KFF’s 5 ★ Review                                            Loud is How I Love You (Hub City #1)                                                by Mercy Brown

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Title: Loud Is How I Love You

Author: Mercy Brown

Series: Hub City Romance #1

Genre: New Adult

Release date: 19th January, 2016

Published and sold by: Penguin Group USA ~ Intermix

 

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Note from the author

 

LOUD is a New Adult romance between two indie rock kids, set in the 90s New Brunswick music scene. It’s something I happen to know a lot about, though it’s not–I repeat–it’s not autobiographical.

 

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SYNOPSIS

Twenty-one-year-old front girl Emmylou knows that getting her band noticed in the ‘90s indie rock scene will be no easy task. She definitely knows better than to break the number one rule of the band: Don’t sleep with your bandmates!  But after she ends up having the best sex of her life with her guitarist, Travis, she finds following that rule is a lot harder than it sounds.

When the band gets the gig of their dreams, making it big seems just within reach. But Emmy’s inability to keep her hands off Travis threatens everything they’ve worked for. Can Emmy find a way to break the rules and not blow the chance of a lifetime?

 

EXCERPT

I front Stars on the Floor. Locally our nickname is “Soft” because when Billy Broadband, the WRSU DJ (that’s Rutgers college radio, folks), was trying to say “SotF” on air it sounded like “Soft,” and whatever. Close enough. One thing Soft is known for is having its shit together. We’re also a good band, if you like our moody, dark, loud, guitar-driven brand of angst. We pack the local clubs on the weekends, we play Manhattan and Philadelphia on a regular basis, and we play our fair share of out-of-town shows, too. But there are plenty of bands around here doing as well as we are right now. We’re a regular headline at the Court Tavern because we’re not fuckups.

I may only be twenty-one, but that matters to me. There are exactly three female-fronted acts in this town right now out of three dozen bands who compete for headliner spots, and one thing you have to be when you’re a woman fighting for the headliner spot is not a fuckup. And I’m not. Or I wasn’t, anyway. Now that I’ve gone and done it with my own guitarist, I’m not even sure.

Of all the guys in this town I could potentially fuck, why do I pick Bean? (By the way, I am the only person on this earth allowed to call Travis that, and it’s after the Travis Bean guitar, which he doesn’t play because, hello, they’re rare and like two grand and he’s not made of money.) I don’t even know. I really shouldn’t have done it, because he’s my number one collaborator, my co-conspirator, and one of my best friends, and I’m so worried that fucking him is going to ruin everything we have between us.

I can understand how it happened, of course. First of all, he’s adorable—lean but not wispy, and he’s got excellent guitar-playing, amp-hauling arms that look spectacular in a black T-shirt. He’s tall and he’s paler than a Norwegian’s ass in winter, but I like that basement-dwelling vibe he’s got going on. He’s always wearing the same pair of untied Timberlands (a token of his Nebraska homeland) with his jeans sort of not fitting over the boots, sort of not tucked in, either. His hair is dirty blond and always in need of a cut, even right after he gets it cut, but it’s thick and wavy and falls into his eyes when he’s playing, and you have to wonder if he even sees all those girls who fantasize about trading places with his guitar when he’s running those skilled hands all over that Les Paul on stage. But he never misses a note.

I’d have to say of all the things there are to dig about Travis, his guitar playing is what did it for me. That’s why the beat brothers (that’s our drummer Joey and bassist Cole, who are not brothers but might as well be) and I picked him out of the seven guys we auditioned. He’s got a style all his own. Every review we ever get mentions his shredding, his insane use of the screeching end of the Marshall half stack. Honestly? He is so good I didn’t even want to audition him because I knew he’d be the one we picked and I knew sooner or later I was going to have an issue keeping my hands off him. Because Travis is very much my type: smart and confident, but not an egomaniac. He’s quiet in big groups and thoughtful in rehearsal, but one-to-one he loves to talk about things you had no idea he even knew about. Bird-watching. Vintage Land Rovers. Science fiction. And also music, of course. Any and all things related to music.

Damn. Well, anyway, we can’t fuck again. We are literally just one sold-out night at the Melody away from an opening spot for Ween at Rutgers’s Ag Field Day and we can’t fall apart now.

I’m sure Travis will agree with me.

 

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KFF’s 5 ★ Review by Rachel McEwan

 

Five Loud Stars ★★★★★

**ARC given by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

Loud is how I loved this read! This book was offered to me via NetGalley and as it was an author I hadn’t read before; I went straight onto Goodreads to investigate further. I must admit it was the title which caught my attention at first; so very different, it immediately opened my interest. The genre is also one of my favourites too, New Adult. So sold I was!

“Don’t fuck anyone in the band.”

