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January Wrap-Up

It’s hard to believe that the first month of 2017 is over!! It went by so fast, but I still managed to read 8 books this month even with starting up grad school again so I very happy with that.

So here is what I read this month:

  1. Rule Breaker by Harper Kincaid – 3.5/5 stars
  2. Heart Breaker by Harper Kincaid – 2/5 stars
  3. Girl Breaker by Harper Kincaid – 4/5 stars

I started the year off by reading a new series which is one of my reading goals for 2017. The Break on Through series by Harper Kincaid was a lot of fun to read, full of dominating men, a bit of drama, and a lot of heart. While I enjoyed the first and third books much more than the second, the series as a whole was entertaining as hell especially the third book which had my favorite couple Jessica and Max. As a series, I would give it a solid 3.5/5 stars. Plus, can I just say, those covers are gorgeous.

4.  The Troublemaker Next Door by Marie Harte – 3.5/5 stars

This is the first book in the McCauley Brothers series and I picked this up because I actually own the last three books in the series. My plan was to read the first two books so that I was able to read at least one book off of my bookshelf this month as that is another one of my reading goals but alas I only managed to read the first one. The Troublemaker Next Door was such a great introduction into this series as you meet each of the McCauley Brothers and start to fall in love with them. I can’t wait for the second book in the series because the girl who falls in love writes romance novels for a living.

5.  Big Shot by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde – 4.5/5 stars

I was so excited to get my hands on this book because not only is one of my all time favorite authors, Carly Phillips, a co-author but after reading their Dirty Sexy series, I knew this duo would give me another hot romance to completely obsess over, and they did! This was my second favorite read of the month, further solidifying Carly Phillips as an auto-buy author for me. I can’t wait for the second book in the series.

6.  Dirty Dealers by Tia Louise – 3/5 stars

This book’s description is what had me jumping at the chance to participate in blog tour for it and while its story turned out to not be what I thought it would be it was still a wild ride involving drug lords, kidnapping, and a second chance romance. If this looks at all interesting to you, I definitely recommend you read the Dirty Players duet first as this is a sort of spin-off of that duology and its characters.

7. Heartbreaker by Stacey Kennedy – 5/5 stars

Ah, now for my favorite read of this month which also almost has an identical title to a book I read earlier in the month. While that title fell flat for me, Heartbreaker leapt off the page as I gave my heart to Maddox and Joss, more Maddox than Joss tbh. This is one steamy romance that grabbed me from the very first page and introduced me to another author who will be on my radar from now on. If you like your romance with a little kink in it, then definitely check this one out.

8. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton – 4/5 stars

My last read of the month was one for my teen collections class and it is a very well known classic as many people probably had to read it in high school. I was not one of those people so this was my first time reading it and I have to say I really enjoyed it. I didn’t know what to expect when I first started but as the story progressed I got more and more into the characters especially Ponyboy our narrator. I can see why this is such a beloved book and I am really interested to see how the movie compares to the book.

 

Overall, it was a solid first month reading wise. While I didn’t have many five star reads, I still read books that stayed with me in some way whether that was a character, a couple, or just a particular scene which is good enough for me. Plus I read 4 books that I were on my TBR. Of course, there were 14 on it in total but I am just going to forget that little detail…

Hope everyone else had a good reading month.

Now onto February…

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Release Blast + Review: Heartbreaker by Stacey Kennedy

Heartbreaker
Filthy Dirty Love #1
By: Stacey Kennedy
Releasing January 31, 2017
Self-Published

1480429809417Handcuffs aren’t just part of their job in this sizzling new standalone novel by USA Today bestselling author, Stacey Kennedy.

Veteran cop, Maddox Hunt, is all about the job. Sure, there are women—lots of women, truth be told—but there’s no one special. Until a one-night stand from his past, rookie Joss O’Neil is assigned to his division. Suddenly, all he can think about is her. The scent of her. The taste of her.

Fresh out of field training, Joss has thrown herself into her job, determined to kick-start her career. And while police work has its thrills, her gorgeous new boss is what really gets her pulse pounding. Too bad he’s nothing but a distraction. Especially since he’s as devastatingly handsome as she remembers, and his sexy smile arrests her heart.

