The Nerdy Dirty Girlies

Two gal pals(Juli and Lynne) who are romance books fanatics. Be it NA, Contemporary, Paranormal, Erotica, Historical and even some YA , as long as it's saucy we eat it up!

Review of Bite and Release by Cory Cyr
4 Stars
I’m a bit behind with this review being that i read this back in June when it released. Not because i didn’t like it ( in fact i LURVED it!!!) but because my ” Busy Mom of Three During The Summer” life got in the way. This was an absolute joy to read. Let’s start with the fact that the main character was a woman in her 30’s. I’m in no way an agest but shit it can get pretty old when almost every romance genre character out there is 19. Uhm hello!!! 30 somethings and up fall in love too!!! Plus there is a certain flavor to the story when the characters are older (okay so maybe i’m a bit biased lol). I felt a kinship with her on the spot! It was also spot on with the fantasy that if i were to ever start over a man who’d be perhaps half my age would find me utterly irresistible. And then there is the whole “He Worshiped Her Since His Childhood and Even Told Her Father He’d Marry Her Someday” thing. GAAAAAH my heart almost exploded! Almost couldn’t take how sweet that was! But that’s as far as the sweet went. Shea was a bit relentless in his hot pursuit and i ate that shit right up! Don’t even get me started on their first orgasmic scene which had her having exactly one of those moments on the front seat of his truck (YES! YES! Aaaaaand YES!!!). A bit alpha male with just the right pinch of chivalry. I didn’t matter that there was about a ten yr. difference, if anything he made her the more immature of the two. I literally coulda smacked the bitch around a bit when she kept leaving out the one fine detail : that she was still married! Also while understanding why she would ( running from a psycho abusive ass hole). See… pure genius when you can’t side with either one cause you love them both. Ryan was also extremely funny and had a humor that i definitely responded to ( i have a PHD when it comes to dry and sarcastic humor lol). It was an immense pleasure to read. Sure it didn’t have the most complicated of plots, sometimes being pretty predictable at it’s attempt at over the top drama ( only one small moment of that thank gawd). Still it put the author on my radar, and someone i will keep my eye out for in the hopefully near future ;)
BTW I have no shame to admit the cover just about hooked me on the spot! Holy sex on crackers he’s hot!!! Can i have two of him?  Better yet maybe three? yeah… a gal can dream. 
Goodread Synopsis:
Ryan Chase left Fairbanks, Alaska, when she was 21 years old to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. Somewhere along the way her dreams of stardom crashed and burned, along with her life.Thirteen years later she is forced to return to Fairbanks because her unforgiving and emotionally-distant father has suddenly died. Ryan seizes the opportunity to not only escape her abusive husband but to be able to attend her best friend’s wedding. What could go wrong? It’s only Fairbanks, Alaska…While wishing she was anywhere but her father’s funeral and wake, Ryan is struck senseless by a stunning, drop-dead gorgeous man. Her thoughts turn carnal and she desperately wants to know him in every way—and position—possible. There’s only one problem…He’s the devil’s spawn.He’s the one who marked her for life.He’s the kid she used to baby-sit.And he’s hotter than hell!Shea Michaels has loved Ryan Chase for most of his life. After surviving an unspeakable childhood, he became a man of whom she could be proud of…if she ever came back.Now that she’s returned, Shea pursues her with a vengeance, undaunted by the thirteen year age difference that Ryan uses as the shield between them.Confusion, guilt and lust bombard Ryan as she battles the memories of the little boy she used to know while still being drawn to the heart-stopping man he has become.

Review of Bite and Release by Cory Cyr

4 Stars

I’m a bit behind with this review being that i read this back in June when it released. Not because i didn’t like it ( in fact i LURVED it!!!) but because my ” Busy Mom of Three During The Summer” life got in the way. This was an absolute joy to read. Let’s start with the fact that the main character was a woman in her 30’s. I’m in no way an agest but shit it can get pretty old when almost every romance genre character out there is 19. Uhm hello!!! 30 somethings and up fall in love too!!! Plus there is a certain flavor to the story when the characters are older (okay so maybe i’m a bit biased lol). I felt a kinship with her on the spot! It was also spot on with the fantasy that if i were to ever start over a man who’d be perhaps half my age would find me utterly irresistible. And then there is the whole “He Worshiped Her Since His Childhood and Even Told Her Father He’d Marry Her Someday” thing. GAAAAAH my heart almost exploded! Almost couldn’t take how sweet that was! But that’s as far as the sweet went. Shea was a bit relentless in his hot pursuit and i ate that shit right up! Don’t even get me started on their first orgasmic scene which had her having exactly one of those moments on the front seat of his truck (YES! YES! Aaaaaand YES!!!). A bit alpha male with just the right pinch of chivalry. I didn’t matter that there was about a ten yr. difference, if anything he made her the more immature of the two. I literally coulda smacked the bitch around a bit when she kept leaving out the one fine detail : that she was still married! Also while understanding why she would ( running from a psycho abusive ass hole). See… pure genius when you can’t side with either one cause you love them both. Ryan was also extremely funny and had a humor that i definitely responded to ( i have a PHD when it comes to dry and sarcastic humor lol). It was an immense pleasure to read. Sure it didn’t have the most complicated of plots, sometimes being pretty predictable at it’s attempt at over the top drama ( only one small moment of that thank gawd). Still it put the author on my radar, and someone i will keep my eye out for in the hopefully near future ;)

BTW I have no shame to admit the cover just about hooked me on the spot! Holy sex on crackers he’s hot!!! Can i have two of him?  Better yet maybe three? yeah… a gal can dream. 

Goodread Synopsis:

Ryan Chase left Fairbanks, Alaska, when she was 21 years old to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. Somewhere along the way her dreams of stardom crashed and burned, along with her life.

Thirteen years later she is forced to return to Fairbanks because her unforgiving and emotionally-distant father has suddenly died. Ryan seizes the opportunity to not only escape her abusive husband but to be able to attend her best friend’s wedding. What could go wrong? It’s only Fairbanks, Alaska…
While wishing she was anywhere but her father’s funeral and wake, Ryan is struck senseless by a stunning, drop-dead gorgeous man. Her thoughts turn carnal and she desperately wants to know him in every way—and position—possible. There’s only one problem…

He’s the devil’s spawn.
He’s the one who marked her for life.
He’s the kid she used to baby-sit.
And he’s hotter than hell!

Shea Michaels has loved Ryan Chase for most of his life. After surviving an unspeakable childhood, he became a man of whom she could be proud of…if she ever came back.
Now that she’s returned, Shea pursues her with a vengeance, undaunted by the thirteen year age difference that Ryan uses as the shield between them.

Confusion, guilt and lust bombard Ryan as she battles the memories of the little boy she used to know while still being drawn to the heart-stopping man he has become.

