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.”

 

My Review on Rock Chick (Rock Chick, #1) by Kristen Ashley

Characters:

India “Indy” Savage, Liam “Lee” Nightingale

The Synopsis:

Indy Savage is a former wild child (okay, maybe not so “former”) and current used bookstore owner. Lee Nightingale is a former bad boy and now runs a private investigation service. Toss together a quiet barista with a not-so-lawful side-business, a crazy Vietnam Vet, a pothead, a drag queen, family and friends who will not mind their own business, a few stun guns and a bag of diamonds, and mix them all up with some shootings, a high speed chase and car bombs exploding, then hang on for your first wild Rock Chick ride.

My Review:

Let me start by saying that I FLOVE Kristen Ashley’s books. I’ve been reading her books for the past 2 months, and I haven’t found 1 that I don’t like. Believe me when I say that her books are addictive (you don’t believe me? OK, suit yourself).

Rock Chick is the first book in Rock Chick Series; there are 8 books in total.  Since the moment I met Indy and Lee I’ve been hooked (and I ended up finishing this series in a month (7 of them, the 8th book is scheduled to be release in 2013)).  Rock Chick is an all-out FUN book, it’s impossible not to love it. I mean, it’s about a smart, independent sassy heroine and her hot as hell badass extraordinaire hero getting together, how could you not love that?

The story is about India “Indy” Savage and Liam “Lee” Nightingale. Indy is one of my favorite heroines.  She’s a beautiful curvy redhead, used bookstore owner, a cop’s daughter, a good friend and a rock chick. In short, she’s awesome. Lee is a very mysterious guy (during the book we get lots of background on what he does, but he still has that edge about him. Which, in my opinion makes him even more yummy), hot, determined, bossy and did I mention hot?

Indy has been in love with Lee since she was five years old. Lee is the older brother of Ally, Indy’s best friend. They are both daughters of cops and refer to themselves as Rock Chicks. As kids they made a pact that Indy would marry Lee so they could be real sisters. But unfortunately after years of attempts in seduction Lee makes it clear that he only see’s Indy as a sister, and nothing else, so she backs off. Then Lee went off to join the Army/Special Ops and went from bad boy to badass extraordinaire and now runs his own detective agency.

Fast track to present day, Indy’s friend gets involved in some very shady business involving some illegally grown plants and million dollar diamonds, resulting in people shooting at them with guns and end up being helped out of the predicament by Lee… who of course uses this as the perfect stepping stone to finally get together with Indy and her days of avoiding Lee is about to end.

This book is a romantic comedy that will leave you laughing all the way through the book. Kristen Ashley is genius with her characters. I LOVED everyone, from Tod & Stevie, the Kevster and of course Tex. I highly recommend this book. Well, I actually highly recommend all of Kristen Ashley’s books, but you should start with Rock Chick first.

For more info, please visit Kristen Ashley’s website: http://www.kristenashley.net

My Favorite Quotes:

“You want to marry me?”

“No. I’m gonna marry you.”

Kristen Ashley, Rock Chick

“Lee, you’re gonna have to get over this jealous-possessiveness thing.”

“Indy, you’re gonna have to get used to the fact that I’m the jealous-possessive type.”

Kristen Ashley, Rock Chick

“Jeez, we haven’t even slept together and already you don’t trust me.”

“I’ve known you all your life not to mention the fact that my idiot sister is in the next room and when you two get together it’s like Laurel and Hardy do Denver.”

Kristen Ashley, Rock Chick

“What we have here is good and if you’d get over your thoughts that it isn’t gonna last, you’d realise how much better it’s gonna get if you’d just relax.”

― Kristen AshleyRock Chick

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My Review on The Future of Our Past by Kahlen Aymes

Characters:

Julia Abbot, Ryan Matthews

The Synopsis:

Julia Abbot and Ryan Matthews have been inseparable best friends since the moment they met. Each of them fight an internal battle unwilling to risk their incredible friendship but unable to quell their deep longing for the other. On the verge of his departure to medical school and to her new job on the opposite coast, Ryan and Julia are forced to face the undeniable truth of their deeper feelings.

My Review:

The Future of Our Past is the first book in The Remembrance Trilogy. This book was amazing from beginning to the last word. This was the story of Ryan and Julia, they were best friends and have been inseparable since the moment they met years ago. But, as Ryan finds himself accepted to Harvard Medical School, the two friends not only have to face being separated by thousands of miles, but they also have to finally come to terms with the fact that what they feel for each other goes way beyond friendship. So they decided to take a chance in love and start a relationship.

