martedì 30 giugno 2015

NEW RELEASE: Breaking Clear by MJ Summers

TITLE: Breaking Clear

AUTHOR: MJ Summers

SERIES: Full Hearts #3

Publication: June 30th 2015 by Gretz Corp






Clever. Steamy. Inspiring.

Harper Young is a talented, feisty art director at Style Magazine. Sitting at her desk one Tuesday morning she answers a call that will forever change the well-worn path of her life. Her father has had an accident and needs Harper to leave Manhattan to go home to Boulder, Colorado to care for him. Given an ultimatum by her heartless boss, she chooses family, leaving her career behind. She drives across the country to find that the only man to make her heart ache with desire will be her new neighbour.

Evan Donovan is a contractor who's been dealt a rough hand when it comes to love. His wife, Lisa, left him just as the recession forced him to shut down his home building company. Now after three years of rebuilding, he is finally getting back on his feet again. When Harper drops back into his life, he does his level best to keep things on a 'just friends' level. Her older brother, Evan's best friend, won't take kindly to Evan dating Harper.

Proving that old flames are easily relit, Harper and Evan quickly find themselves in each other's arms. But will Harper's career come calling her back to New York when her father has recovered? Will a man whose heart has been snapped in pieces learn to trust again?

Lose yourself in Harper and Evan's romantic journey as they fight for their forever.

 

lunedì 29 giugno 2015

REVIEW: Stealing Second by Alison Packard

TITLE: Stealing Second

AUTHOR: Alison Packard

SERIES: Feeling the Heat #5

Published June 22nd 2015 by Carina Press

 

MY RATES: 4 STARS ****


Arc provided by Netgalley for an honest review


 

Katherine Whitton doesn’t purposely avoid men and relationships, but she doesn’t mind that side effect of immersing herself in her job with the San Francisco Blaze. Years ago she was betrayed by her one true love, and she’s never fully recovered, though she’s tried by building a new life in a city she loves.

It’s taken seventeen years for Tom Morgan to get over Katie—Katherine now. Sober now and faced with the incredible opportunity to manage the Blaze, he thinks he’ll finally be able to handle working with this beautiful woman without falling to pieces…as long as she doesn’t get too close.

A crisis with the team's star pitcher forces Tom and Katherine to put in long hours together. Years of animosity melt away as the sexual tension between them ignites. But it’ll take more than scorching kisses to avoid the wreckage of the past. And neither Tom nor Katie are sure they’re ready to trust each other or risk their hearts for a second chance at happiness.

With this book I thought to have made a big mistake. I don't usually start reading a series from the last book, but I admit I loved it even if with some characters I had the feeling they had a story already told. But this didn't disturb me at all, it made me curious.
I love sport and second chance romances.
Katie and Tom have known each other since they were teenagers and they fell in love in college. They have planned a future together, but their families torn them apart with lies.
During all those years they made a life by themselves, but they haven't forgot the love they shared and that is always alive in their hearts.
Working for the same baseball team, the Blaze, doesn't make things easier. Katie thinks Tom betrayed her and Tom thinks the same about Katie. Only seventeen years later they find out the truth. To reconnect each other and forgive their parents it's hard, but their love is so strong to overcome lies and betrayal.

Was that attraction enough to bridge the years that had separated them? Was the knowledge their parents had manipulated them into breaking up enough to rebuild what they once had? Or was that love gone forever, decimated by time and circumstance?”

Katie is smart, sweet, strong. I love the way she manages her job with determination and heart.
Tom, as ex baseball player is a wise manager that knows how a team works. At the same time is loyal, funny and sweet. Both of them have a great sense of humor. The sexual tension between Katie and Tom is steamy hot.

You said we can't go back and that's true. But I belive our past is the very reason why we can have the furture we always dreamed about.” - Tom

Of this book I loved that the focus was not only on Katie and Tom's story. I loved the behind the scene of a baseball team and the story about Trey, player for the Blaze, that I hope will have his book in the future.

A book I reccomend to readers who love sport and sweet romances.
I'm surely going to read also the previous books in this series. 





















sabato 27 giugno 2015

COMING SOON: Lawless by Tracey Ward

TITLE: Lawless

AUTHOR: Tracey Ward

Expected publication: July 8th 2015 











Lawson Daniel is good at a lot of things. He can show you the best places to surf, the perfect time of day to ride the tide. He knows the best bars, the best bands, he has the best weed, and if you’re looking to get laid, he’ll show you the best time.

No girl in her right mind should speak to him. She definitely shouldn’t have sex with him, and only a blind, self-loathing idiot would fall in love with him.

I’ve done all three.

All in the span of one sweltering, suffering summer that nearly cost me everything down to the blood in my body and the beat of my heart.

