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Book Review: Barbarian’s Taming by Ruby Dixon

 


Barbarian’s Taming by Ruby Dixon 
Series: Ice Planet Barbarians, #8
Genre: Science Fiction | Romance | ParanormalErotica
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 252 pages.
Published on September 3rd 2016 by Createspace
Ruby Dixon: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
As a newcomer to the alien tribe, I’ve struggled to find my place. It might be because I’m a tad headstrong at times. And yes, I might have thrown a few things at people’s heads. But I had a good reason to pitch a fit – my shy sister was stolen away right under my nose. Of course, now she’s back and mated. Everyone’s happy…except me. I need…affection. Attention. Okay, I’m lonely. Really lonely. Strangely enough, the only person that I think understands what I’m going through is the same blue-skinned brute that stole my sister. It’s wrong to hook up with him, even as a mindless fling. Except…I’m not so good with the whole ‘rules’ thing. And he’s not so great with the ‘fling’ thing.

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Book Review: Barbarian’s Touch by Ruby Dixon

 


Barbarian’s Touch by Ruby Dixon 
Series: Ice Planet Barbarians, #7
Genre: Science Fiction | Romance | ParanormalErotica
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 300 pages.
Published on June 14th 2016 by Createspace
Ruby Dixon: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
When I wake up on the ice planet, I’m scared of everything: this place is cold, silent, and the locals look more like blue devils than aliens. To make matters worse, one of the strangers decides I’m going to be his girlfriend and kidnaps me away from my sister. I’m completely and utterly alone. What’s a girl to do? Well, this girl escapes. Of course, that means I go from frying pan into the fire, and my situation gets even more dangerous. Just when I have no hope left, a new hero appears. Sure, he’s blue, horned, and has a tail. He’s also fierce, protective, makes me purr…and thinks I’m perfect. But is what we have real or just a mating instinct?

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Book Review: Kiss The Sky by Krista and Becca Ritchie

 


Kiss The Sky by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie
Series: Calloway Sisters, #1
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 442 pages
Published on February 20th 2014 by K.B. Ritchie (first published January 22nd 2014)
Krista Ritchie: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Becca Ritchie: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Virgin. Sex addict. Daredevil. Alcoholic. Smartass … Jackass. Her five friends are about to be filmed. Reality TV, be prepared.

Rose Calloway thought she had everything under control. At twenty-three, she’s a Princeton graduate, an Academic Bowl champion, a fashion designer and the daughter of a Fortune 500 mogul. But with a sex addict as a sister and roommate, nothing comes easy.

After accepting help from a producer, Rose agrees to have her life filmed for a reality television show. The Hollywood exec is her last chance to revive her struggling fashion line, and boundaries begin to blur as she’s forced to make nice with a man who always has his way.

Twenty-four-year-old Connor Cobalt is a guy who bulldozes weak men. He’s confident, smart-as-hell and lives with his equally ambitious girlfriend, Rose Calloway. Connor has to find a way to protect Rose without ruining the show. Or else the producer will get what Connor has always wanted—Rose’s virginity.

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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: Barbarian’s Mate by Ruby Dixon

 


Barbarian’s Mate by Ruby Dixon 
Series: Ice Planet Barbarians, #6
Genre: Science Fiction | Romance | ParanormalErotica
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 238 pages.
Published on April 2nd 2016 by Createspace
Ruby Dixon: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
‘Resonance’ is supposed to be a dream – that’s when your soulmate is chosen for you. And everyone on the ice planet has hooked up with a big, hunky soulmate of their own…except me. So do I want a mate? Heck yeah. More than anything, all I’ve ever wanted is to be loved by someone. Except that the soulmate chosen for me? My least favorite person on the darn ice planet.

Haeden’s the most cranky, disapproving, unpleasant, overbearing male alien… so why is it that my body sings when he gets close? Why is he working so hard to prove to me that he’s not as awful as I think he is? I hate him… don’t I?

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Buddy Read: Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

 


Bitten by Kelley Armstrong 
Series: Otherworld #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal 
Age Range: Adult Audience
Warnings: Cheating
Format: Paperback, 448 pages.
Published on May 1st 2010 by Little, Brown Book Group
Kelley Armstrong: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:

“I’ve been fighting it all night.
I’m going to lose …Nature wins out.
It always does.”

Elena Michaels didn’t know that her lover Clay was a werewolf until he bit her, changing her life for ever. Betrayed and furious, she cannot accept her transformation, and wants nothing to do with her Pack – a charismatic group of fellow werewolves who say they want to help.

When a series of brutal murders threatens the Pack, Elena is forced to make an impossible choice. Abandon the only people who truly understand her new nature, or help them to save the lover who ruined her life, and who still wants her back at any cost.

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Book Review: Ice Planet Holiday by Ruby Dixon

 


Ice Planet Holiday by Ruby Dixon 
Series: Ice Planet Barbarians, #4.5
Genre: Science Fiction | Romance | ParanormalErotica
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 134 pages.
Published on October 16th 2016 by Createspace
Ruby Dixon: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
All this snow and no holidays? What’s a stranded human to do? Create a new holiday, of course. Georgie and the other women decide to bring some new traditions and cheer to the sa-khui. More babies are born, presents are exchanged, and a new romance blossoms between a human woman desperate for a change, and the alien determined to protect her.

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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 Buddy Read: Silence + Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick

 


Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick 
Series: Hush Hush, #3
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 334 pages
Published on October 4th 2011 by WSOY
Becca Fitzpatrick: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Hiljaisuus”. Contains some spoilers.

Synopsis:
WHEN SILENCE IS ALL THAT’S LEFT, CAN THE TRUTH FINALLY BE HEARD?

Nora Grey can’t remember the past five months of her life. After the initial shock of waking up in a cemetery and being told that she has been missing for weeks – with no one knowing where she was or who she was with – she tried to get her life back on track. Go to school, hang out with her best friend, Vee, and dodge mom’s creepy new boyfriend.

But there is this voice in the back of her head, an idea that she can almost reach out and touch. Visions of angel wings and unearthly creatures that have nothing to do with the life she knows.

And this unshakable feeling that a part of her is missing.

Then Nora crosses paths with a sexy stranger, whom she feels a mesmerizing connection to. He seems to hold all the answers…and her heart. Every minute she spends with him grows more and more intense until she realizes she could be falling in love. Again.

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Book Review: The Wicked King By Holly Black

 


The Wicked King by Holly Black
Series: The Folk Of The Air, #2
Genre: Fantasy |Young AdultRomance
Format: Hardcover, 322 pages
Published on January 8th 2019 by Little, Brown and Company
Holly Black: Website|Twitter|Goodreads
Might contain spoilers for The Cruel Prince

Synopsis:
You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.
The first lesson is to make yourself that strong.

Jude has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were biddable. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her, even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a faerie world.

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