[Review] Thirty Nights With A Dirty Boy by Shiloh Walker

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Synopsis of Part 1:

Money Can’t Buy Love…
Ella Cruise doesn’t like to be touched. A survivor of childhood abuse, she craves security in all aspects of her life: fulfilling work at the nonprofit she runs, more than enough money to live comfortably, and a good friend and confidant. But none of it can ease her longing for intimacy, even if just for a night. When she meets a gorgeous bartender who moonlights as a male prostitute, a bold idea begins to take shape…

But It Can Buy a Night of Passion —or Thirty…
Sean Lachlan is stunned by the cool beauty’s offer: 30 nights of no-strings sex in exchange for all the money he’d need to start over. The deal seems too good to be true, especially since his desire for her is no act, but Sean finds he can’t turn her down. Before they know it, Sean and Ella realize they’re in deep, their defenses crumbling. Will thirty nights with a dirty boy be enough after all, or will love lead Ella and Sean back to the negotiating table?

~ Review: Part 1 ~


Books by Shiloh Walker are a hit or a miss with me. Some I like, some I don’t. This one I think I do like, though Part 1 was quite short and over after not even an hour. I need a few chapters more to fully figure out if it this can be more than a 3 star book, but so far it’s looking good.

Sean is a nice guy and really observant. He tries not to upset Ella and make this as easy for her as possible. Ella on the other hand is broken and she knows she is broken, but she is trying to fix herself. I liked that the book is told from her POV. Also this book is pretty easy to read. I’m going to pick up Part Two now.

Rating: 3 stars

~ Review: Part 2 ~

Oh boy. That last sentence did me in. This is exactly why I should have waited till I get my hands on Part 3. I hate cliffhangers.
Anyway, Part Two was better than Part One and I can now say without any doubt, that I like this book.
Ella shows a different, more dominant side of her in Part Two and we get to know a little more of Sean’s background.
I can’t wait to see how Part Three will turn out.

Rating: 3.75 stars

~ Review: Part Three ~


I can’t really say much about part three without spoilering everything and ruining this book for you guys. Want I can say though is that we finally get both, Sean’s and Ella’s background story. Also Ella finally grows into her role of a strong woman and Sean’s sees what mistakes he made with Ella in the last book.

The twist in the end wasn’t really surprising but I still liked it.

All in all this complete book was fun and it got better with every part. One warning though: Don’t start the first part if you don’t have the other two on hand. You will want to binge-read the book in one sitting. Trust me, the writing style hold me quite captive.

Rating: 4 stars

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[Blast] Devious Minds by Colleen Helme

