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Blog Tour + Review/Excerpt: Payback by Christina Phillips

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Viking Bastards MC #2
By: Christina Phillips
Releasing May 1, 2017
Entangled Scorched

Gage…

I don’t fuck girls who work for me, but as soon as Amelia turns those big green eyes on me I know she’s trouble. I can’t keep my hands off her, and the almost-but-not-quite-sex we share in the kitchen is the hottest thing I’ve ever had. Except she calls it quits, before we’ve even started.

Instead of moving on, she’s all I can think about and that’s bad news. I’m breaking all my rules for her, and don’t even care.

Until I find out who she is and what she really wants. She’s after payback, but there’s no way she’s going to get it. No way in hell…

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Author Info

Christina Phillips is addicted to good coffee, expensive chocolate and bad boy heroes. She writes on the sizzling side of naughty, and loves bringing her tough biker heroes to their knees (her heroines enjoy this, too ☺)

She is also owned by three gorgeous cats who are convinced the universe revolves around their needs. They are not wrong.

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I trace the outline of her ear and those three irresistible hoops. She gives a little shiver but still doesn’t grab hold of me. Guess it’s time to ease her mind on things.

I move in closer, and she steps back until she’s flat against the larder door.

“What happens between us tonight doesn’t affect your job. You understand?”
“You mean if I knee your nuts, you won’t fire me?”
Instinctively, I cradle my junk. “That wasn’t my first thought.”
Her smile damn near takes my breath away. “I bet it wasn’t. I know exactly what you’re thinking.”
“Is that right?” I’m sure my package is safe so I twist a length of her hair around my finger. It’s as soft and silky as I imagined. “What’s that, then?”
“I think you’re trying to get inside my thong.”
The image of Amelia in nothing but a sexy thong fills my head. “You got a problem with that?”
“Yeah. It’s not happening.”
My gaze drops to her mouth. “Wanna bet?”
“I don’t need to bet. I’m telling you. All you get tonight is a kiss.”
Chicks don’t lay down the law to me. But then again, I’ve never been with a girl who confuses me as much as Amelia. If she wants to leave, she could easily walk away. I won’t stop her. But she stands there, like she’s daring me to take me up on her offer.
A kiss.
I give her a mocking smile. “You’ll want more than a kiss from me.”
She doesn’t answer right away, and I hide my smirk of victory as I lean in to claim her mouth. Her head tilts to the side, evading me, which is both frustrating and oddly fascinating.
“It doesn’t matter what I want. A kiss is my best offer. Take it or leave it.”
Despite the throb between my legs, I have the crazy urge to laugh. “That’s your best offer? You sure you don’t want me to go down on you?”
For a second I swear she’s about say yes, but then she hitches in a ragged breath. “Totally sure. Keep your head right where it is.”
No chick has ever refused that offer before, and the way she’s so desperately trying to hide how turned on she is makes me grin. “Okay. But I’ll only kiss you on one condition.”
“Huh?” She sounds drunk, and blinks at me like everything’s out of focus. “You have a condition?”
“It’s only fair.”
She stares at me as though I’ve lost my mind. I think I fucking have. Not that I care, since crazy as this all is, I’ve never had as much fun hooking up before.
Finally, she speaks. “What is it?”
“I can use my hands on you.” I wave my fingers in her face and she glances at them as though she has no idea what I’m talking about.
“Okay.” There’s a cautious note in her voice as though she thinks it’s some kind of trick. “But that’s all. Just your hands.”
That’s all I need.

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Revenge is the name of the game in the second book of the Viking Bastards MC series but I’m pretty sure anyone could come to that conclusion based on the title lol. Much like the first book, it starts out at Odin’s, the bar frequented by the MC but this time the Viking Bastard that is getting the spotlight is its owner, Gage Reynolds. And who has their sights on Gage, in a I-want-to-make-you-pay kind of way, well that would be Amelia Crane, or for undercover purposes Amelia Davis, who has gotten a job at Odin’s as a bartender. Her plan was to get close to Gage so that she could get information on how to bring his MC down. The only problem with this plan… well it might have something to do with the fact that she thinks he is freakin’ hot and that her body seems to react whenever he is around her. Getting close to Gage won’t be hard, it is the whole trying not to put her hands on him or have his hands on her that might be a little more difficult. Of course, if Amelia just remembers that it was Gage’s father who killed her father, who was part of the Silver Wolves MC, then it might make the whole no touching thing a lot easier.

