to call herself a sinner.
 
Peony Michele Forbes lives her life wherever the wind takes her. She walked away from her past to give herself a future with no restrictions. As much as she wants to forget who she it, others don't want to let her disappear so easily.
 
However, danger follows her everywhere she goes.
 
Will Jackson see beyond his jaded connection to Peony and find there is more to life than revenge? When backed to the wall, will Peony let herself trust Jackson to be the one to save her?
 
Love, hate, anger, and passion collide as the time comes, and the devil demands his due.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Another fun read in a continuing series.I have to say that I really love this series and there characters.
 
In this story two high school lovers married and became estranged after her husband was convicted of her brothers murder. Injustice served as well as vengeance.
 
I always pick a favorite character in a story and this time around believe it or not its not a main character but Trapper.
 
I have to say if it wasn't for Trapper and his boldness and antics this story would have been just an okay read but he added the spice to the book that it needed.
 
I love all the MC members and especially their women who where along for the ride this time around and involved with the extraction plan.I love that this is not your typical MC club the men worship and protect their women but, also involved them or at-least apprise them of there dealings.This MC is about righting the wrongs of their MC members .Its about redemption for the parties involved.They are nomads although they do have a home base.
 
I cute story about second chances.I loved Rowdy in the previous books so I was glad he was able to get is happily ever after.I will say that it was easy to connect with the characters as I found them like-able as well as love-able.  I love how the other brothers interacted with the story as well.
 
Although I enjoyed the story I felt that it was a bit rushed.Also with all the history and the pain and suffering that these two main characters went through I thought there should have been a little bit more tension between the characters to work out instead of automatic forgiveness.
 
Regardless of time love still stood the test of time.As always loved story and its characters and looking forward to the next in its series.
 
4 stars from us
 
 
 
 





 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Chelsea Camaron is a small town Carolina girl with a big imagination. She is a wife and mom chasing her dreams. She writes contemporary romance, erotic suspense, and psychological thrillers. She loves to write blue-collar men who have real problems with a fictional twist. From mechanics to bikers to oil riggers to smokejumpers, bar owners, and beyond, she loves a strong hero who works hard and plays harder.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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