Review + Q&A + Giveaway: Playing Dirty by Tiffany Snow

Review + Q&A + Giveaway: Playing Dirty by Tiffany SnowPlaying Dirty by Tiffany Snow
Series: Risky Business #2
September 29, 2015
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 336
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also in this series: Power Play
Also by this author: Power Play
Amazon US
Goodreads

DOWN AND DIRTY

Faced with a choice between bad-boy detective Dean Ryker and sexy power player Parker Anderson, Sage Reece fought the law--and the law won. But while Ryker's sizzling touch may rule her nights, Sage's days belong to Parker's cool, calculating intensity. . . .

Both Ryker and Parker are determined to protect Sage from a brutal enemy who'd use her to pay for their mistakes. Yet when the usually on-point Ryker is distracted by ghosts from his past, Parker seizes his opportunity to get Sage's attention--and keep it in ways beyond her wildest dreams.

Now, caught between a mobster out for revenge and two men who were once best friends, Sage must play to win--even if it means getting dirty. . .

In my review of the first Risky Business book, Power Play, I stated that the love triangle here didn’t bother me. There was a dynamic to it that felt very natural and real.  Sage had been in love with her boss, Parker, for years.  He had turned down her advances and she was trying to move on with Ryker, a man very much available and interested…even if her heart still had a connection to Parker.  I got that. It made sense to me. And, it wasn’t the main focus of the story.

However, my thoughts are quite different with this sequel.

Playing Dirty turned into the sort of love triangle I really dislike.  Sage became a wishy-washy heroine. This book takes place four months after the end of the first. Four months in which she’s dated Ryker, they practically live together, yet she still has feelings for Parker and she thinks about them often. This is where my adverse feelings for Sage stemmed.  If you are not past a crush after four months, you’re leading on your current relationship.  I wanted to slap some sense into her. I wanted her to break it off with Ryker until she found some clarity.

Instead, she bounces from one to the other like a ping pong ball.

So, that’s the bad.  That’s what dropped the rating down a bit.  I was that frustrated.  However….

The action of the story, as well as Parker and Ryker, still very much held my attention.  I like the twisty mobsters and crime boss storyline Snow has going on here. It’s interesting and exciting.

I like the broken relationship that Paker and Ryker struggle with, as well.  I want more of that.  I want to see how can heal, I want to know more of they mysterious woman that drove such a wedge between them.  And ultimately, I want to see what they can be like after a second woman comes between them.

That is the factor that had me really thinking about how much I liked this book. No, I didn’t like the love triangle, but…if not for the love triangle aspect…I wouldn’t have the disfunctional relationship with Parker and Ryker.  It kind of put my mind in a pickle.

But I really need Sage to pull her head out of her ass and man up to her feelings. All of them.

While I focused a lot here on the part that aggravated me, I am still invested in the story and enjoyed many aspects of it.  I’m also still very much looking forward to the third book.

Miss Ali - Transparent

Q and A

If you were an alien, with your very own spacecraft, who would you abduct?

Pffft. Tom Hiddleston, obviously.

If you were thrown in jail for bad habits, what would your crime be?

An obsessive affection for wine.

Chocolate or Peanut Butter?

Peanut Butter

Who is your favorite villain?

Loki from The Avengers

If you could have dinner with anyone (live, dead or fictional) who would it be?

George Washington

Giveaway

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway
a Rafflecopter giveaway

About Tiffany Snow

Tiffany attended the University of Missouri – Columbia, attaining two degrees in History and Social Studies Education. After working many years as an instructor and consultant in the Information Technology field, Tiffany now writes full-time.

Tiffany loves to read and has been reading romance novels since she was way too young to read such things. She has an unhealthy obsession for all things Doctor Who, prefers Pepsi to Coke and Absolut to both, thinks men who drink girly cocktails are wusses, has learned to never stop believing in her beloved St. Louis Cardinals, and can recite the entire scripts of When Harry Met Sally and Apollo 13. George Washington is cool, Bon Jovi still rocks the house, and Bruce Willis is the ultimate alpha-male hero.

Married with two wonderful daughters, Tiffany and her family make their home in Kansas City, Missouri, not far from where she was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri.


read more

Review: Menagerie by Rachel Vincent

Review: Menagerie by Rachel VincentMenagerie by Rachel Vincent
Series: Menagerie #1
September 29, 2015
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 432
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Amazon US
Goodreads

From New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent comes a richly imagined, provocative new series set in the dark mythology of the Menagerie…

When Delilah Marlow visits a famous traveling carnival, Metzger's Menagerie, she is an ordinary woman in a not-quite-ordinary world. But under the macabre circus black-top, she discovers a fierce, sharp-clawed creature lurking just beneath her human veneer. Captured and put on exhibition, Delilah in her black swan burlesque costume is stripped of her worldly possessions, including her own name, as she's forced to "perform" in town after town.

