Last Night with the Duke: The Rakes of St. James
In order to protect his twin sisters’ debut season from retribution, the Duke of Griffin must hire a capable & resourceful chaperone. I found the premise for this novel refreshing because the Duke of Griffin is seeking to shield his sisters from a possible vengeance that is in direct response to a callous prank he pulled. You don’t often see men in Regency romances actively paying for their transgressions, so this idea is welcome.
Also key to a successful Regency romance is a spunky heroine, which Grey delivers: Esmeralda. Esmeralda is operating a chaperone and governess agency to support herself and her younger sister, Josephine. Through a display of strength and spirit, Esmeralda endears herself to the Duke of Griffin as the only chaperone who will do, and her adventures with Lady Sara, Lady Vera, and the Duke of Griffin begin.
I appreciate that the female characters in this novel were well developed and multi-dimensional–but in some ways each of their considerable back stories distracted from the main plot. While some aspects of the story were unique and the romantic tension between the two main characters was believable, the dialogue between the two did feel well worn.
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Sweet Little Lies: A Heartbreaker Bay Novel
Jill Shalvis has done it again! Her novels are absolutely brilliant. The heat that’s packed into each story along with the emotional journey is one to read. A talented writers whose words never fail her readers worldwide. I am a major fan of Jill Shalvis’s novels. Each one is unique, exciting, and romantic as the previous book before it. Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis is one that will bring readers to a realistic telling story with characters who are just as human as we are. Life is never fair and can be tough as nails…but it takes tougher individuals to sort it all out and to go through it all despite the hurt, surprise, and emotional baggage that comes with it all. Here, in this novel readers will see how Sweet Little Lies comes to life.
Sweet Little Lies is the newest installment by none other than Jill Shalvis. Her latest novel packs a punch and a romance unlike any other. Yes, the heroes are hot, sexy, and irresistible. But there’s much more here than beats the reader’s eye. A story of how one woman takes on the task of helping each person still feels obligated to help even though it was never her fault for what happened to them. One of these people she has helped is someone that makes her want the impossible. A relationship…with a man that makes her insides all gooey and causes all rational thoughts to leave. Her secret….is one that she should tell him…but she can’t find it in her heart to tell him sooner than she does. Where their relationship goes after she finally decides to tell him the truth is one that readers will need to find out on their own. I enjoyed reading this contemporary romance filled with drama, loss, love, and humor. Pur’s dog and her way of accidentally injuring the man she has the hots for creates amazing laugh-out-loud moments that are hard to forget. Overall, I highly recommend Sweet Little Lies to readers everywhere.
Chaos Bound: Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Club
If there is ever an MC book that deserves a book hug, CHAOS BOUND by Sarah Castille would be it. I LOVE this fourth installment to the Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Series, which happens to be my favorite. As a big fan of the series, I love that Ms. Castille continues to give her readers the rough, sexy, dangerous and intense MC romance novels.
“She felt right beside him. Perfect. Broken. Just like him.”
In this dark and dangerous world of bikers, Sarah Castille not only takes her readers down a vivid and raw journey of the MC clubs and the fierce ladies, who are willing to go beyond the means to protect and stand by their men but she also allows her readers to FEEL the vulnerability, anger, revenge, hope and passion. And trust me when I say that Chaos Bound is bound with so much raw emotions and intensity.
“I got a lot of anger in me,” he said softly. “Always have, although nothing like I got now. Sometimes I’m afraid it will consume me. But when I’m with you, it … just … fades. I’ll never hurt you. Never push you farther than you want to go. You’re safe with me. You got my word on that.”
In this fourth installment, Sarah Castille perfectly weaves a raw, gritty and intense perspective of revenge and the code of brotherhood that these bikers live and die for. Unlike the previous books in this series, Sarah Castille stripped her characters to the very core allowing readers to FEEL every emotions. And I mean everything from hate, sadness, loss, hopelessness, emptiness, anger, revenge, forgiveness, and love. With a wide array of emotions thrown at the readers, Ms. Castille allowed readers to feel for her hero and heroine.