The chemistry between Gage and Amelia is what really drew me into this book. They both had their own reservations as to why it couldn’t happen but in the end that didn’t stop them whatsoever. Gage is very much an alpha who goes after what he wants and uses whatever means necessary to get it. You can clearly see that in the excerpt above where he manipulates the situation in his favor by agreeing to only kiss Amelia but he is allowed to use his hands as well. The result is pretty explosive especially since Amelia may have grown up in the MC lifestyle when she was younger but the guys she has date before are NOTHING like Gage. Gage opens up Amelia’s world as she gets a taste of someone who is a bit more dominant but that does not mean she fully allows it. Amelia is headstrong and has come here for a purpose, to exact revenge for her father’s death, and even though things start to shift as her feelings for Gage get stronger she still holds her own when with Gage. Amelia may be swayed by Gage in some instances but in others she  stand by her beliefs and does not let Gage push them aside. It was those qualities that allowed me to love Amelia just as much as Gage.

While the beginning half of this book was hot and the sexual tension radiated off the pages between Gage and Amelia, the second half fell flat for me. Overall, I thought it moved way too fast. As a reader, I was so caught up in Gage and Amelia’s relationship, until the conflict that was building in the background just popped up and was dealt with way too quickly. I wish the second half was fleshed out a little bit more so it didn’t feel so rushed. Another thing that bothered me was how little what Amelia did as a career was talked about in the story. I understand that this is a MC romance so that is going to be the main thread running through the story but this happened in the first book as well where we get only a glimpse of what both the heroines do and nothing more. Both Amelia and Grace from the first book, Hooked, had such wonderful passions but they were only showcased for what felt like a moment. With the amount of angst that occurs in this book after secrets are revealed, if the second half was just fleshed out more I would have enjoyed this book a lot more as a whole.

Overall, though, this book did continue to fuel my love for MC romances. The sexual tension and sparks between Gage and Amelia were addicting. Gage is such a sexy delight, going after what he wanted and showing Amelia that she was just as affected as he was. The connection they had was hot as hell and so strong that you are left a little heartbroken when certain secrets are revealed and feelings get hurt. I can’t wait to continue on to the next book in this series! (Crossing my fingers that it is Kat’s story, Gage and Zach’s sister)

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Review: Truly, Madly, Whiskey by Melissa Foster

Truly, Madly, Whiskey
By: Melissa Foster
Releasing April 10, 2017
World Literary Press

TMW_coverA new sexy standalone romance by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

Eight months is a long damn time to have the hots for a woman who keeps a guy at arm’s length. But Crystal Moon is no ordinary woman. She’s a sinfully sexy, sass-mouthed badass, and the subject of Bear Whiskey’s midnight fantasies. She’s also one of his closest friends.

Just when Crystal thinks she has her life under control, scorching-hot, possessive, aggressive, and fiercely loyal Bear pushes all her sexual buttons, relentless in his pursuit to make her his.

The more Bear pushes, the hotter their passion burns, unearthing memories for Crystal that are best kept buried. But there’s no stopping the collision of her past and present, catapulting the two lovers down an emotional and sexually charged road that has them questioning all they thought they knew about themselves.

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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.


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After reading this book, I kind of beat myself up a bit for not reading the previous book because I missed some of the amazing moments between Bear and Crystal in the first eight months of their “relationship”. To read this book and see the immediate chemistry these two characters have and to have not read their previous encounters such as when they first met felt wrong. Regardless of these feelings, this was yet another AMAZING book by Melissa Foster, further cementing her into my auto-buy author category.

Crystal Moon has Bear Whiskey listed as “Him” in her cell phone because for the last eight months this motorcycle riding, arrogant yet gorgeous man has injected himself into her life to the point that she needs to put distance between her and him anyway she can. The only problem with this method of hers is that her attraction and feelings towards Bear are starting to make it extremely difficult to keep resisting his advances. And boy has Bear made advances. Relentless should be Bear’s middle name because he does not waste any opportunity to let Crystal know that he is interested.