When I first started reading this book, I was instantly captivated by the author’s style of writing! It’s incredibly witty, razor sharp and heavy on the sarcasm which is my kind of book. The quote above is the first line in the book, so I should’ve known from the beginning that I was in for one hell of a read!

“I’m the last guy you had sex with. So I guess I’m in competition with myself. Now I’m really worried.”

The story centres around a band, Stars on the Floor, which Emmylou and Travis are members of. The band is Emmylou’s world. It’s all she thinks about and all she wants to do with her life. The one thing she doesn’t want to do is upset the dynamic of the group which would in her opinion, kill the band! When a relationship develops between her and Travis, she immediately panics and this is where things take an interesting turn! But does the ‘relationship’ actually cause any issues in the band or is it actually Emmylou’s behaviour dealing with her feelings? Hmm, that would be telling! Let’s just say there were times when I could’ve gladly swung at her! On so many occasions she didn’t say the things she wanted to say which led to misunderstandings galore!

“Lie to my own mother? The woman who gave me life and ironed all my Levi’s all through high school? I don’t think so.”

Travis! I loved this guy. I loved how patient he was towards Emmylou. I really did feel for him at times, she really did put him through the wringer! He desperately wanted Emmylou, but also understood her reluctance of having a relationship with him. Travis loves the band but to him, it’s not the be all and end all. He appreciates how hard it is to make it big in the music industry which is feasibly realistic, but not Emmylou. It’s more than her world, it is everything!

“You’d better impress me.”
“It’ll be hard to live up to the Michael Bolton Fan Club president. But I’ll do what I can.”

The book is set back in the late 90’s in New Jersey, USA. I had to keep reminding myself on quite a few occasions that social media and mobile phones were uncommon; especially to young people in college. Good old fashioned telephones were the name of the game in this book which was endearing and took me back to when I was in my early 20’s. It was lovely to read how young people literally waited for that one phone in the house to ring. It added to the angst which was plentiful. One would come to the conclusion to expect this from reading about kids of a certain age; therefore I found it endearing and yes, admittedly it took me back to when I was at school! I also loved the Michael Bolton references. Oh my word, that really did take me back to the 90’s.

“They’ll hear me all the way across the river to New Brunswick. I’m too loud, I can’t help it.”
“Good. Loud is how I love you.”

The story is told entirely from Emmylou’s point of view which at first I thought I would struggle with. But fear not… the author conveyed her thoughts and feelings perfectly. And never once did I feel the story was lacking in any way. The passion was abundant in this story and even though it’s New Adult, the author certainly didn’t hold back when it came to the sex scenes!

‘’Oh man, was I really that loud?’’
‘’Sweetheart, I think there are paramedics still out there looking for the car accident.’’

When I started reading this book, I thought it was a standalone which it is per se. Notwithstanding, this is the first book in a series, so hopefully I will get to read the stories of some of the other characters you are introduced to in this book. Ms Brown, in my opinion, you have brought a fresh, original and animated book to the New Adult reading world and for that, I can only thank you! I understand this is also the authors début; all I can say is, WOW ! you have certainly impressed me with your literally skills! To say I loved this book would be an understatement. This was the first book I have read in 2016 so let’s just say the bar has been set high!

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I’m the author of LOUD IS HOW I LOVE YOU, a New Adult novel about two indie rock kids falling in love in the 90s. And doing it. A bunch of times. Since there’s some question or debate these days about whether sex is a requirement for a book to be considered NA, I’m just going to put that right out there. There’s sex in this book. That’s what makes it sexy! That and guitars. Guitars are always sexy. So are amps. And guys who carry amps for their girlfriends are extra sexy.

LOUD is based very (very, very) loosely on my experiences fronting bands in the 90s New Brunswick, NJ music scene. It’s not actually about me or my band, but let’s just say, if I hadn’t cut my teeth playing clubs from Baltimore to Boston in my youth, I don’t know that I could have written this book in quite this way.

LOUD will be out on Intermix/Penguin on January 2016!And hey you can actually buy it as a pre-order from Amazon! A follow-up will be out in the spring of 2016.

My agent is the ever-patient and sharp-dressing wizard chess aficionado, Brooks Sherman at The Bent Agency in Brooklyn. I am so very lucky to have him in my corner.

I also write YA and other romance. I have a picture book sitting in a drawer and four different ideas for middle grade novels. I write a lot, is basically what I’m trying to say, when I’m not otherwise working or wrangling children.

