Thursday, July 2, 2015

Review Recap: June 2015

I can’t believe we are officially half way through the year! As of right now I have read 59 books (two were rereads). My goal for 2015 was 80 so I am ahead of the game. June was a great month, 8 new books reviewed. I was thinking it would be less since it’s summer and more people are home but I snuck two more in right at the end. You can find them below. :-)

 

June 2015 Reviews by About That Story

 

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A Pound of Flesh

5-stars

Review: A Pound of Flesh (A Pound of Flesh #1) by Sophie Jackson

Holy wow this was amazing! From beginning to end I was hooked on this beautiful and intense story about redemption and second chances that is full of passion and emotion. Loved it!

Amazon US | Amazon UK

 

Beyond the Cut

3-5-stars

Review: Beyond the Cut (Sinner’s Tribe MC #2) by Sarah Castille

Good read! Nice and hot!!!

Amazon US | Amazon UK

 

Arrows Hell 2

4-5-stars

Review: Arrow’s Hell (Wind Dragon MC #2) by Chantal Fernando

This was awesome! Excellent story! I couldn't put it down!

Amazon US | Amazon UK

 

On My Knees 2

5-stars

Review: On My Knees (Stark International #2) by J. Kenner

6 stars! This story was a gripping and riveting roller coaster of emotion. Raw, passionate, and intense. Fantastic read that had me captivated the whole time. Seriously awesome!

Amazon US | Amazon UK

 

Wicked White

3-stars

Review: Wicked White by Michelle A. Valentine

The overall story line had me interested from start to finish, I kept wanting to know what was going to happen next.

Amazon US | Amazon UK

 

Ride Steady

5-stars

Review: Ride Steady (Chaos #3) by Kristen Ashley

So amazing. Words cannot even begin to describe how much I loved Joker and Carissa and their story. It was perfect! I couldn't put it down!

Amazon US | Amazon UK

 

Sweet Sinful Nights

5-stars

Review: Sweet Sinful Nights (Sinful Nights #1) by Lauren Blakely

What a wonderful story! Sweet, loving and oh so sexy and hot! I loved it!

Amazon US | Amazon UK

 

Hard to Let Go

5-stars

Review: Hard to Let Go (Hard Ink #4) by Laura Kaye

6 stars! My heart is exploding! I loved this so freaking much. So fantastic, from beginning to end. I was caught up with the drama and passion of the overall story and with Kat and Beckett’s story.

Amazon US | Amazon UK

 

What Else?

June 17th was my 2 year blogiversary! I was so busy reading and keeping up with everything that it slipped my mind. It’s been another great year. I truly love reading and sharing the book love. I appreciate each and everyone of my followers and those I chat with. You all are the best and I appreciate your support.

The cover for Reclaim Me, the third book in the Chasing Fire series by Ann Marie Walker and Amy K. Rogers was revealed. I am loving this series!

There were lots of new releases! The Last True Vampire by Kate Baxter, Insider by Olivia Cunning, Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis, Just Once More by Kyra Davis (this one is currently FREE* in the US)

GREY by E. L. James was also revealed and released to celebrate Christian Grey’s birthday on June 18th. I have read it (5 stars for me!) but haven’t reviewed it on my blog yet. I thought it was a great addition to the series and loved getting Christian's perspective.

* Free at time of posting. Subject to change.

 

July should be nice and busy for me… book wise and life wise. I’ve got a kid home from college and another coming to visit plus my youngest is out of school for summer break. My time seems to be more limited and I am in serious need of a nap but it’s good and I’m trying to maintain some type of balance. Thank goodness for my love of books – seriously – with all the commotion it’s wonderful to slip away into fictional land and take a mental vacation.

Hope everyone has a safe and happy summer!!!

 

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Blog Tour: Commanded (Club Sin #6) by Stacey Kennedy + Excerpt and GIVEAWAY

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Commanded (Club Sin #6) by Stacey Kennedy

  Release Date: July 7, 2015

 

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Club Sin comes alive once again in this decadent new romance from USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy, perfect for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey.

A dedicated cop, Sawyer Quinn blows off steam by immersing himself in his role as a Master at the hottest club in Las Vegas. But when Sawyer goes after the perp who brutally beat his sister, he teams up with Chloe Nash, a sexy private investigator who awakens a sweet new need: to keep her to himself, away from the dungeon of Club Sin. Chloe is beautiful, smart, and too innocent for the BDSM lifestyle. Sawyer’s never wanted a woman like this before. Is her love worth swearing off the one thing that keeps him sane?

There’s something different about Sawyer: a commanding strength that pulls Chloe into a vortex of heady desire. But when she learns about his double life as a Dom, she’s shocked—and afraid she could never complete him. Then he saves her life, and just like that, Chloe knows she will be able to give him anything he desires. She is his—wherever and however he wants to take her.

