Dirty Rowdy Thing by Christina Lauren – a Review

Dirty Rowdy Thing by Christina Lauren – a Review

 

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Description:
Book Two of the brand-new Wild Seasons series that started with Sweet Filthy Boy—a story of friends, love, and lust.

Despite their rowdy hookups, Harlow and Finn don’t even like each other…which would explain why their marriage lasted only twelve hours. He needs to be in charge and takes whatever he wants. She lives by the Want-something-done? Do-it-yourself mantra. Maybe she’s too similar to the rugged fisherman—or just what he needs.


Review:

Dirty Rowdy Thing is book two in the Wild Seasons Series by author duo Christina Lauren.

Harlow Vegas made one mistake. She married a man she had just met in Vegas and had an earth shattering night of marital bliss.  Only to realize she made a horrible mistake. This book takes you on the journey of what has happened since the divorce.

Harlow has gone on with her life. She is a strong willed, career minded woman who likes to have her share of fun.   She is an intern at NBC and is slowly working her way to her dreams, or at least she believes she is. That is until she sees the one man she has dreaded seeing, Finn Roberts. After a quickie mistake marriage in Vegas and an unexpected trip to Canada to see if the marital bliss was as good as she remembered, Harlow isn’t expecting to see Finn standing in line behind her at Starbucks. Yet, there he is – this sets off an undeniable, angst ridden relationship.

Harlow doesn’t want to find Finn as attractive as she does. She curses the universe for making him as tasty as he is. But soon there will be no denying the way she feels.

Finn is rugged, strong and strikingly handsome. He is running his families fishing business and although he is trying his hardest to keep it afloat – the boats just don’t seem to be cooperating. 

When they meet up again they are both struggling with secrets and issues. Each of them need someone stable to hold onto. Some one to anchor them to where they need to be. What starts out as a sex only friendship slowly develops into something more. But will the secrets be too much for each of them to handle? Will it push them farther apart then they truly want to be.

I absolutely loved Harlow Vega in this story, she is quick witted, sarcastic and hilariously funny. I found myself laughing out loud. Finn is quiet, pensive and reserved. Yet when he gets around  Harlow she seems to bring out the best in him. Their witty banter and sarcastic dialect led to some very interesting conversations.   And let me just say that Finn Roberts does not disappoint in the dirty talk realm. Lord have mercy he is a force to be reckoned with. I found all of the sub-characters just as intriguing and fascinating as the main ones.   Their stories leave you wanting to know more.

The relationship that Finn and Harlow come to have is one of undeniable love and true friendship. I must admit I read this book without reading book one in the series but it seemed to fill in all of the answers and didn’t leave me wondering what was going on. But I will now purchase book one and read it as I found the writing and story line absolutely wonderful.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a sweet romance with a side of dirty!

Reviewed by Erin

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Braydon (Alluring Indulgence #6) by Nicole Edwards-Review,Interview & Giveaway

BRAYDON (Alluring Indulgence #6) by Nicole Edwards-Review, Interview and Giveaway

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Braydon
Alluring Indulgence #6
by Nicole Edwards
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotic romance
Release Date: November25, 2014

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date November 24, 2014

Braydon Walker has always shared everything with his identical twin brother Brendon—hopes, dreams, career choices, and yes, even women. Known for tag-teaming their love interests in every way imaginable, Braydon is surprised and unnerved when he finds himself wanting to keep their newest lover all to himself. Will the twins’ relationship evolve to fit this new mold, or will Braydon’s desire for independence tear them apart?

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REVIEW:  BRAYDON is the sixth installment in Nicole Edwards contemporary, adult Alluring Indulgence erotic romance cowboy series focusing on the Walker family of Coyote Ridge, Texas. This is Braydon Walker and Jessica (Jessie) Prescott’s storyline, one that has been building for several storylines. There are some sexual scenes of M/F/M.

Told from third person point of view BRAYDON follows the relationship between Jessie Prescott and thirty year old twin brothers Braydon and Brendan Walker. From a young age, Braydon and Brendan have done everything together including sexual relationships but never have they ever fallen in love. Things will become complicated when Braydon’s feelings for Jessie grow stronger knowing that leaving his brother behind is not in the plans.

The relationship between Braydon and Brendon is symbiotic; dependent and interdependent with one another to the point where Brendon is unable to thrive without the presence of his brother. Brendon, always the one to initiate a relationship and fun, slowly begins to withdraw when he realizes that Braydon’s feelings for Jessie go beyond friends with benefits.