I studied English Literature at UMASS, Amherst a long, long time ago and I was a total Arthurian Legends dork. I once wrote a 5 page poem about a llama and King Arthur for my friend’s birthday. I wanted to be a novelist way back then but I was too young. (I’m not saying there’s an age requirement or anything, I’m just saying that I wasn’t very good at writing books when I was 19 or 22.) I didn’t want to teach English (why not? I really don’t know, it was just a feeling), so after I graduated I went and did a lot of other unrelated things instead, some of them terribly interesting and others not.

 

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                                   RELEASE BLITZ                                        I Wish You Were Mine by Lauren Layne

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Title: I Wish You Were Mine

Author: Lauren Layne

Series: Oxford Book Two

Publisher: Loveswept

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: 2nd February, 2016

 

 

 

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SYNOPSIS

 

Perfect for fans of Alice Clayton and Emma Chase, Lauren Layne’s Oxford series heats up in this story of forbidden desire as a brooding jock hoping for a comeback falls for a woman who’s strictly off-limits.

A year ago, Jackson Burke was married to the love of his life and playing quarterback for the Texas Redhawks. Now he’s retired, courtesy of the car accident that ruined his career—and single, after a nasty scandal torpedoed his marriage. Just as he’s starting to get used to his new life as a health and fitness columnist for Oxford magazine, his unpredictable ex shows up on his doorstep in Manhattan. Jackson should be thrilled. But he can’t stop thinking about the one person who’s always been there for him, the one girl he could never have: her younger sister.

Mollie Carrington can’t say no to Madison. After all, her older sister practically raised her. So when Madison begs for help in winning her ex-husband back, Mollie’s just glad she got over her own crush on Jackson ages ago—or so she thought. Because as Mollie reconnects with Jackson, she quickly forgets all her reasons to stay loyal to her sister. Tempted by Jackson’s mellow drawl and cowboy good looks, Mollie is sick and tired of coming in second place. But she can’t win if she doesn’t play the game.

 

KKF’s 4  Review by Rachel McEwan and Sharon Thérèse Nuttall

* ARC kindly provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Excellently narrated in third person from both protagonists’ point of view, we can’t say how much we enjoyed this standalone. We have never read works by this author, so therefore we were delighted to read a story embroiled in moral ethics. A subject not at all new to the non-fiction literary world of ways of the heart; nevertheless, this one is really worth reading. Love triangles have never been an issue for us since it is well-known that for one reason or another, this happens. However, here we have a classic example of you can’t have your cake and eat it, too! Of course, the individual in question managed to make us want to knock her on the head with our Kindles! Not only that, the leading male character exasperated us to the point of shouting at him… yeah, making him see reason would push us to the limits.

“Madison would kill me.”
“Do you care?”
“She’s my sister.”

Now then; why did we request to read this book in the first place? American football is more comparable with rugby than soccer in our book. And anyone who knows us, know how much we love a good ballgame. The implications in the blurb for a story revolving around a sportsman trying to make up his mind as to whether or not his ex is worth even thinking about, whetted our appetite. Jackson Burke’s very being revolves around this sport, so when this elite quarterback had an unfortunate accident, not only would his personal life take a turn for the worst but more important to him, a passion second to none died a sudden death.

“You want to talk about it?”
“That’s the strange thing about our history. You know everything.”

Trying to get around the fact that Jackson was far too generous for his own good was for us, hard work. Standing up for himself, coming clean and even voicing his opinion about an omnishambles of a marriage he had had, wasn’t an option. Or was it? Given the opportunity in his new job to tell all, his indecisiveness was such a huge part of what we thought, his downfalls. We felt that this gorgeous guy lacked backbone. Wait and see though. His childhood sweetheart and love of his life who cries crocodile tears, is more conniving, bitchier and status grabbing than anyone we have come across in a while. Oh boy, was she going be in for the surprise of her life! Neither do they have any urges for truths to be revealed. Obviously, strangling them wasn’t an option, either. For my man of the day, this was the once bitten syndrome…

“Cut me some slack, here, Mollie ! I don’t exactly know protocol. A year ago you were my wife’s sister, and now you’re …..”
“I’m what ?”
“F**king hot!”

Sweeter than sweet is Mollie Carrington. She is quite honestly the girl next door and her personality outshines her sister, Maddie, without even realising it. Mollie is an awfully grateful person. Her sister is a huge driving force in her life as you will see when you read this book. She has everything to thank her for. And much to our consternation, feel guilty for. Connecting to anyone else other than her best friend who has her heart in his hands, made us cry no end. Upsetting the status quo and believing in her sister’s selfishness at times was very frustrating for us. Mollie can’t help thinking the best of her sister which ultimately gave her sister the upper hand!

“ I’ve always, always loved you. Even when it was a really, really bad idea.”

