Review: The Alpha’s Virgin Possession by Sam Crescent

Title: The Alpha’s Virgin Possession (The Alpha Shifter Collection #3)

Author: Sam Crescent

Date Published: April 20, 2014

Publisher: Evernight Publishing

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Nick is an outlawed alpha wolf who is never allowed to be part of or rule a pack again. He’s all alone and has spent his time making money. Now with plenty of wealth, all he needs is a female wolf capable of taking his passion, and he discovers a place where he can buy what he’s looking for.

Clara is a full-figured wolf. To her pack she’s considered an outcast because of her curves. No one wants her, so her family sells her to the highest bidder. Scared and afraid of the man who owns her, she tries her hardest to hate him. But Nick is not all he seems. Not only does he care about her, he awakens a passion Clara never thought possible to feel. 

Their time together brings them both joy and love, but all too soon they could be torn apart. The sale of female wolves comes to light, and the collective of alphas has the final decision on whether Nick and Clara can remain together. Can Clara prove to them she’s in love with Nick, or will they take her away because she was sold and not mated to him?

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Nick as the outlaw wolf he is, finds little to take pleasure in. He only cares about money, making lots of money. Even now he’s wealthy and successful, money is what mainly occupies his mind. But lately he is missing the feel of a woman who is capable of taking everything he gives.

Human females are fragile and definitely out of the picture. He figures he needs a wolf female, but how is he going to meet one? With him being outlawed and all. He takes the unorthodox way and buys himself one. He’s desperately in need, what else can he do.

The female, Clara, he buys exceeds his expectations. Her curvaceous body, her scent, her whole being calls to him like no other female. And he finds himself caring and falling for his little redhead. He won’t let anyone take her away from him…not even herself.

Clara has been tormented, even abused because of her curves all her life. When her so called parents had enough of her “disgracing” figure they put her up for sale. Clara fears her new buyer, that he will treat her just as cruel as her pack members or maybe he’ll treat her worse. But the longer she’s around Nick, those doubts fade away and she too begins to fall for him.

All is going in the right direction, till the band of collective alphas comes to pay a visit.

Honestly the first book “Alpha’s Toy” didn’t really do it for me, “Alpha Bait” was better but “The Alpha’s Virgin Possession” is ,in my opinion, the best in this series so far. Love Nick and Clara, love the story and the writing is better in my opinion than in the first two.

Nick seems like a jerk at first, still has his moments through out the book, but there is much more to him. Afterwards I even think of him as honorable. And Clara, her pack and parents hate her just because of her curvaceous body. What is wrong with these people, oh sorry they aren’y people. What is wrong with these wolves?? Her father, who sold her, dares to stir up trouble because he learns how wealthy Nick really is and demands more money…sicko.

My favorite part of the book is this one, I don’t even have to explain why.

“Books.”

“I’ve got plenty of books for you to read.”

“Your taste in books is boring. I’m a woman, Nick.”

“I know.” His hands cupped her breasts making her gasp.

“I like romance books.” Trying to focus on anything while he cupped her breasts was hard. Romance books, she needed romance books. Focus on them.

“Do you want paperbacks, or should I organize an e-reader?” he asked.

“What?”

“I can give you an account for your books, or I can have an e-reader in your hands by the end of the day and you can order whatever the hell you like.”

Nick I just fell in love with you here….where’s my book buying wolf?

I really liked this short story, it’s steamy, it flows well and it has a Nick buying his redhead books. What more do I want. I hope the books in this series keeps improving, will probably read the future books anyhow 🙂

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Review: Cowboys Mine by Stacey Espino

Title: Cowboys Mine

Author: Stacey Espino

Date Published: January 19, 2014

Publisher: Evernight Publishing

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Eva Ford lives a sheltered life on her small rural farm. At twenty-two, she feels the need to spread her wings and start her own life, planning a trip to the city to show her prized cows. Colton and North McReed from the next ranch over are determined to make sure she stays out of trouble. 

Twin brothers, Colton and North, have always loved little Eva. She’s their rock in life, the one pure thing in their otherwise dark existence. Their abusive father ran out on the family years ago and their mother suffers from a serious addiction. They never look at Eva with desire…until they spend a week alone with her in the city. 

Everything changes when Eva and the cowboys realize just how deep their love for each other runs. Once their passion is unleashed, it’s impossible to contain. But can their unorthodox relationship last? Will sex ruin the friendship of a lifetime?