But Crystal has some reasons to distance herself from Bear, especially from an intimacy standpoint, because she has gone through a lot in her past and is still working on overcoming what she has unfortunately experienced. Even though she may be physically trying to keep away from Bear does not mean she is completely silent to his attempts to go out with him. It is usually during these moments when Crystal’s snark comes out and hilarious and playful banter ensues between the two of them. I’m a sucker for banter between characters so I was hooked very early on. You could clearly see the chemistry between Crystal and Bear it was practically rising off the pages, or the screen in my case.

Though the banter was definitely entertaining, Bear stole the show for me. It has been a while since I have been smitten with a male lead but Bear Whiskey filled that void. I mean his name alone makes you curious as to who he is. The fact that Bear is part of a motorcycle club with his family and rides a motorcycle only made me fall for him harder. But while he may be one gorgeous, sexy, bad ass alpha male, it was his heart and his love for Crystal that really did me in. There is one moment involving flowers that literally took my breath away and made my heart ache because it was such an insanely beautiful moment and showed just how much Bear cared for Crystal. Bear may be relentless in his pursuit of Crystal but he also has a ton of patience and understanding. He is book boyfriend material for me that’s for sure.

If you are looking for a romance where the chemistry between the two characters is off the freaking charts but also has a lot of heart to it, then go read Truly, Madly, Whiskey. Bear Whiskey is waiting for you ;).

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Review: Faking It by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde

Faking It
Carly Phillips & Erika Wilde
April 11, 2017
Faking It
Confirmed bachelor Max Sterling isn’t into rescuing damsels in distress, but when the very tempting Hailey Ellison needs his help, there’s only one thing for him to do. Step in and pose as her loving fiancé. Except there is nothing fake about his attraction to her, or how much he wants her beneath him in his bed, moaning his name. But what starts as a sexy, flirty, temporary engagement, quickly becomes something more serious that neither one ever anticipated.


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About the Authors:

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/
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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/
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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ErikaWildeAuthorFanPage
Twitter: https://twitter.com/erikawilde1

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Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde just keep hitting them out of the park! Yet another book of theirs that I thoroughly enjoyed, even though I wasn’t exactly surprised since I seem to love every book that I have read so far.

Hailey Ellison has a few secrets. One: She is faking the fact that she is engaged. Two: She has the hots for her realtor, Max Sterling. Now Hailey’s reason for the fake fiancee situation is understandable. She has her own matchmaking business which is doing very well and for the founder to be single, well that does exactly bode well. Now the whole having the hots for her realtor thing, she thinks that is all one-sided. Hailey soon finds out is NOT the case at all.

Max Sterling knows that he should not be attracted to his client, who is very much engaged, but he can’t help it when it comes to Hailey Ellison. But after a run-in with one of Hailey’s clients, he soon learns that the man Hailey is engaged to is none other than him. Wait, what? After Hailey explains how things became so mixed-up and complicated, Max actually agrees to continue to pretend to be her fiancee. Why? Because that allows him to spend time with Hailey and show her just how right he is for her.

I love the way they did the fake fiancee storyline in this because it was sort of a twist for me. Normally with these kinds of storylines, one of the characters needs the engagement in order to get something they are after. This leads them to purpose this fake facade to the person who will play their fiancee. In Faking It, Hailey needs to give off the illusion that she has a fiancé, only it kind of backfires when the person she created as her fiancé   is an actually person who then finds out from a third party that they are in fact “engaged”. Max’s willingness to play along even after all the deception and complicated mess that Hailey created was refreshing. He saw this as an opportunity to show Hailey that he was the guy for her after all which I loved about his character.

Another element I found refreshing was that Hailey was not the typical leading lady in romance who is very much in shape and has a gorgeous slim body. The fact that Hailey has a more average body type with wonderful curves just made this story so much more real in my mind. I connected so much with Hailey as she explained her insecurities about her body and her past dealing with guys who made fun of her size. She held herself back from ever getting close to guy so she wouldn’t get hurt but that all changed once she meets Max. Max has his alpha side to him but his patience, understanding, and protective nature towards Hailey is what made me love him as a character.

