IT STARTED WITH A KISS by Marina Adair


Well well well! What do we have here with this story? Is it a love story, is it a trade or is it MURDER! I'm kidding, I'm kidding, there's no murder here.

Avery Adams wants adventure. She wants to push herself outside the norm and experience life instead of just existing. This came about when she survived a kidney transplant that saved her life, but it's also a ticking time bomb that can explode at any time.

With her resolve to experience life, Avery did the most logical thing and got a job as a guide in the local adventure lodge in her rustic Sierra Nevada Town.

She was excited for her new job until reality slapped her in the face.  Instead of getting the training she needed in order to become a guide, she's stuck in the office, managing the business as best she can.

What makes this situation worse is that the business is failing and the owner is so set in his ways that he refuses to change anything to fix it. 

Frustrated with the way things were, help comes in the form of the owner's son, who added the cherry on top by firing her. Yep, Avery's life has totally turned into an adventure, just not the one she thought she would have.

Tyson Donavan has made a life for himself as a member of the Sequoia Elite Mountain Rescue team. He makes a living cheating death and rescuing weekend warriors from the treacherous terrain.  His life was going well until he got a call telling him of the dire state his family business is in.

Tyson returns home only to realize that his family needed his help a long time ago, but no one bothered to inform him of this. Frustrated and heartened by these pieces of information, Tyson works hard to ensure that the business is running well so that he can go back to his new life, far away from his overbearing father. 

As he spends more time at home, his father keeps reminding him that it's time to leave but the sexy new "guide" keeps giving him reasons to stay instead. Too bad he had to fire her.

With a typical book like this, you expect the guy to be an arsehole of the bat, but Tyson wasn't. He is the sweetest most caring man you would ever meet. He's burdened with something that no one should ever be burdened with and tries to make the best of his life.

It's hard trying to make someone proud of you when everything you do seem to irritate more than impress. I guess that's why he was perfect for Avery. Avery is a total sweetheart and the best friend anyone can have.

She's fiercely loyal and keeps her promises no matter what, even if she gets hurt in the process. Is it bad of me to wish for a friend like Avery in real life?  Avery and Tyson were such a good match for each other that it was scary yet sweet.

And yes, they did have a disagreement and had to split (come on guys, this always happen in most romance books) but the way it happened was way too heartbreaking and I'm still not over it even though they made up (duh)

I highly recommend this book to everyone and I can't wait for the best book in the series.





CRASH AND BURN by Rachel Lacey

This book was not the usual Rachel Lacey book and I should know, I've actually read all of them.  This is a story I've not read before and it puts to light what your brain thinks about when you think that you're about to die.

Isa Delgado is terrified of flying and now she has to step foot into her first ever plane ride to help a rescue dog that only responds to her.

The rescue is a husky dog named Maya who likes to run away when things get rough.  This does not help Isa with her fear of flying but the hunk who was her pilot might help matters a bit.

Take off was not so bad and it relaxed Isa to see Maya calm during the flight.  Just when she thought that flying might not be so bad, everything goes horribly wrong.

Nate lives to fly.  He's been flying for as long as he can remember. That's why he did not foresee any problems in flying a lady and her dog to their destination.

Things don't go as planned when in the middle of their flight, shit hit the fan and Nate was forced to land in the middle of a lake.  He was able to get everyone out okay, but another complication arose when it became glaringly obvious that they landed near a bush fire.

Now Isa and Nate are stuck with a nervous dog that can take off at any moment? How are they to survive with barely and food and water?

This book was a different approach than the other Rachel Lacey books and I thought that is had potential.  I know how that sounds, but she missed so many opportunities to push this story to new heights.

First off, there was no conflict in this story.  The only obstacle was that they were walled off by a fire and they had to keep moving or die of smoke inhalation. That's good and dandy but she could have played on the part of how Nate wife left him and used that as a shield of a growing romance between them.