Now that Joss is back in Maddox’s life, he has a plan: satisfy her fantasies and fulfill his every dark desire. Nothing is off limits. Her pleasure is the endgame . . . but even the best-laid plans have a way of falling apart. Despite his best attempts to keep his distance and have things remain only about the pleasure, Maddox soon finds himself breaking the only law he’s set for himself. Don’t fall in love.

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staceykennedySTACEY KENNEDY is the USA Today bestselling author of the Dirty Little Secrets and Club Sin series. She writes deeply emotional romances about powerful men and the wild women who tame them. When she’s not writing sensual stories, she spends her time in southwestern Ontario with her real life hero, her husband, their two young children, and her other babies: a mini labradoodle named Jax and a chocolate labrador named Murphy. Stacey is a proud chocolate, television show, Urban Barn, and wine addict. She likes her heroes in her books like she likes her coffee . . . strong and hot!

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“Bedroom eyes had been watching her most of the night, and Joss couldn’t take it anymore. She’d eye fucked him on the dance floor until he finally joined her, and she’d spent the last half an hour grinding into him in what he obviously read as an invitation.”

With an opening paragraph like that, you know the story that follows is going to be one hell of a read. And let me tell you, it was.

Ugh there are so many things to say about this book! The prologue alone sucked me in right away. The chemistry between Maddox and Joss when they first hook up in the bathroom at a nightclub was just SO. FREAKING. AMAZING. Maddox from the very beginning exuded confidence and an air of dominance that made my toes curl. He also had just the sexiest one liners in the prologue while him and Joss are getting much more “acquainted” with one another. The prologue definitely sets you up wondering what is going to happen next between these two since their hookup is meant to be a one time only thing as Maddox, of course, does not do the girlfriend thing.

Fast forward to a year later and fate, if you want to call it that, has brought them back together, only this time there is more at stake if they decide to pick up where they left off a year ago.

“Bedroom eyes stood at the front of the room behind a long table, addressing a group of ten police officers sitting in front of him.”

“Maddox Hunt. Police lieutenant. Total badass.”

I loved that Maddox was above Joss in rank because it just added to the whole “forbidden romance” vibe going on as both had something to lose if their relationship was discovered by their fellow officers. I also LOVED that both of them came from a family of cops because, for Joss in particular, it influenced her personality and how she handled people with very strong commanding presences like Maddox.

It was Joss’s strength that I really admired because it allowed her to accept what happened with her ex-boyfriend of 6 years, Nick the Prick, and move on. Sure, she had her heart broken but she didn’t exactly wallow over what was lost but more accepted that she would never become the person she was towards the end, someone without a voice, and vowed to never have that happen to her again. And it of course lead to her to Maddox, so it all worked out in the end.

While Joss was such a lovable, funny, trusting yet vulnerable character, it was Maddox that really stole the show for me. There is just something about him that I was drawn too. He honestly has just such a commanding presence it radiates off of the pages when you read this book. He oozes dominance as he goes after what he wants and takes what he wants. You learn that Maddox like his kink which I very much enjoyed but he also always made sure that Joss was comfortable and what they were doing was what she wanted which just added so much to his character. There are just so many facets to Maddox but I think it was his dealing with his mother’s abandonment and his father’s Alzheimer’s that really pulled at my heartstrings. He puts up such a good front, making it seem like he has accepted what life has thrown him when really he is still hurting and coping with his mother’s abandonment.

Something I found unique about this book is that while these two try and have a no-strings attached sexual relationship, it is initially Maddox who finds himself trying to reel in his feelings for Joss and not the other way around. Usually, it is the girl who realizes she is falling for the guy and tries to stop herself because she knows it will only end in heartbreak but this time it is the guy that first starts noticing these feelings more than the girl. Joss definitely has her moments in the book but it is Maddox’s small realizations that he is changing and not knowing how to stop it that was refreshing to see.

OK, I could gush about this book SO much more but I feel like you just need to read it and experience it for yourself.

If you want a romance with some kink that will definitely leave you hot and bothered but is also funny and has its heart-tugging moments, then pick up Heartbreaker by Stacey Kennedy. DO IT!! (I promise you won’t regret it.)

