Sunday, April 26, 2015

Review: Empath, Bonded and Secrets By HK Savage

Claire Martin, having struggled all her life with  an ultra-heightened emotional sense of those around her, just finished  high school and cannot wait to go away to college, even if it is just  across town.  Her ability has left her socially impaired and intolerant of those around her.  Away  at school, the emotional “noise” of others is muffled and after meeting  a few special people, she is taught how to handle her “curse”, as she  calls it.

There is something different here.  Something else is going on, right there under the surface.  It’s almost like a sub-plot.  Our main character can’t figure it out.  I couldn’t figure it out either, not until the end.  And did I try!  I kept guessing and wondering.  I love a good mystery, especially one that I cannot figure out halfway through the book.  This had a great mysterious element to it.

This Twilight-esque story has some of the same mythological rules and properties as other paranormal stories I have read.  There are a lot of similarities, but, make no mistake, this is not Twilight.  The main character has graduated high school, she is born with a supernatural ability, and there are the cats.  Yes, the cats.  I grew up with dogs but became a cat person as an adult.  So, I just love that instead of werewolves, we have cats.  I laughed when James suggested she could have her cat come and stay if she was uncomfortable.  Somehow the same kind of joke did not seem as funny in New Moon (if you read that series).  I mean, there’s a reason dogs are called lapdogs and not cats, right?

Some readers do not read the descriptions in books at all.  I do.  I like to try to picture tales unfolding in my mind as I read.  Perhaps this is why I am such a slow reader.  I was rewarded in this book:  James’ décor in his family room is my family room.  Like, to a tee.  The only difference is I have photos and personal knick-knacks.  Weird, right?  How could I not get a kick out of that?

If there is one negative thing I have to say, it would be not about what is written, but what is not written.  We see things from Claire’s point of view.  I felt her emotions and reasoning were well developed.  Yet, there were parts that felt, not disjointed, but left out and missing.  There  was, for example, the build-up of being an empath, the struggle of  being in the same room as other people and the difficulty of simply  touching another person.  And then, Claire has her first kiss.  Ever.  The kiss was barely mentioned in one sentence.  I had to read that part a couple of times to be sure it really happened.  I understand wanting to keep the book PG13 (something I did appreciate), but I really felt that kiss was missing.  Another, we see her meeting a friend and then the next time the character is mentioned, they are the best of friends.  I wondered when they started hanging out, what they did together, and the meshing of the personalities.  They happened, just in the background.  I chalk it up to creative license on behalf of the author.  These sorts of things really, truly did not bother me as a reader.  I guess I was just thirsty for more is all.  Sigh.

This book had action, romance, mystery, and most of it occurring in a room that looks like my own family room . 

.The bad guys are licking their wounds leaving Claire and James to enjoy what promises to be a merry Christmas. Only a traitor among them sends Stephen and Claire into enemy hands.

Past lovers, obligations and rivalries compete, all the while the bond between Claire and James grows and Claire is pulled further toward the vampire side. James is growing dependent upon her to feed his humanity until the boundary that separates them is no longer clear. 

A potential husband and a job working for the Court threaten to take Claire's newfound control over her life from her and stick her firmly under someone else's thumb. She must try to keep her wits about herself enough to figure out what she wants before the ability to decide is gone forever, and try not to get any of her loved ones killed in the process.

The physical and emotional bond between Claire and James is moving at a rapid pace, as is the life changing realizations that Claire is finding in her new life. As Claire learns the truth about the everyday people coexisting in the world she has known all her life, the dangers are also making themselves known. With life altering decisions to be made, Claire finds herself challenging the commitment to her new life and questioning the responsibility her talents have placed in her lap. I love the way the Author portrayed the strong will of Claire in this book. Claire is prepared to speak her mind, in spite of the repercussions she knows will follow. Her readiness to sell her soul to aide in the survival of the ones she loves makes her a character so undoubtedly courageous. HK Savage really touches on the emotions new couples feel as they embark on the beginning stages of a relationship. That up and down rollercoaster ride that new lovers take as they learn about the person lying next to them in bed. Questioning the future and what it holds. I think it's a situation we can all relate to, human or vampire. In the end, Bonded took off from page one. It was packed full of exciting moments and action, constantly speeding ahead. It held the perfect amount of quiet moments where the reader had the opportunity to study the character and ultimately feel the love and sacrifice they endure. And the best part, it's not over yet. Secrets is next on my list and I can't wait.

