Thank you to author Chiquita Dennie for the gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Antonio loves his life just the way it is. Money, cars, more women than he can count. He wants for nothing, except to not be forced to follow in his father’s footsteps. The mafioso lifestyle isn’t for him… at least, not yet.
With pressure mounting, he soon realizes he’s more like his father than he thought he was. That proves even evident when one of the many women in his life tries to pin a baby on him and force him to commit. That pressure pushed him over the edge and drives him to do something he swore he’d never do. Now he must live with what he’s done and who he has become.
Note: This is a short story that takes place before the Antonio and Sabrina Book 1. Adult content and explicit language.
Chiquita Dennie has done it again! Pulled me in at page one and kept the pages turning until I was done with the book before I knew what hit me! I have only read a few books by Chiquita Dennie, but this prequel was enough to get me hooked and wanting to read the rest of the Antonio and Sabrina books in the series! Chiquita has a way of writing that captures you on page one and never lets you go. Her writing is so descriptive that it allows you to be a part of the story and experience what the characters of her book are feeling. I can’t say enough good things about Chiquita Dennie. I am so excited to pick up more of her books!
About the Author
Chiquita Dennie is an Author, Award winning filmmaker of 2017 for Best short film “Invisible” and Entrepreneur. Born in Memphis, TN, and a Los Angeles CA native. Her background in film/tv has taught and shaped her passion for writing with her debut romance novel Antonio and Sabrina Struck In Love. Since its debut, fans have embraced the unconventional love story of Sabrina Washington and Antonio De Luca making it a top Best Seller on kindle charts.
Working at LazLo’s custom motorcycle shop is more than just a job…
Welcome to LazLo’s Dream Machines, where the motorcycles are hot—and the men are even hotter! They’re not looking for love, but as things heat up (in more ways than one!), you never know what’ll happen…
Book 1: Mercury Falling
The biker club Kerry “Mercury” Dawson joined as a teen may have lived life on the dangerous side, but they were the first “family” Kerry ever had. Even with his new job at LazLo’s Dream Machines, the club is still a big part of his life—until the day he crashes a motorcycle he wasn’t supposed to be riding, and wakes up in Lucy’s emergency room.
Book 2: What Happens in Sturgis
The fact that Vince avoids kissing has never stopped him from getting what he wants from women. But now he’s shared a little too much with his new co-worker, Tori—and she’s made it her personal mission to change his opinion. Falling for each other is NOT in the plan. After all, what happens in Sturgis, stays in Sturgis. Or does it?
Book 3: CrossOver
Vaughn’s not thrilled when his boss asks him to work on a motocross bike. But what the bike’s owner, Gabby, lacks in height, she makes up for with her fierce competitive spirit—and mind-blowing kisses. Not everyone wants to see her succeed on the track, though, and Vaughn’s repair skills keep falling short. Is Gabby just not cut out for the big time, or is someone determined to get her off the race track permanently?
Book 4: Rumble
Shop owner Lazarus “Laz” Lowenstein keeps his past carefully concealed, and for good reason. When a friend calls in a favor, he finds himself perilously close to the life he left behind—and to fledgling reporter, Nora Carlton. Helping Nora research a story is one thing; exploring his desire for the sheltered single mom is a definite no-no. Can Nora restore his faith in people… and love?
*** PLUS Bonus Excerpts from MC Romance DIRECTING ZAC and TEACHING TREY! ***
Y’all, this was such a fun series of novellas. At a total length of 162 pages, this was a quick read that I really enjoyed. Each story had a different synopsis that was real and plausible. The motorcycle men were all likable (and quite handsome from the way they were described) and the women were all completely different from them…think the complete opposite. I thought the stories were cute, however was a little put off that the characters met and within a week they were in love. It just seemed really, really, quick to me, especially with some of the men’s histories. Other than that, I loved reading these books. Tracey Cramer-Kelly’s writing flows so easily and creates a great story. I am definitely going to pick up some of her other books!!!
Many experiences influence Tracey’s writing, and she has been known to undertake unusual endeavors (such as firefighter training and learning to fly a helicopter) just for the sake of the experience. Being an Army-trained combat medic and a “biker chick” for over 30 years has had significant influence in her books, but even “ordinary” events have struck a chord or inspired a character or plot idea.
