Sunday, May 31, 2015

Series Book Review: Havoc Trilogy Box Set by Autumn Grey

Title : Havoc 
Author : Autumn Grey 
Genre: Romance , Erotic 

A three month modelling contract in Paris.
Two strangers drawn together by fate.
A stalker hell-bent on keeping them apart.
Selene Michaels is determined to never let anyone make her feel inferior again. After a painful divorce, she finds herself in Paris on a working holiday, hopeful that this will be the opportunity she has been waiting for. She intends to have fun and maybe find someone to flirt with; someone who will show her a good time, treat her right. What she does not expect to find is Remington St. Germain and his adorable son, Adrien. Remington is intense, devastatingly hot and a Prince Charming on the outside, but a dirty talking, insatiable devil behind closed doors and not the type to give up on something that he wants. Adrien makes her loss almost bearable. Selene soon realizes that life with Remington is not only interesting, but adventurous and dangerous. Someone is eager to keep Remington and her apart, and will go into great lengths to make sure that happens.
Remington is at a crossroads. He can either let Selene go, forget about her. Or pursue her with determination, just like he does everything else. Otherwise he will be right back where he was before she came into his life. The clock is ticking, and danger looms closer. He will do anything to save the woman who is fast becoming a part of his soul.
Sometimes life gives you a second chance. But what happens when danger threatens that chance?

My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

Book 1 Havoc

“A tremor traveled down my spine at the sound of my name on his lips.  It was as if he’d inhaled the letters and exhaled my name in one swift, intoxicating breath.  It had never sounded so good.”

“My name fell from his lips, like a prayer from a desperate man.”

Book 2 Obliterate

“He had a way of making me feel special, something I craved with a hunger so wild it shook my very foundation.  I was a different woman with him, carefree and with no worries.  Remington let me be me, explore a side of me I thought was non-existent.”

Book 3 Mend

“My pride had kept me from crawling to the room across the hall.  I’d spent my entire life yearning for a man who would love and adore me for me.  Craving it.  A man who wanted to spoil me without asking for anything in return.  I found him in Remington, yet here I was.”

“You had my heart even before I had a chance to give it to you.”

“But if I was to sum her up in one word, it would be mine.”

My Review:

Paris.  Romance.  Intrigue.  Two broken people finding each other… delicious and sizzling hot seduction scenes.  Oh my yes!  The Havoc series started off strong and maintained my interest throughout each volume.  The writing was emotive, entertaining, and engrossing.  The plot was well crafted and intriguing.  But the characters were the best part, they were fun, sensual, strong, unique, witty, refreshing, and surprising.  I adored this series start to finish and even after 415 pages, I didn’t want it to end.  All three books were well-written, but my favorite volume would be Book 2 – Obliterate as this was the period in the story where the couple spent the most time together, deepening their relationship into a love story, and the sensual love scenes had my kindle virtually smoking. 

Empress DJ 

Autumn Grey is the author of the Havoc series (Havoc, Obliterate, Mend). And just like her characters, she is quirky, sometimes funny and definitely flawed. She writes sexy contemporary romances full of drama, steamy kisses and happy ever afters.

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Cover Reveal: Betrayal by S.M. Phillips


BETRAYAL (Obsession #2) 


 "I gave you one chance, Anna. A chance to run and never look back. That's all you had to do. Run and keep your goddamn head down, yet here we are and it's not just you in the firing line anymore. You better pray that nothing bad happens to my brother, because this time I'll be taking you down with me." Running was the only option that Anna Jameson was given. To up and leave everything that she had ever known and put it all behind her. That was the toughest decision that she'd ever made, and she made it... But was it all worth it? As soon as her anxiety and fear began to slowly ebb away, she could see a faint light at the end of the dark and horrific tunnel that she had found herself in... That light was the dark, sexy and demanding Jensen Blake. A man who played on her every emotion and a man who she swore she would avoid at all costs. Nobody can run forever and the past is about to catch up with her. With nowhere to run and nowhere to hide, how many more people will suffer at the hand of Anna's hidden past? Danger, fear and betrayal decide to make an unwelcome appearance and it looks like they're about to become her new best friends.  

