Monster Stepbrother by Harlow Grace

His dark obsession runs deep.

He’s obsessed with her.
She’s addicted to him.
Two damaged souls.
Will they heal or ruin one another?

How does a girl go from being Daddy’s precious doll to a different kind of toy?
Easy really. When my father remarries it changes the course of my life and everything becomes . . . complicated.

My new stepbrother is a monster who hates me. Unapologetic, controlling, and brazen, he’s intent on making my life a living hell.
Oliver King makes the rules. Whenever he wants. However he wants. Wherever he wants.
My head screams this is wrong, but I can’t resist giving in to forbidden desires.
I want it as much as he does.

I’m his possession, his ultimate pleasure, his dark obsession.
My addiction to him grows to a dangerous level. I can’t stop craving more from the man who has made me his and ruined me for anyone else.
Can what starts out as lust and vengeance end as love?
Can we take away one another’s pain and ease one another’s fears?

Nobody said life or love was easy.
My name is Maya Childs, and this is my story.

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5 Stars

This book was really REALLY good. I actually think the synopsis is very misleading and unfortunate. I think it’s a shame that people might skip this book because it sounds like Oliver is some kind if abusive rapist who forces Mia into things and that COULDN’T BE FARTHER FROM THE TRUTH. Oliver is very alpha and very damaged, but he’s not bad and he’s not abusive to Mia.

This book is a love story with two very damaged, very self destructive people stuck in no win situation. The relationship is steamy as hell and dirty too, with two people fighting their very mutual attraction and losing. There are some brutality and dominance aspects of the sexual relationship, but in a mutual, hurt so good kind of way. This book is good, it made me cry, it made me smile, it made me believe and want and fear and pull for both characters. This book went immediately into my favorites shelf and it will definitely be reread by me.

For me this book was similar to Stepbrother Dearest, but with a darker undertone and absolutely as good if not better.

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Between Everything and Us by Rebecca Paula

Matisse Evans is determined to make her sophomore year of college successful after failing out of a prestigious art school and spending a horribly boring gap year at home. Despite her focus, time isn’t on her side as she struggles to hold down three jobs so she can afford her first apartment while juggling course work. In the chaos of it all, Beau Grady moves in and shakes up her world. A college dropout and tattooed bad boy, the rumors about Beau mean one thing for Matisse—trouble. Paralyzed by the fear that she’s missing out on life, Matisse discovers plans may unravel, but what rises in their wake can be worth the uncertainty.

After spending the summer couch surfing, Beau Grady moves into an empty room at his ex-girlfriend’s Portland bungalow, skipping his senior year of college to spend his days working at a Vietnamese food cart instead. Once a star hockey player and gifted student, he’s put his life on hold after receiving a life-altering diagnosis, complacent to live in the moment. Hiding behind false rumors and bad habits, Beau falls for Matisse, letting her believe the worst until their relationship blooms into something they both can’t ignore. Falling for her means having to face a future he’d rather forget, but loving her just might be worth it.

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4 Star Review

This book was a really tough start for me. The first few chapters were a little hard to get into, the writing was choppy and I was having a little trouble following the characters and plots. THANK GOODNESS I did not stop there!! The book really improves by chapter 4 and actually becomes pretty spectacular.

I liked both of the characters and the story took a couple of turns I didn’t expect, but completely loved. This book is really a book about finding your way and figuring out what path to take. There is also a major plot point that I won’t give away, but that was so big and so well done it made this book feel like nothing I’ve ever read before.

The sexual chemistry between these two was palpable and the tension in the book was wonderfully crafted. Beau was a guy you kind of think is a jerk at the beginning but you quickly come to realize he’s a good, no great guy. There is a nice slow burn and a believable friendship that develops leading to a very realistic relationship. There are so many things going on with these two, but all of the issues are believable and work with each other so it never comes across as false drama, a definitely plus.

I laughed, my breath caught in my throat, my stomach dropped and my tears fell. The book was good and I’m definitely going to seek out the next book in the series.

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Only Trick by Jewel E. Ann

6 Stars

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BLURB

“Don’t Look Back in Anger”

In one night, I lost five years of my life. Here’s what I know …

I was homeless.

I’m a recovering drug addict.

My inked skin crawls from lustful eyes.

I have a serious aversion to women.

My gay partner is a home wrecker.

I own a gun and I’m a damn good shot.

I’m a makeup artist, but it’s an insult to my talent.

I’ve never wanted to possess anything except my Ducati … until I met Darby.

Now here’s what I know since that day in the ER when she pieced me back together … nothing—but a few random thoughts.

My new “friend” is distracting, clingy, and obsessed with acronyms, emojis, and phrases like “breakfast soul mates.”