But there is breathtaking beauty behind the seamy and grotesque reality of the carnival. Gallagher, her handler, is as kind as he is cryptic and strong. The other "attractions"—mermaids, minotaurs, gryphons and kelpies—are strange, yes, but they share a bond forged by the brutal realities of captivity. And as Delilah struggles for her freedom, and for her fellow menagerie, she'll discover a strength and a purpose she never knew existed.

Renowned author Rachel Vincent weaves an intoxicating blend of carnival magic and startling humanity in this intricately woven and powerful tale.

If you picked up Menagerie expecting to find a story similar to her Soul Screamers series, you won’t.  You will still find some of the bold moves Vincent takes as an author, you won’t, however, find much of the humor or light heartedness that was always present in that series.  Menagerie is NOT a Young Adult title, it is not a Romance. It’s Fantasy, full on Fantasy…with all the dark and dangerous things that lurk in that genre.

Delilah was a bank teller, a settled girlfriend, a happy friend when she was taken to the Menagerie for her twenty-fifth birthday.  Mitzger’s Menagerie, known for it’s wonderfully horrible monsters, is not the place Delilah wishes to spend her birthday. It certainly isn’t the place she would ever expect to live.  But witnessing the cruelty suffered by one young shifter cryptid turns mild mannered, bank teller Delilah into something…other. 

“Three hundred one thousand babies were born in hospitals in across the United States in March of 1980.  Not one of them made it home from the hospital.”

Now, she’s sold to the Menagerie. She’s nothing more than property, less than human, yet nobody knows for certain WHAT she is. All she knows is that she can’t survive a life of imprisonment, forced to perform at will or stand by while others are treated so brutally and carelessly.  Delilah’s will to make a better life for creatures cast aside by society and her sheer determination to not let captivity take her dignity from her starts a small fire inside of some at the traveling circus and when that fire takes hold, it could destroy them all.  Or, free them all.

Vincent creates such a dark and tortured world with this story.  It’s sad, very immoral and at times, extremely gruesome.  It’s a trip down an ethical rabbit hole, every move has consequences, even the ones made for the greater good. This is the part of the story I loved. 

I deal in morality, not in law.

I also loved that it’s written in a bit of puzzle, Vincent leads you down the path – leaving little bread crumb clues here and there, but you still have try and come up with the answers.  It’s all so very cryptic at times.

I think the only thing it was really missing for me was in the pacing of it.  I’d went through stages of being glued to the pages, to times being almost bored.  In the wide picture, I see the need for some of the added chapters that don’t bring much to the story as your reading, but I wish they would have been as impactful as other chapters were.   

Outside of that though, the world is great, the characters are mostly amazing (Rommily…that girl needs a book all of her own) and the story has just enough macarbe to give you the chills without actually terrifying you.

 

Miss Ali - Transparent

 

About Rachel Vincent

A resident of Oklahoma, Rachel Vincent has a BA in English and an overactive imagination, and consistently finds the latter to be more practical. She shares her workspace with two black cats (Kaci and Nyx) and her # 1 fan. Rachel is older than she looks-seriously-and younger than she feels, but remains convinced that for every day she spends writing, one more day will be added to her lifespan.


read more

unpopular opinions book tag

We were tagged by Stephanie from No BS Book Blog  for the ‘Unpopular Opinion Book’ tag, and since we can be picky with our reads and love to express our honest opinions, we thought this would be a fun tag to do. Also, we like to think that the best way to form a friendship between two people is by hating the same thing ;-). Please note that these are solely our opinions and perceptions. Just because we didn’t like a certain book, character or series doesn’t mean you can’t like them. 

 

1.) A Popular Book/Series You Didn’t Like:

Ali: Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn. Honestly, I didn’t make it very far into the book. I didn’t find any of the reactions of the main character believable.  At all. And I certainly don’t see how the “hero” could ever have been lovable or redeemable.

Debbie: Real by Katy Evans. I seriously could not get into this book and gave up around the 45% mark. I’m sure there was supposed to be a story somewhere in there, but I could not find it. Everything (from the story to the characters) felt so flat and uninteresting. 

Tiffany: The Heartless Series by J. Sterling

 

2.) A Book Series That Everyone Hates, But You Love:

Ali: Welcome to the Point series by Jay Crownover. I don’t know that people hate this one, but it’s definitely not as loved as the authors other series.  I, however, love the combination of a horrible city filled with bad people and the good people who love them.

Debbie: I honestly could not think of one so I’ll just go with Fifty Shades of Grey. Most of my book loving friends actually liked/loved this series but everyone else outside of the romance world hates it.

