Driving Whiskey Wild (The Whiskeys #3) by Melissa Foster-Review and Giveaway Tour

DRIVING WHISKEY WILD (The Whiskeys #3) by Melissa Foster-Review and Giveaway Tour

The Whiskeys #3
by Melissa Foster
Release Date: February 21, 2018
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotic, romance

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Special Forces veteran and Dark Knights Motorcycle Club member Bullet Whiskey lives to protect his family, their bar, and the residents of his small hometown. He’s rough, unapologetic, and haunted by a secret, painful past. He’s also a master at keeping people away, and when his sister hires gorgeous and sweet Finlay Wilson to help expand their biker bar, he knows just how to get rid of her.

After losing her boyfriend and her father, Finlay moves back to her hometown to be closer to the little family she has left. She needs her temporary job at Whiskey Bro’s to get her catering business off the ground, and she’s determined not to let the gruff, arrogant mountain of a man Bullet Whiskey scare her off.

Finlay is everything Bullet has never wanted. She’s afraid of his dog, afraid of motorcycles, and sweet enough to give him cavities, but as she weaves her way into the hearts of everyone around him, he’s powerless to resist her charms. Passion ignites, but trust doesn’t come easily, and when their pasts collide, Bullet finds out the true meaning of protecting those he loves.


REVIEW:  DRIVING WHISKEY WILD is the third instalment in Melissa Foster’s contemporary, adult THE WHISKEYS erotic, romance series focusing on the Whiskey family of Peaceful Harbor. This is Special Forcers veteran and bartender Brandon ‘Bullet’ Whiskey, and caterer Finlay Wilson’s story line. The Whiskeys is a spin off from the author’s Bradens of Peaceful Harbor, but each installment can be read as a stand alone with any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines and series is revealed where necessary.

Told from dual third person perspectives (Bullet and Finlay) DRIVING WHISKEY WILD follows the building relationship between former Special Forces soldier Brandon ‘Bullet’ Whiskey, and caterer Finlay Wilson. Bullet Whiskey hasn’t stopped thinking about Finlay Wilson since the day they met at Tru and Gemma’s wedding where our hero propositioned the woman with whom he would fall in love by daring her to take a ride on the ‘Bullet Train’. When Bullet’s sister Dixie offers Finlay a chance to redesign the family owned Whiskey’s Bro’s Bar, Bullet has no idea the whirlwind that is about to land him on his a$$. Enter Finlay Wilson, professional caterer and chef, and the woman who has starred in all of his fantasies and dreams. What ensues is the building romance between Bullet and Finlay, and Bullet’ s battle with PTSD and guilt that threaten to destroy what little semblance of peace he has barely acquired.

Brandon ‘Bullet’ Whiskey suffers from PTSD and the guilt of loosing too many men while fighting overseas. Large, looming and ever-the-protector Bullet believes he is unworthy of a woman like Finlay Wilson-a woman who has burrowed so deeply she has become part of the man himself. The relationship between Finlay and Bullet is one of immediate attraction but an attraction that is tempered by Bullet’s need to protect and his inability to let go of the past. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic and seductive without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text.

Once again, we are reintroduced to Bullet’s extended and tight-knit family-a family that founded the Dark Knights MC, Whiskey Bro’s bar, and Whiskey Automotive: his brothers Bones (a physician by day and a biker by night), and biker/mechanic Bear and his wife Crystal (Truly, Madly, Whiskey 2); their long-suffering sister Dixie; Dixie, Bullet, Bear, and Bones’ parents Biggs and Wren (Red) Whiskey; Truman & Gemma (Tru Blue #1) and Truman’s brothers and sister, Quincy, Lincoln and Kennedy, and Crystal’s brother Jed Moon. We are introduced to Finlay’s best friend Isabel Ryder; and Sarah Beckley-a single mother who almost lost everything, if not for our story line hero, to a frightening motor vehicle accident. Bones and Sarah’s story line is next in Wicked Whiskey Love (November 2018).

DRIVING WHISKEY WILD is a story of family, friendship, romance, and love; of survival, moving forward, and letting go of the past. The premise is emotional, heart warming and captivating; the romance is provocative and intense; the characters are courageous, wondrous and inspiring. DRIVING WHISKEY WILD is a sensual and optimistic story; Melissa Foster’s THE WHISKEYS is a satisfying and delightful look a one family who deserve their happily ever afters.

Reading Order and Previous Reviews
Tru Blue
Truly Madly Whiskey
Driving Whiskey Wild
Wicked Whiskey Love (November 2018)

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by Melissa Foster
Release Date: November 9, 2016
Genre: adult, contemporary,erotic, romance

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date November 9, 2016

Imagine falling in love with a man, then finding out he was a killer…TRU BLUE is a sexy, dark stand-alone novel written in the same loving, raw, and emotional voice romance readers have come to love, and the deeply emotional literary prose women’s fiction readers have come to expect, from New York Times & USA Today bestselling, award-winning author Melissa Foster.

