Approaching the Bench (Conflict of Interest #3) by Chantal Fernando-Review Tour

APPROACHING THE BENCH (Conflict of Interest #3) by Chantal Fernando-review tour

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date February 19,2018

A tenacious, resilient female judge must find a way to work with her carefree clerk as they find themselves in danger when a fugitive sets his sights on revenge in the third book in New York Times bestselling author Chantal Fernando’s sexy and thrilling Conflict of Interest Series.

Trinity Williams, known as “Medusa” for her stony expressions and unyielding reputation, constantly has her guard up—how else is the youngest female judge in the country supposed to survive in such a male-dominated profession? She made the decision long ago that laughter and a carefree attitude have no business in a courtroom and achieving her professional goals is the only thing she has left. It’s just her luck that her new law clerk, Callum Hopkins, believes the exact opposite.

Callum Hopkins thinks that nothing should ever be too serious in life—why can’t he mix business with pleasure? When he first starts working for his hot new boss, they clash at every turn. He makes it his mission to get Judge Williams to see things his way for once.

But when Callum finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time as an escaped convict comes after Trinity, he realizes it’s not all fun and games anymore. Now in witness protection together until the authorities can catch the fugitive, this unlikely pair must learn to trust one another and work together to stay alive. Far away from the courtroom, Trinity and Callum are suddenly free to stop butting heads, and stop fighting the growing attraction between them.

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REVIEW:APPROACHING THE BENCH is the third instalment in Chantal Fernando’s contemporary adult CONFLICT OF INTEREST erotic, romance legal novella series. This is thirty-one year old judge Trinity Williams, and twenty-five year old law clerk Callum Hopkins’ story line. APPROACHING THE BENCH can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary. Callum was first introduced in books one and two- Breaching the Contract and Seducing the Defendant.

Told from dual first person perspectives (Callum and Trinity) APPROACHING THE BENCH follows the forbidden relationship between Judge Trinity Williams, and her law clerk Callum Hopkins. Since her early career Trinity Williams has had a reputation as a cold and calculation person, something that does not go unnoticed by our story line hero but when a threatening letter lands on her desk, Trinity is willing to dismiss even if Callum suspects something more sinister is going on. An attempted kidnapping of Trinity Williams finds both Trinity and Callum in protective custody, where their attraction to one another will grow into something more. What ensues is the building relationship and romance between Callum and Trinity, and the potential fall out when their whereabouts are discovered threatening any semblance of peace and security that was slowly beginning to build.

The relationship between Callum and Trinity is one of forbidden attraction as Trinity is Callum’s boss, and workplace romances are frowned upon even in the legal system. Callum continues to push the boundaries of a working friendship as Trinity struggles to remain professional in the face of their growing attraction. The $ex scenes are intimate and passionate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text.

We are introduced to Callum’s father Richard, his half-brother Justin, and best friend Eddie. The requisite evil is a familiar face to our story line heroine.

APPROACHING THE BENCH is a quick read; a reversal of power structure in that our heroine has all of the control at work while Callum has all of the control in the bedroom. The premise is entertaining; the romance is sexy and hot; the characters are energetic and inspiring.

Reading Order and Previous reviews
Breaching the Contract
Seducing the Defendant
Approaching the Bench
Leading the Witness (April 2018)

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New York Times, Amazon & USA Today Bestselling Author Chantal Fernando is thirty years old and lives in Western Australia.

Lover of all things romance, Chantal is the author of the best selling books Dragon’s Lair, Maybe This Time and many more.

When not reading, writing or daydreaming she can be found enjoying life with her three sons and family.

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Gentleman Nine by Penelope Ward-Review Tour

GENTLEMAN NINE by Penelope Ward-Review Tour

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ABOUT THE BOOK: February 19, 2018

Growing up, the three of us were friends.
He was the nerd.
I was the playboy.
She was the beauty.

Deep down, I only ever wanted her. I kept it inside because Rory and I made a pact that our friend, Amber, was off-limits.

He lied.

I went off to college, and he got the girl.
Amber never knew how I felt.
They were together for years—before he broke her heart.

Through it all and across the miles, she and I casually stayed in touch.
When my job sent me to Boston for a three-month contract position, Amber let me stay in her spare room.

Still reeling from her breakup, she’d sworn off men.
One night, I opened her computer to find the shock of my life. She’d hesitantly contacted a male escort company. Afraid to date and get her heart broken again, she was looking for sex with no strings.

Every emotion imaginable ran through me: protectiveness, jealousy—curiosity.
Amber had chosen Gentleman Number Nine and sent him a message.
She opened up to him, confessing, among other things, her physical attraction to her friend—me. But she considered me off-limits—and she thought I was a manwhore. (Ironic, considering the circumstances.)