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Obsession (Obsession #1)


Obsession knows no bounds... Anna Jameson can't wait to escape the hell hole that her cousin has left her in. Desperate to escape her past, the idea of moving to stay with Holly whilst she got her head together sounded like the perfect plan... Until Holly upped and left, leaving Anna to pick up the mess that she left behind. Jensen Blake knows what he wants and will not be told otherwise. Obedience and control are what he knows best. With demons of his own, he has spent most of his adult life traveling from place to place the moment things started to become predictable. When Jensen and Anna are pushed together, an instant dislike simmers between them. Anna hates bad boys. She has witnessed enough of them to last her a lifetime.  The sexual attraction between them is evident but will that only make things harder for them both to handle? 

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Escape Down Under (Down Under #1) 


  For Jess Townsend, life is about to get complicated. Following on from her split with Josh two months ago, Jess has thrown herself into her work full throttle, making sure that the one good thing in her life remains the same. Suddenly she is called into an important meeting at work. Absolutely petrified that she is about to lose her job, she does the only thing she knows how. Panic on the inside and walk through it with her head held high on the outside.  Jess soon discovers she is being offered a once in a lifetime opportunity, but will she take it? After dealing with an ex who can't let go and a broody mysterious Adonis who won't accept no for an answer, maybe the opportunity of an escape has arrived at the perfect time. What does fate have in store and what obstacles will be thrown her way? 
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 Fallen Down Under (Down Under #2)


  "Fuck." I slam my fist into the desk before me and feel nothing but rage. I need to go after her. I need to explain. "But isn't this what you wanted?" The voice inside my head whispers. "Isn't this a nice easy way out?" Everything Max has done has always been at a cost to others around him. He wasn't about to make that mistake again. No longer will his selfish ways punish those close to him. Sometimes it's better to have had and lost than to never have had at all.  Finally after what felt like forever, Jess was getting a glimpse of control over her life again and allowed her defences to come crashing down, only to have what it guarded to be crushed once again. Now, on the other side of the world away from her friends, she doesn't know what to do.  Should she stay or should she go?  Is it too late or have they both fallen too far into something that is completely out of their depths? 

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  Forever Down Under (Down Under #3) 


  In the last few months, Jess has been faced with more obstacles than she ever thought possible. Heartbreak, loss and betrayal to name just a few. Will her drama fuelled life finally settle into the happy, care free one that she deserves or is someone hiding and waiting for the perfect opportunity to ruin it all? Life for Max hasn't exactly been plain sailing either. Now that he finally has someone in his life that means more to him than anything he has ever known, one thing is for certain, he's not going to let anyone get in the way of his new found happiness, no matter what the cost. Demons are released, pasts are exposed and their future together is only what they make of it.  

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 About the author: 

  Welcome to the crazy and hectic life that is me... A fun, loving mum of one special little boy, girlfriend (I'm sure it should be wife by now!!) and an overall crazy, happy go lucky girl from England.I have always had a passion for reading and writing. Wherever I am, my book reader is never far behind along with a mug of coffee. I found myself wanting to write from a young age, I have quite a few hidden stories on my computer somewhere, maybe I will have to dig them out and play around with them at some point.


Friday, May 29, 2015

New Release, Giveaway: Savage Fire by Kathleen Kelly

Title: Savage Fire
Series: Savage Angels MC #2
Author: Kathleen Kelly
 Release Date: May 29, 2015


Emily Reynolds, estranged sister to Dane Reynolds, President of the Savage Angels MC, has just lost her father.  He was not a caring man and inflicted suffering on his family.  Dane abandoned her and her mother years ago, leaving them alone to deal with a brutal man who never showed any love or mercy.  Emily wants Dane to feel the pain she felt, she wants him to suffer as she did and decides to make the long drive to see him.

