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February 24th, 2016

Review 280: Beyond Ruin (Beyond #7)

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Author: Kit Rocha
Pages: 400
Publisher: Kit Rocha
Recieved: From Author

What’s It About According to GoodReads:
Adrian Maddox fled his royal life—and tragic past—in Sector One, choosing instead to join up with the O’Kanes. For years, he’s lived by one rule: love fast, love hard, and always be willing to walk away. He’s managed to guard his heart, keep it whole and untouched—until now.

They couldn’t be more different—Dylan, the brilliant, burned-out doctor from Eden who drowns his pain with drugs and self-destruction. Scarlet, the sensuous, sexy rocker from Three, a woman unafraid to embrace the world. And Jade, the whore turned spy from Sector Two, who battled addiction and came out stronger than anyone he’s ever met.

Separately, they make Mad long to open his heart, to tumble head-first into a sea of possibilities and wild love. Together, they make him burn, inside and out, with lust and unbearable, unimaginable pleasure.

Then one fateful moment shakes their world to its foundations—and leaves the sectors on the verge of all-out war with Eden. It’s the biggest fight the O’Kanes have ever faced, and Mad and his lovers are at the dead center of it. They could end up with everything they never knew they wanted—or lose it all. Including their lives.

What I Thought: LOVE this series. Seriously, I think I’ve devoured the entire thing in like a week. So when I was given the chance to review Beyond Ruin I jumped at it.

By now in the Beyond series the Sectors are getting ready to go to war with Eden, so a lot of this is not only the love story between Dylan “Doc”, Scarlet, Mad, and Jade, it’s also watching Sector 4 prepare to go to war and try to figure out if they’re willing to fight and potentially lose.

The best part of this story though, honestly was watching Jade become herself. She went from being the addicted whore who everyone thought would shatter, to honestly being just as strong if not stronger than Dallas (the leader of Section 4)

Trying to navigate a relationship of 4 is tough. Hell navigating a relationship of 2 is tough, so it was really interesting to watch the 4 of them come together and explore just how it could work, if it could work and to just see the 4 of them love each other in such a complete way.  Each character had their flaws that the others would balance. They knew the worked well in their individual pairs (Scarlet/Jade and Doc/Mad) but the 4 of them together it was explosive.

I also really liked how Rocha pulled the 4 of them together. You had 2 of them who were addicted to something, and 2 of them who had lost so much that they were afraid to love and trust again. It made for really interesting dynamics, and really sexy scenes!

Do I Recommend: I do. I recommend that you read the series in order, and I probably should have reviewed them in order but I was too impatient.

Also to help you get started on the series Kit Rocha is letting me give away a copy of Beyond Volume 1 which contains the first 3 books in the series.

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December 28th, 2015

Book Spotlight: Heir to the Duke

5df40123-9887-4e88-b13d-40292a8950f4Title: Heir to the Duke
Author: Jane Ashford
Series: the Duke’s Sons, #1
Published: January 5th, 2016

Book 1 of The Duke’s Sons series


From bestselling author Jane Ashford comes a brand new series of sparkling Regency Romance


Life is predictable for a Duke’s first son

As eldest son of the Duke of Langford, Nathaniel Gresham sees his arranged marriage to Lady Violet Devere as just another obligation to fulfill—highly suitable, if unexciting. But as Violet sets out to transform herself from dowdy wallflower to dazzling young duchess-to-be, proper Nathaniel sets out to prove he’s a match for his new bride’s vivacity and daring.


Or so he once thought…

Oppressed by her family all her life, Lady Violet can’t wait to enjoy the freedom of being a married woman. But then Violet learns her family’s sordid secret, and she’s faced with an impossible choice—does she tell Nathaniel and risk losing him, or does she hide it and live a lie?


