Gina’s review ~ End of the Innocence (Innocence #3) by Alessandra Torre ~ Giveaway and Excerpt

Whew! Finished the series and I just want to go back and dive in again. I read the first book in the series when it first came out almost two years ago and loved it and couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next. Unfortunately, I had to cool my heels for a while, waiting for the second and third books of the series and the author decided to sneak in of the novella about Brad in the meantime.

This is not a stand-alone book and you really have to read from the beginning to appreciate it.

In the first book, Blindfolded Innocence you meet Julia Campbell and Brad De Luca and you get a sense for these characters as to what makes them tick. I liked that Julia was not a doormat, but was obviously curious about Brad and I enjoyed the story as she becomes slowly sucked into his world, which is really outside of anything she is used to. He is a divorce attorney with a very well deserved sex-god ‘love em, but don’t become attached to em’ reputation and everyone surrounding Julia is doing their level best to keep her away from him as they don’t want any more problems from the interns of this high powered law firm and this man. These two are like magnets that are compelled to attract and they begin a very unconventional clandestine relationship. Julia is not wearing rose colored glasses with Brad and she is very upfront about his behavior and past and this kind of honesty seems to be a sort of an aphrodisiac for Brad as he chases her and lures her into his lifestyle and way of thinking. He does not lie and he is very direct and upfront – shockingly so. Although he doesn’t lie, he doesn’t volunteer information and there is a good deal that he omits from their interaction.

In the novella Diary of Brad De Luca, you meet Brad ‘pre-Julia’ and I have to say – at this stage of the game he was not book boyfriend material and I just simply did not like him. It is funny though, you have to read a story like this to understand how much he changes in an effort to make his unconventional relationship with Julia work. You do not have to read the novella to understand the books, however I think you have a better appreciation for his character by reading it.

Masked Innocence takes the reader in a direction I did not expect. Yes, it had even more heat and steam than the first book, however the plot line was so captivating that I (believe it or not) could have had the steamy hot scenes do a ‘fade out’ and the book would have stood well on its own – and this is when erotica is at its best. I love it when all the steam and heat enhance a book into a captivating story that is hard to put down, rather than the whole book being dependent on sex. There was so much development as to their relationship and I was riveted as I found out more about Brads background and more was discovered as to Julia’s boss and all the crazy hours he had her working and the insanity that develops over one overheard phone call.

End of the Innocence takes place over a year period, from the point that Julia accepts Brad’s impulsive proposal at the end of book two. End of the Innocence is the innocence that one has towards their life and the belief in other people. Brad has a family that is for the most part, repugnant and he is actually the ‘good guy’ of the group. In much of this book, he is out to protect Julia as well as grow in a relationship where he has no previous foundation to base it on. Julia is testing Brad over this year to see if he can be faithful and stick to what he originally proposed with their relationship, or if he would ‘fall off the wagon’ due to temptation and demons from his past. I did not think that it was possible for the heat level to be elevated from the first book, but it was and did not have a contrived or forced feel to it. Once again I had the feeling that the uber hot scenes could have done a fade out and the story would have stood on its own. The finale was as emotional as it was captivating and I am going to probably go back in and read again at a later date.

This was a great progression of the series where I slowly fell in love with Julia and Brad and Martha, Martha, Martha…she was just a wonderful character!

On the Goodreads scale. I would rate this as a 4 for ‘really liked it’ and the Amazon/B&N scale of 5 for ‘I loved it’ – overall scoring of 4.5
I did receive an ARC for an honest review from the author and the publisher.
~Gina

