My Review on No Weddings by Kat and Stone Bastion

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The Synopsis:

Award-winning author Kat Bastion teams with her husband, Stone Bastion, in this first book in the No Weddings Series about Cade Michaelson, a successful man with his sights set on a new venture in business, and Hannah Martin, the woman who makes it personal.

I think I have my act together as a successful bar owner, my master’s degree within reach, and a list of no-strings-attached women warming my bed. Turns out, I don’t.

Hannah believes she has safeguarded her wounded heart by shunning men and focusing on her new baking business. The thing is, she hasn’t.

When my three sisters and I form an event-planning business with Hannah as our baker, I have no idea how my life is about to change. As Hannah and I work closely together, the attraction between us becomes irresistible. And complicated. I’ve promised my sisters I wouldn’t mix business with pleasure. But I’ve never been one to follow the rules.

 

My Review:

No Weddings is the first book in No Weddings series by Kat and Stone Bastion. This book was a refreshing change from all the similar themed books out there right now. The whole story is told from Cade Michaelson’s POV aka my new book boyfriend. That’s right ladies, Cade’s brain and mouth will blow your mind. No Weddings tells the story of Cade who along with his three hilarious sisters start a party planning business. Hannah Martin is a friend of Kiki’s (one of Cade’s sisters) and a talented baker who just opened her new bakery. Cade and his sisters contracted Hannah’s new bakery to supply their event company.

Cade is a manwhore; a sexy, smart and handsome manwhore. He’s got a short attention span where women are concerned. Cade just doesn’t do long term relationship. Of course there’s a reason behind this behavior, he’s been burned (badly) in the past and not getting emotionally attached to women is how he dealt with that. When he met Hannah for the first time, she acted like an uptight Ice Queen to froze him out, but he still completely in lust and is totally physically attracted to her. Months later they became a business partner and slowly form a friendship. After spending some times with Hannah, Cade learns that she has her own traumatic past that made her chose an icy front to keep everyone away from her.

I absolutely fall in love with this book. The story feels so real and down to earth. Cade’s close bond with his sisters is endearing and their fun relationship felt very realistic to me. The chemistry between Cade and Hannah is off the charts, I really enjoy their banter and sexual tension (seriously, you could actually feel the sexual chemistry between them while you were reading). The authors did a great job at writing a fun, entertaining and unique story. The ending is perfect but at the same time makes us wanting for more. I’m so excited to read the next book (One Funeral) and it will be told in Hannah’s POV. I’m hoping we could even get some books featuring the Michaelson sisters in the future.

If you like the slow progression of a real relationship, a charming player and well developed characters you will enjoy this book. I give it 4.5 fun and entertaining stars!!!

 

PS: Thank you Kat and Stone for personally gave me No Wedding and One Funeral. You guys have done a great job and I can’t wait to read your other projects.

 

Favorite quotes:

“Real love is messy.”

“Live a little, Hannah. Slide something wide between your legs and hold on tight to me. You might like it… It vibrates…”

“She was a mess. But she was my mess. And fucked up as I felt at times, I was hers.”

“Yep. This was what women did to men. They brought out the caveman in our species.”

“For two people who’d been blindsided by love so horrifically, damaged almost beyond repair, the wait was necessary. The slow dance of ours had become much-needed therapy.”

 

Amelia Reviews: Fixed on You by Laurelin Paige

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Stalking and restraining orders are a thing of Alayna Wither’s past. With her MBA newly in hand, she has her future figured out—move up at the nightclub she works at and stay away from any guy who might trigger her obsessive love disorder. A perfect plan.

But what Alayna didn’t figure on is Hudson Pierce, the new owner of the nightclub. He’s smart, rich, and gorgeous—the kind of guy Alayna knows to stay away from if she wants to keep her past tendencies in check. Except, Hudson’s fixed his sights on her. He wants her in his bed and makes no secret of it.

Avoiding him isn’t an option after he offers a business proposition she can’t turn down and she’s drawn further into his universe, unable to resist his gravitational pull. When she learns Hudson has a dark history of his own, she realizes too late that she’s fallen…

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Exclusive! Author to Author: Sylvain Reynard Interviews Morgan and Jennifer Locklear! (Psst…Giveaway too)

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Today we have a really special treat for you. NYT and USA Today Bestselling author (and a favorite around here) Sylvain Reynard interviewed Morgan and Jennifer Locklear who recently published their debut novel, and Bookish Temptations has the honor of sharing it with you 🙂

So without further commentary from me…here you go…

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Amelia Reviews: Release Me by J. Kenner

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The Synopsis:

For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You comes an erotic, emotionally charged romance between a powerful man who’s never heard “no” and a fiery woman who says “yes” on her own terms. 

He was the one man I couldn’t avoid. And the one man I couldn’t resist. 

Damien Stark could have his way with any woman. He was sexy, confident, and commanding: Anything he wanted, he got. And what he wanted was me.Our attraction was unmistakable, almost beyond control, but as much as I ached to be his, I feared the pressures of his demands. Submitting to Damien meant I had to bare the darkest truth about my past—and risk breaking us apart.
But Damien was haunted, too. And as our passion came to obsess us both, his secrets threatened to destroy him—and us—forever.