When the sugar hits the fan, coming to terms with the truth is not going to be an easy task for either party. First love, a love forever which has always been kept guarded on the same lines as a Shakespearean tragedy with all its twist and turns, flowers into something special. We loved to hate Mollie’s sister. Well done to the author’s construction of all the characters, primary or secondary. We must add that we thought the dialogue between all the characters was excellent! The banter flowed brilliantly which for us made the story!

Hmm, hot… yes; and in the right moment without any holds barred. Suspense, not too much but this read will have you guessing as to what is going to happen next. Summing up, quite a brilliant read Ms Layne. Bravo!

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Lauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of more than a dozen contemporary romance novels.

Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. A year after moving from Seattle to Manhattan to pursue a writing career, she had a fabulous agent and multiple New York publishing deals.

Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and plus-sized Pomeranian. When not writing, you’ll likely find her running (rarely), reading (sometimes), or at happy hour (often).

 

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                            RELEASE DAY BLITZ                                 WINTERLUST TALES by RAY SOSTRE

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Title: Winterlust Tales

Author: Ray Sostre

Edited by: Elicia Seitz Stoll

Cover Design by: Tiffany Huegele

Genre: Erotica, Anthology, Erotic Romance, M/F, F/F, M/M, Menage

 

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Prepare for a cold winter, but because the season has changed it doesn’t mean the sexual fantasies have to. Author Ray Sostre delivers six steamy reads, related to a winter theme. Whether you’re snowed in or vacationing, or celebrating a holiday with your passionate one, this book will guarantee to heat up your winter.

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New York born, East Coast raised, and West Coast bound.

Writing erotica happened by accident in the summer of 2010. That same year, he established a story submission site – AfterDark Online, a place for erotic authors.

He lives in Nevada with his long-time girlfriend, is an avid listener of electronica, and enjoys writing and publishing articles. He jokes: “I’m always looking for writing material.”

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                                    KFF’s 5 ★ Review                                                  PLEASURE by AL DALTREY


 

Title: Pleasure ~ Book One

Series: Pleasure Pain or Purpose

Author: Al Daltrey

Genre: Erotic Romance

Release Date: 5th January, 2016

 

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Pleasure, Pain or Purpose is the story of three best friends.When everything seems perfect, that’s when a curve ball is likely waiting around the corner. Biljana Stevens’ blissful life is derailed after the sudden death of her cherished David. Now a lonely submissive, she travels the world with a crushed heart.

A contradiction all her life, Jasmin Stallworth loved Barbies; but she also loved baseball with the boys. Now an undercover cop, Jasmine has a penchant for risk: kinky risk. Will she put her career on the line and her life in danger to satisfy her hunger?

Vicky Knox and her husband Andrew were compatible, but she longed for more than a roommate. Why can’t the magic and enthusiasm always so plentiful in the early stages of a relationship, last a lifetime? Married life became mundane. Until rough sex and a password changed everything.

Together the three friends help each other navigate life, loss and love.
Oh, and kinky sex…very kinky sex.

 

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Kindle Friends Forever 5  Reviewed by Tracey Lou Parker

Something new from the pen of Al Daltrey was sitting in my Kindle. And I can’t tell you how excited I was to read it. Pleasure is a story that features three lovely ladies. Each one with their own individuality, style and way of living. Biljana, Vicky and Jasmin. Childhood best friends who have remained close throughout the years.

Biljana: Devastated by the loss of her lover in a tragic accident. Coming to terms with the grief that she was experiencing, she shut herself off from the world. Gradually with time, the pain eased but the loss was still very much alive and nothing was making it better. Through financial gain she decides to take herself off. Change her surroundings and try to find the peace that she so desperately craved. A new country leads to new adventures which slowly brings her back to life. Mentally, physically and sexually.

Vicky: Happily married to Andrew or was she? Their physical relationship had dwindled down to next to nothing and things were becoming boring. After one heated argument, the passion between the two escalated and both were overcome by their feelings. What happened next made her toes curl! Fearing that something was terribly wrong, Vicky did the one thing I shouted at my kindle for her not to do. “Never read someone else’s emails.” There will always be something you don’t want to see; needless to say, she didn’t listen and what she finds will change her life.

Jasmin: An undercover cop who always went that extra mile for it and seemed to enjoyed it at the same time. A close encounter with a criminal awakens feelings in her that she cannot deny, and she didn’t. Even though she knew it was wrong she couldn’t resist. She was irrevocably drawn to him, he knew it and played on it. What was it that he wanted from her?

I loved the layout of this story. Getting to know each of these ladies separately helped me understand where their personal journey was taking them. Every chapter was dedicated to each of them and I was hooked. As one chapter ended, another would begin leaving me wondering what was going to happen next. The talented Al Daltrey brought insight into the workings of a woman’s mind. Love, lust and pleasure were the three main ingredients that these ladies shared. This book was well written, well thought out and well presented. Definitely a pleasure to read. Thank you Al Daltrey. I look forward to you next instalment. Five pleasurable stars!

