Guiding Lights (Lights of Scotland #1) by Jessica Florence

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Guiding Lights (Lights of Scotland #1) by Jessica Florence

 
 

May 30, 2017

 

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Title :              Guiding Lights

Author :           Jessica Florence

Series :            Lights of Scotland #1

Release date :   August 20th 2015

Rating :           1 Stars

 

 

Blurb : He sings of suffering. His eyes hold the pain of living in sorrow.

The moment our gaze meets recognition flares within.

We are tortured souls drifting in a sea of darkness.

He knows I have secrets that I’ll never tell.

I am numb

I am broken

I am dirty

I can never be the guiding light through the darkness he thinks I am.I have forsaken my past, I rely on keeping myself shut off.

 

But he has secrets too, secrets that would destroy everything I have left.

I wish things were different, that maybe we could be each other’s lifeline.

But destiny drags us down like an anchor.

The broken can only drift in the sea barely staying afloat.

 

Review : Guiding Lights (Lights of Scotland #1) by Jessica Florence had a beautiful plot idea and a gorgeous cover but that’s it on the plus side of this book.

 

The story dragged on for 50% of the book without a real clue as to what was behind all the suffering – and then when the clues came it felt like that could have been a totally different plotline – it went into a direction that moved to far from the blurb and it is where I went into a DNF.

 

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Pick (Recoil Rock Series #1) by K.E. Osborn

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Pick (Recoil Rock Series #1) by K.E. Osborn

 

July 19, 2017

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 K.E. Osborn

 

Recoil Rock Series

 

 January 11th 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Danger—it’s a word that strikes fear into most people. But for me it’s not just a word, it’s a legacy, a lifeline, my name.My life has been crazy—ups a downs like the highest rollercoaster you’ve ridden. On tour with the world’s biggest rock stars and on my way to being one myself.Then I met her.The woman who ruined me completely.Fast forward through the shit storm that was my life—I lost the girl, I lost my band. Hell, I lost it all.My only choice was to run.And running was the best thing for me.Because I ran into a pink haired beauty and everything started falling into place.My band reformed and we’re pushing to be right up there with the best of the best. But when you’re fighting to get to the top, is the pressure too much to keep your band, and the girl?In the end, if your heart’s in danger, can love truly be enough?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dirty Wish by Karolyn James

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Dirty Wish by Karolyn James

 
 

May 29, 2017

 

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Title :              Dirty Wish

Author :           Karolyn James

Series :            n/a

Release date :   December 13th 2016

Rating :           3 Stars

 

 

Blurb : He’s rich. He’s powerful. His hand is up my skirt. And I don’t even know his name yet. That’s where the night begins. It ends in the stranger’s bed, where I learn his name is Alexander and that he wants to see me again. I’m supposed to be housesitting, basking in the glory of what a wealthy life could feel like. A knock on the door changes my life forever. A dress is delivered. It fits me perfectly. And I want to impress Alexander. I want to experience the rich life, even if it’s not meant to be. I start to fall for Alexander and the lines between reality and fantasy start to blur. He’s everything a woman wants in the bedroom and everything a woman needs in life. But then I discover the dress wasn’t meant for me. And, yes, it was sent from Alexander. To someone else. He’s my dirty wish… but now I just feel dirty…

 

Review : Imagine 50 Shades just with almost too much hot sex and less plot – because at certain times there was really nothing except sex – Ahm sounds surprising ? Well yes it was – because that is Dirty Wish by Karolyn James. I was actually surprised that I managed to finish the book. Because while I liked the plot idea it was the writing that was not “smooth” enough for me. The Blurb basically tells the whole story as strange as it seems. (again I was surprised at that because there should be at least something left open for the reader to explore) The characters – especially Alexander – felt fake to me, there was no emotion to anything he did. And that can not be true because even if he has a certain way of living he needs “drive” to pull that off and he felt automated almost robotic in his actions. And the story tends to jump at certain times which was really disturbing in the reading process. Therefore I can only give 3 stars for the plot idea and some parts of the story that I really liked

 

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Blog Tour – Freed by Carly Phillips

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Juliette Collins is privileged and isolated from the world by her over-protective father. She thinks she knows the truth about her history until a file in her father’s safe reveals she has sisters she never knew about. A family she’s never met. Betrayed, she realizes there’s a life waiting for her outside the walls of her daddy’s New York City penthouse and Juliet is determined to live it. Against her father’s wishes, she heads to a small beach community to meet her siblings… and finds herself way out of her depth instead.

