Review: Mercy and Mayhem by Lindsay Cross

Mercy & Mayhem (Operation Mayhem #1)
by Lindsay Cross

He wanted nothing but revenge…until her.

Mack Grey wants one thing in his life: vengeance for the ex-CIA operative who betrayed his team, Jack Mankel. And he’s finally got the traitor within grasp, all he has to do is catch a hop across the Congo and capture his enemy.

He had no idea the depths to which Mankel’s evil could reach.

She never thought she could love again…until him.

All single-mother air force pilot Marley Mitchell has to do is fly a group of special operators across Africa for a HALO jump and then she can be back home with her baby girl. Then the unexpected happens. Her plane crashes and Marley has to rely on an insanely hot commander to get her out of the jungle alive.

Deep in the jungle, Mack gives her his heart and soul. He’s willing to lay down his life to protect hers.

But Marley has a secret.

A secret that could destroy not only their hope for happiness, but Mack’s entire team.

With Mankel closing in and guerilla soldiers on the prowl, their sensual attraction is put to the ultimate test in an action-packed thrill ride of passion so hot it threatens to burn them alive.

The latest book by Lindsay Cross just left me breathless!

I never met a woman pilot as feisty and stubborn and damn well passionate as Marley Mitchell.  She’s independent and determined and would do everything for her daughter Maddie.  When she met Mack Grey,  it was only a matter of time before she got thrown again in that wonderful bliss being in a relationship entailed.

Mack Grey was the colonel leading the team that’d bring down the notorious Jack Mankel, who  betrayed  his  team  and  his  country.  Too many lives had suffered and were at stake,  it was time to capture and punish the traitor once and for all.

But everything changed when Marley was thrown in the crossfire that would put bullet into Mack’s head.

This has been another fantastic story from Cross.  Action packed from start to finish.  Sizzling hot in every chapter too.  There’d been no dull moment when I read this book. Truly another absolutely amazing treat by the men in uniform.

Review: Love in Lingerie by Alessandra Torre

Love in Lingerie
by Alessandra Torre

I hired her to fix my company, to bring Marks Lingerie back to life. I didn’t expect her to become my friend. I didn’t expect to fall in love with her.

The first rule of business is to never touch your employees. I think there is another rule about not falling for your best friend—a rule against imagining the curves of her body, or the way her breathing would change if I pulled down her panties and unzipped my pants.

Now, I can’t wait any longer. I’m tossing out the rules.

Damn the company.
Damn our friendship.
Damn my fears.

This has been so tantalizingly sexy, deliciously funny, definitely hot and sexy.

Kate Martin is looking for a job after feeling so under-appreciated in the lingerie company she’d been working at. She met Trey Marks, dashingly handsome and rich and hot. She can think of so many things to do with the man, but she isn’t one to misbehave herself, especially after getting engaged to her long-time boyfriend, Craig.

Well, she isn’t going anywhere whether she likes it or not, because if there’s one rule that Trey Marks religiously implements and follows, that is not to get associated with his co-worker, no commitments, no touch, no feels. Even if Kate Martin happened to be the woman who rocks his world.

Trey Marks isn’t the kind of man I’d want to consider as a book boyfriend, what with all his crazy and naughty ideas and kinks, but Kate Martin sure is the one that has slayed him. Props to this feisty girl who had full control of herself even if she really wants to get a taste of her boss the moment she sees him. Took them years and years – that’s long enough to do the inevitable, that was quite painfully slow if you were to ask me.

But when the love was consumed, everything around them burned and exploded. This is quite a shocking and aggressive read. My first Alessandra Torre book and this won’t definitely be the last.

 

Review: White Fur by Jardine Libaire

White Fur
by Jardine Libaire

ARC provided by Netgalley

A stunning star-crossed love story set against the glitz and grit of 1980s New York City

When Elise Perez meets Jamey Hyde on a desolate winter afternoon, fate implodes, and neither of their lives will ever be the same. Although they are next-door neighbors in New Haven, they come from different worlds. Elise grew up in a housing project without a father and didn’t graduate from high school; Jamey is a junior at Yale, heir to a private investment bank fortune and beholden to high family expectations. Nevertheless, the attraction is instant, and what starts out as sexual obsession turns into something greater, stranger, and impossible to ignore.

