Review: The Red by Tiffany Reisz

Review: The Red by Tiffany ReiszThe Red July 11, 2017
Genres: Erotica, Fantasy
Pages: 248
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review

The Red is a standalone novel of erotic fantasy from Tiffany Reisz, international bestselling author of The Bourbon Thief and the Original Sinners series.

Mona Lisa St. James made a deathbed promise that she would do anything to save her mother's art gallery. Unfortunately, not only is The Red painted red, but it's in the red.

Just as she realizes she has no choice but to sell it, a mysterious man comes in after closing time and makes her an offer: He will save The Red if she agrees to submit to him for the period of one year.

The man is handsome, English, and terribly tempting...but surely her mother didn't mean for Mona to sell herself to a stranger. Then again, she did promise to do anything to save The Red...

If anyone is going to make smut whimsical and poignant, it will be none other than the QUEEN OF ALL THINGS Tiffany Reisz.

I am wholly convinced that she is other worldly, her words own me with a wicked possession.  Her characters make you crave their existence and wish they were figures in reality.

In all honestly I lagged a little to start The Red because I had received it from Net Galley so early and then before I knew it release day and I’m sure of regardless of whenever I would have read it the effect would still be mind blowing.  My body literally is a pressure cooker of frazzled nerves, this book is SEXY & ADVENTUROUS.  And while sex takes place in just about every chapter and it is far from typical raunchy insta-love. ( <- I don’t mean that negatively, I love insta-love from time to time too.  ) But this… this was so much more, this was the exploration of the combination of two (sometimes more  😛 ) bodies testing their limits and of Mona giving over her body to Malcolm with complete carte blanche. Even with the plot mainly composed of just sex the story was so GOOD and suddenly I fell down the rabbit hole!! I felt grief and so many more emotions.  I was blissful with Mona, sad with her, happy with her, and when she thought she was halfway to crazy I felt that too.

Before I knew it that rabbit hole led to an almost mystical world and I didn’t expect it but the bridge from what seemed to be reality with a whole lot of erotica turned into a fantasy with still a whole lot of erotica but with beings that cannot be explained.  I literally cannot explain them, well I guess I could but it may be a bit of a spoiler.  All you must know is that if Malcolm really is the devil I would sell not only my soul but every organ in my body for a chance to be his.  Maybe not my heart because that belongs to Søren and not even the devil himself would dare cross that man. 

In all fairness the one thing that bothered me was merely an after thought after getting passed it.  Mona stood up and put on heels and then when she walked out of her office she was in ballet flats.  Mind you this is in the first chapter.  Within that same chapter I forgot that I even cared, it became moot.  Like even mentioning it now makes me roll my eyes at myself.  MOVING ON… 

I had no clue what time era this was in until the last chapter, I knew it was some what modern but I loved the mystery of not knowing.  Seriously majority of the book took place in Mona’s inherited back room of her art gallery The Red and with every chapter it transformed into a scene recreated by Malcolm.  This man, this unashamed no bared man, I was so taken aback with him.  From the way he was so familiar with himself and what he wanted.  

In a nutshell Mona is going to lose her art gallery and its more of a matter of when then will, in comes Malcolm and offers her a way to save it… Albeit it is anything but conventional but she takes him up on his offer and in time when their arrangement is to end her feelings have evolved into love and the last thing she could fathom is losing him.  

But was he really hers to begin with? 

She doesn’t know anything more than his first name and the intense absence she feels without him. 

By the time everything finds its end I finished with my mouth hanging open, it was nothing short of amazing.  I just know that every Tiffany Reisz book I have read leaves me reeling, it sets the standard of perfection.  She weaves stories and worlds that nothing could compare to, EVER.  

If you love erotica and are willing to venture into the unknown with Malcolm then this is for you, definitely give this one a try!~ 

 


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Review: Train Wreck by T. Gephart

Review: Train Wreck by T. GephartTrain Wreck Series: Standalone
July 10, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 361
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also in this series: Back to You, Back to You

“No passion, no emotion, no originality—a train wreck of epic portions.”

Those were the words to describe Eve Thorton’s exhibition. Not even a fine arts degree from Yale or her daddy’s bank account could save her from the scathing reviews. And failure was a word Eve would never be comfortable with. Not even close.

Plotting the demise of every critic who’d written her off was her first instinct. But that would come later. Instead, she would show them that she wasn’t a bored socialite with more money than talent.

