Monday, 14 July 2014

Review: Indulge

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20550167-indulge?from_search=true
From Goodreads:

Logan West’s life is anything but ideal.

Mindless sex, tedious business ventures, and the occasional poker game keep him occupied, but he only lives for one thing: fatherhood.

Oliver, Logan’s three-year-old son, is his entire world. Raising him alone, Logan finds his only joy in spending time giving Oliver the childhood he deserves. But every other weekend, he allows himself the chance to live as a man—a man with deeper desires. Logan knows what he likes, what he wants, and what he needs. He has no interest in dating and believes there’s no risk worth taking for romance, but his casual sexual escapes rarely leave him satisfied.

It takes an unexpected decision from his sister Julia and a road trip to the small town of Harmony with his best friend, Caleb, to open Logan’s eyes to new opportunities outside his programmed world. Its not what he expects, but Logan’s always looking to indulge.


**This can be read as the first in the Harmony series or anytime during the series. It is not a mandatory read to enjoy the series, simply a companion read. This novella is Logan's story of how he ended up living in Harmony and right next door to the woman that would forever change his life.**




My Thoughts:

What can I say about this book? I went against the grain and read the prequel before attempting the rest of the series. I haven't decided if that was a good idea or a bad one. For all the rave reviews I hear about the remainder of the books, I had mixed feelings about this one.
 
 
Logan is a hottie. There is no mistake about that one. I mean, a single dad (and an AMAZING one at that, ladies) who runs big businesses and still manages to keep his life sort of together after the mother of his child just up and left him and his son all alone? It definitely takes a one of a kind man to get through something like that. I give him a hell of a lot of credit there!
 
 
His playboy attitude? Yeah, I kind of get it. I mean, he uses his time without his son to get his needs met without forming any type of relationship with the women he uses. Yes, I use the term "uses" because that's what he does. He finds his conquest, ravages her wherever he can find a spot and then leaves her like a used napkin on a diner table. Sure, I get that he has been hurt in the past and doesn't want to form connections....but seriously? The way Logan views his women and goes after them, with the help of his friend Caleb ('cause every guy needs a wingman, right?) well...it just makes him seem like an ass to me. I have the impression of a guy who wants to get as many notches in his bedpost as he can find the time to and he doesn't really make any impression otherwise. There's just something unsettling about that in my opinion.
 
 
Now, this is just a prequel and I am thoroughly interested in finishing the series and see if my mind will change about him. I sincerely hope it does. I loved the storyline, I adored the characters....I definitely have a sweet spot for Logan's sister Julia and how she cares so much for her big brother. My heart broke when Natasha left Logan and Oliver all alone, although I really think they were better off without her. The way I was so involved in the storyline really makes me want more.
 
 
If Graham can get me hooked into a story, even though I am not overly fond of the lead right yet, I really can not wait to see what she has in store for me with the next one!
 
To get your copy of Indulge and the rest of the Harmony series by Angela Graham, click here!!
 
Oh...and as if you needed another reason to check out this author, Book 1 in the Harmony series, Inevitable is FREE at the time of this posting!!!!!

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Review: The Flip


From Goodreads: Julie and Brad Evans are house flippers. They buy low, clean out the old occupants junk, and try to make a profit. Enter Hemmings House on Bedlam Street in scenic Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island. Too good a deal to pass up, but with an ominous secret. The old Victorian Mansion has dwellers that do not want to be dispossessed. As the house reveals it's past, will the couples marriage survive The Flip?












REVIEW:

I freaking LOVE HGTV. I watch these house flipping shows and can only imagine that sort of lifestyle. Buying something old, cleaning it up and then turning it around for a nice little profit before starting the next project. To me....that seems like a labor of love. But what about the previous owners? What happened to all the history and the old stories from all those who lived there before you got to it? No one ever mentions them....until now.

When Brad and Julie purchase a beautiful Victorian mansion on Long Island, they have no idea what's in store for them. Julie loves the dated d├ęcor and the way walking into the home sends you back to a time of elegance. Brad thinks the house is more work than it's worth and can not wait to get rid of it. I think Brad may have a point.

What neither of them know, is that deep inside the house are the spirits with a deep history in the house and are not interested in sharing....no matter what the cost!

We have two unique love stories mixed in with this ghostly thriller and I find that quite amazing. On one hand, you have a married couple who have put everything into a home they don't agree on, leaving their marriage on the rocks. On the other, a ghostly duo who's unrequited love had withstood the tests of time. Their relationships with each other, as well as the home that brought them together, make for an intriguing read that leaves the reader wanting more!

Cash has brought to life a story that not only keeps you on the edge of your seat, but leaves you thinking. He has brought to life characters and history in an amazingly quick and easy read.

I did find that the ending left a little to be desired, but was overall impressed with the book. I love any book that draws me in completely and makes me forget the world around me. This was definitely that book!

If you are looking for a great, fun, quick read.....get on this book! Or any other of Michael Phillip Cash's novels. They are well worth the read!! Seriously....go buy it :)    



To go and get your own copy of this ahmaaazing read and other great Cash books, click below :)
Happy reading guys!!!


Thursday, 29 May 2014

Review: The Suicide Princess

From Amazon: "Not your mother's old romance, this is a romantic-thriller that will leave you breathless and have you begging for more..."

Stephanie Bradford is a young, attractive, and successful District Attorney on her way to the top. She has the near-perfect life, with an amazing husband, and she has it all in the palm of her hand. When her marriage falls into a romantic rut, Stephanie is skillfully swooned by a charming, mysterious and intriguing stranger who looks to be the answer to all of her fantasies. A whirlwind and exciting affair quickly spirals out of control, and before long, she learns that things aren’t always as they appear and people are rarely who they seem. One poor decision becomes the catalyst for a series of events that rips her life apart, and Stephanie is left with nothing but the thirst for revenge against the man who viciously stole everything from her. The Suicide Princess is a highly charged roller coaster ride where nothing is as it seems and everything is at stake!

The Suicide Princess is the debut release by breakout author Anthony Bryan. It's the story critics are calling "Breathtaking," "Unbelievably hot," and "It just doesn't get any better!" Find out what all the excitement is about, and get your copy today.

Note: The Suicide Princess is an intoxicating, romantic thriller containing adult language and themes. It is intended only for those readers who are comfortable with such.


 

REVIEW:

*Warning: Before reading this book grab a bottle (or two) of wine, make sure the kids are tucked into bed, send hubby to a guy's night and lock your door. You won't be seen again until at least an hour after the book is finished!!*

*Treat a slut like a lady and treat a lady like a slut*

Let me explain something before I gush....I waited weeks to pick up this book. Let's face it, an erotica...by a new author and...a GUY no less? This was not going to be good. I honestly probably would not have even given the book a second thought if it wasn't for the feedback I was getting. The Suicide Princess blew up Facebook. I mean it was all I was seeing in my newsfeed! Curiosity finally got the best of me. I HAD to know.

I think my doubts of this new author had really set the stage for where my head was at when I finally sat down to begin. I was not a fan. I remember thinkin', "Those women were nuts. They wouldn't know a good story if it kicked them in the ass. Put the book down, mark it as DNF and find something you know you'll like. Just don't waste your time."  Luckily, I don't give up that easy and trudged through.

Wow! Was I glad I did. When I say I was on a rollercoaster, but in a good way, I mean it! There were twists and turns and leaps and at one point I'm pretty sure there was that guy at the back of the rollercoaster. You know, the big man who is all tough until you get to the highest peak? Then he cries like a little girl for the rest of the way, until the end and then high fives his buddies like nothing went down? Yeah, he was kicking around too. I never know if I wanna punch that guy or just tell him to man the hell up but a rollercoaster just isn't the same without him.

“I want to push every one of your limits. I want to take you right to the edge. Let me take anything I want.”

Anyway, Stephanie is your usual girl in a marriage rut. It happens to all of us. My problem with her is how easily she could just up and hook up with Derrick. I mean, she has a man at home who ADORES her. Sure, their sex life is a little vanilla but that really happens to all of us at some point. She totally could have worked on spicing things up if she tried hard enough. Did she? Nope. She just kinda begins a fling with this hot, sexy as balls stranger and lemme tell ya.....HOLY CRAP!!! The sex scenes in their relationship are just completely out of this world. I wasn't into 50 Shades but this book had me going. Really. To think that Anthony Bryan could steam his pages up the way he did.....amazing!!

What I loved most about this book, was that the author always had that little bit extra to keep you going. It wasn't just the detailed sex scenes. It wasn't just the super sexy (although a bit of a HUGE ass) man candy. It was the plot twist. It takes a lot to surprise me but that really took the cake. I was impressed. Not shiny, sparkly impressed....but "WTF did I just read" impressed!

I have to give kudos to Mr. Bryan. I didn't think he could pull it off but he actually blew me away. I definitely will keep an eye out for his work in the future!!! With that, I leave you with one incredibly important piece of advice:

“Leave your shoes on. Always leave your shoes on.”

Intrigued yet? Get your one-clicker ready and get a copy for yourself. This is one book you won't easily forget!


Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Introducing.........Lacie Mae!!!!!

So...I am a horrible blogger, but I love reading. I always post my reviews wherever I can on EVERYTHING I read. What the hell is the sense in reading a book if you aren't going to post your thoughts somewhere to help others decide, right?

Since I seem to have soooo many thoughts and not enough time to share them with my followers here, I have decided that I need some help. I have connected with the fabulous Lacie Mae and she will be joining us here to keep the posts coming that I just can not always seem to get to *hangs head in shame and goes to the corner for a time out*.

We have jointly decided to give this blog a makeover (starting with a name change to incorporate my loverly partner in crime) and start introducing some great giveaways and reviews. We may even get in some great challenges and author interviews, because I love them so, so much.

Now, I am outta here to go get some reading  housework done so I will leave you to be formally introduced to the blog-saving Lacie Mae!!!!

~Nessa~

Hey everyone!!! Lacie here and let me tell you, I am thrilled to be. I have been dyin' to get my hands on this blog for a while now. I think it needs a little Western touch to make this exactly what Nessa's vision was meant to be! I can not wait to get started!! I have so many ideas that (I think) will be a huge improvement and give all you readers the info, and eye candy *wink, wink*, that you deserve.
 
First, lemme tell you a bit about myself. No one likes a stranger, right? I am a 26 year old business owner from Alberta, Canada. I am pretty unattached in my love life *read: I haven't dated in a while and named my vibrator* although I do have a very special romance going on with Jon Snow Kit Harington. It may just be in my head right now, but soon he will realize that he just can't live without me. He just doesn't know it yet!!
 
 I am HUGE animal lover with 3 cats, 2 dogs, an aquarium full of pretty fishes and hopefully I will be acquiring a hedgehog in the near future!! Call me the crazy pet lady. I don't care. These guys are my loves!!
 
I absolutely LOVE reading and writing in my spare time. With the market being what it is right now in my field of work, I have some free time to spend with a good book, my laptop and getting this blog back on track!! I am into reading mainly romance novels. Paranormal is ok, but vamps and shifters aren't really my thing. I'll leave those for Ness....she has a serious vamp fetish, but don't tell her I told you that ;) I also like a really good thriller! If it will make my little heart race with anticipation.......it's a winner in my eyes!!
 
I also have a serious problem with eye candy in that I can NOT get enough!! I am hoping to sneak some very drool-worthy candidates in this place at some point. Really sex it up. I mean, who doesn't LOVE something hot and steamy to read and look at? I sure as hell do!!
 
So....I guess that is enough about me for now! Any questions, comments or requests....just shoot me an email! I check mine more often, lol.
 
I look forward to connecting with all ya and can't not wait to get started. For now, I'll leave ya all with a yummy pic of my future hubby to drool over. Just remember....he's mine so hands off! Enjoy!!!

~*~Lacie~*~
 
 
*Sigh* That hair, those eyes...lemme tell ya, Jon Snow would know a hell of a lot more than nothing by the time I was done with him.
 
 




Friday, 19 July 2013

Today I am digging into my archives for a review I have done in the past. This was an amazing read and I could never brag about it enough so I though I would re-post. Enjoy!!


Summary: Lisa was conservatively raised in a Catholic family in no-where middle America, where excitement is scarce and dreams are for sleeping. Little did she know, at age thirteen, she would suddenly find herself on a totally different path.

Through an unlikely chance meeting of a fellow classmate, she's surprisingly mesmerized, almost consumed, to befriend a girl who is obviously from the other side of the tracks...the cool side. Lisa does whatever she has to just to be accepted into this small club of coolness. Little did she realize, she was signing up for a lot more than social status. The two best friends find themselves innocently taking their relationship to a foreign level neither had experienced or saw coming.


My Thoughts: I have issues with reviewing memoirs. So much so that I almost turned this book away at first. I think there is a lot of pressure to try and enjoy a memoir because it is actually the story of someone's life. If you don't like the book...was their life not good enough? Were their hardships not entertaining enough to keep you interested? Was their story not heartfelt enough to make you tear up? These are the thoughts that go through my mind when I read a book about someone else's life. I can't stand the pressure of feeling so obligated to like a book, that I am not even thinking about the story as I read. It's a total turn-off. Luckily, Lisa had me so immersed in her story that I didn't even have a chance to think about that pressure. I was completely into the story and aware of nothing else (my poor children were forced into video games all day to keep them quiet while I read. Such good little monkeys they are). Lisa is a fantastic storyteller and I love the way she writes. Not only from the heart, but like a REAL person. She writes the way most of us think...except it makes sense. Love it!!

During a time when being gay meant being shunned by the world, a young Lisa met her soul mate and hung on to her principles throughout the hardships of hiding her relationship from the world; her parents, her friends, and later...her co-workers. Her life was forged before she even finished high school when she didn't see what others saw..."How could loving someone be wrong?".

From her parents not understanding her (and practically imprisoning her), to a little more understanding, to eventually moving out of home and beginning her life with her true love Lisa's view on her life never wavered. She had it all planned out, and it was to be great. Like most teenage dreams, however, life became a living nightmare. We see her through her rise to freedom and her party scene, to her undeniable confusion with her own identity and sexuality and her eventual fall from high to the depressing low. This is life. No pretty pictures. No hiding what's real. This is what I loved about this book. She tells it how it is. Nothing is as important as that.

One things that got me about Lisa's story was how she names herself and her partner, Selina, SpecialGiftedProphets...living in The Place. I loved it. She took her relationship with another female, when they were young and living in a world where this was soo not the norm, and she put such a terrific spin on it. Like this was their time to shine, their special secret, their right above all others. This showed me so much into Lisa's personality and views on homosexuality. If only everyone thought that way then (and now, come to think of it), what a Place it would be.

You have to give it to Lisa Vaughn. She threw her entire adolescent experience, from the naive pre-teen to the fall-from-grace as a young adult, into this tell-all book. It is the perfect coming-of-age story for any confused youth because it takes us into the mind of a teenage girl in the midst of an identity crisis. It shows us what we can overcome if we stick with our beliefs. It tells us that life may not be what it seems from the outside looking in. What story is there that is more powerful than that? None that I can think of.

Would I recommend this book? Absolutely without a doubt. I would read it again and when my daughter comes to an age where the language is appropriate (although let's face it...kids grow up too quick and know all about sex and drugs WAY too early for my taste as it is) this would definitely be considered a staple for her reading list. What teenager doesn't have the same thoughts and feelings Lisa had in this book? None that I know of. That's what makes it so special.

If you are looking for a read that is quick, easy and speaks volumes...The Gifted Ones if definitely a must-read. I have not read a more powerful and inspiring book yet this year, or last...maybe even ever. This is for sure a new favorite on my list...where will it place on yours?

I want to thank Lisa Vaughn for the opportunity to read and review The Gifted Ones. It was a pleasure to read (in one day...wow).


For more information on Lisa Vaughn or to get your own copy of The Gifted Ones (do it, do it now) click here!!
My Rating: 5 Stars *****

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Review: Night Huntress 2: One Foot in the Grave

After packing and moving and Canada Day and unpacking and organizing....I am still NO WHERE near done at home. There are days that I wish I was soooo much more organized, then there are days that I curse my shopper's impulse. WHY oh WHY do I have so much STUFF?!?!? It isn't even just me, it is also my children. Ok, not my children...my daughter. It seems that every box I pick up has something that belongs to her in it. I don't know where she is going to put it all! Definitely her mother's daughter I guess. My boys, on the other hand? Their rooms are fully unpacked, organized, and they are living happily in brand new, clean rooms. Show offs. Anyway....before I head back to my never-ending, trying-to-get-my-house-somewhat-comfortable project.....here is the next installment of my series read!!




From Goodreads:

You can run from the grave, but you can’t hide…
Half-vampire Cat Crawfield is now Special Agent Cat Crawfield, working for the government to rid the world of the rogue undead. She’s still using everything Bones, her sexy and dangerous ex, taught her, but when Cat is targeted for assassination, the only man who can help her is the vampire she left behind.
Being around Bones awakens all her emotions, from the adrenaline rush of slaying vamps side by side to the reckless passion that consumed them. But a price on her head – wanted: dead or half-alive – means her survival depends on teaming up with Bones. And no matter how hard Cat tries to keep things professional between them, she’ll find that desire lasts forever … and Bones won’t let her get away again.


My Thoughts:

Wow!! That was my initial reaction about 2 chapters in. Cat is now this big, bad government superstar and I LOVE it!! If you thought she was bad ass before....just you wait! She has a great team to work with for all her vampire hunting excursions and she rules with an iron fist. Definitely a force to be reckoned with. She takes no shit from anyone. Just like our good-ol' Cat. I give her credit. For a woman who, not long ago, left the love of her life out of necessity she doesn't skip a beat. Her sarcasm, humor and "don't mess with me" attitude has not wavered. It takes a strong person to take the hand she has been dealt and make the most of it. 

When Bones shows his unexpected, but amazingly sexy, face again.....it just brings the whole story into place. I actually FEEL that this is the timely romance every woman dreams of. *Sigh* The passion, the anger, the feelings of resentment overruled by the deep love that is shared....a fantasy that one can only imagine. You can feel the sexual tension, the anger, the intensity in every word and action the characters make. Oh, and Chapter 32......yeah, you NEED to get to Chapter 32. Once you get there....you will know why!

I don't think there is anything I can say I hated about this book. I wasn't a fan at the end of the last one when Cat left Bones, but it definitely made a huge impact when they ultimately found each other again. Well played Ms. Frost, well played. 

My Rating: 5 Amazing Stars *****

With that being said...Back to my work. Ugh. It needs to be over soon. More updates as I go! Bonus: My private reading room is almost complete!!! Yay!!! At least I have ONE room in that place where I feel like home!!! 

Oh, and for my lovely American followers: Have a great 4th of July!!!!




Tuesday, 25 June 2013

So, I've been in the middle of packing, and organizing, and the end of school, AND my year end at work.....sooooo I haven't been getting two seconds to myself for much blogging, reading, or....even sleeping. *Sigh* I can NOT wait until this move is done! I am dying to get a decent nights sleep in a house that doesn't look like a tornado hit it! Meh, so I have found an earlier review to share with you all today. I WILL continue with my Night Huntress read (promise) just as soon as I can sit for 5 minutes without my eyes drifting *yawn* Back to work I suppose :/






Review: Fetish by Sherri L. King

Before I get into this review too much, I want to explain that I LOVE vampire romance. One of the things I love about these, however, is that the heroine is usually a badass chick with bridges to burn. She is hot, confident, and doesn’t take any crap from anyone. This being said…I give you….



From Amazon.com

Within the walls of a high-class hedonists' club, mousy Aerin Peters will find her sexual identity amidst the confusion of her mid-life crisis...But all is not as it would seem within the walls of club Fetish. As Aerin grows closer to her fiendishly provocative escort, Violanti D'Arco, the dangers of her weekend retreats at the club become more apparent to her. She is haunted by her strange new friend and by Fetish itself. Unexplained memory lapses, an ever-growing addiction to Violanti's touch and tales of frightening sexual deviances will drive Aerin to investigate the enigmatic mystery of Fetish and its unseen owner...Aerin's love, her heart, her very life may depend upon these answers. Because at Fetish, nothing is taboo.

My Thoughts:

I have to admit, I have some serious issues with this book. It did bother me a little bit that Aerin is not the typical heroine. She is overweight, underconfident, a bit of a loner, and a 47 year old virgin. Not that I am saying that there's anything wrong with being any of the above...but I like my heroines a certain way. So this was a little strange for me. That being said, I think it's good to branch out and the thought that a curvier woman could be the lead in a book where you totally expect her to get her socks rocked in all the right was was a little refreshing...at first.

What I liked about the heroine being a sexual underdog are the same things that drove me insane throughout the book. Yes, you have no confidence. Yes, you can't believe that a sexy man-beast like Violanti would want to get with you. Oh, well...time to put your big girl panties on and get you some. Seriously, when this hot, hot man turns to her and is telling her how beautiful she is and how he can't wait to have her...she is telling him she would like to just sit and talk and that he doesn't have to feel sorry for her. Ummmm....no honey...NO!!! I don't care how badly you feel about yourself, when Hottie McHott Stuff comes up to you, is harder than steel, and tells you he can't wait to taste you....girl you go with it!!! I actually yelled out loud at her while reading some of this. I couldn't believe it.

Violanti, however, was all that I had expected. Complete and total Alpha. What more could you ask for? Sigh.

Sex? Oh there was sex. Lots of steamy, squealing, mind-niumbing sex. It was awesome. Really. Love it!!

One thing I absolutely hated, though, was that after Aerin started knocking boots with Violanti, she started changing. Granted, this might be an ugly duckling turned swan effect but it still annoyed me. She gained confidence, sure that's to be expected and it's good. She started dressing better, another good thing. Lost weight effortlessly...ummm yeah, I don't think you can lose THAT much in just a few weeks. She also made her very first close friend. Awww moment. So here's what I got outta all of this...get a good lay and all your personal problems are gone, people will like you, and you will be awesome. There was just something about all of this that I didn't really care for. I really can't quite put my finger on it...but whatever it was, it aggravates me.

For the most part, I really enjoyed the book. There were a few parts that drove me crazy, some that made me smile, and others that just plain irritated the hell outta me. Some things you just can't get your head around I guess. 

My Rating: 3.5 Stars