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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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Sunday, July 31, 2016

ARC Review! Worked Up by Tessa Bailey

Factory mechanic Duke Crawford just wants to watch SportsCenter in peace. Unfortunately, living with four divorcee sisters doesn’t provide much silence, nor does it change his stance on relationships. But when a fellow commitment-phobe stumbles into his life, getting him good and worked up, he can’t deny his protective instincts.

Samantha Waverly’s brother just put her in an impossible situation. The only way out? Marry huge, gruff, gladiator look-alike Duke—for show, of course. She doesn’t make promises—she knows too well how easily they can be broken—and this is no exception.

As the blistering attraction between them grows, the lines around the no-strings relationship blur. But Duke and Samantha’s marriage is only for show…or is it?

Duke and Samantha were fun and their chemistry was off the charts hot. I am not usually a fan of "insta-love" and am not always able to believe the actions of the characters when it strikes, but in this case I did.

There were a few reasons for this:
1. Tessa Bailey can write. She is a favorite author of mine because she writes a good story, with excellent dialog, perfect pacing, and believable characters (even when they are engaging in "insta-love" you still believe in them) and the supporting characters always feel real
2. Duke was a normal guy. Not a perfect body, not the perfect career, lives with his sisters who are all divorced and who come off a bit rough around the edges. He is REAL. He is the guy next door, the one you feel safe with, who feels like a normal guy.
3. Samantha was also real. She had flaws, uncertainties, imperfections, and she also wasn't a model.

So, in this one, the characters work so well that I was willing to suspend disbelief in believe they were in it for the long haul. The marriage helped me with this...as there is nothing better than taking something away to show you how much you actually want it.

All in all, this one is worth the read. You will enjoy it.

Oh, sit in front of a fan and have ice water...you are going to thank me for this advice.





ARC Review! Sting by Sandra Brown

When Jordie Bennet and Shaw Kinnard lock eyes across a disreputable backwater bar, something definitely sparks. Shaw gives off a dangerous vibe that makes men wary and inspires women to sit up and take notice. None feel that undercurrent more strongly than savvy businesswoman Jordie, who doesn't belong in a seedy dive on the banks of a bayou. But here she is . . . and Shaw Kinnard is here to kill her.

As Shaw and his partner take aim, Jordie is certain her time has come. But Shaw has other plans and abducts Jordie, hoping to get his hands on the $30 million her brother has stolen and, presumably, hidden. However, Shaw is not the only one looking for the fortune. Her brother's ruthless boss and the FBI are after it as well. Now on the run from the feds and a notorious criminal, Jordie and Shaw must rely on their wits-and each other-to stay alive.

Miles away from civilization and surrounded by swampland, the two play each other against their common enemies. Jordie's only chance of survival is to outwit Shaw, but it soon becomes clear to Shaw that Jordie isn't entirely trustworthy, either. Was she in on her brother's scam, or is she an innocent pawn in a deadly vendetta? And just how valuable is her life to Shaw, her remorseless and manipulative captor? Burning for answers-and for each other-this unlikely pair ultimately make a desperate move that could be their last.

With nonstop plot twists and the tantalizing sexual tension that has made Sandra Brown one of the world's best-loved authors, STING will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the final pages.

#1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sandra Brown jolts the reader from the first page of this heart-pounding story of corruption, treachery, and ceaseless deception . . .where nothing is what it seems and every truth brought to light exposes a darker lie.

Sting is a heart racing, edge of your seat, no clue how it is going to work out string of surprises. Each chapter bringing a new revelation that left me unable to stop without knowing what could possibly happen next.

Shaw Kinnard is a hit man. Probably. But it is a Sandra Brown novel, and if you have read her before you know there is a chance that you don’t know everything these is to know about Shaw. Jordie is a woman trying to hold her life together while living down the betrayal and suspicions cast upon her by the actions of her brother.

The sexual tension between them, amazing. She is attracted to him against her better judgment, and you get the sense that Shaw feels the same way. It’s a Sandra Brown, so you know they each have secrets. Heck, you know their secrets probably have secrets about other secrets. But that is part of the fun…the KNOWING that something is going to happen, that you aren’t going to see it coming, and it is going to leave you stunned.

The main reveal, I never saw it coming. Not once, not in all the thinking I did along the “how in the world is this going to resolve in a HEA, as they always do” did this ever occur to me. At this point, I found myself laughing at the revelation while smiling because, yet again, Brown got me good…I should have seen it coming, but I totally missed it. I loved it.

The writing was strong, the pacing a perfect mix of OMG moments, suspense, and resolutioins to questions that kept you moving forward in the story. One of Brown’s strengths, aside from her writing which is flawless, is her ability to tell a complicated story that makes sense. You get explanations to the questions, and even if you don’t like the answer or the resolution, you get answers. No stone is left unturned, and most importantly, it all adds up at the end, with no holes or flaws in the story.

When you start a Sandra Brown book, you know you are going to start on a wild ride. This was no different. I am a little envious of all readers who haven’t read this one yet, as all of the surprises are still out there waiting to be revealed for the first time. And that is the real fun of reading Sandra Brown.