Tiffany: Twilight (cause there are more anti twi-hards then you know)

 

3.) A Love Triangle Where the MC Ended Up With A Person You Didn’t Want Them To End Up With, Or An OTP You Didn’t Like:

Ali: Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Katniss was a fixer, she took care of people. Except one. ONE person loved her and wanted to take care of her yet she picks the guy who needed her to take care of him.  Blech. Here’s a tip for anyone still looking for a man…find one that compliments your strengths, not one who has to rely on all of yours because he lacks so many himself. Harsh?? Maybe. What can I say, I’m a little passionate about this issue.

Debbie: I’ve got two answers for this one and my dislike for these endings is something fierce. First, Avoiding Series by K.A. Linde. Ugh! The way that love triangle ended still grates my skin. Did Lexi really pick the guy who fucked her over for years and did nothing to redeem himself? SMDH. Second, Book Boyfriend series by Erin Noelle. At first, I thought I was OK with who Scarlett ended up with in Euphoria. Then I actually sat back and thought about it, and what I thought was, “WTF. That was some bullshit. No one likes a love triangle to end by default.” Salty. I’m still salty over that shit.

Tiffany: Bang by EK Blair

 

4.) A Popular Book Genre You Rarely Reach For:

Ali: Contemporary books that I KNOW everyone cries at. I’m sorry, but I don’t understand the appeal of wanting to read about cancer kids who die.  That’s just not my idea of a good time.

Debbie: Horror and anything high fantasy. I dig those genres when it comes to movies but I can’t with books. 

Tiffany: Historical Romance 

 

5.) A Popular Beloved Character That You Didn’t Like:

Ali: I’m almost terrified to even answer this one. *Deep breath* Deuce from Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan. I hated that man. From the beginning of book one until the end of book two. I haven’t moved on to book three yet, but I imagine I’ll probably still hate him. I won’t detail why because I don’t want to give spoilers but he just royally pissed me off.

Debbie: Remy from Real by Katy Evans. Women be acting like Remy is the God among fictional male characters. He did nothing for me. Zero. Zilch. Nada. I didn’t care how freaking amazing or hot his body was, the man bored me to death. PS – Ali is dead to me. How dare you not like Deuce. You are dead to me. 😉 

Tiffany: Frankie in Love Hurts by Mandi Beck (I changed my original answer cause Ali threatened our friendship) 

 

6.) A Popular Author You Can’t Seem To Get Into:

Ali: Diana Gabaldon. I tried Outlander twice and DNF’d both times. Then I tried the television series. Yeah, I didn’t fare any better there.

Debbie: Jasinda Wilder. I gave a few of her books a shot but I just can’t click with her writing or characters. 

Tiffany: Maya Banks

 

7.) A Popular Trope You’re Tired Of Seeing:

Ali: Bad parents or non-existent parents.  I get it, there are some bad parents in the world but YA is filled with them.

Debbie: I love reading taboo but can we stop with all the stepbrothers? I get that there were a few successful books that dealt with this subject and some authors want to try to emulate that success, but the stepbrother billionaire/biker/fighter is getting out of hand. Please stahp!

Tiffany: Stepbrother love

 

8.) A Popular Series You Have No Interest In Reading:

Ali: Never, Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Debbie: After series by Anna Todd. Harry Styles/One Direction fan fiction? No thanks.

Tiffany: Beautiful /Maddox Brothers series  by Jamie McGuire 

 

9.) The Saying Goes “THE BOOK IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN THE MOVIE,” But What Movie/Show Adaptation Do You Prefer More Than The Book?

Ali: Divergent. I read the first two books and they were a’ight, but the movies are so much better. Maybe it’s because of Theo James. YUM!

Debbie: The Perks of Beings a Wallflower. I love melodrama but it seems like this book about suicide, molestation, domestic abuse, homosexuality, drug use, rape and mental issues was a little too melodramatic for me. At least in book form. As for the movie version, I quite liked watching Charlie’s highs and lows while he was in high school.

Tiffany: A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks (cause I can’t remember the book as vividly) 

 

Do you agree with any of our answers?

We’d love to see your opinions in the comments below!

 


TAG! You’re it!

Courtney from 3fictionalhearts

Hannah from Bookworms Talk with Hannah

Megan from Reading Books Like A Boss

Nadine from Hook Me Up Book Blog

 


read more

Cover Reveal: Turbulence by Whitney G.

by Whitney G.
Also by this author: Turbulence

TurbulenceRevealBanner

Black Heart Reviews is excited to be sharing with you the cover for Whitney G.’s upcoming contemporary erotica romance, TURBULENCE. We are major fans of her Reasonable Doubt series and cannot wait to get more sexy times from this author. So, without further adieu, here is the cover for Turbulence!

Turbulence Ebook

Turbulence by Whitney G.
Release Date: October 22, 2015

Fuck me recklessly
Kiss me harder.
Take me again and again…

He and I met under a cloud of clichés:
Boy meets girl. Boy charms girl. Boy fucks girl.
Our story was supposed to end right after the orgasms, right after we went our separate ways.

