These are not YA/Teen, so I decided to group them together, although one isn't really quite the same as the others, it matches most closely for how I wanted to group them. I've reviewed them in order of steam in a way. While the first one is a paranormal romance, the age of the characters make it New Adult, and it is just slightly sexy. The last one in the review is VERY sexy, probably way more than some people are interested in, so you can stop before that if you want to. Again, trying to get caught up on my reviews!
Brave (A Wicked Trilogy #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout:
Published: December 11th, 2017
Source: Purchased physical copy
My rating: 5 stars
After the end of the second book in the series, Torn, I was so ready to read on, I just didn't quite have the time to pick it up right away. But, as usual, with any JLA book, I picked it up and could barely put it down to go to sleep! I love the way the end all went down. It was a battle worth reading, the build-up, the betrayals, the things that had to be sacrificed, all of it was so good. And as usual, I adored Tink. So much about him in this book. And then of course, there was Ren. I love Ren, but I'm with Ivy when she gets mad about him trying to keep her out of the action. Even if you get his motivation. There were also very steamy moments with Ivy and Ren. I loved the twist with the Prince, and the Queen, and all of it! I won't say a lot, because I won't give stuff away for those who haven't read the other books in the series. In case you haven't read even the first one yet, go check out my review of Wicked, HERE. So far, I have yet to find anything that JLA can do wrong when writing a story.
Here is the blurb from Goodreads:
Ivy Morgan hasn't been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars.
It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine... and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens.
Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart.
If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies.
Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves--and, ultimately, to save herself.
Because behind every evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen….
Felony Ever After: A Domino Anthology - 13 authors - 1 story:
Authors: Debra Anastasia, Belle Aurora, Nina Bocci, JM Darhower, Helena Hunting, Vi Keeland, SM Lumetta, Liv Morris, Leisa Rayven, KA Robinson, Katherine Stevens, Tijan, Penelope Ward
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: March 22nd, 2016
Source: Won copy in FB giveaway, gifting did not influence my opinion
My rating: 5 stars
Can I just say WOW?! This book had every chapter done by a different author, but honestly, I couldn't tell it was a different person writing! Normally you get a little bit different feel, but not with this, it flowed perfectly! And the story was a fun one, maybe had a few predictable aspects to the story, but they played out uniquely and kept my interest. In fact at one point it went in a totally different direction than I expected. Also, hilarious! The hilarity of each chapter is another thing that amazed me. Normally not all authors can do the same funny, but these all did! I'd had this sitting in my room for awhile to read since I won it, but decided to finally pick it up and read it when I realized there were several authors in it that were new to me, but that I would get the chance to meet them at Book Bonanza in July. I also am interested to read other books by these authors now. Oh yeah, I love when books use things like emails or instant messaging, etc., to tell the story. This one included Twitter posts, which were part of what made this such a hilarious story.
Here is the blurb from Goodreads:
Verity Michaels is new to New York City, but even she knows riding in a stolen cab is not a normal way to meet someone. Damn it if that tattoo-covered would-be felon isn’t everywhere now, and lighting everything on fire under her skirt.
His name is Hudson Fenn, and he’s frustratingly impossible to pin down. He works as a bike messenger, but has the manners of a prince—along with a strange tendency toward breaking and entering. As much as Verity knows he’s not her type, and likely to land her in jail, she can’t help but find her truest self when they’re together.
Can she be brave enough to give Hudson a real chance? Will he be bold enough to reveal the man beneath the ink, or will his secrecy doom their connection? Also, WTF is the deal with Verity’s boss? No less than thirteen of your favorite romance writers have teamed up to tell this sexy, wacky, snort-inducing tale. With them you’ll visit the world’s most irritating office, a VIP room of questionable cleanliness, and the fanciest apartment a bike messenger has ever inhabited, but you’ll still never see this ending coming.