No one walked away from that season unscathed.

Not even Lawson Daniel.



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Lawless before it's released!
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martedì 23 giugno 2015

COMING SOON: A Spirit Without Borders by Andrew Grey

TITLE: A Spirit Without Borders

AUTHOR: Andrew Grey

SERIES: Without Borders #2

PUBLICATION: July 17, 2015 from Dreamspinner Press


Dillon McDowell, an infectious disease specialist, jumps at the opportunity to work with Doctors Without Borders in Liberia. But when he arrives, things are very different than he expected, and he’s out of his depth. Will Scarlet takes him under his wing and helps him adjust. A hint of normalcy comes when a group of local boys invite Dillon to play soccer.
Will’s family rejected him for being gay, and he’s closed off his heart. Even though meeting Dillon opens him to the possibility of love, he’s wary. They come from different worlds, and Will plans to volunteer for another stint overseas. But Will realizes what Dillon means to him when Dillon becomes ill, and they can no longer deny their feelings.
When Dillon’s soccer friends lose their parents and aunt to disease, Will and Dillon must work together to ensure that the boys aren’t cast adrift in a society that’s afraid they might be contagious. They must also decide if their feelings are real or just the result of proximity and hardship.
 
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NEW RELEASE: Sloth by Ella James

TITLE: Sloth

AUTHOR: Ella James

SERIES: Sinful Secrets #1

PUBLICATION: June 22nd 2015

Dear A. –
I am writing to express my gratitude for your gift. There are no sufficient words, but please accept my sincerest thank you.

Yours,
R.


She writes me back.
I didn’t expect that.

She tells me she’s a lover of chicken pizza and video games, a hot sorority girl with the nickname Sloth. She wants to know something about me in return. She says I owe her.

This is how she saves my life. She doesn’t even know it. We’ve never even seen each other. But I need a reason. Just one reason to continue. She becomes mine.

The anonymity is good. She doesn’t need to know me, but I need her kindness. We both live our lives: a letter here, a post card there. For three years, I escape my demons. And then one day I’m pulled back in.

I’ve resigned myself to what I know is coming. Until the girl I’m spanking gives her safe word: Sloth.

And then the lie I’m living starts to unravel.

--

Sloth is an erotic romance. It’s a dark mystery, so if you’re sad, read another book. This one is real, and hard. Not that kind of hard. (That kind of hard, too). Consider yourself warned.

P.S. The book ends on a beach. That’s all I’m saying. As for an HEA, you’ll have to read and see.

P.S.S. Sloth is long—about 500 pages. It was supposed to be short and quick. Instead it’s a behemoth that consumed its author for six months. 
--

I whirl around, because I need to go now. Need to run.

He grabs my arms, snatching me around to face him, holding me in front of him. Holding me still as he tries to tell me things I never want to hear.

"Stop it! Shut up! Shut up, Kellan! Fuck you!" He pulls me closer, and I slap his face.

The sound echoes through the foyer. His smooth, tanned check stains brilliant crimson.

He doesn't move a muscle. Doesn't even blink as I look at him for what I know will be the last time.

I'm sorry. His lips move silently. I don't care. I can't. His secrets ruined my life. He ruined my life!

If I live to be hundred, my heart will never be the same.

Note: Sloth is the first in my new Sinful Secrets series. Each intense, erotic story is inspired by a sin, and centered around a life-altering secret. Each "sin" stands on its own, so they don't have to be read in order. After Sloth, I'm writing Envy. Between these two, I'm releasing a stand alone: a more traditional romance called The Boy Next Door.

domenica 21 giugno 2015

REVIEW: Break In Two by MJ Summers

TITLE: Break In Two

AUTHOR: MJ Summers

SERIES: Full Hearts #1

PUBLICATION: November 5th 2013 by Indigo Group

 

MY RATING:



Book provided by NetGalley in exchange of an honest review
Thirty-one year old Claire Hatley is running from Seattle having just discovered that her live-in boyfriend has traded her in for a twenty-two year old hostess. Devastated and alone Claire must make a fresh start. She answers an ad for a chef at a guest ranch just outside Colorado Springs and finds herself face to face with Cole Mitchell, quite possibly the sexiest man to ever ride a horse. Common sense tells them to stay away from each other, but their attraction is not to be denied. He gives her a glimpse of what love should be, but just as she starts to trust him, the past comes back to tear them apart.

Join Claire and Cole as they embark on the stormy love affair of a lifetime.