Salvatore Agostino, captain in the Abruzzi crime family is also on his way to see Dane Reynolds. A ruthless businessman, he is fiercely loyal to his family and his men.  A chance encounter brings him face to face with Emily.

These two meet and their attraction grows into a love that neither could have anticipated.

Will they be able to overcome the turmoil that awaits them or will their love be destroyed by forces beyond their control?

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I am completely overwhelmed. My core is on fire and I want so much to kiss him, to touch him. I feel sparks of electricity shoot through every fiber in my body and every nerve ending is screaming for release. I want his hands on me, all over me.


I put my hands on his chest and push him away. He’s too close, making it hard to form a single thought. I take two steps to the side to put some distance between us so I can speak like a human, not a lust induced zombie. “Yes, they towed my car and it’s in their lot. I haven’t really spoken to them about it yet. I kind of fell asleep on them…”

His face clouds over and he says, “You kind of fell asleep on them? What. Does. That. Mean?” He pauses between each word and growls them at me.

“Jonas took me to see Doc Jordan and he gave me something for the pain, but because I hadn’t slept in days it made me sleepy. I think he ended up carrying me to their clubhouse.” I realize how all this must sound. If someone told me that exact same story, I would be thinking the worst.

“Did they touch you, Amare?” he growls at me, his eyes blazing with anger.

“No, no, no! In fact, Jonas put a guard on my door so no one would go near me. Not that they would. I was safe, Sal.” Something crosses his face and he stares at me so intently that I look away and stare at the floor. He moves back into my space and lifts my head up. “Thank you for getting me coffee. Let’s go have breakfast and I’m buying. I think I shall keep you in my sights to make sure nothing else happens to you. I have never met a woman who allows herself to get into so many dangerous situations, in such a short space in time. You, my Amare, are a handful.” He moves away from me and does up his shirt, then grabs his jacket. He opens the door to his room and extends his arm. “Shall we?” he asks, offering me a smile that reveals his dimple. My core clenches again and I have to fight the urge to throw myself at him.

Author Bio

Kathleen Kelly was born in Penrith, NSW, Australia. When she was four her family moved to Brisbane, QLD, Australia. Although born in NSW she considers herself a QUEENSLANDER!!

She married her childhood sweetheart and they live in Brisbane with their two furry kids. A British Short Hair called Grace and a Burmese called Jack.

Kathleen enjoys writing contemporary, romance novels with a little bit of erotica. She draws her inspiration from family, friends and the people around her. She can often be found in cafes writing and observing the locals.

If you have any questions about her novels or would like to ask Kathleen a question she can be contacted via e-mail: or she can be found on Facebook.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Book Review: Callen by Kemmie Michaels

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Series: Second Chance #3
Author: Kemmie Michaels
Genre: adult erotic romantic suspense
Cover Design:Robin Ludwig designs


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Violence shaped Callen Reed’s childhood. Special Forces forged his adulthood. When the woman he loves is murdered, revenge should be both simple and necessary. Love, however, opened his heart once, and may also have the potential to save him from the darkness of his grief.

The world lays both love and revenge at his feet. His choice, his consequences.

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My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

“I swear I’m strategizing this dinner with the level of planning I employed to overthrow an African warlord.”

“I have been away from myself for far too long.”

“I am near weeping at the sensation of bringing my body and my mind in sync more powerfully than ever.  I never imagined love could be this amazing.”

“I’m not certain which makes more noise: my heart falling from the height he took me, or the sound of Callen falling off the pedestal I’d constructed for him.  Maybe the tears threatening to choke me would be louder.”

“Part of me wants to fast-forward a year to find out how all this will work out.”