 

 

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By day I work in Marketing, which involves a fair amount of writing. Therefore, I never really had an interest to write for pleasure. When you do it all day, the last thing you want to do when you get home, is more writing. All the while, as my career progressed, so did my involvement in the BDSM lifestyle.

This interest in kinky sex started in my University years. Like most men, I loved meeting women, and especially the occasional one who didn’t mind being tied up, or blindfolded, or spanked. All sex was great, but kinky sex was more exciting, more exhilarating, and more fulfilling.

Over the years I was lucky enough to meet my fair share of submissive women. And don’t for a minute think these women were weak. Outside the bedroom they were confident, opinionated, gregarious and self-assured. However, inside the bedroom (so to speak) they wanted to feel the strong firm hand of a dominant man taking complete control.

Eventually I found the perfect partner, and am happily in a relationship.

One day, I flipped my laptop open, and to my surprise – I had an urge to write a BDSM story. Soon I had 20 pages, then 40, then 60. The novel that resulted was ‘Testing the Submissive’. The response was overwhelmingly positive, and the reviews excellent – all of which motivated me to continue writing. ‘A Condo with Two Views’ is my second full length novel, with other projects in the works. If you decide to give any of my writing a try, I hope you enjoy it!

Al

 

 




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                                     RELEASE DAY                                                             BEHIND HER SMILE

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Title: Behind Her Smile

Author: Olivia Luck

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: 6th January, 2016

 

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SYNOPSIS

David and Karolina Morgan have the perfect marriage. He runs a financial empire catering to Miami’s most influential and she is the darling socialite, adored by her husband and all those that meet her.

But underneath the lavish home, expensive car and exquisite jewelry lies a darkness threatening to consume Karolina. The once vivacious fashion design student has become a shadow of herself at the hands of her manipulative husband.

Then, with the flick of a power switch, everything changes. Karolina must learn to fight back when she discovers her entire existence is one big sham, with dire consequences.

 

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EXCERPT

What could we possibly have in common?” I mean to ask him this with disbelief, but Alec hears something else in my tone. Apparently, my reaction displeases him. I have no malice. I’m stunned to think he sees me this way.

Alec assesses me through cool eyes. “Poverty. Ambition. Fortitude. Is that enough for you?” More descriptions I cannot fathom. How could he possibly know I was raised in poverty? And those other things – it’s as if he read my life story. For some reason, he wants to talk about the person my own husband pretends never existed.
My entire body quivers. A torrent of raw, blistering pain slashes through me. All of a sudden, I want to cry.

I’m so lonely.

Being inundated with work in the absence of his brother and father, David is hardly around. And when he is at home, he is more irritable than I realized. Then there are all the society events – none of those women want to be my friend. More like my rivals to have the latest fashion and most expensive jewelry. I haven’t spoken to Dora in months. I feel like I’m losing control of my life.

Alec rises to his feet and fear rushes through me. Don’t go! I want to grab his hand and beg him to stay and tell me all the stories that made him in to the man standing before me.

“I … I don’t know what to say.”

Alec shoves his hands into his pockets. He displays his strong profile when he gazes off toward the rolling mansion on the opposite side of the Coral Gables waterway. “Don’t say anything. You’re right. I shouldn’t be here.”

This time, I find the nerve to act. Before he can stride off into parts unknown, I jump to my feet and grab his wrist. I feel it then. A connection between us that is strong enough to make me yank my hand back in stunned silence. Alec twists his neck to look down at me, his lips pressed together in a firm line.

Whatever I want to confess – whatever I want to ask dies on the tip of my tongue. Staring at the man I once thought to be the devil, I realize the truth. Alec is a mortal just as I am, flaws and all.

“I’m sorry.” I whisper the words to his throat. The words are to both of us.

“You owe me nothing, least of all an apology,” Alec scoffs. Then he stalks across the stone patio without a glance back. Limply, I collapse into the lounge chair unsure of what just happened.

 

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Kindle Friends Forever: Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall

3 Stars

*ARC received via NetGalley for an honest review. Many thanks.*

The storyline is solid and full of suspense. The characters are well-developed, the structural style an unusual one in the respect that the chapters are actually measured by timelines beginning in present day. When I started reading, I thought it was going to be told from the female protagonist’s point of view throughout so I was in for a surprise. In first person and present tense, most of Karolina’s story is narrated by her. She flips back and forth and slowly her feelings are revealed.

