martedì 31 maggio 2016

Hooker by J.L. Perry


Release Date: 05.31.2016




Synopsis:

Jade


Jade’s young life was tough. After her mother died during childbirth and her father could no longer look after her, she was placed in foster care where she stayed for the next ten years. She grew up feeling unloved and unwanted as she was passed around from one screwed up home to the next.

Things began to look up for her when she was adopted by a wealthy socialite at the age of eleven. Sometimes though, things aren’t always what they seem. Jade didn’t know it at the time, but her new adoptive mother had big plans for her, and spent the next seven years grooming Jade for that role.

Jade learnt early in life that she couldn’t rely on anyone but herself. Instead of letting her circumstances beat her, she took all the negatives she’d been dealt, and used them to her advantage. She grew up to be a strong, successful, determined and independent woman. She was a loner by choice.

The only thing lacking in her life was companionship and love. She’d never experienced it, so she didn’t know what she was missing, until she had a one-night-stand with a handsome stranger. One night, that would change everything.


Brock


Brock grew up privileged. He had everything going for him. Money, looks, charm, success and an endless array of beautiful women. He wasn’t interested in commitment. To him women were easy. They practically threw themselves at his feet. All they wanted was to do something nobody had ever managed before. Snare the hot, rich bachelor.

Then he met Jade. She was like a breath of fresh air. A challenge. Nothing like the women he was used too. Their one night together ignited something within him. A burning desire to own her, possess her, but Jade had other plans. Nobody says no to Brock Weston, nobody.

He’s left wondering about a woman he knows he can never have. But, when fate brings them together again, will he get what he wants? Will he be able to claim the unattainable? Or will her secrets crush him, and destroy any chance they have of being together?



Review:



This was a very emotional read.

J.L. Perry writing is so good that even though the subject is heavy her words also give you some hope throughout the whole book.

Unfortunately life handed to Jade a really bad fate,she grew up knowing she had to be strong and wait the right moment to start to fight for herself. Thanks to a fortuitous encounter her life will change sooner than she expected.

I was so pleased with the end of the story because a romantic like me always hope to read a happy ending for the characters you get to know between the pages of a good book.



Excerpt:

After tightening the ribbon, I admire my ensemble in the mirror. It looks gorgeous.
‘Jade,’ I hear Brock call softly, after knocking on the cubicle door.
‘Yes.’
‘Can I see now?’
The hopefulness in his voice brings a smile to my face again. Without replying, I unlock and open the door slightly. He pops his head in and the look on his face does something to me. I’m so lost in it, I don’t even realise when he pushes the door open further, worming his way inside and turning the latch to relock it.
‘What are you doing?’ I whisper.
‘Sweet Jesus,’ is all he says as his arms wrap around my waist, drawing my body towards his. ‘You look incredible. We’re definitely buying this.’
‘You like?’ I ask as he gropes at my arse.
‘I fucking love. Turn around.’
I do as he asks.
‘Christ,’ he groans as his fingers skim up the outside of my legs until they’re resting on my hips. In the reflection, I see his eyes planted firmly on my behind. He takes a step forward, rubbing his body against mine. When his gaze meets mine in the mirror there’s pure desire in his eyes. Nobody has ever looked at me the way he does. Nobody.
His hands encircle my waist as he draws me closer, pressing into my back. ‘What are you doing to me?’ he murmurs as his lips graze over my shoulder. I have no idea, but I’m pretty sure it’s the same thing he’s doing to me.
I moan softly, resting my head against his chest while his mouth trails a path up my neck. One of his hands palm my breast through the corset, and the other moves down between my legs. I’m so lost in his touch that I totally forget we’re still in the dressing room at the lingerie store.
I’m pulled back into reality when I hear the tearing of fabric. ‘Brock,’ I say, when my eyes fly open to see him shoving the now ruined panties I was just wearing into his pocket. ‘I haven’t even paid for them yet.’
‘Shhh,’ he whispers in my ear as the hand on my breast moves up to cover my mouth. ‘I’m going to fuck you now. I can’t wait another second.’ My eyes widen at his comment. Has he lost his mind? We can’t have sex in here. I see his other hand in the reflection of the mirror disappear behind me and the distinct sound of a zipper rings out in the silence that has now fallen over us.
My stance widens automatically. My head knows what we’re about to do is wrong, but apparently my vagina didn’t get that memo.
‘Do you even realise how sexy you are?’ he whispers as his hand finds its way between my legs again.
‘Mmmm,’ I moan into the palm of his hand, my body trembling with anticipation.
‘I’ll remove my hand if you promise to be quiet. Okay?’
I nod. I still can’t believe we’re going to do this.
‘Place your hands on the mirror,’ he demands. I do exactly as he asks. It’s ironic how I’ve hated being controlled my entire life, yet I have no qualms about following his orders. The way Brock takes control is sexy.
He rubs his cock between my legs as I push my hips towards him. I’m no longer concerned about what we’re doing. I want to feel him inside me.
I bite down on my lip when he slides inside me, trying hard not to make a noise.
‘Christ you feel amazing,’ he breathes as he pulls out slightly before pushing all the way back in.
‘Oh god.’ One of his hands grasps my hip, holding me in place, while the other tugs on my hair, tilting my head back so his mouth can cover mine.
‘I said no noise.’
My eyes roll back in my head as he deepens the kiss before picking up the pace. He slams into me in short, hard strokes. It feels incredible. The risk of the sales assistant discovering us only seems to heighten the experience.
It doesn’t take long for him to have me on the edge. ‘I’m … I’m,’ is all I get to say before we’re interrupted.
‘Is everything all right in there?’ I hear the skanky sales assistant ask. Shit. There’s no holding back. I’m coming whether I like it or not.
‘Ahh,’ I moan into Brock’s mouth as my body starts to shudder and my orgasm hits me full force. His hand quickly moves from my hip, snaking around my waist, using his strength to hold me up. When he pulls out of the kiss, I see a smile tug at his lips as his eyes lock with mine in the mirror.
‘We’re fine,’ he says in a breathless tone that has him sounding like he’s just run a damn marathon.
I see his eyes clench shut as his movements become more desperate. I can feel my vagina still pulsing around him and I know he’s about to come as well. Shit, could his timing be any worse?




venerdì 27 maggio 2016

Breaking a Legend by Sarah Robinson



Release Date: 09.29.2015





Synopsis:

As one of the big names at his family’s gym, Legends, MMA star Rory Kavanagh is used to being in the spotlight—until a gruesome leg injury knocks him out of the cage. Rory is left feeling sidelined in more ways than one, battling the inner demons that come with losing the one shot at his dreams. Then Clare walks into his life and gives him a new dream: winning her heart. There aren’t many new faces in Woodlawn these days, but this tough, beautiful stranger makes Rory want to get his life back into fighting shape.

Clare Ivers doesn’t think she’ll be able to tell anyone what really brought her to the close-knit Bronx neighborhood where she just started bartending. But her life’s on pause and her past is catching up fast, try as she might to move on—with new friends, steady work, and a chiseled alpha male trying to get her attention. Even though Rory’s more than a little intense, she can’t deny that her heart beats faster when he looks at her with those soulful silver eyes. Clare thought she was done with love, but Rory might just be man enough to show her she thought wrong.




Review:



I went into Breaking a Legend completely blind but I wasn't disappointed.
This was a good story and a quick read for me.

This story wasn't hard to read because the writing style was fluent and eloquent,the fast pacing kept me captivated but at some point I would have appreciated to get more details or more insight about what the main characters were feeling or thinking.

I liked how Rory Kavanagh and Clare Ivers relationship helps both of them to overcome their own hurdles giving them a new strength to start again and to find their place in the world .

This is the first book I read from this author but I'm already curious to read more abouth the Kavanagh family.



