Tuesday, October 19, 2021

REVIEW: The Temptation by Nikki Sloane

 

OUR REVIEW:

I've been so curious about Vance since I first got to know him in Royce and Marist's trilogy and his story in The Temptation did not disappoint. Vance was just as interesting as I hoped he would be; he had this mix of insecurity and bold confidence that made me want to know him more. He was also richer than god and knew how to spoil his girl--I mean what a fantasy. 


Emery was a great counterpart to Vance. She was focused and spunky and always seemed to know when to hold back and when to step up--she was the epitome of fake it until you make it and did so so seamlessly that she blended right into the community of the filthy rich that Vance inhabits. Her background was unusual--I don't think I've ever 'met' a female safe cracker in a novel and as her motives became more clear, I liked her more and more.


So you have these two fun characters and then you have Nikki Sloane throw all sorts of hurdles--fake relationship, 90 days of abstinence (!!!), a missing friend, and family drama--and when you put it all together, it works. You find yourself unable to stop reading because...will they make it through the 90 days? will we get to the bottom of the friend? will there be any resolution to the family stuff?!! I joyfully devoured The Temptation and am selfishly hoping there's some way to get more out of this series. 


The Temptation by Nikki Sloane is now live!

Vance Hale has everything. A ridiculous amount of money, an Ivy-league education, and a 1,000-watt smile that can charm the designer dress right off a girl.

He’s also going to have a future that includes me—whether he wants it or not.

I don’t care that he’s trying to reform his playboy ways, or that he made a bet to go 90 days without the touch of a woman. I’ve spent the last decade planning my revenge and I need a partner in crime. This gorgeous, cunning man should do fine.

So, we strike a deal. I’ll help get him across the finish line and he’ll bring me into his world among the Cape Hill elite. Our relationship may be fake, but our chemistry is shockingly real. One innocent kiss and I’m struggling to hold up my end of the bargain.

Wanting him wasn’t part of the plan when everything else I desire is within my grasp. The only problem? Neither of us is any good at resisting temptation.

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USA Today bestselling author Nikki Sloane landed in graphic design after her careers as a waitress, a screenwriter, and a ballroom dance instructor fell through. For eight years she worked for a design firm in that extremely tall, black, and tiered building in Chicago that went through an unfortunate name change during her time there.

Now she lives in Kentucky, is married and has two sons. She is a four-time Romance Writers of America RITA© / Vivian Finalist, a Passionate Plume winner, a HOLT Medallion finalist, and couldn't be any happier that people enjoy reading her sexy words.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

REVIEW: Mafia Queen by C.D. Reiss


    
  MAFIA QUEEN (The DiLustro Arrangement #3) by CD Reiss 
  Release Date: October 12th 
  Genre/Trope: Arranged Marriage/Mafia Romance   


  MAFIA QUEEN from New York Times bestselling author CD Reiss is now available!  
       

OUR REVIEW:

The ending of Mafia King had me DYING to read Mafia Queen, so the instant this baby downloaded on my Kindle, I was on hiatus from my real life so that I could find out what in the world was going to happen with Violetta and Santino.

This third and final book in the trilogy started off just as excitingly as the previous book ended. There was no wait, no long exposition, no stringing us along. NOPE. We were in it from the start and I feel like I didn't really take a full breath until I reached the end. 

Because it's so action packed, I'm not going to talk plot points in Mafia Queen, instead I want to focus on what a badass couple Violetta and Santino are. I loved the power dynamic within and between the two of them and I also loved how that power played out in their 'family'. I enjoyed seeing Violetta start to inhabit her power and own her space in a way that was honest and commanding; her evolution was gratifying and relatable in her struggle to grasp how to wield her power. I also enjoyed how Santino viewed her--his love and respect for her, especially after how they started out, was exactly how I wanted him to view and treat her. 

As with the previous novels in this series, and many of Reiss's novels, the steam factor was high, the prose was stripped down to its spare parts, and the balance between exposition and dialogue was perfect. This entire series kept me on the edge of my seat and while I'm sad to see it end, I'm so very satisfied with how it all played out. I'm eager to see the spin off of this series and where it will take us. 