Devious Minds 
(A Shelby Nichols Adventure Series #8)
by Colleen Helme
 
Blurb: 
It’s been almost a year since a near-fatal gunshot wound left Shelby Nichols with the ability to read minds. In that time she’s faced one problem after another. She’s been shot at, framed for murder, and targeted by a serial killer, just to name a few. Now she’s trying to help her lawyer husband win a murder trial that will enable him to become a partner in his law firm. Sounds easy, right? But nothing ever goes as planned when it comes to Shelby Nichols.
When special agent, Blake Beauchaine, shows up to collect a debt from Shelby, things get even more complicated, and Shelby is soon on her way to Paris. A routine meeting with a rogue agent reveals a sinister plot, putting Shelby into the cross-hairs of a known terrorist. Even worse, she doesn’t speak French, so it seems her mind-reading abilities won’t help her this time.
Things go from bad to downright dangerous for Shelby, especially since her usual guardians, Uncle Joey, and his hit-man, Ramos, are back in the states. Lost and on her own in the streets of Paris, can Shelby escape the cold-blooded killer in time to stop his devious plans, or will this be the end of the line for Shelby Nichols?
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The first day of spring arrived,
filling me with an overwhelming sense of freedom. Even though the temperature
wasn’t real warm, it meant that winter was officially over. Even better, a ride
on the motorcycle behind Ramos was now a possibility.
I’d missed that and I’d missed
him. He’d been gone for two weeks helping Uncle Joey take care of some
out-of-town business. I wasn’t exactly sure what that entailed and… believe
me, I didn’t want to know. Jackie, Uncle Joey’s secretary and wife, told me
they were both due back in the next few days, and deep down where I didn’t want
to admit it, I could hardly wait to see them again.
That probably made me a bad
person, since I worked for Uncle Joey, and he was a mob-boss. Ramos was his
hit-man and he’d saved my life a few times. I had to admit, it was a far cry
from the first time I’d met Ramos almost a year ago, when he was thinking he
might have to kill me for the big boss.
I’d had to tell Uncle Joey my
secret that I could read minds to stop that from happening. Since then, my
skills had come in handy for Uncle Joey, and gotten me into a lot of trouble.
But he’d always been there to bail me out, both literally and figuratively.
So now I helped Uncle Joey, not
because I was forced into it, but because I wanted to. That was just twisted on
so many levels, and he wasn’t even my real uncle. But I couldn’t seem to stop,
so I did my best to keep on the right side of things.
Ramos was another part of that
story. He was one hot and swoon-worthy man any woman would fall for. I had to
keep reminding myself that I was happily married every time I laid eyes on him.
He was the quintessential bad boy and, like a decadent chocolate dessert with
whipped cream and a cherry on top, something that I might want in the worst
way, but would also be very bad for me.
If I wasn’t married with kids…
well, who knew what could happen, but I loved my husband and children, and
Ramos respected that. Even so, there were still times when my heart seemed to
have a mind of its own around him, and I’d have to rein it in or lose control,
which was not an option.
Only a handful of people knew I
could read minds, and I liked it that way. I told everyone else I had
premonitions, and that mostly worked. I also had my own consulting agency,
which included helping the police along with my own clients. Because of that, I
managed to get into even more trouble, and that wasn’t counting the mob-boss
part.
Like now.
My husband, Chris, had asked for
my help on a hard case. He was an associate partner in the prestigious law firm
of Cohen, Larsen and Pratt. This case was the single most important event of
Chris’ career, mostly because the partners were looking to replace the Cohen
part of the firm, and changing it to Larsen, Pratt and… Nichols.
This was a huge deal, and I
wondered if the fact that Chris handled all of Uncle Joey’s accounts had
something to do with it. Probably, but I wasn’t touching that with a ten foot
pole. This put a lot of pressure on me. Not as much as Chris, but still… I
didn’t want to screw it up for him.
That brought me to my problem. I
wasn’t sure I wanted to help Chris, mostly because he was defending a woman
accused of killing her husband, and ten million dollars from the life insurance
policy was in the balance. To complicate matters even more, the husband’s
company was one of Chris’ biggest clients.
If they won, Chris’ firm would get
a nice, fat share, and also keep the company as a client. But from everything
he’d told me, she sounded guilty as sin. If I listened to her thoughts, I’d know
for sure, and that would just ruin everything. It made me realize that
sometimes my ‘gift’ wasn’t so great. Not when I had to use it to get someone
off who actually deserved some jail time.
But… wasn’t that what I did for
Uncle Joey? So how was this any worse?
In fact, I’d recently made a deal
with a government agent to keep Uncle Joey out of prison. In exchange for my
help on one of his cases, he’d agreed to make any charges against Uncle Joey
disappear. When Uncle Joey found out what I’d done, he wasn’t too happy with
me. Especially since he thought I’d told Blake Beauchaine I could read minds.
Once he knew I hadn’t, and Blake
just wanted me for what he thought were my mad interrogation skills, he’d
calmed down. Still, Uncle Joey told me he could have handled anything Blake
might have thrown at him without my deal. To be honest, it kind of hurt my
feelings. Then he made me promise to involve him if Blake ever came to collect.
So now on top of everything else,
I had Blake’s phone call to look forward to, and Uncle Joey to involve after
that. It was enough to give me an ulcer.
“Shelby? We’re ready for you,”
Chris said, poking his head out of the conference room.

 

The Shelby Nichols Adventure Series
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About The Author

 

As the author of the Shelby Nichols Adventure Series, Colleen is often asked if Shelby Nichols is her alter-ego. “Definitely,” she says. “Shelby is the epitome of everything I wish I dared to be.” Known for her laugh since she was a kid, Colleen has always tried to find the humor in every situation and continues to enjoy writing about Shelby’s adventures. “I love getting Shelby into trouble… I just don’t always know how to get her out of it!” Colleen lives in the Rocky Mountains with her family. Besides writing, she loves a good book, biking, hiking, and playing board and card games with family and friends. She loves to connect with readers and admits that fans of the series keep her writing.