Though it was again a little too short for my liking, this story still had a lot to love about it. If you are looking for a sweet romance with characters who feel real and will make you swoon, then definitely check out Faking It!

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Blog Tour + Review: The Hot Zone Series by Carly Phillips

I still cannot believe that I get to review one of my all-time favorite series that have been newly edited and got some gorgeous looking covers as well. This is the first romance series that I fell in love with and that cemented my love for Carly Phillips. I hope you enjoy this smoking hot sports romance series as much as I do!

Note: I will be giving brief reviews for each book since there are four in the series as to not make this post a million miles long lol. Keep in mind there will be some spoilers

Hot Zone
Books 1-4
Carly Phillips
March 7, 2017

Hot Stuff


Hot Stuff (Book 1)

He’s about to find out …  She’s not just one of the guys.

Annabelle Jordan and her two sisters were orphans in frilly dresses when they went to live with their sports-lawyer uncle in his world of locker rooms, bookies and gambling. Now the girls are publicists in their uncle’s firm, The Hot Zone.

Despite her upbringing, Annabelle is all woman. She’s naturally drawn to real men—like her latest client, businessman and former football legend Brandon Vaughn.

The chemistry is potent, undeniable, irresistible. Annabelle soon realizes that Brandon is much more than just another jock. And that she’d better hold on tight if she doesn’t want to lose her heart.


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I hate to play favorites especially with a series that is near and dear to my heart BUT Hot Stuff is my favorite book in the Hot Zone series. This was either my fourth or fifth time reading it and it brought back all the feelings I had when I read it back when I was 16. Annabelle and Brandon are just adorable together but they also bring the heat as their resistance to working alongside one another, because of their obvious attraction, does not last long once they are alone up in Brandon’s hometown. And even before that happens we get great bickering back and forth moments where their butting heads with one another just causes the sexual tension to build and build and build.

Though the bickering and butting heads moments are thoroughly entertaining and definitely lead to some hot moments in the bedroom, one element of the story  really pulled on the heartstrings for me and brought forth a topic not usually talked about in romance novels. Brandon has dealt with a learning disability all his life that made things difficult in high school leading him to focus on something he was good at which was football. He overcame his obstacles thanks to some help from his agent but it caused him to have a very strained relationship with his parents who did not view him as being good enough in their eyes. Brandon dealing with his parents throughout the story was hard to read because they still view him as the kid who didn’t do well enough in school and not as the uber successful football player that he has become. When Brandon admits what he views as his flaw to Annabelle, it was the most heartwarming moment of the book because it sets up the beginning of their relationship as one that is more than just having fun.

If you like characters that bicker and challenge one another causing heaps and heaps of sexual tension, a cast of entertaining and lovable side characters, and a bit of a mystery, then you will love Hot Stuff.

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Hot Number
Hot Number
Book 2

Micki Jordan is a tomboy as much at home on the playing field as in a locker room full of naked guys.

But the star publicist is looking to prove she’s also an irresistible woman in order to get a second shot at professional baseball player and major league playboy, Damian Fuller.

Micki transforms herself into one hot number Damian can’t help but notice and together they burn up the sheets and find themselves falling hard. Until Damian’s past returns, threatening their future.

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Good Ole Micki, just one of the guys. That is how Micki Jordan has felt for most of her life. And for good reason considering she spent most of her childhood in a locker room following her Uncle Yank around. She never felt like she could relate to her sisters and be girlie. That was all fine and good until it began to get a bit old and that was before she kissed Damian Fuller at a New Year’s Eve party. Now this tomboy wants to be seen as more than just one of the guys especially to Damian. And boy does she get her wish when things get a little crazy on a trip to Florida acting as Damian’s publicist. Let’s just say it involves a mix up in the drink order, a strip club, and Micki showing Damian just how much she is not one of the guys. Intrigued? Well this little incident, which is extremely entertaining to read, leads to Micki and Damian escaping to his vacation home on an island off of the Florida Keys ALONE. I don’t think I need to explain what happened while they were there, only that it was hilarious to read Damian’s reactions when Micki decides this is the perfect opportunity to make her move.