In the personal protection business, Braden Clark thinks nothing of taking on a job to watch over a city girl in town for the summer. If her father wants to know his daughter is safe, it’s no problem and an easy way of earning a paycheck. Except Braden doesn’t count on falling for the sheltered Juliette. Watching her experience her firsts, getting an apartment, finding a job, meeting up with her lost sisters, soon Braden’s brand of protection becomes a little too personal. He’s mixing business with pleasure and lying to a woman he’s coming to care deeply about.

Sexual attraction burns bright between them and Braden is by her side as she finds herself, her family, and what it means to love… but what happens when she discovers his secret? That he’s been paid to watch over her all along?

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The last Ward sister gets her book.

Juliette Collins has lived a sheltered life it has always been just her father and herself. Due to her father’s health she never flew the nest. Wanting to buy her father a bottle of wine for his birthday she takes a look in the safe for the wine book and finds more than she ever bargained for.

She has two sisters that she never knew about, her mother isn’t dead, and she has been lied to for over twenty years.

To meet the family, she never knew she had she leaves New York to go to Rosewood Bay. Her father isn’t impressed.

Even though Juliette led an isolated and sheltered life I really liked her. She wasn’t a snob or stuck up, she is sweet, vulnerable and wants to enjoy life and at the age of 26 she is finally starting.

Braden Clark runs Clark Investigations after being a city cop he has come back to take over the company his father opened and to look after his father who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is not an easy illness for both parties involved.

No job is too small for him so when a job comes along with it seems like easy money. But it isn’t feelings start to get involved. Whereas this is a sweet, sexy, touching and heartwarming read there was one thing that bothered me. Even a lie by omission is still a lie. Braden had enough time to tell her but chickened out every single time.

As he wrestles with his conscience every time he meets her he blows hot and cold and tries to keep his distance until Juliette calls him out on his bullshit and he just can’t stay away. I really liked these two together and although I am not really in a romance mood I still had a lot of fun with it. I love the writing as it is simple yet engaging and it just sucks you in.

I am so happy that this series is going to continue, and that Andi is getting her own HEA.

 

 

REVIEW : Aiden (Vested Interest #2) by Melanie Moreland

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Aiden (Vested Interest #2)

  

Aiden
Vested Interest #2
Melanie Moreland
May 2018

 

Three young men meet in university and form a lifelong friendship.

Their pasts dictate the men they are, but their present shapes their future.
What happens when these men meet the one person they are destined to be with? Can they fight their feelings and walk away? Or will they each succumb and learn the sweet agony of love?

Aiden

Haunted by memories of his past, Aiden plays the part of the happy-go-lucky friend. Always ready with a teasing smile or a joke, he is good at hiding his pain.
Using his impressive physique as a shield, he keeps his past buried beneath his rugged exterior.
Except, one woman sees through his façade.
Her green eyes see too much, even as her body tempts him.
Even as his heart yearns for her.
Cami is determined to make him realize that he is worthy of being loved.
He pushes her away at every turn, yet finds himself unable to keep her at arm’s length.
Who will win this battle of love?

 

 

 

Lets start with the most important issue – I CAN NOT WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK IN THAT SERIES ..

 

Now that this is out of the way – here are my thoughts on Aiden – the second book in the Vested Interest series by Melanie Moreland

 

I already read several books by this author so I already had some idea how the writing style might be and I was not disappointed. In fact I received the review information early enough so that I was able to read the first book in that series (Bentley) before receiving this on.

Which was a good decision – because while they CAN standalone – they simply should not as the connection between the characters is so strong that the reader would miss important interactions to better understand what is going on.

 

Aiden is Bentleys right hand – always there when needed – going above and beyond for others. Yet allowing himself nothing.  While reading Bentley … I saw Aiden as a kind of Bad Boy in that trio that was hiding issues below a façade of smiling Bodyguard aloofness. When the time came for his own book he was still hiding and smiling but less aloof. He felt more tortured to me – yet it took a while until the author disclosed details – and I admit it bugged me a little because while a tiny detail was disclosed early his pain felt that much bigger so I was left wondering if that was all there was to it.

 

Cami … yeah well … when she first appeared in Bentley’s book as the best friend … she did not really get a final character picture in my head but I felt she was clever. Her development in Aiden was a little surprise for me. I understood her thoughts and reasons and her decision to keep quiet for such a long time when I look at her family history. But on the other hand her decision how to “handle” the “FRIEND” “ISSUE” (being vague because of spoilers)  – well that bordered on being dense (sorry but I really pegged her as cleverer ….

