Monday, February 23, 2015

Get Off On The Pain by Victoria Ashley {review}

 February 1, 2015
Sexy, tattooed and inevitably dangerous. Memphis is all that and more…

I live for the pain; it’s what drives me to keep moving. But there comes a time when one has to push the demons aside in order to survive.

I thought I buried them deep. I thought I was ready to finally live. Until… my brother, Alex; he throws me into the fire—right into the place I could never control myself, the one place I never want to be again.

When I put my hands on people, they get hurt. Things happen that bring me back to that night. The one that will forever torment me.

I’m doing fine, keeping to myself in order to ensure no one gets hurt by me. Then along comes Lyric, and all I want to do is touch her, to put my hands in places that I know will only lead to her being crushed by me.

She’s the rush that I crave. The darkest of poison running through my veins, killing me bit by bit; like a drug I can’t get enough of even though I’m almost down to my last breath.

And being around her only hurts more, but what she doesn’t understand is that I welcome the pain; I get off on it, which in the end leaves me with the hardest decision of my life—one that might get us all killed…

***Author's note*** Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18. This is a stand-alone novel that will have more books with side characters that can all be read alone.

This book will knock you out!

It is hot!

It's addictive!

You will fall in love with Memphis.

And you will wish you were Lyric.

From page one you will be sucked into this world of tattoos, piercings, fighters, and demons that hold people back. This book is so sexy and wonderful! You will not regret one second you spend with these two. 

Collision Course by SC Stephens

 April 9, 2012
Lucas had it all—popularity, a devoted girlfriend, a brotherly best friend, and a loving mother who would do anything for him. His life was right on course to be successful and fulfilling…until the crash changed everything.

Late at night, during a sudden downpour, three young lives are lost and Lucas, the lone survivor, is left to face the consequences. Surrounded by swirling gossip as to what really happened that fateful evening, Lucas now finds himself an outcast. Shunned by former friends, condemned by the people of his small town, and riddled by his own guilt and self-hatred, he struggles to find hope, find peace, and maybe, even find love.

This book had me crying from the start. I think I cried more than I have ever cried during any book ever.

Whenever the tears would finally stop, I would read something and they would start again. It was the most emotionally taxing read. But it was wonderful. I felt everything that these characters were feeling. I have to say thought that even through the tears I was able to crack a smile or even giggle. It was crazy. I felt crazy at times. I took a lot of breaks from reading this because I honestly couldn't handle myself. I was so wrapped up in what I was experiencing. I kept posting on Facebook and was reaching out for human contact. Thankful I had people who had read it and understood where I was at mentally.

This story was so realistic that it hurt me. Because I can't imagine that pain that someone would go through. It was written so beautifully. I love SC Stephens and she is an absolute genius when it comes to words. This book will forever leave an impact on me.

Prick by Sabrina Paige {review}

 February 10, 2015
I can't stop thinking about that prick.

Caulter Sterling is a prick.

A filthy-mouthed, womanizing, crude, spoiled, arrogant prick.

The tattooed, pierced, panty-melting-hot son of a celebrity.

I hate him.

He's slept his way through practically every girl at Brighton Academy.

Except for me.

I'm the good girl. The responsible girl. The 4.0, class president, studied-so-much-she-never-lost-the-big-V girl.

And in celebration of graduation and adulthood, I just made the worst decision in the history of ever.

I lost my V-card to the devil himself.

It was just one night. So what if it was mind-blowing? Hit it and quit it.

Except I just found out that my father - the Senator, the Presidential hopeful - is marrying Caulter's mother. Oh, and this summer? We're hitting the campaign trail.

One big happy family.

I'm totally f**ked.

*This is a standalone novel with a HEA. Not part of a series.*

Step-brother books are all the new rage in fiction...and I have to say I am a HUGE fan! I love these books, they are so taboo. 

This book is about Caulter and Katherine. The quintessential bad boy and good girl. They knew each other from school and Katherine always rebuffed his advances until ... the end when she didn't. After one night she had given up her v-card and thought she would never have to see him again. Wrong. 