Micki and Damian’s moments together on the island were adorable, steamy, and very real but when they come back from the island the storyline shifts more to the side characters and what is happening between them, mainly the debacle that is Uncle Yank and Lola’s relationship. While I enjoyed reading about these characters because you just can’t help but fall in love with them as you see their storylines progress from the first book, I did feel like the focus on Micki and Damian’s relationship was pushed aside a bit too much for my liking. I realized how much I enjoyed the beginning part of this book much more than I did the middle moving into the end. Overall though the ending was worth the wait, even if there were quite a few obstacles before we could get there, and I adored Micki and Damian’s story just as much as did the first time I read it.

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Hot Item


Hot Item
Book 3

Cool, collected Sophie Jordan loves her daily routine running her family’s top sports management agency, as long as she gets to stay behind the scenes. But with big sister on maternity leave and little sis on her honeymoon, she’s forced to step up to the plate. And a recent media crisis surrounding the disappearance of super-agent Spenser Atkins is not going to make the job any easier.

Enter star quarterback and notorious bad boy Riley Nash who, for reasons of his own, needs to track down Atkins. Up until now, Sophie has kept a strict no-dating-clients policy, but each day with Riley makes her rule near impossible to follow. With her job and her heart on the line, Sophie will need to make the toughest choice of her life!

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Out of all the sisters, I knew I was going to relate to Sophie the most just because she is described as always having her nose in a book when she was younger. Now all grown up she is “the smart sister” who uses her need for knowledge as a way to control everything in her life. Everything in her life is planned out and that includes her relationships, which under no circumstances will ever be with a client as Sophie doesn’t do athletes. The only person who seems to be an exception to this rule is Riley Nash. He purposefully goes out of his way when he comes to the office to flirt with her, making it harder and harder for her to resist the building attraction she has for the man. Now that is all going to change when they are both after the same thing: finding Spencer Atkins. Sophie needs to find Spencer because of business reasons since the merger between his sports agency and Uncle Yank’s and Riley needs to find Spencer for a more personal reason. Their pursuit leads them to Florida to question his sisters if they know of his whereabouts.

Florida provides both Sophie and Riley with some answers but it also reveals one very important thing and that is their feelings for one another. But Riley has a lot going on in his personal life between his business with Spencer and dealing with his teenage daughter who knows daddy will give her whatever she wants if she asks. This novel like the previous one featuring Micki’s story also has a bunch of side characters and there are times when they take over the story leaving Sophie and Riley’s time together off to the side. While I absolutely loved Sophie and Riley especially Riley with his bad boy ways and Southern accent, it did seem like they weren’t getting enough of the spotlight in my opinion. But I guess that is what you have to realize as you continue on in this series because the storylines of the side characters continue to progress even if the love stories change with each book. While it did get annoying for me sometimes I love the side characters just as much so it wasn’t all bad in the end.

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Hot Property

Hot Property
Book 4

Just one short season ago, major league center fielder John Roper had it all: the looks—and personal life—of a sports hero and the public’s adoration. But this hot property’s lucky streak has run out. After a World Series disaster, fans diss him, shock jocks mock him and his dysfunctional family hassles him for money he really can’t spare.

Now it’s up to him, and Hot Zone publicist Amy Stone, to get his life back on track.

Amy finds it’s easier said than done. What with the constant intrusions of his nutty family, a crazed fan playing stalker, and Roper’s refusal to put his own needs first, she’s starting to think that life in the fast lane isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But when the two retreat to a secluded lodge, the sexy center fielder throws Amy a curveball—one she never saw coming…

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The lovable John Roper finally gets his own story as well as his own HEA and I am so happy! John Roper is a client at Athletes Only and Hot Zone as well as Micki’s best friend. He is first introduced in Micki’s book, Hot Number, and then pops up in Hot Item as well but now it is his turn to find the love of his life. Only he doesn’t make a very good first impression when he comes onto Amy Stone at her cousin Riley’s wedding when he already brought another women as his date. Not a very good move John! It is not until a month later after Amy moves to New York for her new job as a publicist at Hot Zone that they meet again. Not only is the attraction still there but it is hotter than ever which makes things a little complicated when Roper is assigned as Amy’s first client.