The Vampire’s Wolf by Jenna Kernan
Rating : 3 Stars
I recieved this arc via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. There are some minor spoilers, so read at your own risk:
Brianna Vittori is a gal who just recently found out she really isn’t like everyone else. All those fairy tales her grandma told her as a child weren’t mere stories but her ancestry. Bri is fey, which in this story equals as a female vamp. And worst she’s running for her life from male vampires who like to trap females and keep them as slaves or weapons ( and not the cleaning and cooking kind if you know what i mean). Her unfortunate power is that while she brings human males the power of early success, shes poisonous to them, LITERALLY. She drains away their life expectancy the moment she’s intimate with them. It’s during the time she takes her boyfriend to the hospital ( her second boyfriend ever btw, didn’t want ya’ll to think the gal was loose with her caboose) that vamps show up and the chase begins.
Enter Staff Sgt. Travis Toren MacConnelly ( WOWZA what a name!!). When Mac was in Afghanistan he was attacked by the enemy, only that enemy didn’t turn out to be human. They were werewolves. Though he and one of his soilder’s John Loc Lam survived the ambush, he carries with him the guilt that he let all his men down and they paid the ultimate prize with their lives. Now he’s basically a government lab rat. It was during one of his many night missions he came across Bri. Both him and Loc save her from a torturous fate and their lives are never the same.
The story was interesting but i found the whole fey = vamp kinda hard to follow. I guess i’m a a bit of a traditionalist where vampires and fey are very different beings. I will say this: It was fast passed so it was never boring. I kept rooting for them the whole time! I also REALLY want to know what will be Loc’s fate. Will he stay in were form forever? Will it take a special lady to break that spell??? So yes i will definitely read the second book to the series if there ever is one. (HINT HINT) -Juli

The Vampire’s Wolf by Jenna Kernan

Rating : 3 Stars

I recieved this arc via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. There are some minor spoilers, so read at your own risk:

Brianna Vittori is a gal who just recently found out she really isn’t like everyone else. All those fairy tales her grandma told her as a child weren’t mere stories but her ancestry. Bri is fey, which in this story equals as a female vamp. And worst she’s running for her life from male vampires who like to trap females and keep them as slaves or weapons ( and not the cleaning and cooking kind if you know what i mean). Her unfortunate power is that while she brings human males the power of early success, shes poisonous to them, LITERALLY. She drains away their life expectancy the moment she’s intimate with them. It’s during the time she takes her boyfriend to the hospital ( her second boyfriend ever btw, didn’t want ya’ll to think the gal was loose with her caboose) that vamps show up and the chase begins.

Enter Staff Sgt. Travis Toren MacConnelly ( WOWZA what a name!!). When Mac was in Afghanistan he was attacked by the enemy, only that enemy didn’t turn out to be human. They were werewolves. Though he and one of his soilder’s John Loc Lam survived the ambush, he carries with him the guilt that he let all his men down and they paid the ultimate prize with their lives. Now he’s basically a government lab rat. It was during one of his many night missions he came across Bri. Both him and Loc save her from a torturous fate and their lives are never the same.

The story was interesting but i found the whole fey = vamp kinda hard to follow. I guess i’m a a bit of a traditionalist where vampires and fey are very different beings. I will say this: It was fast passed so it was never boring. I kept rooting for them the whole time! I also REALLY want to know what will be Loc’s fate. Will he stay in were form forever? Will it take a special lady to break that spell??? So yes i will definitely read the second book to the series if there ever is one. (HINT HINT) -Juli

Gave this a 3.5 because although it was great, it just didn’t pack the magic of the first. Right off the bat i thought it was really great that even though Tiffany has been through so much adversity (mainly a son of a bitch racist grandmother) she was not all about the doom and gloom. Sure she had insecurities anyone would have, especially with her upbringing but she was brave and had a willingness to step a foot forward. Also she was fierce and witty with her opinions which i REALLY lurved about her. And Devin Gold (aka Gold Daddy)…well..he was alright. He had that whole master of the manor mysterious vibe thing going. But he was a bit of a void. Only thing that came across was that he was a bit spoiled. Personally i think the boy needed a lil spanking, maybe would have brought a lil more life outta him.He also didn’t seem to fight for her much. There just seemed to be not much of a chase. I wished there would have been more of an insight how he felt about her the whole time they were falling for each other. This would have been a great opportunity for a his and her POV. Still it was a worthy amorous read for the romance addicted (i’m def a member of that club).
Here’s the gist of it:
Tiffany Ennis spent most of her childhood in foster care to finally end up living with her grandmother only to be her slave/caretaker. No matter her efforts to gained her affections she 
received constant verbal abuse only to be then was thrown out with but a few possessions and her name. But then luck smiled her way when one of her H.S teachers recommended her for a house sitting job. She finally had the solitude and security she’d been craving for. What she didn’t count on was meting the owner of the mansion on her first night there ( nor did she think he’d bee so young and edible. Soon that big ole mansion wan’t big enough to  contain all that chemistry! -Juli

Amazon Synopsis:
In and out of foster care her whole life, Tiffany Ennis has never had space or privacy, so housesitting a mansion on the coast of Maine with only the absentee rich owner’s dog for company is pure bliss. But her peace is shattered when the owner returns to his compound unexpectedly. Tiffany finds him to be sexy and intriguing, showing an interest in her that must be mocking, given that everyone’s always told her she’s plain, nothing special. 

Devin Gold, known in the music industry as Gold Daddy, is usually in New York City attending drop parties and having men and women alike throw themselves at him, and Tiffany wishes he’d stayed there. There’s no reason for a top producer to hole up in Maine in the dead of winter, and every time she turns around he’s asking her prying questions. She finds herself starting to enjoy their intellectual conversations and clever sparring matches. In a hot minute she’s falling for him. Even knowing that he’s a decade older, filthy rich, and could only want her for his momentary amusement. 

Yet even when he hosts beautiful and confident guests from the city, he still seems to prefer her company, and is protective when odd things start happening around the house. But how far is Tiffany willing to go with a man who is still very much married, estranged wife or not, just to feel special? 

The solace she sought… 
Becomes an affair she never expected… 
And all the lines between past and present and right and wrong are blurred… 

Gave this a 3.5 because although it was great, it just didn’t pack the magic of the first. Right off the bat i thought it was really great that even though Tiffany has been through so much adversity (mainly a son of a bitch racist grandmother) she was not all about the doom and gloom. Sure she had insecurities anyone would have, especially with her upbringing but she was brave and had a willingness to step a foot forward. Also she was fierce and witty with her opinions which i REALLY lurved about her. And Devin Gold (aka Gold Daddy)…well..he was alright. He had that whole master of the manor mysterious vibe thing going. But he was a bit of a void. Only thing that came across was that he was a bit spoiled. Personally i think the boy needed a lil spanking, maybe would have brought a lil more life outta him.He also didn’t seem to fight for her much. There just seemed to be not much of a chase. I wished there would have been more of an insight how he felt about her the whole time they were falling for each other. This would have been a great opportunity for a his and her POV. Still it was a worthy amorous read for the romance addicted (i’m def a member of that club).