BRAYDON is an emotional friends to lovers story where a lack of communication between Braydon, Brendan and Jessie begins to destroy a friendship leaving conflicts unresolved. There are numerous misunderstandings that lead to broken promises and broken hearts where one brother begins to spiral out of control and Jessie is left alone to pick up the pieces of her broken heart. The lack of communication results in confusion, anger and a constant need to run-for everyone. At times I wanted to smack all three across the back of the head and tell them to open their eyes and their hearts. Not only does Jessie feel the loss of her best friends, but she also believes there is no future with Braydon when his anguish pulls him in another direction. Jessie has vowed she will never come between the brothers and in this she is willing to walk (or run) away and let go of any hope for the future.

The secondary characters include all of the previous storyline couples. We get another look at eldest brother Travis and his relationship with Gage, and Jessie’s sister Kylie: as well as Ethan Walker’s marriage to the love of his life Beau Bennett. Sawyer Walker has decided a puppy is what he needs to attract the ladies in his direction. And of course, Mrs. Walker does her best to ensure all of her boys are happy.

Nicole Edwards writes from the heart with passion. Her tall, dark and dangerous cowboys are fallible humans whose ability to love knows no boundaries. The Walker Brothers are brooding, emotional and intense men who will captivate your imagination but at times the drama is distressing and profound.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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TRC: Hi Nicole and welcome to The Reading Café.

Nicole EdwardsWe would like to start with some background information. Would you please tell us something about yourself?

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Nicole: Nicole Edwards is my pen name (the name is comprised of my husband middle name – Edward, and my daughter’s middle name – Nicole). I live in Texas with my husband, three kids and our four crazy, rambunctious dogs.

TRC: Who or what influenced your career in writing?

Nicole: I think every book I’ve ever read has influenced me in some way.

TRC: When not writing, what do you do to relax?

Nicole: Read.

BraydonTRC: BRAYDON is the sixth installment in your Alluring Indulgence contemporary, adult series. Would you please tell us something about the premise?

Nicole: Braydon has spent his entire life living in his twin brothers shadow. He’s always been the go-with-the-flow kind of guy. That is until he met Jessie. She flipped his world upside down in ways he hadn’t expected and he finds that what he’d always thought he wanted no longer fit into what he wanted from her. He learns that not everything in life is easy, not every decision has the desired outcome, and above all else, he finds that love is worth fighting for.

TRC: What challenges or difficulties (research, logistics, background) did you encounter writing this particular book and series?

Nicole: The biggest challenge I had was actually regarding Braydon’s twin brother Brendon. I could feel Brendon’s pain and I hated that he was hurting because of the decisions that were being made by those around him.

TRC: Are any of the characters or the premise based in reality or a combination of reality and fiction?

Nicole: Very rarely have any of my characters or stories been based on any sort of reality – future or past. Sometimes I wish they had, but my stories are just figments of my crazy imagination.

TRC: When writing a storyline, do the characters direct the writing or do you direct the characters?

Nicole: My characters have always directed my writing. Sometimes I find myself staring at the screen thinking “Really? That just happened?”

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TRC: What are your thoughts on writing a series and ending an installment with a major cliff hanger?

Nicole: I think there are different definitions of cliffhangers. There are the ones that literally leave you hanging – like the sentence just trails off and you’re wondering where the rest of the story went. I think there are endings that leave you desperately wanting to know more about the characters or what’s happened to them. And I think there are endings where you get a glimpse at future characters (just enough to pique your curiosity) and you’re left wanting to know more right then. As with any book, I think the ending is important and sometimes a cliff hanger is necessary.

TRC: Writer’s block is a very real dilemma for many writers. How do you handle the phenomenon?

Nicole: Oh, the dreaded writer’s block. For me, this has happened at the worst possible time – then again, I don’t think there is ever a good time. One way I try to circumvent it is by writing more than one book at a time. I can move to another story, hope it pulls me in and I can devote time to it while I’m desperately trying to figure out why the other characters stopped talking to me. Then there are the times that I just have to walk away. Take a day or two away from my computer and not think about it.

TRC: Many authors bounce ideas with other authors, or between family and friends. With whom do you bounce ideas?

Nicole: My husband. I’ll toss an idea at him and he is always good about asking questions. Sometimes he goes off in an entirely different direction and I wonder just who I’m talking to, but no matter what, when I get a chance to talk about the idea, it generally spurs more ideas.

TRC: The mark of a good writer is to pull the reader into the storyline so that they experience the emotions along with the characters. What do you believe a writer must do to make this happen?

Nicole: Where do you believe writer’s fail in this endeavor? I can’t speak for other writers, however, I can say that in order for me to feel the emotions of the characters, I have to get to know them. With my characters, I know plenty of minor details that are never included in the books, things that help me to connect to them.

TRC: On what are you currently working?