Jane Ashford discovered Georgette Heyer in junior high school and was captivated by the glittering world and witty language of Regency England. That delight led her to study English literature and travel widely in Britain and Europe. Her historical and contemporary romances have been published in Sweden, Italy, England, Denmark, France, Russia, Latvia, Slovenia, and Spain, as well as the U.S. Twenty-six of her new and backlist Regency romances are being published by Sourcebooks. Jane has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by RT Book Reviews. She is currently rather nomadic.


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Jane Ashford’s latest release, Heir to the Duke, comes out this January! To celebrate, we invite you to get to know Nathaniel Gresham, the hero of Heir to the Duke and the eldest of the Duke of Langford’s six sons.


Full Name: Nathaniel, Viscount Hightower

Occupation: Helping oversee the extensive Langford ducal estates

Height: 6’ 1”

Hair Color: Dark auburn

Eye Color: Blue

Age:  34

How would you describe yourself?
An odd question. It seems to require either a flippant, superficial response or deep thought and revealing confidences. I don’t believe I care to reply.

 If your brothers had to describe you, what would they say?
Responsible, reliable Nathaniel, I imagine. The person they can turn to when they’re in trouble, which they certainly can. And the elder brother who will run any little errand they may conjure up or supply any small item they require. I am in the process of weaning them of the latter opinion.

 What is your favorite way to spend your time?
I’m fond of country pursuits. Sailing on the lake at Langford, walking the land, fishing the trout stream.

What’s one piece of advice you would give to newlyweds?
Don’t be limited by expectations. Marriage can be full of marvelous surprises.

If money was no object and you had no commitments for the next two months, what would you do?Take my wife to Italy. She has expressed interest in seeing that country, and one of my newfound delights is watching her savor novel experiences.

 An Excerpt:

Nathaniel Gresham, Viscount Hightower, stirred in his sleep. His hands groped for bedclothes, found nothing. Sensing wrongness, his consciousness rose through layers of befuddlement and wisps of dreams. He opened his eyes to find a gaping maw of three-inch fangs inches from his throat.


Nathaniel threw up his arms to shield his face and twisted to the side. The convulsive movement brought him right to the edge of a large four-poster bed, and he scrambled to avoid falling three feet to the floor. He twisted in the opposite direction and struck out at the sharp, yellowed teeth. They did not snap shut on his forearm or lunge into his face once more. Indeed, they did not move at all, except sideways under his blow. There was no snarl or slaver, no spark of rage in the shiny eye behind the fangs. Nathaniel shoved them farther away and sat up.

He was stark naked, on a large bed stripped bare of linens, covered only by a moth-eaten gray wolf skin. The wretched thing’s head had been carefully placed on his chest, to ensure the rude awakening. His hips still rested under its hindquarters. Molting fur peppered the bed. The mere sight of the ancient pelt made his skin itch. Revolted, he pushed it all the way off and moved to the foot of the bed, struggling to get his bearings. This wasn’t his bedchamber. The blue-striped wallpaper was alien, the furnishings unfamiliar; the windows with their slant of early morning light were in the wrong place. Then he remembered. He was staying at the Earl of Moreley’s country house, because tomorrow—no, today—he was to marry the earl’s daughter at their local parish church.

Nathaniel glared at the wolf skin, then rubbed his hands over his face. This was what it meant to have five brothers—five younger brothers—on one’s wedding day. Or rather, on one’s wedding eve, a night they’d insisted upon marking with bowls of rack punch. Had it been three? Or had he lost count? No wonder they’d kept filling his glass, if they had this prank planned. Where the devil had they found a wolf skin in a strange house? And hadn’t he told his father, when Robert was born in his sixth year, that four sons were quite enough? Even for a duke, six sons were excessive. At this particular moment, Nathaniel thought that his parents might have been content with just one.

He rose, stretching stiff limbs and marveling that he had only a mild headache. Revenge on his brothers would have to wait for another day. Today, he was getting married. He was doing his duty to his name and his line, pledging himself to a woman who would be an admirable duchess when their turn came—may it be far in the future. The match was eminently suitable. All society acknowledged its rightness. And despite Violet’s irascible grandmother, the occasional bane of his existence, he could have no complaints.