It can also be used as a reminder for Nate why women are bad for him at the moment and start a fight anytime he finds himself wanting to kiss Isa, and no matter how mad they are at each other, they have to work together to survive. This would have made the story way more interesting.

Also, I think that it was unnecessary for Nate to be rich. Rich playboy had been done to death and it did not add anything to the story. It would have made more sense for his job to be a pilot and that his plane was his only source of income and that would have been something that was constantly on Isa's mind that made her feel guilty on Nate's behalf.

I know that it's totally easy for me to say this since I did not write the book.  And judging by my five unfinished novels, I know how hard it is to write a book, much less to finish it AND get it published.

Don't get me wrong, this book was still a lot of fun to read, it's just that I could not help noting so much missed opportunities to make this book much more tension filled and exciting both emotionally and physically.

I really love Rachel Lacey and her work and I can't wait to read the next book in the series, since 'Crash and Burn" was a good start to an interesting series.











His To Keep BOOK BLITZ and GIVEAWAY!






His To Keep
Vivian Wood

Publication date: August 19th 2017

Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
From Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestseller Vivian Wood

Nothing this fake should feel so good.




CEO Connor Cavanaugh is a man in charge. He dominates in meeting rooms and at the gym, and his sinfully sexy body is proof. His upcoming wedding is supposed to seal the deal, putting his company in the spotlight and making it rain.

That all goes down in flames when he walks in on his bride-to-be with another man.

No one can know that a woman tried to make a fool of Connor Cavanaugh.

Cancelling the wedding is the only option… until he spots a gorgeous brunette at the wedding planner’s office. Samantha. The perfect fake fiancée.

She has a body that makes him want to walk her over the threshold, but she’s sweet. Harmless. She’ll suit the position perfectly.

The only problem? Samantha has a wicked smile that keeps him up at night. Every day, she’s more tempting than the last.

He swore he wouldn’t f*ck around with his fake fiancée. He signed a contract. He paid. But the more he sees, the more he wants… too bad Sam has plans of her own.





He took her empty hand and began to forge a path through the crowd. Huddled at the end of the bar was his small, but usual crew. His three buds from high school, two of

them with their short-term girlfriends. Connor couldn’t be bothered to learn their names, they moved through them so quickly.

“Hey, guys,” he shouted over the music. “This is Sam. My girlfriend.”

One of his friends didn’t even bother to stop his mouth from dropping open. “Girlfriend? But didn’t you just—”

“Didn’t I just what?” he asked quickly.

“Nothing, man. Hey, Sam. I’m Chase, and this is Jay and Dan. We’ve known Connor forever, so feel free to ask us for any embarrassing stories about him. And this is my girlfriend, Anna, and Eve over there.”

“Hi,” Sam said smoothly to each of them. She worked her usual magic with ease. Connor was aware of the girls as they sized her up, on edge because of the clear competition. However, Sam had a way of putting snark to bed and lavished compliments on them.

“I have to say,” Chase said. “You’re, uh, not what I expected.”

“No? What did you expect?” she asked.

Chase downed the last of his drink. “To be honest, Connor’s type is usually blonde and dumb as a brick.”

“Chase!” his girlfriend said, and smacked him on the chest.

“What! It’s a compliment,” he said. “I mean, I don’t know you, Sam, but I can tell you’re a smart girl.”

“Since when is my type dumb and blonde?” Connor asked, honestly confused. Sandra hadn’t been blonde. Was that really what his friends thought of him? He knew Chase could be an ass at times, but he was also brutally honest when he was drunk. And he was plenty drunk now.

“Uh, since THOT was all up on your junk,” Chase said. He pointed to the girl who hanged off the male model. “Don’t worry,” he said to Sam. “Connor walked right away from that trainwreck.”

“He can dance with whomever he wants to,” Sam said with a smile. “It’s who he comes home to that I care about.”

Amidst whoops and hollers, Connor put an arm around her, and felt her stiffen. “You got yourself a good one for once,” Jay said.