Nicole: I’m currently working on a stand-alone novel. The idea just came to me one day and I had no choice but to sit down and start writing. Granted, I’m also working on a couple of other books, but the stand-alone is what has captured my interest mostly.

LIGHTNING ROUND

Favorite Food Chocolate

Favorite Dessert Chocolate mousse

Favorite TV Show The Big Bang Theory

Last Movie You Saw Fast and Furious… whatever the last one was.

Favorite Musical Group There are so many but I’ve had an infatuation with Brantley Gilbert recently.

Dark or Milk Chocolate Mmmm… chocolate. I like both, but prefer milk chocolate most of the time.

Secret Celebrity Crush Jim Parsons (he plays Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory)

Last Vacation Destination New York City

TRC: Thank you Nicole for taking the time to answer our questions. Congratulations on the release of Braydon. We wish you all the best.

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Nicole is graciously offering an ecopy of BRAYDON to ONE (1) lucky commenter at The Reading Cafe

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December Rain (August Fog #2) by A.L. Goulden-a review

December Rain (August Fog #2) by A.L.Goulden-a review

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date November 25, 2014

(Due to explicit sex & language, this book is for readers over 18)
Monica and Alex Waters have spent that last few months working to repair a broken marriage and rekindle their passion. Just as they start finding their spark, Quinn Matthews and his escalating career resurfaces, but this time Alex makes the decision to let Monica go.

The devastation of losing her high school sweetheart, her home, and even her dog twists Monica down a destructive path that alienates her from her closest friends and lands her in the one place she was trying to avoid… Quinn’s couch. Despite her efforts to resist jumping into his arms again, the spark between them reignites and sweeps her away on a whirlwind holiday. She finds that falling in love with Quinn’s family and lifestyle is as easy as falling for his ocean colored eyes. The problem is that it’s all too easy, and when she sees that Quinn’s reinvented life has completely shifted towards her dreams, she starts to question whether he’s too good to be true.

Quinn has a secret that was never meant to be, but will Monica be able to trust another man who’s lied? And now that Quinn’s got his happily ever after in sight, he’s not about to let her go or share her with another man.

REVIEW

4 out of 5 for this reader folks!

December Rain by A.L. Goulden is the second book in the August Fog series. The first book August Fog left us with a bit of a hole, and December Rain is all about attempting to fill it and get the reader closer to a HEA.

Monica and Alex are high school sweethearts and best friends somewhat trapped in a marriage they both are trying to rekindle. After they had both been unfaithful, they decide to do their best to give this relationship another go until Quinn (Monica’s lover) resurfaces and Alex truely sees how much Monica is in love with him. Realizing it’s time to let go, Alex sets Monica free. Monica struggles with losing her best friend and goes on a serious path of self destruction (she completely obliterates friendships .. so sad) that eventually leads to Quinn’s arms (errr… couch ..lol). While Quinn does his best to completely invest himself in Monica’s life, Monica does all she can to deem herself unworthy of his love and trust. Quinn has secrets too and before he is able to spill the beans to Monica .. the beans are spilled for him .. thus leading to more trust issues and a cliffhanger.

Obviously more to the story but that is the basics. OK …. so Monica drives me nuts in this book. The pity party bus she was riding really got on my nerves as did the patience Quinn had. New Adult angst is totally expected but I wavered on disliking Monica at times. Good thing Quinn is yummy in all ways and the fire between Monica and him is full on blazing. Some super hot scenes that left me in a complete puddle.

I will be reading the next one to see where these characters are going to end up. There is so much passion and love with the angst that it has captivated me and wanting me to ride this series out for sure!

HAPPY READING! :)

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Reviewed by Rachel

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Guardian’s Patience (Guardians of the Race #5) by Jacqueline Rhoades-a review

GUARDIAN’S PATIENCE (Guardians of the Race #5) by Jacqueline Rhoades

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date November 14, 2014

Short and round, she dresses like a gypsy in vibrant and sometimes clashing colors. She’s been known to dye her hair to match her mood. She does a Good Deed every day and smiles at everyone she meets. But underneath her happy-go-lucky exterior, Patience Delecourt is lonely and afraid. She’s the mouse in a demon’s Cat-and-Mouse game that’s been going on for years. Her ideal hero would come straight out of the old movies she watches night after night alone in her tiny apartment.

Stuffy and socially awkward, Broadbent ad Sebastian, Guardian of the Race, has his vision of the ideal woman, too; tall, elegant, cultured, and well-read. But every time he meets someone who might fill the bill, his advances are met with laughter and derision. As hard as he tries to emulate his fellow Guardians; their prowess with women, their clothes, their interests; he just can’t get it right.

