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Crash Ride (Power Station #2) By T. Gephart

Megan Winters had lusted over Troy Harris, drummer for international rock band Power Station, for years. Not being the type of girl who was invited backstage, her fantasies had stayed just that, fantasies. When her best friend unexpectedly starts dating one of the other band members it puts her on a crash course at war with her libido. Her solution— they need to have sex. Surely once she had scratched that itch, and saw the fantasy didn’t live up to the reality she could move on. I mean, what could possibly go wrong?

Troy Harris vowed to stay away from Megs. The sexy, smart and funny blonde left his mind and his body feeling like a pretzel. No matter how attracted he was to her, she was a no-go zone. The best friend of his best friend’s girlfriend? Cue the reality show. But when she gives him the chance to have a one-night no strings good time, there was no way he could turn that down. Maybe she was right. One night, and then they could go back to being just friends.

Both of them were delusional.

Book two of the Power Station series.

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4 Star Review

Another great book from T. Gephart.  This book was every bit as good as the first one, if not better.  I was afraid the story would be too similar, after a while all of these rocker books kind of seem the same, but this one was a pleasantly unique.  Megs and Troy’s story is so different from Dan and Ashlyn’s and I think that was the best surprise of all.  The beginning of the book is a trope we’ve all read, two friends decide that no-strings attached sex is a good idea when, of course we all know that will never work.  But where the story goes from there is an interesting and not at all what I expected.  Having read as many books as I have, anything that keeps me guessing is always a plus.

I really thought I couldn’t love any of the Power Station boys more than the cocky, inappropriate, slightly clueless but always a good guy…Dan.  I was wrong, Troy is so different but just as amazing.  Troy is sincere and kind and funny and hot as hell with his mohawk and his tattoos.  It awesome to have a character that is so interesting and engaging while just being a good guy.

Megs is a little neurotic, a lot obsessed with Troy Harris and pretty funny.  She’s also really smart and successful and actually has her life together, which I loved.  Megs was great in High Strung and I especially loved how she handled Dan when Ashlyn and Dan split up so watching her navigate her relationship with Troy was a pleasure.

These books are just so well written that I find them oddly relaxing and comforting.  They are just an easy read and I’ve already started the next book.  I can’t think of the last time I read three book in the same series in the same week and didn’t get bored.  This might be a first.

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High Strung (Power Station #1) By T. Gephart

5 Star Review

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Synopsis

Ashlyn Murphy was not living the dream. Twenty-seven years old, college educated, up to her eyeballs in debt and yet she’d been relegated to pouring beers at a local bar. She desperately needed an out and was willing to do anything to get back into the corporate world. Well, almost anything. Dan Evans, Rock Star was NOT one of those things. In fact she despised him. Apparently he didn’t get the memo.

Dan Evans, bass player of international rock band Power Station had it all. He was rich, travelled the world, played to millions of adoring fans and had no shortage of beautiful women willing to share his bed. He didn’t need a moody redheaded knockout with a superiority complex complicating his life. Or did he?

When two people who couldn’t be more opposite cross paths, it’s bound to be explosive; sometimes all you can do is sit back and enjoy the show.

 

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I really loved this book. It was well written and really funny, like laughing out loud funny. The premise was nothing new, but the characters, especially the supporting characters and their relationships made this book a lot better than most. The Bromances among the band members were superb and surprisingly in depth which added an element that I don’t usually find in rocker books.

The hero is one of my favorite in a long time because he was such an anti-hero. Dan was a cocky, chauvinistic, sometimes dense, manwhore who took whatever woman offered him. Of course, he sees Ashlyn and is instantly intrigued, especially since she has absolutely no interest in him. What I think I liked best about Dan was, despite the fact that he was truly a good guy and that he really did care for Ashlyn, he maintained his charming arrogance and cocky sense of humor. His overblown ego stayed intact and that was somehow more endearing then if he had changed completely.  Dan is one of my very favorite, for all the wrong reasons.

Ashlyn was a great female lead. She was strong and independent, if not a little down on her luck. Right from the start Dan gets under her skin and drives her crazy, but pretty early on she figures out that under the massive ego is a pretty good guy. Her snark quickly turns from actual anger to a fun game of tit for tat with Dan. She’s one of the few heroines who manages to pull of snarky fun without seeming bitchy. Ok, sometimes she’s bitchy but she admits she is a bitch and he admits he is an asshole. It’s pretty entertaining.