Here’s the gist of it:

Tiffany Ennis spent most of her childhood in foster care to finally end up living with her grandmother only to be her slave/caretaker. No matter her efforts to gained her affections she 

received constant verbal abuse only to be then was thrown out with but a few possessions and her name. But then luck smiled her way when one of her H.S teachers recommended her for a house sitting job. She finally had the solitude and security she’d been craving for. What she didn’t count on was meting the owner of the mansion on her first night there ( nor did she think he’d bee so young and edible. Soon that big ole mansion wan’t big enough to  contain all that chemistry! -Juli

Amazon Synopsis:

In and out of foster care her whole life, Tiffany Ennis has never had space or privacy, so housesitting a mansion on the coast of Maine with only the absentee rich owner’s dog for company is pure bliss. But her peace is shattered when the owner returns to his compound unexpectedly. Tiffany finds him to be sexy and intriguing, showing an interest in her that must be mocking, given that everyone’s always told her she’s plain, nothing special. 

Devin Gold, known in the music industry as Gold Daddy, is usually in New York City attending drop parties and having men and women alike throw themselves at him, and Tiffany wishes he’d stayed there. There’s no reason for a top producer to hole up in Maine in the dead of winter, and every time she turns around he’s asking her prying questions. She finds herself starting to enjoy their intellectual conversations and clever sparring matches. In a hot minute she’s falling for him. Even knowing that he’s a decade older, filthy rich, and could only want her for his momentary amusement. 

Yet even when he hosts beautiful and confident guests from the city, he still seems to prefer her company, and is protective when odd things start happening around the house. But how far is Tiffany willing to go with a man who is still very much married, estranged wife or not, just to feel special? 

The solace she sought… 

Becomes an affair she never expected… 

And all the lines between past and present and right and wrong are blurred… 

I was really surprised i liked this book so much considering it had the whole love triangle thing going on (which really makes me wanna pull all my hair out then setting it on fire! Nothing irritates me more than a chick who can’t make up her mind between two guys, especially one she’s only with for security when the other is the love of her life. But you know what? I found myself understanding why she’d be so conflicted. 

When she was a teen Cat fell head over heels for her foster brother Heath. For a year they were inseparable, to the point of obsession. But after giving herself to him Heath disappeared the very next day leaving her shattered. Fast forward 4 yrs Cat is now in college and has undergone a total transformation. Gone is the free spirited teen that roamed the small island of Vinalhaven with wild abandon. She changed her looks and is Dating the Campus “It” guy pre-law student Ethan. He is everything she craves after being so lost with loss: stability, tradition and most of all predictability. Only on the night of homecoming all hell breaks loose when Heath shows up to the party. He comes with explanations of leaving for the marines and how he had little choice in the matter. Now with him he brings all those old feelings which were not so far from the surface as she had originality thought. And he lets her know plain and simple, they belong to each other and always will. Hes the gritty, ruff around the edges bad boy with the heart of gold. My favorite kind of naughty goodness! He is full of passion, devotion and just the right amount of aggression. He hit all my goody buttons i tell ya! Definitely will be moving to the second book in the series ;)  - July
Amazon Synopsis:
The guy she wants… Growing up on the coast of Maine with a revolving door of foster siblings, Caitlyn Michaud spent one intense and passionate year falling in love with her foster brother, Heath. Then he left without a word. Isn’t the guy she needs… Determined to move on, in college Caitlyn has risen above her small town impoverished roots and has joined a sorority, reinvented her appearance, and landed the right boyfriend in frat president Ethan. But the perfect world she tried so hard to attain is ripped apart when Heath appears one night out of nowhere. Out of the military, Heath is as brooding and intense as ever, and he is determined not only to win her back, but to exact revenge on everyone who kept him from her… And when one love allows her to breathe, but the other feels as essential to her life as air, how does she choose between them? 

I was really surprised i liked this book so much considering it had the whole love triangle thing going on (which really makes me wanna pull all my hair out then setting it on fire! Nothing irritates me more than a chick who can’t make up her mind between two guys, especially one she’s only with for security when the other is the love of her life. But you know what? I found myself understanding why she’d be so conflicted. 

When she was a teen Cat fell head over heels for her foster brother Heath. For a year they were inseparable, to the point of obsession. But after giving herself to him Heath disappeared the very next day leaving her shattered. Fast forward 4 yrs Cat is now in college and has undergone a total transformation. Gone is the free spirited teen that roamed the small island of Vinalhaven with wild abandon. She changed her looks and is Dating the Campus “It” guy pre-law student Ethan. He is everything she craves after being so lost with loss: stability, tradition and most of all predictability. Only on the night of homecoming all hell breaks loose when Heath shows up to the party. He comes with explanations of leaving for the marines and how he had little choice in the matter. Now with him he brings all those old feelings which were not so far from the surface as she had originality thought. And he lets her know plain and simple, they belong to each other and always will. Hes the gritty, ruff around the edges bad boy with the heart of gold. My favorite kind of naughty goodness! He is full of passion, devotion and just the right amount of aggression. He hit all my goody buttons i tell ya! Definitely will be moving to the second book in the series ;)  - July

Amazon Synopsis:

The guy she wants… 

Growing up on the coast of Maine with a revolving door of foster siblings, Caitlyn Michaud spent one intense and passionate year falling in love with her foster brother, Heath. Then he left without a word. 

Isn’t the guy she needs… 

Determined to move on, in college Caitlyn has risen above her small town impoverished roots and has joined a sorority, reinvented her appearance, and landed the right boyfriend in frat president Ethan. 

But the perfect world she tried so hard to attain is ripped apart when Heath appears one night out of nowhere. Out of the military, Heath is as brooding and intense as ever, and he is determined not only to win her back, but to exact revenge on everyone who kept him from her… 

And when one love allows her to breathe, but the other feels as essential to her life as air, how does she choose between them? 

Received arc through netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 3 Stars:Kira is running from her abusive ex boyfriend Nate, and she only has one poo I have to go to be safe: the house of her former gamer friends. Ollie, Ethan and Alex. Only running away from her current situation brings her smack into her past. Alex was the Jonas guy she slanted but after his rejection( or lack of feelings) she runs straight into Nathan’s arms. Only how turned out to be a total psycho. Fearing an I told you so from Alex wasn’t enough to stay away, instead she faces his anger at beer leasing him so long ago head on. Only their is more to his hurt than what’s at the surface.
Pretty different angle to the usual Na romance angle. Gamer’s Romance was definitely a first for me. It was a good change of pace though. Good story. There was actual comic relief in the form of her best friend Lulu and her constant boy on boy action fetish. My only issues were it was waaaay to short and a cliffhanger! It seriously left me hanging, but I’d still wanna read part 2.

-Juli

Received arc through netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 3 Stars:
Kira is running from her abusive ex boyfriend Nate, and she only has one poo I have to go to be safe: the house of her former gamer friends. Ollie, Ethan and Alex. Only running away from her current situation brings her smack into her past. Alex was the Jonas guy she slanted but after his rejection( or lack of feelings) she runs straight into Nathan’s arms. Only how turned out to be a total psycho. Fearing an I told you so from Alex wasn’t enough to stay away, instead she faces his anger at beer leasing him so long ago head on. Only their is more to his hurt than what’s at the surface.