He doesn’t see himself as handsome or a hero. She doesn’t see herself as beautiful or brave. Yet what they find together opens new worlds of wonder for them both. It also opens the doors to old enemies and sets off a series of events that threaten the House of Guardians and the people within it. With the credits ready to roll on their mismatched love story, Patience and Broadbent will have to find the bravery and heroism they see in each other, and decide how much they will sacrifice for love.

REVIEW:

Some background: The Guardians are of the Race (Nephilim) with superior strength and speed, descended from Gabriel, seduced by the Daughters of Man, who are on earth to protect the humans and guard the portal, ensuring the demons do not cross the barrier. When a Guardian dies and his heart remains within his chest, he will turn vampire, and must be destroyed before the blood rage consumes.

The women in the storyline are the Daughter’s of Man- the descendants of one of the original matings and not without some supernatural ability and power of their own.

All males of the Race are born with a tiny red tear drop over their left chest muscle. As the male matures, the lilies bloom (it is not a tattoo). When they are initiated into the Guardians, the skull and tears appear. Once they are mated, a rose will bloom with the lilies. A white rose for a mated pair, a red rose for a blood bond pair.

GUARDIAN’S PATIENCE is the fifth installment in Jacqueline Rhoades Guardians of the Race adult, contemporary, paranormal romance series focusing on the Guardians and the women they love. This is witch Patience (Pinkie) Delecourt and Guardian Broadbent ad Sebastian’s storyline. Although GUARDIAN’S PATIENCE is the fifth in the series, it can be read as a stand alone without too much difficulty. Any important information is imparted where necessary but for cohesion and enjoyment, I would recommend reading the series in order.

Told from several close third person points of view, GUARDIAN’S PATIENCE continues to focus on the demon invasion of Earth. Patience Delecourt is a witch whose practice in the ‘black arts’ has made her the target and object of one demon in particular. On the run from her past, Patience finds herself, yet again, having to pack up shop but an attack will place Patience on the Guardian’s radar. Enter Broadbent ad Sebastian-a debonair, old fashioned Guardian who reminds Patience of the cinematic movie actors from long ago.

Broadbent is a Guardian who has always felt displaced within his Lord Liege Canaan’s House of Guardians. Out of touch and inexperienced in the love department, Broadbent finds himself attracted to the feisty and overly romantic Patience Delecourt-a witch whose past greatly contradicts the Guardian’s directive. As the demons continue to pursue Patience, the House of Guardians will come under attack when their current location is revealed. One of their own, will go missing, and it is up to Patience and Broadbent to bring him home. The sex scenes are intimate and captivating without the use of erotic images or foul language.

The world building continues as The Guardians must face down the demons whose need for blood targets the humans of Earth. All of the previous storyline couples play a secondary role throughout the story allowing for an intimate look into their lives and loves. Dov and Col continue their humorous banter, sarcastic wit and playful antics-puppy like in action and temperament but when called, Dov and Col are ready for anything the Guardians have to offer. While Grace and Caanan await the birth of their child, the House of Guardians is on high alert for any outside paranormal activity.

GUARDIAN’S PATIENCE is another fast paced, imaginative, and passionate storyline. Jacqueline Rhoades’ amazing GUARDIANS OF THE RACE is an incredibly wonderful paranormal series that smoothly blends present day problems with supernatural abilities. There are moments of mystery, suspense, romance and love all combined into a sensual storyline that is a must read for me-every time.

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Reviewed by Sandy

Guardians of the Race series

READING ORDER
Guardian’s Grace
Guardian’s Hope
Guardian’s Joy
Guardian’s Faith
Guardian’s Patience

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LIght My Fire (Dragon Kin #7) by G.A.Aiken-a review

LIGHT MY FIRE (Dragon Kin #7) by G.A. Aiken-a review

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RELEASE DATE: November 24, 2014

The trouble with humans is that they’re far too sensitive. Forget you put a woman in the local jail for a few months–and she takes it so personally! And yet she is the one trying to assassinate the queen. And now I’m trapped with Elina Shestakova of the Black Bear Riders of the Midnight…gods! That endless name!

But what am I to do? I am Celyn the Charming with direct orders from my queen to protect this unforgiving female.

Even more shocking, this unforgiving female is completely unimpressed by me. How is that even possible? But I know what I want and, for the moment, I want her. And I’m sure that she, like all females, will learn to adore me. How could she not when I am just so damn charming?

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REVIEW:  LIGHT MY FIRE is the seventh full length installment in G.A.Aiken’s DRAGON KIN series. This is Celyn the Charming and Elina Shestakova’s storyline. For fans of The Dragon Kin series Celyn was Izzy’s first sexual partner, and cousin to the royal family. The storyline advances the series about ten years.

