Review: Provocative (White Lies Duet 1) by Lisa Renee Jones

Provocative
(White Lies Duet #1)
by Lisa Renee Jones

Book one in the sexy and scintillating new White Lies duet by Lisa Renee Jones!

There are those moments in life that are provocative in their very existences, that embed in our minds forever, and sometimes our very souls. They change us, mold us, maybe even save us. But some are darker, dangerous. If we allow them to, they control us. Seduce us. Quite possibly even destroy us.

The moment I walked into Sonoma’s Reid Winter Winery and Vineyard and made eye contact with Faith Winter for the first time was one of those moments. Provocative because I know at least one of her secrets, of which, I suspect she has many. Provocative because she believes I was a stranger to her when we met, but I am not. Provocative because I sought her out, with no intention of touching her. But now I have. Now I want her. Now I have to have her. But that changes nothing. It doesn’t change why I came for her.

There’s nothing more than Faith Winter wanted to do but to make sure her father’s winery was saved and secured. Having no access to her late mother’s bank accounts, she knew she had to set aside her dreams of art and be the woman that could annihilate her problems, by hook or by crook.

The Tiger, Nick Rogers knew something about the wine princess more than she herself could acknowledge. The more secrets he tried to uncover, the more lies he kept on telling her, and the more intense he was feeling about Faith. For she had that power to make his knees weak and his thoughts filled with her, every single night and day. As provocative as Faith Winter was, Nick Rogers would use all available resources to find out everything about her and her involvement in his father’s life..

Provocative is the first book in the White Lies series, and it already had me swooning for the Tiger. His attraction to Faith is palpable and expected, and his energy, raw, poignant and undeniably stimulating. Love that his relationship with Faith wasn’t rushed, but grew into a more intimate connection, sans the lies and secrets on both ends.

I love how this was told in dual points of view, we get to dig on Faith’s conflicting feelings and pick on Nick’s brains. I love how Lisa Renee Jones wrote the story with provocative intentions – to make the reader gasp and grasp for breath and to let us know that there’s much more to come.

The murder, the intrigue, the lust and lies, the connection, the intimacy, the chemistry and the passion, everything was off the charts. And more provocatively so. Can’t wait to read the next book!

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Review: Kelly’s Quest by Jennifer Ann

Kelly’s Quest
(NYC Love #2)
by Jennifer Ann

Shunned by her family back home, she followed her best friend to New York with aspirations to start over. Now broke and homeless with two guys vying for her affection, she realizes she made a colossal mistake. If she gives in to her desires, will she only be breaking the rule she set for herself, or will she also be proving she’s the disappointment her family sees her as?

Kelly Cavenaugh is a lot of things: intelligent, sexy, vivacious, and a great friend. But the one thing she’s determined to prove to herself and others is that she’s not promiscuous. So why do a spoiled rich boy with a dark past and a former Marine with a high-powered job have to come along and try to break her resolve?

Theo Roberts and Erik Murphy only have two things in common: they’re both dangerously gorgeous, and have their sights set on Kelly. Everyone tells her Erik isn’t someone she wants to get involved with, however, and Theo seems to be the total package. If Kelly allows herself to be with one of them, the choice should be easy. But it’s complicated, and she’ll find herself struggling to separate passion from reality while trying to establish her new life.

When Jewels and Adam Murphy decided to move to New York after the couple battled with their own dark secrets, Jewels’ best friend Kelly Cavenaugh decided to come along with them to help them move. Then she met Theo, the hottie guy next door, and there’s also Erik, Adam’s equally handsome brother with a dark past. Just when they all thought she was just in NYC for a couple of days, she surprised them all when she declared that she won’t be coming back to their place in Wisconsin and would be staying in NYC for good.

Things got a little tense between Kelly and her bestfriend when she thought Jewels was selling her out to ex-Marine hunk Theo for a one-night stand. There’s also the issue of Adam’s brother Erik whom everyone seemed to hate because he was obnoxious and playboy. She further made things worse when she decided to be Erik’s room mate, much everyone’s disappointment.

And then there’s her problem at home. The main reason why Kelly moved to New York in the first place. The one reputation that she tried to uphold, only got shattered because of sick rumors and one cheating bastard. When she decided to find herself in another place, she told herself she’s gonna change. The more she tells herself to stop thinking about sex with random men, the more she was drawn to them.