Eventually, she set up a date to meet Gentleman Nine at a hotel.
When she showed up several nights later to meet him, she was stunned to see me standing there—with an offer I hoped she wouldn’t refuse

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REVIEW: GENTLEMAN NINE by Penelope Ward is a stand alone, contemporary, adult, erotic, romance story line focusing on three friends: Channing Lord, Amber Walton, and Rory Calhoun.

Told from dual first person perspectives (Amber and Channing) with a chapter from Rory GENTLEMAN NINE follows the friends to lovers relationship between twenty five year old part time grade school teacher Amber Walton, and twenty seven year old Channing Lord. Three months earlier Amber’s life imploded when her boyfriend of nine years, Rory Calhoun, walked away saying he needed to explore other options. Three months will pass as Amber struggles to make sense of her life when their mutual friend Channing Lord calls looking for a place to stay while in town for a contracted business arrangement, and Amber’s B&B is available for rent. What ensues is the building romance between Amber and Channing, and the potential fall-out when Rory comes looking for a second chance.

Nine years earlier, Channing and Rory made a pact not to pursue a relationship with Amber, their friend (Channing’s younger sister Lainey’s best friend) and the woman they both equally loved but Channing went off to university, only to return to discover his best friends had fallen in love leaving our hero the awkward third party in their one-time close-knit friendship. Fast forward to present day Channing discovers that the girl he secretly loves is about to hire an escort to ‘sate’ her sexual needs. Not one to stand back and lose the woman he loves a second time, our hero offers Amber a ‘friends with benefits’ relationship that will turn into something more.

The relationship between Amber and Channing is one of friends to lovers, a second chance of sorts between two people who have loved one another most of their lives but circumstance and betrayal found Amber falling in love with someone else. Their friends with benefits agreement and rules are eventually thrown caution to the wind as love becomes the overarching theme that will be threatened by Rory’s attempts to win back the woman he still loves. The $ex scenes are intimate, passionate and seductive but, once again, I take offense to a certain four-letter word that holds no place in a romance story line.

We are introduced to Amber’s best friend Annabelle, and Milo, a young autistic man who loves to smell all newcomer’s hair, as well as Channing’s ex-girlfriend Emily, his ailing mother Christine, Rory’s neighbour Boris, and Boris’s daughter Stephanie.

GENTLEMAN NINE is an emotional and sometimes heart breaking story line that treads dangerously close to love-triangle territory, if not, crossing over for several chapters, which, not being a fan of the three sided romance-ever- amped up my anxiety exponentially. The premise is creative and moving; the characters are determined and passionate; the romance is provocative and intense.

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Reviewed by Sandy

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 11-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.

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The Schemer / The Negotiator (Harbor City) by Avery Flynn- reviews

THE SCHEMER / The Negotiator (Harbor City #1 & 3) by Avery Flynn-reviews

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date February 5 ,2018

Tyler Jacobson has a plan for everything—except how to handle his completely annoying, utterly frustrating, and totally sexy upstairs neighbor. He couldn’t care less if Everly Ribinski thinks he’s equally irritating—until he discovers she’s the only one who can help him land a business deal that will finally make him feel like he’s more than just a guy from the wrong side of the tracks.

Color him shocked when Everly refuses to help, insisting she should have run him over in the parking garage when she had the chance. Harsh. But possibly deserved. Tyler may have spent the last few months reveling in annoying the fiery gallery owner with a dark past, but he’s got secret leverage she can’t refuse.

If only one meeting didn’t turn into a fake date that turned into more. Way more. Like naked and hot as hell more.

The last thing either of them wants is to catch feelings for someone who is so obviously not their type. Good thing that will never happen. Right?

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REVIEW: THE SCHEMER is the third instalment in Avery Flynn’s contemporary, adult HARBOR CITY romance series. This is real estate developer Tyler Jacobson, and art curator Everly Ribinski’s story line. THE SCHEMER can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary. Tyler Jacobson is the one-time best friend and nemesis of Sawyer Carlyle-THE NEGOTIATOR.

Told from several third person perspectives including Tyler and Everly THE SCHEMER follows the acrimonious relationship between real-estate developer Tyler Jacobson, and art curator Everly Ribinski. Everly has just moved into an upscale apartment to be closer to her beloved grandmother- Nunni-a woman suffering from age on-set dementia; and within steps of her up and coming Black Heart Art Gallery. Meeting Tyler Jacobson, a fellow tenant, finds our heroine on the receiving end of a seduction she had never intended to carry through. What ensues is the back and forth, one on one, face to face confrontations that pull together two people from the wrong side of town who have made it big in the world of high finance, art and real estate development; and the potential fall out as Tyler struggles with the connections to his past, and the social class where he feels he no longer belongs.