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Blog Tour + Review: Dirty Dealers by Tia Louise

Tia Louise
Dirty Dealers
January 24, 2017

32148304My job is to protect.
I’m the best, the king’s elite.
She’s the only thing that could ever distract me.

Logan Hunt is a guard. He’s constantly aware of his surroundings, knowing every angle. He’s intense, dedicated and focused. He’ll take a bullet.

His new assignment is to protect the queen regent, keep his eyes on her at all times. He’s more than up to the task.
Until a face from his past returns, and the mission he’s sworn to complete becomes his biggest liability.

DIRTY DEALERS is an all-new stand-alone CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE with sizzling suspense coming Jan 24, 2017. It features secrets, lies, double-crosses, angst, a touch of darkness, and panty-melting sexytimes.


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The “Queen of Hot Romance,” Tia Louise is the Award-Winning, International Bestselling author of the ONE TO HOLD series.

From “Readers’ Choice” nominations, to picking up USA Today “Happily Ever After” nods, to winning “Favorite Erotica Author” (2015) and the “Lady Boner Award” (2014) (LOL!), nothing makes her happier than communicating with fans and weaving new tales into the Alexander-Knight world of stories.

A former journalist, Louise lives in the center of the USA with her lovely family and one grumpy cat. There, she dreams up stories she hopes are engaging, hot, and sexy, and that cause readers rethink common public locations…

 Author Links: 

Website: http://www.authortialouise.com/
Newsletter: http://smarturl.it/TLMnews
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With all the suspense and mystery wrapped up in this story, unfortunately it fell a little flat for me. I will say there was definitely potential for me to like it more than I did but there seemed to be too many factors that hindered my reading experience of it.

For Logan Hunt, protecting people is what he does. His new post as guard for the queen regent is a task he is more than ready to undertake. But when the king himself tells Logan to take a few days off and recharge, something he is hesitant to do, Logan’s life is changed forever as it reunites him with Kass, or as he knew her Cassandra, his first love. Their second chance love story takes off from there but not without a few bumps in the road as Kass has secrets. Secrets that will threaten not only her relationship with Logan but also put the lives of others in danger.

Logan is first introduced in the Dirty Players Duet, which is a duology that focuses on Zelda, who is the queen regent’s sister and the king’s brother, Cal. For those who have read this duology, you will be well versed in this world from the very beginning. For those who haven’t, like myself, I definitely had a harder time understanding exactly what is going on. This was the biggest issue I had with this book because very early on I realized that it would have been better if I had read the Dirty Players Duet first because even though it says that this can be read as a standalone there is still a lot that you don’t fully understand as you are reading. This is ultimately why I had such a hard time getting into the story because I just felt like I was missing something.

As for the romance between Logan and Kass, it was rekindled fast which makes sense given that not too much time after that, obstacles rose up that threatened their relationship. While there were some steamy moments here and there, the bulk of Logan and Kass’s relationship was rooted in emotion as you are able to see through both of their points of view in every other chapter. The alternating chapters is something that really  enabled me to see just how much they affected one another especially during the more intense parts of the story. This aspect of the book really brought the romance to life for me as it seemed to sometimes get bogged down by the amount of mystery and suspense found within the rest of the book.

There was no short supply of suspenseful moments, which grabbed my attention and propelled me forward through this book as you see Kass’s decisions over the last few years come back to haunt her, threaten her relationship with Logan, and put other lives in danger. Tia Louise also did a really good job bringing an air of mystery to the book as there is a key element in regards to Kass’s character that is kept under wraps quite nicely until it is revealed later on in the story. I did not see that reveal coming nor did I consider it a possibility which only added more intrigue to how the rest of the story was going to unfold.

I think if I had read the Dirty Players Duet first, I would have enjoyed this book a lot more. With that being said though, the suspenseful and thrilling moments of this book kept me on the edge of my seat as you are left wondering whether or not Logan and Kass’s relationship would survive. If you interested in a thrilling second chance romance that is truly tested by the very end, then check out Dirty Dealers by Tia Louise.