I also really enjoyed the writing in this book, it just flowed. I found this to be a quick read mostly because it was so well done. Having never read this author before, I was pleasantly surprised by this one and I have already started the next book.

Give this one a try.

 

 

Manwhore by Katy Evans

Is it possible to expose Chicago’s hottest player—without getting played?

This is the story I’ve been waiting for all my life, and its name is Malcolm Kyle Preston Logan Saint. Don’t be fooled by that last name though. There’s nothing holy about the man except the hell his parties raise. The hottest entrepreneur Chicago has ever known, he’s a man’s man with too much money to spend and too many women vying for his attention.

Mysterious. Privileged. Legendary. His entire life he’s been surrounded by the press as they dig for tidbits to see if his fairytale life is for real or all mirrors and social media lies. Since he hit the scene, his secrets have been his and his alone to keep. And that’s where I come in.

Assigned to investigate Saint and reveal his elusive personality, I’m determined to make him the story that will change my career.

But I never imagined he would change my life. Bit by bit, I start to wonder if I’m the one discovering him…or if he’s uncovering me.

What happens when the man they call Saint, makes you want to sin?

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3 Stars

I’m trying to write a fair review of this book, so hopefully the fact that NOBODY told me this was a serial and NOT a standalone will not effect me.  Truthfully, I would have waited until book 2 was out before I started this on had I known.  But I didn’t know, so I did read it, so now I am reviewing.

This book was good.  I found the characters enjoyable and the plot and premise were good and I will definitely will not be reading part 2.  All of that being said, I liked it, but I didn’t love it.  The characters were likable, but a little one dimensional to me.  Saint was hot and sexy and nice, but he didn’t blow me away and he’s certainly not making any of my top Book Boyfriend lists.  Rachel was likeable, and I liked that she didn’t fall all over Saint too much, but I did get a little tired of her thinking she needed to end things and then running immediately back to him.

And the fact that it ended unresolved didn’t work for me.  It was like this book was too long to be a serial, but then it had no ending.  Not a bad book, but it didn’t live up to all the hype for me.

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Play (Stage Dive #2) by Kylie Scott

Kylie Scott returns with the highly anticipated follow-up to international bestseller Lick.

Mal Ericson, drummer for the world famous rock band Stage Dive, needs to clean up his image fast—at least for a little while. Having a good girl on his arm should do the job just fine. Mal doesn’t plan on this temporary fix becoming permanent, but he didn’t count on finding the one right girl.

Anne Rollins never thought she’d ever meet the rock god who plastered her teenage bedroom walls—especially not under these circumstances. Anne has money problems. Big ones. But being paid to play the pretend girlfriend to a wild life-of-the-party drummer couldn’t end well. No matter how hot he is. Or could it?

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5 Star Review

I could not have like loved this book more. Honestly, one of my top three rocker romance books. I loved Lick too, but I have to say…this one was better. I thought Mal was a blast, it was funny to read about a rocker that wasn’t brooding and intense all of the time. Mal was fun, silly and a little bit crazy while still managing to be intelligent, caring and really sexy.  He was ridiculous and so fun, but he was also protective and serious and kind when he needed to be

Anne was a little too much of a doormat for me in the beginning, with everyone except Mal. Luckily, they addressed that issue early on and watching her work through it with Mal’s help is part of the ride. Watching Anne deal with Mal and take all his crazy in stride was awesome. Her easy going attitude is a perfect match to Mal’s manic personality.  I aspire to be more like Anne, willing to be silly and have fun instead of worrying about what everyone else thinks

Mal is definitely my fantasy rocker boyfriend…he’s just FUN. Of the all four stage dive novels I’ve read this is my favorite!!

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Ripped by Katy Evans

The fifth book in the New York Times new adult series that began with Real. When an angry, heartbroken girl is forced to be near her rocker ex-boyfriend, only time will tell if the fire between them will consume them both.

Pandora, the gothic friend of Brooke (Real, Mine, Remy) and Melanie, thought that getting her heart broken by her bad boy rocker ex could only happen once. But now, he’s back in town with the biggest concert of the year. Pandora hates him so much that she gets Melanie to come with her and play a prank on him at his gig. But when they are caught by security, and her ex himself is summoned, he decides not to press charges if she’ll follow certain conditions. Pandora likes none of his rules, or that he’s in charge of her, especially since they seem designed to make sure she’s in close contact with him again. But the closeness reignites the passion they once shared, and soon no matter how much she wants to hate him, it’s clear she’s still hung up on him. And worse: he knows it too.

