July 25, 2017

RELEASE DAY FOR: 1001 Dark Nights Bundle 10

You know how much I love these 1001 Dark Nights bundles, and the new bundle 10 is really special, because in addition to containing novellas from four truly amazing authors (and personal favorites of mine), it also includes two novels from two of 1001 Dark Nights' Discover Authors - Sierra Simone and Jenna Jacob.

1001 Dark Nights Discovery Bundle #10, by Tessa Bailey, Lexi Blake, Larissa Ione, Laurelin Paige, Jenna Jacob and Sierra Simone
Publish Date:
July 25, 2017
Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts, Inc.
Format: e-ARC, provided by the publisher and Inkslinger PR
Genre: various romance genres
To Buy: Amazon

Rating: 5 STARS

(Synopsis) ROUGH RHYTHM: A Made In Jersey Novella by Tessa Bailey Band manager James Brandon never expected to find the satisfaction he’d been chasing, let alone stumble upon it in some sleezy Hollywood meat market. Yet the girl’s quiet pride spoke to him from across the bar. But after losing the grip on his dark desires that one fateful night, James has spent the last four years atoning for letting her down. Rock band drummer Lita Regina has had enough of James’s guilt. She wants the explosive man she met that night in Hollywood. And she’ll stop at nothing to revive him.

DEVOTED: A Masters and Mercenaries Novella by Lexi Blake
Amy Slaten has devoted her life to Slaten Industries. After ousting her corrupt father and taking over the CEO role, she thought she could relax and enjoy taking her company to the next level. But an old business rivalry rears its ugly head. When Flynn Adler realizes the woman he’s falling for is none other than the CEO of the firm he needs to take down, he has to make a choice. Does he take care of the woman he’s falling in love with or the business he’s worked a lifetime to build?

Z: A Demonica Novella by Larissa Ione
Zhubaal has spent decades searching for the angel he loved and lost nearly a century ago. Not even her death can keep him from trying to find her. But as time passes, he’s losing hope… As an emim, Vex has always felt like a second-class citizen. But if she manages to secure a deal with the Grim Reaper she will have earned her place in the world. The only obstacle in the way of her plan is a sexy hardass called Z. Soon it becomes clear that they have a powerful connection rooted in the past…

FALLING UNDER YOU: A Fixed Trilogy Novella by Laurelin Paige
Norma Anders has always prided herself on her intelligence and determination. She climbed out of poverty, put herself through school and is now a chief financial advisor at Pierce Industries. She’s certainly a woman who won’t be topped. Not in business anyway. But she’s pretty sure she’d like to be topped in the bedroom. Unfortunately most men see independence and ambition in a woman and they run. Then the most unlikely candidate steps up. Boyd, her much-too-young and oh-so-hot assistant surprises her one night with bold suggestions and an authoritative demeanor he’s never shown her in the office.

CRAVING HIS COMMAND: A Doms of Genesis Novella by Jenna Jacob
Mercy O’Connor—known as Symoné at Club Genesis—craves the chance to experience true surrender. The only problem is, she’s set her sights on sexy, commanding Sir Justice, who studies her with his dissecting, arousing stare…but never offers to show her his ropes. If Kellan Graham let himself believe in love at first sight, Symoné would own his heart. After having his life ripped apart, he’s spent years inventing ways to resist simple lust, but each time this beautiful submissive turns her pleading eyes to him, she ignites a complicated conflagration of desire Kellan can’t fight.

AMERICAN QUEEN by Sierra Simone
It starts with a stolen kiss under an English sky, and it ends with a walk down the aisle. It starts with the President sending his best friend to woo me on his behalf, and it ends with my heart split in two. It starts with buried secrets and dangerous desires…and ends with the three of us bound together with a hateful love sharper than any barbed wire.

I must confess - I had already read four out of the six stories contained in this bundle before I received my ARC to review. I'm already a huge Tessa Bailey, Lexi Blake, Laurelin Paige and Sierra Simone fan, so their stories were already read and loved by me - some quite awhile ago. 

The best way to approach these bundles is to select one that includes at least one story by an author you already know and love. But, don't just read that one story! The whole point of the discovery bundles is to discover new-to-you authors (see what they did there?). I found that, for the most part, you don't need to have read the stories that came before these to appreciate them for what they are - sexy, romantic escapes of all sorts that give you all the feels. 

This bundle is particularly sexy, and it comes at you in all forms. American Queen features a stunning triad. Craving His Command involves a sex club. Falling Under You has a man who is very dominant at night while working in a more submissive role during the day. Z is for you PNR lovers. Devoted has action and suspense along with tons of sexy chemistry. And Rough Rhythm introduces us to a couple who likes their sexy times with an edge of danger. There is literally something for everyone here. 

As a result of this Discovery Bundle, I'm already looking into more books by Jenna Jacob. I had never heard of her before now, and I liked what I saw in Craving His Command. I'm ready for the next Discovery Bundle so that I can keep discovering new-to-me authors to love. 

July 24, 2017

REVIEW: Chasing Destiny (Silver Tip Pack #2)

Chasing Destiny (Silver Tip Pack #2), by Megan Erickson
Publish Date:
July 21, 2017
Publisher: self-published
Format: e-ARC, provided by the author
Genre: adult m/m paranormal romance
To Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Rating: 5 STARS

(Synopsis) Almost dying during a pack uprising has a way of shaking things up. I’m no longer Mr. Laid Back now that there’s an itch under my skin I can’t scratch.

On a volunteer mission that goes beyond the walls of our compound, we enter the territory of a pack long thought dead, and find ourselves on the business end of their spears.

