New Release & Review: Kiss of Summer by Alyson Raynes

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Jesse Austin has led a troubled life. Abandoned by his parents at a young age, Jesse chose to run with the wrong crowd and found trouble with the law.

Summer Jacobs is stuck living her mother’s dream of becoming an Olympic Figure Skater. An avid reader, Summer prefers visiting her grandfather’s ranch, where she finds peace and happiness under her favorite tree with her most beloved stories.

Needing a break from everyday life, Summer and her friends visit the ranch one last time before they enter their senior year of high school. For her friends it’s the trip of a lifetime, but for Summer, it’s a struggle distinguishing between finding peace and falling in love with a troubled boy.

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MY REVIEW

Kiss of Summer by Alyson Raynes
Summer & Jesse
EMOTIONAL YET VERY SWEET
4.5 Stars

So, when I started reading this, I though for sure this has got to be a YA book and even though I was told it’s not, I still feel it could fall in to that category for sure. It’s a fairly clean book, yet actually incredibly emotional. Lots of strong feels!

Summer is in the prime of her teenage years. Just about ready to graduate from High School and looking to change her direction in life, she visits her Grandfather every summer on his ranch that takes in wayward kids. On a trip with her girlfriends Summer meets back up with Jesse (a ranch hand who is one of the wayward kids) and sparks seem to start flying, but are quickly extinguished when Summer receives some troubling news. Shipped back home immediately, she doesn’t see Jesse or Grandpa Carl for a long while.

Jesse is a young man who came from a terrible life. As a child he witnessed more heartache and violence than anyone should have to in any life. He made some bad choices in order to survive, but those bad choices brought him to Carl and his ranch. I have not doubt that Jesse was in love with Summer from the very beginning, but believed himself not good enough for Carl’s granddaughter.

The supporting character cast is pretty good… Grandpa Carl is my fave by far. He’s never condescending to anyone. He always sees the good in everyone. And he’s living a life I think a lot of us would kill for. Summer’s friends are pretty damn funny too. That Angie with the crazy hair and foul mouth made me crack a smile a time or two.

So, this is a very lovable, very touching read. The characters were good, the writing style splendid, and the pacing excellent. The tension leading up to the climax was first rate and the dialogue flowed nicely.

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Alyson enjoys bringing characters to life and has been writing since she was a little girl. Her first published book was in elementary school where it was put on display in the library for others to read. Alyson’s love for books is what compels her to write and create new worlds of her own for others to enjoy. She enjoys writing everything from erotica to suspense thrillers. Deception is the first book in the Fixer Series, which is both an erotic romance and suspense thriller.

A Colorado native, Alyson loves to travel. She has visited Ireland, Mexico and most of the United States. Her favorite vacation hideaway is Hawaii. She has a love for the ocean and enjoys swimming with sea turtles in the wild. Alyson is a former accountant who has traded in her abacus for a full-time writing career.

She has been happily married for twenty-four years to her high school sweetheart and is the proud mother of two. Her love of quilting keeps her busy in the winter months when she isn’t writing. Alyson’s favorite past time is spending time with her family, watching football and laughing together.

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“What do you think of this one, Summer?” Angie asked, showing off a white, strapless dress.

“I think it looks great on you, if you’re looking to get married.”

“Ugh. Why is this so hard?”

“Probably because your hair is the color of a rainbow, and everything clashes with it.”

“Bitch!”

I laughed. “You know it’s true.”

“Yeah, yeah, yeah.”

“Why don’t you just go with black? Everything matches that.”

“You know, that’s probably what I’ll end up doing.”

“That’s what I’m wearing.”

“Shut up. You’re wearing black because your boyfriend Jesse isn’t taking you to prom.”

“Maybe.”

“What would you do if he showed up?”

“What? What kind of question is that? You know he’s not going to, so why are we playing this game?”

“Oh. Oh. Oh. Because I want to know. What would Summer do if her hot bod, boyfriend showed up to prom?”

