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5 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF REVIEW

The Tutor by K.D. Grace

BLOG REVIEW : The Tutor by K.D. Grace

 

November 6, 2017

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The Tutor

K.D. Grace

 

  

October 11th 2016

 

 

 

 When physical touch is impossible, intimacy may become a powerful work of art or a devastating nightmare—but above all, it’s an act of trust.Struggling writer Kelly Blake has a secret life as a sex tutor—it pays the bills. Celebrated sculptor and recluse, Alexander ‘Lex’ Valentine, can’t stand to be touched. When he seeks out Kelly’s advice incognito for what he sees as his ‘self-abuse problem’, the results are too hot to handle.Kelly terminates their sessions due to her unprofessional behavior, and Lex takes a huge risk, revealing his identity to her at a gala exhibition, his first ever public appearance. After Kelly helps the severely haphephobic Lex escape the grope of reporters and paparazzi, rumors fly that the two are engaged, rumors encouraged by well-meaning friends and colleagues.The press feeding frenzy forces Kelly into hiding at Lex’s mansion, where he convinces her to be his private tutor. They discover quickly that touch is not the only road to sizzling, pulse-pounding intimacy. But intimacy must survive the secrets uncovered as their sessions become more and more personal.

The Tutor by K.D. Grace was a really unusual book and I loved its plot. It was well developed and well written. I am known to have “a thing” for difficult and flawed characters that have a handicap or scars (no matter if any of this is visible on the outside or not) .

And this book really hit all of those marks spot on. Reading the Blurb the story could have gone both “epic” ways – fail or success. When a story is aiming into such a special kind of genre/plot there are no “this book was ok” reviews possible. Its either full hit or miss and this book was a hit.

Putting together such an well developed plot must have been quite a feature. Given that the author even cam up with perfect believable reasons for everything. Well it might have gone overboard at one or two times but in the grand picture those did not matter.

The story covered them easily. I hope that many people will take interest in this unique plot. I know there are many out there that love such complicated flawed characters if you (that you are now reading these lines) are one of them – I think its pretty safe to say you will like this book.

Please enjoy this book – and I am pretty sure that I will pick up another book by this author if it has an for me interesting and unique plot like this.

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3 STAR BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Murmur (Pierce Securities #5) by Anne Conley

 

 

Murmur (Pierce Securities, #5)

  

 Murmur
 Pierce Securities #5
 Anne Conley
October 2016

 

Valerie Dunaway is a former socialite who has hidden from the public’s eyes for years due to a horrific attack that left her scarred—physically and emotionally.

When a strange masked man makes himself at home with her, she’s unable to run, so she calls the cops. But the agoraphobiac won’t go into protective custody, so Detective Hollerman calls the only people he trusts with his last case: Pierce Securities.

Quinten Pierce is a Renaissance man—artist, lawyer, fighter—but his latest assignment has him losing his ever-present control. He’s got one fight left in his career, and can’t wait for it to be over, but when his opponent seems to have ties to Valerie, he can’t let go until he finds out exactly who he’s working with.

With the help of the Pierce team, the scarred princess and the rough and tumble street fighter must silence the murmurs of the past that threaten their future.

 

 

 

I guess this series of standalones does not really work well as standalones. While the story of each novel might be standing alone – the characters are so involved with each other that the writing style of the author does not really allow reading the books in any other order than from 1 to the end … I made the mistake to start in the middle and therefore my reading “pleasure” is not that great. No mistakes please the writing itself is intriguing and fresh yet do yourself a favor and start from book 1 …. When I find the time I will do that myself as I really love “damaged” characters and it seems there is a ton of those in this series 🙂 

 

 

 

 

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4 STAR BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Silent Defender (Boardwalk Breakers #1) by Nikki Worrell

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November 5, 2017

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Silent Defender

Nikki Worrell

  

Boardwalk Breakers #1

  

May 7th 2017

 

 

 