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  Blurb: What doesn’t kill you makes you a killer. Santino DiLustro changed me. You can’t spend time in bed with the devil without getting addicted to the heat. Before him, I was a girl. Innocent and weak. Now, I’m a woman. A fighter. A killer. I’ll burn the world down for him. Shatter the sky. But I will not break. No. I will rise up and destroy whoever dares to threaten what my king has built, because I am forever his queen.  

   

  About the Author: CD Reiss has a long history of aimlessly moving from place to place. She finally settled in Los Angeles where she earned a master’s degree in cinematic writing from USC. After graduation, she ultimately failed to have one line of dialog put on film, but stayed in Hollywood out of spite. Since screenwriting was going nowhere, she switched to novels. Soon after, luck arrived with a complete set of baggage. She now has over two dozen titles under her belt. Two of those are NY Times Bestsellers and a handful more are USA Today bestsellers. Her audiobooks have won APA Audie Awards and Earphones Awards, swelling her ego to an inhuman size. She lives with her family, two cats and her long-suffering husband in a small Hollywood house that’s been outfitted with huge, ego-sized doorways.  
    

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

REVIEW: The Lawyer by Marni Mann



OUR REVIEW:

Marni Mann's latest, The Lawyer, is steamy with a capital S. If you are looking for an erotic romance that wastes no time getting right to the sexy times, this should do it for you. This story follows the romance of Kendall and Dominick; one that starts with an instant attraction and chemistry and ends with the happily ever after we all seek. 

Kendall, our heroine, is a blend of sweet, smart, and sexy. She's got this girl next door vibe --a big heart who wants to make the people in her life happy. But don't mistake her kindness for weakness; she's not a doormat--she doesn't let people walk all over or take advantage of her. She reads situations really well and handles disappointments with grace and cunning.

Dominick, her counterpart, could not be more opposite of Kendall in many ways. He's an alpha at all times, got sex on the brain 99% of the time, and to be honest, it took me a while to warm up to him. He was so insistent that nothing could ever come of him and Kendall that he wasted time denying his desire and longings more more. Once I got past his constant sex on the brain mentality when it initially came to Kendall, I saw a character that was warm and loving and I was honestly pleasantly surprised at how he handled so much in the back half of the book.

This novel has all the things you'd want when you think Hollywood--glitz and glam and a peek at what happens when someone skyrockets to fame. It also shows the unfortunate side of fame and how damaging it can be. I read it in what felt like seconds--it was a delicious escape that satisfies the craving of a quick, fun, erotic read. It'll be interesting to see how the other Dalton brothers fall. 

The Lawyer by Marni Mann is now live!

A sexy, new stand-alone in the Dalton Brothers Series from USA Today best-selling author Marni Mann …

I’m not the type of girl who picks up a man on a rooftop bar.

Not the kind of girl who lets a man’s hands roam my body, discovering I have no panties on.

Never the girl who has hours’ worth of o’s from a smoking-hot one-night stand.

But Dominick makes it so easy to say yes.

His body, his moves, and his oh-so-wicked tongue have me saying it over and over again.

Yes, please.

Yes, more.

Yes, right there.

He worships every inch of my body, and I’m still sore the next morning when I meet him again.

This time, he’s Mr. Dalton, my sister’s cutthroat entertainment lawyer.

And he has a proposition for me.

He wants to make me famous.

Of course, that means sharing a screen with my wildly jealous sister.

It means giving up my career.

It means the whole world will suddenly know everything about me.

Which presents one catastrophic problem—Dominick doesn’t date famous people.

So, do I take a chance at becoming a Hollywood star, or do I pass up the opportunity to be with the man who gave me a taste of forever?

 

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USA Today best-selling author Marni Mann knew she was going to be a writer since middle school. While other girls her age were daydreaming about teenage pop stars, Marni was fantasizing about penning her first novel. She crafts unique stories that weave together her love of darkness, mystery, passion, and human emotions. A New Englander at heart, she now lives in Sarasota, Florida, with her husband and their yellow Lab. When she’s not nose deep in her laptop, working on her next novel, she’s scouring for chocolate, sipping wine, traveling, or devouring fabulous books.