Amy is so so sweet and new to the world of being a publicist to a professional athlete completely taken aback by the attention that they get especially Roper who has been under some heat for his poor performance last season. Not only is she juggling getting acclimated to this new life style, she is also trying to juggle her feelings for Roper while trying to be professional as his publicist. Add Roper’s demanding family constantly needing him to solve their problems and she has more than enough to deal with. With Roper’s family added into the mix, this book like the others in the series has a whole cast of side characters which definitely add to the drama. Especially the point of view that pops up of the person who is trying to ruin Roper’s career. While these side characters and storylines definitely take time away from the main couple, Amy and Roper, they add a lot to the story further expanding on the world that Carly Phillips has created over the course of these four books.

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About the author:

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After a successful fifteen-year career with various New York publishing houses, and over 40 sexy contemporary romance novels published, N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips is now an Indie author who writes to her own expectations and that of her readers. She continues the tradition of hot men and strong women and plans to publish many more sizzling stories. Carly lives in Purchase, NY with her family, two nearly adult daughters and two crazy dogs who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. She’s a writer, a knitter of sorts, a wife, and a mom. In addition, she’s a Twitter and Internet junkie and is always around to interact with her readers. You can find out more about Carly at http://www.carlyphillips.com.

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Blog Tour + Review: Going Down Hard by Carly Phillips

Going Down Hard
Carly Phillips
Billionaire Bad Boys Book 3
February 21, 2017

unknown-14A stand-alone Billionaire Bad Boys novel.

Billionaire Bad Boys: Rich, Powerful and sexy as hell.

Derek West rose from poverty to take the tech world by storm. He’s sexy, confident and gets any woman he wants. And who he wants is Cassie Storm, the rich girl he’s never been good enough for.

She’s desperate to save her family company and there’s only one man who can help. But Derek isn’t interested in helping. He wants to possess both the company and the woman he’s never been able to forget.

His plan? To screw her out of his head. Except once he’s had a taste of Cassie, he doesn’t want to let her go. Her family remembers where he came from, and they won’t allow it. When the truth about their pasts comes to light, though, it may be Cassie who’s going down hard.

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Going Down Easy
Billionaire Bad Boys #1

easy_amazonBillionaire Bad Boys: Rich, Powerful and sexy as hell.

Billionaire Kaden Barnes has a reputation for being difficult and always getting his way.

Enigmatic and exacting, he’s unable to keep an assistant for long. Enter his newest hire, Lexie Parker. She’s no-nonsense, efficient and all business… She’s also hot as sin and soon starring in Kaden’s dirtiest fantasies.

As their passion for each other reaches a boiling point, neither can control the explosive outcome when they finally give in to their desires. He may think he’s calling the shots, but for this bad boy, going down easy has never felt so good.


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 Going Down Fast
Billionaire Bad Boys #2

going-down-fastA stand-alone Billionaire Bad Boys novel.

Billionaire Bad Boys: Rich, Powerful and sexy as hell.

Lucas Monroe dropped out of college only to become a multi-billionaire and tech world God. He can have any woman he desires in his bed, but the only woman he’s ever wanted is off limits and always has been. When Maxie Sullivan finds herself in dire straits, the only man she can turn to is the one she’s always secretly loved: her childhood best friend.  Can they trust their hearts and make a future, or will their complicated pasts stand in the way?

This bad boy is going down fast …

And going down fast has never felt so right.


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After a successful fifteen-year career with various New York publishing houses, and over 40 sexy contemporary romance novels published, N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips is now an Indie author who writes to her own expectations and that of her readers. She continues the tradition of hot men and strong women and plans to publish many more sizzling stories. Carly lives in Purchase, NY with her family, two nearly adult daughters and two crazy dogs who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. She’s a writer, a knitter of sorts, a wife, and a mom. In addition, she’s a Twitter and Internet junkie and is always around to interact with her readers. You can find out more about Carly at http://www.carlyphillips.com.