“I need you,” he said. “You’re mine, and I’m not going to let you go. Whatever I have to do, whatever it takes, however long … If you can’t live the biker life after I’m done with Viper, then I won’t live it. But you can’t leave me. I am nothing, Naiya, if I don’t have you.”
REVENGE is the only thing that consumes and keeps Holt “T-Rex” Savage alive. As a member of the Sinner’s Tribe MC, Holt has been held captive by their rival MC, the Black Jacks for three months where he has endured every torture. Scarred and left broken, Holt is filled with hate and anger that his MC left him to die. As darkness clouds Holt’s heart and mind, he never thought that there would be any chance of light and freedom that is until Naiya Kelly stumbled into his life and saved him.
“The new Holt was demanding and controlling. Impatient. Serious. So far removed from the self he knew, he would be lost without Naiya to anchor him to the ground. He needed her now. Needed to claim her, body and soul.”
For the past eight years, Naiya Kelly thought she escaped the Black Jacks but when she was taken by the club, she knew her chance of survival lies with Holt Savage. As prisoners of the Black Jacks, Naiya and Holt teamed up together in order to escape. Freedom was only temporary while on the run since the Black Jacks President, Viper wants Naiya at all cost.
As Naiya and Holt try to come up with a plan to survive, Holt has only one thing on his mind. REVENGE. Not only does Holt want to kill Viper and the Black Jacks but he also wants revenge on the Sinners. But as Naiya begins to get to know Holt, she sees that the three months being held hostage has hardened Holt and changed him. As Holt begins to let down his walls when he is with Naiya, he begins to open his heart to her. And for the first time in his life, Holt finally found someone to LOVE. But with danger looming, Holt may have to let go of his anger and ask for help from his best friend, Tank and the Sinners. Will Holt be able to fulfill his plot for revenge? And did the Sinner’s really betray Holt or was it all a misunderstanding? And as a changed man, will Holt be able to walk away from the biker life and follow a new path with Naiya?
The sexual chemistry and bond that exists between Holt and Naiya was sizzling and palpable from the start. Their connection was the cementing foundation of what it means to sacrifice, honor, respect, and fight for your love. Though their love may be complicated, I loved how Ms. Castille kept their romance heated with passion as danger and doubts begins to surface. I loved how the author kept this book an MC trope but incorporated the elements of love, family, brotherhood, second chances and friendship to be the forefront.
“I love that you’re mine , that you know the worst of me and still want my touch, that you know me as I am now, that I wake from my nightmares and find myself in your arms. I’m gonna make sure you’re safe and happy and able to live that normal life you dreamed about.”
Chaos Bound was such an intense, raw, brazen and gritty perspective of the world of bikers, brotherhood, revenge, and friendship. The writing and story line was so gripping and consuming that you can’t help but be immersed into the story of Holt and Naiya and what awaits for them. In most MC novels, the club would be the main focus but in this installment, Sarah Castille surprised me. She made this more than your typical MC biker book. She allowed readers to see beyond the revenge, anger, hurt, and brotherhood. She made you see friendship and the sacrifices we choose to make. She made you see LOVE. And most importantly she made you see Holt and Naiya. Not Holt, the biker but Holt Savage, the man who fell in love with a science nerd. A man who is willing to risk anything for the girl who saved him. And for Naiya Kelly, Holt Savage brought beauty, love, and passion that was missing in her life. He didn’t see a rape victim. He saw her. The real Naiya Kelly.
“She tried to commit him to memory, the warmth of his lips, the deep rumble when he looped an arm around her waist and pulled her against him. She wanted him. Needed him. She’d made it through hell, and he was her piece of heaven…She had never felt as complete as she did at this moment; never felt she really belonged until she’d stepped into the circle of his arms.”