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Monday, September 27, 2021

REVIEW: You'd Be Home Now by Kathleen Glascow


OUR REVIEW:

If you're looking for a novel that will punch in you in the heart with all of the feels, run, don't walk to your nearest bookseller and grab You'd Be Home Now. This novel hooked me within the first sentences and didn't let me go. The story of Emmy and her family and her life in high school felt so relatable; even though I'm decades from my own personal experience, I definitely recognize so many versions of this in that of my students and my daughters. 


Kathleen Glascow captured those feelings of being invisible or of being isolated, the burdens of addiction and secrets, and the desire to protect those you love, even if it may be detrimental to you that I found myself tearing up many times. She put you right there with Emmy and you couldn't help but feel her anxiety, her sadness, her desire, and her hope as it poured out on the page. 


Now that I've found Kathleen Glascow, I'm going to be reading her earlier two novels with no doubt that I'm going to find myself tearful and fulfilled by the time I get to "the end".


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From the New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces comes a raw, deeply personal story about a town ravaged by the opioid crisis, and a teenaged girl struggling to find herself amidst the fallout of her brother's addiction.

For all of Emory's life she's been told who she is. In town she's the rich one--the great-great-granddaughter of the mill's founder. At school she's hot Maddie Ward's younger sister. And at home, she's the good one, her stoner older brother Joey's babysitter. Everything was turned on its head, though, when she and Joey were in the car accident that killed Candy MontClaire. The car accident that revealed just how bad Joey's drug habit was.

Four months later, Emmy's junior year is starting, Joey is home from rehab, and the entire town of Mill Haven is still reeling from the accident. Everyone's telling Emmy who she is, but so much has changed, how can she be the same person? Or was she ever that person at all?

Mill Haven wants everyone to live one story, but Emmy's beginning to see that people are more than they appear. Her brother, who might not be "cured," the popular guy who lives next door, and most of all, many "ghostie" addicts who haunt the edges of the town. People spend so much time telling her who she is--it might be time to decide for herself.

A journey of one sister, one brother, one family, to finally recognize and love each other for who they are, not who they are supposed to be, You'd Be Home Now is Kathleen Glasgow's glorious and heartbreaking story about the opioid crisis, and how it touches all of us. 

Monday, September 20, 2021

REVIEW: Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glascow

 

OUR REVIEW:


Second Kathleen Glascow in the last few weeks and I'm waiting to read the only one of her novels I haven't read so that I can stretch out her reads for as long as I can. 

Girl in Pieces was a particularly relevant to me as I have a family member who has battled with self-harm and I know I've had too many students battling with it too. While my family member doesn't/didn't have the same relationship with self-harm that Charlie does, it still gave me so much insight into some of the thoughts and feelings that many may feel and that knowledge is immeasurably helpful. 


Charlie's journey was one that focused on not just her battle to heal (literally and figuratively) and embedded in that journey were stories of friendship, finding self-worth and self-confidence, grappling with the past and finding hope in the future. It also showed us that family isn't always the one that we were born into, but also the one that we choose and make for ourselves. Charlie's story was painful  and challenging, and yet it held so much hope and promise that I ended the novel feeling positive about Charlie's future.


As with both Glascow novels that I've read, I can't stop thinking about the characters. They now live in my heart and take up space in my head, and I just hope against hope that whatever they're doing, they're happy. That's the type of novel experience this was--one that just sticks with you. 


As a teacher of teens, I know that this novel may be triggering for some of my students on their own journeys of healing, but I hope to put it on my shelf soon, because I absolutely know that it is a novel that will also be so helpful for some in my classes.


SIDE NOTE: I enjoyed the unusually structured breaks between scenes and chapters and I love that the publisher/agent/editors encouraged a debut writer to take risks and not do the expected. Kudos to that team!


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SYNOPSIS:

Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people do in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.

Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.

A deeply moving portrait of a girl in a world that owes her nothing, and has taken so much, and the journey she undergoes to put herself back together. Kathleen Glasgow's debut is heartbreakingly real and unflinchingly honest. It’s a story you won’t be able to look away from.

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