Friday, February 9, 2018

Read-2-Review - Lovestruck (The Donovans, #6) by Nana Malone

Publishing Date: February 7th 2018
Publisher: Sankofa Girl

The Book Junkie Reads . . . Review of . . . LOVESTRUCK (The Donovans, #6) . . . I started this journey with the Donovans back a few years. I found it easy to fall in love with all the siblings and their own brand of quirk. Each with their own distinctive personalities. Each having that thing they did and made them who they were. I was able to fall in love with them for different reasons and in different ways. Although each coupling had a different journey to take they all had a story to tell from the beginning with Delilah & Nate, to Mia & Ryan, to Derek & Kisima, to Dylan & Serafina, and Jezebel & Logan. Which brings us to Zephyr & Malia. I went in to this read expecting much. The little things that I have gather on Zephyr over the course of this series had me wanting him to find his footing and make his claim.

Zephyr finds that life is not always kind, gentle or easy to navigate. He gets this chance to make his future something more than his past has been. His future looking bright. He attends a business function. There he meets and incredible woman that he finds he is attracted to, but of course it could not be that simple when it comes to Zephyr.

Malia was hardworking, self-reliant, fiercely protective of her little sister, currently homeless and looking for a way to work and have a home. She finds herself at a student/faculty function trying to resolve her homeless issue. There she meets a man that she would like to get to know better.

Both knowing that there could be no future once they discover that they each are on the opposite sides of the divide.

Things move along (at a slow pace) but we find that there was much to both Zephry and Malia. They find more common grounds and ways to explore. There seems to always be an obstacle presented. It was watching it all unfold that gave this story its backbone.

The writing was good. The characters were every present and evolving. It was like watching your friends find their way. Nana Malone has created a family that grows on you and with your. They have their own lives and make a way to support each other.

I enjoyed the entire read, but was expecting something more for Zephry. He had been through a lot. It was his chance to shine bright.

The Donovans series:
Come Home Again – The Donovans, #1
Love Reality – The Donovans, #2
Race for Love – The Donovans, #3
Love in Plain Sight – The Donovans, #4
Eye of the Beholder – The Donovans, #5
Lovestruck – The Donovans, #6

Just call him a rule breaker…

Zephyr Donovan knew the sacred rule. Never date a student. With the demons in his past, all he wanted was a fresh start. He wasn’t looking for trouble. But trouble tasted so damn good.

There are reasons for the rules… 

Malia Adams had a complicated life. Well, actually it was pretty simple. Survive. Stay off the streets by any means necessary. And that was a nightly struggle. She didn’t have time to get involved with anyone.

Especially not the one person she can’t have.

All he needs to do is stay away. All she needs to do is forget him. Too bad that was all easier said than done. 

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READ-2-REVIEW - River (A Stranger in the Woods, #2) by India R. Adams

A Stranger in the Woods, #2

The Book Junkie Reads . . . Review of . . . RIVER (A Stranger in the Woods, #2) . . . The complexities of elves and humans as well as the rest of the other world comes out in a deeper force with this second installment in A Stranger in the Woods series. I fell in love with Rose, Gunner, Ryder, and even Storm in book one. I followed as the ups and downs of it all came out to make me feel deeper vested in their relationships. I followed even further as things became a nightmare for Rose and a game to be played for others. The intensity still there. The allure of the other has increased. I found that I still had an emotional ride.  We find that we pick right up at the end of book one, Rain, of this series. I highly suggest that you read book one. It will intensify your connection to the characters, the plotline, the mission, the prophecy.

It had been a while since I had read book one, so of course being who I am, I went back and read it again. This time I did not use the author gifted copy. I went and got my own copy and have highlight so much, beside the point. I think that I loved it even more the second time around. I found things in it that I could not remember from the first time. This made me very happy that I went back to re-read it. I started book two, River, with so much expectation and excitement. I was not disappointed. I have a better view of the characters that captured my heart with one small addition, Rain. Hope and excited built within me as I read the prologue. This makes me hope for something I dare not mention aloud.

The writing is fantastic, the world building appealing, the characters rich and inviting, the intrigue and suspense gripping, the pacing well set and complementary of the flow of the story. I found that this was more than just imagination inducing, it’s a sensory experience. I ran a gambit of emotions while reading and digest it all. There was an element of extra depth added to this from the first read, but it was that extra element that took it over to a new level of reading experience. I am looking forward to the next installment to be just as captivating and intense.