This book was so much more than 5 stars. It’s been a while since I finished it, and I am still thinking about it, going over it in my mind, and telling people they MUST read it.

I highly recommend this book.




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Friday, July 29, 2016

Release Boost! Spectacular Rascal By Lili Valente




A Sexy Flirty Dirty Standalone Romance

F*ck being good. When you’ve been screwed over by Mr. Wrong, let a Spectacular Rascal show you how good it feels to be bad.

My best friend and boss at Magnificent Bastard consulting—get revenge on your ex or your money back—is the smooth, successful New York businessman type. But me? I’m the other guy—the one you don’t bring home to mama. The tattooed, rough-around-the-edges, 100% primal badass. I won’t pull out your chair, sweetheart, but I will pull your hair.

I’ve got what it takes to make sure your dangerous dick of an ex thinks twice before he knocks on your door again.

Or I thought I did, until I meet my latest client: Catherine Jones, a.k.a. Polka Dot Panties. Former college running partner, sexiest woman I’ve ever almost de-virginized, and the only girl I’ve never been able to get out of my damn head.

Now my one-that-got-away is looking up at me with those big green eyes, daring me to take on an ex as dick-ish and dangerous as hers.

Well, you know what they say—it’s all fun and games until you’re making out on top of a mobster’s limousine.

Soon Catherine and I are in deep. We’re on guard, on the run, and on top of each other every chance we get. But outsmarting her mobster ex is the least of my worries, especially when I start thinking our falling hard act isn’t an act at all.

But after all this time, can a guy from the wrong side of the tracks find his forever with the sweet and sexy polka-dot-pantied girl next door?

Warning: SPECTACULAR RASCAL is a stand-alone erotic romance told from the hero’s point of view. No cliffhanger. Lots of dirty talk.



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U.S.A. Today Bestselling author Lili Valente has slept under the stars in Greece, eaten dinner at midnight with French men who couldn’t be trusted to keep their mouths on their food, and walked alone through Munich’s red light district after dark and lived to tell the tale.

These days you can find her writing in a tent beside the sea, drinking coconut water and thinking delightfully dirty thoughts.

Lili loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her via email at lili.valente.romance@gmail.com or like her page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLiliValente

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Book Tour! Burn By Elisabeth Grace


One word.

Two letters.

But those two letters changed everything.

It was impossible to predict the impact I would have on the life of the only woman I'd ever truly loved. No way to know that I would result in her ruin.

I’d suffer for eternity with the knowledge that it was me who brought devastation to her doorstep.

Though I deserved the anguish I felt, to see her suffer was unacceptable.

I would fix this.

Somehow I would prove to her that I wasn't the monster she thought I was.

Even if it meant becoming a monster in order to make that happen.

*Sits down to type review of Burn, stand up, sweeps up pieces of shattered kindle, curses Ms. Grace more than once.  Sits back down, stands up again to sweep up pieces of my battered heart, cries, screams, reaches to throw kindle again, curses some more when realizes its broken, cries for all the emotions Ms. Grace decided to decimate in me with Burn.  Sits down once again and thinks she can finally write this review.*

Can you tell the range of emotions I felt while reading Burn?  If not read it again and let it sink in that my emotions are still on the roller coaster ride from hell.  If you haven’t read Hook yet, stop and read it first because Burn is the conclusion to this duet and hell I was hooked with Hook and I felt like I have been burnt with Burn.  God I cannot believe all that we have to experience while reading Burn.  I am worried that I will give away all of the things that had me rocking back and forth, in tears, cussing up a storm and throwing my kindle numerous times.  So this is what I am going to do.  I am going to say that this book will shred your heart, your emotions, hell it will have you totally under it’s spell and you will enjoy every single moment of it.  Burn may be the conclusion to this duet but it will stay burnt into your mind, heart and soul for a long time to come.





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Then the door swung open and there he was. For a brief moment I was taken by his handsome features—his olive skin and pronounced jaw, the sparkle in his dark eyes, his perfect, straight nose. More than anything, it was the pull that remained between us that surprised me. Like I was a planet still circling his sun.

There was a moment when we locked eyes that the gravity of all that had happened wasn’t weighing heavy between us, and it almost caused me to stumble back.

Then, after the moment of intimacy had passed, I was sure I saw dread slip over his expression. I wasn’t going to stay put and find out though.

I wouldn’t be standing on his doorstep begging for whatever scraps of information he deemed worthy of casting my way. No, I was here to demand what he, at the very least, owed me, and I wouldn’t leave until he gave it to me.

“We need to talk.” I pushed past him, careful not to make contact, and bolted down the hallway toward the living room.

“Emily, this isn’t a good time.” Marco’s footsteps followed quickly behind me.

“I don’t care. Put aside whatever it is you’re doing. I want answers.”

I came to an abrupt stop when I stepped into the living/dining area and found Alexa sprawled across the couch like she was a feast ready to be enjoyed.

Her blouse was half unbuttoned, her legs draped over the cushions, causing her skirt to ride up a bit on her thighs, and her lips slightly swollen. Her lipstick had been rubbed off her mouth and onto her skin. She wore a saccharine smile that I wanted to rip off her face.