Indeed, why had the word even occurred to him? No one had rushed him into marriage. He had enjoyed a plenitude of seasons in London and a number of agreeable flirtations and liaisons with delightful females. Though they had never spoken of it, he was aware that his parents had given him every opportunity to fall in love. But the passion that had overtaken them in their young days had not befallen him. He wasn’t sure why, but once he’d passed thirty he concluded it never would. He’d had more than enough time to observe that such a bond was rare in the circles of the haut ton.

Nathaniel stretched again, his bare limbs a bit chilly. This marriage was certainly not a penance. He liked Violet very much. They’d been acquainted for years. He did not know whether she’d had other offers, but he supposed that she too had waited for love to find her. They had that in common. They were also well suited by background, had similar tastes, and enjoyed the same even temperament. When he’d decided that the time for marriage had come, he’d simply known that she was the proper candidate. He expected their union to be gracious, harmonious, and ideal for the significant position they would someday be called upon to fulfill. And now it was time to stop wool- gathering, put on his dressing gown, and begin this momentous day.

Nathaniel walked over to the oaken wardrobe on the far wall and opened it.

It was empty. All his clothes had disappeared.

He stared at the bare hooks. This part of the prank would be Sebastian’s doing, he imagined. It had his next younger brother’s touch. Nathaniel met his own gaze in the mirror set into the wardrobe door, and acknowledged the spark of amused annoyance in his eyes. His brothers had a fiendish facility for complicated jests.

The figure in the glass shook its head. All the sons of the Duke of Langford were tall, handsome, broad-shouldered men with auburn hair and blue eyes. Sebastian was the tallest. Robert the wittiest. Randolph was acknowledged as the handsomest, James the most adventurous, and Alan the smartest. But he was the eldest, and the heir.

For as long as he could remember, Nathaniel had felt the weight of his destiny. The others said it was a burden to have everything done ahead of them, but he’d felt the onus of being the pattern, setting up the expectations, being the son visitors scrutinized the most. He would be the next duke; he must show he was worthy. Thus, he kept a tight rein on his wilder impulses. Instead, he was the one who came to the rescue when one of his brothers went too far, kicking up a lark.

And so now, he did not slam the empty wardrobe shut, but simply closed it. He would leave it to his valet to straighten this out. He wanted hot water for washing, and then clothes, and then breakfast. He went to ring for Cates, and discovered that the bell rope had been removed. He could see the wire to which it had been connected, near the ceiling, twelve feet up. It must have taken two or three of his brothers to reach so high.

For a moment he just stood there, staring at it. This final touch would be Robert’s idea, no doubt. He’d always been the most ingenious, the brother who added the crowning climax to a prank. Robert would be the one to set the others guffawing—describing their elder brother slinking through the corridors of the Earl of Moreley’s house wrapped in a wolf skin, like some sort of demented ancient Celt. Even Nathaniel had to smile at the picture. How would Violet’s fierce stickler of a grandmother like that? And all the other near and distant relations visiting for the wedding? He’d barely met most of them. Perhaps he’d twine some ivy from outside the window in his hair and attempt a Gaelic war cry.

Nathaniel laughed. Truth to tell, it was a splendid prank, unfolding like a puzzle box upon its hapless victim. All that remained was for him to wiggle out of the trap so cunningly set.

He eyed the windows and considered pulling down some of his almost-mother-in-law’s elaborate draperies to wrap about himself. But one panel would trail behind him like a coronation robe. The picture was little better than the wolf skin. Perhaps he would just wait until Cates arrived on his own. It couldn’t be too much longer. In fact, judging by the sunlight, his valet ought to have appeared well before now. Where the devil was he?

As if in answer to this thought, there was a knock at the door.


The voice was the last he expected. “Violet?”

“Are you all right? James said you needed to speak to me most urgent—” The door opened, and Nathaniel’s promised bride looked around the panels. “Oh!” Her mouth dropped open.

