Rusty Nailed by Alice Clayton #Review

Rusty Nailed by Alice Clayton #Review

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PJV Quickie: Reading a book by Alice Clayton is like having a gabfest with your besties – hanging out with your girls, plenty of  laughs, and dishing about sex and how much your significant other makes you crazy… and makes you crazy *wink*.  It was so much fun to dive back into the world Ms. Clayton has created in her Cocktail series!

Rusty Nailed by Alice Clayton #Review

Rusty Nailed by Alice Clayton

In this sequel to Wallbanger, the second book in the Cocktail series, fan favorites Caroline and Simon negotiate the rollercoaster of their new relationship while house-sitting in San Francisco.

Playing house was never so much fun—or so confusing. With her boss on her honeymoon, Caroline’s working crazy long hours to keep the interior design company running—especially since she’s also the lead designer for the renovation of a gorgeous old hotel on Sausalito. So with her hotshot photographer boyfriend gallivanting all over the world for his job, she and Simon are heavy-duty into “absence makes the heart grow fonder” mode. Neither has any complaints about the great reunion sex, though! Then Simon decides he’s tired of so much travelling, and he’s suddenly home more. A lot more. And wanting Caroline home more, too. Though their friends’ romantic lives provide plenty of welcome distraction, eventually Caroline and Simon have to sort their relationship out. Neither wants “out of sight, out of mind,” but can they create their own happy mid-ground cliché?

USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton delivers another delicious, frothy cocktail of a book, shaking up her characters, stirring in laugh-out-loud humor, and serving sizzling romance straight up!
More About the Book:
Series: Cocktail #2
Published by: Gallery Books, Simon & Schuster on June 24, 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Love & Romance, Romance
Size: 320
Format: Paperback
Source: Provided by Publicist
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PJV Rating: four-stars
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Review: I don’t know why, but I didn’t realize Rusty Nailed was a continuation of Simon and Caroline’s story in Wallbanger (Cocktails #1 – my review here)… I thought it was going to feature their friends.  Don’t get me wrong though, I loved it!  So many times the author finishes a couple’s story and then that’s it - their story is done.  But Rusty Nailed gives us a look at the journey to Simon and Caroline’s HEA:  There are a few bumps and some lack of communication (don’t worry – it’s not a “Big Misunderstanding” trope, I promise) but reading these two grow and change was exciting (Caroline’s job), sweet (Simon’s assessment of his life goals), funny, and oh-so-sexy.  I like that we get to see how they’re going to handle things as a couple and that cements their HEA for me.

Caroline has more responsibilities at work, and Simon has a life-altering visit to his home-town, resulting in him taking fewer jobs and being around like an old retired guy.  You’d think that would be boring, but I assure you, it’s not – it was actually quite endearing and may have elicited a few “awwws” once I realized what was going on.  I like him even more than I did at the end of Wallbanger.

I’m pleased to say Alice Clayton does not suffer from “2nd Book Slump”; Rusty Nailed was like coming home to old friends and catching up on all the gossip that you missed while you were gone. I absolutely cannot wait for the next book, Screwdrivered, which features a different couple.

Recommendations: Fans of humorous Contemporary romance will adore this series (I think Rusty Nailed could work as a stand-alone but you get so much more if you start with Wallbanger).  If you like Penny Reid’s Knitting in the City series, or Emma Chase’s Tangled series, I’d suggest giving Alice Clayton a try.

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Dishing Books (with a giveaway!)

Dishing Books (with a giveaway!)

 

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Happy Summer y’all!!  Rachel is on vacation this week, so I’m sneaking over from my regular weekend post to take over the blog talk about the vacation reads I’m looking forward to most this summer.   Since I did part of my vacation earlier in May (RT convention), I don’t have any big vacation plans but am going on a few extended-weekend trips over the summer months.  I always try to get some book time in when I’m on vacay… and there are some AMAZING reads coming up in July and August.  Here are 10 books that I’m looking forward to most (in no particular order):

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Isla

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss #3) August 14, 2014/Dutton Children’s

From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

 

 

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

Oh how I’ve been waiting for this one - I’ll be fighting my 13-year-old daughter over who gets to read it first.  I absolutely loved Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla has been on my wishlist since I turned the last page of Lola.

