Review: Tonic by Staci Hart

Review: Tonic by Staci HartTonic Published by Promise Socks Publishing October 13, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review

Joel Anderson doesn’t take anything seriously.

Not his relationships, which have been few and far between since his brutal divorce. Not the drama of working in a tattoo parlor, which seems to be around every corner. When things get him down, he smiles and cracks a joke. But he’s not the kind of man you cross, or you’ll find yourself at the wrong end of his fists.

Annika Belousov takes everything seriously.

Like her job as a reality television producer, given that she typically has something to prove. Or her love life, which is defined by a series of requirements — affluent, ambitious, accomplished, to name a few. Definitely her family, who worked their whole lives to afford her every opportunity, a sacrifice she doesn’t take lightly. When she’s tapped to produce a reality show at Joel’s shop, she doesn’t think twice, just goes in for the kill, as if there were any other way.
The second Annika walks into Joel’s shop, he makes it his mission to crack her open, but she’s not having it. He’s all wrong — too crass, too hairy, too un-serious. But it doesn’t take her long to find out there’s more to him than smirks and tattoos. And what she finds could put her career and his heart on the line.

Not that Joel cares. Because for the first time in a long time, he’s found his tonic.

*** A standalone Romantic Comedy ***

Let me start by saying if I read a romantic comedy romance novel usually like to go into it without knowing it its a romantic comedy. There’s just too much pressure associated with it for me… Like what if it isn’t funny during the parts it’s supposed to be funny and I just roll my eyes and then that leads me to think that the author thinks their funny but they really aren’t. I’m not saying I don’t like to laugh I just don’t like knowing when I’m supposed to laugh. Also… This is going to sound bad but PLEASE UNDERSTAND I do not mean it to be meant in a bad way but sometimes I shy away from the genre too because I think there won’t be enough story in it like it’ll be more shits and giggles than storyline. I know, I know that isn’t fair it’s just that I’m usually on a scale that goes from makes me cry a few tears or makes me cry enough to sail Noah’s Ark and the books that make me cry usually don’t make me laugh that much.

With that prefaced let me go on to say that I FUCKING LOVED TONIC by Staci Hart. I really did laugh so much but more than that I loved the STORY. Joel and Annika rocked my world, I seriously was so sad once it ended, I did not want to let these characters go! Annika was this ice queen to everyone who knew her and she took no shit and gave no fucks. Except for with her family she was this soft woman who would do anything to make them happy. Joel was this sexy big beast bear just a really good fucking guy like good to the point where you’re just like damn he’s pretty GREAT! I loved that he was more than 10 years older than her, it was just so attractive. These two together are completely explosive…

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Joel’s tattoo shop just agreed to sign on with a tv network to begin filming a reality tv show and and Annika is the show runner, the instant they meet she hates him and he is intrigued by her.

MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN.

Filming begins and Annika’s feelings for Joel take on a life of their own and the irritation she once associated with him turns into heated moments that become harder and harder for her to ignore. He challenges her at every chance he gets and is dead set on getting her in his bed but he wants more from her beyond that. He catches these small glimpses of her when she isn’t completely uptight and he finds himself enamored with this woman. When Annika does give in it’s like everything that should seem so wrong is completely right. Joel doesn’t hold back with her body and he gives her everything she didn’t know she needed but more so than that he feeds a deeper connection that only leaves them both hungry for more. But Annika knows she can’t involve herself with this man any further than she has, she has a job to do and cannot let her judgement be clouded in anyway. In fear of not being able to have Annika the way Joel wants, which turns into every way, he makes her a bullshit deal. The only problem is that deep down they both know the deal they’re making is a LIE.

Their arrangement is going well until it isn’t… Shit gets REAL and the foundation crumbles beneath them. My emotions went haywire and I couldn’t help it I may have let my eyes leak a little. I couldn’t stop saying “FUCK!” really it was the only word I was capable of. Oh and another thing I loved is that when they argued with one another it was a free for all they didn’t say things to purposely hurt each other but things they had to purge like it would more so hurt them to keep it in. I’m sure that made absolutely no damn sense but I keep thinking back to the argument they have and Joel tells Annika fuck you, not to be malicious but because in that moment she deserved that and he told her.

