Taking Chances by Molly McAdams

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Series: Taking Chances, #1

Author: Molly McAdams

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Length: Novel (432 pages)

Publisher: William Morrow (October 16th 2012)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 hearts

Reviewer: Tams

Blurb: Her first year away is turning out to be nearly perfect, but one weekend of giving in to heated passion will change everything.

Eighteen-year-old Harper has grown up under the thumb of her career marine father. Ready to live life her own way and to experience things she’s only ever heard of from the jarheads in her father’s unit, she’s on her way to college at San Diego State University.

Thanks to her new roommate, Harper is introduced to a world of parties, gorgeous guys, family, and emotions. She finds herself being torn in two as she quickly falls in love with both her new boyfriend, Brandon, and her roommate’s brother, Chase. Despite their dangerous looks and histories, both men adore Harper and would do anything for her, including taking a step back if it would mean she’d be happy.

Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/Taking-Chances-Molly-McAdams-ebook/dp/B009NFFVL6/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1394075962&sr=1-1&keywords=taking+chances+molly+mcadams

Review: Move over Nicholas Sparks, here comes Molly McAdams! I loved this book, devoured it in one 8 hour setting, up until 4AM, walking into walls while trying to read and walk at the same time. It’s a very poignant novel that redefines the term “what if”. What would you do if your life was turned upside down and torn apart? What if happiness presented itself to you again as a familiar stranger? Would you take a chance?

Having lived a sheltered life as a military brat, Harper has moved away from home for college. She immediately grabs a best friend, meets not one but two HAWT young men and almost as quickly falls in love. This story centers on Harper, Chase and Brandon in a love triangle the likes of which I’ve never read. What will happen when Harper falls in love with both men? Drama and heartache ensue; as well as love, understanding and bonds that are not easily broken.

These characters have a depth to them that will break your heart, as both men fall in love with Harper and both are just as willing to walk away as long as she’s happy. McAdams delivers a fantastic novel with a realistic storyline that will keep you entranced until the very end. She perfectly balances the heartache with love, and even though there is some mystery, there is triumph as well. I really loved how McAdams pulled me into her story and I felt invested in these characters. This book will have you laughing one minute, then crying, then laughing again. In the literary world that seems to cater to paranormal as of late, it’s refreshing to read this tragically beautiful love story, which truly does have a happy ending. In the end, Harper learns that life is all about Taking Chances.

If you like Nicholas Sparks, you’ll love Molly McAdams.

Sugar Daddy by Rie Warren

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Author: Rie Warren

Genre: Contemporary Romance

ISBN: 9781616504656

Length: Novel (400 pages)

Publisher: Rie Warren (January 24th, 2014)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3 Hearts

Reviewer: Thommie

Blurb: Shay Greer is pure GRITS—a Girl Raised In The South–but nowhere near a demure southern belle. She’s looking for a way out of her broken down marriage when she lands an unexpected job offer she really should refuse. Position? Mistress. Fringe Benefits? Of course. Fraternization with sexy CEO Reardon Boone? Required. Lured by the promise of intimacy missing from her failed marriage, Shay signs on. She’s barely survived a hellish year of heartbreak and needs a fresh start, but she gets more than she bargained for with lowcountry-boy-made-good Reardon Boone.

Bankrolling Shay into his bedroom, Reardon sticks by his tried and true rules: no-strings-attached seduction, no messy emotions, absolutely nothing resembling a relationship. This sassy, sultry woman fits the bill precisely…until she arouses more than his erotic appetite.

So desirable he sets hearts on fire in everyone from downtown debutantes to downhome mommas, Reardon is as irresistible as he is unattainable. Shay falls hard despite their unorthodox arrangement. Determined to discover what’s concealed beneath his Forbes 400 facade, she has no idea how close to home the truth will hit.

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Review: So I read the title and an eyebrow rises near my hairline. Sugar Daddy… I keep reading the cover and I see… She wants a job and he wants a mistress …and everything I am screams at me to NOT read this book. This guy pissed me off even before I opened the damned book. So a very sane person might ask me why on earth I proceeded to read the book anyway.
Well, curiosity is a very old friend of mine, that, and my boss asked me to of course.