 He’s the hockey league’s first deaf defenseman.Magnus Eriksson has been dubbed the Silent Defender by the reporters he will only speak to through a sign language interpreter.She’s a reporter he’s slow to trust.Jennie Fields caught Magnus’ eye the first time he saw her standing in the back of the locker room. Physically, she’s just his type—long legs, voluptuous curves and an ass he’d gladly worship. Her only downfall is her job.Unless it’s a slap shot from the blue line, taking chances isn’t Magnus’ strong suit. He’s comfortable with his life, even being deaf, but the more he gets to know Jennie, the more he wonders if he’s been wrong all this time.Could he have his career, his right to remain silent and the girl? If so, he’d have the perfect hat trick.

 

Totally recommendable sweet romance – well developed and deep characters. Loved it from beginning to end

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4 STAR BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Soaked (Water’s Edge #2) by Stacy Kestwick

 

 

Soaked (The Water's Edge, #2)

  

 Soaked
Water’s Edge #2
Stacy Kestwick
March 22nd 2016

 

Having hope was her weakness.
If Sadie Mullins hadn’t started to believe in love again, hadn’t let herself fall for him, she wouldn’t be feeling this way.
Wouldn’t have her heart breaking.
Wouldn’t regret meeting West Montgomery.
The cocky bastard should have left her alone, let her forget about him.
Let her move on with her life.
Of course, he didn’t.
That could have been the end of it.
Of course, it wasn’t.
Damn hope.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Tank (Moonshine Task Force #2) by Laramie Briscoe

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November 4, 2017

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Tank

Laramie Briscoe

 

Moonshine Task Force #2

 

 June 2nd 2017

 

 

 

 

Life isn’t promised, love isn’t easy, and relationships aren’t always clean, but everyone has their soulmate who is willing to forgive when it would be better to forget. Trevor “Tank” TrumboltI never thought in the blink of an eye my life could change, but it did. Cresting a hill driving to my favorite fishing spot, I was hit head-on by a teenager with no regard for anyone’s life but his own.The recovery process has been hard, painful, and damn near beating me down.The bright spot? Blaze.Surviving the wreck has given me a second chance to make a life with her. Not knowing if I’ll ever be able to rejoin the Moonshine Task Force again has brought my world into focus. It’s made me realize what’s important.Blaze. Stella. My brothers. My sister.The ego that ran Blaze away before isn’t here any longer. What’s left is a man who’s holding his heart in his hands and a burning hope that once I’m healed she’ll still be around.Daphne “Blaze” ColemanThere’s only been one person in the world who’s accepted me for who I am – from the fiery red of my hair and vibrant tattoos covering parts of my body to the smartness of my mouth and my desire to be matched in the bedroom.That man is Trevor Trumbolt. When he asked me to give up my job as an EMT because he saw the dangers I face one scary afternoon, it spelled the end for us. Now that he’s been injured, he needs my help and my love. I’ll give it all freely, but in the end I’m gonna need him to understand one thing about relationships. The give and take, love and sadness, pleasure and pain is a two-way street. He’s either in this with me or he’s not, but at the end of the day, I won’t let him boss me around.If there’s anything that can handle the steel of a tank – it’s the heat of a blaze.

 

I did not read the first book in the Moonshine Task Force by Laramie Briscoe, therefore I do not know how much details that story contained that referred to the leading characters of TANK.

But honestly even if in the first few pages it felt like the reader steps in the middle of an existing story the author did a great job at easing me into it. After the first chapter or so I felt like I got the basics on what went wrong between Tank and Blaze.

The story developed very deeply. I might not have been crying or laughing out loud so the story did not make the 5 star mark, but it was engaging and I liked to follow their second chance at loving from beginning to end.

Both of them being strong minded characters it was easy to see where their differences came from. But it was just as easy to see that they were meant for each other, now they only need to realize that part and get over their differences … But will they ?

Both have their reasons for being the way they are so what will be stronger in the end their “ego” or their “love”.

