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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Second Sentence Saturday: Alpha's Strength


SECOND SENTENCE SATURDAY is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jess of From Me to You ... Video, Photography, & Book Reviews. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab the novel/novella your currently reading or previously read
  • Open to the first page of Chapter 1 or its Prologue
  • Share the SECOND sentence from that page
  • Share the novel/novella's title & its author, so that other participants can add that novel to their TBR Lists if they want



MY Second Sentence Saturday :

"Alpha's Strength" [Fallen Alpha Series, Book 1] by Rebecca Royce

Not too hot, not too cold, but with a slight crispiness in the air that beckoned his wolf to come out and play.



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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Feasted On: Wing Slayer Hunters Series, Book 5

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon: Paperback - Pages: 400; Kindle Edition - File Size: 4003 KB | Expected Release Date: July 20, 2015 | Publisher: Self-Published | Obtained: NetGalley

"Caged Magic" [Wing Slayer Hunters Series, Book 5] by Jennifer Lyon (aka Jennifer Apodaca)

Author's Book Description : Risa Faden is a witch whose ultra-powerful shield magic is slowly breaking her mind. But when her beloved goddaughter is snatched by a demon, she’ll risk anything to rescue the baby—including lying to the handsome, intriguing stranger who has the power to help her keep her sanity, save the child…and steal her heart.

Linc Dillinger is a Wing Slayer Hunter whose sexy, rich, bad-boy charm hides a treacherous betrayal that left him emotionally scarred. As a result he risks his life to protect innocents, but is incapable of love—until he meets a beautiful witch who can save his cursed soul. Risa’s fierce courage and loyalty reaches past his barriers and he begins to believe she has the magic to free his caged heart.

But Risa’s lie explodes into dark danger that forces Linc into a hellish high-stakes gamble: He must either win the witch he loves and her godchild…or endure a loss that will destroy them all.

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars! Follow Linc as he finds his mate/soul-mirror during the most unlikely of times. And fate makes it clear that, no matter what he thought originally, he had better follow fate’s plans for him or everything he dreamed of will be lost for good.

My God … what a RUSH! This intensely written novel/series takes the angels vs demons theme and ramps it up a notch, where nothing is black and white so anything can happen. In addition, quite a lot does happen in this uniquely plotted novel that reads like a stand-alone but integrates itself just enough to give you an idea as to how the other novels in the series have previously turned out and/or are going to turn out.

Linc (Lincoln) with his Falcon and Risa are one couple who I was rooting for from the beginning! I loved how loyal Risa was and her relationship with her “daughter.” While Linc’s intensity enthralled and how he turned his life around yet found that even though Risa didn’t look like the type of woman he usually went for she was the perfect half/soul-mirror for him. Together they steamed up the pages of this novel and kept me wanting to read even more about their growing relationship. They were parallels in numerous ways and it just worked for this novel. I was envious and smitten by what they shared together.

I guess the only real thing I had an issue with was how the ending just seemed to cut off. I wish there was more or at least a pleasing epilogue so give you a sweet/sexy update on Linc & Risa. Therefore, I am hoping that, like how this novel gave major updates for this series’ other main characters, in “Primal Magic” (Book 6) we’ll get to read more about Risa & Linc too. Also, with the way Linc & Risa’s plot goes in this novel, I had hoped/expected that Nola wouldn’t have to leave Risa, even though I know what the Ancestors said, I had just wished for more.

Nevertheless, I was so riveted with this novel that I am now very curious to read the other novels in this series. I HIGHLY recommend this novel to those looking for an intense good vs evil paranormal romance!

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My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : 2011 100+ Reading Challenge

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Author's Series Extras : Wing Slayer Hunters Series - Overview & Meet the Hunters | Blood Magic (Book 1) - Overview & Excerpt | Soul Magic (Book 2) - Overview & Excerpt | Night Magic (Book 3) - Overview & Excerpt | Sinful Magic (Book 4) - Overview & Excerpt | Forbidden Magic (Book 4.5) - Overview & Excerpt | Wednesday Worthy