He wore the skin of a killer, and bore the heart of a lover…

There’s nothing Truman Gritt won’t do to protect his family–Including spending years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. When he’s finally released, the life he knew is turned upside down by his mother’s overdose, and Truman steps in to raise the children she’s left behind. Truman’s hard, he’s secretive, and he’s trying to save a brother who’s even more broken than he is. He’s never needed help in his life, and when beautiful Gemma Wright tries to step in, he’s less than accepting. But Gemma has a way of slithering into people’s lives and eventually she pierces through his ironclad heart. When Truman’s dark past collides with his future, his loyalties will be tested, and he’ll be faced with his toughest decision yet.

by Melissa Foster
Release Date: April 10, 2017
Genre: adult, contemporary, romance

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date April 10, 2017

A new, emotionally riveting, sexy standalone romance by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

Watch mysteriously sexy Bear Whiskey claw his way to his happily ever after with sassy, rebellious Crystal Moon.

Eight months is a long damn time to have the hots for a woman who keeps a guy at arm’s length. But Crystal Moon is no ordinary woman. She’s a sinfully sexy, sass-mouthed badass, and the subject of Bear Whiskey’s midnight fantasies. She’s also one of his closest friends.

Just when Crystal thinks she has her life under control, scorching-hot, possessive, aggressive, and fiercely loyal Bear pushes all her sexual buttons, relentless in his pursuit to make her his.

The more Bear pushes, the hotter their passion burns, unearthing memories for Crystal that are best kept buried. But there’s no stopping the collision of her past and present, catapulting the two lovers down an emotionally charged road that has them questioning all they thought they knew about themselves.

The Whiskeys #4
by Melissa Foster
Release Date: November 2018

Fall in love with Bones Whiskey in WICKED WHISKEY LOVE, an emotionally riveting, sexy new standalone romance by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. A magnificent love story for those who enjoy fiercely loyal and insanely sexy alpha heroes, smart, sassy heroines, families, bikers, babies, and more! Full details coming soon!

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Melissa FosterMelissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance and women’s fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Readers adore Melissa’s fun, flirty, and sinfully sexy, award-winning big-family romance collection, LOVE IN BLOOM featuring the Snow Sisters, Bradens, Remingtons, Ryders, Seaside Summer, Harborside Nights, Wild Boys and Bad Boys After Dark, and the Montgomerys. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented– perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about loyal, wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines with complex and relatable issues.Melissa also writes sweet and clean romance under the pen nameAddison Cole.

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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.


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.

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Breaching the Contract
Seducing the Defendant
Approaching the Bench
Leading the Witness (April 2018)

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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


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

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

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

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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?


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

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.


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.

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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?


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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reviewed by Sandy


Need You Now (Man of the Month #3) by J. Kenner-Review tour

NEED YOU NOW (Man of the Month #3) by J. Kenner -Review Tour

Man of the Month #3
by J. Kenner
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotic, romance
Release Date: February 13, 2018

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date February 13, 2018

Charming smile. Wicked skills.
Meet Mr. March.

With his tousled hair, cocky grin, and surprising abs hidden under a conservative button-down, bartender Cameron Reed is no stranger to the attention of women.

He dates, but never gets serious, claiming that he’s too focused on his studies. But it’s not really school that preoccupies him; it’s sensual fantasies of his best friend’s sister.

Mina Silver might be absolutely off-limits because of her overprotective brother and father, but that doesn’t stop Cam from imagining the feel of her in his arms, the brush of his lips over her soft skin, or the sparks that would fly between them if he ever got her into bed.

But for Cam, the bonds of family and friendship are sacrosanct, and there is no way that he’d ever violate his friend’s trust. Or would he?

Because with love on the line, maybe it’s time for Cam to break a few rules.

Taking a risk never felt so right.


REVIEW: NEED YOU NOW is the third instalment in J. Kenner’s contemporary, adult MAN OF THE MONTH erotic, romance novella series focusing on a fund raiser for the popular Austin, Texas bar known as The Fix. This is twenty four year old university student and bar tender Cameron Reed, and PA Mina Silver’s story line. NEED YOU NOW can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story line is revealed where necessary. There is a slight cross-over the author’s Stark Trilogy and its’ subsequent spin-offs with the inclusion of Damien and Nikki Stark.

SOME BACKGROUND: The Fix on Sixth, a local Austin hangout, is in desperate need of renovations and a quick influx of cash so a plan is put into motion, by a group of regulars, a plan that includes a Man of the Month calendar competition, and a reality show aimed at rehabbing the bar.

Told from dual third person perspectives (Mina and Cameron) NEED YOU NOW is a friends to lovers/ best friend’s sister story line that follows the building romantic relationship between Mina Silver and Cameron Reed. Now that the rehab show The Business Plan was in full swing, and The Fix on Sixth is getting the much need face-lift to remain competitive (Hold On Tight #2), Mina Silver finds herself up close and personal with the day to day operations of a reality television program. Hoping for a career in Hollywood, Mina has no desire to start a long-term relationship especially with her brother’s best friend, and the man that calls to her heart Cameron Reed but Cameron has other plans including the slow seduction of his best friend’s sister. What ensues is the building romance between Mina and Cam, and the potential fall-out as Mina’s plans for Hollywood come around much quicker than anyone had anticipated.

