#Review – The Affair by @BethKery

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NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED
THE COMPLETE NOVEL

Available for the first time as a complete novel—the serial from the New York Times bestselling author that explores the dynamics of power and sex between two people who set the rules of desire…only to shatter them.

When unconventional hospice nurse Emma Shore secured a new position at the Breakers, the sprawling mansion of enigmatic and dangerously handsome racecar billionaire Michael Montand, she had no idea how soon she’d be drawn into his darker sexual games—or that it would be her own fantasies that would hold her captive.

Michael knew he shouldn’t have engaged such an innocent woman to share in his desires. But strong sexual appetites and selfishness run in his blood.

From Michael’s luxurious lakeside home to the sun-drenched, sensual shores of the French Riviera, Emma submits again and again to his intoxicating power. But she knows there is only one way to protect her heart.

The affair will continue, but under her conditions: Only she can end it, and when it’s over, they will part and never speak again of the things they dared to do behind locked doors.

MY REVIEW

The Affair by Beth Kery
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I LIKED IT
4 Stars

So I purchased this back in Nov. and love Beth Kery books, but for some reason I didn’t love this one. I liked it a lot and I got swooned a time or two, but all in all it was just ok for me.

Emma is a hospice nurse and a good one at that. She’s good to her patients and her patients are good FOR her. Her life seems to be on an even keel most days, but when she meets the man who is paying the bills for one of her patients, she kind of knocked off her game a bit.

Vanni is a rich asshole with a huge chip on his shoulders. He’s faced death and deceit too many times now that he’s just become hugely ridged and cold. Until he meets Emma!

I actually just found out that this was like 8 stories in one. Jeeze, that’s a lot of little books! I found it funny at times, sad at others, and mostly kind of hum drum. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good story, but (for me) lacked pizzazz and not enough highs and lows. The conclusion was good, but still not too exciting. The pacing was a little slow, but the storyline was good.

Review: Ruined by Shiloh Walker

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From the national bestselling author of Busted and Razed comes an unforgettable story of a love that transcends tragedy…
 
As one of the Barnes brothers, Sebastien has always felt blessed. Not only does he have an amazing family, but he’s become a Hollywood golden boy who has everything he’s ever wanted—with one exception. He’s had a thing for Marin since he was a kid, but when he finally summons the courage to ask her out, she turns him down. Marin is ready to settle down, she wants commitment and stability, and Sebastien is still too much of a playboy, caught up in the wild life of the spotlight.

Still reeling from the rejection, Sebastien’s luck runs out later that night when he saves a girl from an assault. The shining knight role fits him just fine, but his armor—and his perfect life—become tarnished when the near-deadly attack lands him in the hospital. Physically scarred, he gives up acting and retreats from everybody.

If anyone can pull Sebastien back from the abyss, it’s Marin. But first she has to convince him that beauty is not only skin deep…

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MY REVIEW

Ruined by Shiloh Walker
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EH.. IT WAS OK
3 STARS

So, this is my first book by Shiloh Walker. It was a fairly vanilla kind of book. In fact I think if you take out a few choice swear words this could be classified as Young Adult. The characters are not YA, but the storyline seems to be.

Marin is an actress. She’s struggling to help out an old friend and fellow co-worker with a life altering event. It doesn’t help that she’s had the hot for him since they were young. She’s smart when needed and not so smart when definitely NOT needed. I struggled to connect with her as most of her dialogue made me wanna punch her in the face.

Sebastien is also an actor and has been tramatized by a horrific event. He’s shut himself off from the outside world and has booze as his only companion. Marin visits him a couple times a week, but doesn’t seem to get through to him at all.

The supporting character cast is pretty vast. Sebastien’s family and friends. Co-workers and Marin’s friends. I wouldn’t say they helped or hurt the story, but they weren’t anyone I would mention as more than an additional character in the story.

So, I guess it’s fair to say I didn’t love the story. I guess I liked it a bit. The storyline was ok, but nothing I could latch onto. The dialogue was ok, the pacing a little slow for me, and the writing style a little choppy.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Shiloh Walker has been writing since she was a kid… she fell in love with vampires with the book Bunnicula and has worked her way up to the more…ah… serious vampire stories. She loves reading and writing anything paranormal, anything fantasy, but most all anything romantic. Once upon a time, she worked as a nurse, but now she writes full time and lives with her family in the Midwest. She also writes under the pen name J.C. Daniels.

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Review: Just What I Needed by Lorelei James

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The second sexy novel in the Need You series, from the New York Times bestselling author of the Mastered Series and the Blacktop Cowboys® Series.
 
Trinity Carlson might be having the worst day ever. And that was before she started drinking in a dive bar, right across from her ex and his new girlfriend. So when she finally decides enough is enough, she grabs hold of a hot, blond stranger and gives him the kiss of his life.

Walker Lund never expected that a chance at love would hit him right on the mouth. Since the moment his brother decided to settle down, Walker has been dodging his family’s hopes that he’ll do the same.  He’s never been interested in following in anyone’s footsteps. But when he discovers his sexy assailant has given him a fake name and number he suddenly finds himself in the mood for a little hot pursuit…

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MY REVIEW

Just What I Needed by Lorelei James
Trinity & Walker
VERY SWEET ROMANCE
4 Stars

This is my first book by Lorelei James. It’s comical, lovable, and very well rounded. Usually the books I read are so damn dark and gritty, that it was nice to read something with less chaos.