In 2018 Tracey returned to school to recertify as an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) and currently works at various sporting and music events when she’s not processing orders for the family business (Leader Motorcycle) or working at a substance abuse counseling center.
Tracey lives in small-town Minnesota with her husband, two kids, and two cats. They are a true “soccer family” (she even worked as a referee for two years). She enjoys downhill skiing and spending time at the family lake place. She has also owned and operated an MC business, Leader Motorcycle, for 17 years http://www.leadermotorcycle.com/
Thank you to Silver Dagger Tours and Stacy Eaton for the gifted copy of Cured (Heal Me Series Book 1). This book was provided to me for an honest review and all opinions are my own.
Meet Ember Greene. Ember and Trudy Parker met during their college years and on the night that they meet at Shot Therapy, a local bar, to reconnect, Embers’s life begins to change. For six years, Ember has closed off her heart, moving from one man to another, trying to feel something other than her own pain and guilt.
Meet Colt Barnes. Colt is a plastic surgeon who strives to give people a better quality of life, especially children. The night he watches Ember leave the bar with another one-night stand, he resolves to offer up a challenge to get her to view herself in a new light.
Little does he know that the challenge will change both their lives, but when Embers’s secret is exposed, will Colt be able to accept it and trust her, or will Ember go back to her old ways and leave Colt broken?
Stacy Eaton is a new to me author and I am so glad that I was given the opportunity to read one of her books as part of this tour!! Stacy Eaton is a wonderful writer who describes the characters in such a way, that you can picture them in your mind’s eye in perfect detail and also feel like they are a real part of your life. This book was definitely not what I expected…and in a really, really good way!!! This book was full of twists and turns in the story that I never saw coming, which made this book all the more enjoyable to read. This book was not some generic romance novel with the same old characters and the same old plot. This book is filled with real life scenarios that the reader can relate to and experience right alongside the characters. This book was real and raw and I was so captured by the story that I read the book in one day! I am so pleased by the experience that I had with Stacy Eaton’s writing, that I will for sure be reading the rest of this series as well as be picking up other books by this author.
Stacy Eaton is a USA Today Bestselling author and began her writing career in October of 2010. Stacy took an early retirement from law enforcement after over fifteen years of service in 2016, with her last three years in investigations and crime scene investigation to write full time.
Stacy resides in southeastern Pennsylvania with her husband, who works in law enforcement, and her teen daughter. She also has a son who is currently serving in the United States Navy, and two grandchildren.
When Stacy is not writing, she enjoys photography and relaxing on the beach.
Thank you to author AJ Alexander for the gifted copy of Desolation. All opinions are my own.
noun 1. a state of complete emptiness or destruction. 2.anguished misery or loneliness.
Before La Famiglia gave me purpose, desolation ruled my existence. Pain was my constant companion until I met Francesca Giordano – the Boss’s daughter.
My mission is to protect her, at any cost.
With a price on her head, I will tear down heaven and hell to protect what’s mine.
AJ Alexander is a new to me author and I am SO, SO glad that I discovered her!! In this book, AJ Alexander writes of a mafia princess and the man who is tasked with protecting her. Since this author was a new to me author, I had no idea what to expect walking into this story. However, at 84 pages, this novella did not disappoint. This book started with action and the action continued throughout. AJ Alexander pulled me in from page 1 and didn’t let go until page 84. I enjoyed the characters that AJ Alexander created and their interactions with each other. I also really liked how quicklyAJ Alexander explained the the history of the characters and then continued on with the meat of the story. AJ Alexander writes in a way that makes you believe that you are part of the action and adventure of the story and makes you like the characters instantly. I was actually sad that this book was so short, and would have loved for it to go on longer. I am so glad that I discovered AJ Alexander and can’t wait to read more of her books!!!
Meet Makayla Ramsey. She never imagined her life would turn out this way…loving family and friends and a successful career in fashion. However, after 3 years married to her husband, Makayla has decided to call it quits. She is starting over and will not let anyone stand in her way of achieving her goals. One night, Makayla goes to her 10 year high school reunion and by chance runs into her college sweetheart. Running into him reignites old feelings and sends her into a battle for the love of her life.
