Tuesday 30 June 2015

Review - Caught by Clare James

Title: Caught
Series: Elite PR #1
Author: Clare James
Release Date: June 30, 2015

A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...

She was hired to clean up his image. He wants nothing more than to get her dirty.

Watching sex tapes at the office is just part of PR professional Vivian Blake's job, especially when she has to clean up a celebrity's image. Except that her newest client isn't quite that easy. Racecar driver Jarod Cage is beyond hot, and his onscreen "performance" is already compromising Viv's cool professionalism.

While Jarod hasn't exactly been discreet about his personal life, he never thought his reputation could cost him both his sponsor and his racing career. Now he has to put his future in the hands of a tiny, pixie-like publicist. Which is becoming a problem, because the heat between them is about to redline. But when you go this hard and fast, putting on the brakes is the most dangerous thing you can do...

Caught is the story of PR professional, Viv, and NASCAR driver, Jarod Cage. Jarod is literally caught with his pants down in a bathroom stall and Viv is hired to fix his image. 

Jarod and Viv are complete opposites. Viv is a Northern Yank who is feisty and tells it how it is, something Jarod is not used to. But the attraction between them is undeniable. 

“One time thing, Viv. That’s all it was. All it could be. But damn if he wasn’t like a bag of potato chips – the delicious sea salt and vinegar kind where just one wouldn’t do.”

The two enter a sexual relationship and it is HOT! 

“Baby,” he whispered in her ear. “You’re so hot and wet right now I don’t think you’d care if I stripped you out of this suit, bent you over, and bared your tight ass to the crew before I fucked you from behind.”

Of course, spending constant time together and also having sex leads to so much more, including an intimacy neither was used to. So will their relationship turn to more or will it end once Viv’s work is done? Read it and find out!

I really enjoyed this story. It has some twists that I didn’t expect and I loved Jarod. Watching a bad boy fall in love is one of my faves!
~ Review by Tiffany

Clare James writes contemporary romance and new adult novels with spunky heroines and sexier-than-sin heroes. Her books have made several best-selling lists including the tender love stories in the Impossible Love series; the steamy romantic comedy Dirty Little Lies; and the touching family drama Wednesday. Her new title, Caught, is the first in a series about the women of Elite PR and their very naughty clients. It will be published with Entangled Publishing's Brazen line in June 2015. 

A former dancer, Clare still loves to get her groove on - mostly to work off her beloved cupcakes and red wine. She lives in Minneapolis with her two leading men - her husband and young son - and is always on social media chatting with readers. 

Review - Sweet Sinful Nights by Lauren Blakely

Title: Sweet Sinful Nights 
Series: Sinful Nights #1 
Author: Lauren Blakely 
Release Date: June 30, 2015

She was the one who got away… 

Ten years ago, Brent Nichols let the love of his life slip through his fingers. It’s his greatest regret, especially since she’s all but disappeared. But when the gorgeous and captivating woman walks into his life unexpectedly, he’s determined to win her back. Whatever it takes, he won’t make the same mistake twice. 

Easier said than done… 

Shannon Paige has hardened her heart to the man she was once engaged to be married to. After the way he left, and after the hell she’s been through with her checkered family, there’s no way she’s letting him into her life again. The problem is, the second she sees him, he’s more handsome and charming than before. And she’s torn between wanting to fight with him and wanting to sleep with him -- maybe both. Soon they fall into each other’s arms, consumed with a desire that burns through the years. 

But if these two fiery lovers are going to have a real second chance at this kind of intense, passionate, bone-deep love, he’ll have to give her his whole heart, and she’ll have to give up all the secrets from her messy past. 

And that messy past is about to spill over into her carefully constructed present… 

SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS is book one in SINFUL NIGHTS, a four-book series. Each book will follow a new couple.

There's something about Sweet Sinful Nights, the raunchy, suspenseful, deep first book in Lauren Blakely's new series, that's talking to me. And it's telling me to KEEP READING. Except I just read the last page and turned my Kindle off, and now I'm at a bit of a loss. Because I can't keep reading. It's over and I didn't want it to end...

After ten long years, seeing Shannon Paige-Prince again is like coming home for Brent Nichols. He let her go once before, and lost her for far too long. This time around, it's going to be different. He's going to be different. He just has to prove it to her. 

Ten years should have been enough time for Shannon to protect her heart from Brent, from the bitter disappointment of watching him walk away. But clearly it wasn't, because from the moment she sees him again, her desire reignites. Stronger than ever. 