 

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“Come here,” she said. “I found something.”

“Whatcha got?” Sawyer sat next to her, draping his arm across the back of the couch.

He smelled like nature, Chloe thought—woodsy and fresh. And so very masculine. She cleared her throat. “I take it this is Travis’s email address.” Sawyer’s thick, strong leg pressed against her slender one, carrying warmth into her veins. “It’s not a great lead, but at least it’s something.”

“At this point, anything is good.” Sawyer pulled out his phone and typed the email address into his notepad. “I don’t suppose you know how to break passwords?”

“I’m not that good.” She smiled, shutting the laptop. “But I do have a friend who might be able to help.”

One brow rose. “A friend?”

“His name is Shane. He’s a computer whiz I met in high school.” She rose, holding the laptop to her chest. “He does some freelance work for Porter on difficult cases.”

Sawyer hesitated, brows pinched together. “The force has its own computer team. I should take it there.”

“Yes, I’m sure that makes sense in your cop brain. But what if we have to dig deeper than just breaking a password? Will your people on the force do that, or do they have to get warrants and such? Using my guy saves time.”

His hesitation lasted a little longer this time, the conflict clear on his face. He finally bobbed his head, resolved. “We’ll do this your way for now.” He lifted his hand to her arm in an appreciative touch, but the feel of his strong fingers on her bare skin was like an arrow of desire hitting her straight between her thighs.

He’d never touched her before. That, she now realized, had been a good thing. Under the heat of his fingers, her mind went blank. Her only focus was the burning of his touch. Every inch of her hummed in a blaze of need, clenching her sex. She needed space from all his intensity, but she couldn’t find the strength to force her feet to move.

She dared herself to look up into his shadowy eyes. His curious gaze moved from his hand to her face; then he shifted his fingers toward her chin. Chloe melted as she became aware of his hands on her face—the soft, tempting strokes of his fingers as they caressed her jaw.

He tipped her head up, studying her in a way no man had ever done. He really looked at her—straight into the center of her being. As if, for the first time in her life, she was being seen. Her soul felt naked under his gaze. The slight jump in her heart rate matched the nerves rattling through her.

All the same, her mind recoiled. She hastily reminded herself she’d just broken up with Josh. “Please don’t” was all she could manage.

The corner of Sawyer’s mouth curved. “I’m not stopping you from backing away from me. If you don’t want me close, move.”

He clearly didn’t intend to step away—she could tell from his knowing smile. She couldn’t, either. My God, she wanted him. Right now. Right in his little sister’s condo. But that little voice in her head, though it was growing weaker by the moment, reminded her that strong and smart women didn’t jump into bed with someone the day after breaking up with a long-term boyfriend.

The satisfaction in his eyes deepened when she remained still. “There’s something here,” he murmured in a voice as soft as silk. “I feel it. You feel it. Why ignore it?”

“I broke up with Josh yesterday,” she reminded him.

“So you keep telling me.” Frustration appeared in his eyes. “Since you seem so determined to keep talking about your ex, then tell me, why did you break up?”

Her cheeks burned with embarrassment. There was no way she was going to tell him.

His eyes began to twinkle. “Because of me? Because of this peculiar-but-ever-so-interesting connection between us?”

She swallowed the lump in her throat. “I’ve never . . .”

“Felt something so intense? So unexplainable? So tempting? Neither have I.”

Then he kissed her, and she couldn’t remember the reason she didn’t want him kissing her. She only wanted him kissing her.

He moved his hands to caress her shoulders, holding her in place as his tongue invaded her mouth. He pressed his body against hers, as if daring her not to realize how incredible it felt to have his body right up against hers. He set every inch of her on fire.

Jesus. H. Christ, did she realize it.

And she wanted more.

Many minutes later, when he stopped kissing her, they were both breathless. His eyes were so full of lust it was mind-blowing. He dragged his thumb across her bottom lip. “I’ve waited thirty-three years to find this sort of real connection that defies logic. I won’t ignore that, Chloe. I can’t.” She couldn’t look away from his mouth. God, she wanted more of that. “Don’t ask me to,” he added, “because you won’t like my answer.”

She forced her eyes up to his. “I’ve been single for a day,” she reminded him again. Dammit! “I can’t be with you, no matter how fun that sounds. It wouldn’t feel right. I need time.”

“Fair argument. But I don’t care how long you’ve been single. I only care that you are.” As if he hadn’t rocked her fucking world, he left her standing there as he walked toward the door. “Come on. We need to get moving.”

She blinked, pulling her mind from the gutter and placing it back on the investigation. Her emotions were in a whirl; if there were such a thing as a female case of blue balls, she had ’em.