Pretty different angle to the usual Na romance angle. Gamer’s Romance was definitely a first for me. It was a good change of pace though. Good story. There was actual comic relief in the form of her best friend Lulu and her constant boy on boy action fetish. My only issues were it was waaaay to short and a cliffhanger! It seriously left me hanging, but I’d still wanna read part 2.

-Juli

I received this arc through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Warning : Some Spoilers will be included in this review. Also for what ever reason i used Greek Mythology  deities as examples/descriptions. Have no clue why that pop up ( perhaps it was the god like man meat subjects) You been warned Chickadees!
What’s better/hotter than a MMA fighter? An MMA fighter with a heart of gold, who fights and cares for the defenseless that’s what!. Cannon “The Saint” is such a man. He started a rec center where with the help of fellow (and very drool worthy) fighters he runs a underprivileged kids program. He keeps a neighborhood watch with those same guys. Scares off drug dealers all in the name of keeping the town he loves and its citizens safe. Even the woman he has brief affairs with can’t hold a grudge. How could you not drool over a warrior Adonis who kicks criminal ass?!! But just when you think he can’t get any more tortuously dreamy in comes his Achilles heel. The woman that got away and took his heart along with her. 3 years ago Yvette Sweeny was brutishly assaulted and he came to her rescue. After that incident gone was the girl that flirted with him endlessly till one day she vanished. But now Yvettes grandfather has given him his second chance. With his will Mr. Sweeny has left half of everything to Cannon. He also wrote him a letter pleading to convince Yvette to return home to stay. Finally he he can   show her that there’s no need to keep running away from whats meant to be. And now that she’s no longer underage all bets are off.
 
Yvette has wanted nothing to do with her past. Moving to California was her independence ,her chance for a clean slate. But what no one knows is that the events that happened that night in her grandfather’s home   left her scarred. A shell of her former self she rather disappear in the background than ever be the center of attention. When she has to return home she makes it her goal to appear strong and not be that weak victim they all think her to be. Especially the one person who could bring her defensive walls tumbling. Colton was pretty much her teenage dream and having him save her from a rape attempt left her feeling   deep guilt. Thinking she’d only ever been a burden he felt sorry for, she did the best thing she could : Runaway. Now those days are over and she’s a big girl with big girl panties to help her conquer what lies ahead. Or so she thinks! Seeing each other only bought all those yummy yearnings back and things get steamy pretty soon. Cannon stubbornly refuses to let go and she has no choice but to give in.
The chase was pretty instant ( and endearing). He gets all alpha male and she basically fights the attraction till she becomes a puddle. Can’t say that i blame her! He was delightfully delicious. All the good guy acts had my heart pitter pattering and the aggressive hero ones my naughty bits on fire. Only complaint was the waiting for when they finally got down to it. I’m all for suspense of the chase but Zeus all mighty i almost threw my kindle across the room with all the “almost got it on moments”. All in all really good read. Even when i was frustrated with his waiting for that right moment, i still wanted to know the rest of their story. So good show Ms Foster, i tip my fan of fighters hat to you!
PS: Please pretty pleeeeeeeeeeeze with glitter on top, don’t make us wait For Armie’s story too long! (trust me gurlz this one is one to look forward to) I’m in lust with him so consider my poor flaming bloomer’s!!!  -Juli
Will be released on August 26, 2014

 
Amazon Synopsis:
A surprise inheritance reunites a mixed martial arts fighter with the woman he’s never forgotten in the first in a smoldering new series from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster 
Cannon Colter is quintessential hero material: chiseled jawline, shredded body—the works. He’s also the guy who rescued Yvette Sweeny from kidnappers, only to put an end to her romantic dreams. These days, she’s older, smarter, determined to face whatever life throws her way. Even the prospect of sharing a house and business with Cannon. 
Cannon knew Yvette wanted him three years ago. But she was young—and some things are worth waiting for. Thrown together by her grandfather’s legacy, he realizes how deep Yvette’s scars really go, and how much danger lurks in their quiet town. As pent-up desire explodes between them, protecting her becomes the only fight that matters. And he’ll break all the rules to do it….
I received this arc through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Warning : Some Spoilers will be included in this review. Also for what ever reason i used Greek Mythology  deities as examples/descriptions. Have no clue why that pop up ( perhaps it was the god like man meat subjects) You been warned Chickadees!
What’s better/hotter than a MMA fighter? An MMA fighter with a heart of gold, who fights and cares for the defenseless that’s what!. Cannon “The Saint” is such a man. He started a rec center where with the help of fellow (and very drool worthy) fighters he runs a underprivileged kids program. He keeps a neighborhood watch with those same guys. Scares off drug dealers all in the name of keeping the town he loves and its citizens safe. Even the woman he has brief affairs with can’t hold a grudge. How could you not drool over a warrior Adonis who kicks criminal ass?!! But just when you think he can’t get any more tortuously dreamy in comes his Achilles heel. The woman that got away and took his heart along with her. 3 years ago Yvette Sweeny was brutishly assaulted and he came to her rescue. After that incident gone was the girl that flirted with him endlessly till one day she vanished. But now Yvettes grandfather has given him his second chance. With his will Mr. Sweeny has left half of everything to Cannon. He also wrote him a letter pleading to convince Yvette to return home to stay. Finally he he can   show her that there’s no need to keep running away from whats meant to be. And now that she’s no longer underage all bets are off.
 
Yvette has wanted nothing to do with her past. Moving to California was her independence ,her chance for a clean slate. But what no one knows is that the events that happened that night in her grandfather’s home   left her scarred. A shell of her former self she rather disappear in the background than ever be the center of attention. When she has to return home she makes it her goal to appear strong and not be that weak victim they all think her to be. Especially the one person who could bring her defensive walls tumbling. Colton was pretty much her teenage dream and having him save her from a rape attempt left her feeling   deep guilt. Thinking she’d only ever been a burden he felt sorry for, she did the best thing she could : Runaway. Now those days are over and she’s a big girl with big girl panties to help her conquer what lies ahead. Or so she thinks! Seeing each other only bought all those yummy yearnings back and things get steamy pretty soon. Cannon stubbornly refuses to let go and she has no choice but to give in.

The chase was pretty instant ( and endearing). He gets all alpha male and she basically fights the attraction till she becomes a puddle. Can’t say that i blame her! He was delightfully delicious. All the good guy acts had my heart pitter pattering and the aggressive hero ones my naughty bits on fire. Only complaint was the waiting for when they finally got down to it. I’m all for suspense of the chase but Zeus all mighty i almost threw my kindle across the room with all the “almost got it on moments”. All in all really good read. Even when i was frustrated with his waiting for that right moment, i still wanted to know the rest of their story. So good show Ms Foster, i tip my fan of fighters hat to you!
PS: Please pretty pleeeeeeeeeeeze with glitter on top, don’t make us wait For Armie’s story too long! (trust me gurlz this one is one to look forward to) I’m in lust with him so consider my poor flaming bloomer’s!!!  -Juli

Will be released on August 26, 2014
 
Amazon Synopsis:
A surprise inheritance reunites a mixed martial arts fighter with the woman he’s never forgotten in the first in a smoldering new series from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster 
Cannon Colter is quintessential hero material: chiseled jawline, shredded body—the works. He’s also the guy who rescued Yvette Sweeny from kidnappers, only to put an end to her romantic dreams. These days, she’s older, smarter, determined to face whatever life throws her way. Even the prospect of sharing a house and business with Cannon. 
Cannon knew Yvette wanted him three years ago. But she was young—and some things are worth waiting for. Thrown together by her grandfather’s legacy, he realizes how deep Yvette’s scars really go, and how much danger lurks in their quiet town. As pent-up desire explodes between them, protecting her becomes the only fight that matters. And he’ll break all the rules to do it….
Rating : 5 Bend Me Ova and Make Me Holla Stars!!!