I may have received my initial look at River via author free read. I purchased it because it was an excellent follow up to Rain.

Before this series, I had not had the opportunity to get familiar with India’s work. I am so happy that I have. I have come to love a new series and a new author.

A Stranger in the Woods series:
Rain – A Stranger in the Woods, #1
River – A Stranger in the Woods, #2
Mist – A Stranger in the Woods, #3 Coming

He wipes blood from his mouth with his bare arms. "I need you to hold still so I don't feel the need to chase and conquer. Do you understand?"
I feel his breath on my skin. "My chances if I run?"

I had wondered if I would be strong enough to love Ryder, my stranger from the woods. I learned that I was—still am. But now Ryder, Gunner and I have a young together, Rain, the Princess go the Guardian Warriors. And a very powerful being, King of the Shadow Clones, wants her dead. The only time I ever saw King was in the dream where forced a kiss on me, sending me into labor. Yes, I learned I was strong enough to love Ryder, but with a new stranger in the woods, will he be strong enough to love me?

Author, India R. Adams, blurs the lines between "good" and "evil, between "black" and "white", and shows us the beautiful spectrum on the gray tones. She will make you fall for those darker shades of gray, as well as the lighter ones. She shows us the importance of the balance, and of nature. She shows us the complexity of "human" nature and humans in general... and well elves too. She shows us that every action has immeasurable consequences, and that sometimes certain outcomes are unavoidable. The spiritual undertone in this book is beautiful. —Blogger, The Reading Cat

Rain (A Stranger in the Woods, #1) 

What if you knew you had just met the other part of your soul—the one who could take away all the pain and loneliness—but no one believes you because the rugged stranger from the woods is nowhere to be found? Would you search for him? Would you be strong enough to believe he exist somewhere out in the darkness where he found you? And if you were to finally find the stranger from the woods and learn he is like no other tale that has ever been told… would you still have the courage to love him?

Rose has no time for romance because her father has passed away from an illness plaguing her small town, and now her mother has also contracted the illness, leaving Rose’s two younger siblings to be her responsibility. But when her best friend forces her to be young for a night and celebrate her twentieth birthday with a bonfire and friends, Rose meets a stranger from the woods, and Rose soon learns he is no stranger at all. In fact, this magical being is trying to keep her… alive.

Two bloods of one will bring down the shadows, to cast, no more...

The Book Junkie Reads . . . Review of . . . RIVER ( A Stranger in the Woods, #1) . . . I would turn over the world to find this one person/entity/being that could take the pain away and remove all loneliness from my life. I would not care if other believed. But at what price will this all come. Sometime that unknown is the key and the known is the lock that binds. Triangles can come full circle and change everything.

Rose has her hands full and life just keeps moving on for her. I found that small town life has its advantages. The disadvantages are just a given. There was a mystery for Rose to discover or should I say uncover. Where will it all lead?

Fresh characters, small town vibe with a fantasy attached to the woods. I would love to see what comes next out of the woods. I believe that India R.Adams have acquired herself a new reader.

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

HOLIDAY Read-2-Review - Brother's Best Friend for Christmas by Amy Brent

36606261Brother’s Best Friend for Christmas
A Bad Boy Second Chance Romance
by Amy Brent

The Book Junkie Reads . . . Review of . . . BROTHER’S BEST FRIEND FOR CHRISTMAS . . . An all-around read with loss, sorrow, pain, family drama, sweet, chemistry, good characters, good plot line, and secondary characters you want to choke. 

This Christmas will be a bit different from the more recent ones of the past. Amber gets the best gift of all but she tries not to let it show. Amber was a sweet, smart, well adjusted adult. She had the family from the other-side. The way they treated her was just so different from her brother. It was almost an old school process. The unmarried women stayed home with her family. She was not permitted to spread her wings and fly free. She was expected to take care of the family business. She did not just stand still and take the mistreatment but at the same time I felt she could have been firmer in her stance. 

Years ago, Tyler meet the perfect woman. Life circumstances happened and it was all gone. I don't think that Tyler purposely set out to hurt Amber but it happened and seeing her again gave him that chance to correct past mistakes. Once he finds out that his fantasy girl happens to be the little sister of his best friend and business partner, that should of been the time to come clean and tell it all. But no of course that was not how it happened. There was some family drama. How Luke and Tyler stayed friends was just amazing to me. 