Nathaniel—stark naked, next to a bed sporting only a rumpled wolf skin—braced for a shriek, a shocked retreat, babbled apologies. But Violet just looked at him. Indeed, it seemed as if she couldn’t tear her eyes away. He could almost feel her gaze traveling along his skin, as if it left trails of warmth. He saw something stir in those gray eyes, something he’d never observed before, and his body began to respond to the possibility of much more than he’d expected from his suitable marriage. Respond all too eagerly.

Nathaniel moved over behind the bed. “My brothers’ idea of a joke,” he said with a gesture toward the wolf skin.

Violet blinked. Color flooded her cheeks, and she looked away. “How did they…?” Her voice was rather choked.

“They are endlessly inventive. They stole my clothes as well. Would you have someone send Cates to me? I would ring but”—he pointed to the bell wire—“they were quite thorough.”

Violet glanced at the denuded wire, swallowed, and gave a quick nod. “Of course.” In the next instant, she was gone.

“Well, well,” murmured Nathaniel to the wolf. “That was interesting.”

His days of being capable of interest long past, the wolf made no reply.

December 3rd, 2015

Review 279: Beyond Shame (Beyond #1)

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Author: Kit Rocha
Pages: 355 pages
Publisher: Kit Rocha (December 28, 2013)
Received: Free from Amazon
Note: Currently Beyond Shame  is free on Amazon (Link)

What’s it About According to GoodReads:
ll Noelle Cunningham has ever wanted is a life beyond–beyond the walls of Eden, where only the righteous are allowed to remain, and beyond her stiflingly restrictive existence as a councilman’s daughter. But only ruins lie outside the City, remnants of a society destroyed by solar storms decades earlier.

The sectors surrounding Eden house the corrupt, the criminal–men like Jasper McCray, bootlegger and cage fighter. Jas clawed his way up from nothing to stand at the right hand of Sector Four’s ruthless leader, and he’ll defend the O’Kane gang with his life. But no fight ever prepared him for the exiled City girl who falls at his feet.

Her innocence is undeniable, but so is their intense sexual attraction, and soon they’re crossing every boundary Noelle barely knew she had. But if she wants to belong to Jas, first she’ll have to open herself to the gang, to a dangerous world of sex, lust and violence. A world where passion is power, and freedom is found in submission.

What I Thought: When I first read the summary of Beyond Shame I thought I was going to be reading some mix of dystopian and paranormal romance, and I wasn’t too sure how I felt about it. Once I realized that it was just a dystopian romance I was okay with it, and happily read on.

I wish the first book had set up the world a little bit better. Instead we learn a little bit about the O’Kane gang, who run Sector 4 – and sell booze and apparently have some of the hottest strippers and shows in all of the sectors. But there really wasn’t much that told me what Sector 4 used to be, or why or how Dallas (the leader of the O’Kane gang) came to be the leader.

Noelle being cast out of Eden was probably the best thing that had ever happened to her. In Eden it’s pretty much forbidden to feel any sort of pleasure or to do anything that is considered taboo, or lewd. From what I understood it was even frowned upon for them to drink in Eden.

Her fainting at Jasper’s feet and him deciding that he needs to protect her was for the best, I mean there was no way in hell she was going to survive the Sectors on her own, and Jas needed to feel like he was more than enough for someone.

Of course Noelle and Jasper fall in lust right away, and have some super steamy sexy times. But the beginning of their relationship wasn’t without it’s own faults – which I really really liked. I love when there are missteps on both sides of the relationship so that you can watch as it grows and as it becomes its own living breathing thing.