3-out-of-5-stars

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Blog Tour + Review: Big Shot by Carly Phillips & Erika Wilde

Big Shot
Carly Phillips & Erika Wilde
A Book Boyfriend Novel, Book 1
January 17, 2017

31926009New York Times Bestselling Authors Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde bring you a sexy new standalone romance.

Fall in love with your next Book Boyfriend . . .

Wes Sinclair is a notorious heart-breaker, a hot as sin bad boy with a panty-dropping smile no woman can resist. Except for his best friend’s little sister and business adversary, Natalie Prescott, who seems immune to his flirtatious charms. While she’s become a permanent fixture in his dirtiest, most scandalous fantasies, she wants nothing to do with him, or his seductive promises. Challenge accepted. His goal? To bring her to her knees, make her beg, and show her just how good being bad can be.


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***About Carly Phillips***

Carly Phillips is the N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of over 50 sexy contemporary romance novels featuring hot men, strong women and the emotionally compelling stories her readers have come to expect and love. Carly is happily married to her college sweetheart, the mother of two nearly adult daughters and three crazy dogs (two wheaten terriers and one mutant Havanese) who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. Carly loves social media and is always around to interact with her readers. You can find out more about Carly at http://www.carlyphillips.com.

Website: http://www.carlyphillips.com/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/10000.Carly_Phillips
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Carly-Phillips/e/B001I9W0MS
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CarlyPhillipsFanPage
Twitter: https://twitter.com/carlyphillips

***About Erika Wilde*** 

Erika Wilde is the author of the sexy Marriage Diaries series and The Players Club series. She lives in Oregon with her husband and two daughters, and when she’s not writing you can find her exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest. For more information on her upcoming releases, please visit website at http://www.erikawilde.com.

Website: http://www.erikawilde.com/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5357264.Erika_Wilde
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Erika-Wilde/e/B00CVE4WSO
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ErikaWildeAuthorFanPage
Twitter: https://twitter.com/erikawilde1

 

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I feel like I should preface this review by saying that Carly Phillips is my most read romance author since I began reading them almost nine years ago (Big Shot is my 18th book of hers). Anytime I see her coming out with a new book, I jump at the chance to read it as soon as I can. But Carly Phillips is only half of this wonderful duo who wrote not only Big Shot but the Dirty Sexy series which I HIGHLY recommend to anyone. I devoured that series last year and learned just how freaking amazing Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde are together. Big Shot left me hot and bothered while also giving me the warm fuzzies, earning its place as yet another Carly Phillips book that I absolutely loved.

You get a glimpse of Wes and Natalie in the fourth book of the Dirty Sexy series, Dirty Sexy Sinner, and even from that brief moment you know these two have something between them, even if Natalie is purposefully giving Wes the cold shoulder. This is a nemeses to lovers story as Wes and Natalie have been challenging and fighting against one another ever since they were kids when Natalie tried to hang out with the boys which comprised of her brother, Connor, and Wes, his best friend. Feelings emerged on both sides over the years but that pesky fact that Wes was Natalie’s brother’s best friend, and therefore Wes didn’t want to break the bro code and jeopardize his friendship with Connor, deterred anything from happening. Until now, of course 🙂

Ugh there were just so many things that I loved about this book! Let’s start out with the fact that Natalie makes the connection that Wes has a smolder BETTER than Flynn Rider’s from Tangled, which is my all time favorite Disney movie. Then you have Natalie who is never afraid to leave Wes on his toes, as she makes sure he realizes that he may have won the bet but she was not going to be at his beck and call without throwing a few wrenches into his plans. This leads to the infamous poker game scene which results in the two finally giving into the sexual tension that has been building for years. But I think my favorite thing that occurred from that, besides the toe-curling sex, is Wes’s nickname for Natalie. It is both sexy AND adorable. Every time Wes called Natalie it I got flutters in my stomach and squealed like a little girl. Obviously if you want to know what it is you are going to have to read the book.

While there was definitely a good share of hot and steamy moments in this book, there were also super sweet, heart-squeezing moments where you could see just how much Natalie and Wes care about each other. There is one moment in particular where they were just enjoying each other’s company, with their clothes on, and it felt like such a real moment between them that they became more than just a couple in a book for me. It’s a moment that I hope will happen to me when I meet my person which is pretty powerful given how normal the scene was in the grand scheme of things.