Throughout the story line the reader becomes a little more familiar with the fall-out between Tyler Jacobson and Sawyer Carlyle as Tyler’s ex-fiance renews a smear campaign against the man she destroyed years before. Everly refuses to allow Irena to continue her attacks against the man with whom she (Everly) is falling in love but sometimes remaining calm is the best defense against an embittered offense. Tyler carries a self-imposed burden and chip on his shoulder that tends to control everything in his life.

Everly and Tyler’s relationship is a series of sexually palpable confrontations; a one-upmanship of he said/she said sarcastic comments, grounded in a mutual attraction that is pushed ahead by a well-meaning but manipulating woman who wishes to see all of her children find their happily ever after. The $ex scenes are intimate, seductive, passionate and intense without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text.

There is a side story developing between socialite Helene Carlyle (Tyler and Hudson’s mother) and Italian hotel magnate Alberto Ferranti. Helene never expected to find another love following the death of her beloved husband Michael but meeting Alberto Ferranti stirred something within the Carlyle matriarch-something she long thought buried and gone.

We are introduced to Everly’s best friend and caterer Kiki; Tyler’s ex-fiance Irena; and Alberto’s son Carlo Ferranti. I have not had the chance to read Hudson’s story (The Charmer book two) but I am looking forward to, one day, catching up with Sawyer’s brother.

THE SCHEMER is an intoxicating tale of as one man struggles to move on from his past, and one woman battles between her head and her heart. The premise is playful and edgy; the characters are colorful and impulsive; the romance is spirited and determined.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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THE NEGOTIATOR
(Harbor City #1)
by Avery Flynn
Genre: adult, contemporary, romance
Release Dat : April 24, 2017

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About the book: Release Date April 24, 2017

Wanted: Personal Buffer

Often snarly, workaholic executive seeks “buffer” from annoying outside distractions AKA people. Free spirits with personal boundary issues, excessive quirks, or general squeamishness need not apply. Salary negotiable. Confidentiality required.

Workaholic billionaire Sawyer Carlyle may have joked he needed a “buffer” from their marriage-obsessed mom, but he didn’t need a waiting room filled with “candidates” to further distract him. (Thanks, bro.) But when a sexy job applicant shoos his mom and the socialite in tow out of his office, Sawyer sees the genius of the plan. And the woman. In fact, Miss Clover Lee might just get the fastest promotion in history, from buffer to fake fiancé…

This “free-spirit” might look like hot sunshine and lickable rainbows, but she negotiates like a pitbull. Before Sawyer knows what hit him, he’s agreed to give up Friday nights for reality TV, his Saturdays for flea markets (why buy junk still baffles him), his Tuesdays and Thursdays for “date nights” (aka panty-losing opportunities if he plays his cards right). And now she wants lavender bath salts and tulips delivered every Monday?

Yup, she’s just screwing with him. Good thing she’s got this non-negotiable six-weeks-and-she’s-gone rule or Sawyer may have just met his match…

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REVIEW:  THE NEGOTIATOR is the first instalment in Avery Flynn’s contemporary, adult HARBOR CITY romance series. This is international construction billionaire Sawyer Carlyle, and ‘free spirit’ Jane ‘Clover’ Lee’s story line.

Told from dual third person perspectives (Clover and Sawyer) THE NEGOTIATOR is a fake fiancé trope that follows the building relationship between billionaire Sawyer Carlyle, and Clover Lee. Needing a ‘buffer’ between his mother and the copious number of single, available women Sawyer Carlyle finds himself ‘interviewing’ the least likely buffer he could have ever imagined. Enter feisty, take charge, free spirit Clover Lee, and the woman with whom he would fall in love. What ensues is the fake fiancé relationship that grows into something more, and the potential fall-out as Sawyer makes Clover an offer she refuses to accept.

Clover Lee is a bit of a ‘free spirit’ who likes to travel, never staying in one place too long, and a woman determined never to settle down. Meeting Sawyer Carlyle sees Clover take a step back from her preconceived notions about falling in love, and settling down but Sawyer’s reasons for making their arrangement permanent are not fraught from love but from a more sterile sense of obligation.

The relationship between Carlyle and Clover is a fake-fiance contract written out on a diner napkin. Carlyle never had plans to fall in love but meeting Clover Lee finds our hero looking forward to everything-one outing at a time. The $ex scenes are intimate, seductive and intense, without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text.

We are introduced to Sawyer’s brother Hudson Carlyle, and their mother Helene; and Sawyer’s one-time best friend and nemesis Tyler Jacobson; Clover’s roommate and best friend Daphne, as well as Clover’s parents Laura and Phillip Lee.

THE NEGOTIATOR has a little bit of everything: humor, fun, romance, love, heartbreak and a happily ever after. The premise is sexy and inviting; the characters are energetic and dynamic; the romance is passionate.

