Thursday, March 23, 2017

Review:Incentive by Pam Godwin

Genre: Erotic Romance
Available March 23, 2017
Desperate men do desperate things.

When Decker Gabrielli hits rock bottom, he accepts a job as a hired companion at Infidelity.

Surrendering a year of his life to a woman he’s never met might be the worst idea ever. But money, prestige, and sex are powerful incentives. That is, until the job becomes more than a contractual agreement.

Hard limits are breached, panties are shredded, and rules are broken.

In the end, his secret to getting ahead is… her. 

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INCENTIVE is written in Aleatha Romig's Infidelity World. 
This is part of Kindle Worlds and will only be available on Amazon US Kindle.

 What I thought about Incentive

Decker Gabrielli's life isn't going all that well for him at the moment.  He's lost his business that he loved and is working as a bartender.  His rent is two months overdue, his cell phone service turned off for non-payment.  Things are looking grim until a bar patron suggests a different sort of opportunity -- contracting himself as a companion for a year.  Decker is not convinced it's his ticket out of his dire straits, but since the interview comes with a five grand bonus, he decides to check it out. 

Laynee Somerset doesn't trust men and for good reason.  Hiring a sexy companion makes sense for her, especially since he's been vetted and matched to her specifically.  When she meets Decker, she's not happy and a bit scared that she's been matched with an obvious alpha male. That isn't what she thinks she needs or wants.  At first glance, these two seem to be incompatible. 

It's a slow persuasion as Decker convinces Laynee to let him in her bed and in her life.  Hearts are off the table ... at first because neither are really looking for a relationship. But as they learn earth other's secrets, and Laynee learns just how Decker's can kiss, their feelings for each other grow considerably even though there are questions about their motives in light of the contract between them.

Incentive is a very sexy romp that is sometimes light, sometimes dark. I loved how Decker, the perennial bachelor learns the value of love through his interactions with Laynee, and how Laynee is able to move farther from her past due to Decker's sweet attention to her. Pam Godwin does what I think she does best in giving the reader two characters that you can't help but love in Decker and Laynee.

This story takes off right from the first chapter and I couldn't put this down. Even though there were elements of this story that were pure fantasy (imho), Decker and Laynee's story kept me interested until the final pages.  I loved how things worked out in the end. 

If you are looking for a very steamy read with D/s elements, Incentive might be for you.  The characters are engaging, the story is compelling and I just enjoyed every minute of this.

ARC provided for review.

About the Author
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Pam Godwin, lives in the Midwest with her husband, their two children, and a foulmouthed parrot. When she ran away, she traveled fourteen countries across five continents, attended three universities, and married the vocalist of her favorite rock band.

Java, tobacco, and dark romance novels are her favorite indulgences, and might be considered more unhealthy than her aversion to sleeping, eating meat, and dolls with blinking eyes.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

ARC Review: Dirty Souls (Sins Duet #2) by Karina Halle

Title: Dirty Souls Sins Duet #2
  Dark Romance M/F

From New York Times bestselling author Karina Halle comes DIRTY SOULS the much-anticipated, nail-biting CONCLUSION to the sexy and thrilling Black Hearts...

"One of the SEXIEST & MOST SEDUCTIVE books I HAVE EVER READ." - Jay Crownover.

Violet McQueen has always been a sensitive soul. Troubled and misunderstood, she never realized her place in the world, nor her true potential...until she met Vicente Bernal.

From birth, Vicente Bernal has always known his place in the world - he's been groomed to be a ruthless king. Yet for a man whose soul has become morally bankrupt, it's only through Violet he's realizing the worth of someone's heart.

But at what cost?

With a deadly game set in motion taking them from the stark deserts of California to the steamy jungles of Mexico, Violet and Vicente's forbidden relationship will be put to the test. Boundaries will be pushed, lines will be crossed and souls will get very, very dirty.

Because how do you choose between blood and love when both might get you killed?

NOTE: Dirty Souls is the second and FINAL book in the Sins Duet. You MUST read book #1, BLACK HEARTS, first before this one!

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What I thought about Dirty Souls

Dirty Souls picks up where Black Hearts end. Violet and Vincente are on the run, looking for truth about Violet’s parents.  It’s not good and their lives are turned upside down with the info, but Vincente is determined to protect Violet, even against his own father (or especially against his own father!)

