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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

ARC Review: Hard Rhythm by Cecilia Tan

This is the third book in this series but it's my second read in the series. I read the last installment but I will say for any readers who also read that last book, this one is pretty different. The characters in this book are not like the others in the series and the book has a different feel than at least the last book.

Maddie is a hostess at the super exclusive sex club that is featured in all the books in this series. When we are introduced to Maddie, she is described as a switch- someone who can alternate between being a Dom and a submissive. I don't really love the female Dom books but if you are like me, no need to be concerned about this one. Maddie is a sub for nearly the entire book. In fact, I think it's fair to say that what Maddie really needed and longed for was the freedom to be a submissive. In the scenes where she acts as a Dom, the real Maddie is locked up tight.

Maddie has been attracted to Chino whose entire band is in the sex club but she has never acted on that attraction. Maddie assumed that Chino was just some arrogant rock star/manwhore Chino, mostly in response to Maddie's attitude towards him assumes that Maddie hates him. But then something happens. Chino challenges Maddie in a way that she can't pass up and through that challenge Maddie discovers something about herself that she had been missing. Maddie doesn't know how to deal with finding this part of herself but Chino knows and is the perfect balance for her. And even though Chino is hiding stuff of his own, Maddie also helps him to come to terms with some truths and to accept himself.

Oh oh oh, how could I forget, the sex scenes are amazing. The BDSM aspects are well described and realistic without being over the top. The characters are well developed, the story moves forward quickly and I think you'll find this book entertaining and romantic.

**ARC provided by Publisher**

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Guest Post with Author Kari Lynn Dell and Giveaway

Meet author Kari Lynn Dell author of Tangled in Texas.

Kari Lynn Dell is a ranch-raised Montana cowgirl who attended her first rodeo at two weeks old and has existed in a state of horse-induced poverty ever since. She lives on the Blackfeet Reservation in her parents' bunkhouse along with her husband, her son, and Max the Cowdog, with a tipi on her lawn, Glacier National Park on her doorstep and Canada within spitting distance. Her debut novel, The Long Ride Home, was published in 2015. She also writes a ranch and rodeo humor column for several regional newspapers and a national agricultural publication.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

ARC Review: Beaus and Arrows Anthology

I have to admit that anthologies aren't always my favorite, but they are a great way to discover new authors and stories that you might not get a chance to otherwise. Not only that, but all of the profits from Beaus & Arrows are going to Pennies-4-Paws, so this is a great way to do something that you love and give back at the same time. I will say that I enjoyed this anthology a lot! There were several authors that were familiar to me, while others were new. The great thing is though that you do not need to be familiar with any of them in order to enjoy this anthology. 

This anthology was filled with stories for romance readers of all genres. The stories ranged from sweet to sexy, with some characters being well loved favorites while others were new. The great thing about an anthology is that even if you aren't liking a particular story, they are short and you are able to move on to the next one quickly. I found myself drawn in right away though, and I have to say that there are so many authors and stories that I will be checking out after sampling their work here. If you are looking for some great short romance stories, this is definitely one worth picking up. These are great to fit in when you are limited on time, or if you are looking to discover some new authors that you might have been wanting to try.

I definitely recommend this anthology, and while I did have some that I liked better than others, I can honestly say that I enjoyed this entire anthology. Make sure that you pick this one up quickly, as it will only be available for a limited time.

Beaus & Arrows contains the following stories: Perfectly Us by Abby Brooks, Right For Love by Aria Cole, Pinnacle - A Destined Series Story by Ashley Suzanne, The Wedding-Night Stand by Ava Harrison, One Night by Callie Anderson, All Wrong by Callie Harper, Love on a Plane by Ilsa Madden-Mills, Taking My Shot by Jen Frederick, Someone Not You by Jessica Hawkins, A Very Locklaine Valentine by Jessica Prince, What Love Built by J.L. Berg, Special Delivery by Liv Morris, Mr. First Time by L.J. Shen, Rhythm by Mandi Beck, Livi's Love by M.J. Fields, Yes, Yes, Yes by Nicola Rendell, Game For Two: A Valentine's Staycation by Rachel Blaufeld, Backfire by Rebecca Yarros, Entwined by SE Hall, Love and Latte by Sharon Hamilton, Beauty Knot by Stephie Walls, and The Brightest Star by Yessi Smith.

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Feature and Giveaway: To the Studs by Roxanne Smith

No one says no to fiery but talented home designer Neve Harper—which is how she convinces her elusive neighbor, Duke Kennicot, to help out with her latest renovation job. Not only is Duke a design aficionado, he’s got the inside scoop on the cabin’s owner. And since Neve’s ulterior motive is a romance with the boss, Duke is her ideal wingman. Except from the moment they’re alone in the remote Ozark mountain location, Neve discovers Duke is just as headstrong—and a whole lot sexier—than she ever realized. Duke has always made it clear she’s not his type. Yet the simmering tension between them says otherwise….

Duke had been warned to steer clear of hot-tempered Neve, but his resolve is lessening with every heated exchange—and every smoldering touch. By the time Neve unearths a dangerous, age-old mystery buried on the property, Duke is ready to do just about anything to keep the brazen beauty safe….

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Review: Undisputed by A.S. Teague

I was given the chance to read Undisputed by A.S. Teague completely blind through the Quirky Blind Date with a Book group. This was so much fun for me, and this gave me the opportunity to take a chance on a book and author that I might never have otherwise. When you sign up for a Quirky Blind Date with a Book, you pick the book based on a brief line about the book without knowing anything else about it. This one immediately grabbed my attention and while I did like this book there were a few things that kept me from fully loving it.

When MMA champ Brec meets Sidney, he knows that she isn't his type at all. Yet he finds himself drawn to her in a way that he has never been drawn to anyone before. When he meets her sick nephew and realizes all that Connor and Sidney are facing, Brec realizes that for the first time he wants something else for his life. But when their world is turned upside down, can they figure out a way to survive together or will their growing connection end before it ever really starts? 

While I liked Brec at times, I struggled with his character as well. He was a total cocky manwhore at the beginning of this story, and while he did get better over the course of this book I did still have some issues with how he acted. There was one specific incident that truly pissed me off, and that was when he first introduced Sidney to Rebecca. I would have never been okay with what he did, and I felt like it was completely glossed over and swept under the rug. (Kind of like several things here) I also struggled with Sidney at times, though I did like her character. She was great with her nephew Connor, but when it came to her sister Abby, she was a complete pushover. She never really stood up to her, letting Abby get away with being completely absent while her son was sick. The one time she actually stood up to her, Abby gave an excuse and Sidney immediately backed off and things were fine. I just couldn't fully get over it, and it was really hard for me to relate to any of these characters. There was chemistry between Brec and Sidney, but I didn't fully buy into their connection. I just felt like it wasn't very deep and we didn't see it fully form. 

Overall, this one was just okay for me. I did like Connor, he stole absolutely every scene that he was in and was adorable. I loved his attitude and the fact that he embraced his situation and went about things the best he could. His character was inspiring and he made this book. I just wish that Sidney and Brec had been as great as he was. I also thought that Tripp and Rebecca were together throughout this entire book, but then I was looking into things after finishing and Rebecca has a book with someone else which completely threw me off. I don't know if I was oblivious the whole way through and just missed something or if something happened, but I have to say that I am completely confused now. I am definitely interested in reading it now though to see what happens with Rebecca and to see how things are progressing for all these characters after the end of this one. I think that A.S. Teague has a lot of promise, and there were a lot of things to like here. It just wasn't fully there for me though, and in the end I just liked it instead of loving it.

**Review Copy Provided by Quirky Blind Date with a Book**

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