 
Warning: will most certainly BE SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW.  Sorry there’s just no other way about it so read at your own risk.

Anyone that’s read my past reviews knows by now how i adore.. no bunk that more like WORSHIP Jay Crownover books! To me she’s mastered the art of writing about that bad boy every good girl craves. He’s the kind of tatted up guy that although may be a bit rough around the edges, with various degrees of chips on their shoulder deep down is really a good soul. They can rock sexy in your face attitude and mohawk ( Yummy Rule), Tight leather pants and smoldering stares (Jet) or menacing flames across his scalp with piecing purple eyes filled with yearning (sigh.. Nash). This time she took that guy only she didn’t just give him a bad attitude, but the bad actions to go right along with it.
 
Bax has been locked up for five yrs. He took the fall for himself and his best friend Race when a car hijacking went wrong. He’s a tough as nails guy who’s known nothing but the ugly, hard knocks life has had to offer so in turn he becomes a part of that ugly and identifies with it.  
 
"My Name is Shane Baxter, Bax to most people , and i’m a thief. Got a girl? I’ll take her from you. Got a sweet ride you dropped mint on? I’ll take it from you. Got expensive electronics you think are safe? I’ll come and take them, because you probably didn’t need them anyway. If it isn’t nailed down or attached to you by unbreakable chains, there is a good chance  i can make it mine". 
 
When he came out he had the goal of finding out if the rumors that he was betrayed by him were true and to find a way to get revenge if that was so . Also to let everyone know he wasn’t the same boy who went in, he was worse. He was his own and if if the man he used to work for (Novak) still had ideas of ownership he was sadly mistaken. The one thing he didn’t count on was Race having a sister and also being made responsible for her . Race waited to make waves as soon as Bax came out and now none of them were safe.  When he first sets his eyes on Dovie he sees nothing but a sad looking frumpy girl and wants nothing to do with the extra baggage. As time passes he comes to recognize a good soul who hadn’t had it easy till her brother came to her rescue. Like him she came from the streets and knew how to survive in them. Her frumpy look? A disguise to hide a shapely figure since her red hair and freckles stood out like a sore thumb. He came to admire and fall for the good in her and wanted nothing to muddy her good clean soul. He decided to protect her at all costs, even if it meant from himself.
 
My heart broke for him a couple of times. I know in the bigger scheme of things Race was only trying to keep him safe but seriously that guy had it easy growing up. And spending 5yrs in jail when you were doing a favor for someone else had to be a hard pill to swallow. His mom not appreciating the house he bought for her was also really sad. It was as if no matter how Bax tried to demonstrate love to those he cared deeply about he couldn’t win. But he did get to meet Dovie because of this so i guess there lays the silver lining.
 
Now you read all this and wonder “Good lord Juli how on earth did this guy get your panties all in a twist?” Easy! His fearlessness, loyalty and although a bit misplaced his love and deep commitment to take care of his mom. The fact that he could have turned Dovie away and left her to her fate.  How he falls head over heels for her when he seems to be nothing but a non caring S.O.B to the rest of the world. That was it for me! Sure he was a bit scary at times (i even questioned myself for finding him hot). I mean who knows, a couple of yrs down the line he might turn into a meth head and beat her to a bloody pulp. (although I don’t think so because he sees her as his light) Hey anythings possible! Ms. Crownover’s just that good a writer, where you find yourself getting lady wood over the most infuriating, or in this case criminal a-hole and not wanna really question it. This book was definitely a bit darker than her usual, but look at it this way: some of the most delicious and greatest pleasures happen in the dark ;) 

- Juli

 
**The Nerdy Dirty Girlies Book Blog received an arc via the publisher in exchange for an honest review** 


Synopsis:
 
There’s a difference between a bad boy and a boy who’s bad … meet Shane Baxter.
Sexy, dark, and dangerous, Bax isn’t just from the wrong side of the tracks, he is the wrong side of the tracks. A criminal, a thug, and a brawler, he’s the master of bad choices, until one such choice landed him in prison for five years. Now Bax is out and looking for answers, and he doesn’t care what he has to do or who he has to hurt to get them. But there’s a new player in the game, and she’s much too innocent, much too soft…and standing directly in his way.
Dovie Pryce knows all about living a hard life and the tough choices that come with it. She’s always tried to be good, tried to help others, and tried not to let the darkness pull her down. But the streets are fighting back, things have gone from bad to worse, and the only person who can help her is the scariest, sexiest, most complicated ex-con The Point has ever produced.

Bax terrifies her, awakening feelings she never thought she’d have for a guy like him. But it doesn’t take Dovie long to realize … some boys are just better when they’re bad.
Rating : 5 Bend Me Ova and Make Me Holla Stars!!!
 
Warning: will most certainly BE SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW.  Sorry there’s just no other way about it so read at your own risk.
Anyone that’s read my past reviews knows by now how i adore.. no bunk that more like WORSHIP Jay Crownover books! To me she’s mastered the art of writing about that bad boy every good girl craves. He’s the kind of tatted up guy that although may be a bit rough around the edges, with various degrees of chips on their shoulder deep down is really a good soul. They can rock sexy in your face attitude and mohawk ( Yummy Rule), Tight leather pants and smoldering stares (Jet) or menacing flames across his scalp with piecing purple eyes filled with yearning (sigh.. Nash). This time she took that guy only she didn’t just give him a bad attitude, but the bad actions to go right along with it.
 
Bax has been locked up for five yrs. He took the fall for himself and his best friend Race when a car hijacking went wrong. He’s a tough as nails guy who’s known nothing but the ugly, hard knocks life has had to offer so in turn he becomes a part of that ugly and identifies with it.  
 
"My Name is Shane Baxter, Bax to most people , and i’m a thief. Got a girl? I’ll take her from you. Got a sweet ride you dropped mint on? I’ll take it from you. Got expensive electronics you think are safe? I’ll come and take them, because you probably didn’t need them anyway. If it isn’t nailed down or attached to you by unbreakable chains, there is a good chance  i can make it mine". 
 