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Eva wants to prove that she isn’t the little girl that everyone thinks she is anymore. And she has found the perfect opportunity in an upcoming rodeo. Only problem is that the rodeo is being held in the city, not exactly a place for Eva to wander about on her own. At least that’s what Colt and North’s opinion on the matter is. As soon as Eva has confided in the two, they rat her out to her father. Disrupting her well made plans. Well not entirely, after hearing them out Eva’s father simply wanted someone (s) to accompany her to the Rodeo and guess who he chose for that particular job? If you guessed Colt and North, then you’re correct. Eva isn’t exactly thrilled with the news but she has no other choice. 

During the rodeo, Eva, Colt and North discover their feelings for one another runs deeper then they had thought. While Eva is ready to take it to the next step, Colt and North are reluctant. They don’t want to ruin their friendship, also they secretly fear becoming like their parents. They think they will poison the fragile friend relationship that is their safe haven. 

I enjoyed reading “Cowboys Mine”, it is an emotional and steamy read. I loved those sweet moments where the three of them just lay together in bed, doing nothing but cuddle. Where there were moments like these that warmed my heart, there were those moments that broke it too. Like the situations with Colt & North’s parents, it really took a toll on them and left deep scars and feelings of insecurity. First their father walked out on them and what remained of their mother……I can’t even imagine.

The only slightly “downside” to this book is that there were times that I got confused with which brother’s POV I was reading. But looking at the whole package that was the only thing that I came across that could be categorized as a “dislike”. In my opinion this book was well worth the read!
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Review Blitz : The Bare Bones (The Bare Bones MC #1) by Layla Wolfe

The Bare Bones

 

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Author: Layla Wolfe
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 1, 2014
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If you ain’t living on the edge, you’re taking up too much room.

The rose-colored illusion of Madison Shellmound’s girlish crush on biker Ford Illuminati is stomped into smithereens by his crude, perverse father Cropper, Bare Bones club President. Fearing Ford will kill Cropper if he finds out, Madison flees town, becoming an upstanding cardiology nurse.

Madison and Ford have an ill-fated, star-crossed love that will last their lifetimes. Ford is a lifer in a different sort of enterprise, the gritty full-throttle club of guns, blood, and allegiance to his brothers.

Twelve years and several tours of SEAL duty later, Ford is thrust back into Madison’s arms on the worst day of his life. Madison’s prospect brother Speed has screwed up big-time and owes the club his life. She offers herself to Cropper as a sacrificial lamb to save Speed.

But how long until the fiery, full-on outlaw Ford discovers that the woman he loves was treated like a degraded slave by his own father? Well, meet the new boss. He’s not the same as the old boss.

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This is not your mother’s romance. Readers will encounter molestation, drugging, consensual bondage and discipline, violence, and a HEA. It’s a full-length novel of 65,000 words. Recommended 18+ due to content.

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I wanted to love this book and give this 5 stars . However I had a issue with one of the characters and that really detracted the appeal of the book to me overall . I won’t give it away but it something that I don’t really enjoy reading in books but this one took the cake and left really disliking this particular aspect of this book. There is a beautiful story here, don’t get me wrong but this book is very different from the others out there that I have read. I think there should be a warning as it something that will divide people because the way the arc is set up and played out.

The Bare Bones is something different from most biker books out there. This goes hardcore with the themes and plot. It no surprise considering the author’s previous works under her other name but this book takes it to a new level with MC books.

Maddie our heroine is a tough cookie, she been forced to fend for herself and you do feel for her as she doesn’t have the best parents in the world. Her father left when she was eight and her mother Ingrid gets more abusive each year and in her own world not coping. So Maddie made some decisions that no young girl should face so younger and grown pretty fast. . Until a hook up of her mother’s changes her life at age of fifteen.

The guy in question Crocker president of the Bare Bones MC and moves in and brings his seventeen year old son Ford Now life is back to normal almost . Ford only known one’s life, the motorcycle club and earned a reputation as a rough and tumble player in the club. But there more to him that meets the eye and you know that going to sparks between them.

So when these two meet, there more than chemistry here. They recognised each other as kindred spirits that have both similar backgrounds and want try to help each other with the pain. But there are obstacles in their way that threaten to derail everything they trying to do and their blooming relationship.

This is their story told over the years as they tell it from both points of views as they go from teens to adults and show life not easy as it seems.

I have to give this book 3.5 couples.

 

 

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Source : Publicist provided for review

Released : March 25th 2014

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We fucked a lot in the next two days. Twelve years I’d been craving that fat, juicy cock inside of me, and now I couldn’t get enough of it. Ford Illuminati was hung like a racehorse and he knew how to use it, too. My hands were all over that. I had thought I was attracted to Jake but that paled in comparison to the intensity with which I wanted to devour Ford.