Kelly’s Quest is the second book in the NYC Love series and I’m glad to have read the first one a few days ago. I just realized I have been reading back to back books lately and enjoying it. I was actually surprised that I ended up liking this second book. For one, I wasn’t prepared for all the emotions it entailed. Kelly Cavenaugh may not have been the ideal girl I envisioned her from Adam’s List, but in her quest for true love, I’ve grown to like her more. Secondly, Theo was everything I have hoped for in a bok boyfriend. That first date he planned? Man, that was awesome!! And lastly, all the characters have grown on me as they have matured over a period of time. They each have their distinct personalities, which made this story much more appealing. Yes, even the obnoxious Erik became a little likeable in the end… well, only just a bit, really.

Jennifer Ann’s writing is great, I can tell she puts so much passion and research in her writing, and I know she has a lot more surprises up on her sleeves. I’m so looking forward to her next book in the series.

 

Review: Adam’s List by Jennifer Ann

Adam’s List
(NYC Love #1)
by Jennifer Ann

It all started with an innocent bucket list. She wasn’t prepared for it to end with a broken heart.

Everyone wanted to be Jewels Peterson in high school. Naturally beautiful, exceptionally smart, talented cheerleader, life of the party, and with an All-American boyfriend to boot. One regrettable choice and fatal accident later, and Jewels found herself unceremoniously knocked off her pedestal. Now she’s in college, going through the motions, but not really living.

Adam Murphy is easy-going, charming, considerate, and crazy good looking; he’s exactly the kind of guy Jewels pictures herself being happy with. But Jewels is already involved with someone, and Adam makes it known that he’s guarding a dark secret, one that makes him the wrong guy for her. Trumped by the promise of an innocent friendship, Jewels is forced to ignore her overwhelming hunger for Adam.

After Jewels unknowingly helps Adam create a bucket list, they embark on the adventure of a lifetime that pushes their platonic relationship to its limits. But does she want to be with Adam without knowing the truth behind the skeletons in his closet, or is being with him just another pointless thing in her life?

Adam’s List is fascinating and stirring at the same time, with focus on love and survival. Jewels Peterson was battling depression after an unfortunate event happened to her boyfriend. For Jewels, she can only survive by taking drugs to conquer her inner demons. Adam Murphy came along one night while she was drinking booze and her bestfriend was nowhere to be found. A few conversations later, the two strangers ventured on a road trip that would fulfill Adam’s bucket list. A mission Jewels would want to accomplish while making sure she won’t fall for this brooding sexy guy.

The only thing I wasn’t crazy about in the story though was Jewel’s previous involvement to a man who was only after sex and already got a kid of his own. Then broke up with him and stil had liasons with him out of the blue. Her life was messed up. Not really feeling her at that time. But the change in her perspective after spending a few days and nights with Adam has taken a toll on her when Adam decided to give up instead. It was unraveling.

Honestly, I’ve been reading a lot of books that tackle depression and anxiety disorders, and I am always overwhelmed by the intensity of this condition. Everytime I read this kind of story, it makes me think about life in general. Learning upon Adam’s rare condition & Jewels constant struggles with her depressed state almost had me weakened and crestfallen. When Adam was absolutely dead set on the idea of never falling in love with anyone because his number is already up, it made me think of the other people who are losing hope in their lives. It must have been really nerve-wracking and tiring.

While I wasn’t sure about Jewels’ personality, I liked the execution as well as the growth of the characters as the story progressed. Eventually, it made me weep and contemplate about life. I look forward to reading more of Jennifer Ann’s book soon.

 

Review: Dirty Little Tease by Kendall Ryan

Dirty Little Tease
(Forbidden Desires 0)
by Kendall Ryan

Don’t miss your chance to meet the intoxicating and sexy Kingsley brothers!

A lonely librarian desperate to experience the kind of passion she’s only read about in her favorite literary classics.

One handsome stranger with a tragic past.

A chance meeting that will change their course of their lives forever. . .

This is a first look at the much-anticipated Dirty Little Secret, by New York Times bestselling author Kendall Ryan. It is a sneak-preview, plus bonus content including a prologue not found in the book, and a special note from the author. Enjoy!