Surprise. Caulter is about to become her step-brother and will be spending the entire summer with her. Being together all summer makes it hard for the two of them to fight their attraction. So they give in. And that's when the fireworks really start. Watching the two of them fight and make up is explosive! 

I loved this book! It was amazing the feelings that poured off the page. Not only the extremely hot sexual tension but the truly emotional feelings between the two. An amazing book! I can't wait to read more from this author.

Beautiful Redemption by Jamie McGuire {review}

 January 27, 2015
If A Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever. But what if he didn't love you, first?

No-nonsense Liis Lindy is an agent of the FBI. Deciding she is married only to her job, she breaks off her engagement and transfers from Chicago to the field office in San Diego. She loves her desk. She is committed to her laptop. She dreams of promotions and shaking hands with the director after cracking an impossible case.

Special Agent in Charge Thomas Maddox is arrogant, unforgiving, and ruthless. He is tasked with putting away some of the world’s toughest criminals, and he is one of the best the Bureau has to offer. Though, as many lives as he’s saved, there is one that is beyond his reach. Younger brother Travis is faced with prison time for his involvement in a basement fire that killed dozens of college students, and the media want a conviction. Travis’s only savior is his unusual tie to the mob. In a deal that will spare his brother, Thomas has agreed to recruit Travis into the FBI.

Liis is stubborn, defiant, and yet somehow softens Thomas’s rough edges, making her the perfect agent to accompany him to the ceremony. Posing as a couple, they must travel to Travis & Abby’s beach vow renewal and give him the news, but when the pretending ends, she finds herself wondering if they were pretending at all.

In the second installment of the Maddox Brothers books, experience firsthand the mysterious world of the elusive Thomas Maddox, and how good love can be when you’re not the first, but the last. 

Ok, so how can I put this nicely? When I first met Thomas Maddox in Beautiful Oblivion as TJ I kind of .... well, I hated him. That wasn't nice, was it? Oops. I am hearing a lot of gasps around the world. Now before you send a lynch mob...just wait a minute. I said when I FIRST met him. That means he could have redeemed himself. Hence, the title Beautiful Redemption. Jamie McGuire is good at that. If you have read any of her stuff you know she can drive us absolutely crazy and then BAM! We are in love. Hard love. I mean look at Travis. He was a huge manwhore and we loved him. So Thomas, yeah, he had a chance.

Beautiful Redemption was wonderful! I was a little nervous going in..because of the before mentioned hate. But I mean he's a freaking Maddox brother. I had to try. And whew boy! Was I glad I tried. When he met Liis in the bar and took her home that first night. I think MY panties melted. And in true Maddox fashion he was an ass. But when he fell, he fell hard. And as always it was the girl who was fighting it. What is up with all these stupid girls?! I mean I want to scream at them and be like HELLO!!! YOU HAVE A FREAKIN MADDOX BROTHER AFTER YOU FALL TO YOUR KNEES NOW!

I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how Jamie writes scenes into the book that gives us glimpses into the past. We can be reading a "new" book yet we still see something that happens back in Beautiful Disaster. I know these are just characters but I swear by the time this series is done I'm going to know them better than I do my own family. It is AWESOME.

So I could keep typing away because I have a serious love for all things Jamie McGuire and all things Maddox brothers ... but I'll stop before a restraining order is issued. ;) Go buy this book now! NOW!!

VOID by Cassy Roop {review}

 February 23, 2015
"Cassy Roop has created a twisted, hot & unique world in VOID.” -Harper Sloan,
New York Times bestselling author

"VOID is filled with intrigue, suspense, and smoldering desire. This story will keep you turning the page until the very end." -Aleatha Romig, New York Times bestselling author

"VOID is a dark, sexy, and UNIQUE world you'll get completely lost in. What an amazing premise!" -USA Today bestselling author, Kahlen Aymes


I screw men and get screwed for money,
living my life everyday as Jericho Lane.
My clientele list is immaculate.
I am sought out, demanded
and damn good at my job.
I don’t care that these men have families at home,
or that they are important people.
I do it for the money.
to survive.