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Derek West and Cassie Storm have a past. Once upon a time she was the rich, popular girl and he was the gardener’s son whose parents worked for her and her family. Despite the differences between them, they shared a small, intimate moment the summer before they went off to college that spoke of promise. That is, until it all came crashing down the next day when Derek overheard Cassie and her friends admitting that he may be totally fuckable but he was not the boy you bring home to your parents. Assuming he had seen Cassie’s true colors as the quintessential rich girl and wanting nothing of it, Derek went off to college focusing on his passion for computers instead. Fast forward ten years and Derek West is one third of the billion dollar tech company that created the popular app, Blink. He may have been the gardener’s son in the past but now he is one of the most sought after person in the tech world. And one of those people hoping to get a moment of Derek’s time is none other than Cassie Storm. Oh how the tables have turned.

Cassie has been working her butt off at her family’s company determined to make her late grandfather proud by to become CEO of the company when her father decides to step down. Unfortunately that opportunity is ripped away from her when her father annouces that her brother, who has been jet setting around Europe for the past year and therefore has had no experience working for the family business, is given the presitigious title instead. Heartbroken by the decision, Cassie lets her disappointment and hurt fuel her determination to show her father that she is still worthy by landing THE interview that will make their company’s tech magazine one everyone will be talking about. That coveted interview Cassie desperately needs? You guessed it, Derek West.

Things get a little more difficult when Derek doesn’t initially agree to the interview as he has a firm policy not to let anybody know about his past and how he got to where he is today. Especially when the person asking reminds him vividly of how her family ruined his family’s life. Did I forget to mention that Cassie’s father accused Derek’s mother who was the Storm family’s maid at the time of stealing a diamond necklace and then had her arrested. This lead to the family being fired, thus losing their home and their health insurance, which made things especially hard when Derek’s father got cancer, leaving them unable to get him the care he needed in time resulting in his father’s death. At least that is how Derek has seen it for the past 10 years. But what Derek didn’t bet on is that A) his feelings for Cassie still existed and were still as strong as they were 10 years ago, and B) for him to be wrong about Cassie being the stuck-up rich girl he thought she was all those years ago.

The one thing I loved about this book was how Cassie did not take any of the crap Derek threw at her. Derek still has a lot of resentment and anger towards the Storm family after what happened and there are time when it affects his behavior when he is around Cassie as if he holds her responsible for what her father did. But Cassie doesn’t allow this behavior to stand and on more than one occasion calls Derek out on it and makes it perfectly clear she is not going to stand for it. I absolutely LOVED those moments because it shows you how strong she is as a women especially when she has been proving herself almost her entire life when it comes to her family and their company.

“I’m not giving up on the interview. But you should think about whether or not you want to see me outside of a working relationship. Because I don’t want to deal with the snide remarks and sudden change of temperature when something you don’t like comes up.”

Derek had a lot to work through over the course of this book as he tries to move past his feelings about the Storm family so that it does not interfere with his relationship with Cassie. Then when the truth of the incident that caused his family so much pain, at least in his eyes, comes to light Derek must learn to accept what has happened in the past in order for him to have a future with Cassie. I really enjoyed the journey Derek went on because he had so much loyalty to his family that it blinded him a bit because it allowed for his anger towards the Storm family to remain and grow as he got older. It was this second chance with Cassie that allowed him to not only find love but also learn to accept what has happened in the past and, in a way, forgive those involved.

While there is a lot of emotion in this book, there is also a lot of heat as well so if you are looking for a second chance romance that encompasses both, I definitely suggest you check out Going Down Hard and the other books in this series.

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Blog Tour + Review: Hooked by Christina Phillips

Hooked
Viking Bastards MC #1
By: Christina Phillips
Releasing Feb 6th, 2017
Entangled Scorched

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I like my sex dirty and disposable. I’m not into commitment or chicks who want more than one night. My brothers and club come first, second and last.

Until she walks into my life. Classy, rich and so out of my league it’s crazy. A week together should get her out of my system, but this good girl is so bad when we’re all alone and I can’t get enough of her.