But damn, what an opening this book has. Not only the future employer is literally telling her the job he offers is that of a mistress, but the woman herself is married. Hmm, now I’m all for fun and slutting around but this hit my morals a bit too hard. I dislike cheating and deceiving with a passion.

But there is that underline sarcasm that spices up the text, this MC’s voice is so damned funny and hilarious and enticing that I must say it stroke up my curiosity even more and admittedly I am thankful of it, because I so enjoyed the flirtatious and downright sensual, while funny text I got to read.

As for the woman, well she somehow saved it by wanting the job in first place so she’d have the financial stability to leave her husband. Does it make it all right? I don’t know, everyone has their own hang-ups, and as for me, I didn’t mind it much simply because the writing bewitched me. It was fun and I was laughing right up to the point where the dialogues got on the real chatty side. Oh my, women can kill you with words, and words upon words, and then some more words. Damn it Shay, did you have to beat the corpse so much? And the tears, oh God, if this wasn’t a drama I don’t know what you would call it. It had a very soap opera feel to it.

The story itself is quite touching. It tells of pain and deep hurts anyone of us could suffer. It tells of people trying to overcome their hurts anyway they can, making mistakes in the way to their chase for happiness. It tells of a man having everything a man could want, yet lost the one thing he deeply loved.

Underneath his mouthwatering appearance and all his money and swagger, he was just a man. One whose heart hadn’t merely been broken, but a man whose very spirit had been destroyed.

The passage above is a very good example of what you will encounter and it’s only the man’s side. The woman, Shay, herself has a tragedy going on in her life as well. Her marriage crumbled under the weight of loss when she miscarried her baby. Not only had she to suffer the pain for her baby, but the rejection that came from her hurting husband as well. In her search for a way out of her misery and dark tunnel her life had become, she falls for the oldest trap of them all. Consenting to become a paid mistress for a man who was hell-bent on not feeling, she simply changed the rules one day at a time, making him feel, making herself feel as well, and ultimately getting trapped in a whole new world of emotions. All along knowing, it might end with a bigger hurt than the one she was trying to overcome.

Both of us always waitin’ for the other shoe to drop.

…Shay and Reardon get into a relationship with their eyes wide open this time. Hope and apprehension coloring the story, anticipation and wistfulness that this time Fate might have a good life for them in store and not yet another world of desolate and darkness.

Yes, this is a very emotional story, spiked up with sensual scenes and intimacy of the kind that makes your heart thump harder in your chest. The happy and fun moments go hand in hand with trepidation and tears, making for a roller coaster of emotions that assault you with the force of a tsunami. Somehow, even I that am known to dislike the too much drama and cheesy feelings, I felt for these characters and hoped along with them for a happy ending. A book that normally would not hold my interest became so much more. Was it the mother in me? Perhaps. But I enjoyed the book, the story, and the characters. I fell in love with Shay’s voice and her Southern upbringing, and I simply adored Reardon. Who wouldn’t; the way he was described was hotter than Hell.

Waaban: Dawn Kitten by Carolyn McBride

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Author: Carolyn McBride

Genre: F/F / Contemporary / Holiday

Length: Short Story (27 pages)

Publisher: Torquere Press (December 10th, 2013)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥2 Hearts

Reviewer: Thommie

Blurb: When April came out to her parents over a decade ago, her news was not met with support and love. She lost her home, family and everything familiar. She’s come a long way. She has a hot new girlfriend, a new career and life is going pretty well.

So why is she hearing voices that speak to her from the past, and in Ojibway? Why has she been chosen to care for an orphaned kitten, and how can it possibly all be related?

Product Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=4094

Review: Honestly, this was quite a disappointing read for me. From the blurb I had the impression something major would happen, even some paranormal activity the way those dreams came into view. Reading it, that impression got stronger at first only to deflate as I continued reading.

This is a simple enough story that shows the peak of April’s life. Being thrown out of her house when she came out to her parents, April didn’t expect much happiness in her life, but things panned out and not only she found a woman to love and cherish being loved and cherished right back, but a loved one from her past comes back into her life making her whole.