But then we saw each other again…
And neither of us could walk away.

Our rules were simple.
Our passion was scandalous.
Our hearts were supposed to be safe…

But when you find something so all-consuming—something so intoxicating and inescapable, you’ll risk everything you’ve ever had, even if you’re destined to crash and burn.

This is us.
This is our messed up love.
This is turbulence.

TeaserTurbulence19 Turbulence22

Giveaway


a Rafflecopter giveaway

About Whitney G.

A self diagnosed candy addict, travel junkie, and hypochondriac, Whitney Gracia Williams LOVES to write about characters that make you laugh, cry, and want to (in the case of Claire Gracen) reach through your Kindle and slap them.

She is the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of Reasonable Doubt,the Mid Life Love Series, the Jilted Bride Series, the My Last Resolution Series, Wasted Love, and Captain of My Soul.

When she’s not locked inside her room, feverishly typing away on her laptop, she can be found here:


read more

RERUN Review: True Love Story by Willow Aster

RERUN Review: True Love Story by Willow AsterTrue Love Story by Willow Aster
Published by Willow Aster February 24, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Pages: 385
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Amazon US
Goodreads

Growing up in an idealistic home, Sparrow Fisher is sheltered and innocent. When she meets Ian Sterling, a musician who is rising in popularity, she instantly falls for his charm. They run into each other over the next few months and eventually begin an unconventional relationship.

At different places in their lives, Sparrow is off to college in New York, and Ian is traveling the country with the band. When they see each other, all seems wonderful and lighthearted, but when they’re apart, Sparrow is left to wonder if Ian really cares about her the way he says he does, or if she’s just another pretty face to him.

Once their relationship steadies, they’re both happier than they’ve ever been, and it’s hard to not get caught up in the magic they have together. Until something so devastating comes to light that threatens to shatter everything they’ve built with each other.

True Love Story is a story about the real highs and lows that come with a relationship—happiness, pain, angst, and finding out if love really is enough.

Rerun Reviews features reviews by Debbie, previously published on Keep Calm Read Romance or Talk Supe — and reviews by Ali previously published on GingerRead Reviews.

People when I tell you that this book is amazing, please, please, please believe me whole heartedly. I absolutely loved this to the very core of my being and cannot stop gushing about it. Willow Aster’s debut novel, True Love Story, is the type of book that captures you immediately, especially when she opens with this…

“It has been a year, two months, and seventeen days since I last saw him. Two years, ten months, and five days since he broke my heart – well since I knew that he had broken my heart. Technically, he began breaking my heart the moment I met him, five years eleven months, and one day ago.” 

True Love Story begins in the present time where we meet 23 year old Sparrow as she’s waiting to board a plane headed for New Orleans. The person she has been avoiding for the past two years happens to walk up to the very same gate she’s waiting in. Ian Sterling was her first true love and the man who brought her so much joy, sorrow, and shattered her heart into a million pieces. She tries to avoid him, but as fate would have it, he spots her before she can get away and he is determined to not let this opportunity to talk to her slip away. The two eventually sit next to each other on the flight and Sparrow thrusts us back five years and recalls the moment she met Ian and how her life would never be the same afterwards.

“I see this face every night when I close my eyes. All day long, I think I see you, everywhere I got. I’ve dreamed this so many times, I’m not even sure you’re real right now. Are you really here?”

When Sparrow first meets up and coming musician, Ian, she is the 18 year old daughter of a preacher and is on the cusp of starting her new life as a college student in New York. While she loves her seamlessly perfect life, Sparrow is ready to branch out and unfold the secrets the rest of the world holds. She may be the preachers daughter but she regards herself differently and has always liked to march to the beat of her own drum. The moment she meets Ian, she’s rocked from her axis and the attraction she feels for Ian is instant and undeniable. Over the next few years they have a few more encounters but the attraction between the two never fades and the two grow closer and closer. Eventually, they allow their attraction and feelings to spill and the two embark on an all-consuming relationship that will change them forever and teach them important lessons about love, lies, trust, and forgiveness.

“Ugh What has he done to me? I’m talking in romance novel terms.”

I absolutely loved Sparrow. She has this incredibly cute quirkiness about her that was absolutely infectious. Although she’s introduced as the innocent and virginal preachers daughter, she’s not oblivious or too naive as some might have first perceived. She’s extremely smart, motivated, and brave enough to branch out. She might not have always made the best decisions when it came to her love life, but it was necessary for her to learn about the facts and truths about love.