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2 Stars

This book was not even ok for me.  I didn’t read any of the others in the series, but I don’t think that hampered my enjoyment (or lack there of) in any way as none of these characters seemed to have much connection to the other books.  The writing was fine, nor major problems there, I just felt absolutely everything was so over the top cliché and the whole thing was just trying wait too hard.  And so much of it seemed silly or hard to overlook.

The idea that she was going to throw tomatoes at a huge rock star during a major concert and she thought nothing would happen to her just made Pandora seem unintelligent.  The names threw me off too, Pandora was to on point and clearly a plot devise and McKenna was so famine for the “hot” male lead.  The music mash ups seemed like a silly concept to me and there was nothing sexy about McKenna wearing wigs, I hated that.  Further more, what kind of “rock” band has dancers on stage with them and a lead singer that does choreographed dances?  And the twins…ewwww.  But the final straw was Pandora dancing with him on stage….yep hated that.

If I could go back and do it again, I would skip this one.

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Zack (Cold Fury Hockey #3) by Sawyer Bennett

6 Stars

New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett goes for a hat trick with the latest romance in a sexy series about cool-as-ice hockey players and the women heating up their lives.

Rising star Zack Grantham has been stuck in a downward spiral of grief ever since the car accident that left him a single dad and put his career on hold. Back on the road with the Carolina Cold Fury and still crippled by emotional baggage, he’s in need of some serious help with his son. But while the nerdy new nanny wins his son’s heart, Zack isn’t sure he’s ready for a woman’s touch—even after getting a glimpse of the killer curves she’s hiding under those baggy clothes.

Kate Francis usually keeps men like Zack at a distance. Though his athlete’s body is honed to perfection, he refuses to move on with his life—and besides, he’s her boss. Still, the sparks between them are undeniable, tempting Kate to turn their professional relationship into a personal one. But before she makes a power play for Zack’s wounded heart, Kate will have to open him up again and show him that love is worth the fight.

 

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6 Stars

So I loved Alex…and I really really liked Garrett, but it turns out I didn’t really know what love was until Zack. I adored this book and Zack and Ben….but especially Kate. Kate is amazing.

This is the absolute best book yet in an amazing series. Because of the subject matter, Zack was so much better than the vast majority of books on the market today. Having been introduced to Zack and Gina in the previous two books, I was instantly and more acutely drawn into Zack’s pain. It made for a heart-wrenching story right from the start.

Zack’s pain and guilt over Gina and her death were so wonderfully expressed and emotionally believable that the story came across as incredibly REAL. That’s what made it better than most of the books out there, the emotions, the angst, the conflicts and the relationships were so damn real. I felt Zack’s pain. I understood his guilt and I believed his fear.

And Kate was a phenomenal character, one of my favorite female leads in a long time. I LOVED the way she handled everything thrown at her with grace and love and understanding. Her connection with Ben was wonderful and her care and compassion for Zack was a beautiful thing to see. It was terrific to see a woman with poise, control and character.

Book 1 in the series, ALEX was fabulous. Book 2, GARRETT was great too. But this book….this is the ONE! This is one of my top reads in the last two years and read approximately. 150 books a year. It’s that good. Definitely a book I will go back to again and again.

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Down and Out (Knockout Love #1) by Kelley R. Martin

5 Star Review

Don’t read this book if you don’t like snarky, dominant, tattooed men who say things like “Open your mouth, and I will,” after you tell them to shove it. And don’t read this book if you don’t like sassy, strong-willed, fiercely independent heroines who use phrases like “bossy asshole” as a term of endearment. You have been warned.*

“Tattooed package of sin.”

That’s how Savannah Ryan would describe her new boss, Declan Whitmore, the deliciously tatted and pierced fighter who holds the top spot in Boston’s newest underground fighting organization. She’d also describe him as bossy, arrogant, and—depending on what he does to piss her off that particular day—an asshole.

It’s that aloof attitude, along with Savannah’s witty comebacks and tight little body that land her on his radar. Unfortunately for her, Declan is relentless when he sets his sights on someone, both in and out of the ring. Unfortunately for him, this recently reformed bad girl is trying to go straight after heading down a dangerous path. She’s not going to make this easy for him. In fact, she’s going to make it—and him—very, very hard.