(Oh...and for those of you with husbands/boyfriends, please tell them “you’re welcome” from MJ.)
First of all: thank you Rose (she knows!), without your post on Facebook I wouldn't have never read this book, and lucky me that NetGalley provided a copy to review.
I had ups and downs reading this book, but at the end I totally loved it!
Claire in her previous reletionship is competing with the super-model kind of woman, feeling that if she's not beautiful she's not worth the love of a man.Until she meet Cole. 
He is perfection: gorgeous, strong, self-confident, sweet, caring and a cowboy. The wet dream of every women (me included!). With him Claire is confortable, and she bocomes secure of herself and free to be herself. She is smart, professional and witty and Cole loves her like the way she is. 
Between the two, the sexual attraction is immediate and high explosive. 
In the first part of the book there a lot of hot sex scenes, but the author has the ability to make them steamy but realistic and emotional at the same time. 
Claire is sassy and she made me laugh and smile a lot.  
Two scenes are unforgettable to me:
- the first time Claire meet Cole's parents (I was embarrassed for her!)
"So I made pretty much the worst impression possible on your parents today" - Claire
"Well, it could have been worse, actually," he said, dipping a carrot in the hummus and popping it into his mouth. "You could have been smoking a crack pipe while I groped your ass." - Cole
- whipped cream and strawberry (women out there, after that scene you will definitely try with your partner!)
 "This is how I want to eat my dessert from now on." - Cole
"Sure, honey." - Claire
"Honey-we should try that next time." - Cole
So everything between them is perfect: love, sex, work. At 57% of my reading I was thinking: TOO MUCH PERFECT to be even real, not possible. I start having a sad feeling that something bad was coming.
"You know one of my favourite things about you, Claire, is how you enjoy the simple things. You never miss out because you are always open to life."
And here you go. 
End of chapter 15: When you want to kill the author 
"Christ, Claire, I can't believe this is happening," he said quietly. Claire sighed, her heart breaking. "Me too. I'm in shock. I feel like everything before was just a wonderful dream, and now I've woken up to a nightmare."
Chapter 17: When you want to strangle one of the character, maybe two.
Chapter 18: When you star crying like a baby and you family think you're crazy.
But an author usually doesn't want to be killed by the readers, so the story takes the right path, even if for Claire and Cole this means anger, pain, disappointment, betrayal and tears.
I loved the final chapter and the epilogue with a sweet HEA ending.
"She was different than the wounded, vulnerable woman who had found herself on the ranch last spring. She didn't need to rely on his being a good man. She knew she could rely on herself to be strong enough to love, to lose and to live on."
Still, the book left me with a big question: who is the charming and misterious Frenchman that Claire has met on the plane? I think he has a lot to tell. I hope he will show up in another book.

My dear author, I read the book and made a review, now I want my reward: the booklet with Cole's hot, steamy sex scenes.



MJ Summers currently resides in Canada, not far from the Rocky Mountains, with her husband, three young children and their goofy dog. When she’s not writing romance novels, she loves reading (obviously), snuggling up on the couch with her family for movie night (which would not be complete without lots of popcorn and milkshakes), hiking, Zumba and yoga (to make up for the milkshakes), swimming and camping (with lots of gooey s’mores and hard ciders). She also loves shutting down restaurants once a month with her girlfriends. Well, not literally shutting them down, like calling the health inspector or something. More like just staying until they shut the lights off.
MJ is a member of the Romance Writers of America, as well as the International Women’s Writing Guild.

sabato 20 giugno 2015

REVIEW: The Year We Hid Away by Sarina Bowen

TITLE: The Year We Hid Away

AUTHOR: Sarina Bowen

SERIES: The Ivy Years #2

PUBLICATION: June 1st 2014 by Rennie Road Books

 MY RATING:

 

 She’s hiding something big. He’s hiding someone small.

Scarlet Crowley’s life was torn apart the day father was arrested for unspeakable crimes. Now the shock has worn off, but not the horror.

It’s a safe bet that Scarlet is the only first year at Harkness College who had to sneak past TV news trucks parked on her front lawn just to leave town. But college will be Scarlet’s fresh start. Clutching a shiny new student ID — with a newly minted name on it — she leaves it all behind. Even if it means lying to the boy she’s falling for.

Bridger McCaulley is a varsity hockey star known for being a player both on and off the ice. But a sobering family crisis takes that all away. Protecting his sister means a precarious living arrangement and constant deception. The only bright spot in his week is the few stolen hours he spends with Scarlet.

The two form a tentative relationship based on the understanding that some things must always be held back. But when grim developments threaten them both, going it alone just won’t work anymore. And if they can’t learn to trust one another now, the families who let them down will take everything they’ve struggled to keep.
 