What I’m not prepared for is what I find within their walls—The one shifter I never thought I’d see alive, the one I’d mourned twice, the one I’d always loved. He is alive, and if I have anything to do with it, he’ll stay that way. But he’s got secrets, and exposing them could lead us to an enemy worse than the bloodthirsty undead shifters wanting to kill us all…

You guys... this book had me at hello. If you've read any of Megan Erickson's books, you know how she can bring the feels, and she does that in Chasing Destiny TIMES TEN. There is so much shifter goodness in this book... but before I gush any further, I have to tell you that there be spoilers ahead. It's impossible to write about this book without giving away something kind of huge. So, if spoilers aren't your thing, you can stop reading after I tell you these three things:

1. I liked it better than Daring Fate. And I loved Daring Fate.
3. Bay is my new favorite. He is mine. Well, after his mate, he's mine. You've been notified. 

Okay - carry on if you don't care about reading important deets. 

So, in addition to Chasing Destiny being super sexy and wonderful, it was full of a bunch of really powerful (and AWESOME) surprises. Bay travels to Reese's former pack to see if they really are trying to rebuild. He proves to be very good at diplomatic relations, and earns their good graces, but while on their land, he finds a shifter he thought was twice dead - his long lost love, Nash. 

From the very beginning, I could tell something was off about Nash. There was a big secret he was keeping, and as he, Bay and a small group of shifters from both packs ready to return to Silver Tip land, the big secret he's been keeping seems to become another character in the book. It's huge and you just KNOW it's going to be game-changing. And you find yourself praying that it won't destroy both Bay and Nash so soon after they found each other again. 

Man, when these two men see each other again, my feels had feels. To see someone you love that you thought dead living and breathing had to be a kick in the teeth for Bay. But, seriously, when Nash's secrets came out, the tears really started. 

The knowledge of where Nash has been all this time also brings with it the knowledge of a new enemy, and once again, the Silver Tip pack needs to fight, but this time, not against the creepy undead Noweres. There's plenty of action in Chasing Destiny, complete with an epic battle at the end. It has absolutely everything a paranormal romance lover could want.

And even after surprising us with Nash's return, and something new that could change the lives of werewolves and weres everywhere, Megan Erickson decides we need one more surprise before she ends the book. It was a wonderful one and I am now looking forward to the third book in this series even more just to see how this final development is going.

Speaking of, there's a lot of Dare and Reese in the second half of Chasing Destiny, so you get to catch up with them and see how they're getting along, as well as G and June and Selene and Hans. Chasing Destiny is a dual POV book, although you don't get Nash's POV until a little later than you normally would in a book with two narrators. It's understandable, though, and it works perfectly, along with everything else in this book. At the end, I was so ridiculously happy and totally pumped for the third book. 

July 20, 2017

BLOG TOUR REVIEW: Eyes On You (Blasphemy #2.5)

Eyes On You (Blasphemy #2.5), by Laura Kaye
Publish Date:
July 18, 2017
Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts, Inc.
Format: e-ARC, provided by the author and Inkslinger PR
Genre: adult erotic romance
To Buy: Amazon

Rating: 5 STARS

(Synopsis) She wants to explore her true desires, and he wants to watch…

When a sexy stranger asks Wolf Henrikson to rescue her from a bad date, he never expected to want the woman for himself. But their playful conversation turns into a scorching one-night stand that reveals the shy beauty gets off on the idea of being seen, even if she’s a little scared of it, too. And Wolf loves to watch.

In the wake of discovering her fiancé’s infidelity, florist Olivia Foster never expected to find someone who not only understood her wildest, darkest fantasies, but would bring them to life. As Wolf introduces her to his world at the play club, Blasphemy, Liv finds herself tempted to explore submission and exhibitionism with the hard-bodied Dom even as she’s scared to trust again.

But Wolf is a master of getting what he wants—and he’s got his eyes set on her…

Eyes On You is proof that sometimes even the absolute worst date in history can end up being the best thing that's ever happened to you. 

Liv is on the worst date EVER (seriously) when Wolf - who got stood up by his date - saves the day and later lights a fire in her that can't be extinguished. After being made to feel like her desire to watch and to be watched is deviant and wrong and disgusting by her ex-fiance, Liv had buried that part of her. But, meeting Wolf, a man who gets off on the exact same things, completely changes her outlook on sex and intimacy and even love. 

Wolf is a really cool hero. He, along with Isaac, works IT at Blasphemy along with his other Master duties. He's very likable. He's nice and pleasant and dominant in a very non-scary way. From the moment he meets Liv, he's protective of her and wants to help her and shield her from all the bad things. How could you not love that quality in a man?

Liv is in a good place, but Wolf reminds her that things could be better. He makes it okay for her to express her exhibitionist and voyeur desires. And, as the story moves on, he introduces her to the club scene and his friends. I loved that she developed friendships with the other women we've already met in the previous Blasphemy stories. It gave us a good excuse to check up on them and see how they're doing. 

We also met Master Alex, and I have to say, I'm intrigued. I'm hoping he gets the next book in this series. 

Eyes On You is a novella. Therefore, there is a bit of instalove here. Liv and Wolf spend one weekend together, and that's it for them. They know they've found their match, although it takes them a bit longer than that to admit it out loud. But, honestly, given that it's a novella and the story has to move faster than usual, the instalove didn't bother me. I was happy to see this connection forged so quickly. I was happy that there were absolutely no games played between them - no secrets, open communication - it was very refreshing. 

I love Laura Kaye's stories, and Eyes On You was no different. The characters were honest, the sex was hot and the ending was gratifying. 

About Laura Kaye: Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thirty book in contemporary and erotic romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink, Raven Riders, and Blasphemy series. 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 and two daughters, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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