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[Review] Primal Force by D.D. Ayres

~ Primal Force by D.D. Ayres ~

(K-9 Rescue #3)
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Date of Publication: September 1st 2015 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Source: Gift

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Synopsis:

Passion is always worth fighting for…

Jori Garrison trains dogs for Warrior Wolf Pack, which provides service animals for disabled veterans. Four years ago, she was wrongly convicted of a crime—thanks to her no-good ex-fiancé. Now she just wants to live her life in peace with her beloved dogs. No men, no complications. But it’s hard to play it cool when a lethally hot male is on her tail—and the attraction is fierce, mutual, and dangerous…

PRIMAL FORCE

Lauray “Law” Batisse is a Military Police veteran who was wounded in Afghanistan. Haunted by the loss of his K-9 partner in combat, he’s reluctant to accept a service dog named Samantha into his life. But once he meets her trainer—the gorgeous Jori Garrison—he can’t fight his primal instincts. And neither can Jori. This sexy alpha male might be the only man strong enough to unleash her desires. And when unseen enemies start hunting them down, he and his new K-9 partner might be her only hope… to survive.

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[Review] Devious Minds by Colleen Helme

~ Devious Minds by Colleen Helme ~

(Shelby Nichols #8)
Genre: Mystery, Humour
Date of Publication: January 29th 2016
Source: Author

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Synopsis:

It’s been almost a year since a near-fatal gunshot wound left Shelby Nichols with the ability to read minds. In that time she’s faced one problem after another. She’s been shot at, framed for murder, and targeted by a serial killer, just to name a few. Now she’s trying to help her lawyer husband win a murder trial that will enable him to become a partner in his law firm. Sounds easy, right? But nothing ever goes as planned when it comes to Shelby Nichols.

When special agent, Blake Beauchaine, shows up to collect a debt from Shelby, things get even more complicated, and Shelby is soon on her way to Paris. A routine meeting with a rogue agent reveals a sinister plot, putting Shelby into the cross-hairs of a known terrorist. Even worse, she doesn’t speak French, so it seems her mind-reading abilities won’t help her this time.

Things go from bad to downright dangerous for Shelby, especially since her usual guardians, Uncle Joey, and his hit-man, Ramos, are back in the states. Lost and on her own in the streets of Paris, can Shelby escape the cold-blooded killer in time to stop his devious plans, or will this be the end of the line for Shelby Nichols?

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[Review] First Touch by Laurelin Paige

~ First Touch by Laurelin Paige ~

(First and Last #1)
Genre: Romance, Mystery, Contemporary
Date of Publication: December 29th 2015 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Source: NetGalley

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Synopsis:

When Emily Wayborn goes home to visit her mom while on hiatus from her hit TV show, she receives a voicemail from her former best friend, Amber. Though the two were once notorious party girls, they haven’t spoken in years. Although the message might sound benign to anyone else, Amber uses a safe word that Emily recognizes, a word they always used to get out of sticky situations during their wild days. And what’s more chilling than the voicemail: it turns out that Amber has gone missing.

Determined to track down her friend, Emily follows a chain of clues that lead her to the enigmatic billionaire Reeve Sallis, a hotelier known for his shady dealings and play boy reputation. Now, in order to find Amber, Emily must seduce Reeve to learn his secrets and discover the whereabouts of her friend. But as she finds herself more entangled with him, she finds she’s drawn to Reeve for more than just his connection to Amber, despite her growing fear that he may be the enemy. When she’s forced to choose where her loyalty lies, how will she decide between saving Amber and saving her heart?

~ My Review ~

I actually thought this was YA, when I picked it up. Why did I think that? This is definitely not YA… not that I’m complaining. I like adult books, I’m just confused about myself. What ghost possessed me so I thought it’s YA… ? I’m puzzled.

Anyway, this review is about First Touch by Laurelin Paige, so let’s get to that.

I loved, loved, loved the writing style. It pulled me in from page one and it’s probably the only reason why I read as far as I did. Wouldn’t it have been so good, I think I would have dnf-ed the book a lot earlier.

One thing I liked was that the main character wasn’t a plain character, but had in fact many facades. Sadly said main characters wasn’t to my liking and – and by main character I mean Emily. It says a lot that I couldn’t remember her name and had to look it up, right? Also she did loose her focus on finding Amber quite a lot whenever Reeve was around. Annoying!