A new year is starting at Harkness College and the two main characters, Scarlet and Bridger, are fighting to to find a new life away from those who have disappointed and hurt them. Harkness is their hideout.
Scarlet is hiding from a family and a horrible secret, so terrible that she changes her name and get away from her hometown.
"The goalie's job is to foresee the defensive gaps. But in my own life, I'd failed to do that. When the ugly stories about my father began to leak into our lives, I hadn't seen it coming. At all. Like a high-powered slap shot to the chest, all the ugliness hit me hard, knocked me back, and stole my breath." - Scarlet
Bridger not only hides a tragic family situation, he also hides his little sister to protect her. Scarlet and Bridger become immediately friends and their friendship turns into something deeper. Their agreement is tacit: some things are better left unsaid, and ask for help is something not to be done. The secrets they don't tell prevent them from trusting each other. But when the truth for both of us comes out, it's the showdown.
"The last few months had made me feel old and defeated. But just then, I felt young again. Young and surprisingly happy." - Bridger
Both of them struggle with nails and teeth to protect and hold onto what they love the most. There is no choice left: learn to trust and ask for help will be their salvation.
"But tonight I understood that if you kept your heart in the game, there would always be one more period to play it with. Game on." - Scarlet
If I liked the first book of this series, I liked this one even more. The personal stories of two characters are poignant, yet true. With Scarlet and Bridger the reader can relate easily, and they have touched my heart for their strength, their determination and their weaknesses in which anybody can identify themselves.
The secondary characters, some already met in the first book, are always on the margin of the story, but their presence is crucial to the happy ending.
I find that the author has a great ability to tell stories of troubled lives and conflicted relationships without creating too much dramas and without sugarcoat, making sure however that the message she wants to pass on doesn't lose its meaning.
Sarina Bowen also surprised me with this book and continues to do so, since I have just discovered that the third book in this series is an M/M romance. I can't wait to throw myself in this new book.
"For a year I had found it impossible to live in the present. But every moment I spent with Bridger was bright and fully realized" - Scarlet

"You're the best I eve had, Scarlet. Because I love you. When other people touched me, it felt good. But when you touch me, it feels good and it also means something. And that's potent." - Bridger

COMING SOON: Boss by Ashley John

TITLE: Boss

AUTHOR: Ashley John

PUBLICATION DATE: July 15th 2015

After years of travelling the world using his trust fund, college-dropout Joshua Silverton returns to London to discover two shocking truths; his estranged and wealthy father has been dead for over a year and he left his fortune to a total stranger. Joshua soon meets the man who stole his inheritance and even though he expects to hate Ezra Steele, he can’t ignore the strange attraction he suddenly feels towards him.

Bill Silverton saved Ezra Steele from his troubled past when he signed Silverton Tower over to him on his deathbed. Ezra now has the house, the business, the cars, the money and a different man in his bed every night. It’s a life he wants to cling to, so when Bill’s gorgeous son unexpectedly turns up and demands he hand everything back, his life is turned upside down in more ways than one.

A need to finally prove himself to his dead father forces Joshua to challenge Ezra but will he be able to ignore the attraction in order to be ruthless? Ezra tries to keep his enemies close by getting Joshua into his bed but as history catches up with him, he is forced to face himself. They are both running from their past, so in a battle between head and heart, Joshua and Ezra must choose what is more important – money or each other.


This is a standalone gay romance novel (no cliffhanger). Contains steamy sex between a tattooed traveller and a sexy CEO.

Ashley John is a 21 year old author, from the North of England. His writing journey started in June 2014, when he left his job at McDonalds to write and self-publish his first novella, The Secret. The Secret quickly went to the top of the Gay Novella chart on both sides of the Atlantic, cementing Ashley John’s place in the genre. Two more novellas followed after The Secret (The Truth and The Fight), forming the popular George & Harvey trilogy.
His writing grew from strength to strength and his honest and passionate style developed with each book he published. Lost & Found, his first full length novel, was self-published in September 2014, making it to the top of the UK Gay Romance charts (and the top 5 in the US). Lost & Found was to become the first book in the Surf Bay series, the series most of his fans know and love him for.
He writes romance as it is in real life. Difficult. His stories are often described as heart-wrenching, drama filled and emotionally draining, but that’s what his readers love about him. Each of his stories have a deep and emotional core, running through them, which will never fail to tug at your heart strings. For Ashley John, writing is a free form of therapy, because he puts so much of himself and his life into his books.
Ashley John lives with his finace, Reece, and their two babies/cats, Jeremy and Jinx. Ashley’s creativity doesn’t just stop at his writing, because he is also a keen artist and designer. He uses his distinct style to design all of his own book covers, and he also loves to draw and paint (when he has the time!).