The premise of the storyline follows Celyn as he is commanded to escort the human female Elina Shestakova back to her homeland to broker a treaty between her tribe, and Queen Annwyl and the Southland Dragons. But nine months earlier Celyn had Elina imprisoned in a human jail for her feeble attempts against the White Queen’s life-and Celyn FORGOT about Elina’s existence. What follows finds Elina and Celyn’s unwelcome journey together – a journey that will end with Elina’s life in jeopardy and Celyn falling for the female who would one day be his mate.

The relationship between Celyn and Elina is tempestuous as Elina is unwilling to forgive Celyn for her time in prison. He is a dragon who has spent most of his adult life guarding the Dragon Queen and in this his idea of babysitting a human female is less than impressive. But our battling couple encounter more than they bargained for including a less than welcoming tribe who never expected Elina’s return.

LIGHT MY FIRE and The Dragon Kin series is an amazing and wonderful journey of fantasy and romance. G.A.Aiken blends sarcasm and humor into a storyline where most of the previous storyline characters (including Fearghus, Briec and Gwenvael) play a secondary role in a story that, once again, shows Annwyl at her best….and worst. Gwenvael and Dagmar’s family has expanded and it is their hatchlings who are the biggest surprise of all. Talwyn, Talan and Rhiannwen’s true callings have yet to be revealed but as their power builds so too does the fear of the unknown-the ‘abominations’ have a greater calling and with the return of a powerful dragon once long thought dead, everyone begins to understand that life is about to change. The next generation is a force unto themselves. With this, the Southland Dragons and everyone they love is threatened-death and destruction is on the horizon.

G.A.Aiken’s world of dragon shifters is a journey of which everyone must embark. The humorous moments and sarcastic banter is worth the price of admission alone. Aiken’s fantastic voice and characterizations are innovative, seductive and addicting. Her world building follows the Dragons of the Southland’s through life and death, family and friendship, mating and love. Dragon Kin is a hilariously entertaining series from the mind of G.A. Aiken.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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Reckless/Fearless by Priscilla West-reviews

Reckless / Fearless by Priscilla West-review

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RECKLESS
(Forever #1)
by Priscilla West
Genre: new adult, contemporary, romance, rock muscian

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date August 4, 2014

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RecklessEverything about him warned me to stay away.

I’d seen bad boys before, but he had it all and more. The rippling muscles covered in tatts, the piercing eyes hiding dark secrets, the silky voice that could make a girl come with just a whisper . . .

He was exactly the type of guy that would get me in trouble, but when he jumped off the stage, inked skin glistening with sweat and breathed his seductive words into my ear, I couldn’t resist the temptation.

It was supposed to be the best one-night stand of my life, but fate didn’t let it play out that way. Things happened. I got upset. I got hasty. And worst of all, I got reckless.

After that disaster, I thought it was the last I’d see of him. But what I didn’t know was that I’d started something.

Something that could shatter the very thing I had worked so hard to protect.

I should have known back then that the most seductive things in life are also the most dangerous.

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REVIEW: RECKLESS is the first instalment in Priscilla West’s contemporary, new adult RECKLESS series focusing on Jax- the front man and lead singer- for the rock group ‘The Hitchcocks’ and accountant Riley Hewitt.

Hired as a tour accountant for an up and coming rock band whose finances are a mess, Riley finds herself travelling and working for the very man-Jax- (and group) who had previously pulled her into a maelstrom of groupies, wanna-bees and backstage parties at a local concert several days before.

Making it more difficult is the mutual attraction between Jax and Riley-one that grows with each encounter. Hoping to keep the relationship purely professional, Riley makes it known to Jax that she is hired to do a job and when it is over, she will be returning home. As Jax tries to keep his distance, Riley is pulled to the sexual aura and heat that is rock and roll. But something about Jax tugs at Riley’s heart as she suspects there is darkness and a history about the man whose façade hides a painful emotional well.

The relationship between Jax and Riley is quick to develop but begins accidently when the two meet at a local bar. Riley is a strong willed, feisty woman with a slight wild child persona who hides behind the starched collar of a certified accountant. She is a bit of an enigma-strong and aggressive one moment then fears and anxieties begin to pull her under. She has a habit of pushing too far and in this she provokes Jax at different times along the tour.

Jax is a man with a troubled past-the scars on the surface hide a multitude of anger and pain-and when Riley tries to get Jax to open up, the pain only intensifies. The sex scenes are hot and steamy but Jax is a bit of a loner and prefers to spend time writing and making music.