Perfume & Promises by Ellen Faith


Release Date: 05.21.2016



Synopsis:

Chloe Richards is a small town girl with a big heart. At least, that’s what the local folk of Rosehip Village think. But when her parents turn up on her doorstep asking for help, her secret past is about to be revealed.

Being the daughter of Hollywood royalty was never going to be easy, but at 19, Chloe Richards managed to leave that life behind along with the scandals that almost destroyed her. A fresh start was all she needed, and a fresh start was what she got in Rosehip. Girlfriend of a local bookshop owner, best friends with fiercely loyal café owner and owner of a perfume business herself, Chloe has a happy life. But her parents are about to turn her perfect life on its head. Again.

What do you do when you’re torn between loyalty and protecting yourself? Should you trust your heart when your head is telling you not to?


Review:



I liked this book so much I've inhaled it.

I was attracted by the pretty cover right away,then the flowing writing,the well depicted characters and the beautiful village of Rosehip stole my heart and I almost didn't want to finish the book anymore.

Chloe,our heroine, is really sweet and slightly naive. After she made some bad choices that ruined her reputation she decided to run away and start anew.
But when the time comes and her troubles find her she, with the help of her new friends and family, is finally ready to fight for her freedom and her happiness.

"Perfume & Promises" may be my first book by Ellen Faith but it won't be my last one..."Dear Darling" is already on my reader.

sabato 21 maggio 2016

On Higher Ground by Melissa Collins



Release Date: 05.18.2016






Synopsis:

When there’s no peace after war…

When there’s no solace after death…

When there’s only pain and suffering…

Anxiety and loss…

All you can hope to find is something more…

Something that makes you whole and complete

Something that puts you

On Higher Ground




Review:





I wanted to read this sequel since I've read On Solid Ground and I wasn't disappointed.
I really liked Dax and Beck love story that I did need this beautiful long epilogue.

Our two sweet guys still have to overcome some issues in order to reach their happiness and enjoy the rest of their life together as a family.




venerdì 20 maggio 2016

Clarissa Jean, Homecoming Queen by Jessica Goodwin


Release Date: 05.01.2016



Synopsis:

When Claire Bradshaw decides to end her dead-end relationship of several years, she only has one place to go – back home to the tiny town of Palmetto Park. 

Claire keeps bumping into people from her past as she struggles to shake her “better than everybody” reputation, make peace with her enemies, and even attempts to rekindle an old flame. 

Claire gets to know her old friends all over again and gets to know more about herself as she starts over – right back where it all started.





Review:



I've really enjoyed this story,it put a smile on my face while I was reading.

This was the first time I've read something written by Jessica Goodwin but it won't be the last because the flowing writing,the cute and light plot conquered me since the first page.

I loved all the characters,they were depicted so well it seems like I've known them all my life and I was so curious to read their story hoping for a happy ending.


Excerpt:

“…girl, we’ve got company coming.”

“Oh?” Claire asked. “Who?” Aunt Nancy gave Claire a look that said it all and tilted her head toward the front door. “Steve?” Claire groaned.

Nancy nodded. “That was your mother on the phone. I guess he went by your folks’ house and then the store looking for you. He’s on his way here.”

“Great,” Claire said. She marched out onto the front porch and stood with her hands on her hips, squinting. The sun had come out and the fog had mostly burned off. She looked up and down the street for Steve’s Escalade, which seemed so out of place in this neck of the woods. Sure enough, after a minute or two, she watched the vehicle make the turn off of Main Street and come creeping slowly down the street. She could see Steve looking out the window for house numbers, and then he spotted her Jeep parked in front of the house. He parked behind her and got out of the car.

“What are you still doing here?” Claire asked.

Steve sheepishly stuck his hands in his pockets. “I spent the night in a hotel outside of town. I just wanted to talk. I wanted to try to explain.”

“I don’t really need an explanation for something that I saw with my own two eyes.”