Meet Amir Slater. When Makayla walked out of his life 10 years ago and never looked back he was crushed, and maybe even devastated. Their careers took them in different directions. Now, 10 years later he is face-to-face with her again and desperate to keep her close this time, however, his ex-wife isn’t read to let go.
Will their second chance at love be destroyed by past relationships and the fear of having their hearts broken once again?
****Note: This is a Novella with explicit content, and adult language.
I Deserve His Love by Chiquita Dennie, was a nice quick read. While there was a lot to pack into this novella in the short amount of pages it contained, Chiquita Dennie did a fantastic job of including all the relevant details, while adding in some of the nice “fluff” we all like, which makes a book a book!! Chiquita did a great job of explaining the characters, explaining the plot, and then telling the story all in a succinct fashion. This book spanned several time periods and Chiquita Dennie did a fantastic of keeping the reader in the know of what was happening. I was never confused as to where I was in the timeline. I really enjoyed the story of Makayla and Amir and felt that that the story was very realistic, filled with joy, heartache, and love. I defiantly enjoyed this book and will be picking up more books by Chiquita Dennie in the future!!
About the Author
Chiquita Dennie is an author, filmmaker, podcast host, and entrepreneur. Born in Memphis, TN, and currently a Los Angeles CA native. Her background in film/tv has taught and shaped her passion for writing with her debut romance novel Antonio and Sabrina Struck In Love. Since its debut, fans have embraced the unconventional love story of Sabrina Washington and Antonio De Luca making Antonio and Sabrina Struck In Love an Amazon Best Seller #5 for Book 1 and #4 for Book 2 on Kindle charts.
In April I participated in a Buddy Read with the We Be Book’N Book Club. Late last year I discovered Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy, and I absolutely love their books. When this came up as a buddy read, I couldn’t join the read fast enough!!!
Warning: Contains rabid hockey fans, misunderstood dick pics, hockey players at the opera and exploding ovaries.
Meet Hailey Taylor Emery. She owns a business, Fetch – an anonymous virtual assistant service, with her ex-husband and has a hunch that her favorite client is actually hockey star Matt Eriksson. While it is against company rules to check is file (remember anonymous), she believes in her gut that she spends 95% of her day texting with her lifelong crush and catering to his every need.
Meet Matt Eriksson. Hockey player and still not over the destruction of his marriage. As he tries to move on, Matt believes that hockey and long-term relationships are a toxic mix. Matt’s ex-wife drives him insane and he hardly every gets to see his kids. The only person who understands is someone Matt has never seen the face of.
Enter a pair of hockey tickets. Hailey can’t resist hockey tickets and Matt can’t resist Hailey. But, will hockey and the sting of previous relationships get in the way of a relationship before it even gets started?
Last year I stumbled on author Elle Kennedy due to another buddy read with We Be Book’N. I read the first couple pages of the book in the buddy read and I was hooked. More recently I discovered Sarina Bowen, and just like with Elle, I was hooked!!!
I loved the story of Hailey and Matt. While Elle and Sarina write romance novels, there are so much more to their books than romance. Elle and Sarina are both geniuses when it comes to character development and ever character they write about make the story what it is. Sarina and Elle touch on all parts of relationships…the good, the bad, the heartbreaks, the makeups, and everything in between. They make you wish you were in a relationship with the characters in the book (especially the hockey players…I mean who can resist a hockey player). I can’t tell you enough how good at writing these authors are, other than to say I generally start a book and am so hooked that I finish the book the day I started it! There will be many more books by Sarina and Elle in my future and there should be books by these two in your future too!!!
About the Authors:
Sarina Bowen is the award-winning author of more than thirty contemporary novels. She has hit the USA Today bestseller’s list thirteen times and counting. Formerly a derivatives trader on Wall Street, Sarina holds a BA in economics from Yale University.
Sarina is a New Englander whose Vermont ancestors cut timber and farmed the north country since the 1760s. Sarina is grateful for the invention of indoor plumbing and wi-fi during the intervening 250 years. On a few wooded acres, she lives with her husband, two boys, and an ungodly amount of ski and hockey gear.
Sarina’s books are published in a dozen languages on four continents.
A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.
Elle writes romantic suspense and erotic contemporary romance for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!