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EXCERPT: FRIDAY
I felt Brad’s hand move, tugging on my chair and pulling me close to him. He captured my face in his hands, his eyes examining my features. “I love you so much,” he murmured, his eyes moving over and focusing on my lips before he tugged me to him, taking ownership of my mouth with a few soft swipes of his tongue. I opened my lips further, deepening the contact, my hands stealing into his hair. I broke the kiss, pushing my chair back and standing, moving closer to him and spreading his knees with my legs. He slid deeper in the chair, reclining back against the soft leather, gazing up at me with a latent dominance of the nothing-but-trouble variety. I grinned playfully down at him, and slid one strap, then the other, of my dress down, dragging the fabric until my bare breasts were exposed, lit softly by the blue-gray lights of the room.
He groaned softly, a guttural sound, and stared into my eyes, tightening his knees against my legs. “Come here.”
I shook my head and knelt, running my hands softly up his dress pants, past his muscular thighs, until I reached his belt. He watched me, his eyes darkening and he leaned forward suddenly, snagging my chin and pulling it up, his eyes grabbing me possessively before kissing me hard, a deep kiss that reclaimed his power before he released me, leaning back and watching me.
“Do you always have to be in control, Mr. De Luca?” I purred the words, unbuckling his belt with one motion, then rubbed my hand over the zipper line, feeling the outline of his cock underneath the fabric, the shape of him hardening under my fingers. He didn’t answer, his eyes locked on mine, dark orbs of sexuality. I suddenly needed to see him, needed to have his bare skin in my hand, to feel the throb of what was mine. I looked away from his eyes, focusing, and unbuttoned and unzipped his pants. Then, he was in my hand, an impossibly thick, hard shaft, the skin hot beneath my palm. I stroked it, the firm grip eliciting an intake of Brad’s breath.
“Put it in your mouth.” The order came through in a drugged tone, desire glowing at me from under heavy eyelids.
I shook my head, increasing the speed of my stroke as I watched him. He frowned slightly, lifting his hips a bit, bringing the nine inches of insanity closer to my face. I spoke, my tone a mixture of dominance and bite. “What is your plan with the girl?”
He sat up slightly, his eyes opening more, and watching me carefully. “What girl?”
“The stripper. The one you fucked last time you were here.”
“I thought that didn’t bother you.”
I hissed. “It didn’t bother me last time. Things are different now. Are you going to talk to her?”
“I feel like this is a test of some sort …” he mumbled. His breath hitched a bit as I squeezed his cock, loving the feel of complete stiffness in my hands. “What is you want, Julia?”
I ran my tongue lightly, teasingly, over the top of his head, taking it into my mouth for one brief moment before I pulled off, my hands never pausing in their movement, a quick pace that traveled his entire length with every stroke. “I want you to handle it,” I said firmly. “I want her to understand that you will never have sex with her again.”
“Never?” I released him, the sudden departure causing his eyes to open and a frown to settle over his features. “I’m joking. Don’t stop.”
I resumed my movement, my free hand gathering his heavy balls in my hand, squeezing him softly as I stroked his length with a firm hand.
“Come here,” he said, sitting up and pulling on my arms.
“No.” I fixed him with my sternest look, my hand increasing in speed.
“Julia, come here. I want to talk to you about this without being tongue-tied by your hands on my cock.” He pulled harder, his strong arms lifting me easily onto his lap, despite my best attempt at resistance.
Sitting on his lap created a new set of problems. Mainly him, standing at attention against my thighs. I sat sideways on his lap and spread my knees slightly, my hand stealing in between my legs to grab him.

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BECAUSE OF KIAN ~ COVER REVEAL

Expected publication: April 8th 2014

Synopsis

I know I’m twisted. Growing up in a perfectly well-adjusted home, I don’t really have an excuse. But no matter… I realize how messed up I am. And therapy can only do so much.

I pushed my boyfriend to violence, a violence he couldn’t control. Sickly, I almost liked it. So I pushed him more. Before long, the pain outweighed the pleasure and the loss I sustained shattered me. So I ran. I’m now a bit shell-shocked harboring a lot of guilt. My boyfriend is now my ex and wants revenge. He wants me to pay for turning him into the monster he’s become. And I still have a deviant yearning that I don’t understand. My own monster inside… my own demon to battle.

I can’t get close to anyone. I can’t give in and scratch that itch. I can’t wreck someone else.

And now there is Kian… my rescuer on a dark, painful night. He sees through my pretense. He tries to pull me from my frightened isolation, to keep me from becoming a victim. He forces me to face my warped desires and shows me that pain doesn’t really have to truly hurt.