COMING SOON: On My Knees by J. Kenner

TITLE: On My Knees

AUTHOR: J. Kenner

SERIES: Stark International Trilogy #2

Expected publication: June 23rd 2015 by Bantam

Jackson Steele and Sylvia Brooks continue to thrill in the second novel of a scintillating, emotionally charged new trilogy that returns to the world of J. Kenner’s beloved Stark novels: Release Me, Claim Me, and Complete Me.

I never thought I’d lose control, but his desire took me right to the edge.

Powerful, ambitious, and devastatingly sexy, Jackson Steele was unlike any other man I’d ever known. He went after what he wanted with his whole mind, body, and soul—and I was the woman in his sights. One touch and I surrendered, one night together and I was undone.

Jackson and I had secrets, dark pieces of our pasts that threatened to swallow us both. We couldn’t outrun our demons, or the people trying to tear us apart. But in our passion we found salvation, and in each other’s arms we found release.

I was scared to trust Jackson fully, to finally let go. Yet no matter the dangers that lay ahead, I knew I was his—and now that we’ve laid claim, there’s no more holding back.

On My Knees is intended for mature audiences.

chapter 1

Jackson Steele tossed back the last of his scotch, slammed the glass down on the polished granite bar, and considered ordering another.
He could use it—that was damn sure—but probably better to have a clear head before he went to answer his brother’s summons.
His brother.
That was something he didn’t say every day. Hell, he’d spent his entire life avoiding saying it. Been told he wasn’t allowed to say it.
“Sometimes families have secrets,” his father had said.
Wasn’t that the fucking truth?
The great and glorious Damien Stark—one of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful men—had no idea that he and Jackson shared a father.
But in about fifteen minutes he’d know. Because Jackson was going to tell him. Had to tell him.
Fuck.
He held up his hand to get the bartender’s attention because, screw it, right now he really could use another drink.
The bartender nodded, poured two fingers of Glenmorangie, neat, then slid the glass back to Jackson.
He hesitated, bar rag in hand, until Jackson finally looked up and met his eyes. “Something else?” Jackson asked.
“Sorry. No.” It was a lie, of course, and as Jackson watched, the bartender’s cheeks turned pink.
The bartender, whose name tag identified him as Phil, was in his early twenties, and with his hair slicked back and his perfectly tailored dark suit, he looked as essential to the Gallery Bar—which epitomized the glamour and excitement of the 1920s—as the polished wood, glittering chandeliers, and ornate carvings that filled and completed this space.
The historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel had always been one of Jackson’s favorite places in Los Angeles. As a teenager, when he’d only dreamed of becoming an architect, he would come as often as he could, usually begging a friend with a car to bring him up from San Diego and drop him downtown. He would wander the hotel, soaking up the exquisite Spanish-Italian-Renaissance style architecture that blended so well with the California location. The architects, Schultze and Weaver, were among Jackson’s idols, and he would spend hours examining the fine detail in all of the elements, from the elegant columns and doorways, to the exposed wood-framed roofs, to the intricate cast iron railings and elaborate wooden carvings.
As with any exceptional building, each room had its own personality despite being tied together by common elements. The Gallery Bar had long been Jackson’s favorite space, the live music, intimate lighting, excellent wine list, and extensive menu adding value to an already priceless space.
Now, Phil stood behind the long granite bar that served as one of the room’s focal points. Behind him, a menagerie of fine whiskeys danced in the glow of the room’s dim lighting. He was framed on either side by carved wooden angels, and in Jackson’s mind, it seemed as if all three—angels and man—were standing in judgment over him.
Phil cleared his throat, apparently realizing that he hadn’t moved. “Yeah. Sorry.” He started to exuberantly wipe the bar. “I just thought you looked familiar.”
“I must have one of those faces,” Jackson said dryly, knowing damn well that Phil knew who he was. Jackson Steele, celebrity architect. Jackson Steele, subject of the documentary, Stone and Steele, which had recently screened at the Chinese theater. Jackson Steele, newest addition to the team for The Resort at Cortez, a Stark Vacation Property.
Jackson Steele, released yesterday on bail after assaulting Robert Cabot Reed, producer, director, and overall vile human being.
The latter, of course, is what would have put Jackson on Phil’s radar. This was Los Angeles, after all, and in Los Angeles, anything entertainment related passed as hard news. Forget the economy or strife overseas. In the City of Angels, Hollywood trumped everything else. And that meant that Jackson’s picture had been plastered all over the newspapers, local television and social media.
He didn’t regret it. Not the fight. Not the arrest. He didn’t even regret the press, although he knew that they would dig. And if they dug deep, they’d find a whole cornucopia of reasons why Jackson might want to destroy the pathetic Mr. Reed.
Well, let them. He wasn’t the least bit repentant. Hell, if anything he wished he could do it again, because the few punches he’d managed to land on Reed had only been satisfying in the moment. But every time he thought about it—every time he pictured what the son-of-a-bitch had done