I must confess that I had trouble investing in Karolina. She had great ideas as to what she wanted in life only to vanish into thin air when she meets her husband to be in a whirlwind romance. I found her lacking strength of character; too naïve for her own good and her inspirations were crushed too easily. This young woman who’d had to fight to get where she got, let it all go on the insistence of a manipulating man, and this seemed to me to be wrong. She couldn’t see further than her nose. All the signs were there, so why she ignored them, I couldn’t fathom out and found disheartening. When it is too late and the damage had been done, I actually warmed to her. Saying that, I didn’t have to bite my tongue and say I told you so as her bestie went out of her way to convince her that David Morgan wasn’t all sunshine and roses.

David is a complex individual. His family don’t trust him for reasons to be divulged in the story. He’s sly, lies by omission, selfish, demanding and outright cruel. His utmost wish is to change his new wife into something she is not. He will discipline her in the acts of the upper crust etiquette by bullying her. How Karolina should behave around him and in his circles was obsessive and brought out the worst in me. So why he chose her when he could have married a woman of his same social status was one of the questions I asked. And yes, it was answered but well into the story.

I really liked the non-friendship between David and an associate he’d had dealings with; Alec Christos. Alec could see through David and was concerned for Karolina’s welfare. However, never could he have imagined the atrocities David pulled off. If I hated David with a passion, I adored Alec. The underlying attraction which he and Katrina have simmered and made me wonder if and when it would reach boiling point. Alec’s best trait was his patience. He wanted Karolina; she could only offer him her friendship. After various upsetting and nail-biting events, she grew stronger. Everything would be put into perspective and the story moved along much quicker.

All in all, I would have enjoyed this book more if the flow hadn’t been so erratic. There were a few repeated passages regarding Karolina’s feelings and unfortunately the editing was not up to scratch. Hopefully, the typos I came across are corrected before the release date. Reading Alec’s point of you view was a pleasure, but I really needed to have read his thoughts long before I did. The secondary characters saved the day for me. Loved them!

 

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AUTHOR’S BIO

Olivia Luck lives in the middle of America with her loving husband and her obsession with writing. She wrote her first romance novel at age eight. When she’s not reading, editing, or writing, you can find her in the kitchen learning to cook. Olivia loves to travel and spend time with her family.

 

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                                    KFF’s 5 ★ Review         APPEALED (Legal Briefs #3) by EMMA CHASE

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Title: Appealed

Author: Emma Chase

Series: Legal Briefs #3

Release date: 19th January, 2016

Publisher: Gallery Books

Sold by: Simon and Schuster

PR: Nina Bocci

 

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SYNOPSIS

The New York Times bestselling author of the Tangled books returns with the third romance in the Legal Briefs series, a collection of sexy novels about first crushes, second chances, and the final verdict of the heart.

When Brent Mason looks at Kennedy Randolph, he doesn’t see the awkward, sweet girl who grew up next door. He sees a self-assured, stunning woman…who wants to crush the most intimate—and prized—parts of his anatomy beneath the heels of her Louboutins.

When Kennedy looks at Brent, all she sees is the selfish, Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue–worthy teenager who humiliated her in high school in order to join the popular crowd. A crowd that made those years a living hell for her.

But she’s not a lovesick social outcast anymore—she’s a Washington, DC, prosecutor with a long winning streak. Brent is the opposing attorney in her next case, and Kennedy thinks it’s time to put him through a little hell of his own.

But things aren’t exactly working out the way she planned. Brent has his sights set on Kennedy, and every fiery exchange only makes him want her more—and makes her wonder if he’s as passionate in the bedroom as he is in the courtroom. In the end, they may just find themselves in love…or in contempt of court.

 

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Reviewed by Rachel McEwan and Sharon Thérèse Nuttall

★ ★ ★ 5 Appealing Stars ★ ★ ★

**Many thanks to publisher for providing this ARC via NetGalley for an honest review**

Bellyaching laughter, messages flying to and fro while our spouses were trying their hardest to get to sleep, was to be the recipe for a night of interruptions. Recommendation. Don’t attempt to do what we did and start reading Appealed at bedtime. Unless, of course, you have a gripe with your partner ’cause this is the perfect payback! There is no doubt whatsoever that this little of gem of a read transforms into the size of the famous diamond Burton gave Liz Taylor. Why? Because it is so deliciously scrumptious that putting it down wasn’t questioned by either of us. The story just seemed to get better and better, funnier, and more complicated as we read on. Told in present from the male protagonist’s point of view, as the banter was astoundingly hilarious and in abundance, this storytelling technique used by the author was beyond our expectations.

Brent ~ “… Her bra gets snagged on an antenna of a passing car and waves majestically down the street like the flag on a diplomats vehicle from some awesome country names Titsland. Feels like I should salute it.’’