Ryan is one of my favorite male characters. He’s smart, sexy and thoughtful. And as I read The Future of Our Past, I can really feel how much he loves Julia. I think every woman deserves to be loved and adored the way Ryan loves Julia. And Julia is a likeable character, she’s sweet towards everyone, kind plus she’s good at cooking.

Their story are beautiful and heartbreaking (and when I say heartbreaking it means I shead tears when I read this book), all they wanted was to be together but sometimes timing and life get in the way and they dealt with it the best way they could. I highly recommend this book for those of you who like sweet love story with a tragedy that makes your heart clenched. The story ends with a cliffhanger, I suggest you purchase the second book as well (Don’t Forget to Remember Me) so you can read it as soon as you finish The Future of Our Past.

My favorite quotes:

“You are my heart. The most beautiful and precious thing in my world. Don’t forget that.”

― Kahlen AymesThe Future of Our Past

“If there is anything I am thankful for on any day…it’s you.”

― Kahlen AymesThe Future of Our Past

“Don’t forget to remember me, alright?”

― Kahlen AymesThe Future of Our Past

For more info, please visit the author’s website: http://www.Kahlen-aymes.blogspot.com

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My Review on Sempre by J.M. Darhower

Characters:

Haven Antonelli, Carmine DeMarco

The Synopsis:

This is a story about sacrifice…death…love…freedom. This is a story about forever. Haven Antonelli and Carmine DeMarco had vastly different childhoods. Haven, a second-generation slave, grew up isolated in the middle of the desert, her days full of hard work and terrifying abuse. Carmine, born into a wealthy Mafia family, lived a life of privilege, never having to answer for anything he did. Both now seventeen, a twist of fate causes their worlds to collide, making them question everything they ever believed. Entangled in a web of secrets and lies, they learn that while different on the surface, they have more in common than anyone would think. In a world full of chaos, where money and power rule, Haven and Carmine yean to break free, but a string of events that started before either were born threatens to destroy them instead. Murder and betrayal are a way of life, and nothing comes without a price–especially not freedom. How much will they have to sacrifice? Can they escape their pasts? And, most of all, what does it mean to be free? Not everything is as it seems, and no one can possibly come out unscathed, but maybe, just maybe, it’ll be worth it in the end.

My Review:

I read Sempre after I read my friend, Elena, review of this book over at Bookish Temptations. Just like Elena I love the title, it’s simple yet captivating. Another thing that drawn me to read Sempre is the modern day slavery theme. I always appreciate authors who expose this kind of issue in their books, and they certainly have a special place in my heart. So, I dedicated this review to J.M. Darhower and Elena.

To say that Sempre is an amazing story is an understatement. Haven and Carmine love story is both sweet and heartbreaking. They were two people who grew up in two very different worlds but thrown together to find freedom, love and meaning in their life through each other. Haven is a remarkable character and I’m very impressed by her. She has lived her entire life as a slave, she grew up isolated in the middle of a dessert along with abuse and cruelty and yet she has a loving, patient and caring personality. My heart broke for her so many times over, but I love watching the self discovery and seeing her grow into herself.

Carmine was, how do I put this delicately, he was a jerk and a manwhore. That is until he met Haven. Seeing someone you love die at a very young age would defintely make you a mess and that is what had happened to Carmine. Despite his wealth and good physical features, he was a broken kid that still hunted by the guilt and remorse from her mother’s death. When he met Haven there was an immediate connection between them. Haven made him rediscover the part of him he thought had died with his mother and Carmine helped her adjusting with her new life and fight for her freedom. I’m impressed by how Carmine evolves from a spoilt selfish teen through his love for Haven into a man who is willing to make a huge sacrifice for her and that is ultimately what this novel is about – sacrifice.

J.M Darhower does an amazing job at developing the characters; giving us readers reasons to fall in love with them and the necessary background information that helps to explain a lot at the end. She also made this book purposeful, not only to provide entertainment for readers but also enlighten us about modern day slavery and human trafficking. In conclusion, Sempre is a powerful novel. I highly recommend this book for your TBR list.

My Favorite Quotes:

Sogni dóro, mia bella ragazza,” he mumbled, closing his eyes. “Sweet dreams my beautiful girl.”
― J.M. DarhowerSempre

“Colpo di fulmine. The thunderbolt, as Italians call it. When love strikes someone like lightning, so powerful and intense it can’t be denied. It’s beautiful and messy, cracking a chest open and spilling their soul out for the world to see. It turns a person inside out, and there’s no going back from it. Once the thunderbolt hits, your life is irrevocably changed.”

― J.M. DarhowerSempre

“How about we just be Haven and Carmine?” she suggested. “We don’t know the ending, but we can always hope for the best.”

“I like that,” he said. “Besides, there’s a reason we don’t know how the story ends.”

“Why?”