When he came out he had the goal of finding out if the rumors that he was betrayed by him were true and to find a way to get revenge if that was so . Also to let everyone know he wasn’t the same boy who went in, he was worse. He was his own and if if the man he used to work for (Novak) still had ideas of ownership he was sadly mistaken. The one thing he didn’t count on was Race having a sister and also being made responsible for her . Race waited to make waves as soon as Bax came out and now none of them were safe.  When he first sets his eyes on Dovie he sees nothing but a sad looking frumpy girl and wants nothing to do with the extra baggage. As time passes he comes to recognize a good soul who hadn’t had it easy till her brother came to her rescue. Like him she came from the streets and knew how to survive in them. Her frumpy look? A disguise to hide a shapely figure since her red hair and freckles stood out like a sore thumb. He came to admire and fall for the good in her and wanted nothing to muddy her good clean soul. He decided to protect her at all costs, even if it meant from himself.
 
My heart broke for him a couple of times. I know in the bigger scheme of things Race was only trying to keep him safe but seriously that guy had it easy growing up. And spending 5yrs in jail when you were doing a favor for someone else had to be a hard pill to swallow. His mom not appreciating the house he bought for her was also really sad. It was as if no matter how Bax tried to demonstrate love to those he cared deeply about he couldn’t win. But he did get to meet Dovie because of this so i guess there lays the silver lining.
 
Now you read all this and wonder “Good lord Juli how on earth did this guy get your panties all in a twist?” Easy! His fearlessness, loyalty and although a bit misplaced his love and deep commitment to take care of his mom. The fact that he could have turned Dovie away and left her to her fate.  How he falls head over heels for her when he seems to be nothing but a non caring S.O.B to the rest of the world. That was it for me! Sure he was a bit scary at times (i even questioned myself for finding him hot). I mean who knows, a couple of yrs down the line he might turn into a meth head and beat her to a bloody pulp. (although I don’t think so because he sees her as his light) Hey anythings possible! Ms. Crownover’s just that good a writer, where you find yourself getting lady wood over the most infuriating, or in this case criminal a-hole and not wanna really question it. This book was definitely a bit darker than her usual, but look at it this way: some of the most delicious and greatest pleasures happen in the dark ;) 
- Juli
 
**The Nerdy Dirty Girlies Book Blog received an arc via the publisher in exchange for an honest review** 
Synopsis:
 
There’s a difference between a bad boy and a boy who’s bad … meet Shane Baxter.
Sexy, dark, and dangerous, Bax isn’t just from the wrong side of the tracks, he is the wrong side of the tracks. A criminal, a thug, and a brawler, he’s the master of bad choices, until one such choice landed him in prison for five years. Now Bax is out and looking for answers, and he doesn’t care what he has to do or who he has to hurt to get them. But there’s a new player in the game, and she’s much too innocent, much too soft…and standing directly in his way.

Dovie Pryce knows all about living a hard life and the tough choices that come with it. She’s always tried to be good, tried to help others, and tried not to let the darkness pull her down. But the streets are fighting back, things have gone from bad to worse, and the only person who can help her is the scariest, sexiest, most complicated ex-con The Point has ever produced.

Bax terrifies her, awakening feelings she never thought she’d have for a guy like him. But it doesn’t take Dovie long to realize … some boys are just better when they’re bad.

This series has only gotten better ( Especially w/ Nico! OMGAWD my imagination almost went on over drive w/ all the dirty thoughts). I’m still enamored of the thought that theses guys believe there is one true love for them out there and when they find that boom they get unending tunnel vision.

Until Lilly (book 3) : 3.5 stars

This was the saddest of the bunch. When Cash Had to choose between the love of his life and his baby I was screaming at my kindle ( NOOOOOO WHY!!!). On one side i felt so sad and my heart broke for him, on the other i was like “Cash you damn whore bag! That’s what you get for sticking ur glee tick in every penis cozy that comes along!”. When fate finally brings them back together it’s only to add something else to his shock: he finds he had a daughter he never knew of. I totally understood Lily’s need to keep the baby from him when she thought he wanted nothing to do with them. I know for the sake of the story she had to forgive him. but i almost wished she had given him a bit of a harder time. The heartache of loosing love and then to be turned away when you’re pregnant and scared has to be scary. Even if it was a misunderstanding i still wish she’d kicked his ass lol. As for his ex, oh man did i want to punch that crazy bitch right on the throat! Cash may have turned out to be the sweetest of all his brother’s ( which usually gets me going let me tell you) but i don’t know why it turned out to be my least fave of the series. Perhaps it was all the drama which i deemed unnecessary. I dunno. He still was a juicy morsel to get my hands into though.

Until Nico (book 4): 5 stars

Holy sex in text! This book was sizzling from page one. Their first meeting had me swooning! Yeah it should have been scary this big tatted up monster of a man staking his claim but dayum, i didn’t blame her for melting to a puddle right on the spot ( i sure did on my couch)! The perfection of the bounty hunter and the librarian…sigh. I was actually wishing on my lil stars to wake up and find myself in the story being Sophie. I have to admit i enjoyed his fall the most since he was the most resistant to it. Even though he seems to be the brother with the rougher edges he’s perfect for the timid librarian with ptsd. He pushes her to desire having that intimate connection to someone. And the dirty talk laddies! oh he’s a dirty mouthed lil fucker this one! So be ready to fan yourselves ( and i don’t mean just your face!). This is definitely a case of me wishing i had the brain of those teenage boys in that movie weird science so i could create a Nico of my own. I’d neva leave my bed. he’s definitely my fave in the whole series. Perfect combo of fierce bad boy, sexy with a hint of gentleman :D -Juli

Synopsis
 
This isn’t a story about a bad boy and a girl from the right side of the tracks. This is the story of a man and a woman discovering love is blind to how you grew up, who your friends are, and where you live. Love sees only the heart and soul of whom it belongs to. Someone once said that the best way to predict the future is to invent it. As a boy, Jayson Santiago made a vow to leave behind the projects where he grew up. He planned to conquer the world and find a woman who could not only hold it down, but also hold him up. Now he’s the reigning king of hip-hop, and while he has the professional success he always wanted, he’s missing the personal success he craves.Victoria Watson is the daughter of an oil tycoon who never wanted for anything. Circumstances have forced her out of her protective bubble and into the real world, where she struggles to make ends meet while finding a way to get back the only important thing in her life. Will they be able to make Jayson’s prophecy come true? Or will they be pushed past their breaking point? It isn’t easy to keep focused on the heart and soul of the one you love when you’re always being tested.  Then again, the best things in life are always worth fighting for…My ReviewWhen I read and then, subsequently, fall in love with a book and its characters..it’s something serious. They do a true number on me. In my mind, I dive into their world, take up residence and watch their story unfold. I go through every freaking process:
happiness 
heartache 
discovery
forgiveness
redemption  
then happiness all over again 
You know when a book has your heart and will never come close to leaving you. It just stays with you for days, months and even years. This book will be that one and will speak to me for years to come."Urban Love Prophecy" by Jessica Ingro is such a flip from what seems to be making its way around the book world. Rockers and their chicks. Well this one is about a rapper and his woman. Lord, thank you! Granted, I am no longer a hip-hop or rap fan cause I think the music game in general is just corny and whack. But this was different. A raw and telling tale of two people from two totally different worlds, literally, coming together to make it work. Through all the tough and rough roads both individuals traveled. Victoria Watson (Tori or "T" as Jayson likes to call her) is down and out, somewhat. She has been thrown on her ass since her ailing father’s skanky wife has completely cut her off. So she is working at a stripclub as a waitress to make ends meet and try to get back on her feet. Little did she know her life would change from that moment on when serving a group of men at the club. One of them gets a bit touchy feely and one member of the group comes to her defense. He also helps her fend off another ass that was getting too full of himself too. This man you ask? Oh no one in particular. Just some BIG TIME producer and rap KING, Jayson Santiago. And who can also make your ovaries go KABOOM with his sexiness. Damn. Sorry, back to my review…So Jay and Tori strike up a friendship from that night. But they both know there is something different about one another that keeps them both intrigue and fighting to keep things strictly platonic. They both know they want to be together, but can they both see past their own hangups to even make that term called a "relationship" work?