I don’t do forever, but she’s hooked me so bad I don’t ever want to let her go. Except there’s no way a princess can live in my world and I sure as hell won’t live in hers…

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Christina is addicted to good coffee, expensive chocolate and bad boy heroes. She writes on the sizzling side of naughty, and loves bringing her tough biker heroes to their knees (her heroines enjoy this, too ☺).

Christina is also owned by three gorgeous cats who are convinced the universe revolves around their needs. They are not wrong.

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 Let me start off by saying that I wasn’t as “hooked” (pun intended) as I thought I would be after finishing this book. I was definitely hooked by the fact it was a biker romance as those have become one of my favorite romance genres (thank you Sons of Anarchy) but overall this book did not live up to the expectations I had for it.

Grace Mulholland’s life is all up in the air after she decides to break off her engagement to her boyfriend of four years. She is on her way to start a new chapter in her life when her car breaks down. Add the fact that her cellphone is dead as well and Grace is in a bit of a pickle as she finds herself in a part of Los Angeles she has never been before. Oh and it is raining so you know everything is working in her favor at this point. Her best bet of finding a phone is the bar, Odin’s, across the street that looks less than friendly. Armed with her umbrella, she makes her way into the bar and get a lot more than she bargained for when she meets Zach Reynolds.

“I can’t tear my gaze away as the sexiest fucking redhead I’ve ever seen strolls across the bar as though she owns it.”

With those words alone, you get a sense that Zach is not the typical guy Grace is used to. A biker to his core he says what he means and takes what he wants making him extremely sexy in my eyes. He also has that effect on Grace as their initial meeting is full of sexual tension as Grace decides to indulge in this bad boy seeing as she is now free to experience what she wants without her fiancé approval. The back room of the bar is when things really heat up and it doesn’t stop there. From then on the two who are complete opposites down to the core decide to engage in a casual hook-up with one another. It may have started out hot and heavy and more on the purely physical side but soon Grace and Zach begin to feel more. Hearts get mixed up in it, which was not part of the deal as Zach in particular does not do relationships.

I really enjoyed Zach and Grace as a couple. They were complete opposites with Grace being the heir to a hotel chain and Zach being part of a MC who works on cars for a living but they still clicked. Zach plays the big bad biker role well but it is obvious underneath him is just a man who misses how his parents, cares for his siblings a lot, and keeps love at arms length. Grace surprised me with the bit of backbone she starts to form throughout the book, speaking her mind to Zach at times when it is not the most comfortable as well as bringing on the sass which leads to some adorable and steamy moments between the two. I also loved her dreams of moving past her life working for her family. I would have never guessed she wanted to be a baker which was a great twist to her character.

While Zach and Grace’s story was a joy to read, there were a few things that deterred me from truly loving this book. I realize that the relationship with Zach and Grace starts out purely physical and is therefore suppose to be temporary but I felt that the overall timeline of their relationship in this book was too rushed. The pacing was too quick for me in some parts especially when the storyline hints at another intimate moment between Zach and Grace and instead of giving the readers that moment in detail it is fast forwarded to the next day and basically summarized. I guess I was a little greedy but this happened at least twice and both times I wanted to see those moments between Zach and Grace making me just a tad bit frustrated.

Another part of the book that I wish was expanded upon was the moments into the MC that Zach is a part of, the Viking Bastards. Yes, this is a biker romance but there is not enough scope into the biker aspect that you sometimes forget that Zach is even a part of it. I get that Zach was trying to shield Grace from that part of his life but I honestly think her being introduced to it would have added to the storyline more. My hope is that we get more of a view into the MC in the other books in this series.

Overall, I think this was a good start to this series. While I didn’t absolutely love it, we did get introduced to a number of secondary characters that I can only assume will get their own stories in the other books in this series which I am looking forward to. One in particular I am hoping for is Zach’s sister, Kat and his best friend, Cade. We will have to see though.

If you enjoy biker romances that are hot and steamy but pack in some heart as well, then check out Hooked by Christina Phillips.

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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…

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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.

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***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.

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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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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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About the Author

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.

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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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