 

The Best Kind of TroubleThe Best Kind of Trouble by Lauren Dane (Hurley Boys #1) August 26, 2014/Harlequin HQN

She has complete control… and he’s determined to take it away

 

A librarian in the small town of Hood River, Natalie Clayton’s world is very nearly perfect. After a turbulent childhood and her once-wild ways, life is now under control. But trouble has a way of turning up unexpectedly—especially in the tall, charismatically sexy form of Paddy Hurley….

 

And Paddy is the kind of trouble that Natalie has a taste for.

 

Even after years of the rock and roll lifestyle, Paddy never forgot the two wickedly hot weeks he once shared with Natalie. Now he wants more… even if it means tempting Natalie and her iron-grip control. But there’s a fine line between well-behaved and misbehaved—and the only compromise is between the sheets!

Lauren Dane is one of my favorite authors and I adore her Brown Siblings series – I am so excited she’s doing a spin-off series featuring the Hurley Boys!

 

Silver ShadowsSilver Shadows by Richelle Mead (Bloodlines #5) July 29, 2014/Razorbill

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

 

In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

 

Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive.

 

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . .

 

Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.

This is one of my favorite YA Paranormal series; I actually like the Bloodlines series better than the Vampire Academy series! My husband has just glommed all of the VA/Bloodlines books over the last month so I’ll probably be fighting him off to read this one!

 

Looking for Trouble

Looking for Trouble by Victoria Dahl (Girls’ Night Out #1) July 29, 2014/Harlequin HQN

A good reason to be bad…

 

Librarian Sophie Heyer has walked the straight and narrow her entire life to avoid paying for her mother’s mistakes. But in tiny Jackson Hole, Wyoming, juicy gossip just doesn’t go away, so the last thing she needs is for history to repeat itself. Falling hard for the sexiest biker who’s ever rode into town would undo everything she’s worked for. And to add insult to injury, the sexy stranger is none other than Alex Bishop–the son of the man her mother abandoned Sophie’s family for. He may be temptation on wheels, but Sophie’s not looking for trouble!

 

Maybe Sophie’s buttoned-up facade fools some, but Alex knows a naughty smile when he sees one. Despite their parents’ checkered pasts, he’s willing to take some risks to find out the truth about the town librarian. He figures a little fling might be just the ticket to get his mind off of family drama. But what he finds underneath Sophie’s prim demeanor might change his world in ways he never expected.

I am a huge Victoria Dahl fan (she has the best twitter feed evah!) and I’ve been looking forward to getting my Victoria Dahl fix.  I was so bummed I missed her at RT14.

 

What I Love About You

What I Love About You by Rachel Gibson (Truly, Idaho #3) August 26, 2014/Avon

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Gibson returns to Truly, Idaho, and to the fate of sexy SEAL Blake Junger

 

GIMMEE A B-R-E-A-K!

 

Ex-high school cheerleader Natalie Cooper could once shake her pom-poms with the best of them. But she’s paid for all that popularity—her husband’s run off with what’s left of their money and a twenty-year-old bimbo named Tiffany. Leaving Natalie to manage a photo store and having to see some pictures she, well, really shouldn’t.

 

GIMMEE A S-H-O-T!

 

Then she comes toe-to-manly chest with Blake Junger. Exiled to a remote cabin in Truly, Idaho, Blake wants nothing to do with anyone. Instead, he’s determined to struggle with his demons and win—all on his own. But the last thing he needs is Natalie distracting him with her luscious curves and breaking down the barriers of his heart.

 

GIMMEE YOUR H-E-A-R-T!

Rachel Gibson is an auto-buy author for me – I just adore her quirky characters and the stories she tells.  I have several of her books on my “keeper shelf” and look forward to every new release.

 

Blood Games

Blood Games by Chloe Neill (Chicagoland Vampires #10) August 5, 2014/NAL

While Merit didn’t choose to become a vampire or Sentinel of Cadogan House, she vowed to fight for her House and its Master, and she’s managed to forge strong alliances with powerful supernaturals across Chicago. But even though Merit has had wild adventures, this may be her deadliest yet…

 

A killer is stalking Chicago, preying on humans and leaving his victims with magical souvenirs. The CPD hasn’t been able to track the assailant, and as the body count rises, the city is running out of options. Vampires and humans aren’t on great terms, but murder makes for strange bedfellows. Can Merit find the killer before she becomes a target?