The attraction between Mina and Cam has been a long time developing; childhood friends who have always had one another’s back Mina and Cam’s relationship goes from friends to friends with benefits but a benefits arrangement Mina refuses to take it to the next level. Cam wants something more permanent but Mina believes her time in Austin is limited, and isn’t willing to risk her heart or the heart of the man she has known most of her life. The $ex scenes are intimate and passionate, without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text.

Once again, there is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including most of the previous story line couples and cast, with the addition of Mina’s brother Darryl, Cam’s sister KiKi (Stark Series), and of course, a cameo appearance by Damien and Nikki Stark.

NEED YOU NOW is a quick read; a sexy and sassy friends to lovers romance; a best friend’s sister love from afar wherein the best friend is well aware of the attraction between the couple in question. There is very little conflict except the potential for our heroine to move forward without the man that she loves. The premise is entertaining; the characters are energetic; the romance is provocative and intense. NEED YOU NOW is another wonderful addition to J. Kenner’s MAN OF THE MONTH novella series.

Reading Order and Previous Reviews
Down On Me
Hold On Tight
Need You Now
Start Me Up (February 27)

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Reviewed by Sandy

J. Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 International bestselling author of over seventy novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.

Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, JK has been writing full time for over a decade in a variety of genres including paranormal and contemporary romance, “chicklit” suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal mommy lit.

JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations” and by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for them.” A five time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance in 2014 for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Trilogy). Her Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series (as Julie Kenner) is currently in development with AwesomenessTV/Awestruck.

Her books have sold over three million copies and are published in over twenty languages.

In her previous career as an attorney, JK worked as a clerk on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced primarily civil, entertainment and First Amendment litigation in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, as well as in Austin, Texas. She currently lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and two rather spastic cats.



Ryker (Hell’s Renegades MC #1) by Dawn Robertson-Review Tour

RYKER (Hell’s Renegades #1) by Dawn Robertson-Review Tour

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date February 6, 2018

Our lives aren’t beautiful or glamorous. They’re dirty and f*cked up.
We live the nightmares people live in fear of.
We live on the edge of the law wondering when it will finally catch up with us or who will bury us before that happens.

But its the outlaw life we chose. It was a choice we all made, and I wouldn’t f*ckin’ take it back. Not ever.

Until she walked into my life and made me second guess everything, I have ever known.
She is an angel, and I am tainted in darkness.
She is pure perfection, and I am stained and bloodied.
I want her, but I know I will never have her.

I just hope that I can come to terms with the fact that she belongs to someone else, and there is nothing I can ever do about it.

My name is Ryker, and this is my story.


REVIEW: RYKER is the first instalment in Dawn Robertson’s contemporary, adult HELL’S RENEGADES erotic, MC romance series focusing on the members of the motorcycle club Hell’s Renegades-a spin off from the author’s HERS series. This is Ian “Ryker” Rutledge, and Lyric’s story line which began in the aforementioned series. RYKER can be read as a stand alone but I recommend reading the previous series as there is quite a bit of history and a number of previous events that are referenced throughout.

WARNING: RYKER contains graphic MMF and MF sexual situations, strong language and text; violence; as well as questionable fidelity and cheating.

Told from dual first person points of view (Lyric and Ryker) RYKER follows the building relationship between Ryker and Lyric. Lyric is in a committed relationship with a man she does not love but that doesn’t stop her attraction to, and need for the man that has starred in her fantasies for close to a year. Enter Ian ‘Ryker’ Rutledge, Hell’s Renegades member, and the man with whom Lyric will fall in love. What ensues is the tempestuous relationship between Ryker and Lyric, and the potential fall out as the Hell’s Renegades MC heads to war with a rival gang.

There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including many from the HERS series regulars. The reader is reintroduced to Lyric’s half-sister Seven James-a former dominatrix, whose own lifestyle is measured by power and control.

RYKER is a gritty, no-nonsense look at the MC lifestyle. Dawn Robertson does not sugar-coat the behavior and habits of the men and women associated with the fictionalized motorcycle club convention and decorum- a brash, blatant and raw group of riders who take more than they give. The character driven premise is edgy and erotic; the romance is destructive and intense; the characters are challenging and passionate. I will add I am not a fan of the cover representation-the model looks like a skater-boy rather than a hardened member of a motorcycle gang.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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Three times best selling author Dawn Robertson was born and raised in Connecticut before relocating to Florida in 2013. The same year first novel, Hers debuted as an Amazon Best Seller. Replicating that success with two additional novels in the following years.

The Indie publishing world has grown to love her raw writing style depicting strong
women in real life situations, topping the charts in erotica, romance, and romance-suspense. Robertson has even insinuated that the female characters in her book mirror her real life. But, that I’ll leave to speculation.

When Dawn Robertson is not writing she is a full-time Real Estate professional in Florida, and mother of three amazing children.