As much as I loved this book, there is just one thing that I think would have made it just a little bit better. I was left wanting more from this book which has been a usual result after reading the other series these two wrote. I would have loved for Natalie’s term of being at Wes’s beck and call as a result of losing their bet to last for a month instead of just two weeks. If it was twice as long we could have gotten more hilarious, adorable, and not to mention steamy moments between these two. 

Despite me being a little greedy and wanting more, Big Shot was a superb start to Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde’s new series. Wes will truly become your new book boyfriend as you see his sexy, dominant side but also his caring side as he and Natalie finally realize they were meant for one another. If you like romances where the couple challenges each other at first leading to some serious fireworks later on but who also have history together, then check out Big Shot by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde.

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Promo: Big Shot by Carly Phillips & Erika Wilde

Big Shot
Carly Phillips & Erika Wilde
A Book Boyfriend Novel, Book 1
January 17, 2017

31926009New York Times Bestselling Authors Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde bring you a sexy new standalone romance.

Fall in love with your next Book Boyfriend . . .

Wes Sinclair is a notorious heart-breaker, a hot as sin bad boy with a panty-dropping smile no woman can resist. Except for his best friend’s little sister and business adversary, Natalie Prescott, who seems immune to his flirtatious charms. While she’s become a permanent fixture in his dirtiest, most scandalous fantasies, she wants nothing to do with him, or his seductive promises. Challenge accepted. His goal? To bring her to her knees, make her beg, and show her just how good being bad can be.


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About the Authors

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***About Carly Phillips***

Carly Phillips is the N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of over 50 sexy contemporary romance novels featuring hot men, strong women and the emotionally compelling stories her readers have come to expect and love. Carly is happily married to her college sweetheart, the mother of two nearly adult daughters and three crazy dogs (two wheaten terriers and one mutant Havanese) who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. Carly loves social media and is always around to interact with her readers. You can find out more about Carly at http://www.carlyphillips.com.

Website: http://www.carlyphillips.com/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/10000.Carly_Phillips
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Carly-Phillips/e/B001I9W0MS
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CarlyPhillipsFanPage
Twitter: https://twitter.com/carlyphillips

***About Erika Wilde*** 

Erika Wilde is the author of the sexy Marriage Diaries series and The Players Club series. She lives in Oregon with her husband and two daughters, and when she’s not writing you can find her exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest. For more information on her upcoming releases, please visit website at http://www.erikawilde.com.

Website: http://www.erikawilde.com/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5357264.Erika_Wilde
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Erika-Wilde/e/B00CVE4WSO
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ErikaWildeAuthorFanPage
Twitter: https://twitter.com/erikawilde1

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Blog Tour + Review: Girl Breaker by Harper Kincaid

Harper Kincaid
Girl Breaker
Break on Through, Book 3
January 17, 2017

girl-breakerSometimes the best thing a good girl can do is make a bad decision. 

Jessica has always been the girl with her head in the clouds and her nose in a book, only dating the “nice guys”. But when rough-around-the-edges Viking-biker-god, Mad Max, and his precocious little girl move onto her street, Jessica falls hard and fast for both of them. Max is no stranger to women wanting to share his bed—and he’s always been more than happy to oblige them all. He’s lived wild all his life—that is, until a daughter shows up on his doorstep and he meets a redheaded angel down the block.

There’s nothing more he wants than to claim Jessica as his, to bring the gorgeous spitfire to his bed. But a man like him doesn’t get a happy ending with a woman like her. He’s got a whole other life, one he’s kept secret for good reason. If Jessica found out what he really is, there’s no way she could love him. He should keep his hands to himself. But he’s Mad Max—he’s never done the right thing, and he’s not going to start now.

Warning: Contains a dominating alpha male who’s a lot more than he seems, and a good girl with a swirl of flavors under her vanilla

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personal photo.jfif.jpegA woman with the heart of a revolutionary,
The mind of a pragmatist,
And the inappropriate humor of your tipsy BFF…

Born in California and raised in South Florida, Harper Kincaid has moved around like a gypsy with a bounty on her head ever since. Along the way, she has worked as a community organizer, an art teacher, a popular blogger, and a crisis counselor (to name a few). All the while, longing to have the guts and follow-through to do what she really wanted: to write and become a published author. That wish has finally come true and she’s tickled hot pink.