Do I Recommend: I do. It’s a quick sexy, full length dystopian erotic romance. What more could you want, and like I mentioned above it’s currently free on Amazon in preparation for the 7th book in the series. (Link)


December 1st, 2015

Teaser Tuesday: Beyond Pain

TEASER TUESDAYS is a weekly event, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm, where you ‘tease’ others with a little bit from the book you’re currently reading, making them want to read it, too!
How to participate:
  • Grab your current book and open to a random page
  • Share two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page
  • Make sure what you share is NOT a spoiler
  • Include the title, author and page number so that others can read the book if they like the ‘teaser’
  • Head on over to A Daily Rhythm and leave a comment on the Teaser Tuesday post there
This weeks teasers:

So she blurted out the truth, awkward and raw. “You can have my body. You’ll take better care of it than I ever have.”

Found in Beyond Pain by Kit Rocha

November 30th, 2015

Review 278: I Was Here

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Author: Gail Forman
Publisher: Viking Books  (January 27, 2015)
Pages: 270
Received From: Library

** TRIGGER WARNING: Talks about Suicide **

What’s it About According to GoodReads:
Cody and Meg were inseparable.
Two peas in a pod.
Until . . . they weren’t anymore.

When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.

I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss.

What I Thought: Reading I Was Here, was hard. At first I just wasn’t interested, and as harsh as this sounds couldn’t muster up the empathy for Cody because her friend was gone. I just didn’t care. But as the story continued and I watched as Cody struggled to find the answers that so many people who are affected by suicide do, I found myself caring for her.

I wish there would have been a little bit more focus on Meg’s little brother Scottie and her family and how they were handling it all. I know the main point of the story was to focus around Cody, but I feel like as close to the family as Cody had been, there should’ve just been more with the family. If that makes sense.

I really liked watching Cody become friends with Meg’s roommates. I also really liked watching Cody become an independent person, no longer just 1/2 of a whole – but a whole all on her own. I don’t approve of the final actions she took to get her answers, I feel like they were unsafe and were just … I don’t know I can’t quite put my finger on why they bothered me so much.

As the story ended I loved the fact that we could see Cody start to move on, see her start to repair her relationship with her mom (which was a weird one from the beginning) and see her begin to make friends outside of Meg and even find a little love along the way.

Do I Recommend: I do. Whole hardheartedly. It’s a tough read, as it deals with suicide. And like I said I struggled A LOT with it in the beginning, but once I got going I really couldn’t put it down. It’s a great way to open up conversations about depression and suicide and the stigma that is attached to both.

September 10th, 2015

Review 277: Against the Ropes (Redemption #1)

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Author: Sarah Castile
Page Count: 368 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (September 3, 2013)
Received From: Purchased

What’s it About According to GoodReads:

He scared me. He thrilled me. And after one touch, all I could think about was getting more…

Makayla never thought she’d set foot in an underground mixed-martial arts club. But if anyone needs a medic on hand, it’s these guys. Trouble is, at her first sight of the club’s owner she’s the one feeling breathless.

All sleek muscle and restrained power, the man they call Torment plays to win at any cost. Whether it’s in the ring or in the bedroom, he knows exactly when to use a soft touch and when to launch a full-on assault. He always knows just how far he can push. And he’s about to tempt Makayla in ways she never imagined…

What I Thought: Against the Ropes was a real thrilling ride. I do want to start of by saying that this is an erotic book so there was lots of sexy times. However, just because it was chock full of sex, it did not skimp on the story.

From the first page I was pulled in and I immediately wanted to know more. While I do think that Makayla and Torment’s relationship started off super fast, to me it was easy to see that they both cared about each other. I do really like the fact that Makayla felt very real. She had flaws and wasn’t a big fan of blood or violence, but still did her job with authority and was damn good at it. I still don’t understand why she went with EMT work, other than the fact that it paid the bills (pretty much the same reason she started working at the club). And, yeah Torment was a super cliche hero, like seriously cliche. Filthy rich dom from a prominent family and a dark past – yeah haven’t seen that before. BUT just because he was a walking cliche didn’t make him feel any less real.

I’ve read a lot of reviews that didn’t like the whole tortured MMA fighter past that Torment has, but it just worked for me. I can’t really explain it more than that.