All in all though this is my first book from Staci and I wish I had more eyeballs to read all of her books. This story had depth and so many more emotions than I planned for. If all romantic comedies could make me sad than I will read them all!

I feel like one more time I need to talk about Joel, I loved him so damn much. I love how old he was, how mature he was, how hairy he was, how tattooed he was, his sheer size (he seriously is size beast bear), oh and his heart, his heart was a million sizes bigger than him. But more than all of that he was so real in his way of life just upfront and honest.

Is it too early to re-read this again?!

 

 

 


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Review: Turbulence by Whitney G.

Review: Turbulence by Whitney G.Turbulence by Whitney G.
Published by Whitney G. August 30, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotica Romance
Pages: 412
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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He and I met under a cloud of clichés:
Boy meets girl. Boy charms girl. Boy screws 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.

Pre-boarding & Boarding Announcement:
Good morning romance readers. This is the pre-boarding announcement for Black Heart Reviews review of TURBULENCE by Whitney G. We are now inviting those readers who have been anxiously waiting for this new release, and any readers who love a cocky hero, to begin boarding at this time. Regular boarding will begin in approximately two seconds.

Ladies and gentlemen, the Captain has turned on the Fasten Seat Belt sign. If you haven’t already done so, please make sure your eReader is charged and ready to go because Whitney G. is about to take you on a ride riddled with passion, family drama, angst, heartache and Whitney’s patented knock your socks off love scenes.

Safety Briefing:
We remind you that this book has a dirty talking, cocky, Alpha hero. Readers who have an aversion to dirty-talking, cocky, Alpha heroes are prohibited on the entire aircraft, including the lavatories.

Now, if you’re a fan of the dirty talk, try holding on to your panties because Jake C. Weston is set on annihilating them. The filth that comes out of Whitney’s heroes mouths is one of the main reasons why she is an automatic buy author for me. The dirtier their mouths are the better, and Jake C. Weston is in fine form when he’s DTF. Let’s take a moment to read what kind of filth comes out of this sexy beast…

“I won’t be the guy you think you can call when you need to talk to someone. Unless it’s about how wet your pussy is, I don’t want your name on my call log, and I don’t need you thinking we’ll ever be friends.”

“We can talk tonight. We can talk about whatever the hell you want to talk about.”

“Tonight as in ‘the morning’ when we actually land in Paris, or ‘tonight’ as in right now?”

“Tonight as in right after we leave this restroom, as in right after I make you turn around against that door and remind you who your pussy belongs to.”

“What’s your favorite type of woman?”

“What?”

“You know, blonde, brunette, redhead. Those types.”

“I’ve never had a type.”

“Why not?”

“Because there’s not way for me to tell what a woman’s pussy is like just by looking at the color of the hair on her head.”

Gah! He is sooooo the Jerk of my dreams! Forget the hearts and flowers type of guy. Someone get me a Jake C. Weston, STAT! This man is on FIYAH!  😈 

Turbulence:
Ladies and gentlemen, the Captain has turned on the fasten seat belt sign. We are now crossing a zone of turbulence. Please return your seats and keep your seat belts fastened. And for real, keep those seat belts fastened because Whitney G. has her jets set on full throttle and she don’t give a f*ck about your emotions.

As always, things are never smooth sailing for Whitney’s couples. Jake is a classic commitment phobe who was content on having emotionless sexual relationships with women in all the area codes. But things quickly change when he meets Gillian, a headstrong young woman that ignites a hunger in Jake that he hasn’t experienced in a long time. Jake’s insists that their relationship can be nothing more than hot f*cks in layover cities or airport bathrooms, but Gillian ins’t having any of that and makes a valiant effort to plant herself in Jake’s stubborn mind and hardened heart. Gillian and Jake’s complicated love story felt like a never-ending back and forth swing that wreaked havoc on an otherwise passionate and intense relationship, and I was simply glued to the pages wanting more and more of this couple. 