Rock F*ck Club by Michelle Mankin:
Genre: Adult Rock Star Romance
Published: April 10th, 2017
Source: Purchased copy from author at KIKC 2018
My rating: 5 stars
So this one is a LOT raunchier than the other two books in this post, so I saved it for last. If too much sex, taboo sex, etc., is not your thing, or offends you, you probably want to stop reading this post. Because as you can probably tell from the title it is basically about sex. I'm going to be honest, and you know I liked this book, I gave it 5 stars. But honestly, I love that it didn't water down what the actual plot/storyline was supposed to be. She really did follow through with her 10 rock stars, well, for the most part. Early on in the story she did meet the one that she ends up with, the one that she will fall in love with. But at first he was kind of irritating to her. So she kept going with her plan. There was one of the guys that turned out to be a bad guy, and intended to do things she didn't want to do, force her even. And the way the author handled that whole situation was done well in my opinion. This book definitely was one that gave the woman the power, the permission if you will, to take her sexuality and do with it as she wanted, not to feel she had to conform to what society believes. It also showed that not only was it okay, there was a guy out there, who while he may not have been happy, he was jealous, he didn't shame her or look down on her as society does. And I think that is important in the world of romance, that it can be shown that way. Again, that is my opinion.
I met this author for the first time at the Kinky in Kansas City Convention this past March, and I look forward to seeing her again at Book Bonanza in July, and will probably buy another book from her. Well, if I decide to do any pre-ordering! But I know I will read more by her in the future. She knows how to put the steam into the love story.
Here is the blurb from Goodreads:
10 cities in two weeks 10 famous rockstars. On my knees. Against the wall. On my tits
I don't care. As long as I get the evidence to prove it. Why? Because I caught my former prick of a boyfriend from Heavy Metal Enthusiasts doing a groupie doggie style backstage on the night we were supposed to be celebrating our 1 year anniversary.
He told me I was too uptight. Too vanilla. Too boring. So I got drunk with my bestie, Marsha West, the aspiring videographer. I ranted. I raved. I came up with a crazy idea. What I didn't know was that my best friend recorded me. Marsha put the video up on YouTube. It went viral with 10 million hits. Now I've got fans and sponsors offering me big bucks.
Rockstars are volunteering to be my f*ck buddy.
Hollywood is calling.
I get to choose which rockstars I want.
The stakes are high.
This sh*t just got real.
What could go wrong?
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Book info:Title: Bro Code
Author: Kendall Ryan
Audiobook Narrators: Ava Erickson and Jacob Morgan
Genre: Adult Romantic Comedy
Release Date: May 1st, 2018
Source: Audiobook gifted from InkSlingerPR did not affect my opinion in any way
My rating: 4 stars
From New York Times bestselling author Kendall Ryan comes a flirty new standalone about falling for your older brother's best friend.
There’s pretty much only one rule when you’re a guy.
Don’t be a douche.
Turns out, the fastest way to break that rule is to fall for your best friend’s sister.
Ava’s brilliant, sharp-tongued, gorgeous, and five years younger than me.
She’s the sexual equivalent of running with scissors. In a word, she’s dangerous. And completely off-limits.
Falling for her could ruin everything.
Yet I can’t seem to stop, even when her company is threatened by a lawsuit, and my promotion hinges on representing the opposing client—and winning.
I can’t see a way out of this mess that doesn’t end in a broken friendship, a broken heart, or a ruined career.
I may have broken the bro code when I fell for Ava. But do I have the balls to handle what comes next?
While I've wanted to read a book by this author for quite a while, even downloaded several of her titles when they were on sale, this is actually the first one I've read, or listened to actually. I definitely enjoyed it. Now, I gave it 4 stars, but it might be a little closer to 3.5 because of a few issues I had with it. But as I've mentioned in the past, I always like to round up if I've enjoyed the book. This audiobook not only had different narrators for the two different characters, it was also done with what I think is called dual narrating? That is where the female narrator does all the female speaking parts, even when it is the male narrator's chapter. And vice versa for the male narrator with the speaking parts for the male characters. I've listened to books like this before, most notable the Harris Brothers series by Amy Daws, and it was great. However, there were some moments in this one that didn't quite match up like you'd hope. And in a way, I think these two narrators, were probably good at doing the opposite sex voices, as they were pretty good at sounding like different characters even staying with the same sex as they did. And even though at times the male voice droned a little, by the end, I definitely enjoyed his part.