My Review:

I can boldly declare that I have spent my week with Kemmie Michaels and 791 pages of her sexy men.  Ledger is my favorite as he is a sweet, tender, loving protector.  Then came Mason, who was is smart, yet brash and impulsive, but out for justice and wanting to do the right thing.  And ending with Callen who is grieving and out for vengeance and revenge, and finds betrayal.  Callen’s story is the heaviest read of the three as it is flavored with melancholy and regret.  All three of these stories are based on an obsession and heightened sense of duty and justice.  They do what some might consider awful acts, but do so for a good reason and a big heart.  This has been my first Kemmie experience and I found all three books to be well-written, insightful, entertaining, and deliciously steamy.  With her tactical knowledge, I believe I would be afraid to be on her bad side if I happened to live nearby.   I am anxious to see what happens in the next book.
Empress DJ

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About The Author

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Mother of Two Boys...
My husband and I have been married for 17 years and are blessed with two amazing young men. They are 10 and 12 right now, and both are on very different parts of the autism spectrum. I’ve learned so much being their mom and I feel pretty lucky to have become part of a community of loving, understanding people.

If you’d like to meet my oldest son, watch Big Bang Theory and shake hands with Sheldon. Those two are so similar, straight down to the fake laugh when they recognize something is funny.

My youngest cannot be explained. He’s more of an experience, and a joyful one at that.

Romance Novelist...
I’ve always loved to write. I’ve written for newspapers and magazines, also a host of personal projects. Then in December of 2012 I was reading on my first Kindle, gobbling up romances left and right. That’s when I fell in love with Ethan Blackstone, by the way.

I was inspired to sit down and write. Less than one year later I’ve published three books, written another and its sequel novella, and started on two more. Another series popped into my head, as well. Now as of August of 2014, I’m on the verge of publishing book six, with at least five started or specifically planned. Since I’m sure I won’t update this bio for a long time, you’ll have to rely on my Facebook updates to know what’s going on with Kemmie Michaels romances. You can also subscribe to my newsletterfor releases, covers, sales, and other news.

...and I LOVE coffee.

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Other books in the series

Second Chance #1

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Second Chance #2

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Book Review: Mason by Kemmie Michaels


by Kemmie Michaels

*Intended for an adult audience*

Second Chance Novels book 2



For Mason, every smile is forced. Every joke represents effort. Bartending stands as a calculated decision to be a regular guy. In spite of his best efforts, life at such an easy pace is painful…because Mason was raised on a diet of crushing adrenaline and fierce, strategical thinking. His time in the Special Forces ended two years prior, but his drive and skill remained the strongest part of his being. 

When his skills are needed again, Mason wakes up from a two-year haze and rescues the damsel. Mission accomplished. Victory had. 

…Devastation returns. 

Mason has no idea how to return to his everyday existence, not after flexing every strength he'd pushed aside. The simple truth is he can't. Balance, he decides, is the key: remain his joke-cracking self with his friends, and indulge in some ass-kicking on the side. 

Together with Sofia 'Dig' DiGiacamo, Mason plans to eliminate every point of corruption they can uncover. A life of purpose fills him again, but the pressure threatens to rip him painfully apart. The turmoil stirs ugly memories of his Army career, adding an explosive element to his world.

Every day he fights corruption, every evening he fights himself. But still, Mason grits his teeth and grins. He's determined to keep his life, love, past, shame, desperate need, and suppressed anger all hidden behind his smiling, regular guy, bartender self. His fight remains an unending circle, and Mason battles on every front.

My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

“With a love this basic, this solid, this simplistically true, the pace doesn’t need to be slow or romantic to prove the depth behind the connection.”

“I can’t imagine living life any stronger than loving Sofia, than being loved by her.”