I didn’t want to like her, but she crawled under my skin and swallowed me whole. Now we’re best friends and she’s my new addiction. I’d drink her from a shot glass, snort her up my nose, or inject her into my veins if I could. What I won’t do … is ever tell her that.

She doesn’t know me … I don’t know me. When those missing years come back, I think she will hate me … I think I will hate me.

My parents named me Patrick Roth, and this is my story.

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Only Trick so exceeded my expectations that I can not even express how wonderful it was, but I’ll try anyway. First of all, the blurb, while completely accurate and totally right for the book, really did not prepare me for how completely romantic, intelligently plotted and beautifully written this book was going to be. There were entire sections of the book that I kept returning to over and over because the beauty of the writing and the emotions expressed just wouldn’t leave me alone. This book was my favorite read of 2015 and is definitely a book I will re-read repeatedly whenever I need a fix of pure, unadulterated romance. I actually finished it several days ago and I keep it with me so I can continue to revisit my favorite parts, I bookmarked and highlighted the hell out of this book.
Trick (short for Patrick) is a phenomenal leading man. He’s beautiful, sexy, tattooed, cocky and just the right amount of alpha. He’s also romantic, protective and incredibly sweet, not to mention very intrigued by Darby. A surprising turn of events for him because of his usual aversion to woman. An aversion he doesn’t know the root cause of because it’s buried in his subconscious, hidden by amnesia that’s blocked his memory of a five year span of his life.

Darby was a great character. Smart, successful and independent, but plagued by lingering childhood insecurities, and an apparent inability to make friends and share close bonds with people.

Despite their hang ups, Darby and Trick form an unlikely friendship, which is absolutely delightful to watch. Their banter and interactions were so damn fun and funny. I laughed so much while reading this book, I’m not sure I’ve ever liked a friendship more than theirs. But of course, they can only be friends because Trick is gay and despite knowing this, Darby has a hell of a time convincing her heart and her body that they can’t be more.

Watching the twists and turns of their relationship, sharing the highs and lows and seeing them both come to grips with their reality and Trick’s past is an absolutely wonderful and heartbreaking experience. I laughed a ton, I sobbed like a baby, my heart pounded, my stomach dropped, my breath caught in my throat. This book was everything all rolled up into one gorgeous story. And the eloquence of the writing, the beauty of the language and the sentiments expressed are just beyond anything I’ve read in a long LONG time. Trick and Darby’s story will stay with me and I will be back to this book over and over.

An ARC of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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The Friend Zone (Game On #2) by Kristen Callihan

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Gray doesn’t make friends with women. He has sex with them. Until Ivy.

The last thing star tight-end Gray Grayson wants to do is drive his agent’s daughter’s bubblegum pink car. But he needs the wheels and she’s studying abroad. Something he explains when she sends him an irate text to let him know exactly how much pain she’ll put him in if he crashes her beloved ride. Before he knows it, Ivy Mackenzie has become his best texting bud. But then Ivy comes home and everything goes haywire. Because the only thing Gray can think of is being with Ivy.

Ivy doesn’t have sex with friends. Especially not with a certain football player. No matter how hot he makes her…

Gray drives Ivy crazy. He’s irreverent, sex on a stick, and completely off limits. Because, Ivy has one golden rule: never get involved with one of her father’s clients. A rule that’s proving harder to keep now that Gray is doing his best to seduce her. Her best friend is fast becoming the most irresistible guy she’s ever met.

Which means Gray is going to have to use all his skills to get himself out of the friend zone and into Ivy’s heart. Game on

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5 Stars

Sincerely, I thought there was absolutely no way that this book could be better than the first book in the series.  I mean, come on…The Hook Up was almost perfect.  But for the second time in a week, Kristen Callihan has proven me wrong!!  I actually liked this book better.  I loved Gray…every damn thing about Gray…he was perfection.  And Ivy was a wonderful lead female character.  I loved that she wasn’t perfect but that she was fun and smart and perfect for Gray.  The story was great, not a rehash of the same old, same old, but smart and new and covering territory I haven’t seen handled this well before.  This book should not be missed.

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The Hook Up (Game On #1) by Kristen Callihan

The rules: no kissing on the mouth, no staying the night, no telling anyone, and above all… No falling in love.

Anna Jones just wants to finish college and figure out her life. Falling for star quarterback Drew Baylor is certainly not on her to do list. Confident and charming, he lives in the limelight and is way too gorgeous for his own good. If only she could ignore his heated stares and stop thinking about doing hot and dirty things with him. Easy right?

Too bad he’s committed to making her break every rule…

Football has been good to Drew. It’s given him recognition, two National Championships, and the Heisman. But what he really craves is sexy yet prickly Anna Jones. Her cutting humor and blatant disregard for his fame turns him on like nothing else. But there’s one problem: she’s shut him down. Completely.