“Look, Claire, you know things haven’t been great with us. You had to have felt it, too. I felt like you and I were just … roommates. Not soul mates.”

Claire rolled her eyes. Soul mates? She’d been with Steve for almost a decade and had never heard him talk like that. “So you and that other woman are soul mates?”

“Madison and I are in love,” he said. “Something you and I haven’t been for a long time.” Claire flinched and Steve caught her reaction. “You know it’s true.”

“So that’s how you take care of the situation?” Claire asked, feeling her lower lip tremble. She folded her arms across her chest and raised her chin, hoping to stay strong. “You just cheated on me, instead of talking to me about it?”

“You could’ve talked to me, too.” Steve said, folding his arms across his chest and mimicking Claire’s defensive posture.

“So somehow this is my fault?”

“It’s nobody’s fault, Claire. It just happened. It’s like I met Madison and my whole world changed,” Steve began.

Claire held up a hand to stop him. “You think I want to hear this?” she said, her voice cracking and a tear threatening to spill from the corner of her right eye.

“I just wanted you to know the truth. You’re a great person, Claire…” Steve trailed off as the wail of a siren came closer and closer. They both turned to look toward Main Street as the sound got louder. A police vehicle sped their way and screeched to a halt in the middle of the street in front of Nancy’s house. The officer cut the siren but kept the lights flashing. Aunt Nancy came out on the porch and placed her hand on Claire’s shoulder.

Claire gawked as Cooper got out of the car, took off his sunglasses, and tucked them into his shirt. He strode up the sidewalk and stood next to Steve but looked up to Claire on the porch. “What seems to be the problem, Clarissa Jean?” he asked.

Unable to speak, Claire quickly swiped at her eyes to wipe away any tears.

“There’s no problem, officer,” Steve said.

“I received a call that there was,” Cooper said sternly. “Is he bothering you, Clarissa Jean?”

Nancy squeezed Claire’s shoulder just the slightest bit and the corners of Claire’s mouth twitched up into a smile. “Well, yeah, kinda. I don’t know why he’s still here when I’ve told him that I don’t want anything to do with him anymore.”

“That true?” Cooper asked, turning to Steve.

“Officer, I just came to talk!” Steve protested.

“Well, have you said what you needed to say?” Cooper asked. As soon as Steve nodded, he continued. “Then I think you best get out of here. The lady’s already told you she doesn’t want to have anything to do with you.”

“Claire, tell this guy we were just talking!”

“We’re done talking, Steve. Goodbye,” Claire said. “Good luck with your new girlfriend.”

Cooper looked at Steve expectantly. When he didn’t move, Cooper said, “Time for you to hit the road.” Steve looked helplessly up at Claire for a minute. She waved goodbye. Without a word, Steve turned around, returned to his car, and sped off without another glance.

When he was gone, Claire finally exhaled. “Thanks, Cooper.”

Nancy jingled the key ring and climbed down the steps, patting Cooper on the arm as she passed him. “Thank you, Deputy Cooper,” she said. “I’ll be checking out the cottages, Clarissa Jean.”

“No problem, Ms. Bradshaw,” Cooper said, sliding his sunglasses back onto his nose and smiling. He leaned on the railing and grinned up at Claire. “Now, Clarissa Jean, I can’t always come to your rescue from the big bad ex-boyfriend.”

Claire giggled. “He crashed dinner at my parents’ house yesterday, went back there today, and then showed up at the store looking for me. I’m guessing that my mother told him I was here just to keep him from being a pain at the store.”

Cooper nodded. “And then your aunt called in the cavalry. Hopefully he doesn’t bother you anymore.”

“I don’t think he will. I think we’re done.”

“That a good thing?”

“Yes, it’s a good thing.”

“Because when I walked up here, it didn’t look that good,” he said. “I didn’t know if I was going to have to hurt the guy for making you cry, or what.”

She looked at Cooper and knew that he was being serious, so there was no sense in pretending that she hadn’t been near tears. “He was just saying some things that were … true. That’s all.”

