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Book Review: Pucked by Helena Hunting

Pucked by Helena Hunting 
Series: Pucked, #1
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: eBook
Source: My Copy
Publication Date: May 3, 2015
Helena Hunting: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

With a famous NHL player for a stepbrother, Violet Hall is well acquainted with the playboy reputation of many a hockey star. So of course she isn’t interested in legendary team captain Alex Waters or his pretty, beat-up face and rock-hard six-pack abs. But when Alex inadvertently obliterates Violet’s misapprehension regarding the inferior intellect of hockey players, he becomes much more than just a hot body with the face to match. Suffering from a complete lapse in judgment, Violet discovers just how good Alex is with the hockey stick in his pants.

Violet believes her night of orgasmic magic with Alex is just that: one night. But Alex starts to call. And text. And email and send extravagant – and quirky – gifts. Suddenly he’s too difficult to ignore and nearly impossible not to like. The problem is, the media portrays Alex as a total player, and Violet doesn’t want to be part of the game.

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Book Review: Denial by Lisa Renee Jones

Denial by Lisa Renee Jones 
Series: Careless Whispers, #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance | Suspense
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Paperback, 321 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on November 24, 2015
Lisa Renee Jones: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Book one in the CARELESS WHISPERS series. This is a standalone spin-off of the INSIDE OUT series (soon to be a TV show) that follows Ella Ferguson, Sara McMillan’s best friend.

Ella Ferguson awakes alone in Italy, unsure of who she is, and a gorgeous man has claimed her as his own. He’s tall, dark, and sexy, with money and power, the kind of man who makes a girl want to be possessed. And he does possess her, whispering wicked wonderful promises to her, stealing her trust and her heart. Soon though, the past finds her, yanking her from a cocoon of passion and safety. Everything is not how it seems. The truth will shatter her world, but it can set her free, if it doesn’t destroy her first.

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Buddy Read: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas 
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1
Genre: Romance | Fantasy 
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Paperback, 419 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on May 5th 2015 by Bloomsbury Childrens Books
Sarah J. Maas: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Feyre is a huntress.

She thinks nothing of slaughtering a wolf to capture its prey. But, like all mortals, she fears what lingers mercilessly beyond the forest. And she will learn that taking the life of a magical creature comes at a high price…

Imprisoned in an enchanted court in her enemy’s kingdom, Feyre is free to roam but forbidden to escape. Her captor’s body bears the scars of fighting, and his face is always masked – but his piercing stare draws her ever closer. As Feyre’s feeling for Tamlin begin to burn through every warning she’s been told about his kind, an ancient, wicked shadow grows.

Feyre must find a way to break a spell, or lose her heart forever.

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Book Review: Radiance by Grace Draven


Radiance by Grace Draven 
Series: Wraith Kings, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal 
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 296 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on January 13th 2015 by CreateSpace (first published February 2014)
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Brishen Khaskem, prince of the Kai, has lived content as the nonessential spare heir to a throne secured many times over. A trade and political alliance between the human kingdom of Gaur and the Kai kingdom of Bast-Haradis requires that he marry a Gauri woman to seal the treaty. Always a dutiful son, Brishen agrees to the marriage and discovers his bride is as ugly as he expected and more beautiful than he could have imagined.


Ildiko, niece of the Gauri king, has always known her only worth to the royal family lay in a strategic marriage. Resigned to her fate, she is horrified to learn that her intended groom isn’t just a foreign aristocrat but the younger prince of a people neither familiar nor human. Bound to her new husband, Ildiko will leave behind all she’s known to embrace a man shrouded in darkness but with a soul forged by light.

Two people brought together by the trappings of duty and politics will discover they are destined for each other, even as the powers of a hostile kingdom scheme to tear them apart.