Riding one up behind him like in the old high school days, there was a world of difference now. We were free of all restraints for that glorious forty-eight hours, and Ford took me to see a couple of the vortexes. We had been on a tour of these several times when we were kids. This time no one brought any weed, and I wanted to suck on that horse cock inside the middle of a vortex.

We had been separated for so long it was like meeting a new man. The thrill, the illicit excitement of canyon carving through the rusty layers of sandstone, like red velvet cake tall on either side of us, it was all new to me again. Now I could thrust my hand along Ford’s pec and toy with the little barbell that pierced his nipple, proud of myself when my other hand felt his cock stiffening. I knew he pretended this irritated him, and he’d reach around, slap my ass, and shake it.

“You’re throwing me off-balance.”

“Your giant erection is throwing you off-balance.”

I wanted to amplify our energies, so we’d climb around awhile until we felt the highest, most intense amplification of all, and that’s where we’d fuck or give each other head. Ford had learned a lot of tricks in the past decade. Lapping me into a mindless clusterfuck of an orgasm with his talented tongue was apparently one of them. I was still amazed that he could do that.

I finally had to admit I’d never come with a man before. “Just, you know, with a vibrator.” I didn’t want to mention the shower head in Cottonwood. The horrific memory of that bathroom wall was probably the reason I couldn’t come with another man.

Ford was humble. “Maybe no one ever tried properly.” He lay stretched out on the sandstone, propped up on one forearm, looking like he was posing for fucking GQ. I loved it when he wore his cut next to his bare skin, like now. I loved to flick that damned infernal barbell that pierced his nipple with my tongue. It never failed to make him hiss in air and clutch the back of my skull. His new Apache tattoo was fascinating. He seemed to be embracing his Native American heritage instead of shunning it, as most bikers would do.

He had replaced the grimy dog collar around my neck with a fur-lined leather job that still had a D-ring where a leash could be attached. He had gotten into some kink that was right up my alley. Right now we were having a little picnic we’d brought, just wine and some salami and cheese and crackers, but he’d left the short leash attached to my collar. It wasn’t safe to ride with it for fear of pulling an Isadora Duncan, but he liked the submissive way it made me look.

And act. “That’s not true though, Ford. It’s not polite to mention, but plenty of men have tried.”

“Yeah.” He snorted. “Plenty of dickhead doctors.”

Was he referring to Jake? That subject hadn’t come up, so I ignored it. There was plenty of time for strife later, I knew. There always was. “No, I mean experienced guys, men who were willing to try for ten minutes or more. I always wound up worrying that they were wearing out their tongue muscles. I’m not kidding, Ford. It got to the point where I didn’t want anyone to even bother trying. Then you come along and blow them all out of the water.”

“Literally.” I could tell he was proud by the shy way he looked down at the cracker box. He shrugged innocently. “I don’t know what to say.”

“’Thank you’ is a good starter.”

“Thank you.”

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Layla Wolfe is a wannabe biker’s Old Lady who is satisfied with a leather jacket, one bad-ass pink camo compound bow, and a vicarious outlaw lifestyle.

Layla has published 25+ erotic romance titles under the name Karen Mercury.

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Review: Chasing Wishes by Nadia Simonenko

Title: Chasing Wishes

Author: Nadia Simonenko

Date Published: January 27, 2014

Publisher: Self Published 

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For sixteen-year-old Nina Torres, it feels as if life is nothing but a dead end. Despised by her rich classmates and afraid that she’ll become just like her drug-addicted mother, Nina’s future seems to get dimmer every day. 

There is one bright spot in her life though… 

Sitting beside her one night, the only person in the world who cares about her makes a promise. No matter what happens—no matter how much Isaac’s wealthy family disapproves—he and his girlfriend Nina will be together forever. 

Fate plays a cruel trick on Nina, though, and a visit from Child Protective Services the next morning turns Nina Torres into Irene Hartley, a woman with a future but who will never see her beloved Isaac again. 

Nine years later, a blind and incredibly handsome young entrepreneur hires Irene to be his personal assistant. Terrence Radcliffe reminds her so much of Isaac that she can hardly believe her eyes, and she’s falling for him fast. Irene knows that fairy tales don’t come true, but she allows herself one last wish. She wishes that she could finally say goodbye to Isaac and let herself take a chance on Terrence. 