But Gillian and Jake’s push and pull relationship wasn’t the only thing that had me holding on to my seat. Whitney throws in some family drama that always kept you on edge and wondering what the hell could be wrong with these people. I really wanted to throat punch every single member of Gillian’s pompous family. They were not nice people and it really made me admire Gillian’s strength and determination to not heed to their expectations of what they thought she needed to be. As for Jake’s family…well, there was some serious fucked-upness going on there. The deeply rooted lies and secrets of his family will disturb you, and make you as angry and jilted as Jake was. I loved discovering what made Jack the way he was, and I loved seeing the tender and heart aching moments that really made you understand where all his hate and resentment came from. Whitney definitely played with my emotions during some scenes and had my eyes wet with tears.


Landing:

On behalf of Black Heart Reviews and the entire crew, I’d like to thank Whitney G. for bringing me on this journey called TURBULENCE. I was practically salivating on my Kindle while reading Gillian and Jake’s explosive love story. Whitney is a master at combining witty banter, passionate love stories and HOT sex that’ll set your face on fire. The witty banter was on point. The humor was on point. The sex is ALWAYS on point. This book was everything I’ve come to love about Whitney and her writing, and was the perfect remedy to get me out of my most recent reading funk.

The wait for this book felt excruciatingly long, but the end result was totally worth it. Whitney G’s books are always enjoyable and I will always look forward to whatever hot read she has coming next. If you’ve been waiting on this book as long as I have, don’t wait any longer to read it. RUN to Amazon or B&N or wherever and purchase this book now!

 
 

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:


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Review: Sugar Daddies by Jade West

Review:  Sugar Daddies by Jade WestSugar Daddies by Jade West
July 7th 2016
Genres: Erotica, M/M Erotica
Pages: 442
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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A sugar daddy website doesn’t seem a sound basis for an A1 life plan, but I’m a small town girl with big dreams, and there’s this one advert, this one crazy advert I can’t stop thinking about…

Two hot guys seeking their Little Miss Right.
Someone who can entertain them, amuse them, fit in with their corporate schedule.
And sex. They want sex.
Lots of sex.
Bonus, right? One major dose of epic win.

Of course, guys like Carl and Rick have their conditions. One being that they come together, or not at all.
Hell, I can live with that.

And there are no skeletons in their designer closet, none that I can find.
Just two hot sugar daddies, with particular tastes, nothing to worry about.

Until Carl and Rick spill the big one, the one that sends the girls running. A whole string of them before me, running to the hills without so much as a backward glance.

Maybe I should run, too. Thanks but no thanks, see you around, guys, nice knowing you.
But I’m already in way too deep for that.

Warning – as with every other Jade West book, reader discretion is highly advised. This novel contains vivid depictions of MMF / MM relationships, and Jade’s characters, as always, have very filthy mouths. Mature readers only, please.

I have a confession. I’m a dirty, dirty bird. Like – I have this weird obsession with polyamory.  Menage relationships. Love stories that are so far from typical. I dig that shit. A lot. I’m pretty sure JA Huss’ 321 ruined me for all romances, because that book was H-O-T.

So, while I was perusing goodreads for my next erotic read, I found Sugar Daddies. That cover?  Helloooo!  So hot.  And the blurb?  Yuuup, instant one-click.  

The story follows Rick and Carl (hate those names, sorry, but I do) who are in a relationship with each other. They’re bi, and like women, but they LOVE each other.  Seriously, love each other.  Their love is freaking adorable and I believed every ounce of their attraction and protectiveness.  Rick is covered in tattoos, piercings and just overall a super happy, free-spirited dude.  Carl is a bit on the scary side – business orientated, no filter when he talks, very blunt, very sexy.  (Oh, and his peen is like the size of Florida.  Scary big. *wiggles eyebrows.*)  They’re a perfect match.

Then comes Katie. She’s a horse enthusiast who works shit jobs and all she wants out of life is to have enough money to own land and work with horses and kids.  That’s it.  Nothing fancy, just happy content-ness with her furry friends.  And that’s why she signs up with the Sugar Daddy website – to find herself a rich man to shower her in dolla bills and make her dreams come true.

But she comes across Rick and Carl and thinks, I totally want to do two dudes at once.  SCORE!

So they meet. They jive. They hook up.

They hook up even more.

And more.

And sooooo much more.

And here is where my star rating comes in. Because, weirdly enough, I loved the plot. A lot. The characters are so well written. I can see them perfectly, their personalities, their looks, everything.  I loved the story, the drama, the love that develops…all of it.