“Well, he won’t, so…”

“Come on. Spill it, Jacobs!”

“I don’t know. Dance?”

“Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Give me a break!”

“Well, isn’t that what you do at prom?”

“No. There’s a lot more that you do at prom.”

“Um…okay. Like what?”

“Stay out all night.”

“Alright. If Jesse showed up, we’d go to dinner, then the dance.”

“B.O.R.I.N.G.,” she yawned.

“What do you want me to say? That I’d take him to a hotel room, rip his clothes off, and have wild and crazy sex with him?”

“YES!!!”

“You’re ridiculous, Angie.”

“Why? Because I made you admit that you want to see him naked and have wild and crazy sex with him?”

“No. Because your mind always goes straight to the gutter.”

“You know what they say about girls that have dirty minds, right?”

I rolled my eyes. “No, do tell me.”

“We’re smarter.”

“That makes absolutely no sense. You do realize that?”

“It’s true. I read it in my teen magazine. They said that girls with dirty minds masturbate more often; therefore, letting their endorphins kick in. It has something to do with releasing a certain chemical into your brain, and that’s why it makes you smarter.”

“So…if you’re a horny girl, you’re smarter?”

“Yep. They’ve even proven it with science.”

“I’m calling bullshit on that one, Ang.”

“Whatever, Summer. Science doesn’t lie.”

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Title: Triztan (The Russian Roulette Series)

Author: Alyson Raynes

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Genre: Erotica

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This book is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone. There are no cliff hangers.

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This book is intended for readers 18 and older. Strong language and adult scenes. M/M, F/F, M/F/M, Menage’ and adult sex toys.

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I wasn’t always an asshole, or at least that’s what I liked to tell myself. The truth is I had been this way since I was an adolescent. My sister reminded me of it every day, especially during my teen years. I couldn’t help that I enjoyed looking at tits and pussy. Looking at them made my dick hard and that usually resulted in one of her friends sucking me off.

I loved it when her friends spent the night—that was the bonus of having a sister. Otherwise, she was just a complete pain in the ass, always bitching about how fat she was or how some guy dumped her because she wouldn’t put out. It pissed me off, because one, she was annoying as fuck, and two, because any guy that touched my sister would get the shit kicked out of him, by me.

Her friends though, they were free reign and mine for the taking, and trust me when I tell you, I took them. Anya was by far my favorite and the first girl that I’d ever sunk my dick in. She was older than me by two years. She could fuck like a porn star and suck the chrome off a bumper. That girl left me with the wettest dreams and when I was finally legal, she rocked my whole fucking world.

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God, I love Steph… she’s all calm and collected on the inside, but dig deeper and she’s a hot and steamy freak who isn’t afraid to tell you how it is… or how it’s going to be!!!

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TRIZTAN (Russian Roulette #1) by Alyson Raynes
OH, SO GOOD!

When I imagine Tristan Petrovsky and the Russian Roulette series, my mind automatically takes me to Dolph Lundgren playing Ivan Drago in Rocky 4, “I must break you!” I had the hots for Dolph back then because of his mysteriousness and sexier than sin bod and that’s exactly how I feel about Tristan. He’s mysterious, he’s sexy as hell, and he likes to fuck… a lot. There is so much going on in this book besides the fact that our lead male character is a manwhore. There’s suspense, loss, hilarity, and so much turmoil. this spin off from The Fixer series will have you reeling for days.

Tristan or Triztan, however you want to spell it is so complex. He’s (in a sense) like Michael Corleone from the Godfather. He tries so hard to make a life for himself outside the family business, but no matter how hard he tries… “They pulled him back in!” Tristan is a very level headed guy. He takes what he wants and has no regrets. Through his adolescent years of life in Russia, to the college life at school in Colorado he never lost who he was or where he came from. Through his loss and the distance between him and his old life, he never wavered. He stole my heart and he’ll steal yours too. Just give him the time of day and maybe a piece of ass and you’re in!