Some things I really liked is that we would often get more than one chapter at a time from one of the character's viewpoints, when it made sense to do it that way. I've seen that before, but so often it is just the female character that gets it, and I loved that we got it from Barrett as well as Ava in this one. Barrett is Ava's brother's best friend. And while Ava had a crush on him for a long time, he never really noticed I guess. But Barrett has been attracted to her since she was in high school, although he definitely enjoyed being around her and hanging out long before then. The romance was pretty sweet, and the sex scenes definitely steamy, if a little vague at times. But that's okay. They weren't a fade to black type, and that made me happy. And let's just say the beginning of the book was so funny! Walking in on Barrett in the shower, accidentally slipping and pulling his sweat pants down in the parking lot, cooking in the kitchen and the cucumber joke.
Now, there were a few things that make it more of a 3.5, and I'll list those. First, the whole we can't be together, the whole "bro code" thing. Yeah, I get it, and I like it, and I know it was the point of the book. But it was like every other sentence for a while at the beginning of the story. And not just Barrett thinking that, even with Ava thinking it as well. Maybe if I'd been reading the physical book, where I could have skipped over that part while reading it wouldn't have bothered me as much. But, since I was listening to the audiobook, and I was stuck listening as it went along so I didn't miss anything else, I had to keep hearing it over and over. Also, while I didn't see the twist coming at the end, and I like that, I notice that the synopsis/blurb I got here for the tour kind of gives that away. It's not in the blurb on Goodreads. I think maybe it's better to keep it as a twist. But that's just my opinion.
Also, another thing, and this isn't just this book, this is any brother's best friend romance. If you are best friends with someone, and they're like family, wouldn't you want that person to be part of your family and be with your sister? I mean, if you can tell they like them more than a hook-up. Just my opinion again. Overall a good listen, probably an even better read!
About the Author:
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She's a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she's appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.
Visit her at: www.kendallryanbooks.com for the latest book news, and fun extras
Friday, May 18, 2018
Title: Play Me
Series: Rock Chamber Boys
Author: Daisy Allen
Genre: Contemporary Rockstar Romance
Release Date: July 9, 2017
She once said that the only thing that mattered was the band.
She was right.
Now the only thing that matters is her.
They say he’s a rock star with a difference.
But he’s still a rock star all the same.
So, when Cadence, a music teacher with a heart of gold catches Sebastian’s eye, it doesn’t matter that he has the world at his fingertips, all she wants is her safe, quiet life.
But it's too late, she's gotten under his skin, buried there with her sweet, sexy eyes and a body that keeps him awake at night. And he'll do anything to have her.
So, when he makes her an offer she absolutely can’t refuse, she has to decide whether she can take the risk that her past won’t come back to haunt her.
Because then, there’s nothing that even the world’s biggest rock star can do to save her.
So what happens when Sebastian’s burning desire for Cadence clashes with her crippling fear of scrutiny?
Find out in this hot and steamy Rock star romance - Book One in the Rock Chamber Boys series.
"The Rock Chamber Boys’ world is one you won’t want to miss, so grab your copy of “Play Me” now. It’s one of the most brilliant, intoxicating, heartwarming books I’ve ever read!"- Book Addict
"The author's writing style paints such a vivid picture that you feel like you are there listening to the slide of the bow across the cello. " - Maria Hunt
" A love story, a rockstar romance with a twist. Brilliant, I want more. " - TJensen
Welcome to this “Choose your own author biography” adventure.
Daisy Allen is a ravishing beautiful temptress with a Mensa qualifying IQ and saves puppies and kittens and sloths from evil overlords in her spare time away from her job as the director of a secret NASA department that communicates with friendly aliens. She also definitely does not ever touch wine, ever, never ever.
Daisy Allen is a fiction writer.
*insert memes of writers sitting in Cheetos stained sweats at 4am watching Scandal on Netflix and wondering “why is life?”*
In the moments she does put finger to keyboard though, she writes the kind where men and women meet, men and women fight like dogs, interspersed with men and women rolling around naked on numerous surfaces like puppies.
There’s a lot of good music, great food, expensive wine and incredible locations along the way, but in the end, the most important thing is that love will win out.
Daisy Allen is a romantic.
P.S. Oh, and she’s Australian. So, please excuse the random “Australianisms” that she sneaks past her editor.
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Thursday, May 17, 2018
Title: Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over
Author: Shani Petroff
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: May 15th, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
My rating: 4.5 stars
A bad storm, two canceled flights, stuck in an airport with a hot stranger and the guy who broke her heart… what could go wrong?