Paris, everyone is together and forgets for one night about the looming threat of war between the races for a wedding. But no sooner are their vows exchanged than the newlyweds are called upon to serve the Court. 

Stateside, an old photograph turns up with a member of the vampire's Court and several other men linked to an organization called Nightshade Holdings, LLC. More digging reveals how deep Nightshade's influence extends and just how deeply the Court itself is involved in the plot to start an interspecies war.

Love is found, old friends die and a greater enemy than any thought possible is revealed. It will take everything for the clan and the vampires to stop the war before it is too late.
As Claire and James launch their relationship into a new chapter, with their family and friends blessing, duty interrupts the lengthy celebration. Claire remains relentless in proving her value to her new family, to the Court and to her husband. But her luck can't last forever, and soon her destiny is in the hands of those she loves. So fearless, Claire finds herself face to face with danger again and again, each finding a way to make her stronger. With her family growing suspicious and the discovery of deception by their allies, Secrets certainly lives up to its title. 

HK Savage continues to use some very creative ways to bring magic and the paranormal to this great story. The bond between Claire and James matures into a powerful tool that strengthens their love and presents them invaluable to their kind. Claire's persistence makes me want to scream "What are you thinking?", but then I find myself cheering her on and admiring her tenacity wishing I had an ounce of her bravery. I also really loved how the Author threw in real-life bits of playfulness of a happy couple. The wife playing matchmaker and the husband giving her 'the look'. I think many readers, young and old, can relate. 

Secrets concluded the trilogy on just the right note. You found rewarding amount of closure on many of the loved characters in the book, with only a few left to the imagination. It didn't end with a 'happily ever after' facade, when you know the next few hundred years are bound to bring along some drama.

HK lives in the frozen hinterlands of the far North.  The long, cold months provide ample opportunity to hunker down with her computer and create adventures far more enticing than scraping ice and getting frostbite.  

Between books HK reads voraciously.  Anything with a good plot and compelling characters are her broad parameters.  One is as likely to catch her with a copy of Don Quixote as with the latest Kristen Ashley.

When not writing or wowing the corporate world by day, HK practices martial arts, plays with her dogs and matches wits with her teen.  Next winter she intends to brush up on her Spanish and escape the cold for somewhere more tropical.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Review:Their Virgin Mistress,Masters of Menage (Book 7) BY Shayla Black and Lexi Blake

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One wild night leads to heartache…
Tori Glen loves her new job as an image consultant for Thurston-Hughes Inc. The trouble is, she’s also in love with the three brothers who own it, Oliver, Rory, and Callum. They’re handsome, successful, aristocratic, and way out of this small-town Texas girl’s league. So she remains a loyal professional—until the night she finds a heartbroken Oliver desperate for someone to love. Tori knows she should resist…but it’s so tempting to give in.
And a desperate plan…
Callum and Rory have denied their desire for Tori, hoping she’ll heal their older brother, who was so brutalized by his late wife’s betrayal. But when Oliver cruelly turns Tori away in the harsh light of day, she tenders her resignation. Rory and Callum realize that to save their brother, they must embrace the unconventional sort of family they’ve always wanted—with Tori at its center. And it all starts with seducing her…
That could lead to happily ever after—or murder.
Isolated with the brothers at an elegant English country manor, they begin awakening Tori to the most sensual of pleasures. But consumed with regret, Oliver won’t be denied the chance to embrace the only woman worth the risk of loving again. What begins as a rivalry veers toward the future they’ve only dared to dream of. But a stranger is watching and waiting for a chance at revenge. Can the brothers come together to embrace the woman they love and defeat a killer?

This book was amazing. I couldnt put it down.
The plot the story line all of it was amazing. How these ladies unfolded each character was amazing. Enveloping their shared pasts in the story just made it that much more gripping a story.
This story had me hooked from the second I read about the three brothers, such complete opposites of eachother. The perfect trio for any girl to find. I would have never thought of a romantic notion with three brothers involved. The thought is crazy but it works. And flows so easily with these two amazing writers.
I completely identified with Tori's character, Her fears and worries and trying to keep control of her life when nothing was really in control. That is me. Now of the three guy i fell completely head over heels for Oliver hes the vulnerable brother the one that needs her love. And oh my lord how he is described is gorgous and sexy as hell. 
Amazing work.
5 Stars all the way!!!