But I hated the sex.

Like, a lot. And for the sex in an erotica book to be meh is a bit of a let down. The dirty talk was a bit revolting, to be perfectly honest, and incredibly unrealistic. To me. It was kind of gross and my nose would curl up a bit and I ended up just sliding the pages until the muff bumping was done and it went back to the actual story.

How lame am I?

So, anyway, I loved the story.  I just kind of despised the parts where they were naked.  But I’m glad I kept going because the plot was bomb and I really loved the ending.  It made my heart all fluttery and shit.


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Review: The Return of Rafe MacKade by Nora Roberts

Review: The Return of Rafe MacKade by Nora RobertsThe Return Of Rafe MacKade by Nora Roberts
April 1, 1995
Genres: Romance
Pages: 251
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Ten years after disappearing from Antietam, Maryland, the bad boy has returned. Cleaned up and successful now--and still dangerously good-looking--Rafe MacKade sets the town on fire, and tongues wagging.

Lovely newcomer Regan Jones is intrigued--what kind of man could cause this sort of talk? She's just about to find out....

Nora Roberts and I have a history.  A long history of torn covers and hidden novels.  She pretty much started my romance reading journey, changing me from a sci-fi nerd to tearing off romance novel covers so my Daddy wouldn’t find the books and kill my young, perverted ass.  

I have read so many of her books, I’m like a walking NR encyclopedia.  I’d find them at garage sales and buy anything with her name of them.  

But… it’s been years since I’ve read something from her.  Years.   And I randomly came across The Return Of Rafe MacKade, so I jumped on it.   Because… why not?  Not many authors can write male characters like my girl Nora.  And when the universe tells me to buy a book, I usually listen.  

The story revolves around two characters, Rafe and Regan.  Rafe is one of four brothers, known around their small town and no-good bad boys.  Their momma died when they were young, and their Dad did what he could to keep the farm above water.  The boys were always getting arrested, fighting at bars, stealing cars, you name it.  No one expected any of them to mount to anything, and never did they.

After Rafe’s dad dies, he decides he’s done with the small town life, the spiderweb of gossip, and he needs a place where he isn’t one of the MacKade boys.   He packs up and…disappears.

Fast forward a decade and Regan finds herself getting away from the fancy silver spoon life, the big city, and fat bank accounts of her parents… and settling in a teeny town.  She sells antiques and decorates houses, lives a simple life, and relies on no one but herself.   Then one day she hears talk of the infamous Rafe MacKade coming home to his brothers (which are now a lawyer, a farmer, and the town Sheriff.)  

Rafe buys this creepy, haunted house and needs help decorating it with the correct period pieces.  They meet.  Sparks fly.  Clothes come off.  They have a business and personal relationship, and they’re the talk of town.  Good, sweet Regan is shacking up with bad boy Rafe…whodathunkit?

The story has some danger, so ghostly encounters, lots of caveman tactics, and hot (and a bit flowery) sex scenes.  The MacKade brothers are freaking awesome – full of punching, laughing, alpha maleness that you seriously can’t get enough of.  It’s a very typical Nora Roberts story, but fuck me, I loved it.  The characters were fascinating, and you finish this book wanting to read the next three back to back just so you can get more of these delicious brothers.

So, yes, all four are now sitting on my Kindle and I’ll be binging on a childhood favorite author the next couple days, and maybe revisiting some of my old favorites.  (Speaking of, do you have any Nora Roberts favorites?  I love all of her Ireland series, especially the band family one.  Or, the lighthouse witch series.  The boat building brothers series… God, I could go on and on.  Let me know if there’s a series I should check out!)

About Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, the youngest of five children. After a school career that included some time in Catholic school and the discipline of nuns, she married young and settled in Keedysville, Maryland.

She worked briefly as a legal secretary. “I could type fast but couldn’t spell, I was the worst legal secretary ever,” she says now. After her sons were born she stayed home and tried every craft that came along. A blizzard in February 1979 forced her hand to try another creative outlet. She was snowed in with a three and six year old with no kindergarten respite in sight and a dwindling supply of chocolate.