The kitten I didn’t really understood what her point as a character was. Don’t expect anything to happen with her, she’s just a kitten. As lovely as they are, I was put off because frankly I expected her to be some sort of a shifter or something. Really, the intro made you believe that much. But no, it’s a simple addition to an already established relationship/home.

In  the end I have no idea what the point of this story was, but I’m going to take a wild guess and say it was motivational and maybe point out the fact that everything happens for a reason, and no matter how bad things are the sun always shines the next day. For me it was a flat read though, one I didn’t get to enjoy a lot as the possibilities this story had were numerous yet unexplored.

Merrry and Bright by Skylin O’Thomas

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Author: Skylin O’Thomas

Genre: Christmas, Contemporary, Holiday Story, Male/Female, Ménage,

Length: Novella (71 pages)

Publisher: Silver Publishing (Dec 21st, 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Cat

Blurb:   After losing her parents, Presley wishes to establish new holiday traditions, but she doesn’t expect ending up in bed with Gunnar and Frazier to be one, yet she also can’t think of a better way to be merry and bright.

After losing her parents, Presley Griffith will be spending the holidays alone, and wishes new traditions were easier to establish. But instead of being by herself, she ends up in bed with Frazier Boyle and Gunnar Stewart. The cop and the firefighter heat things up and cool them down, and Presley can’t think of a better way to be merry and bright.

Purchase Link: https://spsilverpublishing.com/merry-and-bright-ebook-p-60448.html

Review: Presley wants new holiday traditions but she has a thing for Frazier, the hot firefighter and Gunnar the-oh-so sexy cop with a heart, that are also best friends. She refuses to choose between them and break up their friendship though the two together is her idea of the one perfect man.

This is a very hot, romantic, sweet, and sexy, dream come true story. .Just what you want for a holiday read. The perfect combo of friendship, love, romance and wanting to make the holidays perfect for someone they care about.  My only issue is its like many ménage stories where the sexual focus is on one person. I would like to see the love spread around and shared among partners more.

Santa, I’ve been a good girl this year too. I want what Presley got.

If you like friends to lovers, Sexy firefighters, hot cops and a loving hot ménage and a sweet sexy Christmas story this is for you!  Grab a snuggly blanket and a hot cup of cocoa and enjoy!

A Fate Filled Christmas by Cheyenne Meadows

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Series:  Sequel to As Fate Would Have It

Author:Cheyenne Meadows

Genre: Christmas, Comedy, Contemporary, Crime (police/detectives/PI), Holiday Story

Length:   Novella (111 pages)

Publisher: Silver Publishing (12/21/2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Cat

Blurb: With Christmas here for Brie and her live-in boyfriend Rye, decorations are magically appearing on lawns, Rye has a guardian elf, neighbors have made nude calendars, and a mysterious couple has moved in; Rye can’t keep up with the chaos.

With Christmas right around the corner, Brie scrambles to find the perfect present for Rye. As much as she wants him around for all time, she also wants to smack him upside the head. Good thing he’s hot, sexy, and rocks her world.

Rye’s still smitten with Brie. Keeping her around for a lifetime will take a heck of a lot of guts and patience, but he’s more than up to the task.

With Christmas decorations magically appearing on lawns, the nosey old lady busybodies making nude calendars, a tag-along guardian elf attaching himself to Rye, and a mysterious new couple moving in, Rye can barely keep up with the chaos, let alone corral his squirrelly girlfriend.

One thing is for sure. Life is never dull with Brie around, and this just might turn out to be the craziest and best holiday ever.

CONTENT ADVISORY: This story is a significantly expanded version of the story originally included in the Silver Presents: Dreams and Desires anthology.

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Purchase Link: https://spsilverpublishing.com/a-fatefilled-christmas-ebook-p-60443.html?zenid=6791fa6aad81a33093c87ec042d43871

 

Review: This is an expanded version from the anthology Dreams and Desires. I loved it first time I read it and love it more now. This is the perfect time of year to read this story. It’s a hilarious and hot Christmas story to help get you in the Christmas or holiday spirit.