He wants to show me a way to serenity. But I am afraid… Will I ruin a good man?

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Sibylla Matilde grew up in the mountain valleys of Southwest Montana, and grew up exploring the alfalfa fields on the back of a horse.  She attended a two-room schoolhouse 1st through 6th grade where she had same teacher the whole time.  Beginning at about age 12, Sibylla discovered historical romance, feeding off of work of Jude Devereaux, Lisa Kleypas, and Karen Robards.  She loves a book that can make the reader run the gamut of emotions, from the sweet glow of new love to gut-wrenching heartache.  She always has stories floating around in her head, living in some fantasyland until she writes them down to free them.  She is a true romantic, a bit of a Pollyanna, and a deeply emotional soul.

Music is her emotional trigger.  Growing up with a Wagnarian-opera-loving mother, Sibylla grew up with music that digs deep into her soul and pulls out emotion.  The soundtrack to her life includes different genres and generations.  She looooooooves Thirty Seconds to Mars (rather obsessively, actually) with a little Kings of Leon to mix things up, and pimps them out regularly to all her friends through Spotify.  She also enjoys watching Met Opera HD broadcasts at her local movie theater, and hopes (listening Met?) to someday see Diana Damrau reprise her role as Mozart’s Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte – The Magic Flute.

Sibylla lives with her husband, Mike, a man who she firmly believes saved her from her self-destructive, hot mess self.  He makes her laugh every day, even when things seem to be falling apart around them, and has proved to her that love really can heal a shattered soul.  In 18 years, they have never had a fight, but argue regularly with their two teenage kids who have, unfortunately, inherited their father’s quick wit (unfortunate as it is a quick wit that Sibylla, herself, definitely does not possess – there is a reason she is a writer and not a stand-up comedian), and live a quiet life with their two weird little rescued Chiweenies. Wait… teenagers and little yap-dogs?  Okay, maybe not so quiet.  :)

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Jane’s Review ~ Escaping Destiny (The Fae Chronicles #3) by Amelia Hutchins

This is book 3 in the series so if you haven’t read 1 & 2 you need to read them before you start this book.

Syn has been taken to the Horde Realm by the Horde king, she is disappointed that Ryder hasn’t shown up to save her.

She has to find herself and come to terms with what she is.

I can’t say much more without spoiling the story but be warned this might contain spoilers.

This installment doesn’t disappoint at all with a few twists and lots of hot sex it’s my ideal sort of book. I found there is so much I love about this story and as the series continues it stays consistent and  is so well written it just reaches out and pulls you in.

I still love Ryder and he doesn’t disappoint me at all. He is even more sexier than he has been in other books I think this is because there is more glimpses of the beast within, I was surprised how much I actually loved the beast  and I enjoyed his time in the book and the chemistry he had with Syn was awesome. I also really liked the other characters that are consistent throughout the series and Ristan being one of my favourite. Syn is brilliant in this book and have grown very attached to her character and have so much respect for her, I am rooting for her to have a big happy ending to her story.

There is lots of questions answered in this book but some still remain unanswered and I for one can’t wait for the next book to find out where this amazing story takes us next.

This one doesn’t have a cliffhanger ending but is left open and I feel very satisfied that I didn’t want to hunt the author down this time around. I enjoyed reading this one and by half way in I was on tender hooks and I could not put it down.

What else can I say but I LOVED IT

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5 stars for Amazon & 5 stars for Goodreads

~Jane~

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Jane’s Review ~ Lifers by Jane Harvey-Berrick

Jordan Kane has just been released from serving 8 years in prison and the condition of his parole he has to return to his home town to stay with his parents until he is officially classed as a free man. He is hated by the locals in the town and even his own parents has shunned him, he is doing odd jobs for the preacher when he meets Torrey Delaney the preachers daughter who has moved in with her Mother because she walked out of her job.

Torrey is attracted to Jordan and becomes his friend and even when she finds out the truth about still does’t hate him and continues to be his only friend.