Declan’s not worried, though. He’ll have Savannah come hell or high water, because if there’s one word he’d use to describe her, it’s “MINE.”

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This book was so much better than I could have even hoped for.  I read hundreds of these “alpha male, tattooed bad boy with a heart of gold” kindle books, usually with some insanely hot man on the cover.  After a while (and enough of them) they just kind of all seem alike, a decent ride but nothing I haven’t read before in one variation or another. This was NOT one of those books, this was one of those books on steroids, so much bigger and better than average that I almost can’t believe it.  There is just so much MORE here, so much depth and character development and reality.  So much more everything.

I want to make this short, because I know you’ll get bored and stop reading if it’s too long, so here it goes.

The female lead may be my favorite ever.  She’s got depth and personality and a back story.  She’s smart and witty and strong without being bitchy or crazy.  But she’s also scared and damaged and petrified to let anyone in.  Declan, the male lead, is amazing.  He’s the beautiful, tattooed, underground fighter who uses woman to fulfill his needs but has no other use for them.  But he’s also caring and expressive and so so in over his head.  Both of them are completely opposed to anything that even sounds like a relationship.

It’s wonderful to watch these two slowly come together, both scared to death of what they’re feeling but craving it too. The absolute best part of this book is the realism.  Most of these books have dialogue or situations that are so unrealistic you can’t possibly believe it. Not this book, the relationship, both during the highs and the lows, is beautifully and seamless narrated from both sides, giving you so much more insight into each character and adding to the believability.  The fights & misunderstandings make sense, the makeups make sense, the feelings make sense.  Mostly, the reactions make sense in light of the past experiences of both characters.

Also, this book is extremely well edited. I can’t think of the last book I read in which I did not find a single error.  This is it, I didn’t find a single mistake.

Read it.  That’s all I can say…just read it.  You will not regret it.

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Alpha by Jacinda Wilder

The first time it happened, it seemed like an impossible miracle. Bills were piling up, adding up to more money than I could ever make. Mom’s hospital bills. My baby brother’s tuition. My tuition. Rent. Electricity. All of it on my shoulders. And I had just lost my job. There was no hope, no money in my account, no work to be found. And then, just when I thought all hope was lost, I found an envelope in the mail. No return address. My name on the front, my address. Inside was a check, made out to me, in the amount of ten thousand dollars. Enough to pay the bills and leave me some left over to live on until I found a job. Enough to let me focus on classes. There was no name on the check, just “VRI Inc.,” and a post office box address for somewhere in the city. No hint of identity or reason for the check or anything. No mention of repayment, interest, nothing…except a single word, on the notes line: “You.” Just those three letters.

If you receive a mysterious check, for enough money to erase all your worries, would you cash it?

I did.

The next month, I received another check, again from VRI Incorporated. It too contained a single word: “belong.”

A third check, the next month. This time, two words. Four letters. “To me.”

The checks kept coming. The notes stopped. Ten thousand dollars, every month. A girl gets used to that, real quick. It let me pay the bills without going into debt. Let me keep my baby brother in school and Mom’s hospice care paid for. How do you turn down what seems like free money, when you’re desperate? You don’t. I didn’t.

And then, after a year, there was a knock on my door. A sleek black limousine sat on the curb in front of my house. A driver stood in front of me, and he spoke six words: “It’s time to pay your debt.”

Would you have gotten in?

I did.

It turns out $120,000 doesn’t come free.

 

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4 STARS

I love Jacinda’s writing and I really liked this book.  The heroine was tough and strong and completely not whiny…the hero was rich, hot as hell and sweet perfection (also incredibly well endowed).  I was wondering how she was going to pull off the stalker plot without making Roth creepy and in typical Jacinda style, she did it with a believable, creative plot that made you love Roth all the more.

So…this book was hot.  Wait. let me try that again…this book was DAMN hot.  Some of the hottest, sexiest, dirtiest, most creative sex I’ve read.  Talk about teasing, I could feel Kyrie’s pain…literally.  And the angst near the end was well done and I bought her struggle.  There is nothing I hat more than a stupid plot device to separate the main characters…none of that here, thank God.

The only negative thing I can say is that the ending seemed a little rushed.  I really could have used another scene or two, although I’m sure that was intentional because there is a book 2 (Beta) and I really want to read that one.  This is a stand alone, I just want to hear more about this couple.

I will definitely be back to read parts of this book (but probably only the sex…OMG was it hot.  Did I say that already?)

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