I love this series and can’t get enough of Merit and Ethan and the gang.  I know that some readers gave up on this series after a certain incident *ahem*, but I’ve stuck with it and can’t wait to find out what’s happening next.

 

Falling for Max

Falling For Max by Shannon Stacey (Kowalski Family #9) July 29, 2014/Carina Press

Max Crawford has reached the point in life where he’s starting to think about settling down. Unfortunately, he’s always been a little awkward when it comes to social interactions, and working from home doesn’t help. He spends so much time alone, painting beautiful, historically accurate model trains that half of Whitford has begun to joke that he may be a serial killer. Not exactly prime husband material.

 

 

Tori Burns has found happiness in Maine, thanks in large part to her shifts at the Trailside Diner. She likes the work, and she loves the local gossip. When shy, geeky Max Crawford becomes a regular, she’s intrigued. When she finds out he’s in the market for a wife, she’s fascinated…and determined to help.

 

Molding Max into every woman’s dream turns out to be much easier than expected. But has Tori’s plan worked a little too well? As she turns his comfortable life all sorts of upside down, she’ll have to find a way to show just how she’s fallen for him…the real him.

Shannon Stacey’s Kowalski Family series is an auto-buy series for me and I have enjoyed every single book.  I feel like I know the Kowalskis as well as I know my own family!

 

The Saint

The Saint by Tiffany Reisz (Original Sinners: White Years #1) July 1, 2014/Harlequin MIRA

In the beginning, there was him.

 

Gutsy, green-eyed Eleanor never met a rule she didn’t want to break. She’s sick of her mother’s zealotry and the confines of Catholic school, and declares she’ll never go to church again. But her first glimpse of beautiful, magnetic Father Søren Stearns and his lust-worthy Italian motorcycle is an epiphany. Suddenly, daily Mass seems like a reward, and her punishment is the ache she feels when they’re apart. He is intelligent and insightful and he seems to know her intimately at her very core. Eleanor is consumed—and even she knows that can’t be right.

 

But when one desperate mistake nearly costs Eleanor everything, it is Søren who steps in to save her. She vows to repay him with complete obedience…and a whole world opens before her as he reveals to her his deepest secrets.

Danger can be managed—pain, welcomed. Everything is about to begin.

 Tiffany Reisz’s Original Sinners books are so. freakin. good.  Brilliant, sexy, visceral and a little a lot naughty.  I need to get my Nora/Soren on!

 

Lead

Lead by Kylie Scott (Stage Dive #3) July 29, 2014/St. Martin’s Griffin

As the lead singer of Stage Dive, Jimmy is used to getting whatever he wants, whenever he wants it, whether it’s booze, drugs, or women. However, when a PR disaster serves as a wake-up call about his life and lands him in rehab, he finds himself with Lena, a new assistant to keep him out of trouble.

 

Lena’s not willing to take any crap from the sexy rocker and is determined to keep their relationship completely professional, despite their sizzling chemistry. But when Jimmy pushes her too far and Lena leaves, he realizes that he may just have lost the best thing that ever happened to him.

Kylie Scott was one of my new favorite authors of 2013 and her Stage Dive series is one of the reasons she made that list- this series is so hot y’all!  I can’t wait to get back into this series.

 

AshesThe Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost (Broken Destiny #1) August 26, 2014/Harlequin HQN

In a world of shadows, anything is possible. Except escaping your fate.

 

Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse—her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who’s bound by an ancient legacy to betray her.

 

Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn’t mean he can change his fate…no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy. Together they search for the powerful relic that can save her sister, but Adrian knows what Ivy doesn’t: that every step brings Ivy closer to the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could doom the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side and Adrian on the other. And nothing but ashes in between…

This is one of my most anticipated reads of the summer – I am a huge Jeaniene Frost fan and, while I love Cat and Bones, I adore Vlad and Leila from her Knight Prince series.  Now she’s doing a YA series?  I’m in!!!

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What books are you bringing on vacation this summer?  

What are you looking forward to most?

  PJ new signatureThe Giveaway: I put together a few books that I thought would be great summer reads to share with you:

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Avenge Me by Maisey Yates
Always On My Mind by Jill Shalvis
Run To You by Rachel Gibson
Falling For Max by Shannon Stacey

 

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Straddling the Line by Jaci Burton #Review

Straddling the Line by Jaci Burton #Review

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PJV Quickie: Eight books into her Play-by-Play series and Jaci Burton is still keeping the stories fresh and the sex hot! In addition to a drool-worthy cover, I always know what I’ll be getting when I pick up a Play-by-Play book: A good story, likable characters, sexy athletes, and a desire to read the next book immediately.