Well I enjoyed finding out and I hope you will do to.

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4 STAR BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Wet (Water’s Edge #1) by Stacy Kestwick

 

 

Wet (The Water's Edge, #1)

  

Wet
Water’s Edge #1
 Stacy Kestwick
 May 5th 2015

 

Doughnuts were her weakness.
If Sadie Mullins hadn’t been running on the beach to burn off the calories from her doughnut addiction, she wouldn’t have noticed the man not moving out in the water.
Wouldn’t have dived in after him.
Wouldn’t have met West Montgomery.
The cocky bastard should have been thankful, grateful even.
Of course, he wasn’t.
That should have been the end of it.
Of course, it wasn’t.
Damn doughnuts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 STAR BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Quicksand (Only Time Will Tell Series: Book One) by Dyllan J. Erikson

 

 

 

Quicksand (Only Time Will Tell Series: Book One)

  

Quicksand
Only Time Will Tell Series: Book One
Dyllan J. Erikson
 October 13th 2017

 

I thought I was prepared for all the ‘what if’s’.

I was prepared for the long deployments. I was prepared for the risks that come with being a military wife. But what I never considered was that he would bring the war home with him. I never thought he would take his own life.

For two years, I’ve woken every morning with a shattered heart. Two soul crushing years of sitting in this house alone, missing him. Until I wrote it all down, put my finger on the button, and clicked.

One single email.

One small confession.

And everything changed.

 

 

 

When I opened this book I was expecting something along the lines of Marian Zapata’s Dear Aaron. And I truly believe the author could nail this because this story has all the potential for it. But as it is now it feel like a rushed Insta love version and that is something that totally does NOT work with sensitive subjects as suicide and PTSD. It left me angry to be honest because of the potential the actual plot had. If I could suggest something to the author it would be :“ revisit this story and rework it to get rid of the Insta love and do it quick so the story will get a fair chance besides books like Dear Aaron”

 

 

 

 

 

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2 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF REVIEW

No Holds by TC Matson

 
 

BLOG REVIEW : No Holds by TC Matson

 

November 3, 2017

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No Holds

TC Matson

  

  

2017

 

 

 

 

Ryker

I lost the championship.The contract.My dignity.I’ve been offered a second chance.I’m back with vengeance.Determined and focused.I’m going to win the championship.Just when I thought I had it all planned out, she walked into my brother’s anniversary party. She’s beautiful, exquisite, and has a smile that makes me weak. I need to make her mine. Now I’m not only fighting to win the championship, I’m also fighting to win her.

Whitney

My life was on track…until him. He’s not my type—an adrenaline junkie who enjoys inflicting pain on others for sport. Tall and tattooed with piercing blue eyes, he’s too sexy to resist.I didn’t see him coming until he was already firmly entrenched in my life.Suddenly, I’m falling head over heels for a man I realize I can’t breathe without.We’re in for the fight of our lives.And we both have everything to lose.

 

I read so many Fighter novels and after reading the plot I was totally looking forward to this one. I had a certain idea on how a fighter needs to “feel” like for me to connect to him.

Ryker the male lead in No Holds by TC Matson unfortunately did not fit that description … at all. From the first page on he was different and to me he felt like he was missing depth.

There was supposed to be a background to him of lets call it darkness because of his losses but. That took already the backseat before it had a chance to appear because of his absolute instant love ? infatuation ? that already occurred before the reader had a chance to get a picture of that guy.

After that he only felt like a guy chasing a woman and oh yeah there was something about him being a fighter. So I guess you get that this book an me got off on a wrong foot and somehow we never came back together so I found myself even skimming pages to check if there was something getting me back into the plot.

Well I finished it and I am sure there will be many people out there loving it but even if I am the odd one out there I am not one of them. It is well written but the development of the plot was not one I liked.

