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Hi I'm Janna and I am a book whore! I started this blog after being a part of another for years. While being a big blog may be nice I like to stay true to me having a love for books, that's why I blog. I love books and I want to share that love with my readers of this blog. I love to read, books are my escape and a huge part of my life besides my husband and two children. I am honest and sometimes sassy in my reviews but never mean. Some of my favorite authors include Kristen Ashley, Penelope Douglas, T.M. Frazier, M.N. Forgy, Rachel Van Dyken, Meghan March and Vi Keeland to only name a few!

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

ARC Review! Love Machine By Kendall Ryan

Love MachineA best-friends-to lovers standalone romance from New York Times bestselling author Kendall Ryan. 

She says she needs some help ... in the bedroom.

Come again? No, really come again.

Sweet, nerdy, lovable Keaton.

She's my best friend and has been for years. Sure she likes numbers and math, and thinks doing other people's taxes is fun. And I like ... none of that stuff. She's obsessed with her cat and reads novels I'll never understand, and yet we just click. There's no one I'd rather share breakfast burritos with or binge watch hours of Netflix. She's my person. And so when she takes off her glasses and asks me to help her improve her skills in the bedroom, I barely have to think about it.

Of course I'll help her. There's no one better for the job.

I've been there for her through everything, why should this be any different?

But what happens when she's ready to take her new-found confidence and move on?



I have been reading a lot of darker romances as of late and Love Machine was a welcomed change, it was sweet, it was sexy and it was funny. I loved the friendship between Keaton and Slate, the banter between them was spot on and their connection was strong.

I loved Slate, I am not gonna lie, I loved his POV the most throughout the book. Keaton, it took me a bit to warm up to, it’s not that she wasn’t likeable, she was very much so, it was I had problems connecting with her but once I did it was smooth sailing. Friend to lovers books are some of my favorites to read because that foundation is already there for something more. The reason why Slate helps Keaton out may have started off as helping a friend experience more sexually but quickly turns into more.

I really enjoyed Love Machine a lot and it was the welcomed change I was needing. This is one that needs to be on your TBR list for sure.



Release Blitz! Siren Beloved By Lexi Blake Writing As Sophie Oak



   Aidan O’Malley walked away from his fiancĂ©e, Lexi, and their best friend, Lucas, after a night of passion left him shaken to his core. Years later, Aidan returns home from Iraq haunted by all he has lost. The enemy broke his body, destroying his dreams of a career in music. Worse still, he lost Lexi and Lucas. That damage he’d done all by himself. While he can’t restore what combat took from him, he’s determined to reclaim the two loves of his life. Lucas Cameron is a changed man. After connecting with his brother, he found the discipline to get his life on track. His legal career is flourishing, but his love life is a train wreck. The woman he loves is spiraling out of control. After Aidan abandoned them, Lucas and Lexi clung together but no matter how hard he tries, Lucas can’t find a way to heal the wounds that Lexi carries. Lexi Moore feels like a jigsaw puzzle with too many missing pieces. Losing Aidan was hard, but the true reason for her shattered spirit is a secret she only shares with her beloved Lucas. She knows she is drowning and the time has come to heal, but the holes in her heart hold her back from moving on. Shedding the burden she carries is her only hope for a happy future, but she fears she will never have the strength to reveal her secret. When Aidan walks back into their lives, Lucas and Lexi know everything is about to change. But as they fight to reconcile their past and reclaim what they lost, a vicious predator stalks Lexi. In order to stop the killer, all three must confront the secrets they’ve carried…before they’re buried by them.      


I know I sound like a broken record, but I really am loving rediscovering these books and Siren Beloved was especially fun to read again. If you are just now discovering these books, then I hope you devour them like I do. Siren Beloved is another sexy addition with a side of a second chance romance.

Aiden knows that he screwed up when he walked away from not only Lexi, but Lucas as well after a night that made him question himself as well as parts of his sexuality. He has had things change him as well and, for me at least, made me route for him even more when you learn about it. The chemistry between Aiden, Lucas and Lexi is undeniably hot but will they be able to get over the hurt Aiden cause them?

I had forgotten how bratty that Lexi could be at times and how she routinely topped from the bottom. She needed a true Dom and while Lucas would try, she needed someone stronger who could handle her and get her to open up about her secrets.

Siren Beloved is another book by Sophie Oak that I highly recommend and one that I loved reading once more. 


