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December 2016

Private: by Xavier Neal

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Genres:  Romance, Adult, Suspense

Published:  December 1, 2016

Told in dual POVs

The Blurb:

Mogul or Monster?

Billionaire Weston Wilcox hasn’t been seen by the outside world in almost a decade. No face to face meetings. No interviews. No social media accounts. Despite his ghost demeanor he continues to financially flourish and make his fellow investors richer with every decision. Throughout the years many have sought to discover the man inside the mogul while others have spread legends painting him as a heartless monster consumed by greed. None of it matters to him. Weston’s true identity is secured away in his estate of solitude, which consists of the only people in the entire world he believes he can trust. That is until he’s asked to allow a guest access to the property under extreme circumstances. One he knows he shouldn’t. It doesn’t take long before his world is turned upside down, unexpected threats arise, and Weston’s forced to ask himself what really should be kept private?

My Review:

PrivatePrivate by Xavier Neal

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Private” is by author Xavier Neal.
Published: December 1, 2016
My Review: 4 Stars…

Modern day beauty meets beast. At least that’s how I looked at it. This book features the rocky road to romance of Billionaire recluse Weston Wilcox and Brynly Winters. Bryn is the daughter of Weston’s household manager.

Wes….A decade ago, a life changing tragedy took hold of him and because of it, Wes forced his own seclusion. A complete solitary existence. When you learn what happened you will understand why he is the way he is. However, I did not agree with all his decisions. Wes’s estate manager has been very ill and under the personal care of Wes’s doctor. She is also being treated at the estate and not in the hospital. Wes will not have any outside influences enter his private world. That is until he is forced to.

Brynly has been summoned to her mother’s home. The place she works is one in the same. Bryn does not understand nor agree that her sick mother is not being treated at a hospital. She is angry and not a little worried. However, her mother’s employer has informed her that her mother is receiving the best care money can buy. The whole situation does not feel right to Bryn. Not only is she dissatisfied with her mother’s care but the man who is paying for that care has yet to show his face.

Yes, Wes has his reasons for his preferred life of shadows, but he underestimates Bryn if he thinks she will quietly do what she is told. Bryn by nature is a rule breaker. These two are complete opposite but in a good way. Wes needs someone like Bryn to come into his life and disrupt his carefully structured existence. At first Wes resists Bryn’s beauty and sass. But she is brass and bold and doesn’t let him get away with anything. I liked Bryn. As a character she was written with spirit and courage. She has a filthy mouth and doesn’t care about what people think of her. And this is the lesson she must try and teach Wes. He shouldn’t care about what people think of him either. I want to say that although I was rooting for their HEA, I found Bryn a little too alpha. Was Wes a bit of a pushover at times? Yes. But it needed to be that way in order for Bryn to teach him to break from his shell of privacy and seclusion. He needed her bravado to rub off onto him. He just needed her.

Wes and Bryn did not fall in love quickly. Their relationship was a slow burn. I didn’t mind the wait for their first intimacy, however I didn’t like that some of the foreplay between them was talked about days after it happened rather then us experience all of their together time on the pages. There was some skipping of days. In addition, the end was a bit abrupt. Yes there was a happy ending; there is no cliffhanger. BUT their romance continues in the next book, “Public.” I personally would have rather their book ended with a grand gesture and the next book be about Wes’s best friend J.T. instead. But that is only my opinion.

This was the first book I read by this author. Although I did have some connection issues to the H/h, I enjoyed the book. There was some suspense which added to the drama and that did get resolved before the book’s end.

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Review For: Stealing Christmas by Alexa Riley

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Genres:  Romance, Christmas, BBW, Erotica, Instalove, Novella

Published:  November 27, 2016

Read:  December 1, 2016

Standalone Novella

Told in dual POVs

The Blurb:

Christmas Winter is lucky she loves this time of year, because her name didn’t give her much of a choice. She’s always bubbly and happy. So when she takes a job as an elf in the mall, she’s excited to spread some cheer. But Christmas could never expect what happens when she catches the eye of a stranger.

Nicholas Light owns everything he sees, and when his eyes land on the new elf in his mall’s Santa exhibit, he knows she’s no different. There’s something about her sweet innocence that he has to have, and he’ll concoct a plan to make that happen.

Warning: Grab your jingle bells and swing them over your head… This holiday quickie is gonna light up your Noel. Okay, none of that made sense. But it sounded festive, right? This book is adorable, and you’ll love it. Just don’t get tinsel stuck in the wrong places. Trust us.

SURPRISE! We’ve included Snow and Mistletoe as our gift to you! Stealing Christmas ends around 50% and enjoy this holiday favorite right after.

My Review:

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“Stealing Christmas” is by Alexa Riley.
My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Nicholas Light and Christmas Winter…..

Don’t you just love those names?

As is Alexa Riley fashion, we have an erotic, cheesy story of instalove. The hero, Nicholas, is sexy and demanding. The heroine, Christmas, is a cheerful, selfless and sorry to say, pushover. Being a pushover or gullible and innocent heroine is what we’ve come to expect in an AR book.