Meet Irene Steele. A year ago Irene was shocked to hear the news that her husband, a successful business man and father to her sons, was killed in a helicopter crash. What she was even more shocked to hear was that her husband had been leading a double life on the island of St. John, where there was another woman that loved him too.
Through a series of circumstances, Irene and her son’s find themselves back on the island of St. John. They are there to learn the truth about the husband/father they thought they knew and unravel the mystery of who this man actually was. As Irene and her son’s learn more about the man they thought they knew, they also learn more about themselves and begin to think about putting the pieces back together and forging a future.
I have read many of Elin Hilderbrand’s books over the years, and as always, she does not disappoint with the story she tells. Elin Hilderbrand does a wonderful job in weaving together the tragedy that a family suffers after the death of a loved one, along with positive plans for the future and happiness. What could have been a dark depressive book, was a wonderful story of loss, grief, love, uncertainty, and hope for the future. Elin Hilderbrand’s style of writing pulls you into the story and weaves you into the lives of the charters in the story she is telling. She braids you into their lives in a way that makes you believe that you are part of their family and part of the life they are living. And when you finish a book, they always leave you wanting more and wondering what happens to the charters after you read the last page. I love Elin Hilderbrand’s books and will continue to read each one she publishes!!!
Of note, this is the 2nd book in the Paradise Series. I did not realize this when I began this book and really wish I would have read the first book in the series first. If you take anything away from this review, other than Elin Hilderbrand is a fantastic author, take away that you should read this series in the order that they were written.
About the Author
Elin Hilderbrand lives on Nantucket with her husband and their three young children. She grew up in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and traveled extensively before settling on Nantucket, which has been the setting for her five previous novels. Hilderbrand is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the graduate fiction workshop at the University of Iowa.
Meet Jack Nolan. Jack is a journalist, but instead of covering politics, like he wants to be doing, he is stuck at an internet media company as the “how-to” guy. Jack is fed up with writing “fluff articles” and wants more than anything to break into the world of politics. In order to move up in his career, Jack strikes a deal with his boss to write one final “farewell” piece: How to Lose a Girl. Jack thinks this should be easy task, that is, until he meets Hannah Mayfield.
Meet Hannah Mayfield. Hannah is an event planner and her only focus is climbing the career ladder. Hannah is know for her events with professional sports players, but nobody thinks that she will ever be able to plan weddings. In order to secure a promotion, Hannah must prove to her boss that she has range, which includes planning a romantic wedding, which she dreads.
Jack and Hannah meet. Hannah thinks that he is the perfect man to date for a couple of weeks to show her boss that she is not scared of feelings. And Jack decides to use Hannah as his “How to Lose a Girl” girl. But then, Jack and Hannah’s fake relationship starts to feel real. Jack is no longer sure that Hannah is the one he wants to lose for his article and Hannah begins to think that Jack is not just some guy she will date for a couple of weeks.
What will Jack and Hannah put first…their promotions or their relationship? Read Not the Girl You Marry to find out!!!
I listened to this book in the car driving to and from work. As I began to listen, this felt a lot like the movie “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.” While the base of the story was very similar, I think Andie J Christopher‘s characters that she created where fantastic. I loved Jack and Hannah as well as all of the minor characters in the book. I thought they were both funny, charming, and just a little “crazy” (in a good way, of course!!!). Jack and Hannah and their banter back and forth made this story stand out from the movie “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.” It shaped the story that made me what to continue listening long after my drive had ended. Andie J Christopher does a wonderful job with her descriptions of characters as well as the situations they are in. It is easy to picture each part of the story in your mind’s eye and see it all unfolding before you! While this was first book of Andie J Christopher that I have read, I will for sure be checking out her other books!!!
Meet the Author
USA Today Bestselling author Andie J. Christopher writes edgy, funny, sexy contemporary romance featuring heat, humor, and dirty talking heroes that make readers sweat. She grew up in a family of voracious readers, and picked up her first Harlequin Romance novel at age twelve when she’d finished reading everything else in her grandmother’s house. It was love at first read. It wasn’t too long before she started writing her own stories — her first heroine drank Campari and drove an Alfa Romeo up a winding road to a minor royal’s estate in Spain. Andie lives in the Nation’s Capital with her French Bulldog, Gus, a stockpile of Campari, and way too many books.