Do I Recommend: I do. The entire Redemption series is a great read, and I am eagerly awaiting the next installment.

January 5th, 2015

Note From Jess: 2015 Goals and Plans

Looking back on 2014, I did a lot of great things, read a lot of great books (116 of them to be exact) and had a bunch of insanely awesome experiences. However, one thing I did not do was keep up with my blog.

So in 2015 I’m going to (yet again) keep blogging more. I want to keep expanding my author base and keep finding all those great books that are out there. The books that make you cry, that make you laugh, the ones you get so mad at you want to throw them against a wall. I want to experience it all!

So my goal for 2015 is to read 150 books  and to blog about them in a timely fashion. Please bear with me while I get my blogging legs back and get back into the swing of things!

Here we go 2015 – hit me with your best shot!

June 18th, 2014

Review 276: The Marriage Pact (The Brides of Bliss County #1)

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Author: Linda Lael Miller
Page Count: 384 pages
Publisher: Harlequin HQN (May 27, 2014)
Received from: Netgalley for review

What Its About According to GoodReads:

Ten years ago, Hadleigh Stevens was eighteen and this close to saying “I do,” when Tripp Galloway interrupted her walk down the aisle. Now that she’s recovered from her youthful mistake and Tripp’s interference, Hadleigh and her single friends form a marriage pact. She doesn’t expect Tripp to meddle with her new plan to find Mr. Right—or to discover that she’s more attracted to him than ever! 

Divorced and eager to reconnect with his cowboy roots, Tripp returns to Bliss County to save his ailing father’s ranch. He’s not looking for another wife—certainly not his best friend’s little sister. But he’s never been able to forget Hadleigh. And this time, if she ends up in his arms, he won’t be walking away!

What I Thought: In the beginning it was very slow going, to the point where I almost put it down. But because I have read other books by Linda Lael Miller, I kept pushing forward. After finishing the book, I have to say I’m some what glad I did.

Hadleigh was a heroine that had anything but an easy life, so it really didn’t shock me that she was getting ready to marry someone as soon as she turned 18.  I was however, shocked that someone actually did say something when the minister asked if anyone objected! (Seriously, is that even a thing that is done? I’ve never been to a wedding where someone would object!)

Enter Tripp Galloway. Ruggedly handsome, Tripp Galloway. The kind of guy most girls dream about, Tripp Galloway.  Yeah, he’s THAT good. I don’t know what part I liked most about Tripp. He came home after his marriage failed, and he found out his dad was sick. He also came back because he just missed home. You can take the cowboy out of the country, but you can’t take the cowboy out of the country.

While I think some of the fights that Tripp and Hadleigh had were just a little over the top,  I really liked that their story was a linear one. One that you could actually see happening in real life. Their falling in love wasn’t something that just blindsided anyone. Hadleigh had been in love with Tripp since she was a young girl, and if Tripp was being honest with himself he’s felt the same way about her.

However, there is more to The Marriage Pact – than just Tripp and Hadleigh’s romance. The Marriage Pact is also a pact made by Hadleigh and her two best friends. That no matter what they would keep looking for love and support one another until each of them were happily married. Which I think is super cute and really kind of a cool thing.

Do I Recommend: You should really say I do! to The Marriage Pact It’s a cute story, that although started out a little slow will definitely melt your heart just a little bit.

June 9th, 2014

Review 275: Her Only Desire

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Author: Delilah Devlin
Page Count: 320 pages
Publisher: Forever Yours (May 6, 2014)
Received From: Netgalley

What’s it About According to GoodReads:
The moment Tilly Floret sees the sleek Bentley driving down Main Street, she knows trouble has arrived in her sleepy little town. A mysterious job posting keeps appearing at the diner where she works, and she can’t resist applying. No matter that the entire town of Bayou Vert is whispering about the wealthy, powerful man behind it all and his scandalous return home. The moment his ice-blue eyes meet hers, he ignites an all-consuming desire she never imagined possible, one she can’t deny.

