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Book Review: Addicted For Now by Krista and Becca Ritchie

 


Addicted For Now by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie
Series: Addicted, #2
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 512 pages
Published on 2014 (first published November 29th 2013)
Krista Ritchie: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Becca Ritchie: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
He’s addicted to booze. She’s addicted to sex…staying sober is only half the battle.

No. More. Sex.

Those are the three words Lily Calloway fears the most. But Loren Hale is determined to be with Lily without enabling her dangerous compulsions. With their new living situation—sleeping in the same bed, for real, together—Lily has new battles. Like not jumping Lo’s bones every night. Not being consumed by sex and his body.

Loren plans to stay sober, to right all of his wrongs. So when someone threatens to expose Lily’s secret to her family and the public, he promises that he’ll do anything to protect her. But with old enemies surfacing, Lo has more at stake than his sobriety.

They will torment Lily until Lo breaks.

And his worst fear isn’t relapsing. He hears the end. He sees it. The one thing that could change everything. Just three words.

No. More. Us.

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Book Review: Ricochet by Krista and Becca Ritchie

 


Ricochet by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie
Series: Addicted, #1.5
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 264 pages
Published on 2014 (first published August 1st 2013)
Krista Ritchie: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Becca Ritchie: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
As a sex addict, Lily Calloway must do the impossible. Stay celibate for 90 days.

Cravings and fantasies become her new routine, but while Loren Hale recovers from his alcohol addiction, Lily wonders if he’ll realize what a monster she really is. After all, her sexual compulsions begin to rule her life the longer she stays faithful to him.

Progress. That’s what Lily’s striving for. But by trying to become closer to her family—people who aren’t aware of her addiction—she creates larger obstacles. When she spends time with her youngest sister, she learns more about her than she ever imagined and senses an unsettling connection between Daisy and Ryke Meadows.

With Lily and Lo’s dysfunctional relationship teetering and unbalanced, they will need to find a way to reconnect from miles apart. But the inability to “touch” proves to be one of the hardest tests on their road to recovery. Some love brushes the surface. Some love is deeper than skin.

Lily and Lo have three months to discover just how deep their love really goes.

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Double Book Review: Dead as a Doornail + Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris

 


Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris 
Series: Sookie Stackhouse, #5
Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Published on May 1st 2005 by Ace Books
Charlaine Harris: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Verta Sakeampaa”.

Synopsis:
When Sookie’s brother Jason’s eyes start to change, she knows he’s about to turn into a were-panther for the first time. But her concern becomes cold fear when a sniper sets his deadly sights on the local changeling population-and Jason’s new panther brethren suspect he may be the shooter. Now, Sookie has until the next full moon to find out who’s behind the attacks, unless the killer decides to find her first.

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Book Review: Addicted to You by Krista and Becca Ritchie

 


Addicted to You by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie
Series: Addicted, #1
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: eBook, 335 pages
Published on May 22nd 2014 by K.B. Ritchie
Krista Ritchie: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Becca Ritchie: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
She’s addicted to sex. He’s addicted to booze…the only way out is rock bottom.

No one would suspect shy Lily Calloway’s biggest secret. While everyone is dancing at college bars, Lily stays in the bathroom. To get laid. Her compulsion leads her to one-night stands, steamy hookups and events she shamefully regrets. The only person who knows her secret happens to have one of his own.

Loren Hale’s best friend is his bottle of bourbon. Lily comes at a close second. For three years, they’ve pretended to be in a real relationship, hiding their addictions from their families. They’ve mastered the art of concealing flasks and random guys that filter in and out of their apartment.

But as they sink beneath the weight of their addictions, they cling harder to their destructive relationship and wonder if a life together, for real, is better than a lie. Strangers and family begin to infiltrate their guarded lives, and with new challenges, they realize they may not just be addicted to alcohol and sex.

Their real vice may be each other.

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Book Review: Filthy Beautiful Lies by Kendall Ryan

 


Filthy Beautiful Lies by Kendall Ryan 
Series: Filthy Beautiful Lies #1
Genre: Contemporary | Romance | Novella
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: eBook, 309 pages
Published on March 2016 by Kendall Ryan Books
Kendall Ryan: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
I have no idea why she auctioned off her virginity for a cool mill. Regardless, I’m now the proud new owner of a perfectly intact hymen. A lot of good that will do me. I have certain tastes, certain sexual proclivities. My cock is a bit more discriminatory than most. And training a virgin takes finesse and patience – both of which I lack.

