The Rose (The Red #2) by Tiffany Reisz

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My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Content Rating: 18+

Genre: Adult Fiction/Erotica, Romance, Fantasy/Mythology

Let me start my review by saying that I have never been a huge fan of Greek mythology, much to my husband’s dismay; he finds it fascinating. He has tried and failed to change my mind. Where he has been unable Tiffany Reisz has succeeded with her new book The Rose.  Be prepared to enter a world filled with the wildest of erotic Greek mythology fantasies, starring none other than the incredible male and female Gods of ancient Greece.  

The Rose by Tiffany Reisz is the second book in The Red series. I have not read the first book in this series, but I plan on doing so as soon as possible.  The Rose is a beautifully written book that has expanded my knowledge about Greek mythology in fun and sexy ways. Ms. Reisz takes Greek mythology and puts an original erotic twist on it, creating a world that I wanted to delve into and never leave. I must say, I will never look at Greek mythology in the same way and I guarantee neither will you.  This book was well researched, and I found myself googling parts to learn more on the subject. 

The Rose is infused with lust and laughter, deceit and deception and lots of erotic romping all set between the real world set in the 21 century, and the mythical world dating back centuries. This book also contains unique and well-developed characters. Ms. Reisz does a perfect job of balancing the romance/erotic aspects of this book with the underlying plot. She perfectly depicts, through the main character Lia Godwick, the pain a woman with a broken heart feels. I found Lia to be a compelling character she was smart, strong-willed, but also soft-hearted and vulnerable at the same time.

August Bowman crashes into Lia’s life at her graduation party, claiming that the gift her father gave her, the Rose Kylix, has mythical powers to elicit the most intimate sexual fantasies. From here the story takes off, intertwining the two main characters with some wonderful fantasies, some cute surprises and a bit of blackmail. I enjoyed the dialogue between August and Lia; it was super smart and kept me turning the pages. No mushy nonsense dialogue found in this book, but there were lots and lots of dazzling steamy mature conversation.

 You will probably figure out most things in this book, I did, but this book is not about the mystery aspect but the fantastic ride of reading Lia and August’s story. I founded the ending very endearing in a warped poetic justice sort of way, and I did have a good laugh about it. Oh, I’m sorry did you want me to tell you…lol…no spoilers in my reviews.

The Rose was a delightful erotic book to read, and I highly recommend it. The Rose is part two of The Red Series but can be read as a standalone book. So now is about the time I smacked myself in the face. I have had the first book in this series since 10/17 and haven’t read it. Please don’t make the same mistake I made, make time to read this series!

***I kindly received this galley by way of NetGalley/publisher/author. I was not contacted, asked or required to leave a review. I received no compensation, financial or otherwise. I have voluntarily read this book, and this review is my honest opinion .***

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The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Content Rating: PG 13

Genre: YA contemporary, mystery/thriller/suspense, action adventure

 

The Lovely and the Lost is the first book by Jennifer Lynn Barnes that I have read and it was pure joy. I love her writing style, and her character development is well done. The plot is fast paced, with plenty of twists and turns, secrets and deception all of which makes this book hard to put down.

                             “Bad things happen to bad little girls, a voice whispers

                                                          from the dark place.”

The main character, Kira, has a past that she can’t remember, a history that plagues her with horrible flashbacks. Throughout the book, the author gives us snippets of Kira’s past, not too much, but just enough to keep me reading and wanting more.

Cady and Silver, one of Cady’s search and rescue dogs, find a wild and broken Kira who has been living alone in the woods for an undetermined amount of time. Even though Kira has lived with Cady and her son Jude, she still struggles with people outside her adopted family. However, Kira has no problems relating to and loving the dogs she helps train for search and rescue. Jude, Kira and their friend Free all aspire to be part of a search and rescue team.  Cady is pulled into the rescue effort to find a lost little girl, Bella; the three friends are about to find out first hand how quickly, dangerous and out of control a situation can become in the wilderness.

There were so many levels to this book, not just the missing child aspect, but how the heroine, Kira, relates to the missing child and how she was able to grow and come to terms with what has happened in her past.  This book is about love and the sacrifices that are made in the name of love. Romantic love, a mother’s love and the love that friends share. Also, coming to terms that you are worthy of the love your “family” freely gives is a significant theme in this book. Family comes in many forms, and this book explores some of them, whether it is between humans or between dogs and humans. I especially enjoyed the bond that Kira had with her dog Saskia.   The author does an excellent job in interweaving the feeling that Kira is experiencing while searching for this child with what is lurking just beneath her subconscious.  