“Because it doesn’t.”

― J.M. DarhowerSempre

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My Review on Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia

Characters:

Livia McHugh, Blake Hartt, Chris, Beckett Taylor, Cole Bridge, Kyle McHugh, Eve, Mouse.

The Synopsis:

He counts her smiles every day and night at the train station. And morning and evening, the beautiful commuter acknowledges him—just like she does everyone else on the platform. But Blake Hartt is not like the others . . . he’s homeless. Memories of a broken childhood have robbed him of peace and twisted delusions into his soul. He stays secluded from the sun, sure the world would run from him in the harsh light of day.

Each day, Livia McHugh smiles politely and acknowledges her fellow commuters as she waits for the train to the city. She dismisses this kindness as nothing special, just like her. She’s the same as a million other girls—certainly no one to be cherished. But special or not, she smiles every day, never imagining that someone would rely on the simple gesture as if it were air to breathe.

When the moment comes that Livia must do more than smile, without hesitation she steps into the fray to defend the homeless man. And she’s surprised to discover an inexplicable connection with her new friend. After danger subsides, their smiles become conversation. Their words usher in a friendship, which awakens something in each of them. But it’s not long before their bond must prove its strength. Entanglements from the past challenge both their love and their lives.

Blake’s heart beats for Livia’s, even if her hands have to keep its rhythm. Love is patient. Love is kind. Love never fails. Love never fails, right?

In an interwoven tale of unlikely loves and relationships forged by fire, Debra Anastasia takes readers into the darkest corners of human existence, only to show them the radiant power of pure adoration and true sacrifice. Complicated families and confused souls find their way to light in this novel, which manages to be racy, profane, funny, and reverent all at once.

My review:

I read Poughkeepsie after some friends of mine on twitter suggested it. And I think I’ve read this book more than three times since the first I read it last month. I laughed and I cried (sometimes at the same time) while I’m reading Poughkeepsie.  I think, the best word to describe Poughkeepsie is magical. This is the kind of book that you can’t stop thinking about once you’ve read it.

When I’m on page 3 of Poughkeepsie, a question pop in my head; Why in the world is this beautiful man (Blake) homeless? And I think that’s where Debra Anastasia’s magic begins. Every character in Poughkeepsie has flaws, but somehow I can’t help but to love each and every one of them (seriously, I still can’t decide which brothers I want to keep for myself).

Blake Hartt is a quiet homeless man who is always at that one spot in Poughkeepsie Train Station where grad student Livia McHugh goes to every morning to get to school. He has been watching and counting the smiles she bestows upon him from afar for months. One morning, as Blake is being harassed by a group of bullies, Livia steps in to defend him. And what follows, in my opinion, is one of  the most romantic and beautiful love story I have ever had the pleasure of reading.

While Blake and Livia are the main characters in Poughkeepsie, as I mention before, I really fell in love with the supporting characters.  Cole, Kyle, Beckett, Eve and Mouse were all great characters.  Kyle and Beckett  had me laughing out loud at pretty much every word that came out of their  mouth.  My absolute favorite characters in Poughkeepsie were Beckett and Eve (thank God Debra said the sequel will focus on them). These are two beautifully flawed characters that I really bonded with.  Beckett and Eve are who they are because of their bitter pasts. Life is definitely not fair, but these two characters took the reins and made their own destiny.

Another beautiful relationship in Poughkeepsie is the brotherhood of Blake, Cole and Beckett. Brothers, not by blood mind you, have never had such a strong and amahzing connection. Three men, who mean more to each other than anything else in the world, even their own lives.

Finally, for me, the characters in Poughkeepsie represent; kindness, forgiveness, sacrifice, courage, acceptance and twisted bastard.

I recommend this book for your TBR list. But please be aware that this book is definitely NOT for minors.  If you do not like cursing or violence in the novels you read, Poughkeepsie is probably not for you.  Nevertheless, I think the language accurately reflects the people and circumstances in the novel.

Visit Debra Anastasia’s website for awesome playlist and official trailer of Poughkeepsie:

http://www.DebraAnastasia.com

(My personal favorite songs are: Wait for You by Ron Pope and Reason Why by Ron Pope and Grace Weber)

Oh, and follow her on twitter too, her tweets will brighten your TL.