Straddling the Line by Jaci Burton #Review

Straddling the Line by Jaci Burton

Trevor Shay has it all—a successful football and baseball career, and any woman he wants. But when he finds out his college mentor’s daughter is in trouble, he drops everything to come to her aid.

Haven Briscoe has finally landed a dream job as a sportscaster for a major network. But she hasn’t been able to move past the recent death of her beloved father, and it’s affecting her career. A plum assignment following the daily life of sports superstar Trevor Shay might be just the inspiration she needs…

Trevor will do anything to spark life back into Haven, including letting her into every aspect of his world. The chemistry between them flames higher than one of Trevor’s home runs and faster than his dashes to the end zone. But as they grow closer, Haven stumbles onto Trevor’s closely guarded secret, one he’s hidden his entire life. And despite his protests, now it’s Haven’s turn to put everything on hold to help Trevor. Will he let her in and trust her with a secret that could blow his professional and personal world apart?
More About the Book:
Series: Play by Play #8
Published by: Berkley Trade, Penguin on July 1, 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Size: 320
Format: Paperback
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PJV Rating: four-stars
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Review: I am a huge fan of Jaci Burton’s Play-by-Play series and she just keeps hitting it out of the park (<– see what I did there?). Trevor and Haven have a professional relationship with a slow sexual simmer that’s not too fast but doesn’t drag on either; they already knew each other and even though they hadn’t seen each other in a while, they weren’t total strangers, which made the chemistry feel easy and natural.  The pacing is just right and believably hot.

One of the things I like about Jaci Burton’s characters is that they aren’t perfect – Trevor has a secret he’s been hiding from his friends, family, and fans; he gets defensive when Haven pokes at his secret and lashes out.  Haven has been struggling with depression about the death of her father and was actually going to quit her job before Trevor contacted her to do his story.  I love that they both step up to help the other and don’t ask for anything in return – it’s about caring for the other person and not quid pro quo.

I do wish that we got to see more of their professional sides – Trevor’s teammates, prep for the game and more specifics about playing two sports, and more of Haven’s interactions with Trevor as a reporter and not a lover.  I was interested in the professional life of both characters, but perhaps most readers might find that boring…

One little complaint is that the end wrapped up very quickly. Although she didn’t specifically show it, I turned the last page feeling certain that Trevor and Haven have a fabulous future ahead of them.  And, as I said in my PJV Quickie, I am already looking forward to the next book in the series, which is going to feature a quarterback whom we meet at a party that Trevor hosts.

Random: I live in New Orleans and I am a Saints fan.  There is a scene in Straddling the Line where Trevor’s team plays the Saints – I cannot lie, even though it was a fictional game I wanted Trevor’s team to lose! #whodat #geauxsaints

Recommendations: Straddling the Line will entertain any fan of Sports Romance, as well as fans of Second Chance Romance.  If you like Jill Shalvis’ Pacific Heat books or Allison Parr’s New York Leopards, then you’ll want to give Straddling the Line a try.

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Fifth Avenue Trilogy #BlogTour

Fifth Avenue Trilogy #BlogTour

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PJV Quickie: The Fifth Avenue Trilogy is an interesting concept in storytelling: 3 books, 3 authors, 1 story arc spanning the length of the 3 books.  I liked how each book had a different “feel” to it, not just a different couple as main characters.

Fifth Avenue Trilogy #BlogTour Caitlin Crews, Kate Hewitt, Maisey Yates
TEN YEARS AGO ONE DEVASTATING NIGHT CHANGED EVERYTHING FOR AUSTIN, HUNTER AND ALEX. NOW THEY MUST EACH PLAY THEIR PART IN THE REVENGE AGAINST THE ONE MAN WHO RUINED IT ALL.

Book 1: Avenge Me by Maisey Yates
Austin Treffen was born into a world of privilege, but behind its gilded doors lies a corruption so sordid New York's elite would never believe it—especially as his infamous philanthropic father is at its core! With everything he believed in shattered, how can Austin take down his father—risking his family name and those he loves—without any proof?