I crossed my arms over my chest and turned back to Marco. “Oh, I see. Well, pardon me for interrupting.” There was no disguising the venom in my voice.

His tortured gazed darted from me to her and back a few times before he schooled his features and responded. “Can we have this conversation some other time?” he asked, his voice neutral.

“Marco, who’s this?” Alexa purred from behind me.

I spun to address her with a fake smile on my face. “I’m Emily. We met at the art show a few months ago when I was there with Marco. Back when we were still fucking. You can call me Brandi, though.” I turned to lock gazes with him before finishing. “Everyone who knows me intimately does.”

His fists clenched at his sides and his jaw tightened. Good. Some small part of me was pleased that I was still able to elicit a reaction like that from him.

I swung my attention back to the blonde on the couch. “I’m sorry to swing by unannounced like this and interrupt what was obviously going to be a good time for you both. I just need a few minutes with Marco, and then I’ll be out of your hair.”

Alexa’s eyes narrowed on me for a moment, and though she was playing nice with me—probably for Marco’s benefit—it was clear she wasn’t pleased with the interruption.

“Perhaps I should go,” she said.

“No!” Marco said, whip fast. “Emily should be the one to leave.”

Not going to lie.

That stung.

A lot.

No matter that everything between Marco and I had been based on lies, the fact that I was so easily tossed aside smarted.

“I’m not going anywhere until we speak.” I leveled him with a gaze that told him I was serious.

“Why don’t you use my bathroom to freshen up, Alexa? It’s that way through my bedroom.” He pointed toward the room that we’d spent many a night in. “I’ll meet you there in a few minutes.”

A victorious smile crept across her face, and her gaze swung to me as she rose from the couch. She brushed her fingers across Marco’s chest as she passed him. “Don’t be too long.”

He nodded but didn’t spare her a glance as she passed, his gaze still fixed on me.

As soon as the bedroom door closed, I spoke. “Sorry to interrupt your play time, Marco, but you owe me some answers and I’m ready to collect.”

 
USA Today Bestselling author, Elisabeth Grace, has a soft spot for romance novels with happily ever afters and a hot spot for alpha males! She currently lives outside Toronto, Canada with her hubby and two small children. Life is busy, but never to busy for a good story and to share her love of reading and writing with others.

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Review! Dancing For The Badman By Hayley Faiman


A lifetime ago, Kirill Baryshev was a man in love. Born and raised to embody what it means to be a Russian soldier—hard, cold, and ruthless—she was the one person he trusted with his heart. She was his gold. She was his treasure. And then she was gone. Her death, coupled with the death of their unborn child, was an act of betrayal. She took herself away from him after learning who he really was. A badman. A Bratva man. 
A decade ago, Tatyana Orlova was a young woman who knew her future—and he was unbearably handsome. But when the FBI knocked on her door, warning her that her future was a dangerous man with ties to the Russian mafia, her fear rewrote her future in seconds. Pregnant and alone, she fled, the heartache of her decision something she knew she would carry with her always. Raising a daughter on her own, working the pole night after night, was far from a dream come true. Her life was about survival. Her hope was lost in reality—until her past darkened her door.
Lies. Regret. Fear. Anger. It all rises to the surface when the truth is revealed and Kirill and Tatyana are reunited. One federal agent's obsession leads the fated lovers back together. But the love they once shared was shattered years ago, and the pain that accompanied that loss may not ever be overcome. Tatyana will endure Kirill's cruel treatment toward her for the sake of their daughter, but the love she harbors for him is not lost. His presence makes her hope. His presence makes her dream. Maybe, just maybe, she can dance her way back into her badman's heart.
** Recommended for readers 18+ due to Language, Sexual Content, and Violence.



I think Dancing For The Badman is the best book of the Russian Bratva series, then again I have loved them all so picking one book to say it is the best is harder than I thought, so we will say that for now Dancing For The Badman is this book whore’s favorite.  I have a thing for mafia books and this one definitely gave me my much needed fix. 

This is one book that you have to keep an open mind when it comes to Krill, he can be and is a total ass, but he works his way under your skin into your heart, just give him a chance, one you do you won’t regret it.  Tatyana was only doing what she thought she needed to do at the time, I can understand why but at the same time I wish for once someone would not just run away, that drives me insane.  She isn’t weak; don’t think that she is by any means.   The consequences of her actions weren’t little; they stole years, years that no one should ever have to lose because of the choice of another.  I do think this one had more of an emotional edge to it because of the circumstances, and I think that is why at this moment it is, in my mind at least, that this was the most powerful book of this series yet. 

I think mafia fans should not only check this book out but the series as well, because it really is more than just a mafia romance but you will have to read to find out exactly what that more it is because I am not telling you.














32 years young... born and raised in California, did a stint in Oregon only to return to the Golden State. Lived that life a while until the Lone Star State called to us, Hill Country, Texas is where we call home, where our boots rest and loving that country life. Living the life with one bearded power pole climbing husband, two little boys that are full of energy and drive us crazy plus a chocolate lab named Optimus Prime.




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