Wow what an emotional roller coaster of a read this has been, I kid you not at one point I thought that I might not finish this book because it seemed to take forever to get through and I did wonder where it was going and what was going to happen. There seems to be so much detail about both characters and their budding relationship but having finished it now I understand why the book was like this and I have not a single regret at all.

It has put me through so many emotions and had me in tears and even after finishing it I am still thinking about it. This is defiantly very clever writing on the authors part. I feel that somehow and some way this amazing story about love and forgiveness has crawled under my skin, I can’t explain when it happened but I have fell in love with the story and the characters.

I like Jordan and loved how he has grown and developed during this book I also felt so sorry for him and at some point I have fallen for this guy and love the character that he has become. I feel that it all has to to with the strength of Torrey’s character that has taken him out of the deep dark depression and self loathing he feels towards himself.
What a fantastic character Torrey is, a great role model for today’s modern women. She is strong and independent and doesn’t take no crap from anyone and she is so good for Jordan.

Another thing I loved about this is the hotness of it, the sex felt so realistic and slotted in so well with the situations.
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5 stars for Amazon & 5 stars for Goodreads

~Jane~

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Nikki’s Review ~ Desire (The Seductors Series #1) by B.L.Wilde

Hot damn, just finished Desire and it was so hot even my kindle needs cooling down.

Jade works as a top Seductor in a secret organisation, who are hired to retrieve the impossible and to do what ever is necessary to obtain the object or information required.  Jane is a single woman who takes her job very seriously and who keeps all her emotions under lock and key.  That is until she meets her next target Oliver Kirkham.

Oliver is a very handsome CEO of a Weapons manufacturing company.  He is funny, charming and the first man to ignite something in Jade. His most endearing quality (other than his amazing bed skills), is the fact that he doesn’t let his wealth define him.

The chemistry is instant between the two of them and is so hot that Jade receives her first BIG O. It doesn’t take long before the perfect book B/F is breaking down Jade’s walls.  This bowls Jade over and constantly makes her question herself.   Rule 1 no emotional attachment with the Target. Jade is so use to to always being in charge and normally has complete control of her emotions.  Although this time she does allow herself to create an emotional and physical connections with Oliver that she has always denied herself.

I hear you ask yourself  ‘whats the problem with this?’  The Seductors society is the problem, she has a job to do. If the job is not completed then Oliver is a dead man walking. Could Jade let this happen or can she be the one to break his heart that he has given her on a silver platter.

I have been left wanting so much more and I hope the Author doesn’t leave me waiting to long.  I have my own predictions as to how I think this story should end, but I’m not so sure if any of the Seductors will get their HEA.

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5 stars for Goodreads

~Nikki~

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Re-Cover reveal ~ Finding Home by Ann Vaughn

Synopsis

Former Army Ranger Colt Harris wasn’t looking for love but one day during lunch, it found him.  Her name was Sarah. As cliched as it was, time stood still and all he could see was her. Her laughter filled his senses and he was gone. He knew his life was about to change.

Sarah Sauter was used to being alone. She lost her parents when she was eighteen and after a bad experience with love, had given up on ever finding it again. Since then, her life had been all about surviving. Little did she know that when she went to lunch with her co-workers, she would meet a man who would literally turn her world upside down.

When Colt steps into Sarah’s life, he finds that things with her aren’t exactly as they appear to be. Deeply hidden secrets in her past begin to resurface, dropping Colt and Sarah in the middle if a nearly twenty-seven year old mystery. It will take all of Colt’s strength, patience and resolve Finding Home for Sarah.

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Ann Vaughn is a Native Texan now living in Oklahoma.  Writing has always been a comfort and a release for her, though she never expected to be published.  It wasn’t until a conversation with her husband about the rise of eBooks that she decided to try her hand at self-publishing.  It was scary and exciting and ever since the release of her first book, Long Way Home on August 7, 2013.  She now has three books available for purchase through Amazon, Long Way Home, Finding Home and A Home for Christmas, with the fourth and final book in the Home Series, Finally Home, releasing on March 10, 2014.  In December 2013, Ann was named to Amazon’s Romance Editor’s List of Fan Picks for Top Debut Author.

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