WARNING: This book is heartbreaking, dark, dirty, and is only for true dark romance lovers. Arthur is not the hero—he’s the anti-hero. While the setting of this story is in a high school environment, its recommended reading age is eighteen+ due to mature content, explicit sexual scenes, and graphic language. There are also several scenes that could be triggering for readers. Please take this warning seriously before reading this book. IT’S NOT FOR SENSITIVE READERS.
Meet Arthur “Art.” When Art was 15 his life completely changed…in a matter of ONE second. The truth about what happened that night has driven him to the brink of insanity. Art has been labeled a lost cause as he is an ex-drug addict and suicide survivor and NO ONE can control him. He does not care about anyone or anything until he meets Cin. Or as Art thinks – “A Cin worth commiting.”
Meet Cinnamon “Cin.” Cin is a track start and has a full scholarship lined up after she graduates. She and her boyfriend have planned a future together that includes going to the same college (or 2 very close together), getting married, and having kids. A life anyone would envy. Then she meets Art. Cin knows she could stay away away because he is dark, dangerous, and damaged. BUT, she can’t stay away, she is drawn to him. As Cin gets to know Art better and as she is let into his world, Art begins to pull her carefully laid plans apart and this reeking havoc in every part of Cin’s world. Little did Cin know that one choice would set in motion the destruction of the world she had built. And little did Cin know, the consequences will be catastropic
***This is the first book in a duet and cannot be read as a standalone.***
My first thought when I finished this book was “OMG! What did I just read.” My second thought was “Are you kidding me? How could you end the book like that?”
I just recently discovered author Lorrain Allen and was selected to read this book just as it was published. When I saw the byline of “A twisted Interracial High School Love Triangle,” I though to myself “oh crap, what did I get my self into?” I was a little nervous getting started, but Lorrain Allen’s writing sucked me right in and never let me go during this book!!! Lorrain Allen’s writing is wonderfully descriptive in all the right ways and in all the “cinful” ways. Each page you turn leaves you thinking “did I really just read that” or “come on! tell me what happens next.”
This book gave me all the feels…heartbreak, loss, grief, pain, excitement, passion, nervousness…you name it, it was felt!! This book allows one to be swallowed up by the characters and the story. You feel what they feel. You get angry with the choices they make. You cheer them on. You swear at them and ask “why did you do that?!?” But most of all you end up loving each of the characters for what they bring to the story – good or bad.
This is a book that provided so many twists and turns in the story, I was surprised I did not get whiplash (in a good way)! Just when I thought the story had reached its climax and it was going to start winding down, the story switched directions and surprised me with what happened next! And let me tell you – THIS HAPPENED MULTIPLE TIMES! I was so frustrated and so intrigued all at the same time that I just had to keep reading.
I am so glad that I discovered Lorraine Allen and I will definitely be picking up more of her books. And let me tell you, the second book in this series cannot be published soon enough!!!
I was alerted to this book, A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford, after Suzy, from Suzy Approved Book Tours sent out an email about the 40th anniversary of this book. I honestly had never heard of this author or the book. I am so glad that Suzy told me about this book!!!
Meet Emma Harte – the iron-willed force behind a thriving international enterprise. Growing up, Emma lived in poverty until she honed her skills, learned to survive, became a woman, and vowed to make her mark on the world.
As one of the richest women in the world, Emma has everything that she could ever want…except, the one man she could never have. Emma’s life has taken her through 2 marriages, 2 wars, and generations of secrets as well as numerous successes. As Emma gets older, greed and envy consume those who are the closest to her. Now Emma finds herself in the position of needing to outwit her enemies and face her past in the same way she built her empire. Will Emma be able to do it or will everything Emma has built come crashing down around her?
While I did not have a chance to finish the entire book before this post was due, what I did read was wonderful. Barbara Taylor Bradford does a fantastic job of introducing the characters of the book in a wonderfully descriptive way – in a way that lets you picture them in your mind’s eye perfectly. In addition, while this story jumps time periods, Barbara does a good job letting you know exactly what time period you are in. Finally, I really enjoyed the style of writing Barbara Taylor Bradford has. Her writing style pulls you into the story and allows you to see the the story from each of the characters point of views.
While I did not have time to finish this book, I will for sure continue to read it as I can’t wait to see what happens!!