She would prove everyone wrong, and she wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. But when her journey for redemption crashed headfirst into Josh Logan, the sexy, talented tattooist from Queens, getting her hands dirty took on a whole new meaning.

Josh was everything Eve wasn’t, translating on skin what she couldn’t onto her canvas. All she had to do was convince him to share his jaw-dropping brilliance, and help her—seeing him naked—a bonus. Then she could go back to her regular life, vindicated.

It should have been easy. Pity her plans had a habit of derailing.

Excuse me while I remember how to write a review…

I’ve been a bit MIA for reasons I may or may not explain but as a result of taking a break from social media I have read quite a few books that I want to scream out about, Train Wreck being one of them.  T. (Tina) Gephart is such a VERSATILE writer and it shows from book to book.  Granted I have only read her latest four including this one but she has created another world I will gladly live in.

Josh and Eva are such a treat!

I’ve said this before but let me just say quickly once more that I usually shy away from books that have the “romantic comedy” label because I have this preconceived notion that it won’t be funny but more so “trying” to be funny.  With Tina however, this is never the case… She is organically funny (totally got that phrase from Ali) it just flows so well and the times I find myself laughing is because something is really, actually funny.  Like the humor is embedded in the characters and it is not forced or overdone.  Just a part of their traits.

Another thing is that T.’s heroines are made with a dash of everything!! I find them totally endearing and relatable.  I love following their journey as they work through their revelations and find themselves.  Eva did just that, she grew on her road to self discovery but more than that she allowed Josh to help her and it made her even better.

Ahhh about that babe Josh, he was a bit different than previous male characters in her books but you know what… I found that I loved him just as much!! He was a really good guy, like a real good guy and frankly I don’t always read too many books with good guys.  Don’t let that fool you though, he was still entirely filthy and won me over in half a broken heart beat.  Josh is the guy who cares for everyone and puts himself and his needs last because he wants whats best for everyone around him.  He is a walking fortune cookie with tattoos, the picture of him in my head does not do him justice I’m sure.

As you can predict girl meets boy, boy likes girl, they become friends and things quickly escalate from there.  Did I mention that I really appreciated their friendship before they became lovers?! Well I totally did, I loved how they formed a dynamic and the transition became so natural for them.  So heres the catch… you know when it’s time for the conflict to arise and the two main characters leave so many things unsaid and then it gets blown out of proportion?  When really everything could have been solved with a simple conversation… I’ll admit I thought thats what was going to happen here and for a second I was almost like ugh no, but then long behold these two characters worked through a minor understanding like ADULTS! I mean that shouldn’t have made me as happy as it did, but what can I say it was majorly refreshing!

Overall I loved this story, I loved EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER, I loved how it ended, I loved how funny it was, I loved how after finishing it I wanted a book for Dallas.  

T. Gephart always leaves me wanting more of whatever she is offering, if you are looking for a fun, summer read then definitely pick this one up.  Plus the cover is GORGEOUS!!  

 

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Review: The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean

Review: The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLeanThe Day of the Duchess by Sarah Maclean
Series: Scandal & Scoundrel #3
Published by Harper Collins June 27, 2017
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 400
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Narrator: Justine Eyre
Length: 10 Hrs 39 Mns
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The one woman he will never forget…
Malcolm Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven, has lived the last three years in self-imposed solitude, paying the price for a mistake he can never reverse and a love he lost forever. The dukedom does not wait, however, and Haven requires an heir, which means he must find himself a wife by summer’s end. There is only one problem—he already has one.

The one man she will never forgive…
After years in exile, Seraphina, Duchess of Haven, returns to London with a single goal—to reclaim the life she left and find happiness, unencumbered by the man who broke her heart. Haven offers her a deal; Sera can have her freedom, just as soon as she finds her replacement…which requires her to spend the summer in close quarters with the husband she does not want, but somehow cannot resist.

A love that neither can deny…
The duke has a single summer to woo his wife and convince her that, despite their broken past, he can give her forever, making every day The Day of the Duchess.

The Day of the Duchess was everything I wanted it to be and so, so much more. It’s turned out to be my favorite Maclean book so far.

If you know how the Scandal & Scoundrel series starts, you know that the Duke of Haven and his wife, Seraphina, are having some marital woes. This, the third book in the series, hashes out all of those troubles. Even though I was extremely hesitant about Malcolm, the Duke, going into this story – I was still dying to get my hands on this book. I really, really wanted to know why this couple was where they were and how they could possibly overcome such turmoil.

