Friday, August 19, 2016

Audio Book Review: The Billionaire’s Favorite Mistake by Jessica Clare

The Billionaire's Favorite Mistake
(Billionaires and Bridesmaids, Book 4)
By Jessica Clare
Narrated By Jillian Macie

Blurb: 
A hot one night stand between friends might spark true love in the latest Billionaires and Bridesmaids novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Billionaire Takes a Bride.

Greer has always been there for Asher, but she wishes she could break through her shyness and show how much she truly loves him. But after a steamy, mindless fling at Hunter and Gretchen’s engagement party, Greer finds herself tossed aside and forced to admit that you can’t love someone who doesn’t acknowledge you exist.

It’s a shame he got her pregnant.

After his fiancée betrayed him and tanked his business in one fell swoop, Asher has spent his time trying to rebuild his wealth and forget the past. But he doesn’t understand why Greer blew him off after their night together—until he catches a glimpse of her belly.

Now Asher is willing to do whatever it takes to convince Greer she belongs with him. And he’s very skilled at the art of persuasion.


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Viviana's Review: 
I want to begin this review by saying I've really enjoyed all the previous books in this series and her other Billionaire series. She doesn't follow "traditional" plots and character steroid typical ideas. I was really looking forward to this installment. When I read the blurb, it made me raise an eyebrow because the concept/idea has been done before but I wanted to see how Jessica would spin this overly done trope as she's done in the past....

Unfortunately, "The Billionaire's Favorite Mistake" falls into every trope possible which makes this a disappointing read/listen.


  • Heroine loves/wants/lusts after her BFF (Hero)
  • Hero sees heroine as only his BFF / sister type
  • Heroine believes she needs to "change" in order to be "seen" / acknowledge by Hero
  • Hero hitting bottom low due to broken heart
  • Heroine decides to proclaim her feelings even though Hero  is drunk (obviously drunk)
  • Hero is horny and decides having a quickie in a public area with his BFF is a good idea - unprotected sex to boot
  • Heroine goes along with Hero's sexual advances
  • Heroine gets mad as the sex isn't what she expected and decide to no longer be friends with Hero
  • Weeks later we find out Heroine is pregnant and she decides to cut the Hero out of "Her" baby's life
  • Both the Hero and the readers find out Heroine was a virgin
  • Hero decides he should have seen Heroine for what she truly was... and decides to woo her. 


And basically it continues to downward spiral with bad plans to get the Heroine to forgive the Hero and the Heroine constantly second guessing his attraction and feelings for her as well as the author trying to make the heroine "behave" in control (i.e. sexual relationship with hero) but it's not convincing.

I hoped it would get better... it never does. I'm not sure why Jessica went the route she did wth the plot and character development (or lack there of).


Narrator's Review: 
Jillian Macie does a good job with her performance. This makes the book bearable.


Overall, I was disappointed with this read and wished things were different because the rest of the series is really good. A fun read! Also, this can be read as a standalone and I can't recommend this particular book. Sigh... fingers crossed the next book will go back to the "norm".



Rating: It Was Ok

Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book from PENGUIN GROUP InterMix in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Release Day Blitz: Risk by Dannika Dark




I'm so excited for you all to get your hands on RISK!!
If you're a fan of Dannika's Dark Mageri Series, you may have fallen for Simon! I know I did!! 
A cheeky, sexy and mysterious Mage that can make almost anything into a sexual innuendo! What's not to love, right?
In RISK, the highly anticipated novel , we finally get to discover more about Simon!

Dive in the series filled with great characters, brilliant stories and a breath of fresh air in the PNR genre that is the Mageri World! 



Risk
(A Mageri World Novel)
By Dannika Dark

Blurb:
Simon Hunt is a masterful Mage when it comes to knives, solving puzzles, and women. But when a Mageri Councilman asks for a personal favor, his skills are put to the test. He reluctantly accepts the impossible job of training a young Learner who is beyond anyone’s help. She’s beautiful, cunning, and disabled. If he succeeds, he’ll receive a hefty paycheck. But if he fails, more is at stake than merely his reputation.

A compelling tale about two lost souls with dark secrets and the unique connection they share. Simon is her last hope… and perhaps she is his.

What happens when a game of chance becomes a fight for survival?


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She removed her hand and petted his stomach as if he were a docile panther. Simon discovered restraint he never knew he had.

Ella’s fingers moved down and fondled a tiny bulge in his pocket. “What’s this?”