Until one earth-shattering night with Katy Michaels unlocks not only their deepest, most passionate desires but also the key to bringing Jason Treffen's reign to an end. But with an intense sexual attraction that combines a heady mix of exquisite pleasure and sublime pain, will they satiate their thirst for revenge and each other…or lose themselves forever in the darkness?

Book 2: Scandalize Me by Caitlin Crews
Hunter Talbot Grant III, sports figure du jour, wealthy beyond measure and disreputable by choice, has cultivated a reputation that masks the shadows of his past. When the opportunity to ensure financial destruction for Jason Treffen arises, he can't refuse. But first he must shake off the woman sent to tame him!

Zoe Brook, PR agent extraordinaire, never fails to transform a tarnished star. And Hunter's no different. Except there's a catch. Beneath their scorching mutual attraction, Zoe has a secret, she's also been on the wrong side of Jason Treffen, and she has as much of a taste for revenge as Hunter does!

Book 3: Expose Me by Kate Hewitt
The third and final step to revenge in the fifth avenue trilogy. Alex has the power…

With ruthless determination, Alex Diaz has risen up from his deprived roots to become the head of a global media empire. But he has one last thing to achieve…avenge his friend by destroying the man responsible for her death, Jason Treffen. With stunning talk-show host Chelsea Maxwell about to interview Treffen live on TV, this is Alex’s chance.

He’ll use her show to exact a very public revenge—and seducing Chelsea, if needed, would certainly be no hardship. But he underestimates Chelsea and the attraction between them, and as their relationship deepens, Alex realizes that to annihilate Treffen could also shatter the life that Chelsea has built to protect herself….
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Series: Fifth Avenue Trilogy
Published by: Harlequin, Presents
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Romantic Suspense
Format: ARC
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Review: This trilogy is the story of 3 friends, Austin, Hunter, and Alex, who want to avenge the death of their good friend, Sarah, who committed suicide 10 years ago. Each book is told from the POV of one of the men, and they are told in a (mostly) continuous timeline, with each main character accomplishing one part of the plot to bring down the man responsible for Sarah’s suicide.

I had a hard time getting into the first book, Avenge Me, mostly because I didn’t feel like the main characters, Austin and Katy, had any chemistry.  I don’t know if this is because Ms. Yates had the burden of setting up the back-story, or if I just truly didn’t like the characters.   I felt like some of Austin’s actions were almost the same as his father’s actions, arranging things so that she had no choice but to move in with him; it didn’t sit well with me and I don’t think the end justified the means.  I will say that Ms. Yates set up Austin’s father, Jason, as a truly skeevy, detestable villain.

The second book, Scandalize Me, I think is my favorite of the three books.  Hunter is an ex-football star who used to date Sarah and feels responsible for not seeing what was happening to her before she killed herself.  Zoe was one of Jason’s victims, but she was able to buy her freedom, such as it is.  She’s planning revenge and Hunter is part of her plan.  I really liked Zoe and Hunter; they were both so broken from the events in their past and their growth together was sad at times but also hopeful. By the time I got to the end I was waiting almost gleefully for Jason Treffen’s comeuppance.

Expose Me, the last book in the trilogy, provided a solid ending to the story.  I liked Alex and Chelsea: their romance was not pretty – it was fearful and hesitant but ultimately, strong enough to overcome all the obstacles they each had put in place to avoid being hurt.  I knew how things were going to play out with Chelsea and Jason Treffen, but it was so satisfying to read it happen.  My only complaint is that there wasn’t an epilogue to tell us what happened long-term.

Ultimately, even though it got off to a slow start for me, I thought the Fifth Avenue Trilogy was an engaging read and I’m hoping Harlequin will do another series using this 3-book/3-author set up.

Recommendations: Each couple in this series is so different, I think the series will appear to many readers.  They do all have this in common though: if you like your heroes alpha, your heroines tough, and a romance-focused story, I’d recommend picking these up.

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Fall From India Place by Samantha Young #Review

Fall From India Place by Samantha Young #Review

Fall From India Place by Samantha Young #Review

Fall From India Place by Samantha Young

The New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street and Down London Road returns with a story about letting go of the past and learning to trust in the future…

When Hannah Nichols last saw Marco D’Alessandro, five long years ago, he broke her heart. The bad boy with a hidden sweet side was the only guy Hannah ever loved—and the only man she’s ever been with. After one intense night of giving into temptation, Marco took off, leaving Scotland and Hannah behind. Shattered by the consequences of their night together, Hannah has never truly moved on.