So the author has done it again! She’s brought us the perfect complement to a series which is nothing less than outstanding. Her witty ability to write the male protagonist’s traits is exactly how one would imagine a fella would think and exceedingly skilful. Now it’s Brent Mason’s story and ooh boy, if Jake was our man in Sustained, we soon changed our tune in this read.

Brent ~ If I’m jonesing for a family fix, I can swing by my friends’ houses for dinner and be the favorite uncle to their kids. All the perks, none of the obligation. Life is short – I want to live it. And I really like living it free.’’

Drop-dead gorgeous, accomplished criminal defence attorney and playboy par excellence, his sexual prowess isn’t in the slightest bit hindered by his handicap. Quite the reverse, actually. Convinced that life is too short to have a monogamous relationship, he and his therapist discuss the reasons for his wish to stay single. All his partners in Becker Mason Santos law firm are his best friends and have found their better halves. Now he finds himself on the shelf for want of a better word. Waldo! What a character and a half! We adored this guy who has more patience than a saint and comebacks so fittingly perfect for such a frustrating patient with more nervous energy that a Duracell battery.

Waldo ~ “Well, it’s apparent that you believe what you say. That you think you want this self-focused, low-responsibility lifestyle. The way Pinocchio wanted to cut his strings so he could be a real boy.”

Kennedy Randolph walks into the scenario with her boxing gloves on. Metaphorically speaking, of course. She’s ready to box Brent’s ears in a court case she is opposing as prosecutor. Why she wants revenge after not seeing her childhood best friend and sweetheart since way, way back is an enigma even for Brent. He can’t get over the change in her, either. Now here’s one hell of a sexy and successful woman, but that sweetness he remembered has been replaced with sharp retorts charged with contempt. Where did she go and why she disappeared off the face of the earth without so much as a goodbye, not only intrigues Brent, but he’s also going to have to come to terms with some very hard-earned truths when all is revealed. Oh Lord, is he going to fall off his own pedestal! Using all his manly skills in and out of the courtroom to try and win her over, was a match we really did savour. Despite having reasons for being such a bitch, we couldn’t help but side with her. So for us, it was very much like watching a spectacular battle of wits with plenty of below the belt punches outweighed with humour having us in stitches. The only spanner in the works is she never expected to still have feelings for him, however, she’s going to give him a run for his money. And Brent, sacre bleu! Enraptured, bewitched and for once in his life, not ashamed to admit it, goes out of his way to woo her.

Kennedy ~ “ It’s easy to be brave when you have Great – Grandpa’s money behind you.’’
Brent ~ “ That’s pretty presumptuous of you.’’
Kennedy ~ “ No, what’s presumptuous is thinking you can walk over here, ogle my tits and ass, and assume I won’t call you out on it.’’

Wow! Does Ms Chase know how to write freaking marvellous sex scenes. The only word we could possibly use to describe the sexual desire between Kennedy and Brent is HOT! This couple’s passion was a blast and a half of steaminess and made our temperatures rise. Oh my word, get your hands on a fan, anything that moves air. Put the air-conditioning on full-blast; take a cold shower, ice cubes, whatever! We were delighted with the special treat offered at the end of the story; liars…we were absolutely over the moon as these two lovebirds deserved everything and more besides and you gave it to them Ms Chase. You delivered, as per usual in this series, an awesome read with a few nail-biting twists and turns. It saddens us to say that this is the last book in The Legal Briefs series. Thank you for giving us more of Brent’s best friends, too. It was a joy to read how they were all getting on with their lives. This book can be read as a standalone; nevertheless, we highly recommend you reading the two previous books to enjoy the secondary characters in this one. We really don’t want you to miss out on the slightest detail. What more can we say other than BRAVO!

Brent ~ “If Kennedy’s ass were bronzed, I would prostrate myself before it and pray.’’

 

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AUTHOR’S BIO

overruled4_nBy day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother who resides in a small town in New Jersey. By night she is a keyboard crusader, toiling away the hours to bring her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine. Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true.

 

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                              RELEASE DAY BLITZ                                             MASTERED by MAYA BANKS

BANNER MASTERED by MAYA BANKS

 

Title: Mastered

Series: The Enforcers #1

Author: Maya Banks

Genre: Erotic / Contemporary Romance

Release Date: 29th December, 2015

Publisher: Berkley

 

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SYNOPSIS

 

What he wants, he takes with no remorse or guilt.
 
She stood out in his club like a gem, unspoiled and untouched. A lamb among wolves, she clearly didn’t belong. Drawn to her innocence he watched as she was surrounded by men who saw what he did—but no one but him could touch her. He summoned her to his private quarters. He sensed her fear. He also recognized the desire in her eyes. And he knew she wouldn’t leave before he possessed her. She had no need to know his secrets. Not until he had her under his complete and utter control.
 