Trinity is an artist, sometimes struggling, but making ends meet. She keeps her family at arms length and rightfully so. They not only treat her like the “redheaded stepchild,” but they barely even acknowledge her presence.

Walker is from the infamous “Lund” family, but similar to Trinity, he keeps his distance from them for fear of getting the third degree on his dating life from his Momma, or getting roped into helping one of his sibs or cousins.

The supporting character cast is pretty huge. Walker has a ton of family… brothers, sisters, cousins, Mom, Dad, etc. Trinity has her friend Gen… I loved this girl… always pushing Trin to make decisions out of her comfort zone and opening her eyes to the bad juju going on around her.

So, to wrap this up… I found the story very well written and the characters exceptionally developed. The dialogue flowed and felt natural. The tension leading up to the climax was good. It’s 367 (kindle version) pages long and just a little bit too vanilla for my taste, but still good none-the-less.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Lorelei James is the NY Times and USA Today Bestselling author of erotic westerns in the Rough Riders series and the Blacktop Cowboys series, erotic romance in the Mastered series, contemporary romance in the Need You series, and the New Adult Rough Riders Legacy series, as well as several stand alone novels and novellas. Lorelei lives in western South Dakota–yes, by choice–with her husband, and Copper, their crazy corgi who has made life more interesting during these first empty next years…

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New Release & Review: Beauty and the Billionaire (The Wedding) by Jessica Clare

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In this all-new novella in the New York Times bestselling series, Hunter and Gretchen are finally tying the knot—but their wedding may not be the easy fairy tale they’ve dreamed of…

Someone’s out to ruin Gretchen’s happy-ever-after on the eve before the big day. Can she trust Hunter, the man she’s given her heart to? And can she rely on her sister Daphne (the least reliable person of all!) to help her salvage things? Or is this marriage going to go down in flames before Gretchen and Hunter ever get to the altar?

Includes a sneak peek of Dirty Money, first in Clare’s brand new Roughneck Billionaires series.

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MY REVIEW

Beauty and the Billionaire: The Wedding by Jessica Clare
Gretchen & Hunter & So much more
SHORT, TO THE POINT, AND OH SO GOOD!
5 Stars

So, this is a perfect little novella follow up to Gretchen and Hunters book Beauty and the Billionaire. It’s a novella so it’s short but sweet. It gets right to the point AND leads you right into another story that I think has been stirring in Jessica’s head for a while now. .

Gretchen is planning her wedding to Hunter, but seems to be freaking way the heck out over every tiny details. She keeps firing people and taking on their tasks by herself. What could possibly go wrong.

Hunter is oblivious to Gretchen’s dilemmas, however he’s there to help, he just doesn’t know how or what to do. He has some things up his sleeve as well and he’s trying hard to keep them under wraps.

The supporting characters cast is pretty vast. I’ll only touch on a few. Daphne (Gretchen’s sister) is back in the picture and doing quite well or so it would seem. She’s a recovering drug addict and trying to mend fences with her two sisters. Her trainer and life coach Wesley is heavily in the picture and I’m thinking we might see more of him in the future.

The storyline is eventful, but not too hectic! So much going on and it’s packaged in this quick read. The writing style is impeccable and the pacing is perfect. The characters are likable and hilarious. The tension is immediate and the climax flawless. Loved it!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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This is a pen name for Jill Myles.

Jill Myles has been an incurable romantic since childhood. She reads all the ‘naughty parts’ of books first, looks for a dirty joke in just about everything, and thinks to this day that the Little House on the Prairie books should have been steamier.

After devouring hundreds of paperback romances, mythology books, and archaeological tomes, she decided to write a few books of her own – stories with a wild adventure, sharp banter, and lots of super-sexy situations. She prefers her heroes alpha and half-dressed, her heroines witty, and she loves nothing more than watching them overcome adversity to fall into bed together.

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New Release: Wishing For Us by Sydney Landon

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Sydney Landon—New York Times bestselling author of The One for Me—delivers a new novel of love lost and found in her popular Danvers series.

Since the loss of her fiancé, Lydia Cross has refused to allow herself to feel anything close to love. That is until corporate hotshot Jacob Hay comes to her aid outside of the Danvers International corporate headquarters and captures her attention. Too bad he doesn’t show any signs of reciprocating her feelings.

Things change when, after a rowdy Vegas bachelorette party, she wakes up next to Jacob…as his newly wedded wife! Lydia is stunned, but Jacob seems remarkably calm and isn’t inclined to end their hasty merger. In fact, day by day he gives her everything she’s been missing—especially in bed. But when the magic of Sin City fades, Lydia grows concerned she’ll find herself alone once again…

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Sydney Landon is the New York Times & USA Today Best Selling author of: Weekends Required, Not Planning on You, Fall For Me, Fighting For You, Betting on You, No Denying You, Always Loving You, Pierced and Fractured. Sydney is currently working on the next book in the Danvers’ Series as well as the Pierced Series. When she isn’t writing, Sydney enjoys reading, swimming and the beach. She lives with her family in Greenville, South Carolina.

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