What she doesn’t know is that Terrence is also searching for someone: a shooting star who streaked through his life nine years ago, and he won’t give up until he finds her…

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Nina, labeled as “the wrong kind of girl”, has lived a hard life, full of hate and heartache. I can’t even imagine how that must have been like. But she always holds her head high and moves on, where another person might crumble under all that.

The only place she feels at peace, is when she and Isaac are up on the roof watching the stars twinkle. Upon that rooftop is where she makes the wish: “I wish I didn’t have to go home”. And you know what they say, always be careful what you wish for. Cause next morning Nina is whisked away by Child Protective Services. She has gotten a new start with a new home and a new identity, Nina disappears and Irene comes to life. But in the process she looses the most important person in her life, Isaac. Nine years pass by and despite her best efforts searching for Isaac, it seems he has disappeared too.

Unknowingly Isaac too has been looking for his Nina. But he has been through his own identity change, becoming Terrance. His change is brought by the loss of his sight and family. What he gained, wealth and his business. Both give him the means to search for Nina but his efforts too meets with dead ends.

A reading hour at a library, does the impossible. It reunites the two lovers who are desperately yearning and searching for one another. Only they don’t know they have found the ones they are looking for because of the identity changes. Will they ever find out and have a peacefully happily ever after. Or will they settle with their “re-found” love, but secretly always wonder about the ones that were torn from their sides….

Reading this book is like reading a fairytale and I love my fairytales. It is sweet and romantic but it also has that darker side that keeps me grounded but  also unleashes so many emotions in me. Isaac and Nina’s tale has my heart aching for them (for me they were always Isaac and Nina never Terrance and Irene). I love how Isaac is always in her corner and isn’t swept away with the mass that bullied Nina. Or with the ones that badmouth her. Nor does he care what his mother thinks of her or what Nina’s mother is like. He is the kind of guy that would walk through fire for Nina.

“I don’t give a shit what my mother thinks or what your mom’s like, Nina,” he whispers, squeezing me so tightly that I feel as if I’m going to pop. “No matter what happens—no matter where life takes us—I’m going to find you. We’ll be together and I don’t care what anyone else says.”

His feelings, after all those years after their separation, are still so strong and he still wants to keep the promise he had made a long time ago. But all his searching attempts to find Nina ends in failure and Terrance begins to give up hope of ever finding her. I felt so sad for him.

“What a horrible story. That poor prince… all he wants to find his love and live happily ever after, but instead he goes blind and wanders in the desert because of a jealous witch. I hate fairy tales.”

Nina too begins to give up on her search. Not only that, she also faces rejection after rejection for her applications in the voice over world and it’s starting to take a toll on her. Makes her more skeptical than she already is. After so much ugliness in her life, that she just can’t escape from,  that doesn’t surprise me at all. And again it touches me deeply.

“Cassie’s eyes sparkle as she gazes in wide-eyed delight at the glittering chandelier. She’s like Cinderella at the ball, stepping into the royal palace for the first time. I recognize that look—it’s how I felt when I first saw Isaac’s mansion. I almost want to warn Cassie that the fairy tales never tell you how much it hurts when the clock strikes midnight and suddenly it’s all just pumpkins again.”

I love how Nina brings “color” back to Isaac’s sightless eyes with her vivid descriptions of his surroundings. She tells it so, that it’s like she is telling a story which rebooted Isaac’s imagination.

“Words create worlds, and as Terrence sees the world he lost through my eyes for the rest of the ride home, I can’t help but feel that this is the greatest story I’ve ever told.”

The ending disappointed me a bit, revelations are revealed and few pages later it marks the end. That feels rushed especially in contrast to the previous pace. Another small thing I don’t like is the nickname Cassie gave Irene, I just didn’t get it? Nevertheless is this still a great read and if you like fairy tales in modern jackets then you might want to give “Chasing Wishes” a shot.

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Review: When I Surrender (When I Break #2) by Kendall Ryan

Title: When I Surrender (When I Break #2)

Author: Kendall Ryan

Date Published: April 1st, 2014

Publisher: Kendall Ryan Books

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**Warning**  This book is intended for a mature reading audience and contains adult language and themes. Contains a stubborn alpha male with addiction issues and loads of sexual tension between two damaged characters. Read at your own risk. 

Undaunted by Knox’s complicated history with sexual addiction, McKenna pushes forward in her relationship with this deliciously flawed man. She experiences the highest highs as they discover each other, along with the lowest lows, and worries that his past may not be entirely behind him. 

But when a complication from her own past demands attention, she’s forced to decide where their relationship is headed, and everything she thought she knew is questioned.

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My yay picture from the previous review was because the author didn’t make me wait long for this one. There wasn’t even a month between the two books, so I was happy about that.