My Review:


The plot of Mason starts near the end of the story of Ledger, and was an active adventure romance chocked full of corrupt government officials, dirty cops, personal assault, rape, property damage, harassment, espionage, and murder.  Mason is not a sweet and tender man like Ledger, although he is highly skilled, of genius intelligence, and loves his woman just as fiercely.  Lucky for him, he finds a fierce woman to love (Sophia), who tells him not to use endearments such as calling her baby, or to dare tell her she is special.  One of my favorite lines in the book, which Mason uses to tease Sophie with is, “Baby, you are so special.”   Mason and Sophia’s love story is my favorite type, they are not fighting each other, but pulling together and finding each other in the process.  The conflict in the story is not with each other but in righting a wrong, and I totally admire that trope.  The writing and story-line are intriguing, well plotted, and smart.  Callen is up next, and I am ready for the challenge. 

Empress DJ

Book Review, Giveaway: My So Called Life by J.D. Hollyfield


My So Called Life by J.D. Hollyfield Love Not Included #3 
Publication Date: May 19, 2015 

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Life couldn’t be any brighter for art dealer Christina Daniels. At the top of her career, she has no problem flaunting just how perfect her little world has become.
When tragedy strikes back home, Christina is forced to put everything on hold to return back to a past she’s tried so hard to escape. Including a love she regrets letting go. Ian Whitman has only one regret and it was letting his first love walk out of his life. Now that she’s returned, his heart won’t give her up twice without a fight. As secrets are revealed, can Ian soothe her heart while convincing her that a place she tried so hard to run away from is the place she’s destined to stay? Will love get a second chance in the face of tragedy?

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My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

“I almost run over a whole family of skunks.  With the lingering stench in my car, I’m convinced one, to defend his family’s honor, jumped into my exhaust and has been spraying into my pipes ever since our head-on road battle.”

“Sometimes people use physical weapons to take a person to their knees.  And sometimes it takes a verbal beat down to call it quits.”

“I want to love you until I don’t have a single breath left.  And when that time comes, I will tell you how much you’ve made me whole.”

“I try and speak but my throat is broken.  I think he broke me.”

“And if there was a word to describe how I feel for you I would use it.  So for right now I will just say love. But I want you to know that word is mediocre compared to what I truly feel inside.

My Review:

I am in total fan-girl mode after reading J.D. Hollyfield’s latest masterpiece.  She had mad skills and I plan to stalk her hard and soak up every word she even plans to write down in the future.  I had read Life Next Door, and Life in a Rut, Love Not Included, and loved every word.  Her humor and wit are unfailingly entertaining, and her insightful writing is cunningly clever.  The main character of this delightful piece is Chrissy, who has reinvented herself shortly after she graduated high school, by fleeing a bad home-life with an alcoholic mother, and never looking back. Six years later she has become a rich, successful, snobbish, selfish, party-girl, diva who has had no contact with anyone in her family in over four years.  Her feelings for others are as shallow as her life has become, and her response when distraught or when people become problematic - is to be a snarky bitch, cause a bit of destruction, and then to flee.  An emergency forces her to return to her former home town, where she discovers her first love (the one she left behind, and of course the most perfect and beautiful man in the world) still residing there, which prompts a series of startling epiphanies and self-examination.  Chrissy lives heavily in her head and I was enthralled with her memories and thought processes, and delighted by her entertaining and humorous summations of her self-discoveries.  Yet despite her spunk and increasing discomfort with her past and what she has become, she continues to dither and cannot seem to act on her self-revelations.  Which, although it doesn’t follow the formula for romantic fiction, is actually true to life, as people don’t turn around over-night.  I adore Ms. Hollyfield’s characters, they are complicated, smart, and witty, and more than a little broken.  I adored this book and was sad for it to end as I wanted more, but I am greedy like that. 

 Empress DJ

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My So Called Life (#3)

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Life Next Door (#2)

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About J.D. Hollyfield

Author JD Hollyfield
J.D Hollyfield currently resides in the Midwest with her husband, son and three doxies. As a Creative Designer by day, she enjoys spending her spare time with her nose in a good book. This obsession inspired her to test out her own creative ability. With her love for romance books and a head full of book boyfriends, this encouraged her to bring her own story to life and create her first novel.