Let me say…MacLean did an amazing job. I am soooo in love with Malcolm and I never, ever, expected that. Not in a million years. But here we are, with me singing his praises and my heart beating a little faster just at the thought of this man, who I greatly disliked in book one, The Rogue Not Taken.

Malcolm shines, but so does Seraphina. She’s a much stronger character than I anticipated and her determination and vulnerability had me in love with her as well.

The Day of the Duchess is more than just a romance. It’s a tale of redemption, of strength, of growth, of learning to trust again after it’s been so heartbreakingly and brutally broken. It’s a story of never giving up on something you love and doing all you can to deserve that love. It’s also a tale of passion and freedom and it’s brilliantly weaved with MacLean’s unique quirky sense of humor. I laughed and I cried. This book was everything!

 


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My personal experience with Bad Romance by Heather DemetriosBad Romance June 13, 2017
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 369
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone.

Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it's too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she's unable to escape.

Deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest, this is a story about spiraling into darkness—and emerging into the light again.

This is probably going to get really personal and very emotional for me, please bear with me.

Bad Romance is a book every young girl should read. Bad Romance is a book every mother of a young girl should read. Hell, every mother of a young boy should read it. It should be read as a cautionary tale of what so, so many young couples go through and we should all be aware of the signs.

It would be easy to say that Bad Romance is the story of Grace, a high school student with a hard home life who falls into a destructive relationship and is emotionally abused by her boyfriend. It is that story. But it’s more. It’s also the story of Gavin. An emotionally troubled teen who charms and manipulates his way through life, avoiding the professional care he desperately needs.  That part of this story was very hard for me to come to terms with. Here’s why.

This is not a subject I’ve ever easily broached. Especially not publicly. Why? Because 25 years later, I’m still ashamed of the girl I was.

I was Grace.

At sixteen I entered into a relationship with a shy, quirky skater boy. He was beloved by his friends, he had great parents who showed me nothing but adoration and kindness and by all accounts…he was a great guy. He started out as a great guy.

I grew up in a somewhat strict home life, I didn’t have the freedom so many of my friends did. But my parents trusted this guy. Trusted him to take care of me, to look out for me, to care for me and they allowed me more freedom because of it. Which only made me love him more.

As time went on though, the great guy became more and more jealous. Possessive. Controlling. Slowly I lost most of my friends. I was only ‘allowed’ certain ones. I was a drama girl, like Grace, preferring roles behind the scenes. That role eventually dwindled as well because he wasn’t part of that life and why would I want to do an activity, any activity, without him?

My life became another set of rules, only this time they weren’t my parents rules, they were his. If I didn’t comply he became morose, depressed, and would lay on a heavy guilt trip about me not loving him as much as he loved me.

About half way into our relationship I received a phone call from an ex boyfriend. Someone who had played a pivotal role in my life. He called to tell me his little brother had committed suicide. His girlfriend had broken up with him and he was so emotionally unstable over it that he went to her house and shot himself in her front yard.

I should have been there for him. He had just lost his brother in a horrific way and he called me. But, this was someone I was not ‘allowed’ to talk to. I wasn’t there for this person. I was too scared to be there for him. Years later, he forgave me for that. I still have not forgiven myself. I don’t think I ever can.

Things between me and my boyfriend escalated after that. His depression every time we fought, which was a lot, became tainted with talk of suicide. I can’t tell you how many times I heard “I’ll kill myself if you leave me”. It was his trump card. The one sure thing he had to keep me in line. And it worked for another year and a half. It worked through the emotional abuse and manipulation. It worked when that all changed to physical violence. And yet, I stayed. I knew the toll suicide took on loved ones. I wouldn’t be responsible for that. His life was in my hands. You couldn’t convince me it wasn’t.

He even had a way of charming our friends. Every fight was my fault, in their eyes. Even they would guilt me into staying for fear of his self-harm. He was the king of mind games.

Until one day, that guy I wasn’t allowed to talk to called again. Just to check in, as it had been so long since we last talked. While chatting he asked me something that I’ll never forget. “Who the fuck are you?” That question changed my life. This was someone I had not seen in years. Had barely spoken to in years. Yet he knew. He knew my life was wrong.

By this time, I was 19 and had been living in this Hell for three years. I was a husk of a person. I wasn’t Ali. I was just his girlfriend. I was the girl that did what he wanted, listened to only the music he liked, only liked the food he liked, only liked the people he liked.