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Reviewed by Sandy 

USA Today bestselling romance author Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip.

She fell in love with romance while reading Johanna Lindsey’s Mallory books. It wasn’t long before Avery had read through all the romance offerings at her local library. Needing a romance fix, she turned to Harlequin’s four books a month home delivery service to ease the withdrawal symptoms. That worked for a short time, but it wasn’t long before the local book stores’ staffs knew her by name.

Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.

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Choose Me (Banger Trilogy #1) by Donya Lynne-Review Tour & Giveaway

CHOOSE ME (Banger Trilogy #1) by Donya Lynne-Review Tour & Giveaway

CHOOSE ME
Banger Trilogy #1
by Donya Lynne
Release Date : January 1, 2018
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotic, romance

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About the book: RELEASE DATE January 1, 2018

She wants a sexy summer fling. He wants more. And he won’t stop until he gets it.

NOTE: This book was previously published as part of the 7-book Banger Serialized Novel. While the series has been rebranded as a trilogy, and the story slightly altered to accommodate the new format, it is the same story. Please do not buy this book thinking it is a different story or a continuation of the previous Banger books. Thank you.

Katherine Clayton, divorcée and single mother of two, just sent her kids to California to spend the summer with their father. During the ten months of the year when they’re in her custody, she gives all of herself to her children. She doesn’t even date. But the summers are hers, and she’s going to make the most of their absence with her annual summer fling.

Unfortunately, her past four summer romances have fallen flat. If she can’t find a man this summer who can fulfill her needs, this year’s fling will be her last. Katherine needs a man who won’t leave her unsatisfied. For her, bigger truly is better, and anything less than huge won’t do.

Greyson James is more man below the waist than most women can handle, and he’s beyond frustrated that he’s unable to enjoy the great sex other men take for granted. Since he finds no pleasure in causing women pain, traditional sex has become a novelty . . . until he meets Katherine. She’s exactly what he needs and vice versa. And the chemistry between them is undeniable.

But after one night of intense passion, neither is prepared for the wicked ride fate has in store for them. Katherine just inherited her retiring father’s company, and the last thing on her mind is selling. But that’s exactly what Greyson wants her to do, which she finds out in a shocking turn of events when she shows up to a meeting in her father’s place to find that the person she’s meeting with is none other than the captivating man she spent one gloriously erotic night with just days before.

Now Katherine must decide if she can trust Greyson with not only her heart, but her company.

As the Banger Trilogy unfolds, Greyson and Katherine will wrestle with their feelings for each other, long-held family secrets will be revealed, and scandals neither could have imagined will rock them to the core.

Will what they’ve found in each other be enough for happily ever after? Or will one passionate summer be all they share?

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REVIEW: CHOOSE ME is the first instalment in Donya Lynne’s contemporary, adult BANGER erotic, romance, novella trilogy focusing on thirty-six year old Rugged Sportswear business owner Greyson James, and thirty-four year old newly appointed CEO of Freedom Cycle Katherine Clayton.

Originally released as the seven-part BANGER serial written by Dick Hertz (aka Donya Lynne), told from dual first person points of view (Katherine and Greyson) CHOOSE ME follows single mother/ divorcee Katherine Clayton as she is about to embark on her fifth summer fling after saying goodbye to her children for their extended vacation. Meeting Greyson James, and his plus-size manhood finds our heroine dreaming about the nights to come but business comes first, and with her father’s retirement on the horizon, our heroine has been named CEO of Freedom Cycle. When a potential buyer arranges a meeting our heroine is none too impressed with what’s about to transpire. Enter Greyson James, Katherine’s previous one-night stand, and the man with whom she will fall in love. What ensues is the realization that Greyson James plans a merger with Freedom Cycle, but is willing to embark on a personal merger, as well.

Greyson James is a man focused on the above –average size of his peen- a detriment to most women due to the sheer size and circumference of everything going on. Throughout the story line the reader is inundated with an inordinate number of references to the size of his junk, an ongoing reminder that becomes a bit too tedious to thoroughly enjoy the overall premise. As the first part of the trilogy begins to evolve, it is the clash between potential business partners, and the fall-out of their sexual relationship that is more interesting than the hero’s over-sized c*ck. As Greyson sets out to find a woman who is able to ‘accommodate’ his size, Katherine searches for her next summer conquest before her children return.

We are introduced to Katherine’s father Robert Clayton; her ex-husband Phil Kelley, and their two young children Christian and Rose; as well as Katherine’s friend Jessica; and Greyson’s friends and business partners CFO Ed and COO Mike; his brother and attorney Brent James.

The author has slipped in a number of ‘Easter Eggs’ into the story with reference to a best-selling popular trilogy that has recently been turned into a three-part movie, some of which I have mentioned throughout my review.