Born into a family of readers, Nora had never known a time that she wasn’t reading or making up stories. During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write down one of those stories. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981.

Nora met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, when she hired him to build bookshelves. They were married in July 1985. Since that time, they’ve expanded their home, traveled the world and opened a bookstore together.

Through the years, Nora has always been surrounded by men. Not only was she the youngest in her family, but she was also the only girl. She has raised two sons. Having spent her life surrounded by men, Ms. Roberts has a fairly good view of the workings of the male mind, which is a constant delight to her readers. It was, she’s been quoted as saying, a choice between figuring men out or running away screaming.

Nora is a member of several writers groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry. Recently The New Yorker called her “America’s favorite novelist.”


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Review:  Hard Rules by Lisa Renee JonesHard Rules by Lisa Renee Jones
Published by St. Martin's Griffin August 9th, 2016
Genres: Romance, Mystery
Pages: 304
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also by this author: Damage Control
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Wall Street meets the Sons of Anarchy in the smoldering, scorching first novel in the explosively sexy new Dirty Money series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones.

How bad do you want it?

The only man within the Brandon empire with a moral compass, Shane Brandon is ready to take his family's business dealings legitimate. His reckless and ruthless brother, Derek wants to keep Brandon Enterprises cemented in lies, deceit, and corruption. But the harder Shane fights to pull the company back into the light, the darker he has to become. Then he meets Emily Stevens, a woman who not only stirs a voracious sexual need in him, but becomes the only thing anchoring him between good and evil.

Emily is consumed by Shane, pushed sexually in ways she never dreamed of, falling deeper into the all-encompassing passion that is this man. She trusts him. He trusts her, but therein lies the danger. Emily has a secret, the very thing that brought her to him in the first place, and that secret that could that destroy them both.

This book.  I have so much to stay about this story and I’m not even sure where to begin.

When the ARC sign-up came across our email, I read the blurb and was immediately interested. “Wall Street meets Sons of Anarchy.”  Um… yes please!

But here’s the thing. We all know what a finicky reader I am. Due to that I don’t typically sign up for books with new-to-me authors, because I hate signing up for reviews when I end up not loving the book. Can you say awkward? It’s one thing to read it on my own time and not love it, but when I sign up for a release and I’m just not sure about an author… well, yeah. I tend to say away. 

But I couldn’t, because I was super intrigued and I wanted this story.  So I did it. I signed up.

And I am so glad I popped my Lisa Renee Jones cherry because this book was everything I want in a story. Mystery, lies, secrets, steamy sex, angst, suspense, LOL moments… you name it.

I will say, it was a bit of a rougher start for me. There was a finger-zap meeting at the very beginning, which is one of my pet peeves and DNF triggers… plus the Alpha had a lot of sly one-liners which I tend to roll my eyes at. But I’m telling you, those one-liners are smooth as fucking butter and I ended up highlighting like…twenty of them. They. Were. Hot.

Emily, the main character, is an absolute secret. We really know nothing about this chick except she loves sweet coffee, is a light weight drinker, can stand her own against the toughest mother fuckers on this planet, and she’s on the run from something or someone. She has multiple burner phones, has major secrets she keeps close to herself, and while she’s slumming it with crap jobs and a bare apartment, she obviously has expensive tastes and came from money at some point.

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Then there’s Shane. 

Okay, so, you can’t see me…but I’m grinning like a loon. I typed his name and then just stared at my laptop with the biggest shit-eating grin on my face for like 10 seconds. Shane is HOT. Super alpha.  Super dreamy. He’s this big shot lawyer from New York who’s moved back to his hometown in Colorado to join his family’s business because his Dad is dying from cancer and his dad and brother are horrible human beings who play with dirty money and have mafia connections they’re entwining with the company. Shane wants to take over and turn it back into a profitable, lucrative business… but to do this he has to play just as dirty as his own blood and push them out. In any way possible.

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Saying his family is a disaster is putting it lightly. When I thought they couldn’t get any worse, they proved me wrong. Over and over again.

All the while Emily is stuck in between all of the family’s mess while she’s trying to figure her shit out and keep her secrets secret.