That is until a chance encounter leads to the hottest sex of their lives, along with the possibility of something great. Unfortunately, Anna wants it to remain a hook up. Now it’s up to Drew to tempt her with more: more sex, more satisfaction, more time with him. Until she’s truly hooked. It’s a good thing Drew knows all about winning.

All’s fair in love and football…Game on.

 

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4 1/2 Stars

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**Cover Reveal** The Scheme

The Scheme

by: @MiaKayla

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Expected Release: June  2015

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Synopsis:

Brian Benson

is the nice guy every girl dreams of marrying. Too bad he’s off the market—for good. He’s sworn off women since the last girl he dated broke his heart.  Determined to start over in New York, his sole focus is to climb the corporate ladder—no distractions.

Until one minor collision propels him into the path of small-town-girl but bombshell babe, Kendy Miller.

Kendy walks with a sass she was born with.Single and ready to mingle, she’s on the prowl.  Moving from her tiny town of Bowlesville to work as a nurse at New York Cornell Hospital, she is introduced to Dr. Hot Pants.  She feels it in her bones—he only belongs to her.

When Kendy formulates a grand scheme to land Dr. Hot Pants and uses Brian to do it, Brian is all in because he could use a little fun.  Things were going to plan, until one night lines were crossed, kisses were exchanged and clothes flew off.  Fate collides, fortunes are tested and plans backfire, but Kendy is still determined to land her doctor.

Problem is… Brian was only there to assist in the plot. Falling in love with the girl wasn’t part of THE SCHEME.

Meet The Author:

Mia Kayla is a New Adult/Contemporary Romance writer who lives in Illinois. On the weekdays, she can be caught wearing a suit, commuting to her corporate job in downtown Chicago and raising three beautiful munchkins in the suburbs, four if you count the husband.  In her free time she loves reading romance novels, jamming to boy bands, catching up on celebrity gossip and designing flowers for weddings.  Most of the time, she can be caught on the train with her nose in a book sporting a cheeky grin because the main characters finally get their happily-ever-after at the end.  She loves reading about happy endings but has more fun writing them.

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Tessa Ever After by Brighton Walsh

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In this grippingly emotional New Adult novel from the author of Caged in Winter, what you want isn’t always what you need…

Jason’s been living (and loving) the rich playboy lifestyle for five years, but now his parents are pressuring him to get involved in the family business. The last thing he wants is another obligation, but when his best friend moves out of state and asks Jason to look after his sister, he can’t just say no.

Tessa had to grow up way too soon. After dealing with the aftermath of her parents’ deaths, then becoming a teenage mom, she knows the meaning of responsibility. Which is why, at twenty-two, she’s looking for so much more than a party boy. She’s looking for someone who can stand by her and her daughter…forever.

A relationship between them is doomed from the start, but who says they can’t have a little fun? But as Jason gets closer to Tessa—and her daughter—fun starts to turn into something else… Something Jason’s not sure he’s ready for.

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5 Stars (but it should have been 6)

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The Deal (Off Campus Book One) by Elle Kennedy

6 Stars

She’s about to make a deal with the college bad boy…

Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice… even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.

…and it’s going to be oh so good.

All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he’s worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he’s all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn’t take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn’t going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.

 

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I loved this book. LOVED IT. Garrett and Hannah were amazing. I loved both characters. And despite the fact that the trope is a fairly familiar one (or two), you know smart, pretty girl who doesn’t know it tutors an athlete the entire school love PLUS he pretends to be her boyfriend to help her snag the “right” guy, everything about this book felt fresh and new. It just seemed like nothing I’ve ever read before (and I have read tons).

Garrett was perfect. He was cocky, but always a nice guy. He was a player, but not a manwhore. He may have been with a lot of girls, but you never got the feeling he was using them or degrading them, just …enjoying them. He was smart and an athlete. And in the end he was an amazing man.

Hannah was one of my favorite heroines in a really long time. She was smart, independent and confident without being hard or bitchy. She had a great sense of humor and her playful back and forth with Garret has both hysterical and heartwarming. There was nothing forced or fake about her. Honestly, I wanted her to be my best friend. Hannah had some traumatic events happen in her past, but she didn’t dwell on them and the grace and dignity in which she lived her life was so refreshingly inspiring.

What made this book was the friendship between these two, it was so honest and so genuine and such a beautifully slow build. It is absolutely, hands down, the most believable friendship I’ve ever read between a male and a female. It wasn’t a friendship where one is secretly lusting after the other….it was just a true deep friendship. And, eventually, when the romantic feelings started to build, it was handled with such honestly and integrity, it was perfection. The story was enthralling without being angsty or overly dramatic.

This book I will read over and over again. It will instantly become one of my go to books when I need to read something that wont let me down.

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