Like Sparrow, I was instantly allured by Ian’s mystique. He’s described as being absolutely gorgeous and the added fact that he’s a rockstar makes him absolutely irresistible. But Ian is a very flawed character and he’s honest and up front with Sparrow from the beginning and warns her that he is not a good person. So, from that moment on you know he’s bound to make a mistake along the road but the heart wants what it wants and Sparrow’s heart wanted Ian even with his flaws. As much as I loved Ian, I did want to hurt the guy for nearly breaking our heroine. But just like Sparrow, Ian also learns the reality about love and what it really means to love another. Although he might have learned the lesson too a little too late, I was pleased that he was able to redeem himself (somewhat…and eventually); and that when push comes to shove, he forced himself to change for the better. 

“It’s a powerful feeling to know this magnetic, dangerous, quirky, beautiful sexy…man wants me. Agony is almost worth it if I could just be with him.”

Sparrow and Ians love story definitely had some highs and lows and as I was reading this book I found myself to be totally submerged in the emotions that Sparrow was feeling through out this whole journey. Every single one of her reactions and emotions is what I would have gone through if I were in her shoes, which is what made this book so true and real.

Willow Aster’s tale of Sparrow’s first, last and only true love was brilliantly honest and emotional. While True Love Story gives a good dose of angst, there wasn’t anything over the top or sensationalized. Instead, Aster presents a story that felt incredibly organic, and as the book title alludes to – a true love story. I found the epilogue to be perfect and left me believing that sometimes love is strong enough to save you and bring you back from the depths of despair you might have been thrust into.

“All this searching for something, someone, ANYTHING to dull the ache that he left…I know it will never be filled. He’s the only one I’ll ever love.”

Once again, I must state that this book was brilliant and highly recommend it to all contemporary romance readers (especially, new adult lovers). I cannot wait to see what else this author has to offer in the future and I will now be desperately waiting to get this book in paperback form to add to my ultimate favorite bookshelf.

 

 

About Willow Aster

Willow Aster is the author of USA Today bestseller, True Love Story, In the Fields, and Maybe Maby. Willow loves nothing more than writing the day away—anywhere will do. Her husband and two children graciously put up with her endless daydreaming; otherwise, the writing would never get done. She’s also an avid reader, and has been known to walk, cook, and clean with her nose in a book. She’s lived in Texas, Tennessee, Indiana, and California, but Minnesota has captured her now and doesn’t seem to be letting go. Although shy, this lifelong writer and artist is convinced that the best part of this career for her is meeting and connecting with readers, authors, and all of those in this community of lovers of words.


read more

15 Fall Books

Summer has officially come to an end and fall is finally upon us. Slowly, the leaves will start to change and crisp air will sweep across the ground signifying the start of a new season. From hot chocolate, boots, hoodies, sweaters, football season, and pumpkin spice everything, the Black Heart Reviews team is more than ready to welcome the season. We’re looking forward to putting on our fuzzy socks, cuddling under a warm blanket and diving into some new books. Here’s a list of new books we’re looking forward to reading this fall season:

 

Fade-to-Red-Willow-Aster

 

Fade to Red by Willow Aster
Release Date: September 21, 2015

Dancing in pop superstar Beckham Woods’ entourage was the last thing Roxie wanted. Her life with little Leo was blissfully ordinary; she didn’t have time for the drama that stirring up old memories would surely cause.

But when Roxie took a spot on an international tour with Woods and rock icon Ian Sterling, the lure of financial security and her passion for dance pulled her into an emotional storm that threatened to spin out of control and hurt the ones she loved most.

Just as she began to adjust to her new life, it became apparent that danger was in the shadows, waiting for a chance to move…

Book Links:  Amazon US  |  Goodreads

 

BLood and Salt

Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett
Release Date: September 22, 2015

Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn in this one-of-a-kind romantic horror

“When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in—blood and salt.”

These are the last words Ash Larkin hears before her mother returns to the spiritual commune she escaped long ago. But when Ash follows her to Quivira, Kansas, something sinister and ancient waits among the rustling cornstalks of this village lost to time.

Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the town’s history of unrequited love and murder, alchemy and immortality. Charming traditions soon give way to a string of gruesome deaths, and Ash feels drawn to Dane, a forbidden boy with secrets of his own.

As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash must fight not only to save her mother, but herself—and discover the truth about Quivira before it’s too late. Before she’s all in—blood and salt.

Book Links:  Amazon US  |  Hardcover  |  Amazon UK  |  iTunes

 

Breaking Him - RK Lilley

Breaking Him by R.K. Lilley
Release Date: September 29, 2015

SCARLETT

It was the kind of relationship where I invested more than I had to spare.

I gave it everything.

And so when it failed, I lost myself.

It changed me. He changed me.

I went down with the ship.

My soul, burnt embers in the aftermath.

The fire of him ravaged it all.

He burned me.

Broke me.

Scarlett had always dreamed big. She was headed straight for Hollywood. Destined for silver screen greatness.