 

That being said Aiden and Cami are a great pair.  I already guessed that much when reading Bentley and I was confirmed (same way I am guessing that the next book will be a great pairing too). All three male leading characters are different yet very interesting and unusual especially in their relation to each other. As they should not work on paper but in fact they work out great.  

 

While I liked both (Bentley and Aiden) because the fit the description of my ever beloved torutured male lead – Aiden in his plot only missed the 5th star narrowly … and by narrow I mean – I can not explain why. It was like in one of these casting shows when the judge’s hand hoovers over the red button and you think he is going to press because you see it on his face yet the moment passes and he never does.

 

So enjoy the ride and push the 5 star button J

 

 

 

 

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Chasing Kade (Thrill of the Chase, #1) by Anna Paige

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Chasing Kade (Thrill of the Chase, #1) by Anna Paige

 

July 24, 2017

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 Chasing Kade

 

 Anna Paige

 

Thrill of the Chase

 

 Published 2017 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s no such thing as too much fun…Wrong. Incredibly, immeasurably, categorically false.Try: It’s all fun and games until someone ends up in the tabloids. Again. Kade Edenfield was rock royalty. If every rock god in history gathered for dinner, his seat would be at the head of the table. He was that good. His band was elevated to a level few ever reached, and he was having the time of his life. Until one misstep too many landed him on the front page of every gossip rag around the globe, and the band’s label decided to saddle them with a PR priss whose sole mission in life was to suck the fun right out of his. He wanted her gone. Until he realized he just plain wanted her. Aubrey Taylor didn’t ask to be assigned to babysit a band full of troublemakers, but she wasn’t given a choice. Wanted or not, she intended to fix the mess they’d made. She’d do it quickly, efficiently, and then she’d get the hell out of there. Unfortunately, after meeting their openly hostile singer—the one with the notoriously menacing stare—it was clear she was in over her head. When Kade made a point to challenge her at every turn, unafraid of using intimidation to get her to back down, she found herself in even deeper trouble.While she ‘officially’ resented and feared him, their power struggle secretly turned her on.She desperately wanted to win their little standoff, but what was she supposed to do when she realized she wanted him even more?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Warrior (First to Fight #2) by Nicole Blanchard

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Warrior (First to Fight #2) by Nicole Blanchard

 
 

June 1, 2017

 

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Title :              Warrior

Author :           Nicole Blanchard

Series :            First to Fight #2

Release date :   September 8th 2015

Rating :           4 Stars

 

 

Blurb : I thought it was just one night with my brother’s best friend. The boy I had dreamt about since he gave me my first kiss, under the lights of the Ferris wheel.I knew he was about to leave for a year – no chance for a future.But our one night together would create memories for a lifetime.Our paths crossed again, but I had lied, and he was no longer the man he once was. He was warring against demons. Against the silence that was threatening to swallow him. And I had kept a secret from him, one he would never forgive me for.But my secret was about to be ripped open. Displayed for the world on national news. And I had only one way to repair the damage. I had to trust the man I lied to. The man I never got the chance to make a life with. The only man who could save what we had created together.

 

Review : In the last few days I had a real challenging time when I choose a book to read as it seems that nothing was able to really work for me. So when I started reading “Warrior” (First to Fight #2) by Nicole Blanchard, within the first few pages I though –“Oh no – not another one” – meaning another one of those books that did not work out for me the last few days. But I managed to read the first few chapters and found the story suddenly engaging and I started to like the leads. The reader gets enough background on them to feel connected to them and the story is well enough developed to feel good about it while reading.Unfortunately the ending felt a little forced and is not totally explained in all points, but sure enough it was a book that I managed to finish because it engaged me. Which is not something that I would usually mention but somehow I feel this book had to work a double-shift on that subject with me because of my bad luck lately I seem to be hard to please.

 

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Inked Passions: (A Love Struck Bad Boys Romance) by Amber Burns

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Inked Passions: (A Love Struck Bad Boys Romance) by Amber Burns

 
 

May 31, 2017

 

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Title :              Inked Passions

Author :           Amber Burns

Series :            A Love Struck Bad Boys Romance

Release date :   December 15th 2016

Rating :           1 Stars

 

 

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Biker and tattoo artist Cade Winters isn’t much for weddings or other sappy celebrations. He prefers dive bars, his beloved bike and fighting at underground clubs; the last of which lands him in the hospital after a sore loser attacks Cade in an alley. However, when his best friend Tommy asked Cade to be his best man, Cade didn’t hesitate. Growing up without a family to call his own, Cade would do anything, even attend a wedding, for those he now considers his family. Uncharacteristically dressed up, his tattoos barely covered and shaggy beard neatly groomed, Cade meets Cindy; the maid of honor at Tommy’s wedding. Cindy is the opposite of anything Cade has ever looked for in a woman, yet he finds himself falling helplessly in love with her. Determined to make Cindy his, Cade must not only win her over but also her controlling and disapproving parents; who will stop at nothing to convince their daughter that a shaggy tattoo artist is not the one for her.