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Book Review: Long Way Down by Krista and Becca Ritchie


Long Way Down by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie
Series: Calloway Sisters, #4
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 640 pages
Source: My Copy
Published April 21st 2015 by K.B. Ritchie (first published April 2nd 2015)
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Becca Ritchie: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

With a seven-year age difference, Ryke & Daisy have faced an uphill battle in the eyes of the world and their families. Known as the most adventurous, fast-paced couple – their next step has always been elusive to the rabid media. Behind the scenes, heartbreaking troubles continue to test Ryke & Daisy’s resilience and shape their future together. They promise: To never slow down. To never compromise who they are. To never abandon their love for each other. But preserving their happiness also means adding more risks. Ones that Connor Cobalt wouldn’t even take. As a professional free-solo climber, Ryke is no stranger to risk, but his next step with Daisy wagers more than just his health. With their lives on the line, Ryke & Daisy head towards the vast, wild unknown in this epic final conclusion to the Addicted series.

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Book Review: Christmas with a Spy by Cynthia Eden


Christmas with a Spy by Cynthia Eden 
Series: Holly, NC, #3
Genre:  Romance | Contemporary | Suspense
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: eBook, 93 pages.
Source: My Copy
Published on September 27th 2016 by Hocus Pocus Publishing, Inc. (first published December 1st 2015)
Cynthia Eden: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Heat up your holiday with some sexy suspense…Everyone in town thinks that Jemma White is as sweet as the delicious treats she makes at her chocolate shop—but they’re wrong. Jemma is ready to let her wild side out, and she’s just found the perfect man to make all of her fantasies come true. Grayson Cole is a too-sexy-to-be-true stranger who has escaped to Holly for the holidays. He is her perfect temptation, and Jemma can’t wait to steam up the cold winter nights with him. But when danger from Grayson’s past follows him to town, she realizes that the man she is falling for has been keeping some very dark secrets…secrets that may just get them both killed.

Author’s Note: CHRISTMAS WITH A SPY is a sexy holiday romance with a touch of suspense. It was originally published as THE SPY WHO CAME FOR CHRISTMAS in the ALL HE WANTS FOR CHRISTMAS collection back in 2015, but it is now available as a stand-alone title.

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Book Review: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell


Carry On by Rainbow Rowell 
Series: Simon Snow, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 522 pages
Source: Birthday Gift
Published on October 6th 2015 by St. Martin’s Griffin
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Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here—it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story—but far, far more monsters.

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Book Review: Buy Me by Alexa Riley


Buy Me by Alexa Riley 
Series: Mistress Auctions #1
Genre: Contemporary | Romance | Novella
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: eBook, 117 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on September 3rd 2015
Alexa Riley: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Might contain spoilers.

Honor is the president’s daughter and she’s expected to behave a certain way. She’s spent her whole life living by the rules…until the newest member of the Secret Service shows up.
Washington has done his best to watch her and keep his hands and his dirty thoughts to himself. But it’s her eighteenth birthday and he’s been left in charge of guarding her. How closely can he watch her body without giving in to his urges? Not long.

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Book Review: Barbarian Mine by Ruby Dixon


Barbarian Mine by Ruby Dixon 
Series: Ice Planet Barbarians, #4
Genre: Science Fiction | Romance | ParanormalErotica
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 186 pages.
Source: My Copy
Published on November 3rd 2015 by Createspace
Ruby Dixon: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

The ice planet has given me a second lease on life, so I’m thrilled to be here. Sure, there’s no cheeseburgers, but I’m healthy and ready to be a productive member of the small tribe.What I didn’t anticipate? That there’d be a savage stranger waiting nearby, watching me. And when he takes me captive, the unthinkable happens… I resonate to him. Resonance means mating, and children… but I don’t know if this guy’s ever been around anyone before. He’s truly a barbarian in all ways, right down to clubbing me over the head and claiming me as his own.So why is it that I crave his touch and hunger for more?

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Book Review: Barbarian Lover by Ruby Dixon


Barbarian Lover by Ruby Dixon 
Series: Ice Planet Barbarians, #3
Genre: Science Fiction | Romance | Paranormal | Erotica
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 190 pages.
Source: My Copy
Published on September 5th 2015 by Createspace
Ruby Dixon: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

As one of the few humans stranded on the ice planet, I should be happy that I have a new home. Human women are treasured here, and one alien in particular has made it clear that he wants me. It’s hard to push away the sexy, flirtatious Aehako, when all I want to do is grab him by his horns and insist he take me to his furs. But I’ve got a terrible secret – the aliens who abducted me are back, and thanks to the translator in my ear, they can find me. My presence here endangers everyone…but can I give up my new life and the man I want more than anything?

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