The other members of the band like to have a good time with alcohol, sex and drugs but usually leave Jax to his own devices-Jax’s demons are dark and tormented, and there are times when the band knows to leave well enough alone. We are introduced to Riley’s bff and friends back home, who only play a minor part in the storyline, as well as get an up close and personal look at both of their pasts. Riley suffers with issues of anxiety but it is nothing compared to what Jax had to suffer when he was young.

Priscilla West takes the reader onto the stage and behind the scenes of life on the road with a famous star. It isn’t always pretty; someone is always waiting in the wings to cut you down even someone who should have protected you but destroyed the very heart and soul of a young boy who only wanted to be loved. Some of the scenes are raw and gritty with graphic violence and heartbreaking pain.

Just a heads up, RECKLESS ends on a bit of a cliffhanger when Riley takes matters into her own hands but have patience, this is a duology and the second instalment is due out in the Fall of 2014.

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FEARLESS
(Forever Book 2)
by Priscilla West
Genre: new adult, contemporary, romance, rock musician

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date November 17, 2014

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FearlessBeaten, bruised, and broken, I made a desperate move that would change our lives forever.

Just when I thought the worst was behind us, cracks appeared, secrets surfaced, and lies unraveled.

With threats closing in from all sides and our very lives hanging in the balance, I was faced with the most difficult decision of my life.

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REVIEW: FEARLESS is the second installment in Priscilla West’s contemporary, new adult Reckless romance series focusing on Jax, singer and front man for the rock band The Hitchcocks, and accountant Riley Hewitt. This is not a stand alone storyline but one that must be read after Reckless book one. Told from Riley’s point of view (as well as a couple of chapters from Jax) the storyline continues immediately from the events of Reckless.

Jax is a mess. From nightmares to night terrors, flashbacks and more, our hero struggles with his past-a past that controls his present –and a past that has come back seeking revenge. Jax’s fellow band mates know very little about his past but Riley is determined to uncover the truth. When Riley pushes Jax for more information, Jax begins to withdraw, determined to protect Riley from himself-at all costs-even if it means losing the woman with whom he has fallen in love. As Jax’s life spins out of control, everyone will be affected by the fall out.

There are moments of heartbreak and pain for a young man whose earlier years have all but destroyed any semblance of a normal life. Priscilla West brings the reader up close and personal with Jax’s history through flashbacks, memories and dreams that will shatter your heart. Riley is a woman who is driven to save the man that she loves but sometimes it is impossible to save someone-who doesn’t want to be saved.

At this point, I would like to point out, that someone behind the scenes is helping Jax in his recovery and the information or recommendations imparted are questionable on a professional level. I am not sure if the reasoning is accurate but for me it was a bit of a contentious point.

The relationship between Jax and Riley is tested on many levels but none more so than Jax’s continued withdrawal from Riley. The sex scenes are limited; there are issues of trust, fear and letting go.

The world building continues as we follow The Hitchcocks on tour. From backstage to center stage the band members party like there is no tomorrow as they take in the sights and sounds of California. The secondary characters include all of the band members, their manager, and via phone, Riley’s BFF.

FEARLESS is a quick and easy read that ends on a happily ever after, for now. I am looking forward to reading about the other band members if Priscilla is so inclined to bring about their stories. Everyone has some sort of demon in their past but Jax’s demon still has control.

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Reviews by Sandy

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Undesired Lust (Reckless Beat 3) by Eden Summers-a review

UNDESIRED LUST (Reckless Beat 3) by Eden Summers-a review

Undesired Lust

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date November 21, 2014

They used to be the perfect team.

Two years ago, songstress Sidney Higgins ruined her life by sleeping with not one, but two of the famous Reckless Beat men, Mason Lynch and Sean Taiden. Their night of intimate celebration turned into a worldwide sensation when the video Mason vowed to keep private was uploaded to the internet, destroying her squeaky-clean reputation and turning the world against her. Now she’s broken and left without hope, trying to find the one thing that can get her back on her feet.

A mistake neither one of them is willing to forgive.

When the sex tape went viral and his best friends held him accountable, Mason bore the stigma of asshole with pride. Now, bitterness has destroyed him, driving away his muse and making him worthless in the industry he loves. There’s only one option left to reclaim his creativity, but that would mean collaborating with a woman who wants to castrate him with a plastic knife.

A palpable chemistry even hate can’t diminish.

Forced to work together, neither one of them is prepared for the undesired lust which immediately takes hold. The lies fade away, exposing the truth; however, it also awakens a threat from their past. The person responsible for tearing them apart is back to ensure they don’t rekindle a spark. With their safety in the balance, Sidney and Mason need to determine what they’re willing to risk to reclaim a relationship they wish they’d never lost.