CHOOSE ME is a fast paced, erotic story about two people who find one another only to realize that what they have may all be for naught. The premise is provocative and spicy; the characters are impulsive and startling; the romance has only just begun. I am a big fan of Donya’s AKM series, and her other contemporary reads but CHOOSE ME has left me a little perplexed with my feelings and thoughts. Here’s hoping the next two instalments do not focus on the size of our hero but on the ongoing struggle between business and love.

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donya lynneDonya Lynne is the bestselling author of the award-winning All the King’s Men Series and a member of Romance Writers of America. Making her home in a wooded suburb north of Indianapolis with her husband, Donya has lived in Indiana most of her life and knew at a young age that she was destined to be a writer. She started writing poetry in grade school and won her first short story contest in fourth grade. In junior high, she began writing romantic stories for her friends, and by her sophomore year, she’d been dubbed Most Likely to Become a Romance Novelist. In 2012, she made that dream come true by publishing her first two novels and a novella. Her work has earned her two IPPYs (one gold, one silver) and two ELit Awards (one gold, one silver) as well as numerous accolades. When she’s not writing, she can be found cheering on the Indianapolis Colts or doing her cats’ bidding.

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Gunner (Hellbound Lovers MC #6) by Crimson Syn-Review Tour & Giveaway

GUNNER (Hellbound Lovers MC #6) by Crimson Syn-Review Tour & Giveaway

GUNNER
Hellbound Lovers MC #6
by Crimson Syn
Release Date: January 30, 2018
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotic, MC , romance

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Chastity Burke is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen,
And in my fucked up existence that’s something I don’t come across often.
I want her bent over my bike, hearing her sweet moans as I give her all the pleasure she can take.

But she belongs to another, or at least that’s what she wants everyone to believe.
He’s a vile piece of crap that’s out to harm the Hellbound Lovers.
Destroying him will be my pleasure
As long as I get to keep what’s mine at the end.

Jason Gunner is a ghost, a shadow.
He’s the type of man who can hide in plain sight, blending into the background.
Except now I’ve taken notice, and I can’t keep my eyes off him.
His rough exterior and dark features only make me want him more.
He’s exactly what I need to help me forget the last year of my life.
But before I can be his, there’s something I need to do first.
Something that will save both our lives.
I just need to keep my focus on work,
And not on those lust filled kisses and sinful touches he’s got me yearning for.

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REVIEW: GUNNER is the sixth instalment in Crimson Syn’s contemporary, adult HELLBOUND LOVERS MC erotic, romance novella series focusing on the men and women of the Hellbound Lovers MC. This is sniper Jason Gunner, and Chastity Burke’s story line. GUNNER can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty but I recommend reading the series in order as there is an on-going premise throughout.

NOTE: GUNNER and the Hellbound Lovers MC series contains scenes of graphic violence and sexual situations that may not be suitable for more sensitive readers.

Told from dual first person perspectives (Gunner and Chastity) GUNNER follows Gunner’s infiltration of The Gremlins MC-a vicious gang headed by self-proclaimed president Rafael ‘The Porcupine’ Espino. Gunner will gain personal access to The Gremlins MC but battles between his head and his heart as it pertains to the safety of the woman that calls to his heart. Enter Chastity Burke, Rafael’s old lady, and the woman with whom Gunner will fall in love. What ensues is the quick building, highly sexual relationship between Gunner and Chastity, as Gunner goes undercover, with Chastity Burke, to ferret out information about The Gremlins MC- the latest MC to take over the territory once run by the now-defunct Los Perdidos gang.

The relationship between Gunner and Chastity is quick to build; an immediate attraction as our hero makes it his mission to be both lover and protector of a woman whose true identity is known only to a few. Trying to keep their attraction on the down-low, Gunner will quickly come to realize that Chastity is willing to risk her safety and her life to uncover the whereabouts of a notorious drug lord. The $ex scenes are erotic, aggressive and intense.

Once again, the character building is limited but for a quick glimpse into Gunner’s past. We know very little backstory or history about our story line heroine; their relationship is in the here and now.

GUNNER is a gritty story of one man’s struggle against the demons from his past, and one woman’s battle between evil and good. The premise is dark and spirited; the characters are brassy and fearless; the romance is ambitious and bold.

Reading Order and Previous Reviews
Wolf
Grayson
Riggs
Cain
Seth
GUNNER

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Reviewed by Sandy

My name is Crimson Syn, not really, but what fun is it to use my real name. Instead I’ll use my inner goddess’ name, it’s much more fun that way. I grew up in New York City where I had a wonderful education, loving parents and awesome friends. What more could a girl ask for?