to Sylvia—he knew he hadn’t gone far enough.
He should have killed the bastard.
For the way he’d hurt the woman Jackson loved, Robert Cabot Reed deserved to die.
She’d been only fourteen at the time. A child. An innocent. And Reed had used her. Raped her. Humiliated her.
He’d been a photographer then, and she his model. A position of power and of trust, and he’d twisted that around, making it vile and dirty.
He’d hurt the girl, and he’d damaged the woman.
And Jackson couldn’t think of anything bad enough that could happen to the man.
He closed his eyes and thought of Sylvia. Her small, slim body that felt so right in his arms. The gold that highlighted her dark brown hair, making her face seem luminous. Christ, he wanted her beside him now. Wanted to twine his fingers through hers and hold her close. He wanted her strength, though she didn’t even realize how strong she was.
But this was something he had to do alone. And he needed to do it now.
He slid off the stool, then dropped a fifty on the bar. “Keep the change,” he said, then watched as Phil’s eyes went wide.
He left the bar, then moved quickly through the hotel’s glittering lobby to the main entrance that opened on South Grand Avenue. Stark Tower was just up the hill to the east. It was a cool October night, and the building glowed against the coal black sky. Right now, Damien Stark was in the penthouse apartment with his wife Nikki, probably unpacking after returning from their long weekend in Manhattan.
Stark’s second assistant, Rachel Peters, had called Jackson that morning. “He’ll be back from New York this evening,” she’d said. “And he wants to see you tomorrow at eight sharp before the regular Tuesday briefing.”
“About the resort?” He’d asked the question casually, as if he couldn’t imagine any other reason that Stark would want to see him.
“He didn’t say. But I thought—I mean, I assumed—” He heard her draw a deep breath before her voice dropped to a stage whisper. “Well, don’t you think it’s probably about the arrest? And all the press coverage?” He shook his head at the memory, half-irritated and half-amused. Fucking summoned.
If this was only about work, he would have waited until morning and gone at the appointed time. But this was personal, and he needed to do it now.
He’d already called security, and he knew that Stark’s helicopter had landed over an hour ago. He also knew that Stark was staying in the Tower apartment overnight, not bothering to make the drive to his Malibu house.
It was eight o’clock on a Monday night, and it was time for Stark to know the truth.
As he trudged up the hill, Jackson thought about how quickly things had changed. A month ago, he would have rather eaten nails than work for Damien Stark. But then Sylvia had approached him with the kind of project that is any architect’s wet dream. To design a resort from the ground up. And not just any resort, but one located on its own private island. And she was handing him a blank slate.
The overture had surprised him for a number of reasons, not the least of which being that five years ago she’d ripped a hole in his heart, brutally and permanently ended things between them.
The loss had devastated him, and he’d eased his anger in the ring and in his work. Winning—and losing—fight after fight. Burying himself in his commissions, his reputation growing as his projects became more and more ambitious.
Work may have been his savior, but working for her—hell, working for Stark—was not something he was prepared to do. He knew damn well he couldn’t bear the pain of being around Sylvia. Of working so intimately with her.
And as for Stark…well, Jackson had plenty of reasons not to work for or trust the man, not the least of which was that Jackson didn’t want to see his work shadowed by the Stark name and logo.
But revenge is a powerful motivator.
So he’d said yes, fully intending to take her to the edge of pleasure. To reclaim her. To bind her so close to him that she could see no one else, feel no one else, dream of no one else. And then, when she was stuck fast in his web, he would clip the strands and walk away, leaving the resort to flounder, and leaving Sylvia exactly the way that she had left him, drowning in pain and loss and misery.
Dear god, he’d been a fool.
He’d accepted the offer to design The Resort at Cortez for the worst of reasons. To hurt the woman who’d hurt him. To screw with the brother who had been the focal point of so much shit in his life. Who’d tugged hard and unraveled the threads of his life. Pulling his father away. Ripping his family apart.
Now, the woman meant the world to him, and he would enthusiastically destroy anyone who hurt her.
Now, the job was his passion, a project that was already fully formed in his imagination and sketches.
And as for the brother, nothing much had changed. Once again, it was Damien Stark who had the power. Who could, in one quick violent motion, tear the world out from under Jackson’s feet.
All because he wanted a job.
All because he loved a woman.
All because in addition to controlling so much of the known fucking universe, Damien Stark controlled Jackson’s world as well.
And what Jackson feared tonight was that when Stark knew the truth that had been kept from him for over thirty years, that Stark would wield his power like a blunt instrument.
But Jackson was a fighter, and if it came down to brother against brother, he’d do whatever was necessary to be the man left standing.