My favorite quotes:

“Don’t tie your success to anything other than what’s inside you”

― Debra AnastasiaPoughkeepsie

“Beckett’s probably the hardest man there is to love,” Blake said. “He does life wrong for all the right reasons.”
― Debra AnastasiaPoughkeepsie

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My Review on Throwaway by Heather Huffman

Characters:

Jessie Jones, Gabe Adams

The synopsis:

Jessie Jones is living the live – except for the fact that she earns it by working the streets. She’s been under pimp Spence’s thumb for fourteen years, and she isn’t looking for change. That is, until undercover cop Gabe walks into her life and offers her something she’s never had before: a love, a future, a home. But even if Jessie could walk away from Spence, there are darker forces of evil who want her to stay put, or worse, dead. In this romantic suspense, author Heather Huffman delivers an adventure from the vibrant streets of St. Louis to the caves of the Ozarks as Jessie discovers whether she can love another, whether she can love herself, and whether any of it is enough.

My review:

I read Throwaway after I saw Sylvain Reynard’s review (author of Gabriel’s Series), where he mentioned that this book has this following subject; prostitution, human trafficking and slavery, and organized crime. I think that’s the main reason as to why I want to read Throwaway in the first place.

So here’s what I think about Throwaway:
In my personal opinion, Throwaway is one of the most inspiring book that I have ever read. Ms. Huffman did an incredible job writing about prostitution and human trafficking. She shows us that those kind of problem, is indeed, still exist whether we want to acknowledge it or not. And I love the fact that she writes those stories along with strong female lead character who refuse to lose hope, no matter what kind of life situation she’s in. Instead of weak and fragile, Jessie embodies the female warrior every woman should become. She fights for justice, freedom and her happiness simply in the name of love.

Gabe is also a character not to be missed. While other men see Jessie as just another sex object, Gabe sees her as who she is outside her job, a strong caring woman. Somehow he can manage his profesionalism as a cop yet  his love to Jessie remains solid.

I highly recommend this book as a must read. I can’t imagine anyone read Throwaway and didn’t like or touched by it. And it should be noted that Ms. Huffman asks her readers to make a donation to WorldVision’s program to aid and protect sexually exploited children. If you wish to know more about her and her works (books and charities), visit her website on:

http://www.heatherhuffman.net/

Finally, thank you Ms. Huffman for writing such a beautiful and inspiring story and share it with us.

My favorite quotes:

“Any fool can follow the rules. It takes a special kind of person to keep a kind heart through the worst this life has to offer.”

― Heather HuffmanThrowaway

“Sometimes in life, there are pivotal moments. While seemingly benign on the surface, something within acknowledges that a bridge has been crossed.”

― Heather HuffmanThrowaway

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My Review on Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard

Characters (read: meet your future crush) :

Gabriel Emerson, Julianne Mitchell

The synopsis:

Enigmatic and sexy, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a well respected Dante specialist by day, but by night he devotes himself to an uninhibited life of pleasure. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past and consumed by the profound belief that he is beyond all hope of redemption.

When the sweet and innocent Julia Mitchell enrolls as his graduate student, his attraction and mysterious connection to her not only jeopardizes his career, but sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide.

An intriguing and sinful exploration of seduction, forbidden love and redemption, “Gabriel’s Inferno” is a captivating and wildly passionate tale of one man’s escape from his own personal hell as he tries to earn the impossible…forgiveness and love.

My review:

I haven’t read a romance novel in such a long time. My first encounter with Gabriel’s Inferno was on the internet in one late night at my office about three months ago, and I’ll be forever grateful for that extra job that drove me crazy that day. This review is my token of appreciation to the book and the author, Mr. Sylvain Reynard. Not only for the beautiful story itself, but also for a lot of amazing people I meet afterwards.

Gabriel’s Inferno is beautifully written and filled with unforgettable lines. When I first read the summary, I thought it’s just another ordinary story about love. But I can assure you now, it’s far from ordinary and it’s not just about love,  it’s about loss, life and death, despair,  redemption,  abuse and healing.

What’s more, I can’t help but to fall in love with the characters; a dark and tortured hero with a sweet and innocent heroine. In my personal opinion, Gabriel is a very interesting character. Sure, he was an a-hole at the beginning (I really wanted to slap the crap out of him) but as the story grows I can see how he try so hard to make up for his past behavior. And Julia, in my own opinion, is one of the strongest female character I have ever read.

It’s rare that I read a book more than once, but there’s just too many beautiful phrases in Gabriel’s Inferno that make me want to read it again. Gabriel’s Inferno is a must read and you won’t regret it (if you don’t like the story, at least you’ll get new knowledge about Dante Alighieri, art and some really good songs).

My favorite quotes:

“Why not think that sometimes—just sometimes—you can overcome evil with silence? And let people hear their hatefulness in their own ears, without distraction. Maybe goodness is enough to expose evil for what it really is, sometimes.”
― Sylvain ReynardGabriel’s Inferno

“For if you truly believe that kindness is never wasted, you have to hold tightly to that belief even when the kindness is thrown back in your face”
― Sylvain ReynardGabriel’s Inferno

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