I swear I’ve had more of a pep to my step since finishing this book. I truly don’t think my words in this review are going to justify just how amazing this book was. So I’m going to try. First let me talk about the couple. Tori was a great definition of a strong female character. Yes, she grew up privileged, but she was by no means stuck up. Cool down to earth chick. Who was taught by both her parents to respect and understand everyone who may or may not have the same fortune or opportunities as you. She was dealt a shitty hand by her stepmom (and I use that term extremely loosely). Being caught off by her and basically being shut out of her father’s life. I couldn’t possibly even begin to imagine what that felt like and I hope I never do. Through all of that and with the help of Jay she got to see him and still remained poised and define when coming face to face with her stepmom. I would of beat the chick down but that’s just me. LOL! Tori was such a class act in this book. For anyone not to think Tori was not right for him was either stupid or blind. 

Now let’s get to the sexy beast that has me wanting my very own Jay Santiago. This man is sexy, charming, smart, caring…yada, yada, yada. I could go on and on and you would get bored. Don’t want to do that. I will say Jay was a man of power and perseverance. Living in the projects, being around violence there are either two options: you either become that lifestyle or rise above it. After tragedy, Jay decided to rise above it. The element was still around him, but he just didn’t involve himself with the nonsense. Now, even though sexy beast was amazing and alphaish..he was infuriating at times. He has basically been through the wringer with women. Feeling Tori was just like the rest, he really didn’t take what they had seriously, at first. At times I was cursing at Jay for the way he was treating her. Just trifling!! I’m so glad he had people around to knock some sense into him. He was damaging something really good and chose to turn a blind eye to it. I really want Tori to get one good slap into him. But I still loved him.

As it’s been said in the synopsis and even other reviews I’ve read..this was not a hearts and flowers type of book. Or an easy love. This was a hard fought, drag down fight and we’ve finally got there kind of a love. And honestly everyone needs to read those kind of books from time to time. Another thing I loved that the author did was she made the couple an interracial couple. Not touch upon in a lot of the books I’ve read. She didn’t make it a Black/Hispanic man with a White woman and how their families felt about it type of a book. Was it mentioned, yes. Was it overdone, No. And it truly didn’t need to. Like her characters, the author didn’t see “race” or “colorlines”. It was just two people from two totally different backgrounds trying to make this love thing work, for them and no one else. I think and feel Jessica wrote her ass off with this book and I am going to say that this is her best work by far. Jay and Tori was a phenomenal couple and I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I am so sad this was not a series. I would love to get more of Jay and Tori in a heartbeat. But truthfully their story was complete and rightfully so.

Out of a 5, I’m giving this a 5+++++++. Great book. -Lynn
Synopsis
 

This isn’t a story about a bad boy and a girl from the right side of the tracks. This is the story of a man and a woman discovering love is blind to how you grew up, who your friends are, and where you live. Love sees only the heart and soul of whom it belongs to. Someone once said that the best way to predict the future is to invent it. As a boy, Jayson Santiago made a vow to leave behind the projects where he grew up. He planned to conquer the world and find a woman who could not only hold it down, but also hold him up. Now he’s the reigning king of hip-hop, and while he has the professional success he always wanted, he’s missing the personal success he craves.Victoria Watson is the daughter of an oil tycoon who never wanted for anything. Circumstances have forced her out of her protective bubble and into the real world, where she struggles to make ends meet while finding a way to get back the only important thing in her life. Will they be able to make Jayson’s prophecy come true? Or will they be pushed past their breaking point? It isn’t easy to keep focused on the heart and soul of the one you love when you’re always being tested.  

Then again, the best things in life are always worth fighting for…



My Review

When I read and then, subsequently, fall in love with a book and its characters..it’s something serious. They do a true number on me. In my mind, I dive into their world, take up residence and watch their story unfold. I go through every freaking process:

  • happiness 
  • heartache 
  • discovery
  • forgiveness
  • redemption  
  • then happiness all over again 



You know when a book has your heart and will never come close to leaving you. It just stays with you for days, months and even years. This book will be that one and will speak to me for years to come.


"Urban Love Prophecy" by Jessica Ingro is such a flip from what seems to be making its way around the book world. Rockers and their chicks. Well this one is about a rapper and his woman. Lord, thank you! Granted, I am no longer a hip-hop or rap fan cause I think the music game in general is just corny and whack. But this was different. A raw and telling tale of two people from two totally different worlds, literally, coming together to make it work. Through all the tough and rough roads both individuals traveled. Victoria Watson (Tori or "T" as Jayson likes to call her) is down and out, somewhat. She has been thrown on her ass since her ailing father’s skanky wife has completely cut her off. So she is working at a stripclub as a waitress to make ends meet and try to get back on her feet. Little did she know her life would change from that moment on when serving a group of men at the club. One of them gets a bit touchy feely and one member of the group comes to her defense. He also helps her fend off another ass that was getting too full of himself too. This man you ask? Oh no one in particular. Just some BIG TIME producer and rap KING, Jayson Santiago. And who can also make your ovaries go KABOOM with his sexiness. Damn. Sorry, back to my review…So Jay and Tori strike up a friendship from that night. But they both know there is something different about one another that keeps them both intrigue and fighting to keep things strictly platonic. They both know they want to be together, but can they both see past their own hangups to even make that term called a "relationship" work?