The unlikely couple moves to Manhattan in hopes of forging an adult life together, but Jamey’s family intervenes in desperation, and the consequences of staying together are suddenly severe. And when a night out with old friends takes a shocking turn, Jamey and Elise find themselves fighting not just for their love, but also for their lives.

This is the story of 20th century version of Romeo and Juliet with a twist.

In New Haven Connecticut, little girl blue Elise Perez scraped for food and struggled to survive in the harsh side of the neighborhood. An unlocked car became her solace and the owner, Robbie took her under his wing. Soon, she met next door neighbors Jamey and Matt; and Elise Perez couldn’t fight that instant attraction, intense chemistry and sexual tension between her and Mr. Hyde. And in her faux white fur, she soon conquered the snotty and wealthy Jamey Hyde.

And then when the couple set foot in NYC, just like in true Shakesperian fashion, Jamey’s family strongly disapproved the couple’s relationship and did everything to break that bond. Even to the cause of one’s misery and the other, probable death.

This book is a fine piece of work. I love how it is set in the 80s, the time when I started learning about life and whatnot, about Depeche Mode and GI Joe. Yes, I grew up to these singers and action figures and the fact that these were featured in the book was really awesome and nostalgic.

Jamey and Elise’s life as a couple was turbulent and fiery and tragic. It gutted me to the core when Jamey fell into oblivion and Elise had to watch from afar on how he could recover. The last few chapters were really in my heart, I thought I wouldn’t be able to finish reading, but I’m glad I did. I survived. As traumatic as it may have been.

White Fur is a real work of art. ‘Nuff said.

Review: Mann Cakes by Mysti Parker

Mann Cakes: A Beach Pointe Romance
by Mysti Parker
Published May 11, 2017

Love makes men do desperate things, if desperate things means opening a rival cupcake shop to drive your ex-girlfriend crazy.

Twin brothers and Air Force vets, Tanner and Garrett Mann, return from deployment to find their thriving business burned to the ground. Time for Plan B: Move back to their hometown of Beach Pointe to start over.

But that means running into Paige and Morgan Baxter –gorgeous, curvy, and owners of Two Sisters Cupcakes.

There’s an old diner for sale across town, Garrett’s a great cook, and Tanner has an idea. They’ll make savory cupcakes that men would like. We’re talking bacon and Cheez Whiz. Even better? They’ll call it Mann Cakes. Problem is, they end up attracting an unexpected crowd.

Paige is furious. Every man in her life has left her behind, including Tanner. She’s sacrificed everything for her shop. She won’t lose it over some egotistical ex-boyfriend, even if he does have an Air Force-chiseled body. Her younger sister, Morgan, isn’t helping matters. She’s been gaga over Garrett since high school.

To hell with that. If it’s a fight Tanner wants, it’s a fight he’ll get. But how much is Paige willing to risk to win a cupcake war?

Mann Cakes was so deliciously good, I could read this over and over again.

When AirForce twin vets Tanner and Garrett Mann’s computer shop business got burned to ashes, including their friend Will, they decided to go back to their quaint little hometown, Beach Pointe. There Tanner thought of opening a cupcake shop with manly toppings, like bacon and CheezeWhiz, instead of the usual sugary sweets that most women love.

But there’s one hitch to that plan. There was already another cupcake shop in town, and the owner of these sweet confection were none other than Tanner’s ex-girlfriend Paige and her sister Morgan, who was Garrett’s long time secret crush. It was only a matter of time before the customers cancelled their orders and transferred to another one. Uh-oh. That sounded like monkey business, right?

The rivalry between the Baxters and Manns was hilariously sweet. Tanner upping his game by taunting Paige with his sexy hot body and seductive marketing skills may seem a little childish at one point, but it was definitely worth every drool. I mean worth every penny.

Seriously, these twins were gorgeous and they love the attention – well, Tanner mostly. I liked the Garrett was the subdued one and his love interest was his exact opposite. Tanner, the aggressive one turning mushy and soft around Paige was really cute. I love love love these siblings.

The story was not only fun, but also moving and mysterious. I loved that this book offered more than the sibling rivalry arc, but there was also a guessing game involved in the story – an arsonist on the loose and the paternity test for an autistic child. My heart melted for the wonder boy Tyler and my mind was surprised about the stalker character. Aren’t you mystified yet?