I started writing at the age of sixteen. The first romance I read was Stephanie Laurens’ Devil’s Bride. Since then I have been influenced by dozens of flourishing romance authors and even more dashing and daring rogues. I must say it, but Fifty Shades was not my first erotic romance, nor did it influence me to start writing them. If you’ve never read Mary Balogh, Elizabeth Hoyt, Lisa Kleypas, Bertrice Small or A.N. Roquelaure’s Sleeping Beauty trilogy, then you’re missing out. Those were my sweet introductions to erotic romance, and boy were they hot.

So here I am, after reading so many wonderful stories, I have too many sinful tales of my own not to share. I like my alphas rough and possessive, and I have no shame in saying it or writing it. I had delightfully wicked teachers growing up, their books took me to new worlds and brought me new loves. So, I want to do the same for you. I want to indulge my readers in those steamy reads that will send them into the arms of dangerous alphas and deliciously sexy rogues, without leaving the confines of their nice warm bed. If I am able to entice your inner goddesses, then I have done my job and I am satisfied.

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Yuri (Bratva Blood Brothers #1) by K.J. Dahlen-a review

YURI (Bratva Blood Brothers #1) by K.J. Dahlen-a review

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The Russian mob are a den of murderers and thieves…….

When her brother steals the wrong man’s wallet, Raven has to return it and almost gets caught by the Bratva.

When Yuri catches up with her, he can tell she’s hiding something from him and he’s determined to find out any secrets she has.

What is revealed is a lifetime of lies that once brought out into the open, sets the chance to right more than one life will Yuri claim her as his woman or allow her to taken from him?

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REVIEW: YURI is the first instalment in KJ Dahlen’s contemporary, adult BRATVA BLOOD BROTHERS erotic, romance, Russian Mafia series. This is the leader of the New Orleans Bratva forty two year old Yuri Anatoly, and twenty four year old waitress/ thief Raven Casseni story line.

NOTE: YURI is a re-release of the author’s March 2017 book BLOODLINE.

Told from dual third person perspectives (Yuri and Raven) from both the present and the past, YURI follows the building relationship between the head of the New Orleans’ Russian Bratva Yuri Anatoly, and waitress /thief Raven Casseni. When her younger brother, twenty year old Nicky, pick-pocketed the head of the local Russian Bratva our heroine knew the only way to make amends was to infiltrate the Russian’s apartment and return the wallet without anyone knowing the better. What Raven didn’t expect was to find herself face to face with her future, and the man who could destroy her life and her brother’s with a single word. Enter Yuri Anatoly, the man with whom Raven would promise her life, and the man who would quickly uncover the secrets of her past, and that of her brother’s. What ensues is the building relationship between Yuri and Raven, and the potential fall –out as Raven and Nicky’s pasts are revealed for all to see.

The relationship between Yuri and Raven is quick to develop; a case of instant attraction between a powerful member of the Russian mob, and a young woman who struggles between her head and her heart. The $ex scenes are intimate and intense without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text but I had a difficult time accepting the ‘insta-lust/love’ between our leading couple. There were no proclamations of love or a happily ever after-Yuri claimed Raven as his own almost immediately without forethought to the future or what was about to transpire.

We are introduced to Yuri’s childhood friends and ‘blood brothers’ (Yuri, Sazon, Barshan, Mikial and Roman) five boys who survived the mean-streets of Russia only to be rescued and reared by a local gym owner Ivan Russo, until Ivan met his death by a local gang. Seeking revenge against the gang, local Russian Bratva member and soon to be New York Russian mafia leader Nikoli Silvanic would mentor the five young men until they were ready to take on the world, with the approval of Russian Bratva leader Sergi Constantine. Mikial’s story is next to be re-released.

YURI is a complex story line that follows several paths revealing Nicky and Raven’s heritage: their history, their past, their struggle to survive. We are witness as our heroine recounts their earlier years of abandonment and rejection; their life on the street, in the system, under control by the vilest of men, and finally on the run staying one step ahead of certain torture and death. The premise is entertaining, intriguing and engaging but I had some issues with the style of writing that seemed to change throughout the story line –from simple and elementary to intricate and involved-as though the author’s writing ‘evolved’ as the story line progressed then reverted back to basic writing. The characters are charismatic, spirited and inspiring; the romance is edgy and energetic. Although I had some issues with the author’s writing, I thoroughly enjoyed the first instalment in the BRATVA BLOOD BROTHERS by K.J. Dahlen

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Heat (Dark Kings #12) by Donna Grant-a review

HEAT (Dark Kings #12) by Donna Grant-a review

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date January 30, 2018

Nikolai is a dragon shapeshifter who knows well the meaning of loss. Orphaned and raised to be a Dragon King, he never accepts defeat. Now, Nikolai prefers his solitude . . .until a beautiful, irresistible woman calls upon him for help—and Nikola’s whole word goes up in flames.