 

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Stacey

Stacey Kennedy is the USA Today bestselling author of the Club Sin series. Growing up, Stacey’s mind wandered the path less traveled, and that path most often led to love. She has always broken rules and she continues to feed off emotion—always staying true to her heart. Those traits are now the bones of her stories. She lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, who puts any of the heroes in her books to shame, and their two young children. If she’s not on Mom duty or plugging away at a new story, you’ll find Stacey camping in the summer, hibernating in the winter, and obsessing over Penny Dreadful, Game of Thrones, and Sons of Anarchy.

 

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Other books in the CLUB SIN Series

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Claimed (#1)Amazon US | Amazon UK | Review

Bared (#2)Amazon US | Amazon UK | Review

Desired (#3)Amazon US | Amazon UK | Review

Freed (#4)Amazon US | Amazon UK | Review

Tamed (#5)Amazon US | Amazon UK | Review

Mine (#4)Amazon US | Amazon UK | Releases Oct. 27, 2015

[Club Sin Series on Goodreads]

 

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Release Blitz: Hard to Let Go (Hard Ink #4) by Laura Kaye + Trailer, Excerpt, and GIVEAWAY

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Hard to Let Go (Hard Ink #4) by Laura Kaye

 

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Beckett Murda hates to dwell on the past. But his investigation into the ambush that killed half his Special Forces team and ended his Army career gives him little choice. Just when his team learns how powerful their enemies are, hard-ass Beckett encounters his biggest complication yet—a seductive, feisty Katherine Rixey.

A tough, stubborn prosecutor, Kat visits her brothers’ Hard Ink Tattoo shop following a bad break-up—and finds herself staring down the barrel of a stranger’s gun. Beckett is hard-bodied and sexy as hell, but he’s also the most infuriating man ever. Worse, Kat’s brothers are at war with the criminals her office is investigating. When Kat joins the fight, she lands straight in Beckett’s sights . . . and in his arms. Not to mention their enemies’ crosshairs.

Now Beckett and Kat must set aside their differences to work together, because the only thing sweeter than justice is finding love and never letting go.

 

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5 out of 5 stars

6 stars! My heart is exploding! I loved this so freaking much. So fantastic, from beginning to end. I was caught up with the drama and passion of the overall story and with Kat and Beckett’s story.

Read my full review HERE.

 

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Taking a deep breath, Beckett knocked on the door.

No answer.

He turned the knob, and the door opened.

“Go away,” came a strained voice. 

Beckett poked his head through the opening. Kat sat in a ball in the corner, her legs pulled up to her chest, her arms hugging herself tight.

“Aw, Jesus, Beckett. Really?” Her face was splotchy and her eyes watery, though he didn’t see any tears.

Ten-to-one she was going through some adrenaline letdown right now, too. Which no doubt made it all worse. That shit could fuck you up even when you were used to how it left you feeling drained and shaky, by how all the stress you’d suppressed during the height of the crisis boomeranged twice over after the fact.

He came into the room, closed the door, and turned the lock for good measure. And then he crossed to Kat, scooped his arms under her knees and behind her back and lifted her up against him.

She smacked his chest. “Put me down.”

“No.” He moved to the edge of the bed.

“I don’t need this right now, Beckett. Put me down.”

“Yes, you do,” he said, sitting on the edge of the mattress. He pulled her face in against his throat and smoothed her hair back from her cheek. She trembled against him, just the littlest bit, her skin hot to the touch. He pressed a kiss to her forehead and hugged her tighter. “You did good, kid.”

Every one of her muscles went tight. Her hand fisted in his shirt. And her breath caught as she buried her face against his neck and shoulder.

Then Kat burst out crying.

And it was like being torn apart and put back together, all at once. He hated her pain, but he adored that she wasn’t hiding herself from him, and that she was letting him be there for her.

He didn’t shush her, or try to talk her down, or encourage her to dry her eyes. To be sure, her tears were like daggers in his heart—they hurt like fucking hell. But the only way she was going to feel better was to let this shit out. Ironic realization for him—he did actually see that. But just because you could see what was good for others didn’t mean you had the first goddamned idea how to apply those principles in your own life. And that was a problem for another time anyway.

What mattered right now was Kat. What mattered … was Kat.

 

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Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

 

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The HARD INK Series

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Hard As It Gets (#1)Amazon US | Amazon UK | My Review

Hard As You Can (#2) –  Amazon US | Amazon UK | My Review

Hard To Hold On To (#2.5)Amazon US | Amazon UK | My Review

Hard To Come By (#3)Amazon US | Amazon UK | My Review

Hard To Be Good (#3.5)Amazon US | Amazon UK | My Review

Hard As Steel: Hard Ink/Raven Riders CrossoverAmazon US | Amazon UK (Pre-order)

 

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