There’s plenty of action and suspense in this two book series, and this conclusion had more than enough to keep me interested and engaged in the story.  There’s plenty of heat too.  Their relationship gets stronger with every challenge they face, and there are plenty of twists and turns to keep things interesting. 

Both Vincente and Violet have terrific character arcs and I liked how they changed over the course of the two books while under impossible circumstances. I really loved the dark elements of this story and the action that kept the pacing fast and furious. 

This is not a standalone. You will need to read Black Hearts first to get the full impact of the story. The story is told primarily through Vincente and Violets point of view, with additional povs offered to fill in the gaps.

Overall, Dirty Souls was an engaging and exciting conclusion to this duet.

ARC provided for review.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

ARC Review:Goodbye Paradise by Sarina Bowen

 Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 21, 2017


In Paradise, there is no television. No fast food. Just long hours of farm work and prayer on a dusty Wyoming ranch, and nights in a crowded bunkhouse. The boys of the Compound are kept far from the sinners’ world.

But Joshua doesn’t need temptation to sin. His whole life, he’s wanted his best friend, Caleb. By day they work side by side. Only when Josh closes his eyes at night can they be together the way he craves. 

It can never be. And his survival depends on keeping his terrible desires secret.
Caleb has always protected Josh against the worst of the bullying at the Compound. But he has secrets of his own, and a plan to get away — until it all backfires. 

Josh finds himself homeless in a world that doesn’t want him. Can Caleb find him in time? And will they find a place of safety, where he can admit to Josh how he really feels? 

Warning: Contains a hot male/male romance, copious instances of taking the Lord's name in vain, and love against the kitchen counterThis book was previously released under the title: In Front of God & Everyone. For more about its previous publication, you can read this blog post.

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What I thought about Goodbye Paradise

Josh and Caleb may have escaped from the polygamist cult in Paradise, but building a new life from nothing isn't all that easy, especially with the attraction between them getting more difficult to hide or deny. With the help of a good samaritan, they make their way from Wyoming to Massachusetts, seeking refuge with another former Paradise resident.

Maggie and her husband Daniel open their home to Josh and Caleb, where they find everything awkward, including exploring their sexuality with their benefactors within earshot. The building relationship delivers on the heat between Josh and Caleb as they make good use of their alone time.  Equally interesting was how Josh and Caleb had to deal with accepting Maggie and Daniel's hospitality and the influence of their religious upbringing.

I loved just about everything in this book. The characters are immediately engaging and I fell right into the story of Josh and Caleb building their life from nothing. Maggie and Daniel were awesome too, and there was a sense of goodness and honor throughout Goodbye Paradise that just warmed my heart and left me smiling.

The ending was unexpected and gut-wrenching in that good way. I don't want to give anything away, so I'll just say again that I loved everything about this book. It kept me up reading to the finish in the wee hours of the morning.


 ARC provided for review.  


About the Author

 Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Vermont's Green Mountains with her family, six chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.

Monday, March 20, 2017

ARC Review:His Custody by Tamsen Parker

Available March 21, 2017 from Intermix

He needs to be a better man for her sake, but she makes him want to be so bad…
Keyne O’Connell leads a charmed life. She has a caring family and a terrific boyfriend. Her senior year is about to begin, and her future looks bright. But one dark summer night robs her of everyone she loves, thrusting her into the care of her boyfriend’s intimidating, much older brother. 

Dark and brooding, Jasper Andersson is not a good man. His business dealings are barely legal. He’s a womanizer and a casual drug user. He has no interest in becoming Keyne’s guardian, although given her limited options, he doesn’t have much of a choice. He knows he must protect her at whatever the cost.

But living in close quarters soon stirs up feelings inside them both that are far from platonic. Keyne needs a firm hand to keep her in line, but what she desires could lead Jasper into trouble…

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 What I thought about His Custody

Keyne O'Connell is devastated by the loss of her family and boyfriend in a tragic accident.  The only familiar person in her life afterward is her boyfriend's older brother and family friend, Jasper Andersson.

Jasper isn't that much older than Keyne and getting custody of her isn't all that easy, especially when there's an uncle that wants her too.  But Jasper and Keyne manage to convince the judge that he'll be the best guardian for Keyne. 

These are some rough times for Keyne, as she deals with her grief and all the changes that come with her circumstances.  Rough times for Jasper too, as he gives up his kinky lifestyle and partying to do the right thing by his new charge.  

When Keyne's nightmares drive her to find Jasper in the middle of the night, he's tempted and torn, but he manages to keep everything beyond reproach, that is until Keyne decides she wants him on her eighteenth birthday..