Yes, there’s really a lot to take in with this Mann Cakes and I assure you, this is a really delicious read. Truly highly recommended!

 

Review: Condemned by Hayley Oakes

Condemned
by Hayley Oakes

For eight years, I’ve lived with the scars left by him.

William Devereux consumed me until I didn’t know where I ended and he began … I tried to forget but I was forever changed.

And now he’s back.

Gone is the aggressive hothead who hurt me and set my body on fire in equal measure, replaced with a responsible, doting, single father.

I’m trying my best to remain unaffected.

He’s trying his best to make amends.

Sometimes the one thing you shouldn’t want, is the one thing you can’t breathe without.

Since they were kids, William and Jessa had lived next door, were once friends along with Will’s brothers. But something’s changed in high school, when Will suddenly got envious of Jessa and her family. Will resented everything Jessa had and sure made a hell out of her life. He made her fall for him, seduced her, claimed her and soon trampled on her fragile heart. She trusted him, he betrayed her. She loved him, he ruined her.

Eight years after, their paths met again. Jessa’s a big time TV personality and Will was raising a child. The past kept haunting them, but Jessa’s none the wiser. She would never ever let Will break her again. She’d never fall prey to this predator ever again. She would never…. ever…. ever again.. Won’t she?

This is a story of second chances, of acceptance and forgiveness, of the past and the present, of love and lust. I was so consumed with my own hatred with the teenage Will that I wasn’t as forgiving as Jessa did when they finally crossed paths again. I, personally, am not really into giving second chances. There’d been a time when I’ve been hurt and cheated on, I forgave that person once, twice but the third time he did it, I called it quits. I didn’t want to be fooled again.

When Will showed some remorse the next time he saw Jessa, I secretly wanted to throttle Jessa, told her “never again”. But apparently, my silent screams fell on deaf ears.

So far, at the end of the story, there was a tear in my eye. I don’t know what happened. Seemed like I instantly condemned Will at the beginning and now I finally understood what transpired along the way. I thought the ending was perfect, illuminating and simple. Not too grand, not too excessive, not to loud. I loved the way the epilogue was done, suits Jessa very well. Hayley Oakes had managed to surprise me in the end and that’s a great deal to me. Would love to read more of her stories soon.

 

 

Review: Filthy Beautiful Lies by Kendall Ryan

Filthy Beautiful Lies (Filthy Beautiful Lies #1)
by Kendall Ryan

I have no idea why she auctioned off her virginity for a cool mill. Regardless, I’m now the proud new owner of a perfectly intact hymen. A lot of good that will do me. I have certain tastes, certain sexual proclivities. My cock is a bit more discriminatory than most. And training a virgin takes finesse and patience – both of which I lack.

Sophie Evans has been backed into a corner. With her sister’s life hanging in the balance, the only choice is to claw her way out, even if that means selling her virginity to the highest bidder at an exclusive erotic club. When Colton Drake takes her home, she quickly learns nothing is as it seems with this beautifully troubled man. Being with him poses challenges she never expected, and pushes her to want things she never anticipated.

Loved how the story progressed.. I’ve been aware that this is going to be a series so I expected a cliffhanger ending and I was not disappointed. I liked how everything unfolded, slow, burning, hot!

Sophie sold her virginity to the one who bid for her at $1 million, so she could pay for her cancer-stricken sister’s medical expenses. Luckily, Colton Drake was the right man to get her, instead of some perv dirty old man. Living with Drake for the next six months was part of the deal, and everything was going fine until the past came back to haunt him. Just when they were falling in love with each other..

Well, this story promised Sophie’s right of passage (losing her virginity and all those stuffs) but surprisingly, it didn’t happen. Which I thought was a little disappointing, considering that was her purpose, right? Anyway, I soon realized that it was fine because it meant there’s gonna be something really good coming out of it, that it meant Colton Drake may just be the man I could be rooting for. And then the cliffhanger happened. Wow!

Now I want to read the book two so I could get my fill of Kendall Ryan’s awesomeness. Yes, Filthy Beautiful Lies is kind of short and sweet but it’s also sexy and steamy already and there wasn’t any sex involved. What more if Sophie finally let go of it, huh? Now that’s something to look forward to.