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“Rory, what are you doing?” she demanded. He was supposed to be the reasonable one, but he’d proven that looks could be deceiving. Rory kicked opened the door to the hallway. Kicked it open. Yeah, nobody noticed that and it certainly didn’t make her ovaries melt at all. Nope. She didn’t like this side of Rory. Well, no part of her except those softening pink bits and maybe her heart. “I’m taking charge.” He strode down the hall. He didn’t pause or hesitate. When he walked past reporters, he didn’t bother to look their way. He was a man on a mission. “Put me down! You can’t carry me off. I thought I was supposed to smile at the press and make my nip slip go away.” Though she’d actually planned to be long gone by now, Tori realized it was too early to leave. “I don’t care about that. Your breast looked stunning. If it ends up on the front page, I’ll make a poster of it. I don’t care what other people think. I’m done with that and you need to be done with it, too.” He stopped when they passed a security station. The guards allowed them into the palace’s private family wing. One even grinned as he opened the door for them. Once the door closed, they were alone in a grand foyer. The heavy portal blocked the sounds of the party. Now that her surroundings were quiet, she could practically hear her heart pounding. Finally, Rory stopped, and she found herself on her feet again. Tori tried to catch her breath as he pressed closer and invaded her space. “This is too fast.” His fingers brushed her jawline. He dipped his head low. “No. We’ve dragged this out for months. I won’t slow down. Now that I’ve made the decision, I can’t wait any longer.” His mouth descended on hers in a slow slide. He clutched her hips, pulling her into the cradle of his muscular thighs. His lips took hold of hers, molding in a dominant glide. Her whole body went soft and she was grateful for his arms around her. They held her up when all she wanted to do was drop to her knees. Rory was kissing her. Finally. Callum had mentioned topping her. She knew what BDSM meant to well-meaning Doms. It meant they cared about her. It meant they protected her and watched over her. She might be naïve, but that was what it meant to her sister and husbands. BDSM didn’t guarantee a happily ever after, but it should mean she got a say in whatever happened. If they were going to this much effort, surely she meant something to them. Tentatively, she let her hands roam Rory’s shoulders and back as his tongue plunged inside her mouth. There was no questioning lick. He dominated, delving deep. His tongue slid along hers, luring and tempting Tori. Every cell in her body seemed to soften, and she felt her pussy growing slick and wet. Heat burned through her flesh, and she slid her left leg against his to get closer. Rory answered with a groan, pressing her against the wall and pushing his erection against her. He felt so big, so hard. Tori writhed against him, trying desperately to rub herself against his cock and satisfy her growing ache. His forehead pressed to hers as he took a long breath, trying to calm himself. “Keep doing that and I’ll prove to you I don’t mind risking a scandal. I’ll pull up this skirt and fuck you right here.” She had to be the sensible one. “I don’t think this will work.” “The sex will be divine. I already know it.” Tori had no doubt of that. “I meant anything more.” “We’ll make it work, sweetheart.” He brushed another kiss against her lips. All the reasons it couldn’t work pressed on her. The Thurston-Hughes brothers were overwhelmingly possessive men. How could they share? They fought. Would they fight over her? She’d seen Callum’s anger at Oliver and she’d wondered… “Why were Oliver and Callum fighting the day the reporter came to the office?” Even as she asked the question, her hands roved over Rory’s hard form. The woman inside her wasn’t sure she wanted the answer right now. That part of her craved what these brothers could give her. She might have been a virgin until Oliver, but she wasn’t stupid. He could offer her more. They all could, and she wanted to feel the pleasure she’d been denied her first time. He kissed the line of her jaw, then his tongue found her pulse point, making her shiver with desire. “You, of course. You didn’t see the very nice punch I landed. We were fighting over you, but that’s not going to happen again. We’ve talked in detail. Now we’re a united front.” For how long? If she only wanted a night, it didn’t matter…but deep down, Tori suspected she wanted far more. Every cell in her body quaked as he kissed her neck. “Rory, I don’t know.” “Yes, you do. You’ve always known.” He took a step back. “But I’m going to give you a choice. If you’re scared, walk back into that ballroom and I’ll consider the matter finished. I’ll talk to Callum and Oliver, and we’ll court you in a more proper fashion. We’ll be polite and escort you out and take turns like gentlemen. But if you walk into that room with me, there won’t be anything polite about the way we take you. I won’t be a gentleman. I’ll be a Dom. Your Dom, and you’ll know what it means to be utterly possessed by three men who can’t breathe without you. We’ll start preparing you because we’re going to take you in every way a man can take a woman. Think about this because you’re selecting the path we travel. Polite and proper? Or as wild as you can handle it? Do you want to know what it means to submit to men who love you?” “Yes.” The word was out before she could think about it. It didn’t matter. Despite all the reasons she shouldn’t do this, she couldn’t walk away. “Then come with me.” He grabbed her hand and strode down the hall. Tori hurried after him, knowing nothing would be the same again.
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a Rafflecopter giveaway button About the author ABOUT SHAYLA BLACK Shayla Black (aka Shelley Bradley) is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over forty sizzling contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances produced via traditional, small press, independent, and audio publishing. She lives in Texas with her husband, munchkin, and one very spoiled cat. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading and listening to an eclectic blend of music. Shayla’s books have been translated in about a dozen languages. She has been nominated for career achievement in erotic romance by RT Bookclub, as well as twice nominated for Best Erotic Romance of the year. Additionally, she’s either won or been nominated for the Passionate Plume, the Holt Medallion, Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, and the National Reader’s Choice Awards. A writing risk-taker, Shayla enjoys tackling writing challenges with every new book. Connect with me online: Facebook I Twitter I Website I Newsletter I Goodreads *******