 

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Fighting for Jax (Marlowe #4) by Alexandria Bishop

 
 
 

BLOG REVIEW : Fighting for Jax (Marlowe #4) by Alexandria Bishop

 

November 2, 2017

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Fighting for Jax

Alexandria Bishop

 

Marlowe #4

 

May 19th 2017

 

 

 

 

Erin Morris made a decision that would forever change her life and those in it. With fierce determination and hard work, she has found success but never forgotten where she came from and the boy she left behind. Four years later, Erin has an opportunity to right the wrongs of her past and help the one person she has always loved. Jackson “Jax” Hartley embodies everything expected of his bad-boy rocker persona. With success and popularity comes the ability to indulge in everything offered him – money, women, booze, and drugs. When he’s given an ultimatum by his bandmates to clean up his act or lose the career he’s dreamed of, Jax agrees to accept help from the one person who has the ability to break him. Again. When Erin and Jax return to her family’s ranch in Texas they’re forced to face the ghosts of their past and decide if the time apart has changed the love they once shared. They must answer a question that neither is prepared to face – Can your first love remain your true love? Together they are given a second chance. At life.At love.At everything.

 

Fighting for Jax, the 4th book in the Marlowe series by Alexandria Bishop was my first book in this series and by this author. So I am not sure if it is her usual writing style or not.

Therefore I am very carefully stating that this book did not feel like a Rockstar romance to me. And I have to say that I can not associate any warm and nice feelings with the plot and the leading characters.

Again – I have to say that I did not read the previous books. So it might have been that there were references that would have made Erins’ and Jax’s story easier to digest – but as it is I truly did not like both of them very much.

On one side there is Erin- and as much as I understand her decision that separated her from Jax in the past – as little I understand the way she did it. If Jax had really been THE one person she has always loved I have to say SORRY but her reasoning was just not good enough – there had to have been a different solution.

And then there is Jax – the Bad Boy ? hmmm is he ? I am not sure he is more broken than Bad if you ask me and I am not sure how that situation with him “cleaning up his act” was supposed to work out. Especially given the fact that Erin was the one being “responsible” (yep those quote marks are on purpose because I am not behind that statement) for his state of mind.

In total this whole plot felt to me like it was stitched together wrongly – but I could not tell you the right way if my life depended on it. Something is just off So I am super sorry but this book was not for me … 

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4 „He’s a keeper” Stars.

Going to be totally honest here but that is not what I expected and I mean it the utmost positive aspect there is. When I read blurb I signed up instantly there was no question about it but then I saw that it was the Iron Orchids MC my enthusiasm suddenly waned and I was dreading it a bit. This is not quite the MC read that will reckon with and for me that was fabtastic.

I can say that without a doubt that I really enjoyed this book. Why not five stars you ask? Well I’ll get to that later.

Getting back to now Enough is fast paced, action packed, the right amount of sugar and spice and all things steamy. Thank you, that it was so far in the rom com zone that it got too sickeningly sweet.

I have a wee soft spot for Greek men and Kayson is no different. After a chance encounter and a misunderstanding Ariel & Kayson meet again. Kayson has been obsessing over Ariel without her knowing it so he is completely on board with dating moving in, getting married and babies. He just has to get Ariel on board and well he is sneaky. This is a book that concentrates on the couple there is some other drama that adds to the story positively.

How many more times did Kayson have to prove that Ariel was the ONE woman for him? IMO ONE too many times and her insecurities were just too much. I really do not know what else Kayson could have done then everything that he had done. I mean seriously he went above and beyond. I also kind of guessed who the dumbarse is. But nevertheless.

On a side note and I never compare authors but there is always an exception so if CP Smith & KA had a mind meld writing style then Danielle Norman has been born. If that makes sense.
I would also love to emphasis on the fact that Ms. Norman has jumped successfully from her previous genre to the one that she has aimed for now.

Now get woman there is so much more for you to write. All the brothers, Kayson’s team and well Stella. Nuff said. Read it peeps.

 

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