But I couldn’t let that question go. “Who the fuck are you?”

So I made a plan. I broke up with him on a Friday, over the phone, right before I left work and I ran to a friend’s house for the weekend. She lived a few towns away and he didn’t know where or how to contact her. I called my parents and asked them not to tell him anything. I knew he’d call them, show up at my house, beg them…he did. They had no idea what was happening. I never let on. His abuse was my secret shame.

Leaving him was not easy and his abuse didn’t end after that weekend. There were still phone calls and attempts to see me. And there was still one more attempt at his sure fire ‘suicide’ tactic. I ended up at his house to make sure he was really okay. He was. Of course, he was. I still ended up with a fist to the face for my efforts.

It was over, though. For good. I left. It was so hard and scary but I did it. Not knowing who I was, what my future held anymore…I had given up any dream I had before him.

I hated him for years. Some part of me still does, for the girl he turned me into. I somehow can’t let go of all of that hate, for her sake. However, Bad Romance changed my outlook. Gavin is so much like this guy was and makes you realize that there are so many in the world like that. It’s a disease. He needed help just as much as I did and nobody ever even tried to get that for him. It was never MY responsibility to keep him alive though. That was his job. 

I guess I feel a little like I’ve come full circle from reading this book. It’s made me see things about myself that I never wanted to look at. It’s made me see things about him that I never wanted to see. It’s let me forgive myself a little more. All these years later and I didn’t even know I still needed it.

So. Thank you Heather Demetrios for writing a story that needed to be written. For all the people who have been there, are there or are about to be there. I hope it enlightens some readers. Helps them see the signs of abuse, as sometimes it’s very quiet and well hidden. Also, I hope it helps others heal, as it did me. 

 


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New Trade Paperback Editions from Kristen Ashley’s Colorado Mountain Series Available Today!

Attention Kristen Ashley Fans! Forever Romance has just relese the new trade paperback copies from Kristen Ashley’s Colorado Mountain series! If you’re a KA fanatic, you’ll want these beauties to be added to your collection. If you haven’t read these books, well, we highly recommend them you read them soon. Hot, Alpa Colorado mountain men…*fans self*

 

 

Life isn’t meant to be perfect. It’s meant to be lived . . .

Nina Sheridan thought she’d found the perfect man who would become the perfect husband. She was wrong. When Nina realizes the man she planned to grow old with doesn’t know her at all, it’s time to rethink her idea of perfect. And what better place to get her life in order than a remote Colorado mountain town halfway around the world?

Gnaw Bone, Colorado, may not be flashy or cosmopolitan, but it’s got a brand of hospitality all its own. Nina isn’t entirely sure she’s ready to trade the life she thought she wanted in England for cozy evenings in her mountain retreat, and she definitely isn’t sure she’s ready to handle the connection she feels to the owner of her rental house, Max Holden . . .

Nina didn’t come to Colorado to find love, but even the best-laid plans can go awry. Now, if Nina can let go of her past, Max-and a future in Gnaw Bone-might just be the perfect second chance she’s been waiting for.

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Lauren Grahame needs a whole new life. A simpler life. After leaving her cheating husband, she moves to Carnal, Colorado, takes a job as a waitress, and realizes she might have finally found the hometown she’d been searching for. Except things are about to get a lot more complicated . . .

Lauren’s fresh start does not include her growing feelings for her boss, Tate Jackson. She’ll take the new friends, the new job, not to mention the incredible banana bread from the local coffee shop, but love is not on the agenda.

However, the people of Carnal know chemistry when they see it, and they’re not about to let Tate and Lauren miss their chance.

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Lexie Berry has had nothing but bad luck. You name it, Lexie has probably survived it-or worse. But there’s only so much bad luck a girl can take, and now one promise is all that stands between her and a brand-new life.

When that promise brings her to Carnal, Colorado, Lexie isn’t sure the rough, yet strangely charming, town is for her. But there’s something Carnal has that might just make staying around worth it . . . and that’s Ty Walker.

For five years, Ty was imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. Now he wants revenge on the people who framed him. Lexie knows there’s a difference between vengeance and justice, and she’ll do everything she can to make sure Ty gets the latter. And with the good people of Carnal on their side, Lexie and Ty might finally find their luck is changing for the better.

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Kristen Ashley grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana, and has lived in Denver, Colorado, and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multigenerational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland, and Kristen grew up listening to the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon, and Whitesnake.

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

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