After Sari caught her boyfriend Zev cheating on her, their romantic Florida vacation was ruined. She can’t get back to NYC soon enough. Unfortunately, mother nature may have different plans. A huge storm is brewing in the Northeast, and flights all over the country are getting canceled—including Sari’s. She winds up stuck at the airport for hours. With Zev!
When another stranded passenger (a hot NYU guy) suggests a connecting flight to Boston, Sari jumps at the chance. But when her mom freaks out about her traveling alone, she has no choice—she has to include Zev, and somehow survive being trapped with the guy who broke her heart!
This was one that I really ended up liking a lot! It honestly felt really realistic in how the characters behaved for the most part. It had a lot of humorous bits, and pop culture references, which I really enjoy. For example, it even mentioned Goodreads! I picked it up, and couldn't seem to put it down, it kept me turning pages (digital pages on my Nook, so a lot of tapping on the side of the screen). I like the way the "new/rebound" romance actually ended up going, it seemed perfect for how I was rooting for the story to go. I definitely wanted to smack Sari a lot, I mean she wasn't giving Zev ANY chance at all for the longest time. And then, the next thing that set her off, well, I feel like she totally overreacted once again. But when she did break down, that was so real to me, I can remember times I've felt the same way. And I loved the guy from NYU, Fitz, he was funny and pretty much a good guy. I definitely look forward to reading more books from this author in the future.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Cocktales, a limited-release anthology of original, never before published material, from some of your favorite bestselling authors is coming May 26th!
Publishing Date: May 26th
Cover Designer: CD Reiss
Each story was specifically written for this anthology.
The goal of the Cocktales Anthology is to raise funds to fight against obstruction of creative expression. Specifically, what we believe are obstruction attempts through the trademarking of common (single) words for titicular use in books / or as a book series (eBooks, print, and audio).
Cocktales will only be available May 26th-August 26th.
Pre-order your copy today
Amazon Universal: http://mybook.to/
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Contributing Authors Include
Nana Malone, USA Today Bestselling author – Foreword
Dylan Allen – 'Cocked and Loaded'
Jana Aston, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Double Cocked'
Whitney Barbetti – 'Cocksure Grin'
Author Sawyer Bennett, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – 'A Wicked, Cocky Plan'
K.f. Breene, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Magical Cock and Bull'
Ruth Clampett, Amazon top 20 Bestselling Author – 'Don’t Get Cocky'
L.H. Cosway, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Illusionist Seeks Neanderthal'
Mariah Dietz – 'Landmines'
Amy Daws, Amazon Top 25 Bestselling author – 'Cock and Balls'
BB Easton, Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – 'Cocky BB: Two Boys, One Prom.'
Jaymin Eve, USA Today Bestselling author – 'The Cockier the Dragon, the Harder They Fall'
Emma Hart, NYT and USA Today Bestselling author – 'Tricky Bond'
Staci Hart, Amazon Top 10 Bestselling author – 'Cockamamie'
Jessica Hawkins, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Cocky Couture'
Julie Johnson Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – 'Culinary Cock-Up'
Karpov Kinrade, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Crimson Cocktail'
Adriana Locke, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Swag'
Lex Martin, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Love & Hate at the Stallion Station'
Aly Martinez, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Going Down'
Katyi McGee - USA Today Bestselling author – 'Cocksure Co-Star'
Corinne Michaels, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Cockblocked'
Liv Morris, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Getting It Up'
Red Phoenix, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Her Cocky Russian'
Daisy Prescott, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Confessions of a Cockblocked Wingman'
Jessica Prince – ‘A Cocky Corruption Engagement’
Meghan Quinn, Amazon Top 20 Bestselling Author – 'Fight or Flight'
CD Reiss, NYT and USA Today Bestselling author – 'Cocky Capo'
Penny Reid, WSJ and USA Today Bestselling author – 'Beard and Hen'
Julie Richman, USA Today Bestselling author – 'The Color of Love'
Aleatha Romig, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Aligned'
Kennedy Ryan, Top 40 Amazon Bestselling author – 'All'
Kylie Scott, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Short Story with Mal and Anne from The Stage Dive Series'
Sierra Simone, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Until the Cock Crows'
Tara Sivec, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Chocolate and Cockup'
Kate Stewart, Amazon Top 30 Bestselling author – 'The Golden Sombrero'
Leia Stone, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Cocky Alpha'
Karla Sorensen – 'Tristan & Anna: A Bachelors of the Ridge short story'
Rachel Van Dyken, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Cocky Mafia'
April White, Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – 'Code of Conduct'
*ALL* net profits will be donated to:
Authors already impacted by creative-obstruction (10%), and Romance Writers of America (RWA) (90%) as a general donation intended for their Advocacy Fund.