What he wants, she isn’t sure she can give him.
 
The moment he told her want he wanted, she couldn’t resist. Instinct told her to run, but her heart said stay and walk the fine line between pleasure and pain. Though she wasn’t sure she could ever completely surrender, the primal part of her wanted to try, even knowing this man could break her in ways she never imagined. Because once he possessed her, he owned her and it would be too late to turn back. She can only pray that he doesn’t destroy her in the end.

 

 

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Kindle Friends Forever 3 ★ Review

by Rachel McEwan & Sharon Thérèse Nuttall

 

We were so excited to be invited to review this book. The blurb was just up our street, too. Alpha male, naïve female protagonist who is attracted to him like no other man she had ever met. To say he is irresistible would be putting it lightly. Angst-ridden, hidden secrets and different in the respect that the secondary characters play an important part in the first book in this series should be in the making for a really good read. And we can’t argue that the author’s writing is perfect. Told in past tense and in third person with all the characters’ thoughts, what we really would have liked is more banter between two people who are as different as night and day. Saying that, KFF are fairly new newbies regarding this author’s works. Punchline! When there was dialogue, we had to rewind as we literally got lost in the minute details which were to our mind of thinking, a tad over the top.

Drake ~ ‘’I don’t deserve to walk on the same ground as you. But God help me, I won’t give you up…’’

Innocence is the name of the game and we loved the female protagonist’s absence of filter, who is so damn adorable and who is so sincere that we were left aghast. We blasphemed, cajoled and when it didn’t seem enough for her to see the light, we even went to lengths to talk out aloud to the person who held her future in his hands. He takes advantage of this gal who thinks she’s not worthy and is plainly ordinary in her eyes. Generous to the medulla, and in a place where she well-knows isn’t fitting for her, we couldn’t believe what we were reading. Does this happen in real life, we asked ourselves! We most sincerely hope not because it is a dangerous situation to be in for any young lass. Does he do what he does because he is out of his depth, has never come across someone so outstandingly sincere? So many questions which will only be answered by reading this book.

Drake ~ ‘’Why the hell are you working yourself to death in that shithole bar every night?’’
Evangeline ~ ‘’You could at least continue the fabulous foot massage if you’re going to interrogate me.’’

Evangeline is your girl next door. We’d just love to have her as our sons’ girlfriend. She’s a fighter, had a hard life but from a loving family that is foremost in every step she has taken. Quite honestly… the perfect daughter. Guided by her besties up to a certain point; she has principles even if they’re a tad archaic or conflictive to her persona. This trait of hers we found a little confusing as one minute she is influenced by her them and in another, she is defending secondary characters. Now this quirk of hers also confuses the man.

Evangeline ~ ‘’What could you possibly want with me? We exist in completely different stratospheres. I’m nothing. I’m average at best. Nothing to look at. The typical plain Jane who wouldn’t even draw notice in a small group, much less a crowd!’’

Yes, the man of the day is nothing less than drop-dead gorgeous and no wonder she succumbed to his persuasive ways. Who wouldn’t bend over backwards, (pun intended) for Mr Drake Donovan! Private, not at all forthcoming with his feelings, his wheels and deals have never been questioned by a third party, either. So is he prepared to come clean for once in his life? He has a dilemma on his hands and it’s on a force ten scale. He wants to own her, he wants her total submission. But for how long? Will he tire of her like he has with all his short-lived affairs in the past? Will he drive her away? Her reservations about her future are justly voiced. She is also justly proud for everything she has accomplished in a dire situation no one would wish to be in. Interesting don’t you think!

Drake ~ ‘’ ……. And just a warning, Angel. I give a lot. Everything. But I take every bit as much as I give.’’

So why did we award this book three stars when it had so much going for it? Quite simply the thoughts and feelings in this book for us were overly described. The plot was full of twists and turns which had so much going for it. We thought this was such a shame as so many characters in this read won us over. We adored Drake! The way he cherished Evangeline was simply delightful; however, there is a turn of events in the storyline which surprised us. It left us feeling differently towards him which disappointed us somewhat. Having said that, it did take the sex scenes to a whole different level in terms of steaminess! Although we are no prudes whatsoever to this kind of read, we felt this was out of character for this couple.

In a nutshell, read Mastered with an open mind. We most certainly hope it works for you.

 

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Maya Banks is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 50 novels including the KGI series, Slow Burn series, and the Breathless and Surrender trilogies. A wife and mother of three, she lives in Texas. Visit her website at www.mayabanks.com.

 

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