I enjoyed this book very much, but I was left with wanting a bit more. I wanted to know more about Kira’s past and how she came to be in the woods. I would have liked a little more “Jude” in this book.   Also, there is a little twist at the end of the book, the kind of twist that left an opening for a follow-up book. So, I have to wonder, does the author has a plan for a second book which I would be totally up to reading.   

***I kindly received this galley by way of NetGalley/publisher/author. I was not contacted, asked or required to leave a review. I received no compensation, financial or otherwise. I have voluntarily read this book, and this review is my honest opinion .***

Wrath (The Elite Seven, #3) by Claire C. Riley

 My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 Content Rating: 18

 Genre: Contemporary Dark Romantic Suspense

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“Wrath is a strong anger and hate toward another person”

      “Patience cures Wrath by one first understanding the needs and desires of                                

                                     others before acting or speaking”                                                 

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Wrath is the third book in the Elite Seven series and boy is it a rollercoaster of a read.  This book was my favorite in the series…so far.  This is my first book by Claire C. Riley, and I did like her writing style and her character development. This book can be read as a standalone, but I would not recommend it. All three of the books in this series are intertwined by the story, and the characters overlap in all the books thus far.

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Samuel Gunner is Wrath, and this is Wrath and Patience’s story. I have to wonder if the author picked the heroine’s name because of the meaning of the word patience. I love it when an author does this, and the heroine fits her perfectly.  Samuel and Patience have known each other since they were children. Friends who relied on one another until Wrath let his anger get the better of him and he purposely hurts Patience. Then Patience vanishes from Samuel’s life.

Samuel and his twin sister, Sabella know what it’s like to grow up unloved by the people who should protect and love them, their father and grandparents. Because of this abuse, Samuel deals with life with his fists, fighting and destroying anything that gets in his path.  His only concern in the world is to protect and help his sister have a better life. This is where the Elite comes in. Samuel believes that the Elite will help them get away from under their father and grandparents controlling ways. This is when the story gets interesting. The Elite gives Wrath his task, and that task is…Patience.  Patience hasn’t had an easy life either. Patience is a treasure; she is strong and independent but also all goodness and light.   Both these characters are so broken that they fit together perfectly.  The intensity and sexual attraction between Patience and Samuel is downright crazy, who would have thought sweet Patience could be so dirty.  I enjoyed the direction the author took with their relationship, the ups and downs, and twists and turns and of course the sacrifices they make for each other. However, you know that’s all I can say!

Be warned, like the other books this one also ends with a cliffhanger.                         

What has the green-eyed monster, Envy, done??? 

Old Enough (The Age Between Us, #1) by Charmaine Pauls

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My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Content Rating: 18+

Genre: Adult Fiction/Romance/Erotica

This was the first book I have read by Charmaine Pauls. I was very intrigued by the synopsis, and after reading Ms. Pauls bio, I knew I just couldn’t pass on reading this book. I found this book to be very different and I am so glad that I took the opportunity to read it. I loved the twist of the older woman and younger man. I really enjoyed the author’s style of writing, and the attention to character development was spot on.
This is Jane and Brian’s story. I immediately fell in love with Jane, how could I not, she has both a tragic and courageous side to her. I was amazed by how Ms. Paules was able to develop Brian’s character, who is only nineteen, into a strong, dominant but also caring man. The way these two characters meet was definitely out of the ordinary, a bit of a twist there. The author also did a great job in developing the secondary characters some of which I liked and wanted to hug and some I really wanted to slap.. Right. Across. The. Face!!! You will have to decide for yourself on that account. I also enjoyed all the conflict between the characters in this book.
The story was both detailed and fast-paced, with deceit, lies and everything in between and that kept me turning the pages and reading well into the night. There was also some interesting plot twists that I didn’t see coming. Some of the storylines were sad, but how the characters dealt with these issues had me admiring them even more. The romance that develops between Jane and Brian was spectacularly written. Loved the forbidden romance and the erotic scenes were panty melting. I honestly could not put this book down. There is a cliffhanger, and I will be insane till the end of August when the next book is published. The saving grace is I know it will be another outstanding read, so worth the wait. Old Enough is NOT a book that you should pass up. Happy reading.

***I kindly received this galley by way of NetGalley/publisher/author. I was not contacted, asked or required to leave a review. I received no compensation, financial or otherwise. I have voluntarily read this book, and this review is my honest opinion .***

Beauty in the Broken by Charmaine Pauls

 

Beauty in the Broken – Release Date 14 May 2019

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My heartbeat turns erratic. I don’t ask what he has in mind for me. I don’t want to know. When he reaches out, I flinch, but I don’t move. I’m backed up against the window. There’s nowhere to go.
He wipes a thumb over my cheek. “I scare you.”
I don’t deny the truth. I didn’t expect anything less, but hearing him say it makes the fear more tangible, rising to lie shallower in my chest.
His voice comes out hoarse when he finally speaks. “I can’t promise to never hurt you. I can promise you, though, that I won’t let anyone else hurt you.”