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REVIEW: UNDESIRED LUST is the third full length installment in Eden Summers’s adult, contemporary Reckless Beat rock musician, romance series focusing on the member of Reckless Beat. This is singer/songwriter Mason Lynch and songstress Sidney Higgins’s storyline-a second chance romance for two people torn apart by a mistake, pride and betrayal. UNDESIRED LUST can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. All of the band members and some of the previous storyline characters make cameo appearances including drummer Sean Taiden whose secondary role is much larger than most.

Told from third person point of view UNDESIRED LUST focuses on the fall-out and destruction of a friendship when an erotic sex tape goes viral. Sidney was a willing participant in the three way between the man with whom she had fallen in love (Mason) and his best friend Sean-but she was worried about the possibility that the recording would go public. In the ensuing two to three years Sidney’s life would be destroyed; her business in ruins; and disowned by her family and friends when the video paints her a whore and a slut. Mason’s betrayal was more than a slap in the face-it ripped out her heart and ruined her faith in mankind. When an opportunity presents itself to work, once again, with Mason Lynch, Sidney is torn between her hatred for the man she used to love and her need for vindication and money to survive.

The relationship between Mason and Sidney is volatile but their sexual chemistry and attraction is intense; provocative and undeniable. Sidney cannot forgive or forget Mason for the perceived act of betrayal. Sidney’s personal and professional life still lay in ruins but she continues to believe Mason’s life went forward as though nothing went wrong. It is only when the truth is finally revealed does Sidney realize that someone else may be responsible for the destruction in their lives. Threatening letters, emails and texts will send Sidney running for the comfort of home but not before a declaration of love is made by both.

The world building continues to focus on the members of Reckless Beat but Undesired Lust focuses primarily on the relationship between Mason, Sidney and Sean. Sean’s relationship with Mason is also affected when he realizes that he too has been in the dark about the truth. All three will need the support and comfort of each other and the band, when someone else is determined to destroy Sidney’s life-one band member at a time. Mystery and suspense are woven throughout the story when Sidney’s life is threatened because of the rebuilding friendship with Mason and Sean

UNDESIRED LUST is a fantastic addition to Eden Summers’s Reckless Beat. There are moments of heartbreak (wipes a tear), seduction and passion. The destructive nature of jealousy and pride is central to the storyline premise with a startling revelation that will destroy another friendship, in the end. Eden Summers writes a sensual series where love can be addicting, compelling and destructive but in the end, it is true love that wins out every time.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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Blind Attraction
Reckless Beat #1
by Eden Summers
Genre: new adult, contemporary, rock star, romance, erotica

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He can seduce with a single glance.

Peering down at a sea of fans, rock star, Mitchell Davies can’t deny the innocent beauty of a woman in the front row. He’ll stop at nothing to get to know her. When a public altercation leaves her weak and defenseless, he takes the opportunity to be her savior.

She’s been sheltered from the world.

Alana Shelton wants to spread her wings and experience life away from her restrictive upbringing. But she isn’t prepared for a gorgeous stranger to sweep her off her feet while at her most vulnerable.

Attraction will bring them together, but their pasts will try to tear them apart.

He wants to teach her how to trust, but she’ll show him how to love. In a glamorous world of rock-and-roll, only time will tell if they’re up for the challenge.

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Passionate Addiction

Passionate Addiction
Reckless Beat #2
by Eden Summers
Genre: contemporary,new adult, romance, rock stars
Release Date: November 15, 2013

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He’s been her ultimate untouchable desire.

Nothing says happy birthday like a rock god flying thousands of miles to surprise a woman he’s never met. But that’s exactly what happens to Gabi Smith when she gives her long distance best friend a flippant invitation to her laid back girl’s night out. She never expected to turn on the dance floor and find Blake Kennedy’s gaze holding her body captive.

She’s his everything and he’s never laid eyes on her.

Gabi means more to Blake than life itself. She’s his strength, his savior, and the only person who helped to vanquish his demons. No one means more to him than his angel. So when things between them start to sizzle, he’s ready to fight for the future he never thought he would deserve.

Skeletons from his past will threaten his only chance at love…

Blake has come a long way—with Gabi’s help—to leave the hell of his youth behind him, but sometimes memories don’t want to stay buried. Determined to stand on his own for once, Blake is willing to stretch the truth to keep his troubles from burdening the woman he adores.

Little white lies can create black holes in any relationship. Only time will tell if an Aussie with a heart of gold will forgive her bad-boy boyfriend or if the deceit will end his passionate addiction

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Reckless Weekend
Reckless Beat Novella 2.5
by Eden Summers
Release Date: March 7 2014
Genre: adult,contemporary, erotic, romance, rock stars

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In Vegas, a lot can happen in twenty-four hours.