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Amelia Reviews: The Will by Kristen Ashley

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Early in her life, Josephine Malone learned the hard way that there was only one person she could love and trust: her grandmother, Lydia Malone. Out of necessity, unconsciously and very successfully, Josephine donned a disguise to keep all others at bay. She led a globetrotting lifestyle on the fringes of the fashion and music elite, but she kept herself distant.

While Josephine was trotting the globe, retired boxer Jake Spear was living in the same small town as Lydia. There was nothing disguised about Jake. Including the fact he made a habit of making very bad decisions about who to give his love.

But for Josephine and Jake, there was one person who adored them. One person who knew how to lead them to happiness. And one person who was intent on doing it.

Even if she had to do it as her final wish on this earth. 

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Thank You and Goodbye 2013

Well, it’s been such a wonderful and challenging year for me. I lost a job then I found a new one that allows me to meet some of the most wonderful people in my life, I still have my fantabulous friends around the world and I read a lot of great books this year. I’m thankful for all the things that happened in my life this year, I really do. Goodbye 2013, it’s been fun.

May 2014 filled with new hope, new joy and new beginnings. I also wish for you guys a year full of love and happiness. 

Thanks for stopping by 😉 xx

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My Favorite Books of 2013

(Please forgive any wrong grammar or structure, it should be noted that English is not my first language.)

Hello, lovely people!

I hope all is well with you guys. It’s been such a long time since I write my last post. Real life got in the way and all (booo). But I miss sharing my love for books with you guys, and I can’t believe we’re just a few days away from the end of 2013! As you know, I read A LOT, but I don’t always choose what’s on the bestseller list. Many of the books I read this year actually came out a few years ago. So here goes my all kind of favorites from what I’ve read this year 🙂

A. Favorite Book Boyfriends

There are a lot of them, believe me. Alas, these five (hot) gentlemen are my top five.

  1. Liam “Lee” Nightingale from Rock Chick (1st in the Rock Chick series) by Kristen Ashley
  2. James Cavendish from Up In the Air series by R.K. Lilley
  3. Parker “Shy” Cage from Own the Wind (1st in the Chaos series) by Kristen Ashley
  4. Carmine Marcello DeMarco from Sempre: Redemption (2nd in the Forever series) by J.M. Darhower.
  5. Andrew “Drew” Evans from Tangled (1st in the Tangled series) by Emma chase

 

B. Favorite Couples

“There is someone for everyone…someone you’re meant to spend the rest of your life with; you just have to be open enough to see it.” This is one of my favorite quotes about couples, but I forgot where I heard that quote from. These following couples are my favorite this year, because they’re great as individuals but invincible as a couple. After all they’ve been through, they are still going strong.

  1. Hudson Pierce and Alayna Withers from Fixed series by Laurelin Paige
  2. James Cavendish and Bianca Karlsson from Up In the Air series by R.K Lilley
  3. Dean West and Olivia West from Spiral of Bliss series by Nina Lane
  4. Gideon Cross and Eva Trammel Cross from Entwined with You (3rd in the Crossfire series) by Sylvia Day
  5. Gabriel Emerson and Julia Emerson from Gabriel’s Redemption (3rd in the Gabriel series) by Sylvain Reynard
  6. Carmine DeMarco and Haven Antonelli from Sempre: Redemption (2nd in the Forever series) by J.M. Darhower

 

C. Favorite Dirty Talker

These gentlemen make talking dirty sexy, tantalizing and fun (ahem, and a total turn on).

  1. Gideon Cross from Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day
  2. Ethan Blackstone from The Blackstone Affair series by Raine Miller
  3. Kane “Tack” Allen from Motorcycle Man (4th in the Dream Man series)by Kristen Ashley
  4. Braden Pierce from The Law of Attraction by N.M Silber
  5. Tatum “Tate” Jackson from Sweet Dream (2nd in the Colorado Mountain series) by Kristen Ashley

 

D. Favorite Badass Bikers

I never thought I’d like a book with bikers as the hero. Usually I like a clean cut, suit wearing guys. But, these guys have somehow made me fall for them.

  1. Tatum “Tate” Jackson from Sweet Dreams (2nd in the Colorado Mountain series) by Kristen Ashley
  2. Jackson from Knight’s Sinner (3rd in the MC Sinners series) by Bella Jewel
  3. Hopper “Hop” Kincaid from Fire Inside (2nd in the Chaos series) by Kristen Ashley

 

E. Favorite Billionaires

There’s something about billionaire heroes that attracts me. Maybe it’s their confidence or how they always seem to be able to control things around them. Anyhoo, here’s my favorite billionaires.