Although I enjoyed, “Stealing Christmas,” it was just okay for me. The story was predictable. There was no suspense, no angst and a sweet, sugary HEA.

Nicholas is an extremely wealthy businessman. He literally owns more properties than he can keep track of. Nicholas keeps to himself living and working in the castle he calls home. Yes, it is literally a castle! It is while working in his home office he realizes his life is about to change. While viewing the monitors for one of his malls, he sees a beautiful curvy woman dressed as an elf. She is setting up the mall’s Christmas display. At that moment, Nicholas realizes one thing…he must have her. So begins his plans to get his “Christmas” present.

Christmas Winter was a sweet, friendly, young woman with a big heart and even bigger Christmas spirit. She loves the holidays and her job at the mall. Christmas never would have imagined she’d catch the eye of Nicholas Light. When she shows up at his home, as requested, she is not a little shocked at the attention she receives from the gorgeous Nicholas. Attention that has nothing to do with her job at the mall and everything to do with the fact that he desires her. Nicholas want her to move in with him. For always. Forever.

This story is the epitome of the “love at first sight” trope. In addition there are two cute epilogues. Alexa Riley does a good job at making the most unrealistic of fantasies into the the reality of our dreams.

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Review: “Asher” Inked Brotherhood One by Jo Raven

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Genres:  Romance, Adult, Mature, Violence, Erotica,

Published:  May 12, 2014

Told in dual POVs

Part of a series

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The Blurb:

Now eighteen, Audrey returns to her hometown for the first time after the accident – the car crash that took her dad and scarred her for life. She’s here to start again. Go to college and have fun. Make new friends. Get over the past.

But the past won’t let go. Asher is here – her first kiss, her first heartbreak. More handsome and distant than ever, he’s still the boy who used to be her best friend. That was before he changed into someone she hardly knows anymore – the boy who started getting into fights and gave her the cold shoulder for years.

Asher isn’t what she needs. In fact, she hates him and should try her best to keep away from him. Yet her body doesn’t seem to care about how she feels, and maybe, just maybe this time her body got it right. Not that she has much of a choice. Asher draws her like a bright flame, and if she isn’t careful, she’ll burn.

And that may not be such a bad thing after all…

This is New Adult erotic romance, dual POV. Warning: this book contains graphic language, sex, and violence. Mature readers only. Not intended for young adult readers

My Review:

Asher (Inked Brotherhood, #1)Asher by Jo Raven

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Asher” Inked Brotherhood One is written by author Jo Raven.
Published: May 12, 2014
My Rating: 5 Stars.

First Review August 2014:
This book broke my heart. It was so damn sad. Although I was glad with the happy ending it still makes you wonder if Ash is going to be alright. I’ve never read a book with this type of abuse before. I didn’t expect it when I started reading. But I couldn’t stop I needed to know that everything is going to be okay.

Updated/Revised Review December 2016:
I love Jo Raven. I have five-starred almost every one of her novels with the exception of a couple of four-star ratings. To date I have read all of her titles. She is a “one-click” author for me. One I will buy without knowing what the novel is about. It doesn’t matter because I know I will love it. That said…..

This is my revised and updated review. The first time I read “Asher” was in 2014. Then again in 2015. And again in 2016. It’s one of my favorites that I will read over and over. I just can’t get enough of Asher. With saying that, I decided a more thorough and detailed review from my original was deserved.

This novel starts off the Inked Brotherhood series. A series that tells the story of tragic and horrific pasts to the struggling present, with well deserved HEAs, for five young men. I want to say these are boys because they are young however because of circumstances forcing them to grow up too soon, they are most definitely men. This review belongs to Asher but there is also Tyler, Zane, Dylan and Rafe.

Asher and Audrey….. They share a past and now a present…..

Audrey moves back to her hometown hesitantly but determined to make it on her own; live on her own and attend college. Since her father died in the same automobile accident that nearly killed her, she knew she had to face her past. What she didn’t need to face was the boy she once loved. Asher. Audrey once loved and adored him. Since childhood they were close. Then after one kiss they were even more connected. But soon after that kiss Asher became distant and hurtful. Audrey didn’t know why. She only knew that she hated him now. But what would happen if they ever came face to face again?

Asher is a tormented and tortured man. Figuratively and literally. The physical abuse and emotional pain he endured was utterly heartbreaking. As a reader I can admit I was emotionally moved to tears. I was concerned and shocked at some things. I was greatly afeared for Asher’s well being. Another emotion I felt was anger. My goodness did I cry! The sadness, the darkness, the emotional and physical pain only added to my growing anxiety that Ash and Audrey wouldn’t find a HEA.

Since Asher last interacted with Audrey, he has become a tortured soul. He hated himself for the way he treated his beloved Audrey. But he did what he believed he had to do to protect her. Asher knows that directly and indirectly he was/is the cause of all of Audrey’s pain and heartbreak. Unfortunately now that Audrey is back in town, Asher is drawn to her even though he knows he should stay away.

The struggle for Asher and Audrey to be together is not easy. The road is rutted and dangerous. For Asher, the struggle to just live a normal life doesn’t seem possible. What is even more disturbing is watching Asher just struggle to live. His troubles are dark and deep with angst and danger.