But in her wildest dreams she never imagined she’d be broke and single at twenty-eight, doling drinks at thirty-five thousand feet.

She was a glorified waitress in the skies.

It had been years since she’d seen him.

But one day, there he sat, gazing intently at her, ready to set everything ablaze once more.

Dante wanted her. Again.

Sure, she’d play along…but this time, it was his turn.

She was breaking him.

After all, love is war.

Book Links:  Goodreads

 

Last Hope - Jessica Clare

Last Hope by Jessica Clare & Jen Frederick
Release Date: September 29, 2015

Mendoza: I grew up in the slums and lost everything I loved to poverty, illness, and death. I had only one skill to leverage myself out of my circumstances—violence. Being hired out as a mercenary hitman brought me money and built an empire. But all that I’ve fought for is in jeopardy. My next job: Steal secret information that could bring down world governments. Find my target. Destroy it. But then, I meet her.

Ava: Karma hates me. When my best friend Rose is kidnapped, I have no choice but to take a job as a mule for a pair of criminals intent on selling top-secret information to the highest bidder. I should have known that bad luck tends to cling, because the plane I’m on goes down. That I survived a crash-landing was a miracle. And so was being rescued by Rafe Mendoza—hot, sexy, dangerous. The thing is, he wants the information that I need to free Rose. I can’t let him have it, but I need his help. And I need to fight this crazy attraction for this mercenary with hungry eyes. Rose is depending on me, and I won’t let her down, no matter how appealing Rafe is.

Book Links:  Amazon US  |  Paperback  |  Amazon UK  |  iTunes

 

Carry On - Rainbow Rowell

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Release Date: October 6, 2015

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and acomplete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On – The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story – but far, far more monsters.

Book Links:  Amazon US  |  Hardcover  |  Amazon UK  |  iTunes

 

Mine - HelenKay Dimon

Mine by HelenKay Dimon
Release Date: October 6, 2015

She doesn’t depend on anyone for anything. He intends to make her his completely.

Natalie Udall thought her position at the CIA was secure—until protecting her team earned her an armed escort into certain danger. Natalie can’t stand the idea of being secreted away in a cabin in the middle of nowhere, especially since it means sharing close quarters with the controlling bodyguard enlisted to keep her alive.

Gabe MacIntosh joined the military to support his son, trained as a sniper and dealt with death on a regular basis. Now retired and operating a security firm, his first assignment is to protect a CIA agent on the run. She’s strong willed and difficult—and all Gabe can think about is exerting his domination and stripping her of every expectation she has.

Natalie has no intention of giving in to Gabe’s straightforward demands of dominant sex with no attachments—even though the very idea of giving up control thrills her like nothing ever has…

Book Links:  Amazon US  |  Paperback  |  Amazon UK  |  iTunes

 

The House

The House by Christina Lauren
Release Date: October 6, 2015

Delilah and Gavin’s new love is threatened by a force uncomfortably close to home in this haunting novel from New York Times bestselling duo Christina Lauren, authors of Beautiful Bastard.

His shirt is black, jeans are black, and shaggy black hair falls into his eyes. And when Gavin looks up at Delilah, the dark eyes shadowed with bluish circles seem to flicker to life.

He lives in that house, the one at the edge of town. Spooky and maybe haunted. Something worse than haunted. And Gavin is trapped by its secrets.

Delilah and Gavin can’t resist each other. But staying together will exact a price beyond their imagining.

Book Links:  Amazon US  |  Hardcover  |  Amazon UK  | iTunes

 

Dirty English by Ilsa Madden Mills
Release Date: October 12, 2015

A scarred fighter.
A girl with rules.
One night of unbridled passion.

There are three things you need to know about Elizabeth Bennett: she’s smart as a whip, always in control, and lives by a set of carefully crafted rules. She’s learned the hard way that people you love the most always hurt you in the end.

But then she meets Declan Blay.

A tattooed British street fighter, he’s the campus bad boy she’s supposed to avoid, but when he saves her from a frat party gone bad, all her rules about sex and love fly out the window.

She gives him one night of unbridled passion, but he longs for more.

With only a cardboard-thin wall separating their bedrooms, he dreams of possessing the vulnerable girl next door forever.

One night. Two damaged hearts. The passion of a lifetime.

Book Links:  Goodreads

 

Claimed - Elle Kennedy

Claimed (Outlaws #1) by Elle Kennedy
Release Date: October 20, 2015

After a devastating war decimated most of the world, Hudson Lane has only known the oppressive life under her own father’s tyranny. She finally escapes, branding herself an outlaw and hunted by the Enforcers. Her best chance at survival is Connor Mackenzie, an aggressively sensual fugitive who opens her eyes to the wicked possibilities of a world without rules.