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venerdì 19 giugno 2015

COVER REVEAL: Walk Through Fire By Kristen Ashley

TITLE: Walk Through Fire

AUTHOR: Kristen Ashley

SERIES: Chaos #4

Expected publication: October 27th 2015 by Forever

Millie Cross knows what it's like to burn for someone. She was young and wild and he was fierce and even wilder-a Chaos biker who made her heart pound. They fell in love at first sight and life was good, until she learned she couldn't be the woman he needed and made it so he had no choice but to walk away. Twenty years later, Millie's chance run-in with her old flame sparks a desire she just can't ignore. And this time, she won't let him ride off . . .

Bad boy Logan "High" Judd has seen his share of troubles with the law. Yet it was a beautiful woman who broke him. After ending a loveless marriage, High is shocked when his true love walks back into his life. Millie is still gorgeous, but she's just a ghost of her former self. High's intrigued at the change, but her betrayal cut him deep-and he doesn't want to get burned again. As High sinks into meting out vengeance for Millie's betrayal, he'll break all over again when he realizes just how Millie walked through fire for her man . . .

COMING SOON: Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley

TITLE: Ride Steady

AUTHOR: Kristen Ashley

SERIES: Chaos #3

Expected publication: June 30th 2015 by Forever

 The ride of her life . . . Once upon a time, Carissa Teodoro believed in happy endings. Money, marriage, motherhood: everything came easy---until she woke up to the ugly truth about her Prince Charming. Now a struggling, single mom and stranded by a flat tire, Carissa's pondering her mistakes when a vaguely familiar knight rides to her rescue on a ton of horsepower.

Climb on and hold tight . . .
In high school, Carson Steele was a bad boy loner who put Carissa on a pedestal where she stayed far beyond his reach. Today, he's the hard-bodied biker known only as Joker, and from the way Carissa's acting, it's clear she's falling fast. While catching her is irresistible, knowing what to do with her is a different story. A good girl like Carissa is the least likely fit with the Chaos Motorcycle Club. Too bad holding back is so damned hard. Now, as Joker's secrets are revealed and an outside threat endangers the club, Joker must decide whether to ride steady with Carissa---or ride away forever . . .


 To read an excerpt click on the below link:

 http://www.kristenashley.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Ride-Steady-Teaser-Chapters.pdf

mercoledì 17 giugno 2015

REVIEW: Breaking Up With Barrett by Katy Regnery

TITLE: Breaking Up With Barrett

AUTHOR: Katy Regnery

SERIES: The English Brothers #1 - The Blueberry Lane Series

PUBLICATION: May 15th 2015 by Katharine Gilliam Regnery

(first published June 21st 2014)

 MY RATING: ***** 5 STARS  

Breaking Up with Barrett is the first of six books about the Philadelphia-based, wildly-handsome English brothers who are all on the look-out for love.

(Except Alex. He's a womanizing manwhore. And maybe Stratton, because he's wicked hot, but super awkward around girls.)

Barrett English, aka "the Shark," is the fair-haired, first-born of the English brothers, and the CEO of the oldest, most prestigious investment banking firm in Philadelphia. He rules the boardroom with an iron fist, refusing to take no for an answer and always getting his way.

Emily Edwards, a first-year doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania, grew up in the gatehouse on the outskirts of Barrett's childhood estate. The daughter of his family's gardener and housekeeper, she was always looking through the window of privilege, but forced to remember her place at the very periphery of the kingdom.

When business partners suggest that a fiancee might soften Barrett's image over business dinners, he approaches Emily for the "job" of fiancee. And while love wasn't necessarily on Barrett's radar, he begins to realize that Emily always has been. But will his take-no-prisoners boardroom tactics work on the heart of the woman he loves.

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THE ENGLISH BROTHERS

Breaking Up with Barrett, The English Brothers, Book #1
Falling for Fitz, The English Brothers, Book #2
Anyone but Alex, The English Brothers, Book #3
Seduced by Stratton, The English Brothers, Book #4
Wild about Weston, The English Brothers, Book #5
Kiss Me Kate, The English Brothers, Book #6