Simon carried a miniature chess piece in his pocket—a queen to be exact. “Love, that’s not the piece I want you to stroke.”

She looked up at him, her lips pursing together. “Shhh.”

Women never took control of Simon this way, and just the thought of it made him so weak with lust that he wasn’t sure he’d be able to hold out for the actual act.

Ella went down on her knees and pressed her lips against the stretched leather covering his erection. He nearly lost it. Images flooded his mind of sliding somewhere warm and wet. Suddenly his throat went dry. He flattened his palms against the wall behind him, intoxicated by her unpredictable nature. There was no sense in taking over and trying to dominate her in the bedroom; her needs were nonnegotiable.


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You must check out RISK (and the entire Mageri Series) in audio! Nicole Poole is the fabulous narrator bringing these characters to life!!






About the Author



Dannika Dark is the USA Today Bestselling Author of Urban Fantasy Romance and Paranormal Romance. Her books have sold more than 1 million copies worldwide, and she is a 2016 Audie Awards finalist. 

Dannika was born on a military base in the U.S. and spent her youth traveling abroad. She developed an interest writing poetry and song lyrics early on, eventually gravitating toward a job that involved writing procedural training documentation. In her spare time, she wrote novels before she decided to pursue a career in publishing.

In addition to writing about supernatural worlds, Dannika is passionate about graphic design and creates all her own covers and series art. When not writing, she enjoys indie music, movies, reading, Tex-Mex, strawberry daiquiris, heaps of chocolate, and unleashing her dark side.

All of her published books to date are written in the same universe and contain material suitable for adults only.

"For me, writing is all about blending genres to break out of the confines of predictability, but it's what I love to do."

Danni


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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Blog Tour: Dragon Fever by Donna Grant

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The highly anticipated DRAGON FEVER (Dark Kings Series, #9.5) by Donna Grant is finally here! This novella is brought to you by the 1001 Dark Nights!

     
Viviana's Review:
With each new story, we are driven deeper into the Dark Kings world. We've met several Dragon Kings, their mates, the enemies, Fae (both Light and Dark) and continue to be engrossed in their world. We're also intrigued as there are several 'mysteries' surrounding the Dragon Kings.
With all these characters and how deep into the series we are at this point, I would recommend starting at the beginning of the series if you're considering reading this series.

Donna Grant continues to keep us enthralled with these characters and the world she has created.  Fans of the series will be happy with this novella until the next full book. As with all of the previous books, you have the Alpha males and the steamy scenes. You will not be disappointed. 
         


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A yearning that won’t be denied

Rachel Marek is a journalist with a plan. She intends to expose the truth about dragons to the world – and her target is within sight. Nothing matters but getting the truth, especially not the ruggedly handsome, roguishly thrilling Highlander who oozes danger and charm. And when she finds the truth that shatters her faith, she’ll have to trust her heart to the very man who can crush it…

A legend in the flesh

Suave, dashing Asher is more than just a man. He’s a Dragon King – a being who has roamed this planet since the beginning of time. With everything on the line, Asher must choose to trust an enemy in the form of an all too alluring woman whose tenacity and passion captivate him. Together, Asher and Rachel must fight for their lives – and their love – before an old enemy destroys them both…


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   Excerpt

When his mouth claimed hers, his tongue slid along the seam of her lips. They parted for him, on their own accord, granting him access to do as he wished. His arms wrapped around her, holding her securely. With a sigh, she melted against him.
She tasted the whisky on his tongue. The exotic taste mixed with his kiss caused her blood to heat. Her hands splayed on his chest before moving upward to lock around his neck. With a groan that rumbled his chest, he deepened the kiss.
Then something strange happened. Warmth spread through her, settling low in her belly. At first she thought she was going to be sick, but the more he kissed her, the more the warmth grew––until it was a fire.
And did it rage.
It burned brightly, scalding her with its intensity. She couldn’t breathe, couldn’t think. And she didn’t care. All that mattered was that he continue kissing her, taking her further along this incredible journey.
Then that wasn’t enough. She wanted…no, she needed more. As if sensing her thoughts, he turned her so that her back was to the railing. His heat surrounded her. Every breath she drew into her lungs was filled with his scent of dark amber and mahogany. The longer they kissed, the more fiery and out of control their kisses became.
It was Asher who gradually pulled away. She struggled to find words, to tell him she didn’t want it to end. Her lids slid closed when his thumb ran over her bottom lip and he groaned.
She leaned into him, hoping he would kiss her again. This feeling…this sensation…was awful and amazing. She didn’t know whether to fight it or give in, but her body didn’t give her a choice.
Asher didn’t say a word as he laced his fingers with hers and turned toward the hotel. They walked in silence once more, becoming more in tune to him with every step she took. She could literally feel their souls intertwining and melding.