I cannot say enough how much I loved this novel. It was first time I read anything of this subject and it effected me deeply. “Asher” was so poignant, so utterly disturbing BUT absolutely amazing and a must read.

As I mentioned, I have since read and loved this whole series and even the spinoff series (Damage Boyz) that result from it. But by far, Asher has always been my favorite character and my favorite book from Jo Raven.

*At the end of the Inked Brotherhood series, you will find a full length epilogue that features all the boys and what they are currently up to. However you will not only find a continuation of happily ever afters. As in Jo Raven fashion, she has written in a strong element of darkness and suspense revolving around Zane and how the others are struggling to help him. That said you must read the whole series otherwise the epilogue, “Inked Babies” will make no sense to you.

The Inked Brotherhood
#.5 Kiss Me Goodbye: Prequel to Asher
#1 Asher
#2 Tyler
#3 Zane
#3.5 What I Want For Christmas: Zane and Dakota short story
#4 Dylan
#5 Rafe
Epilogue Inked Babies

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His Christmas Miracle: Love In Montana #5 by Dani Collins

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Genres:  Romance, Contemporary, Christmas, Montana Born

Published:  October 27, 2016

Told in dual POVs

Part of the Love In Montana Series

The Blurb:

Quincy Ryan was just handed custody of a son he didn’t know existed. He knows how to be an architect, not a dad, so he looks to his own father for guidance, but that means moving with Pops to Marietta, Montana. Quincy knows he has to get over his shock and give Atlas the Christmas he deserves, but how? He needs a miracle.

Nicki Darren, failed actress, will take any job as Christmas approaches, even babysitting for a withdrawn, workaholic, single father. She lost her mom as a child, too, and hasn’t had a real Christmas since, so she identifies with four-year-old Atlas.

An advent calendar of activities soon has Nicki pulling Quincy out of the house to get a tree and ice skate with his son. She wants Quincy to open his heart to Atlas, but begins to fall for the Ryan men herself. It makes the countdown to her last day, Christmas Eve, bittersweet. If only the miracle he is looking for included her…

My Review:

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“His Christmas Miracle” Love In Montana #5 is written by author Dani Collins.
Published: October 27,2016
My Rating: 5 Stars

Dani Collins is so talented when it comes to heartwarming romance. “His Christmas Miracle” is sigh worthy. I hated the times life got in the way and I had to put my Kindle down. This book had all the “feels” I look for in the perfect romance. Not all of my five star rated have all the important emotions that make the story perfect to me. But this one did. It absolutely pulled at my heartstrings. Plus it had something extra that endeared it to me that much more. It was a Christmas theme.

There are two main characters; Quincy and Nikki. There are also two very important secondary characters, that without them I don’t know if I would have loved this book a much; Atlas and Maury.

Quincy Ryan recently finds out he has a four year old son named Atlas. Atlas’s mother died in an accident and Quincy was notified. To say he was distraught is an understatement. How could he have a son and never be told of his existence? Quincy is clueless. He does not know how to be a father. In fact, he never planned to have children. Quincy moves from Pennsylvania with his aging, diabetic father and Atlas. He hopes the slower pace of life will help with raising his son. A son who unfortunately is a stranger. Quincy had loving parents however he was constantly made fun of during his younger school years. He had a speech impediment and his peers were relentless in their ridicule. That caused him to grow up closed off from the world. He didn’t like crowds and he was less than social. He was used to be alone and closed off. So when his life is turned upside down, unexpectedly, he is more than a little dismayed. Quincy will hire a caretaker/nanny/housekeeper to help with his father and Atlas. He didn’t know what else to do. Especially since Atlas was having some issues with speech articulation.

Nikki Darren is on her way back to Montana for a fresh start. After failing in obtaining an acting career, she goes back to school. Nikki decided she wanted to be a caregiver to the elderly. But answers Quincy’s add to at least make some money over the holidays. The job is only temporary but she needs it all the same.

Nikki and Quincy are complete opposites despite their growing attraction toward each other. Where Quincy is quiet, unsocial and closed off, Nikki is loud with a bubbly personality and very social. Fortunately their differences balance each other.

I absolutely adored Atlas! What a cutie! He was adorable. At only four years old, he was trying to adjust to his new life. A life without his mother. And a new life in a new town with his father and grandfather. Nikki also became a very important aspect of Atlas’s life. Atlas was truly a main focus of this story. I found myself invested in not only an HEA for Quincy and Nikki, but for Atlas as well. Nikki was a great character and through her patience and kindness, she was elemental in helping Atlas adjust to his new life. As well as Quincy.

The romance between Quincy and Nikki was very slow. Instead of being frustrated by that, I found it perfectly appropriate given what they were feeling; their very realistic reservations. Their growing love was believable. It was so sweet and when they finally decided they wanted a future together, I cried tears of joy. Literally I did. Atlas and Maury loved Nikki just as much as Quincy. They became the perfect family. The epilogue was precious.

I am so glad I got to read this book. Especially during this time of year. “His Christmas Miracle” was definitely that, a miracle of love and healing with a beautiful happily ever after.

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