The story starts with Knox indulging in yet another faceless woman…but this time it’s just his dream. Or maybe his nightmare. In the previous book he had admitted ,during the group session, that he had given in to his urges again. Hearing this had McKenna fleeing the session, thinking he had slept with another member of the group. This confession of Knox has left McKenna feeling like it’s for the best if she leaves Knox. And the best way to do that is to disappear for a while, a getaway is what she has in mind. A short one, with it’s main purpose: to try to sort and clear her mind. It proves to help very little though, Knox won’t be cast out.

Mckenna has dimmed the darkness in Knox and gives him a reason to abstain but when she leaves he’s at risk to slip back into his old routine. Which will leave his heart dark and empty. Knox does get to explain the entire story to her eventually and McKenna finally does come to some sort of conclusion that she has to face reality. Face that Knox is a sex addict and that his problem won’t go away so easily. But even if she decides to give “them” a chance. Can she truly trust and believe him? Only time will tell.

It’s a good continuation of “When I Break”, same dynamics and the characters growth is present but you can tell that they aren’t there yet. The conflicting interest with Mckenna being both counselor and “girlfriend” is also more present than in the first book, but it’s not really threatening yet. What I love about McKenna and Knox is that they are obviously out of their elements in their new situation. But where it might be easier to call it quits and walk away, they are both strong enough to see it through and work their differences out.

Knox learns from McKenna how to self reflect and open up. McKenna learns from Knox how to drink and loosen up. She does grow a lot but she is still naïve and it becomes clear in this book that Knox isn’t the only one with a problem. Here is where Brian’s words resurfaces, how McKenna might only be interested in Knox because he’s a project she can work on. But apparently McKenna comes to the conclusion that she isn’t just trying to fix Knox. She genuinely cares for him…..?

 

“I forced the rigid tension in my shoulders to ease. I could do this. And if I didn’t babysit him tonight, who would?”

 

I do feel sorry for Brian, just a little bit. He seems to be always there for McKenna but she doesn’t return the favor. She practically dumps his friendship and spends most of her time with Knox. Now Brian does want more than friendship, but it just doesn’t feel  right.
What I do like about McKenna is how much she cares about Knox’ little brothers. She fits right in and she makes them feel like a real family. And those little guys were so cute trying to be all manly. McKenna could be rather…flippant. Considering that she’s the head of her support group that was quite a character flaw.

 

“If you want anything more than friendship with me, then you’ll have to show me.”

“Show you what? I told you I don’t do love.”

“So change.”

Knox still has his flaws, I liked him then and I still like him now. He’s less of a jerk and we actually get to see a considerate side along with an insecure side. Both of them helped me to understand him more.

I never thought I’d be the one to offer her those things, but seeing how brave she was, how open she was with her needs, made me question everything. I wanted to be what she needed. I just didn’t know how and was pretty certain I’d find a way to fuck it up. Hurting her was out of the question. She’d been through too much already.”

 

He’s so afraid to mess things up, it was sad to read. But again McKenna shows why he can’t be without her. And that scares him, every woman eventually leaves him.
“His eyes slid back to mine. “You believe in me way too much.” 
“Someone’s got to, Knox. I’ve seen the real you. The one you keep hidden from everyone else. You’re a good man, despite what you want me to believe.”

 “You refuse to see the bad in me.”

 “So tell me, then. What’s so bad about you?” 

Reading about McKenna and Knox’ brothers, that part of the book reminds me a bit of Snow White. How the boys act around her and what they do for her. Of course we’re short of dwarfs and there’s no evil stepmother present….And Knox is certainly no Prince Charming.

In the previous book we could see how Knox’ brother, Jackson, was becoming more and more like Knox, in this book that process progresses. I hope they will be able to stop that process in the last book, not only for Jackson’s sake but also for Knox. That he won’t get depressed and feel like a failure. But what the…this cliffhanger is worse than the first one. Good thing for the author, keeps the suspense in it. But bad for me as I’m left hanging in a cruel way. The third and final book in this series “WHEN WE FALL” will be released on May 26 and I will definitely grab my copy…I need to know how this ends.

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Book Tour : Temptation by K.M. Golland

TemptationBlogTour_long [notice]   A couples of months ago I was intrigued to learn that the Harlequin Australia had picked up the AUS/NZ rights to Indie Australian Author K. M Gollard. So I jumped at the chance to be part of this tour when offered. I wasn’t disappointed and if you haven’t taken the chance before I urged to do so too . Make sure you read this whole post as there is a review at the end   [/notice]

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