Sophie Evans has been backed into a corner. With her sister’s life hanging in the balance, the only choice is to claw her way out, even if that means selling her virginity to the highest bidder at an exclusive erotic club. When Colton Drake takes her home, she quickly learns nothing is as it seems with this beautifully troubled man. Being with him poses challenges she never expected, and pushes her to want things she never anticipated.

A sinfully seductive erotic romance where everything has a price and the cost of love is the highest of all.

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Book Review: Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris

 


Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris 
Series: Sookie Stackhouse, #4
Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Hardcover, 291 pages
Published on May 1st 2004 by Ace Books
Charlaine Harris: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Veren Imussa”.

Synopsis:
Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress in Bon Temps, Louisiana. She has only a few close friends, because not everyone appreciates Sookie’s gift: she can read minds. That’s not exactly every man’s idea of date bait – unless they’re undead; vampires and the like can be tough to read. And that’s just the kind of guy Sookie’s been looking for. Maybe that’s why, when she comes across a naked vampire, she doesn’t just drive on by. He hasn’t got a clue who he is, but Sookie has: Eric looks just as scary and sexy – and dead – as ever. But now he has amnesia, he’s sweet, vulnerable, and in need of Sookie’s help – because whoever took his memory now wants his life.

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Book Review: Club Dead by Charlaine Harris

 


Club Dead by Charlaine Harris 
Series: Sookie Stackhouse, #3
Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 274 pages
Published on May 6th 2006 by Orbit
Charlaine Harris: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Kylmäveristen Klubi”.

Synopsis:
Things between cocktail waitress Sookie and her vampire boyfriend Bill seem to be going excellently (apart from the small matter of him being undead) until he leaves town for a while. A long while. Bill’s sinister boss Eric has an idea of where to find him, whisking her off to Jackson, Mississippi to mingle with the under-underworld at Club Dead. When she finally catches up with the errant vampire, he is in big trouble and caught in an act of serious betrayal. This raises serious doubts as to whether she should save him or start sharpening a few stakes of her own

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Book Review: Living Dead In Dallas by Charlaine Harris

 


Living Dead In Dallas by Charlaine Harris 
Series: Sookie Stackhouse, #2
Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Published on 2002 by Ace Books
Charlaine Harris: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Verenjanoa Dallasissa”.

Synopsis:
Cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse is on a streak of bad luck. First, her coworker is murdered and no one seems to care. Then she’s face-to-face with a beastly creature that gives her a painful and poisonous lashing. Enter the vampires, who graciously suck the poison from her veins (like they didn’t enjoy it).
Point is, they saved her life. So when one of the blood-suckers asks for a favor, she complies. And soon, Sookie’s in Dallas using her telepathic skills to search for a missing vampire. She’s supposed to interview certain humans involved. There’s just one condition: The vampires must promise to behave–and let the humans go unharmed. Easier said than done. All it takes is one delicious blonde and one small mistake for things to turn deadly…

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Book Review: Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

 


Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris 
Series: Sookie Stackhouse, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 326 pages
Published on July 9th 2009 by Gollancz
Charlaine Harris: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Veren Voima”.

Synopsis:
Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She’s quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn’t get out much. Not because she’s not pretty. She is. It’s just that, well, Sookie has this sort of “disability.” She can read minds. And that doesn’t make her too dateable. And then along comes Bill. He’s tall, dark, handsome–and Sookie can’t hear a word he’s thinking. He’s exactly the type of guy she’s been waiting for all her life….But Bill has a disability of his own: He’s a vampire with a bad reputation. He hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, all suspected of–big surprise–murder. And when one of Sookie’s coworkers is killed, she fears she’s next…

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Book Review: One with You by Sylvia Day

 


One with You by Sylvia Day 
Series: Crossfire, #5
Genre: Contemporary | Romance | Erotica
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 464 pages
Published on April 5th 2016 by Penguin
Sylvia Day: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

I read the Finnish book, “Sinun omasi”. Contains spoilers for Entwined with You.

Synopsis:
Gideon Cross. Falling in love with him was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. It happened instantly. Completely. Irrevocably.Marrying him was a dream come true. Staying married to him is the fight of my life. Love transforms. Ours is both a refuge from the storm and the most violent of tempests. Two damaged souls entwined as one.We have bared our deepest, ugliest secrets to one another. Gideon is the mirror that reflects all my flaws … and all the beauty I couldn’t see. He has given me everything. Now, I must prove I can be the rock, the shelter for him that he is for me. Together, we could stand against those who work so viciously to come between us.But our greatest battle may lie within the very vows that give us strength. Committing to love was only the beginning. Fighting for it will either set us free … or break us apart.

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