Let me just say that Luke was an ass, but at the same time I could understand his viewpoint. Amber was his sister.

He was my first. My everything. My brother's best friend.

Filthy-mouthed, tattooed, arrogant, womanizer.
Tyler knew how to melt my panties... and my heart.
But he disappeared when I needed him.

Now years later, he's back for Christmas as my brother's friend and business partner.
Sitting at my parents' dining room table,
Undressing me with his eyes.
I can't forget the night he took my V-card.
And I wonder what harm would it be to replay that scene now...

It'll be just one more night. 
I'll finally get over him and move on with my life - once and for all, right? 

Now that Santa's making my wish come true, 
I can see my whole world turning upside down. 
Turns out this is the hottest mistake of my life.
And screwed has never felt so good!
***This is a full length novel with a happily ever after, no cliffhanger, no cheating, and plenty of steam. Bonus content included.***
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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Read-2-Review - Total Surrender (Erotic Romance Collection) by Opal Carew

36121631Total Surrender
by Opal Carew

The Book Junkie Reads . . . Review of . . . TOTSAL . . . 3 Erotic, intense and very delicious bed time stories. . .  

Each of the reads gave you a little something different to take to bed and your dreams. I was pulled in to each woman's fantasy. I could feel the pull and lure of just giving in and going complete surrender. 

Three was highly addictive. 
Played by the Master was intoxicating. 
The Office Slave gave a whole new meaning to working for your fantasy.

An Erotic Romance Collection

From New York Times Bestselling Author Opal Carew whose books have won numerous awards, comes this collection of sizzling erotic romances tales.

Surrender to your deepest desires in Total Surrender.

Jacqueline will do anything she can to save her brother-in-law. Race Danner is the only one with the power to help. In this game, Race holds all the cards. 

Played by the Master an exciting and humorous story of Domination and submission, where breaking the rules of the game is where the fun begins, when Jacqueline crashes a billionaire’s exclusive poker game in order to seduce him into granting a favor to save her sister, but instead finds herself Played by the Master.

Warning: This story has Domination, submission, bondage, punishment, and a lot of other fun things, plus explicit, wild sexual encounters. After all, if you’re going to play, play hard! ;)

Hot steamy dreams...a handsome stranger...and his two brothers... all add up to an exciting adventure she'll never forget.
Warning: This intriguing story is scorching hot, and not for the faint of heart

Her ultimate sexual fantasy brought to life... 

Sylvia loves to read erotica, and after her latest read, she’s developed a sizzling fantasy about submitting to the sexual whims of four incredibly hot business partners. Never in her wildest dreams did she think she’d have the opportunity to live out her fantasy... until her friend decides to make it happen. Now she’s about to become an office slave… to four hunky men she’s never even met. But faced with the reality, can she actually go through with it? 

Warning: Ditto!
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HOLIDAY Read-2-Review - Single Dad's Christmas Present by Amy Brent & Candy Gray

36478464Single Dad’s Christmas Present
A Dad’s Best Friends Romance
by Amy Brent

The Book Junkie Reads . . . Review of . . . SINGLE DAD’S CHRISTMAS PRESENT . . . One ride filled with more than I was expecting from an older mad/younger woman. A steamy, emotional, chemistry filled, holiday romance that will have you asking for something extra in your stocking this year. 

Amber and Gage had the sparks that she should have had with her husband, Scott. Things take a turn for the worse and she needs protection. That protection comes with a different set of consequences. 

There were some tears but I just could not put it down.

Just one month, right? 

What harm could this possibly do? 

I am supposed to live with Gage for some time, and he’s supposed to protect me. 

What he doesn’t know is that I am falling for him. 

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Read-2-Review - No Limits by Amy Brent

36425353No Limits
A Billionaire Bad Boy Romance
by Amy Brent

The Book Junkie Reads . . . Review of . . . NO LIMITS . . . NO LIMITS was just that no limits. I was held in place by this one from beginning to the end. Once I started I did not put it down for anything. I got it all done in one night. I was just suppose to read a few chapters to see what it was all about but I ended up finishing it all before I went to sleep for the night. I was swept in to this office where no interoffice relationships were instituted. That should have made things safe and secure. Going that extra mile and chose a woman that has never ever tried to make a play for him or ever been accused of such activities. This one was had some of everything and then some. Secrets. Lies. Deception. Forbidden passion. Sassy banter. Sexy fun. Two characters, Ellison and Charlene, that makes the most of what they have and then try for just that little bit extra. Michael missed a good trip. Sheila well let’s just say was one to watch for. 