When not writing, she adores listening to indie, lo-fi, complaint rock played on vinyl, the theater, well-informed optimism, happy endings (both kinds), and making those close to her laugh ’til they snort. She is a self-admitted change junkie, loving new experiences and places, but have now happily settled in the cutest lil’ town, Vienna, Virginia.

Author Links: 

Website: http://www.harperkincaidromance.com/
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The minute I read the synopsis for this book I wanted it in my hands ASAP. You have a girl described as always having her nose in a book and her head in the clouds who meets a Viking-biker-god who also has a daughter. Umm who wouldn’t want to read this book. Basically, this book had my name written ALL over it.

Not only is Jessica a reader but she is also a hopeless romantic which made me believe she and I were like twins. The fact that she falls in love with a tough, alpha male who rides a motorcycle just made my heart swoon even more, bringing out some serious Sons of Anarchy vibes (Jax Teller anyone?).

I will say that I had read the previous two books in this series before reading Girl Breaker so I had a bit more context going into this book in regards to Jessica and Max’s relationship as there is an event in the second book that brings them together, but not in a relationship, for a brief period of time. For those who might not have the previous context, the book clues you in as you go along so you aren’t left wondering how things came about. I think it is important to note that while they finally get together in this book, Jessica and Max knew each other for four months prior to where this book starts off. This was important for me because their relationship definitely develops quickly. Without the knowledge of those previous four months of knowing one another when Jessica, who is a teacher, was tutoring Piper, Max’s daughter, I would see their relationship as one moving too quickly possibly going down the route of insta-love. But, that is definitely not the case here.

I had really high hopes for this third book in the Break on Through series after the second book fell flat for me and, of course, after reading its synopsis. I am excited to say that Girl Breaker did not disappoint. The first chapter was all the confirmation I needed as we see Jessica finally grow a spine and speak her mind to Max who tries explain to her why he isn’t the right man for her after months of dancing around their attraction for one another. Jessica definitely portrays the good girl against Mad Max’s bad boy image as she is known to never swear or speak up unless it is something she is passionate about. And boy does she let Max know just how wrong he is, allowing their sexual tension to ooze off the page.

“And by the way, for the record?” I took a couple steps into his space this time. “Just because a woman doesn’t like to let it all hang out doesn’t mean she isn’t wild. Don’t let the long skirts and laced-up boots fool you. If you were to get even a li’l taste of me, you would’ve discovered under my vanilla is a whole swirl of different flavors.” I grabbed his belt buckle and pulled him to me. “And all of them are very kink-friendly, just dying for the right man to own me.”

While Jessica and Max’s relationship definitely held my attention, there were just a few things that I wanted more out of this story. The sexual tension and overall connection that Jessica and Max have, which only grows as the story unfolds, is definitely there, but after that fiery banter back and forth in the first chapter I expected quite a few hot and heavy sex scenes given how built up their getting together seemed to be. And while there definitely was at least one moment between the two of them, a majority of their intimate moments were eluded to and not explained in explicit detail. Now this did not at all detract from my reading experience because I realized over time Jessica and Max’s intimate moments that did not take place in the bedroom held more weight in regards to their story as they had some obstacles to overcome. In the end, it would have been nice to have some more hot and heavy scenes between these two but I enjoyed their more emotional, intimate moments just as much.

Jessica and Max were definitely my favorite couple out of the three books but just like the previous two books, I wanted more. While I didn’t feel like this book was too short, I did think that the story itself could be stretched out a little. The pacing was great until we got towards the end where it seemed like the conflict just sprang up out of nowhere. Shortly after, the climax happened in regards to the conflict and then it all just wrapped up nicely in the epilogue. It seemed a little too choppy towards the end which I think could have been smoothed out if the storyline was expanded upon a little bit.