   



  Lexi realized she was in serious trouble the minute the words left Lucas’s mouth. Hell, she’d realized she was in trouble the minute she opened her mouth. What was she thinking? She knew damn well how to behave in a dungeon, but something about this Master made her want to push him. Damn it. She’d been this way all of her life. She had to push. She thought about taking a step back, but before she could make her feet move, Master A had her in a fireman’s hold. “Hey!” She shouted as her world upended. She turned her head up to throw a desperate look Lucas’s way. Lucas stood there, a stony cold look on his face. In that moment, he was all Dom, and she’d never seen him look hotter. There was a confidence about him she had rarely seen when he was around her. Lucas was utterly in command at work, but his surety faltered when she walked into the room. Even when he performed a scene with her, she knew he worried about her comfort. He didn’t look worried now. He looked ready. Her heart started to pound as Master A turned, and she lost sight of Lucas. “I need a chair, Lucas.” The words came out of the Master’s mouth like a judge delivering a sentence. “Yes, Sir.” Lucas’s words were silky smooth. There was not a hint of hesitation now. She could hear him moving to do Master A’s bidding. “What do you think you’re doing?” she asked, though she was a bit less hostile now. She’d fucked up. She was glad Julian wasn’t around to witness it, though Leo would probably tell him. Tears pricked her eyes. Damn, she was proving to Leo she couldn’t handle the lifestyle. “Look, Sir, I’m sorry. It was wrong of me to be rude to you, but I was merely pointing out that Lucas and I had a plan for tonight.” Reason. She could reason with him, surely. It worked on all the men in her life. Of course, usually she was looking at them instead of trying to plead her case to a group of back muscles. The muscles were unbelievably tight, but his skin—oh, his skin had been decimated in his lower back. It was a mess of white, puckered flesh, and she could see both neat, surgical lines, and jagged edges. She reached out to touch the mass of scars, but she was jerked back over his shoulder and set on her feet before she could make it. She wobbled on her heels, but Master A’s big hands held her shoulders. “I don’t think you understand how this is going to go, sub. I am the Master, and you are the one being punished. I won’t put up with a spoiled princess telling me how her punishment will go. It will go the way I say it will go. First, you will pay for the insult to me, and then we’ll proceed to the sawhorse.” “I don’t like the sawhorse.” The words came out breathy and small, because she was beginning to understand that this was serious. Master A didn’t look like he was planning on giving in. And she hated being called a spoiled princess, but a part of her worried that he was right. The last few years, she’d allowed herself to become spoiled and dependent. She’d fled from everything that hurt her. She’d hidden. She’d let her stepfathers and Lucas coddle and provide for her so she didn’t have to face the truth. Master A didn’t flinch. “I don’t care. Lucas has done the best he can, but the truth is he wasn’t trained to be a Dom. He might enjoy it from time to time, but he prefers bottoming. You require a firm hand. If you don’t want it, then you’re free to leave. No one is holding you against your will. This is all about consensual play, so you have to make the choice. Do you want the session to continue?” She hated this part. This was the part that she’d never understood. She had to make the choice, and she couldn’t put it off on anyone else. She wanted for him to simply do it. Then she could blame him later, but that wasn’t what The Club was about. She’d been coming here for over a year, and she finally had to decide to make the choice—stay and put herself in the hands of a stranger, or go and never know what it was like. And then there was the fact that Master A was right. Lucas needed something she couldn’t give him. She cast her eyes down submissively. How bad could it be? “Yes, Sir.” “Then strip.”  

 

NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.

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ARC Review! Bound By Wreckage By Ryan Michele

Lennox “Nox” Cruz can’t turn his back. No matter the collateral damage, he can’t walk away. He simply isn’t that kind of man.

Carsyn Devero is in too deep. The skeletons in her closet come out daily to remind her of the past she can’t escape.

A chance encounter brings a boy who is now a man back into her world. As much as she knows she needs to walk away, Nox won’t let her.

She’s stuck and doesn’t want to drag him down into her storm. He’s relentless and refuses to let her fall.

They’re bound by the wreckage, only holding onto hope no one else will go down with them. With Ravage MC at his back, will they find their way out to a future together?

I DEVOURED Bound By Wreckage. I have loved each book in the Ravage MC Bound series. Each has sucked me in and held me captive from beginning to end. I honestly think I love this series more than I did the original one. Bound By Wreckage is emotional and it at times will have your stomach twisting in turning.

Nox and Carsyn’s story will take you to the edge of your seat and keep you there from the beginning until the very end. Their journey at times is rough and heartbreaking but it is also one of healing. I will not give away any spoilers because this is a book that needs to be experienced for yourself, you need to feel the emotions firsthand and not spoiled by someone else. The connection between Nox and Carsyn is special in the sense that there is more to it than just sexual.
Bound By Wreckage was another kick ass book in this series, each book for me has been better than the one before it. I am already anxiously awaiting the next book in the series, I have a feeling we are about to go on an interesting and wild ride.