Like I said before, this book was so much more. It is a story that reminds us all nothing is black and white. Dreams change. Life goes on. Love heals. And most importantly, each and everyone of us will make a choice. A choice that will lead us to happiness or of the unknown. And this choice that may be bound with chaos is a journey that Holt and Naiya are willing to navigate together. So if you are looking for a story that has grit, intensity, danger, passion and most importantly heart, then I urge you to read this book. Go fall in love with two damaged and broken characters who found comfort, solace, and truth together. Beyond the scars, heartaches, sadness, loss, and anger lies a story of what it means to truly protect the ones you love even if it means death and letting go. So if you are ready to ride through a chaotic, wild and fierce love, then all there is left to say HOLD ON TIGHT as Holt Savage will pull those heartstrings and show us all what it means to be truly wild and free.
Beauty and the Feast
The Beauty and the Feast by J.R. Barret is a highly entertaining romance. It’s hot, sexy, and funny sweet. This was the first novel I have read by this talented author. The characters were fun to read about and follow along with as the plot developed. Readers will be enticed with this title from the first page. Food, culture, and amazing travel, readers will get to taste and view when reading this brilliant novel. I found myself completely lost as I read this story. It was like I was right there watching and engaging in the exciting scenes around me. The smells were so vivid that I found myself almost tasting the delicious meals prepared by the main character. She is beautiful, smart, and fun.
J.R Barret’s novel is steady paced and well-written. Once readers open it up to read it won’t be put down until they read the last page. Inside The Beauty and the Feast, readers are taken into a kitchen where we find our main character cooking and then being hosed down by a horny teenage boy. A horny teenage boy that she has to babysit for her boss. He takes great pleasure in soaking her shirts until they are transparent . . . then leaves grinning like a Chesire Cat of Wonderland. Readers will be intrigued by Eva whose cooking skills will make anyone’s mouth water . . . especially that of a hot sexy man who heats up her dreams. Gabe is soon led to Eva and unlike most romantic relationships; this woman has a lot more than looks to attract a red-blooded male. But what fate holds in store for them both is one readers must find out on their own. I absolutely loved reading this titlethe cover and name of the book fit in perfectly with the story and its characters. Spicy, sensual, and masterfully woven, The Beauty and the Feast, is definitely a must read for all.
What Remains follows Rupert – a man who never considered himself gay since he never experienced a relationship with a man – despite being attracted to males. That all changed the night he met Jodi outside of the bar he works at. Jodi opens up a world of love for Rupert, one he never knew existed; however, one accident threatens it all. As Jodi fights to recover from being hit by a car, Rupert fights to keep Jodi in his life – to help Jodi remember what they once shared. Unwavering devotion and hazy memories hold this couple’s future in the balance. Love is what they had, but what remains is unclear.
What Remains by Garrett Leigh, tells a moving love story in the LGBT genre that is growing in popularity. Labels aside, Leigh tells a touching story of finding love, losing love, and discovering the strength to fight for a love that may be lost forever. In this way, Leigh has created something everyone can appreciate and relate to. While this novel may not appeal to some, romantics at heart will love the power and message of this story.
A Promise of Fire: The Kingmaker Chronicles #1
Amanda Bouchet’s A Promise of Fire was an amazing, skillfully written fantasy-romance that was an absolute joy to read.
The book was written from the point of view of Cat, the Kingmaker. When people lie, it causes her physical pain. She works at a circus as a soothsayer to hide from the dreaded Andromeda, leader of Fisa, who had her in custody and tortured her. While at the circus, Cat is abducted by Griffin, an alpha-male warlord and second-in-command of the Sinta region. He wants to use Cat’s powers to advance his own agenda. Cat is combative and guarded but eventually warms to Griffin, and, like any romance novel, they fall in love. But Cat still has secrets to hide and so many people want her dead.
This book has everything: a fantasy world, Greek mythology, complex characters, sizzling romance, epic battles, and powerful magic. Cat’s personality was multifaceted and realistic. Griffin, unquestionably a typical manly-man romance hero, had a softer, compassionate side as well. A Promise of Fire is one of the best romances I’ve read all year, and I can’t wait until Breath of Fire comes out in January 2017.