Ever since MI5 agent Esther woke to discover her mind taken over with magic, she feels like stranger to herself. She looks to a notorious dragon, one who has the power to help her find her memory. But as she and Nikolai come closer to discovering what really happened to her, a dangerous passion ignites between them. Can this lone Dragon King help the woman he’s grown to love to uncover the truth about her past—or will a deep and fiery danger tear them both apart?

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REVIEW:  HEAT is the twelfth full-length instalment in Donna Grant’s adult, DARK KINGS paranormal / fantasy romance series focusing on the Dragon Kings and the women they love. This is dragon Nikolai the ivory, and MI5 agent Esther North’s story line. HEAT can be read as a stand-alone but for cohesion and backstory I recommend reading the series in order. There is a war approaching between the dragons, the fae and humankind, and the build-up has been on-going for several installments.

SOME BACKGROUND: The DARK KINGS is a spinoff from Donna Grant’s DARK WARRIOR series which in turn is a spin off from Donna’s DARK SWORD series- all set in the Highlands of Scotland. The Dark Fae and their King Taraeth, along with the Ulrik the Silver Dragon King and his uncle Mikkel have declared war on the Dragon Kings by exposing the dragon’s existence to humankind. The last wars between man and the world of the paranormal saw a great loss of life on all sides-but Ulrik wants revenge against King Constantine of the Dragon Kings; Mikkel wants to become King of the Silvers, and the Dark Fae want the Dragon’s hidden weapon and to rule Scotland and the rest of the world. HEAT overlaps with Donna’s new spin off series THE REAPERS who may be a potential ally with the Dragons Kings in their war with the Dark Fae and Mikkel, the silver.

Told from several third person perspectives including Nikolai and Esther HEAT continues the build-up towards war as Esther goes in search of her memories, stolen by a Druid working for the other side. Esther’s memories buried deep within her mind are her only connection to the who and what of her recent excursion where she posed a danger to the Dragon Kings and the women they love. For weeks, Esther has suffered with unimaginable nightmares that threaten to destroy the person she once was but nightmares that warn of what was and things to come. Partnered with Nikolai, the Ivory King, he and Esther go on a European tour searching for the truth only to discover that the truth has been buried for far too long. What ensues is the building relationship between Nikolai and Esther; Nikolai’s reconnection with the Dragon who raised him as his own; and the discovery that Esther, and her brother Henry are not whom they believe themselves to be.

Like all of the previous story lines HEAT continues to build towards war-a war the Dragon Kings are desperately trying to avoid. The Light Fae Rhi discovers that helping a friend inevitably helps the other side- a lesson learned too late for the fate of humankind. Mikkel continues to plot the demise of Ulrik and the other dragons, while Ulrik’s motives are no longer clear, or whose side he is on.

Once again there is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including many of the Dragon Kings, druids and witches, dark and light Fae, as well the return of the Reapers.

HEAT advances the series but a few weeks in time but reveals the potential for new alliances, and the fall out between Rhi and the fae. We have yet to discover the identity of Rhi’s Dragon King-the man who broke the Light Fae’s heart-I am hoping the identity is soon revealed. The premise is intriguing and revealing; the romance is fated and passionate; the characters are numerous, eclectic and colorful. HEAT is an informative, revealing and welcome addition to the Dark Kings.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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Rough Ride (Chaos 4.5 /1001 Dark Nights) by Kristen Ashley-Review & Excerpt Tour

ROUGH RIDE (Chaos 4.5 / 1001 Dark Nights) by Kristen Ashley-Review & Excerpt Tour

ROUGH RIDE
Chaos 4.5 / 1001 Dark Nights
by Kristen Ashley
Genre: adult, contemporary, MC, romance
Release Date : February 13, 2018

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date February 13, 2018

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Ashley comes a new story in her Chaos series…

Rosalie Holloway put it all on the line for the Chaos Motorcycle Club.

Informing to Chaos on their rival club—her man’s club, Bounty—Rosalie knows the stakes. And she pays them when her man, who she was hoping to scare straight, finds out she’s betrayed him and he delivers her to his brothers to mete out their form of justice.

But really, Rosie has long been denying that, as she drifted away from her Bounty, she’s been falling in love with Everett “Snapper” Kavanagh, a Chaos brother. Snap is the biker-boy-next door with the snowy blue eyes, quiet confidence and sweet disposition who was supposed to keep her safe… and fell down on that job.

For Snapper, it’s always been Rosalie, from the first time he saw her at the Chaos Compound. He’s just been waiting for a clear shot. But he didn’t want to get it after his Rosie was left bleeding, beat down and broken by Bounty on a cement warehouse floor.

With Rosalie a casualty of an ongoing war, Snapper has to guide her to trust him, take a shot with him, build a them…

And fold his woman firmly in the family that is Chaos.

Note: Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you’ll enjoy each one as much as we do.