  1. Gideon Cross from Crossfire series by Sylvia Day
  2. Reese Durham from The Wrong Billionaire’s Bed (3rd in the Billionaire Boys Club series) by Jessica Clare.
  3. James Cavendish from Up In the Air series by R.K Lilley
  4. Jace Crestwell from Fever (2nd in the Breathless series) by Maya Banks
  5. Damien Stark from Stark Trilogy by J. Kenner

 

F. Favorite Possessive Alpha Males

I just love how these possessive alpha males protect the people that they love especially their woman. And I swear, every time they say “mine”, it made me all tingly inside.

  1. Gabriel Emerson from Gabriel’s Redemption (3rd in the Gabriel series) by Sylvain Reynard
  2. Lorenzo “Ren” Zano from Rock Chick Revolution (8th in the Rock Chick series) by Kristen Ashley
  3. Lucas “Luke” Stark from Rock Chick Revenge (5th in the Rock Chick series) by Kristen Ashley
  4. Hudson Pierce from Fixed series by Laurelin Paige
  5. Remington “Riptide” Tate from Real series by Katy Evans

 

G. Favorite Dominants

I read a lot of books where the main characters perform BDSM lifestyle this year. And here is some of my favorite dom.

  1. Knight Sebring from Knight (1st in the Unfinished Heroes series) by Kristen Ashley
  2. James Cavendish from Up In the Air series by R.K Lilley
  3. Damien Stark from Stark Trilogy by J. Kenner

 

H. Favorite Secondary Characters

Every book has a secondary character that makes an important contribution to the story. Some of them are so unforgettable that sometimes I wish they got their own book.

  1. Professor Katherine Picton from Gabriel’s Redemption (3rd in the Gabriel series) by Sylvain Reynard
  2. Corrado Alphonse Moretti from Sempre: Redemption (2nd in the Forever series) by J.M. Darhower
  3. Carry Taylor from Entwined with You (3rd in the Crossfire series) by Sylvia Day
  4. Tex Macmillan from Rock Chick series by Kristen Ashley
  5. Stephan from Up in the Air series by R.K. Lilley

 

I. Funniest Books

Need some cheer or a good laugh? You should give these books a try. Personally, I find them really funny and they certainly cheer me up.

  1. The Law of Attraction by N.M Silber
  2. Tangled by Emma Chase
  3. A Neighbor from Hell series by R.L Matthewson

 

J. Favorite Completed Series

I will definitely miss these characters as their stories come to an end.

  1. Gabriel series by Sylvain Reynard
  2. Rock Chick series by Kristen Ashley
  3. Sempre / Forever series by J.M. Darhower
  4. Up in the air series by R.K. Lilley
  5. Stark trilogy by J. Kenner

 

K. Just Plain Awesome Books

I read a lot of books this year, and I’m glad that I read each and every one of them. But there are some books that’s just feel special to me.

  1. Sempre: Redemption (2nd in the Forever series) by J.M. Darhower
  2. Gabriel’s Redemption (3rd in the Gabriel series) by Sylvain Reynard
  3. All books written by Kristen Ashley that I have read.

 

L. Favorite Soundtrack

I discover some of these songs because they were mention in the book; whether it’s the author’s favorite song or inspiration, or because it’s the character’s favorite song, and some of them are just my favorite song that I found suit some book really well. And now, every time I hear them it reminds me of a certain character and/or story.

  1. 18th Floor Balcony by Blue October reminds me of Sempre / Forever series
  2. Alright for Now by Tom Petty reminds me of Lucas “Luke” Stark and Ava Barlow from Rock Chick series by Kristen Ashley
  3. Far away by Nickelback reminds me of Gabriel Emerson from Gabriel series by Sylvain Reynard
  4. Iris by Goo Goo Dolls reminds me of Remington “Riptide” Tate from Real series by Katy Evans
  5. Holding Out for A Hero by Ella Mae Bowen reminds me of Breath (4th in the Colorado Mountain series) by Kristen Ashley.

 

So that’s all from me. I you haven’t read any / some of the books that I mention in this post, you should give them a try. One more thing, I would also like to thank the authors for writing those great stories and share it to the world. Your stories really brighten some of my darkest day. Special shout out to Kristen Ashley, to say that I love all your stories is an understatement. If you guys haven’t read her books, you should drop whatever it is you’re doing and start reading them. She has a great taste in music too.

 

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays! 🙂 xx

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Amelia Reviews: Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley

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The Synopsis:

Lauren Grahame has spent her whole life thinking something special was going to happen. She didn’t know what it was; she just knew it would one day be hers.

But she learned the hard way that special wasn’t on offer.

So, after divorcing her cheating husband, Lauren searched for nothing special and she thought she found it when she landed a job as a waitress in a biker bar in Carnal. It was perfect: a nothing job in a nowhere bar in Nowheresville.

Then Tatum Jackson walked in. Part-owner of the bar, he took one look at high-class Lauren and wanted nothing to do with her. And he made this known, loudly.

Tate’s angry insults seared in her brain, Lauren decides the feeling is mutual and she doesn’t want anything to do with the gloriously handsome Tate Jackson. The clash of the bartender and barmaid begins but, even…

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