“Yeah,” Eve slurred. “You should kiss her!”

Somehow, the little group rallied their thoughts enough to start a chant of, “Kiss her!” over and over. “C’mon, man, we’re doing you a favor,” Dan said.

Unable to think of a way out of it, Connor leaned down to meet Sam’s lips. Why not? She should be expecting this anyway. It’s not like I’m asking her to sleep with me.

He meant it to just be a peck, but as soon as their lips met he couldn’t pull away. Her lips, though he knew they’d be soft and supple, were also magnetic. She tasted like just the faintest trace of scotch and her own sweet, natural self. Sam responded, and parted her lips.

She turned to face him, and he slid his hand from her shoulder to the back of her head. He traced her jaw with his thumb and pressed himself against her. He felt one of her hands on his back, and her breasts squeezed against him. Connor couldn’t help it. He grew hard against her stomach.

Sam pulled back, startled and wide-eyed. His friends hollered some more, but simultaneously turned back to the bar as they realized their drinks needed refreshing.

“Sam!” The redhead, Ellie, was suddenly by their side. “We couldn’t find you. We looked and—who’s this?” she asked, and turned to Connor. Her big doe eyes searched his.

“Um, this is Connor,” she said. Sam dabbed at her lips. “My, uh, my boyfriend.”

“Your boyfriend?” Ellie asked. “Then who the hell was the guy you came—”

“Just a friend,” Sam said.

“He didn’t act like just a friend,” Ellie said suspiciously as Henry approached from behind.

“He’s gay,” Sam said.

“Oh. Well, nice to meet you, Connor,” she said. “This is my boyfriend, Henry.”

“I’ve heard a lot about you,” Connor said to him. It was rare to meet a man in civilian life that matched his height and brawn.

“We haven’t heard a thing about you,” Ellie said. He saw Henry nudge her.

“Sam likes her privacy,” Connor said.

“Thanks for the tip. I’ve only known her for five years,” Ellie said.

“As fun as this is,” Sam interrupted, “I think I’m about to head out. I have a massive headache.”

“Justin Bieber will do that to you,” Henry said, clearly happy for the excuse to leave. “Ready?” he asked Ellie. Ellie looked out to the crowd with a pout.

“I guess. If my boyfriend and best friend are leaving, it would be pretty awkward for me to stay.”

Sam gave Connor a look, said her goodbyes to his friends, and left with Ellie and Henry in tow.

“Damn, Connor, how’d you pull that?” Chase asked as soon as she was out of earshot.

“What, you think she’s out of my league?” Connor asked. He took another sip of his scotch.

“Uh, yeah,” Chase said as Anna rolled her eyes.

“She seems nice, Connor,” Anna said. “Good for you.”

“So are you hitting that, like, on the regular?” Dan asked.

“Oh my God! Could you be any hornier?” Eve asked. “Do you want, like, a play by play or something?”

“More like a blow by blow, if he can be bothered. Everyone here is getting laid besides me. Cut me a little slack!”

Connor remained quiet as his friends continued to talk about how much they liked Sam. “So, hey,” Anna said as she slipped between him and Chase. “What was up with you on the dance floor with that girl, then? I mean, I’m guessing you and Sam are a new thing, but still—”

“Why don’t you worry about your own relationship?” he asked and nodded toward Chase.

“Asshole,” she said, and moved away from him.



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WICKED BOND by Sawyer Bennett

Finally, we come to Bridger's story and I must admit, it was not what I was expecting. 

Bridger Payne is a walking enigma that no one can quite figure out.  Even his best friend don't know the full story of where Bridger came from.

In the Silo, Many want him but not can have him, well not the real him anyway.

That's because Bridger lives with so much pain, a pain he has no reason to get rid of since the pain is what makes him survive.

If you've read the books from the series you would know Bridger. He helped each and every one of my lovable guys to get their head out their arse and go after their women.

You would think that a man that gives such good advice would also take his own preaching, but no such luck. Bridger more believes in happily ever after for everyone other than him.