Finally got to meet the Kingsley brothers and everything was perfectly awesome, like I was in a wonderland of handsome men. Gavin, president of Forbidden Desires, an escort company he ran with his equally gorgeous brothers Quinn and Cooper, could easily quench his thirst for women, but he’d rather choose that innocent brunette from the coffee shop.. But he couldn’t.. And he shouldn’t. Or all hell would break loose.

Emma Bell was just a simple librarian getting her daily morning fix at the coffee shop. And her only desire was to meet that seemingly respectable corporate guy she kept on bumping with when she got her coffee. Little did she know that her whole world would turn upside down when she finally learned his name written on a card he left at the glass jar.

I’ve been reading Kendall Ryan’s books lately and I can’t seem to stop. Getting introduced to a group of handsome brothers like the Kingsleys really got me up and running on a cold breezy day. Ryan sure knows how to make her readers feel warm and hot and satisfied with her characters. Gavin and Emma, plus Cooper and Quinn definitely kept the fire burning with their smoldering hotness and desirable tastes. This book is every bit a tease of what’s to come and I can’t wait to devour the whole series.

You’d think you know all about dating and escorting and companionship.. But you’d think again once you get a taste of Dirty Little Tease.

Forbidden Desires series is temptingly good, I am sure this is going to be another winner from Kendall Ryan!

Review: The Fix Up by Kendall Ryan

The Fix Up
by Kendall Ryan

My tempting and very alpha friend Sterling Quinn is someone I consider off-limits.

It’s not just that we’re friends, he’s also cocky, confident, and British, which means he’s a walking aphrodisiac.

But lately he’s been giving me the look. You know the one. When he thinks I’m not paying attention, and his gaze lingers for too long.

When we start working together, that’s when the sexual tension between us gets so thick, I want to hack through it with a machete. I want to make all these deep feelings I’ve harbored for him disappear, because there’s no way this can end well.

The lines between business and pleasure become irrevocably blurred, and I’m stuck between a rock, and Sterling’s very, very hard place.

Rather than keep a level head about our growing attraction, Sterling wants to go all in, showing me just how explosive we can be together.

But I’ve been around long enough to know that this British bad boy is more than my heart can handle. I’m not about to be cast aside like yesterday’s underwear when he’s done having fun.

Sterling’s never been told no, and he’s not about to put his ego aside and play by my rules. But I never thought he’d fight so dirty.

Divorce lawyer Sterling Quinn’s soon gonna inherit millions but there’s a condition before he claims it. In six months, he needs to get married or he gets nothing. The day this has been announced, a flock of girls starts flying around Sterling, like birds catching the worm. Before everything gets out of hand, he lets his friend, PE Exec Camryn takes the wheel and help him find The One. Except, it looks like Cami may be the girl he’s destined to marry, but what if she’s only after his money, too?

I’ve always been fascinated with Kendal Ryan’s novels, whenever I read her stories, I couldn’t get up from my seat and refuse to budge until I finish the whole book. Characters like Sterling and Camryn heat up the scenes and make jaws drop up to the last page. The other bestfriend, Anna, really shocked me, she’s one heck of a lady and damn her for her nasty attitude. But hey, this is a Ryan book, so always expect the unexpected!

I love how the romance slowly heats up and the characters took the time to build a relationship. I loved reading both Camryn’s and Sterling’s narratives, it made me understand them more than just guessing what the other could be thinking. I love their chemistry and companionship, and yes, the hot sexy scenes! I love that the Fix Up wasn’t only sultry and alluring, it was also funny and intoxicating. Kendall Ryan always delivers!

Review: Dear Bridget, I Want You by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland

Dear Bridget, I Want You
by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland

 

Dear Bridget,
I’m writing this letter because it’s highly doubtful I’ll ever garner the courage to say this to your face.
So, here goes.
We’re totally wrong for each other. You’re the proper single mum with a good head on your shoulders. I’m just the carefree British doctor passing through town and temporarily living in your converted garage until I head back to England.
But here’s the thing… for some bloody reason, I can’t stop thinking about you in very inappropriate ways.
I want you.
The only reason I’m even admitting all of this to you right now is because I don’t believe it’s one-sided. I notice your eyes when you look at me, too. And as crass as I appear when we’re joking around about sex, my attraction to you is not a joke.
So, what’s the purpose of this note? I guess it’s a reminder that we’re adults, that sex is healthy and natural, and that you can find me just through the door past the kitchen. More specifically, it’s to let you know that I’m leaving said door cracked open from now on in case you’d like to visit me in the middle of the night sometime.
No questions asked.
Think about it.
Or don’t.
Whatever you choose.
It’s doubtful I’ll even end up sliding this letter under your door anyway.
–Simon

 

Dr. Simon Hogue isn’t like any other doctor you have encountered. Funny, hot, gorgeous, with a sexy British accent, a dirty mouth and well-endowed physique. Doctor McDreamy… When nurse Bridget Valentine was caught in an uncompromising predicament with her mismatched knickers, she wished she’d never see him again.