Review: The Boy Friend by Mika Jolie

The Boy Friend by Mika Jolie

According to the law of attraction, women and men can’t be friends.

Contrary to this myth, my friendship with Coriander Phillips does not rest on unrequited love or un-actualized lust. We’ve been inseparable since the day I pulled one of her pigtails and she punched me in the gut.

She’s hilarious, fun to hang out with. Together, we’re like peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti and meatballs, wings and beer. A match made in heaven.

She’s the bomb.

Did I mention she’s smokin’ hot? I’ve checked her out…maybe once or twice. Hey, I’m a guy.

Seriously, no awkwardness, no secret yearning for our relationship to escalate beyond the purely platonic. I’m the boy friend—the loyal shoulder she cries on, the dispenser of coffee, sympathy, hugs, advice, and affection with no expectations.

Until the invisible line between friends and lovers became blurry.

Now I want more. I want her.

All I have to do is convince her we can be more than friends.

Right?

If only it were that easy.

Cori tells Dean that she wants a baby. With the man that she loves. And build a family later on.

But to set things straight, let me tell you. Dean Conrad Morello isn’t Coriander Philips’ boyfriend. Nor lover. They were just friends. Best friends since seven years old. Best friends forever.

How can Cori have a baby in the future? Simple – create an online dating profile and go on dates with the eligible bachelors in town. Who knows, maybe she’ll fine the one?

Dean doesn’t approve though. No matter how many times he tells himself and his friends and sister that Cori is just his friend, everyone disagrees. Protective, jealous and egoistic Dean Morello isn’t Cori’s boyfriend. He’s totally on the friendzone and that’s the limit, no one gets past that boundaries.

Until that one delicious mind blowing kiss.

Wow! I simply couldn’t put the book down once I got it on my hands. From the moment I read Explicitly Yours, Dean Conrad Morello’s narrative, I was sold. The succeeding pages that followed, I was in heaven, grinning and plotting and eyes misting until the end.

This is Mika Jolie’s latest book and the best one I’ve read so far and I loved it. She’s taken the Friends-T0-Lovers trope to a whole new realistic level, the kind that makes the reader involved and had no chance but to agree to everything Dean Morello had to say. Well, for his part anyway. I loved how I finally read a whole book on a male’s point of view, learned how deeply his feelings had evolved and slowly burned for the one he could never have. Yes, most of the time, it’s the ladies’ thoughts that I read, but now, it’s this gorgeous man I got to infiltrate. I didn’t mind not knowing Cori’s state of mind, I’m a girl, I think I know how she felt in the whole debacle about friends and lovers.

Being inside Dean’s mind was both exciting and scary, if you know what I mean. He said things about men that most guys wouldn’t ever admit to doing. He got my heart when he acknowledged that most men are pigs, egocentric, thought about sex all the time. Amidst all this, I can’t help but admire his tenacity and acceptance of his flaws and humongous ego. I thought Dean was actually adorable and the perfect man to subdue Cori.

I love all the characters with all my heart. (Well, except for that Mark Donner client who was thinking with his pants and now with his mind, but he’s a minority, so let’s just leave him at that). I also loved the quick pace of the story, there wasn’t any boring scene nor dull moment with all of them, even little Emma captured my heart. There were also those pieces of advice that Dean throws every now and then, plus recipe list which can come in handy sometime, and the playlist, superb music choice! And oh, my favorite part was that one night when Dean had to stand in as a model for Cori’s wine and paint class. Yeah, I’d love to be in that art class, that’s for sure.

How can I forget about the love scenes? Ahh, Cori and Dean plus bed/wall – definitely enough to make your Kindle melt. Their chemistry? Off the charts!

Mika Jolie did great in this book. I’ve been a fan since I’ve read one of the books in the bestselling Martha’s Way series, and the stand-alone, Somewhere to Begin. It’s no wonder that I love all her books, she’s one talented author who gives me goosebumps and hiccups at the same time. She doesn’t sugarcoat with her words, either. I like that in a book, what you see is what you get. ‘Tis a highly recommended book to all romance junkies who want to have a great time. Worthy of my two thumbs up!