While we are talking about Reeve…. a lot of people on Goodreads where totally blown away by him and here I am, feeling like I missed something important. I wasn’t blown away and as with Emily I still don’t know if I like him. One thing you can say about Reeve though, he has a lot of self-confidence. But he is a controlling freak and needs to be nicer to women.

One of the other reasons why I stopped reading this book was that it was … well, I don’t want to say boring, because it wasn’t, but it couldn’t keep my interest in the long run. Emily was constantly lusting after Reeve, forgetting about her original quest and once they got to over the first “probing” as I would like to call it, this book turned into sex-scenes only. Also it was kind of BDSM, without being it. I know that makes no sense, but I just didn’t like the whole sex scene arrangement.

I want to end this review with a good thing about the book, so… Isn’t the cover pretty? I like the feather design a lot. 🙂

Rating: DNF

[Review] The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

~ The Mistake by Elle Kennedy ~

(Off-Campus #2)
Genre: Romance, New Adult
Date of Publication: April 28th 2015 by Elle Kennedy
Source: Bought

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Synopsis:

He’s a player in more ways than one…

College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hookups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.

Now he’s going to need to up his game…

After a less than stellar freshman year, Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She’s not a charity case, and she’s not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he can think again. He wants her back? He’ll have to work for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat, and she plans on driving him wild.

~ My Review ~

Can I be honest with you? I totally expected The Deal to be a one-hit wonder and that I would be incredible disappointed in The Mistake. Boy, was I wrong!!

I think I loved The Mistake even more than The Deal, simply because I nearly shed some tears for Logan, whom I didn’t even like that much in the first book. Yes, he was funny in the first book, but a total man-slut and I did not like that he was into his best friend’s girlfriend. But damn, do I love this guy! Elle Kennedy totally convinced me to like – hell, to love this guy. I felt so much for him and I was really impressed by all the trouble he went through to get this girl of his dreams, aka Grace.

While I wasn’t sure about Logan when started this book, I was immediately in sync with Grace. We clicked. She was funny, sarcastic and just so loveable, but without being a damsel-in-distress. I so approve of her. She was so adorable.

[…] I give myself a mental pat on the back. I just had an entire conversation with a cute guy without babbling incoherently. I deserve a frickin’ gold star for that.

I would love to fangirl about this book, but I am really at a loss of words here. I don’t know how I should properly tell you how I feel about this book. Just:

READ IT!! 🙂 So FREAKING good.

Rating: Can I give more than 5 stars? Yes, because this is my blog and my review and I can do what I want. MUHAHAHAHA.

No seriously, this totally deserves ******+

[Review] Pucked Over by Helena Hunting

~ Pucked Over by Helena Hunting ~

(Pucked #3)
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Date of Publication: January 24th 2016 by Helena Hunting
Source: Author

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Synopsis:

Lily LeBlanc isn’t versed in the art of casual sex, but after seven years in an on-again, off-again relationship, she’s definitely willing to give it a shot. And who better to try it with than her best friend’s boyfriend’s best friend? What could possibly go wrong? Nothing at all.

NHL player, Randy Ballistic, lives up to his last name on the ice and in the bedroom. His best friend and teammate has recently given up the puck bunnies and traded them in for a real girlfriend. And she just happens to have a seriously feisty, extra-hot best friend on the rebound. Randy’s more than happy to be Lily’s spring board back into the dating scene.

Casual sex is only casual until those pesky things called emotions get involved. Once that happens, someone’s bound to gets pucked over.

~ My Review ~

Days after finishing this I am still unable to write a review that makes semi-sense, so please excuse my totally rambled thoughts and the truckload of gifs I used in this review.

I thought Pucked was my favourite of the series, then I read Pucked Up and thought that was my favourite. I thought this series couldn’t get better, but then I read Pucked Over and it proofed me wrong. I don’t know how it’s possible, but I loved this even more than the two previous books in the series.

How can a series get better and better with every installment? I don’t understand it. How is this possible?! I can’t comprehend it.

Lily and Randy were perfect. The conversations were perfect. The humour was perfect. The side characters were perfect. The writing was perfect. The fact that all previous and future characters were included was perfect. Violet was included – perfect. I could go on like this for days. What am I talking about… I could go on like this for years! Millenia! Till the sun implodes and we all die!