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REVIEW: ROUGH RIDE by Kristen Ashley is instalment 4.5 and novella in the author’s Chaos MC series (a spin-off from the author’s Dream Man series) and the latest instalment in the multi-authored 1001 Dark Nights anthology. This is twenty eight year old waitress Rosalie Holloway, and thirty three year old MC member Everett ‘Snapper’ Kavanagh’s story line. ROUGH RIDE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary. Rosalie was first introduced in book one OWN THE WIND-Shy and Tabby’s story line.

SOME BACKGROUND: In book one OWN THE WIND Rosalie Holloway’s heart was broken when the biker that she loved (Shy Cage) fell in love with the Chaos MC president’s daughter Tabitha Allen. The daughter of a biker herself, Rosalie was desperate to find the love her mother and father once enjoyed before his death three years earlier, but finding love with a member from a rival MC meant Rosalie’s allegiances would be tested again and again.

WARNING: ROUGH RIDE contains scenes (some implied) of graphic violence that may not be suitable for all readers.

Told from first person point of view (Rosalie) and third person (Snapper), ROUGH RIDE focuses on the friends to lovers, building relationship between Rosalie Holloway and Everett ‘Snapper’ Kavanagh in the days and weeks following the beating and attack against our story line heroine by a man she once loved and the Bounty MC. Undercover for the Denver biker Chaos MC, Rosalie reported back what little information she could about the Bounty MC-a rival gang who vowed to make Rosalie suffer when it was discovered that she ratted back to the Chaos gang. What ensues is the building romance between Snapper and Rosalie, and the potential fall out as Rosalie begins to pull away from the people who vowed to save and protect her from the Bounty MC- people who needed to atone for letting down our story line heroine.

Rosalie Holloway barely survived the beating endured by the Bounty MC, a beating meant to send a message to the members of Chaos but a beating that provoked a violent reaction as most women are protected by honor and code-Women. Kids. Bike. Freedom. Vowing to protect Rosalie with his life, Snapper begins a slow seduction of the woman that has called to his heart since the first time they met

The relationship between Snapper and Rosalie has always been one of mutual attraction; a palpable sexual interest but Rosalie kept looking for what she lost- a replacement for the father she loved with all of her heart. From Shy Cage to rival MC member Throttle Beck, Rosalie was desperate to find love one way or another but it wasn’t until Beck discovered Rosalie’s betrayal did Snapper make a move to claim Rosalie as his own. The $ex scenes are limited but passionate and intense.

There is a very large ensemble cast of supporting and secondary characters including most of the Chaos MC: Shy and Tabby; Joker, Carissa and Travis: Lanie, Hop and Nash; Chaos president Kane ‘Tack’ Allen and his wife Tyra Masters; Logan ‘High’ Judd and Millie; Roscoe, Hop, Rush, Boz , Hopper Kincaid as well as Rosalie’s mother Renae; and several members of the Bounty MC including Rosalie’s ex boyfriend Gerard “Throttle’ Beck.

ROUGH RIDE is an emotional, heart breaking and sexy story line. The premise is complex, edgy and energetic; the characters are colorful and charismatic; the romance is intimate, tender and captivating. ROUGH RIDE is an energetic and sensitive tale about one woman looking for love in all of the wrong places.

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Reviewed by Sandy

tHe spit on me.
I felt it land on the side of my chin and slide down.
I didn’t move to wipe it away.
I couldn’t.
Lying on my side, curled into a ball, the pain screamed through me. All of it—and there was a lot of it—demanding attention, I couldn’t concentrate, couldn’t think, couldn’t move in case it got worse. I couldn’t do anything but lie there and pray that it was over.
It wasn’t.
He bent over me, grabbed my hair, yanked it back, and I felt his hot breath hit my face.
“See if he wants you now, you stupid bitch,” he hissed.
He let my hair go and I felt him retreat, but he still wasn’t done.
He kicked me so hard with his foot in its heavy motorcycle boot, my body slid across the cement.
I was too far gone even to grunt.
I felt something bounce off my hip, clatter to the floor, and then his voice came back, this time from further away.
“There you go, baby,” he drawled. “Your line to Chaos. We’re done with you. I’m done with you. Now they can have you.”
I heard boots on cement, more than just his, his Bounty brothers in the club. I sustained a couple more kicks as they passed. One of them grabbed the underside of my jaw and shoved my head back into the cement, also spitting, his hitting my neck.
And then they were gone.
I lay there, my focus on breathing and continuing to do it even though each breath was not only an effort but an agony. The fear I’d felt early when he took me, how he’d taken me, the way he’d handled me and I knew he’d figured it out, had dissipated as pain took its place. Now, the fear was returning that they’d come back and dish out more.
He’d come back.
Throttle

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Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn’t taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

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