I have several Amy Brent books and this one by far was my favorite read thus far this year. 

Let me mention why falling for Charlene is not my wisest move:

1.     I need her to be my shark. And that means, I need to work very closely with her! (Did I mention that I'm captivated by her innocence, by that raw talent, by the way she wins over potential investors? And that she's the only woman who doesn't give a f*ck to my money?)
2.     There's media all around - looking for news about my next scandal. (Given my playboy reputation, this trip could be nothing but scandal. I am done the moment I see those plump lips wrap themselves around that cocktail straw. I bet that sweet throat of hers could pull a gallon of c*m from my balls.)
3.     She works in my company. And that makes her completely off limits. (But why am I lusting after that voluptuous body she is hiding underneath those crisp business suits? Those legs that can go on forever, those plump lips calling my name, and those curves molding to my throbbing muscles.)

F*ck the no fraternizing policy. 
I want to own her, mark those t*ts as mine, claim her - forever. 
And I want her to have my baby! 
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HOLIDAY Read 2 Review - Christmas at Two Love Lane (Two Love Lane, #1) by Kieran Kramer

Christmas at Two Love LaneChristmas at Two Love Lane
Two Love Lane, #1
by Kieran Kramer
St. Martin’s Press
October 3rd 2017

The best gift of all is the one you share with someone else. . .

The Book Junkie Reads . . . Review of . . . CHRISTAMS AT TWO LOVE LANE (Two Love Lane, #1) . . . Christmas at Two Love Lane was just too cute, sweet, laidback with a southerness about it besides the quaint town of Charleston, SC. Charm. Manners. Respect. Elegant. Cute. This was a slow holiday read that allowed you to gain your ground and move along like on a Sunday-drive. Watching Deacon fall on the arrow of cupid was just too fun. He was insisting he just wanted a few dates to appease his aunt, but that insistence goes out the window with the more time he spends with Macy. He spent more time with her than he did with his actual dates. Then realization slowly starts to brighten his eyes. 

Macy was a die-hard southern belle to her core. She was genuinely respectful of what she did for a living. She did not take to highly to it being treated like a common place dating service. Deacon and Macy were a delight to watch dance around each other and the bond they were forming.

Reading Christmas at Two Love Lane most certainly will not be for those that insist one fast-paced romance. This one took its time and grew. The bonds were formed and it was sweet, charming, southern. There are great characters to help you along your way.

Come on in and enjoy a slower-pace holiday romance.

From the moment he strode through the iron gate and into the offices of Two Love Lane on a crisp December day, it was obvious that Deacon Banks was something different. He wasn’t a Charleston native, not with that adorable Yankee accent. And unlike the usual client at the elegant matchmaking agency, he had no interest in finding a woman to marry—just a few no-strings dates while he was in town. 

Macy Frost takes her professional services very seriously—how could she not, when she’s rumored to be a direct descendant of Cupid? Tech entrepreneur Deacon says he’s just trying to make his social-climbing aunt happy by being seen out and about with a few prominent beauties, but Macy insists she can make her client fall in love…for real. And Deacon can’t help but think she might be right. As charming as the palmetto trees and magnificent harbor may be, it’s the beautiful, breath-of-fresh-air Macy who’s become Deacon’s favorite part of the scenery. But can the hopelessly romantic Southern belle stop trying to fix him up and just let Cupid do his work on her own heart?

Author Info
Kieran Kramer, author of the Impossible Bachelors series, was born in Washington, D.C. to an Air Force pilot father and actress/singer mother. She grew up mainly on Johns Island, a rural sea island near Charleston, South Carolina, where she helped build her family’s log home. Having worked for the CIA and as journalist for The Charlotte Observer, Kieran is now a stay-at-home mom. She once won $34,000 on Wheel of Fortune, and also won on Family Feud. She’s been married to her naval officer husband, Chuck, for twenty-one years, and they have three children.

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