*Disclaimer: This anthology is not being conducted on behalf of RWA, nor does RWA endorse this anthology or effort. They have, however, graciously agreed to accept the funds.
For more information, visit: https://www.cockyauthors.com
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Title: Another One
Author: Aleatha Romig
Series: Lighter Ones #2
Genre: Adult Romantic Comedy
Release Date: May 15th, 2018
Get ready to laugh out loud, swoon, and fall in love with this new, fun, and sexy stand-alone novel from New York Times bestselling author Aleatha Romig. Demonstrating her versatility in writing, Aleatha revisits her lighter side that you loved in PLUS ONE.
A complete stand-alone, ANOTHER ONE is the next big summer hit.
Someone probably should have told us that before my best friend married his brother, before the morning of the wedding when we woke in each other’s arms with gaping holes in my memory.
The hilarious truth behind our crazy, secret adventure secured this handsome, off-limits man in my heart. But alas, life goes on. After our one secret night, we went back to our lives—our hardworking, solitary lives.
And then it happened.
My phone began to buzz. Each night with thousands of miles between us, we laughed, talked, and shared. And then, the phone stopped ringing.
Before it did, I knew one thing...
Our secret one had bloomed and blossomed, and now that our circumstances have changed I want another one!
Shana Price is that one woman. You know, the one who suddenly makes the world more than a place to work, but also a place to live. Usually shy and awkward, in her presence I want to be more—I am more. I don’t even have to try.
She’s my one. I knew it the moment I first met her. What followed simply confirmed it.
The problem is the little hassle of the thousands of miles between us.
I tried to make it work, but each phone call made it harder. (Yes, that is a pun) I couldn’t take it any more—and she became the one who got away.
Now, everything has changed.
Shana is back in the United States—all I have to do is make her see that her job isn’t the only reason to stay.
That shouldn’t be a problem, right?
From a secret one to another one!
Try Aleatha’s lighter side for a guaranteed smile—the perfect getaway.
Have you been Aleatha’d?
Once our breathing settles and we finally move apart, Shana lays her head on my shoulder. With my arm around her, I smooth the strands of hair away from her beautiful eyes.
“Thank you,” I say.
“I think I should be thanking you. I’m completely wrung out.”
“Is that a good thing?”
“Oh yes, Trevor, it’s a very good thing.”
Easing her head to the pillow, I lift mine higher. “Tell me about this weird thigh fetish.”
Shana’s laugh rings through the suite. “It’s not a fetish. I don’t scope out guys’ thighs. Tell me what you notice on women.”
I trace the side of her face. “I notice smiles. A sincere smile is sexier than lingerie.”
“Hmm. I thought you liked me in that white negligee.”
“I think I like you even better out of it.”
About the Author:
Aleatha Romig is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana, USA. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Aleatha has raised three children with her high school sweetheart and husband of over thirty years. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she's not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time a with her family and friends. Her other pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams and bring your imagination to life!
Aleatha released her first novel, CONSEQUENCES, in August of 2011. CONSEQUENCES became a bestselling series with five novels and two companions released from 2011 through 2015. The compelling and epic story of Anthony and Claire Rawlings has graced more than half a million e-readers. Aleatha released the first of her series TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE, INSIDIOUS, in the fall of 2014. These stand alone thrillers continue Aleatha's twisted style with an increase in heat.
In the fall of 2015, Aleatha moved head first into the world of dark romantic suspense with the release of BETRAYAL, the first of her five novel INFIDELITY series that has taken the reading world by storm. She also began her traditional publishing career with Thomas and Mercer. Her books INTO THE LIGHT and AWAY FROM THE DARK were published through this mystery/thriller publisher in 2016.
In the spring of 2017, Aleatha released her first stand-alone, fun, and sexy romantic comedy with PLUS ONE, followed by the sweet stand-alone, ONE NIGHT.
Aleatha is a "Published Author's Network" member of the Romance Writers of America and PEN America. She is represented by Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.