In his mind, he's too f*cked up to be helped and he's learned to accept that, but then Maggie was unexpectedly dumped in his care and Bridger found emotion he's never felt before burst in his chest.

I would be lying if I did not say that I hoped Bridger's love interest would have been a guy, or even a twin brother and sister. I mean why not, he can handle it.  But after reading about how he was robbed of his childhood, I understood why Bridger needed Maggie in his life.

Maggie, wow, Maggie Maggie Maggie Maggie.  Maggie got herself in some deep shit and I mean some really deep shit.  It's your typical girl rebelling against her strict parents and falls into the wrong crowd kind of story.

Even with all that, I liked Maggie. She realised that she made a huge mistake (a little too late) and she tried to fix said mistake.  But since she was in so deep, it was not easy for her to get away. It's also kickass how much torture she went through and still had the will to resist.  Her unlikely saviour brought her to Bridger where her life was changed for the better.

This was not the ending to the series that I envisioned but it was still nice. Bridger was running scared and Maggie can finally stand on her own two feet.  If I talk about this book anymore I might give more of the book away and you have to read this book before +Sawyer Bennett comes out with the next segment of the series.

I hear that this new series is going to Vegas baby!  When you read this book, write in the comment section what you think.



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A MILLION LITTLE THING by Susan Mallery



I love going to Mischief Bay and meeting all the girls again and meeting new ones along the way. Plus we get to see a new side of Pam that gives me second thoughts about her.

This book focuses on Zoe, Jen and Pam. Zoe works from home and incident that had her trapped in her attic with her hungry cat made her come to the realization that she is completely alone.

Jen is the daughter of Pam and recently turned a mother herself.  Jen finds herself constantly obsessing over her son and the things that can harm him.

We all know Pam (if you've read the series from the beginning). We've been with her when she wanted to get her groove back and through the loss of her husband.  Nguy.

Watch as these ladies discover a new side of themselves that they never knew existed in their fun new adventures in Mischief Bay.

This book was an eye opener to a side of Pam I never knew existed. But before I get into Pam's story let's talk about the first woman we were introduced to in the book. 

Zoe is a new name to me from Mischief Bay. She has not had the best of luck when it comes to her life. She gave up her life (in a way) to accommodate her relationship. A relationship that should have ended before it even started I might add.

Zoe has been living in a kind of daze until she locked herself in her attic with her hungry cat and it made her realize that she was alone and wasting her life.  After she freed herself from the attic, she wanted to get some advice from her best friend, but there was a problem.

Her best friend has become nuts. She's obsessed with her kid and has this fear that her husband would die on her or worse, cheat.

Now, this brings me onto Jen the aforementioned crazy lady. Ever since she had her first child, Jen has become obsessed with keeping him safe.  Her obsession was serious and no one can talk to her about it since she immediately goes on the offence and cuts off contact with said person.

Her obsession has moved onto the fact that all the baby books say that her child is at the right age to talk but, he was not talking. This worried Jen EXTREMELY and would get frustrated at everyone that tells her that he would talk when he's ready. Jen needed to take a chill pill seriously.

Now we have Pam, who also turned out to be a crazy lady, but I can't really talk about that part without giving away a good part of the book. You have to read it to see what I'm talking about with Pam.

Other than her turning crazy, Pam has gotten better at missing her husband and channels all her energy into helping others. The person she chose to help this time also turned into her friend name Zoe (see how everything connects) and Pam likes her so much that she decided to hook Zoe up with her son. And I'm telling you no more about this.

I love how +Susan Mallery writes stories that make you feel as if you are a part of the story and that it was your friends that were hurting. I liked Zoe the most in this story, I mean, how can I not and Pam, Woah, Pam.

I know I keep saying that a lot, but Pam really surprised me in this book. You'll still love her, but... can't say any more, sorry.

Welcome back to Mischief Bay guys. Hope you enjoy your stay and please tell me how you enjoyed it.