So, the supporting character cast is enormous in this book. I’ll start with Anya. She’s perfect. I loved her from the very beginning. She’s like Tristan in may ways. Must be that Russian mentality! She gave Tristan everything she had and although at times that may have not been enough, she’s good with whatever decisions he’s made. Onto Stephanie… Well, she was a breath of fresh air. She’s comical, beautiful, and smart. I honestly thought she was just right for Tristan. She’s a third grade teacher and if I’m not mistaken, she taught Tristan a few things also… and not classroom stuff! Damn that girl was freaky! So, the next character on my list is Dylan. He’s a great friend! The best actually. He befriends Tristan in college and the rest is history from there for these two.

Ya know, after reading The Fixer series with Dylan and Tristan, I wasn’t sure where Tristan’s story was going to pick up. Before, During, or after… well, it seems to play right along side The Fixer series. How cool is that?!? A lot before it and a little during it. Wow, who knew while reading The Fixer series that there was another story unfolding there.

To wrap this up… The storyline is excellent. It keeps you glued to it’s pages. Tristan is one of those books where you keep saying to yourself “One more chapter” and 4 chapters later at 1AM you’ll finally put it down so you can get some sleep. The pacing is superior. The dialogue flows and feels natural. The highs and lows are plentiful and the climax is absolutely breathtaking. It’s 200 (Kindle version) pages long and for this reader… amazing!

I received an ARC from Alyson for an honest review (thanks chica!)

4.5 Stars

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Alyson enjoys bringing characters to life and has been writing since she was a little girl. Her first published book was in elementary school where it was put on display in the library for others to read. Alyson’s love for books is what compels her to write and create new worlds of her own for others to enjoy. She enjoys writing everything from erotica to suspense thrillers.

A Colorado native, Alyson loves to travel. She has visited Ireland, Mexico and most of the United States. Her favorite vacation hideaway is Hawaii. She has a love for the ocean and enjoys swimming with sea turtles in the wild. Alyson is a former accountant who has traded in her abacus for a full-time writing career.

She has been happily married for twenty-two years to her high school sweetheart and is the proud mother of two. Her love of quilting keeps her busy in the winter months when she isn’t writing. Alyson’s favorite past time is spending time with her family, watching football and laughing together.

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COVER REVEAL **~** Kiss of Summer by Alyson Raynes

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Title:  Kiss
of Summer
Author:  Alyson Raynes

Genre:
  Contemporary Romance
Publisher:  AR
Publications
Release Date:
August 26, 2014

Synopsis:
Jesse Austin has led a troubled
life.  Abandoned by his parents at a
young age, caused him to run with the wrong crowd and find trouble with the
law.

Summer Jacobs just graduated from high
school and is preparing for her
freshman year of college. Needing a
break from everyday life, she decides to visit her grandfather’s ranch in hopes
of finding peace before living on her own.
For Summer, it’s the trip of a lifetime,
but for Jesse, it’s a painful reminder of the past. Will they come to love one
another, or will they be torn apart by Jesse’s checkered past?



 

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About the Author:
 
Alyson
enjoys bringing characters to life and has been writing since she was a little
girl. Her first published book was in elementary school where it was put on
display in the library for others to read. Alyson’s love for books is what
compels her to write and create new worlds of her own for others to enjoy. She
enjoys writing everything from erotica to suspense thrillers. Deception is the
first book in the Fixer Series, which is both an erotic romance and suspense
thriller.
A Colorado native, Alyson loves to travel. She
has visited Ireland, Mexico and most of the United States. Her favorite
vacation hideaway is Hawaii. She has a love for the ocean and enjoys swimming
with sea turtles in the wild. Alyson is a former accountant who has traded in
her abacus for a full-time writing career.
She has been happily married for twenty-one
years to her high school sweetheart and is the proud mother of two. Her love of
quilting keeps her busy in the winter months when she isn’t writing. Alyson’s
favorite past time is spending time with her family, watching football and
laughing together.
 
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