 

Review : I am really sorry to say that this is the second skimmed book for me within 24 hours. Inked Passion by Amber Burns might be a nice story for people that like insta love that really has no background or deeper feelings. But unfortunately it was not for me. While the Leading characters and the plot idea were kind of nice the plot itself failed in its depth with me.

 

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“May I get you something to drink while you wait for the rest of your party?” the waiter asked.

I would normally wait to see what the client did and follow his lead on alcohol. But tonight was not the norm.

I rubbed at my stiff neck. “I’ll take a vodka cranberry, please.”

I hoped it would help calm my nerves and release some of the tension in my jaw before I gave myself a full-blown headache. Taking out my phone, I started to scroll through emails to distract myself while waiting for my drink and dinner companion.

My head whipped up at the sound of Gray’s voice behind me. “Sorry I’m late.”

My heart unexpectedly fluttered, and I fought against the feeling of excitement. “Are you really? Because I get the sense you don’t have any manners after the way you interrupted me a million times today.”

He completely ignored my attitude as he took the seat across from me. “Traffic is a bitch getting downtown at this time. Next time we’ll have dinner at my place.”

“There won’t be a next time.”

Gray’s mouth curved into a smug smile as he snagged my gaze. “Sure there will. There’ll be plenty of next times. And eventually you’ll stop pretending you don’t enjoy my company.”

I hated that my body reacted to him. Right from the very start, we’d had a crazy chemistry between us that was difficult to dull.

I sighed. “What are you doing, Gray? Why did you come to my firm?”

He lifted the cloth napkin in front of him and laid it across his lap. “Isn’t that obvious? I need new legal representation.”

“At my firm? And you’d prefer that representation come from an associate instead of my boss’s boss—the head of our securities division? Or even from Pittman, who would gladly hold your hand and provide you whatever legal advice you need from his fifty-plus years of experience?”

“Loyalty is important to me. I want someone I can trust with my business.”

“And you’ve decided that’s me? An associate with five years experience who just got off probation with the Bar Association for violating attorney-client privilege?”

The waiter arrived with my drink. “Here you go, ma’am.” He turned to Gray. “May I get you something to drink? Or would you like to wait until the last of your party joins you this evening?”

“It’s just the two of us. I’ll have a Macallan, neat, please.”

“Coming right up.” The waiter walked around to the other side of the table and started to remove the third place setting.

I put my hand out, stopping him. “We actually do have another party coming, so you can leave that.”

“Very well.” He nodded.

Gray waited until the waiter was out of earshot. “I didn’t invite anyone else to dinner.”

I sipped my drink and offered a saccharine-sweet fake smile. “I did. Figured an important client like you should have more than one attorney to answer his questions.”

Just as I set down my glass, I saw the other man I was waiting for enter the restaurant. He scanned the room, looking for me, so I held up my hand and waved.

“Perfect timing. There’s Oliver now.”

Gray glanced at the man heading toward us and back to me. Instead of being pissed off, the jerk was amused. “That’s cute. You invited a chaperone because you don’t trust yourself with me.”

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REVIEW : Bentley (Vested Interest #1) by Melanie Moreland

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Bentley (Vested Interest #1)

  

Bentley
Vested Interest #1
Melanie Moreland
February 8th 2018

 

Three young men meet in university and form a lifelong friendship.

Their pasts dictate the men they are, but their present shapes their future.

What happens when these men meet the one person they are destined to be with? Can they fight their feelings and walk away? Or will they each succumb and learn the sweet agony of love?

Bentley

The leader of the group. He is uptight, formal, and cold. Rigid and set in his ways, always following the same path. Until the day, he stumbles upon her.
Emmy.
She brings with her spontaneity and light. The world she lives in is so different from his, yet he cannot control the draw to her. Nor can he explain the way she makes him feel.
Happy.
Protective.
Loved.

 

 

 

As I choose to review the ARC of the second Book in that series and had a little time inbetween arriving books – I felt it would be a good for once to read books in the right order of their release. And this was a good decision it was a pretty good book. Only narrowly missing the 5th star – Recommendable read …

 

 

 

 

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