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THE SECRET SHE KEPT by Brenda Novak

I did not think that +Brenda Novak was going to write a sequel to her book, The Secret Sister, but she did and it was awesome and eye opening.

It's been five years since Keith Lazarow last went home to Fairham Island. Five years since he escaped the jaws of his controlling mother and took a step in the right direction with his life.

No more drugs, no more anger and no more feelings of insecurity and pain. He always knew that he had to go back home and face his demons some day, he just never thought that a call from his sister would do the trick.

His sister, Maisey calls to tell him that their mother, the all powerful Josephine is dead and that the police seem to believe that it was a suicide. 

Keith drops everything and returns home. He knew that his mother was a royal bitch all of the time, but he also knew his mother better than anyone else, and he knew that there was no way that his mother killed herself. 

Now Keith teams up with Nancy Dellinger, a past lover that he hurt badly in his destructive days, in order to get to the bottom of his mother's murder. 

This book was a further insight on just how messed up Josephine was.  She seemed like a whirlwind of destruction that once descended on someone, will destroy their life forever.  And it seems as if her family was not spared by her destructive force.

I could not believe what Josephine did to her own daughter and how a secret from the past destroyed her marriage and alienated her children.

I will admit that I was not fully satisfied with the ending of The Secret Sister. I mean, how convenient was it for the sister to not be dead? But seeing how this book was written and how it brought a whole new level of drama to the Lazarow family I can understand why she ended that book the way she did.

You would think that Josephine would be overjoyed to have her daughter back from the dead, which also clears her son of murdering his sister.  But no, Josephine being Josephine just had to go on with her destructive ways and ruin everything for everyone.

It was like since she was unhappy, then everyone around her has to be unhappy too. Especially her family. 

Keith was always the main focus of her rage and he was subjected to years of torture and pain, both emotionally and physically, from Josephine. Now that he got away from all that abuse, he wanted to go back home but was terrified that he would go back to his delinquent days. 

But now Josephine is dead and Keith is convinced that his mother did not kill herself and goes on a series of adventures in order to find out the real reason behind his mother's death.

While doing this, he's trying to rekindle an old relationship he had with Nancy. Nancy the only one on the island who genuinely liked him and he hurt her really badly and ran away to find himself.

Nancy is having none of that. She was hurt by Keith already and there was no way that she was putting herself through that pain again. But when she started helping him figure out who killed his mother, the attraction between them blossomed until it consumed them both.

The only downside to this book for me is that I did not like the ending of this book again. It was all wrapped up all neat and pretty with a big red bow and I was left with a "that's it" expression on my face. More thought needed to go into the ending of this book but other than that, the book was very entertaining.  

Family secrets, betrayal and pain. Lots and lots of pain was uncovered in this book and I highly recommend this book to everyone who've read the first book in the series.  Did not read the first book, that's fine, go read it now and then read this book. The two books need each other to fully grasp the drama that is The Secret She Kept.



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RELEASE DAY BLITZ for WICKED WISH by Sawyer Bennett


Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions.




Jorinda Pearce thought she did everything right – graduated from college, married her long-time sweetheart, established a career. But what does she have to show for it now? A degree she doesn’t use, a job she hates, and an ex-husband that broke her heart.





Looking for a long overdue adventure, Jorie takes a walk on the wild side and attends a masquerade event at The Wicked Horse Vegas. It’s exactly the escape she’s looking for, and even better, she can explore anonymously. Drawn to the man masked in black leather with the body of a god, Jorie finds the greatest pleasures of her life at the hands of a stranger.

Walsh Brooks is the most sought after man in The Wicked Horse. Sex is nothing but a game to him and he’s the type that will always leave at the end of the night without looking back. Unfortunately for Walsh, there’s no way he can walk away from the mysterious green-eyed beauty behind the mask of sapphire feathers, because he knows exactly who she is.

Jorie is his best friend’s little sister and there’s not another woman in the world that’s more off limits.