Emily Edwards and Barrett English have known each other forever. They grew up together despite their different “social class”. Barrett is the son of one of the most wealthy and powerful family in Philadelphia. Emily is the daughter of the gardener and the housekeeper, her family works for the English family from generations.
Barrett “The Shark” English is now a well-known and successful businessman, Emily is a college girl attracted to him since she was a child.
"What was it about Barrett that had always made her heart thump faster and her eyes widen with longing?"
When Barrett asks her to work for him, she accepts without hesitation. She can’t miss the opportunity to play the role of Barrett fiancée at his business dinners, earn some extra money and stay close to the man she thinks to be unreachable. Yet Emily is sure that behind the wall of the severe businessman is hiding a different man, able to have feelings.
Their “agreement” works for some months, until Emily realizes that her feelings for Barrett are not only sexual attraction, but something much deeper. Emily decides to break up the deal with Barrett, before being left heartbroken.
Barrett, that always gets what he wants, thinks that a fake fiancée could help him to appear less severe and less "The Shark" to his business partners eyes. Emily Edwards is the only one he trusts to play this role.
"It was all true. Just having her beside him made him invincible. If she was next to him, he couldn't lose. He couldn't."
But for Barrett this “agreement” holds unexpected surprises. The more they spend time together, the more the feelings for Emily become deeper, and his heart wishes and hopes for something different, for a real relationship.T
The moment Emily decides to break up the deal, Barrett  knows to be at a crossroad in his life.  Is he able to love and be a businessman at the same time?
"I have always loved you. You were a tiny baby and I was a little boy and you reached into my chest and stole my heart, and it's been yours ever since. You're home and sweetness and truth and brilliance and you're sexy and teasing and the most fun I ever had. And if you want to know what's real, here's the most elemental truth I know: You're the love of my life, Emily Edwards." - Barrett
This first book in the series introduces the first English brother: Barrett. Rich, fascinating, successful, but too much harsh. Not a leaf stirs but Garrett wills it, he gets always what he wants in his private life and in business.
Emily grew up in the English family like a daughter. I loved her character as she’s smart, sweet, beautiful and independent. She’s the only one who is able understand and to touch Barrett’s heart, she’s able to see the real man under the business suit. And when Barrett loosen up he’s adorable!
The book is not very long, and in the narration the other brothers are introduced, but the story is always focused on Emily and Barrett relationship. Sexual tension and hot scenes aren't missing. Romance, drama and passion are balanced to perfection. Finished too early .
The author has a fluent writing, never boring. Having read many other books of Katy Regnery, I can say that every book is a surprise, always manages to set off the spark. And it is almost impossible not to fall in love immediately with the English brothers. Are you curious about the next brother?



martedì 16 giugno 2015

COMING SOON: Grey by E.L. James

TITLE: Grey

AUTHOR: E.L. James

SERIE: Fifty Shades #4

Expected publication: June 18th 2015 by Vintage 

See the world of Fifty Shades of Grey anew through the eyes of Christian Grey.

In Christian's own words, and through his thoughts, reflections, and dreams, E L James offers a fresh perspective on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the world.


Christian Grey exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty—until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her, but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through him—past the business prodigy and the penthouse lifestyle to Christian’s cold, wounded heart.

Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt Christian every night? Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsion to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him?


This book is intended for mature audiences.


 

COMING SOON: Proposing To Preston by Katy Regnery

TITLE: Proposing To Preston

AUTHOR: Katy Regnery

SERIES: The Winslow Brothers #2 - The Blueberry Lane Series

Published by Katharine Gilliam Regnery (first published July 7th 2015)

Proposing to Preston is the second of four books about the Philadelphia-based, wildly-handsome Winslow brothers who are all on the look-out for love.

(Except Brooks... he's probably sailing around the world with Skye by now. And Cameron, who's having too much fun sparring with Margaret. And Christopher, who's only on the look-out for a congressional seat and absolutely. nothing. else.)

Preston Winslow has a heart as open as the sky and room in his life for someone special. When he falls in love with Broadway actress, Elise Klassan, he holds nothing back.

Elise, who has made tremendous sacrifices to forward her career, is swept off her feet by handsome, charming Preston...but the stage has been her first love for so many years, she doesn't know if there's room for Preston in her life. When the day comes that she must choose between her ambition and her heart, she profoundly hurts the one man who could have made her happy.

Two years later, Elise has become a world-famous actress and Preston is a very successful lawyer. But fame has not equaled happiness for Elise, and Preston is much too bitter and cynical to ever consider falling in love again.

Is it possible that the only person who can mend Preston's heart is the one who originally broke it? Only if Elise can figure out a way to make him believe in love all over again.

*****

*The Winslow Brothers books are a companion series to the English Brothers books, but all can be read as standalones. All books in The Winslow Brothers series are approximately 200 pages. The RWA classifies this as "Mid-length Contemporary Romance."

THE WINSLOW BROTHERS

Bidding on Brooks, The Winslow Brothers, Book #1
(available now!)

Proposing to Preston, The Winslow Brothers, Book #2
(available 7.7.15)

Crazy about Cameron, The Winslow Brothers, Book #3
(available 9.25.15)

Campaigning for Christopher, The Winslow Brothers, Book #4
(available 11.13.15)