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review 2018-03-14 14:40
Audio Review: The Hotter You Burn (The Original Heartbreakers #2) by Gena Showalter (Narrator: Savannah Richards)
The Hotter You Burn (Original Heartbreakers) - Gena Showalter
The Hotter You Burn

The Original Heartbreakers #2
Gena Showalter (Narrator: Savannah Richards)
Contemporary Romance
Recorded Books
11 hours and 40 minutes
Audible Romance Package


New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter is back with a sizzling Original Heartbreakers story featuring a troubled playboy and the woman he can’t resist…


Beck O'ckley is ruthless in the boardroom...and the bedroom. He's never been with the same woman twice, and vows he never will. With a past as twisted as his, meaningless sex keeps the demons at bay. His motto: One and done. No harm, no foul.


Harlow Glass is the most hated girl in town. The beautiful artist is penniless, jobless and homeless. When she sneaks into Beck's home—her ancestral estate—for food, she's shocked by his early return...and her immediate, sizzling and intense attraction to him.


For the first time in Beck's life, he can't get a woman out of his mind. All too soon, friendship blooms into obsession and he'll have to break her heart...or surrender his own




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Their is just some special about The Original Heartbreakers series. I don’t know what it is that keeps me swooning and comeing back for more. Maybe it’s the small-town feel, the people who all have their own issues, pasts, and hatreds, or maybe it’s just Ms. Showalter’s amazing storytelling skills.


I was pulled in from start to finish and I couldn’t stop listening to the audio book narrated by Savannah Richards.


We are treated to Beck who is friends with Jase and West. They all moved to Strawberry Valley to start fresh, except Beck hasn’t changed his ways. He’s a player, a ladies man, and known as, One and Done. Then we have Harlow who grew up in the home that Beck and his friends now own. She’s lost a lot. Her mother, her home, and no one will give her a job all because of how she acted as a teenager; she was the town bully. She’s different, changed, but no one will give her a chances. No one has forgotten and so they give her a hard time, every chance they get.


The chemistry between Beck and Harlow is scorching. They have sparks from the start, but Harlow knows his reputation and will not be a one night stand and so she will settle for friendship. This book was fantastic. I was laughing out loud one moment and having my heart break the next. I just love the characters, the snarky humor, and those sexy scenes made me sigh with delight. This book is full of snark, steam, and lots of heart.


Narration: Ms. Richards is a wonderful narrator. She captured me. The voices are all distinctive and come across clear, crisp, and well defined. The small-town feels like a small town with it’s own unique people making a living in and around it. Everything from the setting to the characters felt genuine and passionate. I’m loving the audio books for The Original Heartbreakers series and I plan to continue the series in this formate.


Rated: 4 Stars


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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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review 2018-03-05 18:18
Can't Hardly Breathe - Gena Showalter Book four in the Original Heartbreakers brings us the first of the next three damaged men, this time ex-military instead of ex-foster care. We met Daniel in Jessie Kay’s book. He is her really good friend and he and his two pals run a security firm from Strawberry Valley. Daniel has been using Dorothea’s inn as his personal stomping ground with his dates. We met Dorothea in Hallow’s book. She is a sweet curvaceous beauty who hasn’t had a lot of good fortune in her life. She has loved Daniel since he was a senior and her a sophomore in high school, but she has kept her distance because she doesn’t believe he could truly like her when he seems to go for stick thin tall blondes and she in nothing like that. Daniel does find her attractive, but her shyness has caused him to keep his distance; however, when she shows up at his hotel door in nothing but a trench coat, he can’t believe his eyes and he behaves poorly. He almost ruined any chance with her from the get go, but he works to rectify the situation pronto. I enjoyed watching them grow together, learn about each other, and become stronger individuals because of their relationship with each other. This series is just so enjoyable, real and down to earth, yet still has the tense emotional strife that pulls the reader in and keeps you turning the pages. Love it and am ready for more.
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text 2018-03-03 23:58
February in Review

January in Review


(Read: 5 / Reviewed: 6)


February sure flew past! I have to say, I had so much fun this month! There was a lot of coffee, wine, and book-related delights! I also had the chance to take part in a Q and A for Booklikes, which really made me feel warm and fuzzy inside! I know it's not that big of a deal, but it's nice to be acknowledged for something you work hard on. See my post about it here!






John Dies at the End by David Wong - It's surely becoming a regular enjoyment; taking part in the monthly group reads of Horror Aficionados! I honestly wasn't sure about this one at all - it sounded way too silly for my taste. How wrong I was! What a great start to the month!



The Devoured by Curtis M. Lawson - I was requested to read and review this one by the author. I'm glad I did, as it was a bit different than my usual reads, but in a good way. I promptly consumed it and reviewed it.


Hidden by Benedict Jacka - I started this series in 2015, whilst still in my Urban Fantasy phase. What intrigued my about it, was that it had a male protagonist, something that's not all too common in the genre. This series has never been perfect for me, but I still like to see what trouble Alex gets himself into.


The Fallen Kind Vol I: Ghosts Of Nunchi by M. Almelk - After being contacted by the lovely author, I quickly accepted his request! Post-apocalypse but on another planet? It certainly piqued my interest. I reviewed it here.


Preta's Realm by J. Thorn - A last minute read for the month. Having been on my Kindle for a long time, I decided to finally give it a shot. It was short, and it included some truly disgusting scenes.