Leaving Hannah was the biggest mistake of Marco’s life, something he has deeply regretted for years. So when fate reunites them, he refuses to let her go without a fight. Determined to make her his, Marco pursues Hannah, reminding her of all the reasons they’re meant to be together.…

But just when Marco thinks they’re committed to a future together, Hannah makes a discovery that unearths the secret pain she’s been hiding from him, a secret that could tear them apart before they have a real chance to start over again….
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Series: On Dublin Street #4
Published by: NAL, Penguin on June 3, 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Size: 294
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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PJV Rating: four-stars
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PJV Quickie: I was looking forward to Hannah and Marco’s story after I finished the previous book in this series (Before Jamaica Lane).   While there were parts of this story that worked for me, there were also parts that didn’t, but you can still count me firmly in the “fan” category for Samantha Young.  I wasn’t expecting it, but Fall From India Place made me cry – that’s some powerful writing! 

Review: 

Hannah Nichols has only ever been in love with one man – Marco D’Alessandro.  After saving her from some bullies, they grew into a deep friendship, and, on Hannah’s side, love.  And even though Hannah knew he cared about her, he never acted on it, until that night.  But instead of leading to a deeper friendship and possibly a romantic relationship, that night led to heartache and pain.  It’s been five long years since that night, and Hannah knows she needs to get over it but can’t quite seem to get there.

Leaving Hannah was one of the hardest things Marco D’Alessandro has ever done; at the time he thought he was doing the right thing, but now he knows leaving her was one of the stupidest things he’s ever done.  When she unexpectedly falls into his path, he knows this is his second chance…and he’s not going to mess it up.

A lot can happen in five years, and neither Hannah nor Marco is the same person they were then:  Both of them have secrets that open old wounds and things may be too complicated for a second chance at love.

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I’m going to be blunt:  Hannah made me a little bit crazy – I mean, I understand that Marco’s actions devastated her young heart and caused her real, physical pain.  She’s never been able to love again and her heart still hurts.  When Marco’s secret is revealed, she feels betrayed and angry.  I get all of that, but her actions didn’t sit right with me.   She held on to her secret, not allowing Marco a chance to understand her over-the-top reactions, and as a reader I was frustrated.  BUT, I absolutely loved reading  Hannah’s teaching scenes, both in the high school and the adult literacy class; those were the scenes that brought out the most emotion for me, this is the character I wanted to read about, these are the scenes that brought tears to my eyes. So, even though I was frustrated with Hannah’s inability to let go of the past and accept the chance to build a future, I was absolutely charmed by her enthusiasm for teaching and making a difference in other’s lives.

As far as Marco, while I liked him, I kind of wanted to yell at him too; if he hadn’t run into Hannah, would he have tried to contact her?  I get that it took him a few years to get his head right so I feel like maybe he should get a pass?  I don’t know, it’s a complicated situation, and just like ‘real life’ there are no easy answers.

Although I kind of figured out their secrets, I did not figure out how things would play out, so that kept me reading, hoping that Hannah could get past the wall she’d built around her heart; she shored it up high enough that she’s lucky Marco wanted to get back in.

I will say that by the end of the story I was happily sighing… It was nice to be back with the Dublin Place gang, there are lots of characters to keep up with now, and they’re getting married and having kids.  Even though I’ve read all of the previous books in the series I had some trouble keeping track of the characters – many of the names are sort of similar and that’s always a problem for me, not just with this series but any long-standing series with multiple characters and/or characters whose names start with the same initial.  I am super-excited to read the next book in the series, Echoes of Scotland Place, which will be Cole’s book. Cole is Jo’s little brother (Jo’s book was Down London Road) and we got to know him a bit better in Fall From India Place. Definitely looking forward to his story.

Recommendations: 

Fans of the Dublin Street series should enjoy this latest installment, also fans of second-chance romance and couples keeping secrets will probably devour Fall From India Place.  Also, if you like reading books where the heroine is a teacher, this is the book for you – the teaching scenes were my favorite!

