Tuesday, March 3, 2015

ERIN REVIEWS: The Gilded Cuff (Surrender #1) by Lauren Smith

The Gilded Cuff (Surrender #1) by Lauren Smith
Erotic Romance

Every passion has its price . . .

Journalist Sophie Ryder has been following Emery Lockwood’s story since she was a little girl. There has always been something in his haunted eyes that she couldn’t resist and now, when she’s certain he holds the key to solving a string of kidnappings, she’ll do anything to speak to him. Even if it means venturing deep into the seductive world of the Gilded Cuff, a luxurious BDSM club on Long Island’s Gold Coast and Emery’s personal playground.

From the moment Sophie enters his shadowy, sensual domain, Emery Lockwood knows this tantalizing new little sub was meant to belong to him. However, Sophie wants more from Emery than just pleasure . . . she wants his past. And that is something he isn’t willing to give—no matter who is asking. But every moment he spends with Sophie, Emery feels his control slipping and he knows it’s only a matter of time before he surrenders to her heart, body, and soul.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

REVIEW: HARDCORE Volume 2 by Staci Hart


Hardcore: Volume Two (Hardcore #2) by Staci Hart
Erotic Romantic Suspense
Goodreads
 

** Part two of a three part serial **

The choice is steep: Stay on the ledge and steal Van's painting or take the leap and sacrifice her sister. It's another decision in a long line that she's had to make in her life, and though it's easy to make, it's impossible to execute.

Jade won't let Cory go until she gets what she wants, but the price for Cory is high. It's never been hard to steal, to lie, but Van changed all the rules. It was the last thing she wanted to do to him. But as much as that choice is agony, there's really only one to make.

Betrayal and pain. Love and loss. Decisions and consequences. The edge Cory walks is razor sharp and sky high, but she can't look down. Not until she makes it to the other side.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

REVIEW: Hardcore: Volume One (Hardcore #1) by Staci Hart

Hardcore: Volume One (Hardcore #1) by Staci Hart
Erotic Romantic Suspense


Cory James has never known a life where she wasn’t running. Running from the cops, her home, her past. Running from love. The only time she’s free is when she throws on her hood and takes to the roofs to become a part of New York, to climb to a place in the city where she doesn’t feel alone.

Stealing is nothing, lying inevitable, byproducts of survival. A way for Cory to provide for herself and for her younger sister, Jill, give her the life Cory couldn’t have. For five years, Cory set up a long line of teetering dominos, one by one, choice by choice.

Meeting Van is the first domino to fall, and once they crash into each other, it’s only a matter of time before her whole world is in danger of falling apart. She can tell herself over and again that she doesn’t care, but it’s a lie. She knows it from the first time she says his name, but she can’t let him in, not when she has a job to do, a job that could rip her life apart at the seams. One that she’ll have to betray Van to finish.

He’ll follow however high she can climb, but she can only run for so long before she has to choose.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Review: Miami Hush Club 2, 3, 4 by Michelle Warren



Miami Hush Club: Episode 2 (Miami Hush Club #)
Adult Contemporary Romance
Amazon


I always believed that girls like me didn’t find happily-ever-afters.
But despite my sordid past and personal demons, the Miami Hush Club promised to make my every fantasy a reality.

With a membership,
they could gift me my dream job,
dream car, dream house,
and the perfect life for me and my little family.
They easily sucked me into the madness and twisted me inside out,
caging me until I didn’t know right from wrong.

The steep price of entry?
My darkest secret.

There’s only one problem.
Some secrets destroy.
Some crush.
Some fragment.
Some even endanger the ones I love,
and the one man I never imagined I would.
Because some secrets, when shared, give power.
And power is a dangerous thing.
Especially when the one pulling my strings, playing god, has the terrifying means to destroy me.

And worst of all, after I’ve given my secret away, I find the only thing that’s left is my wrecked and tortured soul.
But guess what?
Nothing’s safe.
The club can take that too.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

REVIEW: Unfiltered & Unlawful (Unfiltered #1) by Payge Galvin & Ronnie Douglas


Unfiltered & Unlawful (Unfiltered #1) by Payge Galvin & Ronnie Douglas
Adult Contemporary Romance
After a night-shift shooting of a drug dealer in The Coffee Cave, twelve strangers each walk out with more than $100,000 in dirty money, a pact never to meet again, and the chance to start over…

Until that night, Sasha "Sugar" Kovac spent her days selling coffee to the co-eds at ASU Rio Verde and her nights trying not to run back to her ex… or join the throngs of girls lusting after her friend, Adam.

But why should Sugar give in to the Harley-riding tattoo artist when his longest relationships haven't lasted more than a weekend?