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“Want another drink?” I ask Micah as he lounges on my couch and takes the final swallow of his scotch. He flew in about an hour ago, and we’re waiting for Jorie to arrive to go out to dinner tonight. My nerves are on edge. I definitely want another drink.

“Nah, man,” Micah says as he pushes up from the couch and moves to take his glass back into the kitchen that opens straight from the living room. “Tonight’s not about getting drunk. It’s about hanging out with my two favorite people in the world.”

I smile at him and nod, my stomach clenched.

“But just so you know,” he says with a laugh. “Jorie’s my first favorite, you’re my second.”

“As it should be,” I reply, and hope that sounds casual enough.

Micah rinses his glass out and sets it on the counter. As he walks back into the living room, he says, “And besides… I figure tomorrow night, you and I are going to hit the town, right?”

“You know it,” I say as I push up from the chair, head straight to the wet bar, and replenish my vodka. There is not enough alcohol in the world to get me through this weekend. I take a healthy slug as soon as I cap the bottle.

“Dying to go to The Wicked Horse,” Micah says with excitement in his voice. “Want to meet Jerico, too. He and I have been emailing about testing out some more of my designs in his club. Plus, you and me, dude… we haven’t had a woman together in a long time. Your stories about the stocks… we’ve got to hit that, man.”

My shoulders tighten and my gut rolls with nausea. How in the fuck I am going to weasel out of this is beyond me, but I’ve got to figure something out. I don’t want another fucking woman other than Jorie.

“Walsh?” Micah says in question, and I turn to look at him. “We good with going there tomorrow night?”

“Damn straight we are,” I say with a smile. “A night of debauchery for the both of us.”

Fuck, fuck, fuck.

Just then, the elevator doors give a slight hiss as they open, and Jorie is standing there. She looks fucking amazing, wearing a dress done in large black-and-white zebra stripes that’s loosely belted around her waist and comes down to her knees. She’s got on a pair of sexy-as-shit taupe heels to go with it and my mouth waters as I take in what they do to her legs. Hair in that sleek, angled bob that hangs halfway in between her jaw and shoulders, and that thick crop of bangs straight across her eyebrows make her green eyes brighter than ever.

I swallow hard and try to appear casual.

Her eyes go immediately to Micah, and she gives a squeal of excitement. He rushes to her, picks her up, and swings her around. The skirt of her dresses rises a bit in the back, and I look away guiltily.

“God, I missed you, squirt,” Micah says with a choked voice. My guilt intensifies over the naked display of love and affection he has for his sister.

Jorie’s voice quavers with equal love. “I missed you, too.”

She hugs him hard and looks over his shoulder at me. Her eyes are wary and nervous.

When Micah releases her, I step up and casually say, “Got a hug for me?”

It’s a shameless move to touch her, but not something that would raise Micah’s eyebrows. I’ve hugged Jorie a million times over our lives together growing up.

“It’s good to see you again,” she says to me as she walks into a very brotherly hug. I make the mistake of inhaling her scent, and I’m hit with a jolt of lust for her.

After we quickly release each other, she steps back and surveys my apartment as if it’s her first time. She told Micah we met for breakfast one day, but he sure as shit doesn’t know I’ve fucked her on almost every piece of furniture in this apartment. He’ll never know she went to her knees right where we’re standing in front of the elevator and swallowed every drop of cum I gave her.

Fuck, fuck, fuck.

I have an overwhelming urge to fake a stomachache, a migraine, a goddamn stroke for all I care at this moment, and beg off from this entire weekend.

Instead, I put a smile on my face and tell them, “Come on. We’ve got prime seats in Moulineaux tonight. I’ve not eaten there yet, but heard it’s amazing.”

Jorie smiles back at me before turning to hook her arm through Micah’s. She leans over and puts her head on his arm as she’s too short to reach his shoulder. They both stroll into the elevator.

This night can’t get over with fast enough for me.






A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or a combination of the two.

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