It’s just a complete cluster fuck of what-the-hell-is-going-to-happen-next?! moments. All you want is to figure out all of the lies, all of the connections and see the big picture. I’m usually really good at reading between the lines and figuring out the big a-ha! moments early… but this entire story I was in the dark just begging for a glimpse of light to help me out.

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Shane and Emily have such a heated chemistry, and their pull is visceral. You can feel it. They’re constantly pushing each other away, but you know it won’t last long. They totally, 100% need each other.

And before you know it, you’re at 95% and you’re pissed the fuck off because you know the story is coming to an end and you just don’t want it to. You want more. You even consider emailing the author, begging her for more, but then you realize that’s a little weird, so instead you tell your husband all about the story and plot and your ideas about what’s going to happen next until you notice he’s just nodding his head absent-mindedly every few seconds while he watches the golf channel.

Anyways. My first LRJ book was an absolute knock out and I cannot wait until book two. Shit is about to hit the fans and I have a box of popcorn just waiting for the show. These secrets can’t stay hidden forever and oh em gee I need a front row seat for when it all starts to crumble.

ALSO! Check out our Facebook page tomorrow (the 11th) because Lisa Renee Jones is hosting a super-duper amazing giveaway. You seriously don’t want to miss it!

 

 

About Lisa Renee Jones

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series.

In addition to the success of Lisa’s INSIDE OUT series, she has published many successful titles. The TALL, DARK AND DEADLY series and THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN series, both spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists. Lisa is presently working on a dark, edgy new series, Dirty Money, for St. Martin’s Press.


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Review: Moore to Love by Faith Andrews

Review:  Moore to Love by Faith AndrewsMoore to Love July 18, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 264
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
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I used to imagine that life would be easier, more enjoyable, if I were tall, blond, and supermodel thin. But real life—like the average, every day woman—is full of curves and imperfections, and many opportunities to learn that it’s not the number on the scale that measures the capacity of your heart.

After years of struggling with poor self esteem and too many crash diets to count, I finally got wise—and hired a trainer. With an enthusiastic push from my brother’s fiancé and more motivation than a Joel Osteen sermon, I, Madeline “Leni” Moore, am ready to ditch the oh-woe-is-me act.

That is, until I smack head-on into a tree and collide with him. Lane Sheffield is the guy you drool over from afar. One look at him the first day on the runner’s track, and my panties are up in flames. He’s out of my league. Slim, sleek, and athletic to my plump, dull, and unfit. Lane has no reason to like me, but to my utter shock . . . he does and this newfound attention from the opposite sex has me all sorts of baffled.

What starts out as a healthy journey to lose some of the extra me, turns into a quest to find my true self. Will the need to fit in and finally have someone to call my own lead me to my weight loss goal or my happiness goal? I've focused so long on being skinny, what will it take for me to learn the ultimate lesson—that beauty is only skin deep?

This was my first Faith Andrews book! I was equal parts excited, yet hesitant, after reading the blurb. I LOVE stories with bigger women, or women with body insecurities – but I hate when that becomes the entire plot… Or when the character doesn’t have ANY confidence in herself, at all. When they’re whiney and self-loathing, the story becomes exhausting.

Thankfully, in Moore To Love, that didn’t happen. At least not with her.

Moore To Love focuses on main character Leni. She’s a fluffier gal living in NYC, and when her brother gets engaged, she decides to hire trainers and lose some weight and gain self-confidence. During her daily running, she spies a hot dude who ends up saving the day after she quite literally runs into a tree and knocks herself out.

From there, a friendship sparks and so does a romance. This is a very cutesy, surface read. Almost on the verge of a fluffy romance (which, there’s nothing wrong with that, just not my personal preference typically.) I was expecting to hate Leni, but she ended up being my favorite. She had her insecurities, but they weren’t overdone. She was actually very realistically written, and I could relate to her A LOT.

My biggest problem was with the “alpha.” Lane on the surface seems to be everything you want in the hero. Hot. Athletic. Great job. Kind and caring and sweet. But… he ended up being what I was afraid of Leni becoming – whiney and so full of self-loathing that he annoyed me. Now, I’m not saying men can’t have insecurities or imperfections, but he was lacking confidence in buckets worth.

And when both characters are full of self-doubt, it kind of takes over the story and the plot and your whole focus is on them feeling sorry for themselves rather than anything else.