While His Custody flirts with with impropriety, it never quite gets there and I appreciated that.  The kink that eventually becomes a temptation for both Keyne and Jasper made for a very interesting situation between these two. 

I seriously loved how this book brought things to a conclusion.  My heart hurt for Jasper and Keyne and their pain was portrayed beautifully by the author. Sometimes doing the right thing hurts.

I adored the gothic feel to this story, with Jasper the older, experienced male and Keyne the young ward.  There were only a handful of secondary characters, which made for a laser focus on the compelling love story between Jasper and Keyne. The spotlight was on them for the entire book, and I really liked that about His Custody.

If you are looking for a kinky tale with a dash of darkness and light, His Custody might be for you.  The writing will keep you turning the pages, and Jasper is very hard to resist. 

ARC provided for review.

 About Tamsen Parker

Tamsen Parker is a stay-at-home mom by day, USA Today bestselling erotic romance writer by naptime. She lives with her family outside of Boston, where she tweets too much, sleeps too little and is always in the middle of a book. Aside from good food, sweet rieslings and gin cocktails, she has a fondness for monograms and subway maps. She should really start drinking coffee.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Review & Excerpt: Shade's Lady by Joanna Wylde

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From New York Times Bestselling author Joanna Wylde, comes SHADE’S LADY, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure you grab your copy today!

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New York Times bestselling author Joanna Wylde returns to the world of the Reapers Motorcycle Club…
Looking back, none of this would’ve happened if I hadn’t dropped my phone in the toilet. I mean, I could’ve walked away from him if I’d had it with me.

Or maybe not.

Maybe it was all over the first time he saw me, and he would’ve found another way. Probably—if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that Shade always gets what he wants, and apparently he wanted me.

Right from the first.

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“You get to travel,” I told him, frustrated. “In a few weeks or a month or whatever you’ll leave this place. You’ll go see things and do things, and for some reason you seem to have enough money to live on without taking a shitty job waiting tables.”

Shade snorted. “Mandy, you don’t wanna know how I get my money.”

“Let me guess—it’s bad?” I asked, rolling my eyes. “I’m starting to think I’m genetically incapable of being attracted to a good guy. No offense.”

“None taken,” he replied, offering a slow smile. “I’m not a good man. But I’m not a man who’ll drag you down into the dirt, either. Or let you get caught up in club business. The Reapers have been around for a long time and we’re real good at taking care of our people. I’m not sayin’ I’ll never need a getaway car, but if I do, I sure as shit won’t trick my woman into driving it.”

God, how was he so sexy when he was saying such terrible things? And that knowing, naughty look in his wasn’t fair.

“This is crazy,” I said, trying hard not to smile back at him. “I need to get to work and you need to go do whatever it is that you do that may or may not involve getaway cars"

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What I thought about Shade's Lady

The Reapers are back!  This was a title that I preordered the minute I saw it was coming out.  I love these novellas in 1001 Dark Night series -- they haven't disappointed me yet.  Always just the right size for a one-night read.  Shade's Lady is a great addition to this series.

Mandy has moved to Violetta with her sister and children after having some bad luck that ended up with her in some hot water with the law.  I really loved both sisters and their commitment to taking care of themselves and their family.  Mandy works hard at the local bar, a Reapers hang out and Shade has taken to her.

Shade is the president of all the Reaper chapters and he's got some serious alpha going on and he likes Mandy.  He gets what he wants but he didn't bargain for Mandy's saucy attitude or the fact he's not ready to let her go after one night.  I really love the play on "breakfast" that goes on throughout the story.

When Mandy and her sister run into some serious problems, it's Shade and the Reapers who step into help.

Shade's Lady left me smiling. I loved the ending. So glad to have another taste of the Reaper's MC.

ARC provided for review.

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About Joanna Wylde
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 Joanna Wylde started her writing career in journalism, working in two daily newspapers as both a reporter and editor. Her career has included many different jobs, from managing a homeless shelter to running her own freelance writing business, where she took on projects ranging from fundraising to ghostwriting for academics. During 2012 she got her first Kindle reader as a gift and discovered the indie writing revolution taking place online. Not long afterward she started cutting back her client list to work on Reaper’s Property, her breakout book. It was published in January 2013, marking the beginning of a new career writing fiction. Joanna lives in the mountains of northern Idaho with her family. Visit Joanna Wylde’s website and follow her on:  

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