What do you get when you mix a rock band as hot as Reckless Beat, women strong enough to capture several of the bad boys’ hearts, and a bet that sparks a competitive streak?

Boundaries will be pushed, alcohol will be abused, and loads of sarcasm will be shared.

Once the games are over, it’s time to make a commitment. But love in the limelight is never easy. The past is trying to catch up with the present, and the pressure may be too hard to handle.

Seduction, torment, laughter, and heartbreak—one reckless weekend will test each member of the band and the women who’ve claimed their love.

About The Author

Eden SummersEden Summers is a true blue Aussie, living in regional New South Wales with her two energetic young boys and a quick witted husband.
In late 2010, Eden’s romance obsession could no longer be sated by reading alone, so she decided to give voice to the sexy men and sassy women in her mind.

Eden can’t resist alpha dominance, dark features and sarcasm in her fictional heroes and loves a strong heroine who knows when to bite her tongue but also serves retribution with a feminine smile on her face.

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Designed for Love (Texas Nights #4) by Kelsey Browning-a review

DESIGNED FOR LOVE (Texas Nights #4) by Kelsey Browning-a review

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date November 24, 2014

Ashton Davenport: Hot blonde. Old Money. Off-limits.

That’s how Mac McLaughlin sees her, anyway. And now that he’s enduring a temporary self-imposed exile in tiny Shelbyville, Texas, he’s seeing her way too often. Mac only wants to succeed as the contractor for the Lily Lake development in order to rebuild his reputation and return to Dallas, pronto. A sexy distraction like Ashton was not in the plans.

Mac McLaughlin: Hot builder. Cash poor. Hands-on.

Ashton kissed her trust fund goodbye and left her life as a society princess to prove she could make it on her own. Developing Lily Lake is her big chance, but it’s hard to stay focused working side-by-side with bossy, rough-around-the-edges Mac. Especially when he pulls off his shirt.

When the discovery of an endangered species derails the project, Mac can’t afford to stick around for a stalled job. His and Ashton’s explosive chemistry aside, he’s outta there…unless she can convince him that they just might be able to build something together.

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REVIEW: DESIGNED FOR LOVE is the fourth installment in Kelsey Browning’s contemporary, adult Texas Nights romance series focusing on the small town of Shelbyville, Texas. This is poor little rich girl/interior designer Ashton Davenport and construction foreman Michael ‘Mac’ McLaughlin’s storyline. DESIGNED FOR LOVE can be read as a stand alone. Some of the previous storyline characters, including Beck and Eden from Problems in Paradise (book 3) have small cameo roles throughout the novel.

Told from close third person (Ashton) point of view DESIGNED FOR LOVE focuses on Ashton Davenport-a young woman who walked away from her trust fund leaving the big city of Dallas, Texas behind to try and make it on her own. Born into wealth and expected to follow her family’s bidding, Ashton ventured out on her own to focus on a career in interior design. When Ashton’s grandmother offers Ashton a chance to oversee a new land development in Shelbyville, Ashton jumps at the opportunity only to discover that there are people willing to do just about anything to see the plans fail. Enter Mac McLaughlin, Ashton’s new general contractor and a man who hopes to overcome the failings of his past.

The relationship between Mac and Ashton is one of contempt and disdain. Mac is blinded by Ashton’s family connections and sees Ashton as a spoiled rich kid playing a game with other people’s lives. Mac needs this job opportunity to rid the demons from his past and Mac sees Ashton as a thorn in his chance at redemption. Their attraction to one another is immediate. Ashton is unaware as to why Mac’s feelings lean toward hate and scorn but as their relationship begins to build, the fall out from small town mentality will affect everything including Ashton’s future and Mac’s heart. The sex scenes are seductive, provocative and comedic-ever had sex in a hammock or with a small but terrifying dog nipping at your…um, butt?

The secondary characters include Ashton’s grandmother-a feisty woman who is willing to use any and all means at her disposal to get what she wants done. The townsfolk and surrounding population of Shelbyville see an environmental disaster in the making and attempts to stop the construction will push Ashton into the limelight and out of a job.

DESIGNED FOR LOVE is a romantic, wondrous and oft times comedic look at two people destined for one another but caught up in a game brought about a meddling but well meaning old lady. There are moments that will break your heart balanced by moments of humor and fun. Kelsey Browning’s TEXAS NIGHTS series is about family and love; letting go of the past; and acceptance in a small town not accustomed to change and growth.

Reading Order
1.Personal Assets
2.Running the Red Light
3.Problems in Paradise
4.Designed for Love

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Reviewed by Sandy

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