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Entangled (The Accidental Billionaires, #2) by J.S. Scott

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My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Content Rating: 18+

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Entangled is the second book in The Accidental Billionaire series. I didn’t read the first one, but I don’t feel you have to read the first book to enjoy the second book.   My curiosity was piqued, while reading Entangled, to find out the details of Jade and Eli’s story, so I plan to go back and read the first book in this series.  I always enjoy second chance love stories, and this one was excellent. Entangled is told in the dual point of view style, going between the two main characters Aiden Sinclair and Skye Weston.  This book was well written, and I did like Ms. Scott’s writing style. Also, she develops her characters in such detail, I felt like I knew them and they are people whom I would want to befriend.    

Skye and Aiden started their love affair when Skye was only eighteen and Aiden was twenty-six. Both Skye and Aiden grew up poor.  Aiden and his older brothers have been supporting their younger siblings since their mother died and their father abandoned them. Skye grew up with a crazy religious mom that let a cult dictate how she lived her life. 

Skye and Aiden’s relationship was very intense from the beginning, and their attraction was off the charts. An unforeseen complication forces Skye to leave town, and the two are separated for almost ten years. She comes back to Citrus Beach a changed woman, not the innocent girl she once was. The things she had to live through were unbelievably horrific. Although she has lived in fear for the past ten years, this fear has made her stronger but also closed off emotionally. Her mother has died and left Skye the cafe where she worked all her life, so she comes back to Citrus Beach to try to make the cafe a success.  Aiden is also not the poor fisherman that Skye left all those years ago, he is now a billionaire, a very gorgeous, alpha billionaire, who is still broken-hearted and pissed off that Skye dumped him for a wealthy mobster.    

Reading Skye and Aiden’s story was a joy.  These two have never stopped loving each other, but will Skye’s past and her secrets prevent them from realizing that they still love each other and that they belong together.  Sorry, that’s all I willing to reveal.  Entangled is a beautiful story of second chance love and I wholeheartedly recommend reading this book.

***I kindly received this galley by way of NetGalley/publisher/author. I was not contacted, asked or required to leave a review. I received no compensation, financial or otherwise. I have voluntarily read this book, and this review is my honest opinion .***

PRIDE (The Elite Seven #2) by J.D. Hollyfield

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MyRating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Content Rating: 18+

Genre: Dark Romantic Suspense

Pride is the second book in The Elite Seven series, and although this book can be read as a standalone, I would not recommend it. You will enjoy the series to its fullest if the books are read in the order they are written.  I love the way the books are written by different authors, and how the books are interconnected by the secret society storyline.  The characters from book one so far have kept true to themselves through the second book.  

                                          

                                            Mason Blackwell is Pride

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 Mason is not like the other guys in the brotherhood. He didn’t grow up with a silver spoon or a trust fund or wealthy parents.  He has had a difficult life. After his parents died, it was just him and his sister, Evelyn, alone in the world.  They were put into the system, and Mason vowed to take care of Evelyn at all cost. Maybe because of his different life circumstances he is put in charge of all the other six brothers and is responsible for relaying the task that will get them into the Elite Society.  I really like our hero, Mason, he is strong, loyal and tender-hearted all at the same time, not all your typical manwhore, that is typically found in books like this. 

        “Fuck, I want you.                                                                                                             

Not just your sexy body, but your mind.                                                                                     

I wanna own your fucking soul.”

Megan, Megan, Megan…she presents herself as the perfect little college professor, NOT!  She is just so cute, smart, and sweet, but with a dark erotic side that Mason didn’t see coming.  I felt a great connection with this character, she felt very genuine, if not a bit naïve.  

                                           “He makes me feel so… wanted                                                                                            

                      I could be risking everything by going forward with this.                                                

But what if I take a chance someone on who has never made me feel so cherished, needed, happy, fulfilled?”

                                                           “What if?”

Ms. Hollyfield has really captured the essence of this series, she kept me guessing with her twists, turns, and deceit.   The intensity she infuses between the two main characters is pure magic.  She has taken this series to the next level, we learn so much more about the  Elite Society, and so much comes to light in this book.  And, of course, my favorite character who I love to hate, Lillian. She is pure evil. Things are revealed about her past, and for a moment you feel bad for her, but then she does something else, and you are reminded just how nefarious she really is. 

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Be warned this book does end in a bit of a cliff hanger, leaving the reader excited for the next book in the series.  Time to bring on WRATH.