It's sweet to be home in his arms, but her past and secrets have the potential to turn something sinfully pleasurable into another shattering heartbreak. She can see that he's different...but will the end result be? 

Thank GOD this is a series, and that book two is only a few short months away. I'm not sure, with all of these engaging characters, that I could have been happy with just one story, even if it had been wrapped up with a neat, little bow. Ms. Blakely has teed up her new Sinful Nights series perfectly here, giving the reader a wonderful, hopeful, emotional book for Clay's baby brother, Brent and the girl he let get away, while introducing new characters and an overarching story that'll keep me coming back for more. And more. And more again. 

There's such beauty in this second chance romance; in the easy humor, in the playful interactions which easily and believably morph into serious discussions, in the down-and-dirty sex, in the many sweet (and sinful) examples of love that are present here. And most particularly, in the hope that Ms. Blakely and her characters offer up -- hope that they can be better, hope that the past doesn't have to define them and their futures, hope that mistakes can be fixed and regrets forgotten. 

Sweet Sinful Nights put me through my paces, absolutely. I wasn't expecting to cry but I was expecting to laugh; I did both. I wasn't expecting to spend the first handful of chapters frowning and aching but I was expecting to get to the ending with a smile. And yes, again, I did both. 

And while I was expecting to want more from this series, I wasn't expecting to finish with a handful of questions, a strong desire to know Shannon's family better and an urge to tell Ms. Blakely off for making me wait for book two. Okay, I might have expected to mad about the waiting...but only because I knew from very early on that I wouldn't want to say goodbye to these characters. Not even for a little while.
~ Review by Beth

Sweet Sinful Nights by Lauren Blakely is sweet, funny and sexy. All of the things we've come to expect from Lauren! 

In this book we meet Brent and Shannon who, ten years after a major breakup, fate brings back together. What ensues is some smoking hot sexy times, some laugh-out-loud funny banter, and just a bit of mystery thrown in! 

Brent's dedication to his work, his amazing love for Shannon and his always funny, carefree attitude sends him to the top of my book boyfriend list! I'm ready for more Lauren!! ❤
~ Review by Heather

Holy Effin’ Hotness!! Lauren sure knows how to write some sexy, dirty, sinful scenes! But this story was so much more than that as well. It was the story of second chances and true love. And I loved every minute of it!

This is the story of Brent Nichols, Clay’s brother, who we met briefly before. He met his “one,” Shannon, when he was in college and thought for sure they would be together forever. However, when he made a stupid decision, their relationship ended. Ten years later, in a business encounter, the two meet again. 

“Now, he had the opportunity for a second chance. The game was on, and he was going balls to the wall to win his woman back.”

The chemistry between these two was scorching and they could not keep their hands off one another! It was hot as hell, yet sweet at the same time. They were like magnets to each other. 

“If I put my hand on you right now how hard would your dick be?” “Rock fucking hard,” he said in a growl.”

Brent and Shannon grew up completely different, but it was what worked so well for them. Brent was Shannon’s calm, her happy, her sunshine. 

“Brent was her sweet, sinful addiction, and she rationalized that it was much healthier to need him than the bottle or a needle.”

I absolutely loved this story. There were so many emotions brought out while reading. Shannon has had a tough life and watching her relieve some of her past was heartbreaking. But Brent always seemed to be there with some laughs and dirty talk to make her feel better. I loved the family bond that Shannon had with her three brothers and grandmother, and I adored seeing Clay and Julia once again. 

I can’t wait to read Ryan’s story next and continue to learn the mystery with Shannon’s mom. 
~ Review by Tiffany

Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and she has had seven books on the New York Times Bestseller list and twelve on the USA Today Bestseller list. 

Like the heroine in her novel, FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. She loves hearing from readers! 

Her bestselling series include Caught Up in Love, Seductive Nights, No Regrets and Fighting Fire. She recently released Forbidden Nights, a standalone novel in her New York Times Bestselling Seductive Nights series that became an instant New York Times Bestseller. Her new adult forbidden romance, 21 Stolen Kisses, hit e-readers in May and landed on the USA Today Bestseller list. This summer she'll release Consumed by You, her next title in her NYT Bestselling Fighting Fire series about sexy firemen and the women they love, and Sweet Sinful Nights, the first book in her new sexy romance series Sinful Nights. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.

Review - Miss Match by Laurelin McGee

Title: Miss Match
Author: Laurelin McGee
Release Date: June 30, 2015

Welcome to the sexy, crazy, wildly unpredictable world of modern matchmaking, where fixing up strangers is part of the job—but falling in love is an occupational hazard…

He's The Perfect Catch.

Blake Donovan is tall, handsome, rich, and successful—so why would a guy like him need a matchmaker? Andrea Dawson has no idea, but a job is a job. After being blackballed from a career in marketing, Andrea agreed to use her unique profiling skills to play matchmaker out of pure desperation. But when she meets her highly eligible—and particular—first client face to face, she wonders what she’s gotten herself into…

Is She His Perfect Match?

Blake knows exactly the kind of woman he’s looking for—and it’s the total opposite of Andrea. Though smart and undeniably sexy, she is simply too headstrong for a man who’s used to being in charge. Still, Blake’s blood pressure rises whenever she’s near him. How can he explain the smoldering attraction that sizzles between them? And how can Andrea deny she’s feeling it, too? Maybe, just maybe, they’ve finally met their match…

What happens when a wealthy business owner hires a matchmaker to find him a wife? Find out in Miss Match, a sweet, funny, steamy story.

Blake is the owner of a huge corporation. He is a workaholic and doesn’t have time to find the perfect wife. He decides to hire someone to help him in his quest, a matchmaker. He expects his matchmaker to find the perfect woman for him based on his list of qualities. 

“He had to stop going off book. Yes, the woman had the cutest little dimple when she scowled and her lips were so damn kissable that he couldn’t stop staring at them, but she was obstinate and ballsy – both major turnoffs.”

Andy is a sassy, fiery ball of energy who speaks her mind. She is exactly the kind of girl that Blake doesn’t want for a wife. However, her profiling skills seem to be just want he needs in a matchmaker. 

“Are you seeing anyone?” “Um…” The other woman’s steps slowed. “Not for me. For someone else. A guy.” Andy realized she was likely not making the situation any better, but charged ahead anyway. “I mean, I’m not hitting on you. I didn’t think you were a lesbian, if that’s’ what you thought.”

As the two get to know one another, there is an underlying sexual energy. It’s sizzling! 

“Just sex. Just professional sex between two consenting and – oh, God, didn’t professional mean hooking? Just unprofessional sex between colleagues.” 

So they enter into a sex only relationship while Andy continues to try and find Blake a wife. But of course, feelings get involved on both sides. Find out if they end up together or if Andy finds Blake the perfect match in someone else. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It made me laugh A LOT! At times, it was a bit predictable, but it was still such a pleasant story that I didn’t mind at all. It was easy to read and I had no idea that it was written by two people; it flowed so well. 
~ Review by Tiffany


Laurelin McGee is the pseudonym of Laurelin Paige and Kayti McGee.

Laurelin Paige is the NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Fixed Trilogy. She's a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there's kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters.

Kayti McGee is a Kansas City native who now calls Colorado home. When she isn’t writing, she’s making up recipes to go with her favorite books.




Review - When You're Back by Abbi Glines

Title: When You’re Back
Series: Rosemary Beach #12
Author: Abbi Glines
Release Date: June 30, 2015

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines comes the next new adult novel in her beloved Rosemary Beach series, which continues the story of Mase and Reese from When I’m Gone.

The future is bright for Reese Ellis. She has Mase Colt-Manning, the man of her dreams, and a family she didn’t know existed until her long-lost father arrived on her doorstep in Rosemary Beach. After growing up with a cruel mother and abusive stepfather, Reese is eager to get to know the caring and charming man who wants to be a part of her life. Everything is finally falling into place.

While Reese is visiting her new family in Chicago, Mase spends time with his “cousin,” Aida, who has worshipped him since childhood. Though they’re unrelated by blood, Mase and Aida have been raised to think of each other as family. But when Reese returns, she can tell something isn’t quite right with Aida, who clearly resents Reese and excels at manipulative little games. And though Mase is unsuspecting, Reese knows Aida doesn’t love him like a cousin should...

I can always count on Abbi to take me away to a place where there are cute, Southern boys, adorable, sweet girls and a good mix of drama mixed throughout. When You're Back is the second book in this mini-series, yet it interweaves the characters from Ms. Glines’ previous books in a laidback Texas setting. 

Mase and Reese are still cute as can be but this time around there are new family issues and some sketchy competition.

River "Captain" Kipling.....wooooo, you sneaky little hottie! With his man bun and broody mystery, most didn't care for him but I disagree. And he just got more interesting as the story developed. 

"I can change your world, too, sweetheart. But I'll wait my turn."

Aye, aye Captain

Everyone, I mean, EVERYONE hates the character Nan from the previous books and now we meet Aida. Needy, annoying, selfish Aida. Nan 2.0. When You’re Back is a nice, easy read with an interesting twist. My favorite quote:

"I wasn't sure which was worse, loving and losing or not ever knowing that kind of love at all."
~ Review by Krissy

Abbi Glines is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. She has a new YA series coming out in the fall of 2015 titled The Field Party Series. She never cooks unless baking during the Christmas holiday counts. She believes in ghosts and has a habit of asking people if their house is haunted before she goes in it. She drinks afternoon tea because she wants to be British but alas she was born in Alabama. When asked how many books she has written she has to stop and count on her fingers. When she’s not locked away writing, she is reading, shopping (major shoe and purse addiction), sneaking off to the movies alone, and listening to the drama in her teenagers lives while making mental notes on the good stuff to use later. Don’t judge.

Review - Searching for Always by Jennifer Probst

Title: Searching for Always
Series: Searching For #4
Author: Jennifer Probst
Release Date: June 30, 2015

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Jennifer Probst sparks a blissful mind-body connection as her “sexy, satisfying” (Kirkus Reviews) new series continues!

She’s an expert in helping others de-stress, but Arilyn Meadows is running on fumes. Along with her job counseling singles seeking soul mates at the Kinnections agency in Verily, New York, she’s a yoga teacher, animal shelter volunteer, anger management therapist, and helping hand to her beloved grandfather. No time to find Mr. Right—but after discovering her yogi boyfriend in a compromising asana, Arilyn would rather dog-sit for her honeymooning friend Kate than risk her heart on another downward dog. And when police officer Stone Petty—radiating masculinity and bad-boy attitude—is sent to her for mandatory lessons in cooling off when the job gets too hot, Arilyn vows to ignore his seductive glances and sexy grin. But there’s no halting their sizzling flirtation—a red-hot, high-speed chase that’s breaking all the limits.

I stalked my mailman for this book. Like, watched out the window for him to arrive and bring my precious fourth book in the Searching For series, because I. Had. To. Have. It! When I (finally) got it, I read it cover-to-cover almost immediately. And I loved every second. 

Arilyn Meadows is in control. She's busy with Kinnections, fostering dogs, running yoga and anger-management classes and helping out her grandfather. Love? She's got no time for it, especially after finding her out about her secret boyfriend's secret affair. 

Stone Petty lost his control. And now, he's in Arilyn's class, learning how to rein in his temper. But it's far more fun learning how to best push Arilyn's buttons. He can't deny that there's a strong attraction there but they're complete opposites and that means it'll never work...


I didn't fully understand how obsessed I'd become with this series until I had to wait to read this one. I was lucky enough to get to read the first three books pretty much back-to-back. I was spoiled. And that worked for me. But the anticipation of this book also worked for me; in fact, I think it made me enjoy it even more. 

Jennifer Probst did a great job of setting up for this book in Searching for Beautiful. Though it was just a glimpse of what was to come, the same fire and spark that they had there, Arilyn and Stone had in spades in Searching for Always. Of course, there were moments when Arilyn came across a bit pushy and self-righteous, but that just made me sympathize with Stone all the more. And naturally there were times when Stone made me want to pop him on the back of the head, but that just made my heart thumpity-thump for Arilyn extra fast. 

There were some really touching moments in this book; Pinky and Robert, Pat, the always awesome friendships between the Kinnections girls, for example. It was laugh-out-loud funny at times, and sexy, sexy, sexy too. Excuse me while I play out a hot cop, strip show fantasy in my mind... *wipes brow*

While Searching for Beautiful remains my favorite of this series, Searching for Always comes in an extremely close second overall. But the ending...the ending is my favorite of this series. It's emotional and funny, and perfect for Stone and Arilyn. And the added bonus of series-rounding-out epilogue was great too. I don't know (I don't think) that there are going to be more Searching For books, but I can hope. And I can keep stalking my mailman...
~ Review by Beth

Jennifer Probst is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of both sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her novel, The Marriage Bargain, was the #6 Bestselling Book on Amazon for 2012. Her first children's book, Buffy and the Carrot, was co-written with her 12 year old niece, and her short story, "A Life Worth Living" chronicles the life of a shelter dog. She makes her home in New York with her sons, husband, two rescue dogs, and a house that never seems to be clean. She loves hearing from all readers! Stop by her website at http://www.jenniferprobst.com for all her upcoming releases, news and street team information.