I swear I’ve had more of a pep to my step since finishing this book. I truly don’t think my words in this review are going to justify just how amazing this book was. So I’m going to try. First let me talk about the couple. Tori was a great definition of a strong female character. Yes, she grew up privileged, but she was by no means stuck up. Cool down to earth chick. Who was taught by both her parents to respect and understand everyone who may or may not have the same fortune or opportunities as you. She was dealt a shitty hand by her stepmom (and I use that term extremely loosely). Being caught off by her and basically being shut out of her father’s life. I couldn’t possibly even begin to imagine what that felt like and I hope I never do. Through all of that and with the help of Jay she got to see him and still remained poised and define when coming face to face with her stepmom. I would of beat the chick down but that’s just me. LOL! Tori was such a class act in this book. For anyone not to think Tori was not right for him was either stupid or blind. 
Now let’s get to the sexy beast that has me wanting my very own Jay Santiago. This man is sexy, charming, smart, caring…yada, yada, yada. I could go on and on and you would get bored. Don’t want to do that. I will say Jay was a man of power and perseverance. Living in the projects, being around violence there are either two options: you either become that lifestyle or rise above it. After tragedy, Jay decided to rise above it. The element was still around him, but he just didn’t involve himself with the nonsense. Now, even though sexy beast was amazing and alphaish..he was infuriating at times. He has basically been through the wringer with women. Feeling Tori was just like the rest, he really didn’t take what they had seriously, at first. At times I was cursing at Jay for the way he was treating her. Just trifling!! I’m so glad he had people around to knock some sense into him. He was damaging something really good and chose to turn a blind eye to it. I really want Tori to get one good slap into him. But I still loved him.
As it’s been said in the synopsis and even other reviews I’ve read..this was not a hearts and flowers type of book. Or an easy love. This was a hard fought, drag down fight and we’ve finally got there kind of a love. And honestly everyone needs to read those kind of books from time to time. Another thing I loved that the author did was she made the couple an interracial couple. Not touch upon in a lot of the books I’ve read. She didn’t make it a Black/Hispanic man with a White woman and how their families felt about it type of a book. Was it mentioned, yes. Was it overdone, No. And it truly didn’t need to. Like her characters, the author didn’t see “race” or “colorlines”. It was just two people from two totally different backgrounds trying to make this love thing work, for them and no one else. I think and feel Jessica wrote her ass off with this book and I am going to say that this is her best work by far. Jay and Tori was a phenomenal couple and I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I am so sad this was not a series. I would love to get more of Jay and Tori in a heartbeat. But truthfully their story was complete and rightfully so.
Out of a 5, I’m giving this a 5+++++++. Great book. -Lynn

Rating: 3 stars
Acksel alpha to the Wilde creek pack has thrown away ancient law and declared it acceptable to mate with humans or any other paranormal beings. What the rest of the pack doesn’t know its that hes been fighting off his urge to be w/ one himself, his mate. Growing up in the same town they knew each other since H.S. The sweet popular cheerleader was kind to him at a time when most people treated him like an outsider. Especially those of the pack who were larger and stronger and tended to bully him. As soon as he blossomed with both bod and aggression, he knew she was meant to be his. But he doesn’t claim her and instead leaves her alone. He thinks it’s the only way to protect her from being challenged by pack females. 
Brynn has a pretty good life. She has a job she loves, really good friends and lives in a town she adores. But even with all theses things shes lonely and can’t seem to forget the boy that got away. But enough is enough and she realizes she can’t continue to compare every one she dates to Acksel, a man who doesn’t seem to know she exists (or so she thinks). She vows to start fresh and find someone to love.
Fast forward ten yrs later and he still can’t deny the pull that drives him to distraction and her cinnamon fragrance he can’t resist. Put a love sick/horny werewolf, alcohol and the alluring scent of his mated female and what do you get? One night that changes it all, and that as much as they both may want to can’t ever walk away from. 
I’m a sucker for the whole ” Fell in love while we were kids” story line so i ate this right up. And that drunken scene when they first got together! Oooooh weeee it could cause bush fires across America ( pun intended). Although their relationship is very sweet at the core it was also rather annoying. His constant self punishment gets old pretty quick. And don’t get me started at how flippin irritating she is when it comes to forgiving the guy when he steps out on her. So he acted like a total were-dick but the guy explained. And it was a reasonable explanation too. I still think there could have been a bit more to their story. But if you have any left over twilight fantasies of Bella actually picking Jacob, hey this might tootsie your roll for a couple of hours ;)  -Juli

Amazon synopsis:
Alpha wolf Acksel wakes up one morning in the bed of the one human who was kind to him in school. Now, ten years later, Brynn Mara is snuggled up at his side, smelling like passion and sweet dreams. Even though Acksel has declared that his pack members can mate with humans from now on, he knows that any woman he takes as his mate will have a target on her back. Especially if she’s a fragile human. Deciding it’s better to cut things off than string her along when there’s no hope for a relationship, he leaves without a word and ignores her. But it doesn’t matter if Acksel acknowledges her or not, because their night of passion has left a permanent reminder of what happens when one drunk wolf forgets protection. Angry, banished wolves from his pack discover Brynn’s secret and decide to use her against Acksel. His worst fears have come true, and the only woman who ever touched his heart is now suffering because of his mistake. This book contains one ticked off, emotionally damaged alpha, the human woman who can tame him, and a sweet little surprise that no one expected.

Rating: 3 stars

Acksel alpha to the Wilde creek pack has thrown away ancient law and declared it acceptable to mate with humans or any other paranormal beings. What the rest of the pack doesn’t know its that hes been fighting off his urge to be w/ one himself, his mate. Growing up in the same town they knew each other since H.S. The sweet popular cheerleader was kind to him at a time when most people treated him like an outsider. Especially those of the pack who were larger and stronger and tended to bully him. As soon as he blossomed with both bod and aggression, he knew she was meant to be his. But he doesn’t claim her and instead leaves her alone. He thinks it’s the only way to protect her from being challenged by pack females. 

Brynn has a pretty good life. She has a job she loves, really good friends and lives in a town she adores. But even with all theses things shes lonely and can’t seem to forget the boy that got away. But enough is enough and she realizes she can’t continue to compare every one she dates to Acksel, a man who doesn’t seem to know she exists (or so she thinks). She vows to start fresh and find someone to love.

Fast forward ten yrs later and he still can’t deny the pull that drives him to distraction and her cinnamon fragrance he can’t resist. Put a love sick/horny werewolf, alcohol and the alluring scent of his mated female and what do you get? One night that changes it all, and that as much as they both may want to can’t ever walk away from.

I’m a sucker for the whole ” Fell in love while we were kids” story line so i ate this right up. And that drunken scene when they first got together! Oooooh weeee it could cause bush fires across America ( pun intended). Although their relationship is very sweet at the core it was also rather annoying. His constant self punishment gets old pretty quick. And don’t get me started at how flippin irritating she is when it comes to forgiving the guy when he steps out on her. So he acted like a total were-dick but the guy explained. And it was a reasonable explanation too. I still think there could have been a bit more to their story. But if you have any left over twilight fantasies of Bella actually picking Jacob, hey this might tootsie your roll for a couple of hours ;)  -Juli

Amazon synopsis:

Alpha wolf Acksel wakes up one morning in the bed of the one human who was kind to him in school. Now, ten years later, Brynn Mara is snuggled up at his side, smelling like passion and sweet dreams. Even though Acksel has declared that his pack members can mate with humans from now on, he knows that any woman he takes as his mate will have a target on her back. Especially if she’s a fragile human. Deciding it’s better to cut things off than string her along when there’s no hope for a relationship, he leaves without a word and ignores her. 

But it doesn’t matter if Acksel acknowledges her or not, because their night of passion has left a permanent reminder of what happens when one drunk wolf forgets protection. Angry, banished wolves from his pack discover Brynn’s secret and decide to use her against Acksel. His worst fears have come true, and the only woman who ever touched his heart is now suffering because of his mistake. 

This book contains one ticked off, emotionally damaged alpha, the human woman who can tame him, and a sweet little surprise that no one expected.