Release Blitz! Heartless By Willow Winters


At first, his words were harsh and his touch cold.
I knew he was a dangerous man and he could destroy me if only he wanted to.

That’s not what he wanted though. 
It’s so easy to get lost in the touch of a man who’s powerful and unattainable. 
A man who wants for nothing … except me.
Soft touches and stolen glances made my blood heat and my heart beat in a way I never knew it could.

Yes, it’s easy to fall into a haze of lust and desire.
But there’s a reason his reputation is one of a heartless man.
And I should have known better.
If you haven’t read Merciless you must do so before starting Heartless because you will be lost if you don’t. Carter and Aria’s story picks up right where we are left off in Merciless, and it is even more intense. I really am trying to not spoil anything in this review and to do that I am keeping this fairly short and sweet.

Things become more interesting and intense between Carter and Aria, the push the pull the connection between them is changing, some things for the better, some things for the worse. Aria I must say did wear on my nerves a bit in this one, and while I can understand her wanting those she loves to be safe she of all people should no better that if it isn’t Carter who does it, someone else will. Things are happening that will change the course of what is happening between them, in the end though will it be work out or not? I wanted to throw my kindle at the end because it is a cliffhanger and a big one at that. I don’t mind cliffhangers at all but I was like WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!?!?!


I am anxiously awaiting the next book, I hope the wait isn’t too long because I really want to know what will happen between them. 








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Willow Winters is so happy to be a USA Today, Wall Street Journal and #1 Contemporary Bestselling Romance Author. She likes her action hot and her bad boys hotter. She certainly doesn’t hold back on either one in her writing!

Willow started writing after having her little girl, Evie, December 2015. All during her pregnancy with Evie she continued to read and she only wanted to read romance. She was reading a book a day — sometimes two.

In January 2016 Willow was staying up late with Evie and just thinking of all these stories. They came to her constantly so she finally sat down and just started writing. She always wanted to do it so she figured, why not? Today Willow cannot be happier for making that decision!

Release Blitz! Giovanni By Natasha Knight


I’m the right-hand man of the mafia king.
She’s a girl with a past she’s desperate to hide.

But I need something from her.
And I know she won’t help me. Not willingly.
She’ll need some persuading.

Lucky for her, I can do that.

Something about this girl makes me curious, though, and it’s more than the scars that line her back. She’s on the edge of something.  Something bad. She’s like a perfect, beautiful doll coming apart at the seams. And the last string is about to snap.

She thinks I’ll hurt her. Break her.
But thing is, she’s already broken. And she and I, we’re two peas in a pod. She’s my match, the perfect opponent. She’ll fight me to the finish, but I’ll win. I always do.

Because I’m a man used to getting what I want. And what I want is her. 

Author’s Note: Giovanni is a STANDALONE dark mafia romance set in the Benedetti Brothers Mafia World. It’s an emotionally gripping enemies-to-lovers romance with a hard-earned HEA.
I have been on a mafia kick as of late and Giovanni was another one that I just couldn’t put down. Natasha Knight has quickly become an automatic must-read author for me. Giovanni is set in the Benedetti Brothers Mafia World series, but it is a standalone so don’t worry if you haven’t read the other books, but you really should! This is a dark romance so there may be some triggers if you have them, it can get intense at times as well as emotional.

Giovanni has a presence to him, one that when reading you can almost feel the power he has. He is intense, not a person who you want to anger or to hurt what he considers his. What he wants he gets, and he not only wants Emilia, he wants her brother because of what he has done. And no I am not telling you so you have to read the book to find out. Emilia is strong but at the same time broken, she has an inner fire that can burn hot when it needs to. I loved them together, they strengthened the other person and also helped heal as well.


If you are looking for a darker mafia book to read Giovanni is one you will want to have on your TBR list, as well as the Benedetti Brothers Mafia World series because these are all books I highly recommend.








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USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance, Natasha Knight specializes in dark, tortured heroes. Happily-Ever-Afters are almost always guaranteed, but she likes to put her characters through hell to get them there. She’s evil like that.


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Release Blitz! His Control By Ilsa Ames



I left this town years ago. And with it, her too.
Now I'm back, and three times the man I was. Wealthy, powerful, possessive, driven
I'm a man with certain appetites, and when I find the small-town girl I left behind, there'll be no holding back.
First, I'll control her body.
Then, I'll claim her heart.
She's already mine. She just doesn't know it yet...







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Ilsa Ames is two die-hard romance readers-turned-authors. Best friends, moms, secret (and sometimes not so secret…) smut lovers, and crappy reality television junkies.

Smokin' hot, dominant alphas, smart, sassy heroines, & contemporary romance stories to make you say "yes please!". 

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