Okay, okay. Sorry, that got out of hand pretty quickly. HAHA. I think you got my point.

But seriously? Why does this book has to be so much perfection?

It’s almost disgusting, but don’t tell anyone I said that, since I loved Pucked Over and I definitely can’t wait for the next book. I will be soooooo mad if it isn’t about Lance and Tasha, because – come on! – we all see the chemistry there and that particular relationship has to work out! Otherwise I won’t be held responsible for my actions, which might revolve around this:

OK, OK, I’M CALM. I will totally be able to wait for the next book. Absolutely no freaking problem!

I will NEVER be able to wait…….

And if anyone couldn’t have guessed this already, but here is my rating: 5 stars

~ Book provided by author in exchange for my honest opinion ~

[Review] Witches Be Burned by Stacey Kennedy

~ Witches Be Burned by Stacey Kennedy ~

(Magic & Mayhem #2)
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Date of Publication: May 19th 2015 by Loveswept
Source: NetGalley

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Synopsis:

In Stacey Kennedy’s steamy paranormal romance novel, a rookie guardian sworn to combat the undead risks life and love in a world of violence, witchcraft, and seduction.

Nexi Jones has lost her family, she’s been stripped of her guardian duties, and she’s still learning the ins and outs of white magic. At least she has Kyden, the smoldering hot elite guardian who’s been there for her every step of the way. But just as Nexi completes her training, tragedy strikes the Otherworld when a fellow guardian is murdered by a group of rogue vampires. Ready or not, she and Kyden trek into the Earthworld to hunt down a killer—and Nexi alone will be put to the ultimate test.

Although Kyden knows that Nexi must fight her own battles, his guardian instincts are raging as he struggles to keep her close. The ruthlessness of these vampires is like nothing he’s ever seen. And at their helm is the Black Witch Astoria, a demon with one burning desire: to shed Nexi’s blood in the name of vengeance. What troubles Kyden even more, though, is the warlock who covets Nexi’s heart. Let the devil do his worst . . . all Kyden can do is love and protect Nexi until his last breath.

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[Review] Wolf With Benefits by Shelly Laurenston

~ Wolf With Benefits by Shelly Laurenston ~

(Pride #8)
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Date of Publication: June 30th 2015 by Kensington
Source: NetGalley

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Synopsis:

Ricky Lee has no plans of getting serious about anyone, but he will protect Toni Jean-Louis Parker. Not just because he’s been hired to do so, but because it’s the right thing to do. And if that means traveling around the country with one complicated She-jackal, dealing with chocolate-eating wild dogs, instigating trouble between his brothers, and having the most amazing sex he’s ever had…well, who said his job didn’t have perks?

Toni doesn’t know how she keeps getting herself into these situations. But even she has to admit there’s something about Ricky Lee Reed that she finds kind of interesting…and downright sexy. Now they just have to survive long enough to figure out if what they have is worth fighting for…

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[Review] My Sweet Demise by Shana Vanterpool

~ My Sweet Demise by Shana Vanterpool ~

(Demise #1)
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Date of Publication: January 5th 2016 by Limitless Publishing
Source: Author

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Synopsis:

Desperation makes a girl do crazy things…

When twenty-one year old Raina O’Connor is kicked out of her room on short notice, she’s thrown into a frantic search for a new place to stay. As the situation becomes more urgent, her choices have dwindled to her least favorite option—ladies’ man, Kent Nicholson.

Kent Nicholson loves women, just not as a roommate…

When a gorgeous blonde with big hazel eyes answers Kent’s ad for a roommate, his red flags start flying. He’s looking for a wingman, not a chick who will put a damper on his game or drench his apartment in pink. It’s clear she’s in a bind, and something about her makes him break his own rules. But when he reluctantly accepts, it’s with four concrete conditions.

Be his wingman. Don’t get in his way with other girls. No bitchy attitudes. And most importantly, she can’t fall for him.

Pretty sure this was the world’s worst idea—ever…

Trust is something earned. Raina learned that the hard way when her father broke her heart as a child, making it easy to steer clear of relationships. But living with Kent somehow stirs emotions Raina has always forbidden herself to have. Plus, he’s everything she never wanted—untrustworthy, pigheaded…and gorgeous. Something tells her Kent isn’t free of his own secret scars…

Love can drag you down and spit you out, and be worth every second.

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