Ex-navy SEAL Boone Benoit never thought he’d set foot in Louisiana again. As soon as Tilly starts her new job in his pleasure club, he senses a kindred soul. One who has carefully guarded secrets of her own-and a simmering hunger for the taboo rites of mastery and submission. The only difference is she doesn’t yet know it. Now as Boone tutors Tilly in the tantalizing world of leather and lace, she will shed her every inhibition and surrender to him, body and soul.

What I Thought: Break out the ice cold lemonade. Things are getting hot and steamy down in the bayou. Seriously, Her Only Desire started off rather tame and ramped up quickly.

It starts out with the same old song and dance. Girl is poor, from the wrong side of the tracks and her momma works at the house of the rich boy. Boy ends up in trouble for committing a crime and he leaves town, no longer the towns golden boy. But that is quickly where the similarities end.

Her Only Desire is a sexy mystery. You read that right, it’s a sexy mystery. The who-done-it plot does take a back seat to the lovin’ however, I do have to say that the sexy times are well thought out and don’t interrupt the flow of the story or seem out of place at all.

Do I Recommend: Yup! Because while Her Only Desire is the first book in a series, it works well as a stand alone. I’m very interested in seeing what else Delilah Devlin will write. I’m also eagerly awaiting the next book in this series!

June 5th, 2014

Review 274: Three Rules

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Author: Marie Drake
Page Count: 259 pages
Publisher: Red Bird Digitial (April 2014)
Received From: Author

** WARNING: This book does contain sexual assault and could be potentially triggering to some! **

What It’s About According to GoodReads:

“I have learned three rules in my life: 1.) The most dangerous people in the world are not always strangers. 2.) The scariest things imaginable are not those that can kill you, but those you can live through. And probably the most prominent: 3.) The most horrible possibility is not what could happen to you, but what you could become – I became a killer.” ~Hope Wellman 

Hope Wellman has a childhood full of horrific memories, a bone chilling recurring nightmare, and a persistent paranoid sense of being followed that she would rather keep repressed. 
Is evil reaching from beyond the grave to capture the tattered remnants of her soul once and for all, is it only a machination of her disturbed mind, or is there something happening more sinister than even she can imagine? 

Attending the funeral of her abuser is the first step in putting her life back together. She struggles with the fact she never told anyone what happened to her, and that the grave they are mourning over is empty. She’d find it a lot easier to move on and believe in the future if he were in the box, ready to be covered with dirt. She fears the last thread of her sanity has snapped when she sees Lucas everywhere she turns, and can’t escape a recurring nightmare. Is her tormentor alive, or is she imagining it? Is her dream triggered by past fears or is it a prediction of the future? 

What I Thought: As someone who has been sexually assaulted when I was first approached by Marie Drake to read her book, I hesitated. Did I want to read something that could potentially trigger me? Did I want to read something that I would probably hate because it would bring up negative emotions in me?  After talking with the Marie Drake a little bit more I realized that I was interested in reading Three Rules, she had assured me that she took great care to not be triggery, and to make sure that Hope Wellman’s journey was one that was handled with care.

I’m pleased to say that she was right. The topic of rape is one that is very fragile. And if not handled properly can cause a lot of issues. I’m pleased to say that Three Rules didn’t seem to have any of the issues I was afraid of.

Hope was a full woman, and while she had her moments where she doubted herself and her actions, as a reader I did none of those things. I felt that Hope was a strong woman, and while there were times I wanted to slap her and tell her to stop burying her head in the sand, I also feel that in her place I would have done the same thing.

Three Rules is full of twists and turns, and at the end of the book you’re stuck staring at that last page blinking in disbelief that the wild ride is over. Throughout the story we get to watch Hope learn that she can trust herself and her instincts. And that in the end, nothing is really as hopeless as it seems.

Do I Recommend: I do. The subject nature is a bit dicey, so only read Three Rules if you are comfortable approaching sensitive topics.