“But you’re okay?”

“I’m fine,” Claire said. “Thank you again.”

“You’re welcome. I need to get back to work. See you around sometime?” He phrased it like a question.

Claire nodded. “See you around.”


mercoledì 18 maggio 2016

The Treachery of Trains by Sylvia Ashby


Release Date: 03.03.2016




Synopsis:

Sky has made an abominable mistake at work. Something so awful she doesn’t dare stay in the HR office of XIM Technics for fear of being lynched by her colleagues.

So she gets on a train…

What happens when it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month, or even your year?

Sky Candy is about to find out.




Review:




This book was funny and heart aching at the same time.I absolutely loved it!

The writing was so entertaining it was hard to put down.I was so intrigued by the development of the story I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.

Sky's life is a mess.When she makes a big mistake at the work she can't bear the pressure of her coworkers and she decides to run away to Paris.
This is the start of a beautiful adventure that will take Sky to meet some new people and to discover new places that will touch her and change her life forever.

This was the first time I've read something written by Sylvia Ashby but it won't be the last.


venerdì 13 maggio 2016

Parisian Nights by Louise Bay


Release Date: 05.11.2016




Synopsis:

The moment I laid eyes on the new photographer at work, I had his number. Cocky, arrogant and super wealthy—women were eating out of his hand as soon as his tight ass crossed the threshold of our office.


When we were forced to go to Paris together for an assignment, I wasn’t interested in his seductive smile, his sexy accent or his dirty laugh. I wasn’t falling for his charms.


Until I did.


Until Paris.


Until he was kissing me and I was wondering how it happened. Until he was dragging his lips across my skin and I was hoping for more. Paris does funny things to a girl and he might have gotten me naked.


But Paris couldn’t last forever.



Review:



Louise Bay is becoming one of my favorite authors one beautiful story at time.
She is so talented,her amazing writing captured my attention straight away.

I liked how Haven,our heroine,decides to let her self-defences and prejudices drop giving herself a chance to know our Hero better and eventually to change her mind.

I grew so attached to all the characters I can't wait to meet them again in the next installment of this series.





mercoledì 11 maggio 2016

Friday Evening, Eight O’Clock by Nino Gugunishvili


Release Date: 07.30.2015



Synopsis:

Tasha is a dreamer in search of a new dream.

She's bored with Pilates. She's never tried yoga. She doesn't even have a driver's license. She lives a pretty ordinary life as a freelance writer who battles the occasional flow of melancholy with the regular flow of martinis. Nestled into her couch, her television remote in one hand and a cold adult beverage in the other, she's found a favorite way to pass the hours on a Friday evening. It's comfortable and familiar, but it's not exactly an exciting way to live. With two of her closest friends, a bossy mother, an eighty-two-year-old grandmother, and Griffin, her fat yellow Labrador at her side, she knows that there has to be something better out there.


But where?

When she gets an unexpected offer to relocate to France to write a magazine column, she thinks her circumstances are improving. But life in a new country isn't all pêches et la crème. Now far away from her comfort zone, Tasha must find the inner strength to start a new career and navigate the bizarre and unknown world of professional jealousy, intrigue, and conflicting personalities in a very foreign land.
It's enough to make a girl yearn for those quiet nights on the couch.




Review:




I've enjoyed this debut novel even if it wasn't what I expected at all.

The writing was good but at times I was confused for the great amount of the episodes narrated.
I've truly appreciated the depiction of the characters and the places...who doesn't not love Paris.

Page after page I grew attached to all the characters,my favorite is our heroine,Tasha, that with her craziness stole my heart.


Excerpt:

It was another eight o’clock in the evening of another ordinary day in Tasha’s life. At least it seemed to be. She was already approaching her block when the phone in her pocket suddenly rang. I’m not going to pick it up, she thought. I hate when somebody calls when I’m walking Griffin. It was difficult to unlock the phone keypad with gloves. She tried several times and finally managed to do it.