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 that she found success. She likes to find humor in the strangest places. Lexi believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome or foursome may seem. She also writes contemporary Western ménage as Sophie Oak. Connect with Lexi online: Facebook: Lexi Blake Twitter: Website: Sign up for Lexi's free newsletter here. Tour Host OUAA

Monday, April 13, 2015

REVIEW: Redeeming Kyle (69 Bottles) By Zoey Derrick



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Falling in love was the easy part…
For Talon Carver, the commanding and charismatic lead singer of the rock band 69 Bottles, life has never been better—or worse. His heart’s at a full 11 for Addison Beltrand, his feisty PR rep. But admitting it was a much different tune. The dilemma’s even more complicated when adding his other lover to the mix: Kyle Black, the band’s handsome, sweet and sexy manager. Why ruin a good thing, right? Things are pretty damn perfect for the trio—in and out of bed. But just when they find their best rhythm with each other, a rocky night in Minneapolis forces all three to reexamine their feelings—and take their relationship to new levels. But can love be enough? The band’s soaring popularity, along with the pressures of maintaining an unconventional relationship on a high-profile rock tour, start to take their toll. When Addison starts to fall apart, Talon and Kyle must come to terms with how important she is to them both. Can Addison find the strength to be their glue once more? What happens when the world goes on…but yours suddenly stops? When everything looks like it’s going to fall apart? Is love enough to bring Talon, Kyle, and Addison back to each other’s arms…and with it, the magic that true redemption can bring? ****Content Warning**** Sexy, naked, bisexual rock stars…and a lot more… This book contains, but is not limited to the following sexual content – reader discretion is advised - hot sex between two men and one woman. M/M/F, M/F/M, M/F, F/M and M/M sexual content. There are no boundaries when these three crash together, as long as you’re over 18 years of age.

This was an amazing end to this series. Addison being pregnant and how hard and rough it is on all three of them. Especially Kyle. He is so strong and is there for Addison and it finally gets to him and he breaks down and just loses it. He leaves, (I cried at this point) when he leaves Addison is miserable. I could so see myself doing exactly what she does. Kyle is the guy I absolutely love. He is a beautifully amazing character. So I loved that this book was so centered around him.
I cant wait to see more from Zoey, she is an amazing writer.
5 stars

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Best Selling Erotic, Paranormal and Contemporary Romance author Zoey Derrick comes from Glendale, Arizona. Zoey, was a mortgage underwriter by day and is now a romance and erotica novelist full-time. She writes stories as hot as the desert sun itself. It is this passion that drips off of her work, bringing excitement to anyone who enjoys a good and sensual love story. Not only does she aim to take her readers on an erotic dance that lasts the night, it allows her to empty her mind of stories we all wish were true.
 Her stories are hopeful yet true to life, skillfully avoiding melodrama and the unrealistic, bringing her gripping Erotica only closer to the heart of those that dare dipping into it. The intimacy of her fantasies that she shares with her readers is thrilling and encouraging, climactic yet full of suspense. She is a loving mistress, up for anything, of which any reader is doomed to return to again and again OUAA Author Links
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