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Morium by S.J. Hermann

Splatterpunk Fighting Back by MULTIPLE

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

The Devoured by Curtis M. Lawson

The Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter (WORST READ)

The Magic Cottage by James Herbert (2017 Review) (BEST READ)

The Awesome by Eva Darrows (2017 Review)

The Fallen Kind Vol I: Ghosts Of Nunchi by M. Almelk


I strive for two reviews a week, but I had extra space this month, so I included reviews from last year. I think I'll do that - start to post old reviews, just to have them on this blog. On Goodreads I have over a hundred reviews, dating back to 2011! This month also included a trip to Waterstones, and a basket full of books! All horror, of course.




So how did February go for you? Read anything good? Let me know!


Red xx

Source: redlace.reviews/2018/02/28/february-in-review
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review 2018-03-02 15:24
The Harder You Fall (Original Heartbreakers) - Gena Showalter Book three in the Original Heartbreakers brings us West, the enigma and computer nerd billionaire game developer friend of Jase and Beck. He is an enigma because for the past ten years he has only allowed himself to have a relationship with a woman for two months out of each year, different girl each time, and on the anniversary of their two months he breaks it off completely. He even goes into his two month romances with all of his cards on the table and it always happens that the women always think they will be the one to win him and keep him. Since moving to Strawberry Valley, one woman has infuriated him and intrigued him and that is Jessie Kay Dillon, the older sister to Jase’s girl, Brook Lynn. Now he has sworn her off because she slept with both Beck and Jase when they first moved to town while she was still a major party girl and he refuses to get with a girl his friends have had, no matter how much he wants her. Jase and Beck both know he has the hots for her and no one understands why he won’t pursue her, but he continues to resist and it is a battle of wills and wits the both have come to both enjoy and hate that keeps bringing them back into each other’s sphere. Jessie Kay has sworn off partying, men, and sex until she finds the man who will want her forever. She no longer wants to be wanted only for a good time and is working really hard at trying to make it up to her sister for all of the hassle and stress she put her through because of her behavior. She likes West a lot, but she actually thinks he hates her with how they always butt heads, so when he flirts with her out of the blue and looks her way like a starving man eyeing his next meal, she doesn’t know what to make of it or expect. But when he shows up to Harlow and Beck’s wedding with his next flavor of the two months she refuses to spend another second secretly pining for a man who doesn’t want her for anything but a one night stand. Sparks definitely fly between these two and when Beck and Harlow and Jase and Brook Lynn’s happily ever after forces West to leave his home to avoid all the lovey-dovey, he finds himself in Jessie Kay’s driveway and decides what the heck. He moves in and starts trying to convince her to be his next two month romance, but he comes to realize rather quickly she wants nothing to do with having a one night stand or a two month relationship, she wants it all or nothing. When his prospective girlfriend threatens Jessie Kay, West gets very protective and possessive. As the threats keep coming, they get closer and closer until he finally explains his reasons for his two month thing. She understands, but she also won’t settle. I loved their story. I loved watching them clash wits against each other and the personality of Jessie Kay was so vibrant and loud; she just jumped off the page. I loved it and am happy to see all three guys find acceptance, love, forgiveness, redemption, and happiness. They all had horrible experiences in foster care, and Jace in prison, that I really wanted to see them find peace and they did. Loved it and so glad this series didn’t end with them. On to more!! YAY.
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-02-17 22:33
The Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter
The Darkest Torment (Lords of the Underworld) - Gena Showalter

The Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Baden, former Keeper of Distrust, has something new living inside him, something darker than any mere demon. Bound to the King of the Underworld, he struggles to fit into his new role of assassin, however his biggest challenge comes in the form of Katarina - a dog trainer that happens to be the wife of a very troublesome man.

(WARNING: This review contains spoilers.)

Let me start by saying that this instalment's number twelve in an ongoing series (Lords of the Underworld), and at the beginning - it's been seven years since I picked up the first book - I absolutely adored Showalter's steamy and mythological world. My very first reviews are of this series, where I found the characters, the stories, and the sexual heat all new and captivating. I even gave five star ratings to a couple, The Darkest Pleasure and The Darkest Passion. I had nothing but praise.

That time has unfortunately passed.

Whilst these books will always have a place in my heart, and I'll probably, against my better judgement, continue on until they come to a final conclusion, I'm truthful to myself in that I'm not enjoying them as I once did. At this point I'm just regurgitating my complaints, and it feels more like a chore to get down my thoughts. I'll however try and be coherent about my reasoning - why do I now largely dislike what was once beloved?

- The characters tend to fuse together, becoming indistinguishable. They're too similar, often having the same mental outlook, the same behaviour and even the same dialogue. Say a bunch of them were in the same scene and it wasn't directly stated who was speaking, well, I honestly wouldn't be able to tell them apart.

- The sex has become stale and it fails to thrill me anymore. What was once downright dirty has turned tame. I don't need an excuse to prefer the eroticism that once dominated the romance.

- Plot inconsistencies are plentiful. I'm not even going to go into detail, but it's clear that Showalter made a decision to change already established storylines. Baden's past in particular completely confused me.

- The writing's declined on a monumental level. Full sentences are a thing of the past. Example:

Heart pounding, she jerked her hands away from him. “Sex...from me?”

“Yesss.” A hiss. “Only from you.”

Only. Amazing how one little word could send pleasure soaring through her, warming her. “You told me never to touch you.” Which she’d just done, she realized. My bad.

Which brings me to the dynamic of Baden and Katarina, and how she ultimately considered him an animal in need of training. When someone doesn't even think of their significant other as an actual person, then there's undoubtedly something wrong with the relationship. I liked the hellhounds, though, but that's the only thing, and it's not enough to justify a higher rating.

As for the whole William and Gillian debacle - I just didn't care.

In conclusion: I initially rated this two stars, however I believe one to be more appropriate in regards to how I feel. I'm not into this series anymore, but I feel an obligation to trudge onward. If only I could walk away.

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