“Hello,” she said loudly, pressing the phone to her cheek with one hand and trying to hold the leash with another. She always spoke loudly on the phone, a weird habit according to her closest friend’s French husband. He wasn’t particularly fond of loudly speaking agitated ladies.

“Hello, is this Tasha?” The voice was unfamiliar and a little husky.

Tasha stood silent for a second, trying to pull the glove off her hand. She pressed the phone harder to her ear. That instant she thought that her piano teacher was terribly wrong.
Her hearing ability was not exceptional at all. She could not recognize the caller.

“Yes, it’s me,” Tasha answered finally, her heart bumping. She tried in vain to avoid the water puddle right in front of her. Her feet were instantly wet.

“That’s great, Tasha! What’s your local time now? Evening I suppose, right?”

“Yes, absolutely. It’s nearly eight.”

She could add that it was starting to rain and she wasn’t expecting anything particularly interesting to happen, but she kept silent. That unnecessary exchange of information felt unnerving a little, but she waited.

“Tasha, my name is Liz Foster and I’m calling concerning your participation in our project for young writers. As far as I understand, you’re the author of the piece “A True Tale from an Unromantic Goddess,” aren’t you? It’s for Stones magazine, remember?”

At that very moment, Tasha’s dog decided that she must bump her head onto something sharp, and, in another instant, after a terrible pain, the only word in English Tasha remembered was an affirmative “Yes.” She was unable to construct a simple sentence in a foreign language.

“Yes!” she said. “Yes!” (Second time, it was much better and sounded more confident).

“Great. We’d like you to become our contributor, a regular one. As you know, it’s a monthly magazine…Hello, Tasha? You’re still there?”

Tasha’s mind went blank. She didn’t want to believe that 8:30 that evening was the right time for all this to happen. She stood mesmerized. Griffin himself was joyously chewing something smelly and probably disgusting.

We’ll be at the vet all week long, she thought before remembering the telephone conversation.

“Yes, sure, I’m still here, Liz. Oh, sorry, thank you! You’d like me to write regularly for the magazine? You’re proposing me to become your author?” Good girl, finally your mind is realizing what’s going on, she said to herself.

“Exactly, Tasha.” Liz wasn't at all happy with the idea of a new columnist. She would have done it differently if not for Balthazar’s enthusiasm. She would have rewarded the contributor of the best piece and that would be it. Being a columnist was a bit too much for this unconfident girl on the phone. The written assignment was fine. She liked it a lot and was even a little jealous. Her inner sense told her something good would come out of it, but Liz never liked people who were lucky enough to have it all. She didn’t believe in pure luck. She knew that one had to work very hard to accomplish something. 
Tasha, with her slow answers to simple, direct questions and long pauses during their conversation annoyed her. She’s been offered a job, a dream job, and she was hesitant…come on! Did she have no idea how lucky she was? On the other hand, Tasha was, of course, confused by Liz’s sudden call. Her writing was much better than her verbal skills. At least, it seemed to be. Well, I have no one to blame except myself, Liz thought and decided to double check her new colleague. One good piece doesn’t mean anything yet. Liz had to verify that Tasha really was the author and not a fraud. One piece didn’t necessarily mean that she’d become a columnist for Stones. It was a great honor and she had to deserve it after all.

“Listen, Tasha, let’s do the following: I’ll send you an email right away and you just reply to it, okay? Let me send you some themes for future essays, and then we’ll talk about the rest.” “The rest” meant a visa and a work permit, but all of it seemed to be happening in a very distant future. “Is your email still the same? Have you changed it lately?”

“No, I mean yes, it’s the same.”

“Great, Tasha. I’m sending it to you now. Another one will follow tomorrow. It was very nice speaking to you. Enjoy the rest of your day. Good bye.”

“It was a pleasure for me, too,” shouted Tasha in response. “You, too, have a nice
day!”

The conversation on the phone was over, and Tasha’s world had been turned upside
down.