As the leader of a band of outlaw fighters, Connor can’t resist the beautiful stranger who asks for his protection. Despite his reservations, he agrees to introduce her to a whole new way of life. But when Connor discovers Hudson’s connection to the enemies of liberty, he wonders how far he can trust the woman who has abandoned all inhibitions to challenge every forbidden desire.

Book Links:  Amazon US  |  Paperback  | Amazon UK  |  iTunes

 

Nuts - Alice Clayton

Nuts (Hudson Valley #1) by Alice Clayton
Release Date: October 20, 2015

Roxie Callahan is a private chef to some of Hollywood’s wealthiest, and nastiest, calorie-counting wives. After a dairy disaster implodes her carefully crafted career in one fell ploop, she finds herself back home in upstate New York, bailing out her hippie mother and running the family diner.

When gorgeous local farmer Leo Maxwell delivers her a lovely bunch of organic walnuts, Roxie wonders if a summer back home isn’t such a bad idea after all. Leo is heavily involved in the sustainable slow food movement, and he likes to take his time. In all things. Roxie is determined to head back to the west coast as soon as summer ends, but will the pull of lazy fireflies and her very own Almanzo Wilder be enough to keep her home for good?

Salty. Spicy. Sweet. Nuts. Go on, grab a handful.

Book Links:  Amazon US  |  Paperback  |  Amazon UK  |  iTunes

 

Wicked Restles Ginger Scott

Wicked Reckless by Ginger Scott
Release Date: October 20, 2015

Andrew Harper grew up in a house marked by tragedy. His older brother Owen did his best to shelter him, but you can only be protected from life’s pain for so long. Eventually, you end up just feeling numb…and isolated. 

 Loneliness was the one constant in Andrew’s life. Until one girl, met by chance in a high school hallway, changed everything. Emma Burke was a mystery and all that was beautiful in this world, the only air Andrew ever wanted to breathe. She took the lonely away, and filled it with hope and color, and Andrew would do anything to keep her safe, happy and whole. 

But sometimes, what feels good and right is what ends up hurting us the most. And when Andrew and Emma are faced with an impossible decision, Andrew is tested to see just how far he’s willing to go for the girl who owns his heart.

Cuts are deep.
  
Scars are left behind. 

And revenge beckons. 

When Andrew finally gets his chance, in college, five years after his first love broke him completely, he finds out old feelings don’t really disappear just because you say you hate someone. The more he tries to avenge all that he believes he lost, the more he uncovers the real story of what happened years before.
 
Love is wicked. But a restless heart is never satisfied beating on its own. Can Andrew and Emma make it right before it’s too late, or will the ties that bind them now destroy their only chance at a future?

Book Links:  Goodreads

 

Walk Through Fire

Walk Through Fire (Chaos #4) by Kristen Ashley
Release Date: October 27, 2015

The flame never dies . . .

Millie Cross knows what it’s like to burn for someone. She was young and wild and he was fierce and even wilder-a Chaos biker who made her heart pound. They fell in love at first sight and life was good, until she learned she couldn’t be the woman he needed and made it so he had no choice but to walk away. Twenty years later, Millie’s chance run-in with her old flame sparks a desire she just can’t ignore. And this time, she won’t let him ride off . . .

Bad boy Logan “High” Judd has seen his share of troubles with the law. Yet it was a beautiful woman who broke him. After ending a loveless marriage, High is shocked when his true love walks back into his life. Millie is still gorgeous, but she’s just a ghost of her former self. High’s intrigued at the change, but her betrayal cut him deep-and he doesn’t want to get burned again. As High sinks into meting out vengeance for Millie’s betrayal, he’ll break all over again when he realizes just how Millie walked through fire for her man . . .

Book Links:  Amazon US  |  Paperback  |  Amazon UK  |  iTunes

 

November 9 - Colleen Hoover

November 9 by Colleen Hoover
Release Date: November 10, 2015

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

Can Ben’s relationship with Fallon—and simultaneously his novel—be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak?

Book Links:  Amazon US  |  Paperback  |  Amazon UK  |  iTunes

 

Reap-Tillie-COle

Reap (Scarred Souls #2) by Tillie Cole
Release Date: November 10, 2015

Raised as a prototype for the Georgian Bratva’s obedience drug, 221 fails to think, act, or live for himself; he’s his master’s perfectly-crafted killing puppet. Standing at six-foot-six, weighing two-hundred-and-fifty pounds, and unrivaled in to-the-death combat, 221 successfully secures business for the Georgian Mafiya Boss of NYC, who rules the dark world of the criminal underground. Until his enemies capture him.