Book Teaser(s) :
"What are you doing?"
"Trying to let go of you." He wanted to tug her up into his arms and taste her. The need for sex continually ground into him, an unrelenting pressure on his balls that orgasms relieved for five freaking minutes, then it began all over again. A constant need. Sex and bloodlust.
Risa could end all that, but at what cost? She was already getting beneath his skin. Touching places he hadn't allowed and woman to reach.
"Would it help if I kicked you in the balls?"
He blinked, then laughed at the unexpected comment. Damn, she wasn't like the other women he'd dated. Not even close. "No ball kicking."
"Are you always this much of a buzzkill?"
"Absolutely, when it comes to my balls."
"Then I suggest you let go of my hand and leave. Because I'm in a ball-kicking mood."
Amused, he asked, "Do you always threaten the people who save your life?"
"No, just you."
Whoa. Her full lips curved into pure wickedness, flashing straight white teeth. ~ within Chapter 4
"So you want Hillary, a former educator and hardass as her grandmother, and Baron, who runs an outlaw motorcycle club and illegal prostitution ring, as her grandfather?"
"Yes."
Damn, that was one lucky baby. ~ within Chapter 26

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Feasted On: Regency Romp Trilogy, Book 1

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon: Paperback - Pages: 434; Kindle Edition - File Size: 3379 KB; Audible – Unabridged; Audiobook - Unabridged | Expected Release Date: April 7, 2015 | Publisher: Montlake Romance | Obtained: NetGalley

"The Duke's Holiday" [Regency Romp Trilogy, Book 1] by Maggie Fenton (aka Margaret Foxe)

Author's Book Description : The cold, precise Duke of Montford demands things his way: neatly ordered, in place, and adhering closely to the rules. So he is furious when he learns that the tenant of his ducal estate has been dead for a year, and a stranger has been running the Honeywell business—which, by contract, is now Montford’s. When he arrives in Yorkshire to investigate, he discovers that the estate is being run by an unruly, tomboyish woman—and a bluestocking at that!

Fiery redhead Astrid Honeywell is independent and educated. She’s been handling the Honeywell family business for years. And she’s not about to relinquish it to anyone—not even Montford—because of some archaic contract.

Montford and Astrid have an instant hatred for one another…and an undeniable, unspeakable attraction. They must resist this improper desire—after all, Montford has a fiancĂ©e in London. But when Astrid’s life is placed in terrible danger, Montford finds he may be willing to risk everything to save her.

NOTE: This is a sexy historical romance. Recommended for 18+ due to adult content.

My Book Review : 4.5 out of 5 stars!! The Duke of Montford (Montford, Monty, Cyril) received his title at the age of four after a tragic, and traumatizing, carriage accident that killed his parents. Because of that he has grown accustomed to things being a certain way (now he has major OCD) and receiving instant respect or at least subservience from his peers and lesser. However, with his nuptials upcoming, to a woman he chose for her good breeding, he wants all of his loose ends finished. Therefore, when he finds out that his “enemy” Mr. Honeywell has been dead for the past year, which means their families’ 200-year-old contract is now null and void; Montford plans to find out what is going on with the property/brewery that he owns because of that contract. Yet, he never expected to be so vexed, attracted, and turned around by a fiery redhead who is determined to keep things run her way no matter what.

This novel is a RIOT!! Intriguing, silly, steamy, and with many plot twists … you’ll be addicted from the first page. I could not get enough of this novel and its quirky characters. Watching them fall off their own personal pedestals is quite hilarious.

This is one hot and steamy historical romance I won’t call it an erotic romance because they only officially “hooked up” at the very end of the novel, yet with their fiery personalities it was HOT the whole way through. Both Montford and Astrid rose into their stations at early ages, which made them set in their ways and common enemies through a longtime family feud. They are one combustible couple that unintentionally flirts by fighting each other every step of the way. It was so thrilling to watch them fight their passions and unknown hearts’ desire from beginning to end.

While I LOVED this novel and it’s ending, I wish there wasn’t the loose ends that there were. Like what happened to/about Mr. Lightfoot and Charlie? Did Lady Katherine really keep Petunia as a pet? Also, while I appreciated Montford’s seductive ways, I wanted an epilogue about Montford and Astrid. So, since there wasn’t an epilogue I hope Virtuous Scoundrel (Book 2) starts where this one left off or at least not far behind at all possible.

I HIGHLY recommend this novel and series to those looking for a spicy historical romance!!

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Book Teaser(s) :
Astrid often wondered how in the hell women had allowed men to rule the world. ~ within Chapter 1 - titled 'IN WHICH THE DUKE RECEIVES UNSETTLING NEWS'
"You, sir, are no gentleman," she said in a breathless rush.
"You, madam, are no lady," he retorted in kind. ~ within Chapter 5 - titled 'IN WHICH THE DUKE ENJOY'S RYLESTONE HALL'S AMENITIES'
Someone really must pass a law forbidding herself and the Duke of Montford from coming within a hundred miles of each other. They made fools out of each other. ~ within Chapter 14 - titled 'IN WHICH THE DUKE'S HOLIDAY IS EXTENDED'

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Disappointmentville: Along Came Mr. Right by Gerri Russell

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon: Paperback - Pages: 224; Kindle Edition - File Size: 2485 KB; Audible – Unabridged; Audiobook - Unabridged | Expected Release Date: May 10, 2016 | Publisher: Montlake Romance | Obtained: NetGalley

"Along Came Mr. Right" by Gerri Russell

Author's Book Description : Olivia Tyler loves helping foster children find their forever homes, but she’s still waiting for her forever love. Ever since her ex-boyfriend humiliated her on Facebook, she hasn’t been ready for a commitment. But on the night of the charity auction for her adoption agency, she gives in to temptation with a stranger who helps her out of a jam…and out of her bright-blue stilettos.

After the most mind-blowing romantic night of her life, everything about Max Right seems perfect: he’s handsome, chivalrous, and he’s about to launch an algorithm-based matchmaking app with an extraordinary success rate. But when Olivia finds out her mystery man is also someone else’s fiancĂ©, no matter how much they seem to click, this romance doesn’t add up. For Olivia, unavailable means incompatible.

When a troubled teen comes to both of them for help, Olivia is willing to put their differences aside temporarily. But as the three spend time together, she discovers the truth about Max’s heart, and it just may be the key to opening her own.

My Book Review : 2 out of 5 stars. I really had hoped to love this novel since its book description was very intriguing. However, I struggled from the very beginning. I found myself bored with the first few chapters and didn’t really get into the plot until I was well into Chapter 13. Then for the characters it was just so hard to like them, I understand they did and acted the way they did because of everything that happened to them. In addition, I know that Max was/is a good man (he would have to be to have put up with everything he does) yet he is such an IDIOT to get duped into everything that he did, and it was unrealistic to see Olivia disregarding all of her hurts so quickly with him. Then while I was happy, about the ending in some ways it mostly fell flat to me because, yes, the people who have an “epiphany” at the end should but it doesn’t come off as being natural to me.

My favorite characters were Paige (I loved her personal plot and how she changed her life) and Olivia (she was such a nice woman hoping to do the right thing for everyone and I LOVED her organization).

Overall, I don’t recommend this novel, but if you’re still interested, I’d recommend it for those looking for a slightly erotic contemporary romance.

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Book Teaser(s) :
So far she knew he was gentle, helpful, handsome, and smart. The only strike against him was terrible pickup lines. And those she could forgive if he was as nervous about their being together as she was. ~ within Chapter 3
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Made the Grade: Wolves of Angels Rest Series, Book 9 & Mating Season Series, Book 36

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 3466 KB | Release Date: January 28, 2016 | Publisher: Self-Published | Obtained: Amazon

"Fighter" [Wolves of Angels Rest Series, Book 9] & [Mating Season Series, Book 36] by Elsa Jade

Author's Book Description : The hunger moon hangs in the night sky…

Malachi battled alongside the Villalobos wolves against the fanatical Kingdom Guard paramilitary to save imprisoned shapeshifters, but he has never truly felt at home in Angels Rest. Raised in the depths of the Russian taiga, his wolf is too wild to be tamed.

Sofia has lost everything, but she’ll fight to the death to keep her newborn son. Then Malachi offers her one night of protection she can’t refuse—and a passion she can’t understand. There’s a wildness in him that calls to her soul, but his secrets are darker than the violence she left behind.

Trust is hard, but the desire is undeniable, and both of them are hungry for a love like they’ve never known.

My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars, Mal (Malachi) has been a lone wolf for a very long time. Currently he is on a mission to find out who the middleman is that is kidnapping beaten shifters away from an underground fighting ring and into their enemies’ hands. The only way to find out more is to get into the ring himself just to get caught. Though, for his friends he’s willing to find out just so everyone will be safe. Yet, on the way fate steps in to throw a wrench (of the female persuasion with her infant son) in his plans … will he be able to protect them all before it’s too late?

First off, I’ll admit, this is the first time I’ve read a novel by Ms. Jade, let alone either of the two series’ this novel is attached too. Therefore while some of the inside jokes I might have missed or might have not known the significance of some situations with sub-characters in this novel, when it came to Mal & Sofia I wasn’t lost at all. A good stand-alone. Nevertheless, the first half of chapter one I found very slow and didn’t entice me all that much, but I’m glad I stuck with it since once Mal & Sofia’s relationship started up is when the novel got GOOD!

The intensity that is Mal is undeniable and I LOVED how he softened around Sofia and Ace (her baby). It was so precious to read. While finding out how their backstories had interesting similarities was charmingly fated, in a way. It was both of their underlying sweetness to others (at least to those who mattered) that I couldn’t help but enjoy. In addition, it didn’t hurt that reading about Mal dealing with his wolf was hilarious in itself helped too.

I recommend this novel to those looking for a fast-paced suspenseful paranormal romance!

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Book Teaser(s) :
Sofia slid an empty mug in front of him. The hairline fracture in the white ceramic was tinted with old caffeine stains, but the inside was clean enough. He hoped. She filled it most of the way. He dumped the ridiculously tiny pitcher of half-and-half into the cup and upended the larger shaker of sugar until the brimming beverage was the same luscious hue as her skin.
She watched with eyebrows arched. “I could just get you a hot cocoa.”
“Nah. That wouldn’t be manly. Unless you have miniature marshmallows…?”
She shook her head, and he shrugged.
Taking a sip of the coffee, he opined, “Not bad—” ~ within Chapter 1
“What are the chances we’d meet like we did?”
She tilted her head. “Mathematically? I have no idea. Probably somewhere in the same vicinity as the chances of escaping the Keep vault with all their riches.”
“Cosmically, though,” he murmured. “I think we were destined.”
Oh, and she’d just told herself not to have any great expectations.
She ran her hands over his chest, tracing his hunger moon tattoo and the hard edges of his muscles. “Well then, make me see stars.” ~ within Chapter 6

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Feasted On: Take It Like A Vamp Series, Book 2

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon: Paperback - Pages: 200; Kindle Edition - File Size: 1432 KB | Expected Release Date: July 28, 2015 | Publisher: Entangled Publishing : Covet | Obtained: NetGalley

"Baby's Got Bite" [Take It Like A Vamp Series, Book 2] by Candace Havens

Author's Book Description : A paranormal category romance from Entangled's Covet imprint...

Some consequences bite...big time.

Bennett Langdon has a firm no-relationships policy. Still, it doesn't stop her from hooking up with a super-sexy bad boy at her best friend's wedding. After all, it's only one night—what harm could it do? Ten weeks later, a pregnant Bennett has her answer...

Linc Monahan can't believe it. This wasn't supposed to happen. He's a werewolf, and shouldn't be able to father a child with a human. Now Linc has to find some way to tell Bennett that not only do werewolves exist, but she's about to have a baby with one.

But when word of their surprise conception gets out, the fur hits the fan. There are people who don't want this baby to be born—even if it means killing. Now Bennett and Linc aren't just fighting each other...they're fighting for their lives.

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars, while at their best friends’ wedding Linc (Lincoln) and Bennett finally hook up with the knowledge that it was only a one-night-stand that would ever happen between them. However, because of a secret kept from Bennett all of her life she is now pregnant with Linc’s baby (even though Linc shouldn’t be able to impregnate any human woman because of him being a werewolf). Now as they work together for the sake of their child their feelings for one another grow exponentially but with old treaties saying that their relationship should never happen and a relative of Bennett’s who would like nothing better than to take her away from Linc, its them against the world if only they promise to work together.

This dramedy just took Ms. Havens’ Take It Like a Vamp Series up a notch! I was smiling the whole way through! This was a fun unexpected baby romance presented in a paranormal world. I am intrigued to see where this series will go next and I hope that ALL the main characters from the first two novels will still be involved somehow.

Linc and Bennett were a hilariously charming couple! Bennett with her “potty mouth” and Linc’s possessiveness delighted me, especially when they were down to the final days of her pregnancy. Their relationship made this novel a compelling read. I am so happy with how their story turned out, that even though I’m surprised there wasn’t a more dramatic ending to this novel I still don’t have complaints. LOVED them together!

I recommend this novel and series to those looking for a comedic paranormal romance!

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Author's Novel Extras :

So Baby's Got Bite is out today. It's one of my favorite books I've ever written. I LOVE these characters. LOVE them. You can read an excerpt here: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/babys-got-bite/

Posted by Candace Havens on Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Author's Series Extras : Take It Like A Vamp News | What Do You Covet?

Take It Like A VampeBook Released: May 20, 2013 (Covet)Vampire Nick Christos might’ve been born in the Middle Ages,...

Posted by Candace Havens on Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Book Teaser(s) :
"By my type, obviously you mean..."
Please don't say narcissistic asshole. Please. Please. Please.
He leaned in so close that his breath tickled her ear. "I mean, I know how to put a woman's needs above mine. And I'm a narcissistic asshole."
That made her laugh. "At least you're honest about it." ~ within Chapter 1

BABY'S GOT BITE by Candace Havens -- Read my #bookreview here:...

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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Made the Grade: The Montanari Marriages Series, Book 1

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"The Billionaire's Baby Swap" [The Montanari Marriages Series, Book 1] by Rebecca Winters

Author's Book Description : Single mom Valentina Montanari was abandoned while pregnant, yet she’s besotted with her tiny son, Ric. But why doesn’t he look like her?

Gorgeous Giovanni Laurito bonded with his new baby Vito after a difficult divorce, so discovering Vito and Ric were swapped at birth is a huge shock!

When Valentina and Giovanni meet to reclaim their children, sparks fly. They’ve already fallen for each other’s babies. Could this unexpected beginning create the family of their dreams?

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars. Two single parents (a man and a woman) find out that the children they brought home from the hospital aren’t actually theirs two weeks after the babies were born. When the children are finally switched back, they realize that it won’t be any easy fix, in more ways than one. Soon they come to the conclusion that helping one another out would be the best solution. But what will it cost them?

Oye … I so wanted to love this novel but it was so hard to keep finding the good points. In truth, I find this novel more adapt to a sort-of “real life” situation that you could get, if the odds were stacked against the couple like they were for Giovanni & Valentina. I felt for them, I really did. Being a mother myself, I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to bond with a child who you thought was yours than to find out your actual child was with another family. I would be devastated even if you get your own child back, I agree with Valentina that I would love both children and feel like they were both my own. Therefore, what Giovanni & Valentina do to counteract the bad circumstance is help one another co-parent the babies to help them overcome the situation. It’s a wonderful idea and because each are single parents, it brought them closer together too.

I liked how their relationship grew and flourished. In addition, I appreciated how this novel was a sweet romance in a very PG-way so Valentina didn’t feel like she was compromising her morals (as she had before when conceiving her son) while her romance blossomed with Giovanni. They really were a great partnership.

Now while I might get some grief about my next comment it still holds true, I would have given this novel a higher scoring if Giovanni’s ex-wife (and mother to his son) didn’t have a change of heart. I know I’m bad in thinking that/feeling that way but there is no way around it. I am happy with how it played out on a moral level, like if I heard about this in real life and the mother changed her mind I would be rooting for her like crazy. Yet, in a story like this you, at times, feel like you are the heroine and because of that it was hard to be like Valentina (who encouraged the relationship between the ex-wife and baby) as I would probably be jealous of the other mother feeling like she was taking away my son (even though he wasn’t mine by blood). But this is why I feel that its plot has a realistic-ish feel.

Nevertheless, I DO recommend this novel to those looking for a sweet Italian romance!