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Devil’s Game by Joanna Wilde #Review

Devil’s Game by Joanna Wilde #Review

Devil’s Game by Joanna Wilde #Review

Devil's Game by Joanna Wylde

Liam “Hunter” Blake hates the Reapers MC. Born and raised a Devil’s Jack, he knows his duty. He’ll defend his club from their oldest enemies—the Reapers—using whatever weapons he can find. But why use force when the Reapers’ president has a daughter who’s alone and vulnerable? Hunter has wanted her from the minute he saw her, and now he has an excuse to take her.

Em has lived her entire life in the shadow of the Reapers. Her overprotective father, Picnic, is the club’s president. The last time she had a boyfriend, Picnic shot him. Now the men in her life are far more interested in keeping her daddy happy than showing her a good time. Then she meets a handsome stranger—a man who isn't afraid to treat her like a real woman. One who isn't afraid of her father. His name is Liam, and he’s The One.

Or so she thinks.
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Series: Reaper's MC #3 on June 3, 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Love & Romance, Romance
Size: 352
Format: ARC
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PJV Rating: five-stars
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PJV Quickie: I love Joanna Wylde’s Reapers Motorcycle Club series, and Devil’s Game hits all the right buttons – terrific heroine, cocky motorcycle bad-boy, dirty-hot smexin’, and just the right amount of action.  I devoured Devil’s Game in one sitting.

Review: 

Em Hayes is the daughter of “Picnic” Hayes, president of the Reapers, a bad-ass motorcycle club.  The members of the club are her family just as much as her father and sister are.  And, like any family, there are things she loves and things she hates about being the daughter of the club president.  In the hate column: no man will come near her.  Any time one does, he gets scared off by her father or the club.  She’s a 22-year-old virgin and she’s not happy about it. So, when she “meets” a friend of a friend online, she’s excited that he’s not affiliated with a motorcycle club.

Liam “Hunter” Blake is a member of the Reaper’s rival club, the Devil’s Jacks.  He’s been assigned to keep an eye on Em as part of his duties; trouble has been brewing between the Jacks and the Reapers, and the Jacks are trying to keep two steps ahead and plan for any situation.  He sees an opportunity to befriend her online as “Liam”, the friend of a friend, and eventually she agrees to meet him. He finds that he actually likes her, and he’s not planning to out himself, until he gets a call during their date - “any situation” has arrived.

He’s a Devil’s Jack. She’s a Reapers’ princess.  There’s too much bad blood between their clubs for them to ever be together…

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I loved Devil’s Game!  It’s a modern-day take on Romeo and Juliet, with the Jacks and Reapers being the warring families, and Em and Hunter playing the star-crossed lovers.   After finishing the second book in the series, Reaper’s Legacy, I couldn’t wait for Em and Hunter’s story and I was not disappointed:  Devil’s Game is raw, dirty, and not at all polite.

There are some scenes that happen during the time frame in Reaper’s Legacy, so for a short part of the book it does feel like recap, except that we get to see Em’s experience, which I had wished for while reading Reaper’s Legacy because I knew it was going to be f’d up… and it was.  We know from the moment he steps on to the page that Hunter is a bad ass; he’s definitely not a nice guy and his loyalty to the club comes above all else, even his interest in Em. He does some things that are pretty awful, and it’s testimony to Joanna Wylde’s brilliant writing that later in the book I’m cheering for Hunter and Em.

I know I’m making Hunter out to be this awful dude, but he does have a code of honor, and I like the way his character opened up to let Em in.  Em, on the other hand, had to learn to toughen up a bit and that was a journey I enjoyed taking with her – learning to take what she wanted instead of living with “what if”.  The chemistry between them is almost enough to singe my fingers as I turn the pages.

The story behind the romance kept my interest and I’m looking forward to learning more about these two clubs and the cartel that’s trying to move in and cause problems between them. The next book, Reaper’s Stand, is Picnic’s story, and it looks like things are going to tie in to the cartel storyline nicely (or, really, not so nicely, lol).

I have been craving really good “biker romance” but so far Joanna Wylde is one of only two authors who seem to be able to really pull it off with a good story, believable characters and situations, and hot romance (Kristen Ashley is the other).

Recommendations: 
If you’re looking for something steamy, a little (or a lot) dirty, and very different from what you’ve been reading, I definitely suggest Devil’s Game.  Fans of Biker Romance and “alpha-hole” heroes should really enjoy Devil’s Game.  Be warned, it’s going to leave you wanting the next book!

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