She should be scared, and she was. But she was also excited and aroused to the point that she wanted to crawl out of her skin. He’d done that to her. When no other had caused even a hint of desire, he had brought an inferno.



   
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About The Author


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Donna Grant is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the sizzling Dark King series featuring dragons, immortal Highlanders, and the Fae.

She was born and raised in Texas but loves to travel. Her adventures have taken her throughout the United States as well as to Jamaica, Mexico, and Scotland. Growing up on the Texas/Louisiana border, Donna’s Cajun side of the family taught her the “spicy” side of life while her Texas roots gave her two-steppin’ and bareback riding.

Despite deadlines and voracious reading, Donna still manages to keep up with her two children, four cats, and one long haired Chihuahua.





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Monday, August 1, 2016

Cover Reveal Blitz: Lord of a Thousand Steps by Tara Lain


Lord of a Thousand Steps
(Love in Laguna #4)
by Tara Lain

Blurb:
To architecture student Ian Carney, family means everything. Taken in by his brother, Jim, when his father threw him out at eighteen for being gay, Ian yearns to create his own family with his boyfriend, Rico. But Rico’s in Mexico caring for a sick father, Ian hasn’t had sex in a month and a half, and his gorgeous boss, Braden Lord, CEO of the architectural firm Ian interns for, is looking better and better.

Braden’s life is chaos. Just out of the closet and going through an ugly divorce from his wife of fifteen years who’s trying to take custody of his two children, he desperately resolves not to succumb to a completely inappropriate attraction to Ian—even though his kids adore both the man and his crazy cat.

When Rico proves to be a snake in the grass and Ian exercises his powers of seduction, what starts as a “friends with benefits” fling turns into real life real fast. Can Ian give up his romantic dreams for an “old guy” who didn’t come out until he carried a mountain of baggage? It’ll only take a thousand steps. 



Release Date: 
August 31st 2016


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Excerpt

Ian knew which bedroom was Braden’s from the four or five times he’d chased or carried Anderson down the hall—but this was the first time he’d been in it. Wow. Beyond the tall glass windows, the moon left a pathway on the midnight black water showing sparkles of white foam. Somewhere below, the surf crashed against the cliff, not only rumbling, but setting up a light vibration that shivered through Ian’s feet straight into his balls.

Man, if anything revealed their stark differences, this room did it. Grown-up with a capital G. Here he was living off the charity of his brother and Ken, while Braden got to sleep in a room like this. Think of all he’d accomplished in his thirty-six years. Of course, when it came to sex—gay sex—Ian came out on top in the experience department by a lot—pardon the pun. That makes me feel a little better. Of course, he wouldn’t be topping tonight. Sticking it in took a lot less practice than receiving it. Whew. That cock in his ass? Just the thought sent his dick into heat-seeking mode.

“Admiring the view?”

Ian looked over his shoulder at Braden, who stood framed in the doorway. Ian smiled softly. “I am now.”

“Me too.”

“You say the sweetest things.”

“You make it easy.”

“Nervous?”

Braden grinned and leaned against the doorframe. Impossibly sexy. “What’s the old saying? Nervous as a long-tailed cat in a roomful of rocking chairs?”

“As a whore in church?” Ian took two steps toward Braden.

Braden pushed away from the door and moved forward a step. “As a prize turkey in November.”

“As a cat at a dog show.” Two more steps.

“As a pig in a bacon factory.” They were only a couple of feet apart.

“As the owner of a ceiling-fan store with a comb-over.”

Braden barked a laugh. “I give up. You win.”

Ian slid his hand across Braden’s cheek. A day’s growth of beard. Nice. “What do I get for a prize?”

Braden sighed and the words slid out like butter. “Anything you want.”

“Want to fuck me?”

“Oh yeah.”

“Have you done this much?”

He shrugged. “Some.”

“Got supplies?”

“Yeah, although the condoms may have been used by the Neanderthals.”

“Now who’s bragging?”

He flushed and stared at his shoes. “I meant the age.”

“I know, but then I’ve already met Mr. Neanderthal down there, so don’t be downplaying his stats.” He grinned.


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About the Author




Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 32. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Paranormal Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft.  She lives with her soul-mate husband and her soul-mate dog near the sea in California where she sets a lot of her books.  Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!


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