Despite the few issues I had, I absolutely adored Jessica and Max’s story. Their coming together as a couple was not an easy one as trust had to be gained all while some secrets of Max’s came out in the process. But their love was an adventure, a kink-friendly one at that, and I enjoyed every minute of it.

If you are looking for a romance with a tough, alpha male, who happens to ride a motorcycle, that is hot and heavy but also full of emotion, then check out Girl Breaker. 

AND, if you enjoy Jessica and Max’s story, then definitely check out the first two books in the series, Rule Breaker and Heart Breaker.

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January TBR 2017

It’s the beginning of a new year which means new reading goals along with this feeling of excitement coursing through my body when I think about all the books I am going to read. This year has already started out so great and it has only been a week. It may be too soon, but I take that as a sign that this year is going to be amazing (and hopefully kick last year’s ass).

With my reading goals set, I have FINALLY been able to settle on a TBR for January. Now remember that feeling of excitement I just mentioned, well it may have influenced me to be a little ambitious about my TBR for this month. My semester doesn’t start until the 20th so I know I have more time read but it seems like I wanted to start this year off with a bang. And by bang, I mean I have a TBR that has 14 books on it!

Now I know I will not be able to read all of these books. There are at least two that I know of that I could read at another time but as always I like to have options. I already know that half of the books on this list are must reads for this month because they are either for one of my class this semester or I am reviewing them on my blog for a blog tour. The others are to fulfill the reading goals I made for the year.

Now that I have rambled enough, let’s get into the books on my January TBR!

*I have organized them into categories so I know which books are for what whether it is class, blog tours, or one of my reading goals*

Books for Review


1. Big Shot by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde
Anything Carly Phillips write I will read. End of story. So excited to review the next book in her new series with Erika Wilde. Also, go read their Dirty Sexy series, you will not regret it!

2. Dirty Dealers by Tia Louise
Bodyguard must protect Queen Regent. Major “The Royals” vibes which I am obsessed with. Can’t wait to read this!

3. Heartbreaker by Stacey Kennedy
Cop romance between rookie and her boss who happens to be a previous one night stand. Immediately thought of “Rookie Blue”. SO excited!

Books for Class


4. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Classic that I actually have never read. Interested to see if I will like this.

5. Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Black
Well-known YA book involving magical realism. Don’t know how I am going to feel about this one….

6. Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead
Adorable middle grade that I have had my eye on for quite some time. Glad I get to read it for class.

Debut Authors

7. Frostblood by Elly Blake
I have heard nothing but amazing things about this. Elly Blake describes it as “fiery heroine versus frost king”. Definitely not like any fantasy I have read yet.

8. You Don’t Know My Name by Kristen Orlando
YA Spy Thriller. That’s all it took to want me to read this.

Library Books

9. Victoria by Daisy Goodwin
Currently reading this. REALLY enjoying it so far. Getting ready for the BBC series that premieres in the US on January 15th. Love my period dramas plus there is a love story 🙂

10. The Troublemaker Next Door by Marie Harte
Currently reading this too. Loving it so far. The McCauley brothers are so adorable and funny. Plus the romance definitely has some sparks.

11. Royally Screwed by Emma Chase
So unbelievably excited that this came in for me at the library. Love my royal romances and LOOK. AT. THAT. COVER. Swoonworthy is an understatement that’s for sure.

Bookshelf TBR

12. Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen
Won this in a giveaway that one of my favorite book blogger was hosting, Jessica @ PeaceLoveBooks. Like Jessica, I LOVE my hockey romances. Can’t wait to get to this one!

13. How to Handle a Heartbreaker by Marie Harte
This is the second book in the McCauley Brothers series. I own books 2-4 and am currently reading the first one. This is one of the series I want to read this year which fulfills my reading goal to read at least 10 new series and fulfills my reading goals to read 30 books off of my bookshelf. Two birds meet one stone.

14. Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill
Re-read for me. First book in the Chicagoland Vampire series which is on my must reads of this year as the last book comes on in APRIL!! LOVE this series so much, I can’t wait to get back into it 🙂

So… thats my TBR for this month. Ambitious? Probably. But like I said, I like having options. 

What are your TBRs for this month? Or what are the books you really want to read? Let me know in the comments down below!