I think if a few things were different with the characters, I would have enjoyed it a lot more.  There was a ton of “pep” talks between Leni and her friends, making them a bit redundant and overdone…but I really enjoyed the supporting characters, and wouldn read from her again in the future.

If you don’t mind a non-super-alpha alpha, and love lighter romances, you’ll probably really enjoy Moore to Love.

*2.5-3 stars*

 

 


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Review : Pokebutt Go: Pounded By ‘Em All by Chuck TinglePokebutt Go: Pounded By 'Em All Genres: Erotica, M/M Erotica
Format: eBook
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Torbit is worried. After witnessing a slew of dazed roaming men and women buried in their phones, he’s beginning to think that this might be the start of a terrifying zombie film. Upon further investigation, however, Torbit realizes that they are all playing a hot new mobile game, Pokebutt Go.

Curious to see what all of the fuss is about, Torbit plugs in and sets out to capture a nearby Pokebutt within his own balls, but when he arrives at the location of this rare beast, Torbit suddenly realizes that he might have bitten off more than he can chew.

Now face-to-face with a handsome yellow bigfoot named Peebaroo, who sports a zig-zag tail, Torbit realizes that the only way to catch this majestic creature… is within the depths of his own butt.

This erotic tale is 4,000 words of sizzling human on gay Pokebutt action, including anal, blowjobs, rough sex, cream pies, and digital monster love.

Yes.  The title is correct.  This is a review of Chuck Tingle‘s newest release, “Pokebutt Go: Pounded By ‘Em All.”

I am a fan of Mr. Tingle.

There…I said it.  I ain’t ashamed of it either.  Chuck Tingle is THE MAN.  And you have to give him credit, the second there is anything new going on or being talked about, within minutes I swear he releases a book about it.  Chuck Tingle is in “the know” of what’s what in society.

And he’s actually a really good writer.  Shocking, I know.. but he really is.  He does have talent, no matter how weird or insane the actually book is, the writing is witty and, well, entertaining.  And what else do you want out of a book other than entertainment?

Okay, so Pokebutt Go.  It’s obviously based on the huge craze of Pokémon Go.  The book starts out with the main character having NO effing clue what’s going on.  He leaves work and people are everywhere, the streets and even parking garages are packed with people staring at their phones and totally clueless to what’s going on in the world around them.  People are going crazy, and this guy is at first annoyed, but then that morphs into curiosity.

“It’s a way of life!” the man counters.  “There’s a Buttmander somewhere in this park and I need to get pounded by it!”
“Get pounded by it?” I question.
“In the butt!” the man yells.

So Torbit, the main character, finally decides he’s going to start this interesting butt-pounding adventure.  Because, if everyone else is doing it, why not him?   And wouldn’t you know, the very first creature he encounters?  It’s love at first fucking Pokebutt sight!  *swoon!*

“I am absolutely drunk with lust, willing to do anything and everything that this handsome bigfoot would like.”

If that doesn’t make your heart swoon, I bet this will.

“Fuck me,” I demand.  “Fuck me like the bad little Pokebutt trainer that I am!”  My body can barely contain his girth, but I do my best at trying to allow his enormous rod a peaceful passage into the depths of my rectum, with mixed results.

I’m legit dying.  Torbit and Peebaroo’s love story continues.  They have lots of dirty, dirty love making and their love continues to grow with each penetration.  I mean minute.

“I’m gonna be honest, I know that you’re the first Peebaroo I’ve been pounded by, but there’s something about you that makes me feel like this is more than just a game.”
The yellow bigfoot nods.  “I feel it, too.”

*Que the violin.  The fireworks.  The ‘awwwws’.*

Come on, if a man can’t find love with a giant, yellow Bigfoot…WHO CAN?

And, at the end – the fabulous and amazing Chuck Tingle leaves us with this line that is so fucking deep, you’ll read it five times and wonder at this amazement.

“I guess that’s what happens when you’re on the search for pounds, whether its in the realm of some game or in your daily life.  The world is full of surprises, hidden gems around every corner just waiting for someone excited enough to come and discover them.”

Let that sink in a minute.  Deep. As. Fuck.

 

 


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