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"I can understand why there's a rule that parents don't meet under a situation like this. The sooner we get our birth babies home, the sooner we can bond with them. But you and I have met. I'm not sorry."
After a slight pause she admitted, "Neither am I."
"Thank heaven you said that because I have to tell you I love Vito from the bottom of my soul. To forget him would be impossible. I want, need, to stay in touch with you." ~ within Chapter 2

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Second Sentence Saturday: The Greek Tycoon's Tarnished Bride


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MY Second Sentence Saturday :

"The Greek Tycoon's Tarnished Bride" [Men of the Zodiac Series, Book 10] by Rachel Lyndhurst

Tito Makris had never felt the need to visit a lap dancing joint in all of his thirty-one years, but now here he was in the early hours of a midweek morning.



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Friday, April 8, 2016

Idolizing In: Rock Band Series, Book 1

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon: Paperback - Pages: 320; Kindle Edition - File Size: 1564 KB | Expected Release Date: November 3, 2015 | Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca | Obtained: NetGalley

"Rock Me Two Times" [Rock Band Series, Book 1] by Dawn Ryder (aka Mary Wine)

Author's Book Description : First in Dawn Ryder’s sizzling new Rock Band series.

Rock star Syon Braden writes and plays the most extreme-and profitable-music from the depths of his shredded heart. He’s got a double platinum record, adoring fans, and success for his band Toxsin—but it’s what he can’t have that he craves. Custom leather designer Kate Napier has her sights set on success, and that means keeping irresistible rock stars like Syon out of her bed. The chance to tour with the band and provide them with a fantastic custom wardrobe is too major an opportunity to turn down. But immersion in the dark, wild world of Toxsin on tour means Kate’s about to get rocked…hard…body and soul.

Rock Band Series:
"Rock Me Two Times" (Book 1)
"Rock Steady" (Book 2)

My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!! This plot was a typical one for a rockstar romance…
Rockstar meets woman who excites and challenges him. Said rockstar hooks woman to go on tour with him. They fall into a relationship that neither expected. Yet, the Band’s manager doesn’t like their relationship and sets out to destroy it at all costs.
…Like I said, it’s a typical plot. However, the all the characters were mesmerizing from the first page and enticed me to see how everything would turn out and I am SOOO HAPPY that I did! This novel is well worth reading!

InTENse! So intense that every time I had to stop reading the novel to get back to reality I was revved up there too. I’m not sure how Ms. Ryder kept up that intensity throughout this novel but she did and I’m still hot and bothered after finishing it. *hahaa* Plus, I LOVED the way she built up the background stories for all of Toxin’s band members, which makes me excited to see who will “tame” the other guys.

Now onto Kate (Katie) and Syon (The Marquis/Boyfriend). *happy sigh* Intense seems to be the word for this review and it goes perfectly for this couple. Both are so focused on being successes at their passions (Kate being a designer and Syon with Toxsin) that when they meet (and every moment afterwards) they are combustible. Syon is VERY dominant but in a way that thrills Kate in surprising ways, which makes her brake out of her good girl shell in more ways than one. In addition, I could not be happier with how they wrapped up their love story, because it was the perfect BANG at the end of the novel! I cannot wait to read Rock Steady (Book 2) to see who hooks into Ramsey and to see what these two are up too now. ♥

I HIGHLY recommend this novel and its series to those looking for a HOT erotic rockstar romance!

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Are you ready? Here's the cover for Ramsey's book.....Rock Steady. It's writen and turned in...yes, I am teasing you....wink.

Posted by Dawn Ryder on Sunday, November 15, 2015

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ROCK ME TWO TIMES by Dawn Ryder (aka Mary Wine) -- Read my #bookreview here:...

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Posted by From Me to You - Video, Photography, & Book Reviews on Friday, April 8, 2016
Drake was grinning from ear to ear. "Pub night," he exclaimed. "I need to hear English spoken correctly." His voice had taken on a very British accent.
"Just to be clear," Ramsey said to Drake, "I am not putting anything into my mouth called 'spotted dick.'"
"This from the man who encouraged me to have octopus?" she asked.
Ramsey grinned at her as they started to pile into an SUV. "Octopus is good for you. Spotted dick, not so sure."
"It's custard," Drake stated like a schoolmaster. "And I've seen some of the things you put your mouth on."
"Only because you were behind me in line," Ramsey answered.
Taz hooted. ~ within Chapter 6

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