There is nothing that could make me
feel a bit of remorse or
concern about what I do because
I was born with the inability
to experience or feel emotions...

I don’t feel PAIN
I don’t feel SORROW.
I don’t feel extreme HAPPINESS or LOVE

I am VOID.

A blank canvas of emotions.
An empty hole in an endless sea of
circumstances, moods and relationships.

Until one client changes EVERYTHING.

"Have you ever wanted something so bad, that you felt almost desperate to have it?"
VOID by Cassy Roop is an amazing suspenseful read. It is full of twists and turns! The book is full of feelings and the questioning of lack of feelings. You have two people, Andris and Jericho/Nicola, who are far from perfect. Both in their own ways damaged from their pasts. Jericho/Nicola is an escort and Andris is .... SURPRISE! her psychiatrist. That’s not going to get messy, is it?
"For the first time in my life, I was feeling feelings. I was experiencing normal emotions that I had never felt before until this point and it was all due to two different men. One, my doctor and person who was paid to help me try to get past all the vacant crap inside of me, and the other one who paid me to get past the bad crap that seemed to be inside of him."
I could not put this book down. I needed to know what was going to happen. Every time I thought I had it figured out...something else happened and I had to keep turning the page. The sex scenes were SCORCHING hot so that was a plus! This story was phenomenal. I can not say enough about how unusual and unique and just how wonderful it was. I love a story that keeps my interest and makes me care about the characters and Cassy Roop was definitely able to nail it with VOID. 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Ember by Rachel Van Dyken {review}

 February 18, 2015
**Amazon release day special 2.99 for 48 hours**
This is a dark mafia romance. It can be read as a stand alone but is recommended to read within the Eagle Elite Series. No Cliffhanger

Everybody Loves A Bit of Darkness..Until It Consumes Them...
I am a Killer. A Rapist. A Monster.
I know only pain and survival.
That is until the Cappo's sister walked into my life.
And changed everything.
She's a light who makes my darkness darker, her smile makes my heart turn to ice, and I can't escape the fear her seductive looks instill--knowing it's only a matter of time before I fail--again, and take her for myself.
This is the story of my redemption.
But it's not pretty...I died, and now I'm alive, but not living, breathing but not surviving. I am Phoenix De Lange, son to a murdered mob boss, estranged brother, horrible friend, monster in the making, newest leader to one of the most powerful families in the Cosa Nostra.
And I will have my vengeance.
Or die trying.
I am Phoenix De Lange.
Death is all I know.
Until she offers me a piece of life--I can't resist taking

From the moment I started reading the Eagle Elite series I hated Phoenix. I mean if he had been a real person I probably would have junk punched him. He was horrible! the worst of the worst. But somewhere along the way he became...lovable. If you have read the series and I hate spoilers (but this is a must you) then you know we thought he had died and I actually mourned him...and when we found out he was alive I was like OMG are you freaking serious!!! I was ready to have a party. I think I mentally kissed Rachel Van Dyken a million times. She floored me and I loved it. I knew there was more to come and I was so excited.

Well, that more has finally arrived in the form of Ember. We finally get to watch Phoenix's redemption and oh my word ... it is magical. The interaction between Phoenix and Bee is amazing. Phoenix is so broken and Bee is so persistent. The chemistry is so strong beween the two. And then you have the entire Eagle Elite crew who has to put their two cents in. This book is extremely dark but as with any Rachel Van Dyken book you will find yourself laughing out loud. I am so in love with these two.

I always say this is Rachel's best book yet ... and at that time I mean it. She is always outdoing herself and I love her for it. Throughout this series I have been TeamChase and tthen I was TeamTex and I still am.....but I really think that TeamPhoenix is a very VERY close spot for number 1. He has won a place in my heart that I am not sure that anyone will ever be able to replace.