Talia Tolstaia dreams to break from the heavy clutches of Bratva life. She dreams of another life–away from the stifling leash of her Russian Bratva Boss father and from the brutality of her work at The Dungeon, her criminal family’s underground death-match enterprise. But when she stumbles upon her family’s captive who is more monster than man, she starts to see the man underneath. A powerful, beautiful, damaged man whose heart calls to hers. But sacrifices must be made–blood for blood…life for life…souls for scarred souls…

Book Links:  Amazon US  |  Amazon  UK  |  iTunes

 

Blood Kiss

Blood Kiss (Black Dagger Legacy #1) by J.R. Ward
Release Date: December 1, 2015

Paradise, blooded daughter of the king’s First Advisor, is ready to break free from the restrictive life of an aristocratic female. Her strategy? Join the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training center program and learn to fight for herself, think for herself…be herself. It’s a good plan, until everything goes wrong. The schooling is unfathomably difficult, the other recruits feel more like enemies than allies, and it’s very clear that the Brother in charge, Butch O’Neal, a.k.a. the Dhestroyer, is having serious problems in his own life.

And that’s before she falls in love with a fellow classmate. Craeg, a common civilian, is nothing her father would ever want for her, but everything she could ask for in a male. As an act of violence threatens to tear apart the entire program, and the erotic pull between them grows irresistible, Paradise is tested in ways she never anticipated–and left wondering whether she’s strong enough to claim her own power…on the field, and off.

Book Links:  Amazon US  |  Paperback  |  Amazon UK  |  iTunes

What books are you looking forward to read this fall?
Tell us in the comments below. 

 


read more

Review: Tank by Carmen Jenner

Review: Tank by Carmen JennerTank by Carmen Jenner
Series: Savage Saints MC #2
Published by Carmen Jenner September 24, 2015
Genres: Dark Romance
Format: eBook
Also by this author: Revelry
Amazon US
Goodreads

Killer. Criminal. Sociopath.

All of these words have been used to describe me, and for the longest time I believed that that’s all I was.

I’m the man you call in to clean up your mess, assuming your mess is a guy who needs a bullet to the head. I’m the man the MC calls when they want their dirty work done.

I’m the man who doesn’t feel.

Until now.

Until her.

Now my mess is a woman who won’t save herself. I’ll fight like hell to save her, but at what price to the club? And at what cost to me?

Warning: TANK contains graphic violence, profanity, drug use, and explicit sexual situations that may be a trigger and cause some readers emotional discomfort. Intended for an 18+ audience only. Not intended for pussies.

I almost feel like this book should be titled Ivy, not Tank.  Tank is a huge part of it, of course he is, but it’s Ivy’s story of struggle and survival that took the center stage for me.

Tank isn’t the best guy. He’s done awful things. He’s the MC’s assassin, he’s witnessed horrific things happen to people who didn’t deserve them, he’s lived a life of debauchery, he’s watched as Ivy, determinately self destructs.

But he’s done with most of that now. Minus the assassin stuff, anyway.  More specifically, he’s done letting Ivy hurt herself anymore and he sure as hell is done letting her hurt him by proxy.  Though it will take all his brute strength and the caring teddy bear (it is a super huge fucking teddy bear too, let me tell you)  hiding inside to keep the woman he wants from getting what she thinks she deserves.

 

I want her submission. I want her heart. I want her to look at me and not wish I were someone else.

 

Ivy’s had a hard life. The hardest. Her past is dark and full of all the terrible horrors you never wish on a child. Becoming a whore for the MC is almost like a dream come true to her. Which, yeah…that’s fucked up, but it’s better than what she had before and the MC offers a protection she can’t gain in any other way.

Her story is a hard one to read. Start to finish. At the beginning (and if you’ve read Kick), she isn’t the easiest girl to like but as you learn more about her, she’s impossible to hate.

 

 

Ivy is tragedy, she’s pain, she’s abuse, she’s addiction, she’s sorrow.

Tank, the club assassin, is her salvation – or maybe, he’s the tool for her to find her own.

There was a point in this story that I had to set my kindle down and just absorb. I actually messaged Jenner…I may have even called her a naughty name. I can’t be blamed. I felt flayed. I felt defeated.

But that’s the point. She means for you to feel it a certain way and I did. Luckily, for the sake of our friendship, she put me back together at the end. I truly believe Jenner’s strength in writing comes out when she’s writing dark and heavy. Weather it’s dealing with abuse or rape or hell, zombies…she does it with a certain amount of bravery and I always FEEL it.

 

Miss Ali - Transparent

 

 

About Carmen Jenner

Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA TODAY and international bestselling author of the Sugartown, Savage Saints, and Taint series.
Her dark romance, KICK (Savage Saints MC #1), won Best Dark Romance Read in the Reader’s Choice Awards at RWDU 2015.
A tattoo enthusiast, hardcore MAC addict and zombie fangirl, Carmen lives on the sunny north coast of New South Wales, Australia, where she spends her time indoors wrangling her two wildling children, a dog named Pikelet, and her very own man-child.
A romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?


read more


%d bloggers like this: