Thursday, December 18, 2014

Review: Once Perfect (Shattered Past #1) by Cecy Robson

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Once Perfect (Shattered Past #1) by Cecy Robson

 

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His life was never easy. Hers wasn’t supposed to be this hard. They come from different worlds, but fate lures them together in a way neither expected in Cecy Robson’s raw, steamy New Adult debut—perfect for fans of Monica Murphy and J. Lynn.

Evelyn Preston’s future once looked perfect—until her wealthy father was caught in an embezzlement scandal and took his own life. Alone and struggling to pay her college tuition and bills, Evelyn finds a job as a waitress at the ultra-hip nightclub Excess, where she used to have more in common with the privileged private-school clientele than her fellow staff members. But something attracts her to the sexy six-foot-four bouncer and underground MMA fighter Mateo Tres Santos. Although they’ve led different lives, their troubled pasts bonds them in both survival and love.

Mateo is ex-army who wound up in prison for assaulting the man who harmed his sister. Now he’s feeling the same protective impulse for this petite blond waitress. When Evelyn experiences a panic attack at the club, Mateo comes to her rescue. And when Mateo is wounded shielding her from a brawl, Evelyn returns the favor and comes to his aid.

As their attraction intensifies, Mateo is determined to find out what nightmares are lurking in Evelyn’s past—even if that means tackling his own to save her.

 

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4 out of 5 stars

This was such a great read! Darker content than I realized it would be but I couldn't put it down. 

Evelyn and Mateo both come from hard pasts so I felt this undercurrent of emotion throughout while we learned all the details of what they went through. There's a nice amount of foreshadowing too that creates a really great build. It was intense, sad at times, and heart wrenching but I enjoyed how everything came together. There wasn't any major drama until the second half but all those details learned really helped with the build up to it too give it a really big impact. 

I liked both Evelyn and Mateo so much, they were great characters. They had such a intense attraction and on more than one occasion Mateo gave me butterflies. They were just so sweet to one another while there was a slow build to their growing relationship and heat. 

I liked the additional characters and the sub stories that were happening. I really liked Mateo’s sisters, Lety and Sofia, there was a nice intro to both of them and I will definitely read the next two books that feature each one of them.

Evelyn and Mateo had to go through all this horribleness to find each other and to get to their version of a happily ever after and I liked that they fought for it and how they were there for one another, being strong when they needed to be. This was just a really great intense read and I would definitely recommend it.

 

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Other books in the SHATTERED PAST series

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Once Loved (#2) | Once Pure (#3)

 

 

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cover Reveal: Asa (Marked Men #6) by Jay Crownover

I’m so excited about the cover reveal for Jay Crownover's ASA! ASA is the sixth and final book in Jay's Marked Men Series, published by HarperCollins. Check out the hot cover and don't forget to pre-order your copy today!

 

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Asa (Marked Men #) by Jay Crownover

  Available April 21, 2015

 

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Starting over in Denver with a whole new circle of friends and family, Asa Cross struggles with being the man he knows everyone wants him to be and the man he knows he really is. A leopard doesn’t it change its spots and Asa has always been a predator. He doesn’t want to hurt those who love and rely on him, especially one stunning arresting cop who suddenly seems to be interested in him for far more than his penchant for breaking the law. But letting go of old habits is hard, and it’s easy to hit bottom when it’s the place you know best.

Royal Hastings is quickly learning what the bottom looks like after a tragic situation at work threatens not only her career but her partner’s life. As a woman who has only ever had a few real friends she’s trying to muddle through her confusion and devastation all alone. Except she can’t stop thinking about the sexy southern bartender she locked up. Crushing on Asa is the last thing she needs but his allure is too strong to resist. His long criminal record can only hurt her already shaky career and chasing after a guy who has no respect for the law or himself can only end in heartbreak.

A longtime criminal and a cop together just seems so wrong . . . but for Asa and Royal, being wrong together is the only right choice to make.

 

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Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She also introduced the dark and sexy world of The Point that started with BETTER WHEN HE's BAD and is currently working on her newest series The Saint of Denver. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she'll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.

 

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Rule (#1) | Jet (#2) | Rome (#3) | Nash (#4) | Rowdy (#5)

 

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Review: RIPPED (Real #5) by Katy Evans

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RIPPED (Real #5) by Katy Evans

 

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Every woman wants me--except the one I sing for.

Seattle shakes with anticipation: they call it the concert of the year. They say girls are getting pregnant just thinking about my band being in town.

But when you love a girl, you don't leave her with nothing but a ring and a promise. Any man with half a brain should know.

So what did I expect my girl would do when she saw me again?

Well, for starters, she loathes our music. Particularly the song I wrote about her.

When I sing it, the stadium is in an uproar. Thousands of fans scream my name like I'm a god--but yeah, not her. Crystal clear: the girl's not happy to see me.

Black hair, black boots, a bad attitude, that's her -- Pandora Stone is a freaking man-eater and she's out for my blood.

That's alright.

Let her come at me. Because I'm out for her heart and, this time, there's no way she can stop me.

 

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4 out of 5 stars

This was such a great story, angsty and sexy! I loved the that it was told from dual POV's. It was great getting into both the main characters heads. I was hooked from the beginning!

Pandora is such an intriguing character because she's just so jaded and hurt from things that happened in her past. I liked learning all her history and watching her really evolve and grow. I’m a sucker for a character that truly finds themselves. I liked her and understood her but sometimes that attitude and shield were a bit to much for me and I couldn’t wait for her to break, I clung onto her moments of vulnerability and wished there would have been more of those with Mackenna. Now Mackenna Jones, I pretty much loved him. He was just this awesome bad boy but sweet rocker guy. Mackenna had all these wonderful moments and things he did throughout that made me rather melty.

Pandora and Mackenna together… talk about serious animosity! They’re combustible with sexual tension and attraction. It’s like they had an insatiable pull to one another. I loved their sexy times but some of the wordage for their sexcapades was strange to me at times. That being said, it was still super HOT and I loved them together!

I loved the details of their past history and the little flashbacks that were shared as well. There were two things I saw coming (the second I was guessing at but had a big "I knew it moment" when I was right) but it still made for a great story. There was lots of tension and bits of turmoil throughout but I never felt like there was any major drama, I felt like with all that animosity there would have been more. I’m a big fan of epilogues and this one was nice but the last tiny bit was kind of off for me. It left me wanting to know what happens next.

Overall, I thought this was a great read and I definitely would recommend it. Interesting characters that pull you in, lots of sexy to keep things nice and hot, and a story that keeps you invested!

Complimentary copy received for honest review.

 

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Katy Evans grew up with books and book-boyfriends until she found a real sexy boyfriend to love. They married and are now hard at work on their own happily ever after. Katy loves her family and friends, and she also loves reading, walking, baking, and being consumed by her characters until she reaches “The End.” Which is, hopefully, only the beginning…

 

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REAL (#1)Amazon US | Amazon UK | My Review

MINE (#2) - Amazon US | Amazon UK | My Review

REMY (#3) - Amazon US | Amazon UK | My Review

ROGUE (#4) - Amazon US | Amazon UK | My Review

 

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