Brie and Rye are now living together. They have some funny nosey neighbours. The things these old ladies do is worth reading this story. If that doesn’t get you, Rye is a sexy cop and had done a little porn in college. Brie is a snarky, playful sexy nurse. Toss in mystery from Rye’s job and some Elves, yes, I said elves, and you have the perfect mix of a fun, sexy Christmas story! Grab your favourite blanket and hot beverage and snuggle up for a good chuckle!

If you like cops, nurses, hot sex, loving, fun relationships, crazy old ladies and elves, this is definitely for you.

Christmas at Copper Mountain by Jane Porter

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Author: Jane Porter

Genre: Romance M/F

Length: Novella (119 pages)

Publisher: Tule Publishing Group LLC (November 29th, 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate to Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Reviewer: LeeAnn

Blurb: Since the loss of her family in a plane crash, Harley Diekerhoff had led a quiet life and keeps to herself. Taking a temporary job at the Copper Mountain Ranch as widower Brock Sheenan’s housekeeper seems perfect for her. But her clam cocoon is invaded with the arrival of Brock’s pre-teen twins, Mack and Molly who’ve never experienced a proper Christmas and before she knows it, Harley’s determined to make their holiday perfect.

Annoyed at first by Harley’s interference, Brock is secretly pleased she’s changed Mack and Molly’s world. It doesn’t hurt that he finds Harley incredibly attractive, fierce, smart and passionate. It’s also an added bonus that she’s not afraid to challenge him and get his blood heated! But when sparks fly and the attractions sizzles between them, Harley’s not so sure she can handle something permanent with this dark, taciturn cowboy who doesn’t know how to let her in. But Brock is determined to hold on to her and praying for a Christmas miracle….

Purchase Link:  http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-At-Copper-Mountain-ebook/dp/B00H0LKQPG

Review:  From the very beginning of this book, I knew it was going to be good. The descriptions of the Montana winter Harley was experiencing, the smells and sights drop the picture right in front of you to see and admire.

I loved how the two, Harley and Brock responded to each other throughout the book. Brock’s description of what Harley Diekerhoff was supposed to look like based on her name alone was hilarious! Older, well-built, muscular with a light moustache above her lip.  NOT the gorgeous woman with wonderful curves that were basically driving him to distraction. The way they came together, even though there were a few, shall we say disagreements, was wonderful.

Made me tear up toward the end. You’ll know where when you get there. Try not to tear up …I dare you! A must read…you will NOT be sorry!

Lucien’s Mate by Diana Persuad

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Series: (Soul Mates #1)

Author:  Diana Persaud

Genre: MF; Paranormal Romance; Werewolves;

Length: Novella(71 pgs)

Publisher: Diana Persuad (September 29th 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Seeker

Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/Luciens-Mate-Mates-Diana-Persaud-ebook/dp/B00FP43PP8

 Blurb: His instinct is to claim her. Her instinct is to run. Will Lucien enjoy the thrill of the chase and have the satisfaction of bedding his mate?
Virginal Lanie is shocked speechless when she meets Lucien, a sexy Alpha. From the moment he sees her, Lucien knows Lanie is his mate and he will stop at nothing to make her his. Unfortunately, Lanie is terrified of her attraction to him and refuses his advances. Can Lucien seduce this scared virgin? Will Lanie fight her growing desire for Lucien or will she throw caution to the wind and give her body and her heart to a man determined to have her? 

Review:  Diana Persaud gives us a short paranormal romance, in the first of her Soul Mates series, Lucien’s Mate.  This is wonderful fare for those new to the paranormal universe and a nice breath of freshness for those us who are already bloodied and/or horned. LOL   

Lanie is attracted to Lucien, like she would be to any other handsome guy.  But what happens when an Alpha finds a mate and that mate is psychically deaf to them? Is that even allowed? Doesn’t an Alpha attraction automatically mean that it should work BOTH ways? 

Shifter legends are not written in stone.  Writer Diana Persaud wonderfully reminds us of this by tapping into our suspension of disbelief and shaking it up a bit. I look forward to more in this series.