Bridget was one lucky gal, even after her husband had met his untimely death three years ago. Along with her son Braden, they’d become Simon’s objects of interest and attention, much to his surprise. The young resident doctor had no plans of committing to a relationship, but Bridget shook his world and broke his resolve.

Just when I thought the characters have finally had their happily ever after, problems continued to arise as they realized the pros and cons of living together under one roof. Man, Dr. Simon Hogue is making me think about getting sick just to be able to see him. Ha!

I loved how this story was told and how the surprises unfold one after the other. The characters weren’t perfect but that’s what made them real and genuinely endearing. The letters they sent each other was the highlight of my reading and I couldn’t help giggling at their foolish banters and quirky attitudes. Plus those erotic scenes, omg, I was rendered speechless, I couldn’t even imagine everything this couple did!

Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland never fail to amuse and surprise me. I totally love their tandem, they create unique wonderful stories that brings the readers to the edge of their seats, slapping their knees, laughing out loud, rolling on the floor and grinning like Cheshire cat.

Dear Bridget, I Want You deals with so many different issues that a couple often experience,  like an older woman having a relationship with a younger man,  difficulties in bearing a child,  long distance relationship,  parents who don’t approve of the person their son chose to be with. Amidst these all,  this story has been definitely mind blowing and got me hooked right from the beginning!

Review: Explicitly Yours by Mika Jolie

Explicitly Yours
A Platonically Complicated Novella
by Mika Jolie

Marriage.
The final frontier. The end of dating. The number one cause of divorce.

I bet you every man who is about to take the plunge experiences a wide range of feelings. As a guy, whose wedding day is only seven days away, I know this.

Anxiety—Nerves are kicking in. Yeah, even confident, cocky guys like me are bound to face nuptial stage fright.

Let’s face it, forever is kind of a long time, right?

Excitement—Coriander and I are going to make it official. I’m marrying my best friend, the one I laugh with, live for, dream with.

Nothing can top this moment.

That is until I got the biggest surprise of my life…

 

 

Coriander Phillips and Dean Conrad Morello are soon to be married. Yes, finally! The man who was always surrounded by a bevy of beauties was finally tying the knot with his beloved, with his best friend. Almost twenty years of friendship and in less than three months, they decided it was time. If you thought this was kind of rushed, I assure you, it’s not.

Years and years of platonic relationship had finally took up a notch and now they couldn’t wait to make it official. But there’s one thing that they couldn’t agreed on, a crucial decision that they had to bear responsibility for the rest of their lives. A responsibility that Dean was scared to even think about. Everything was running smoothly until they finally realize what they were getting into.  It’s five days before their wedding…. is Dean really ready to settle down amidst his fears?

A few months ago, I met Cori and Dean in The Boyfriend and fell in love with the reformed player. There’s something about guys who admit their insecurities and mishaps and failures and dreams. That something was what drawn me to Dean.

In Explicitly Yours, the same annoying yet charming narrative greeted me, Dean airing his dirty laundry while admiring his fiance’s physique. Other readers may find him obnoxious and egotistical – me, I found him honest, adorable, tolerable self-centered macho who’s got stars and hearts in his eyes. Cori was lucky to have him.

And oh, don’t remind me of those hot and heavy scenes that happened between the couple. I’m telling you, I couldn’t handle the heat! Whew!

Anyway, I love how Cori and Dean grew as mature and responsible adults. I love how they got a very strong support system, too. I just wish the other characters were given more spotlight, but maybe, they’ll be having their own books soon, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

Once again, Mika Jolie turned me into a mushy, giggly hopeless romantic overnight. She always knows how to make my day right. She always knows how to tell an honest-to-goodness story without making me sleepy. I would read everything this author writes and I will never get tired of her writing. That’s how much I love Mika Jolie!