Sugar's life takes a turn for the dangerous when someone comes looking for the people connected to the Cave shooting and the cash they split. To protect herself and those she cares about, Sugar has to get out of town–and fast. When Adam insists on coming with her, Sugar finds herself holed up in a tiny house with a hot man, a stash of cash, and a lot of secrets.

Can Sugar protect both her life and her heart when temptation is so close? Or is the past she's fled going to catch up with her?

"A full-throttle read that's dangerously sexy and exciting. I can't wait to see what happens next!" —Jeaniene Frost, NYT bestselling author of the Night Huntress series

"A fun, rollicking start to an exciting new series concept. . . .And the hero, oh the hero, steals the show here. Adam is hot, hot, hot and readers will want him as badly as Sasha does." —RT Magazine

Friday, February 6, 2015

SERIES REVIEW: Miami Hush Club by Michelle Warren


Miami Hush Club: Episode 1 (Miami Hush Club #1)
Adult Contemporary Romance

I always believed that girls like me didn’t find happily-ever-afters.
But despite my sordid past and personal demons,
the Miami Hush Club promised to make my every fantasy a reality.

With a membership,
they could gift me my dream job,
dream car, dream house,
and the perfect life for me and my little family.
They easily sucked me into the madness and twisted me inside out,
caging me until I didn’t know right from wrong.

The steep price of entry?
My darkest secret.

There’s only one problem.
Some secrets destroy.
Some crush.
Some fragment.
Some even endanger the ones I love,
and the one man I never imagined I would.
Because some secrets, when shared, give power.
And power is a dangerous thing.
Especially when the one pulling my strings, playing god,
has the terrifying means to destroy me.

And worst of all, after I’ve given my secret away,
I find the only thing that’s left is my wrecked and tortured soul.
But guess what?
Nothing’s safe.
The club can take that too.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

ERIN REVIEWS: Extreme Close-Up (Perspectives #1) by Julie Jaret


Extreme Close-Up (Perspectives #1) by Julie Jaret
Erotic Romance

He’s hot, young, and way off-limits... But he might be just what she needs to get over the past and on with her life.

Lisa Taylor’s life stalled after her divorce three years ago, and she never got it started up again. Now her shit-paying catalogue photography job is boring her to death, she can’t bear to look in the mirror, and she hasn’t had a man since her asshole ex left.

When a gorgeous younger man reappears in her life, he promises to be the solution to all those problems. Tempting as he is -- and god almighty, he is! -- taking what he offers could destroy what little she has left.


This wasn’t at all what I expected, and you have to appreciate that in a literary world where everything’s being done and rehashed 1,000 times over.  I went into this read expecting a scorned woman finding new and more meaningful love with a younger man, and in a way that’s true.  Lisa’s husband ripped her heart out and left her lonely, and when Braden came back into her life he was the perfect breath of fresh air.  But, here’s the rub…Braden was her son’s friend and almost two decades her junior. 

I’m all for age differences in a romance story so long as it works and flows well, but it was really hard for me to wrap my mind around Lisa and Braden.  She was likable enough, with her newfound willingness to grab life by the horns and move on after pain.  But when the sexy and self-assured Braden waltzed in all ready to show her how grown up he was, I couldn’t get past the fact that this was a young man in his early twenties acting out his attraction to a friend’s mom.  They really had nothing in common, were at completely different places in their lives, and had known each other in a way that made them being together just awkward for me.  Sure, the steamy scenes were sexy and well-written, but I wanted different characters to be acting them out!

I have to hand it to Juliet Jaret, because despite all of my misgivings about the setup for this story, it was different and didn’t have the cliché’d happily ever after ending you’d expect.  So as much as I might not have loved how we got there, I was pleasantly surprised with Lisa and Braden’s choices when everything was coming to a close.  Overall, this may not have been something I’d gravitate towards, but it was a good story that brought something new to the table.   


Quotes:
She squinted as the sun became too bright for her dilated pupils.
            I’m so sex-starved, I could eat this kid alive.
            Go for it—he looks yummy.
            Who am I, Mrs. Robinson? ~Loc 147

His free hand absently petted the soft velour on the sofa arm, and Lisa found herself jealous of a piece of fucking furniture. ~Loc 394

The glint in his eye went from mischievous to predatory in an instant.  “If you need any more before I haul you onto this table, you’d better get them quick,” he said in a deep rasp. ~Loc 1644



Julie Jaret is an American screenwriter with one feature film produced and some others on deck. Her alter-ego needed an outlet, so here we are.

Julie lives in the southeast U.S. with her sexy and supportive husband, two funny and beautiful kids, and one big doofus of a dog. She enjoys living vicariously through her fictional characters, often to the point of distraction... (Luckily, her hubby and kids know not to expect dinner at a certain time. Or at all.)
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