Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Book Review, Giveaway: Risking the Vine by Gemma Brocato

Title: Risking the Vine
Series: Romancing the Vine #1
Author: Gemma Brocato
Genre: Contemporary Romance  
 Release Date: August 31, 2016


Jacqui Bishop’s dating life is dead in the water, but her professional prospects look outstanding. Promised a management position, she embarks on a team building course at a northern California winery. Shocked when her boss promotes a less qualified rival, Jac opts to chuck her job and revive the family farm.

Luscious Luke Rossi has been banished to Team Vino to learn how to be the team player his boss wants. Once there, he finds he’d rather play on Jac Bishop’s team. But a labor dispute and a boss who only wants a yes-man forces him to leave Jac’s side.

As the daytime exercises give way to nighttime passions, Jac learns there’s more to life than a nine-to-five existence. But resigning her job and moving to a farm hundreds of miles from Luke could spell doom for the couple. Their affair will require teamwork of a different kind.

For Jac, the looming question is whether her budding relationship with Luke will thrive or die on the vine.

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Relief pulsed through her as Jules mentioned Luke had arrived. No offense to the insurance guys, but she was worn out with what little interaction she’d had with them. Jac paid scant attention to the conversation flowing around her as she sipped her wine. Nerves chased through her stomach at the idea of working for a week with Bella’s ideal of male perfection.

Footsteps echoed near the doorway to the dining area only an instant before the owner of them walked through.

She’d been instantly smitten with the man when Bella had introduced her to him last month. The attraction blossomed to life again. Luca Rossi was panty-dropping, ovary-exploding handsome. Bella’s nickname for him was well deserved. Luscious Luke, indeed. His short, dark brown hair curled and waved as if it had a mind of its own. Bright, inquisitive eyes didn’t seem to miss anything as he glanced around the room. His gaze slid past her, lighted on Jules, who remained standing next to her, then returned to Jac’s face.

A slow, sexy grin tugged the corners of his mouth. A faint shadow of stubble emphasized more than hid his square jaw. It was a strong face . . . perfect in the way it was put together.

Conversation around her faded into the background. Jac forgot to breathe for a second. A wave of dizziness swept over her. And, no, a lack of oxygen wasn’t the cause. Uh-uh, it had to be due to being this close to a living, breathing Roman god. Or because he continued to stare at her. He lifted a brow over gorgeous blue-green eyes and his smile broadened, allowing even white teeth to peek between full lips.

My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

Luca Rossi was panty-dropping, ovary-exploding handsome. Bella’s nickname for him was well deserved. Luscious Luke indeed.

Thank goodness she wouldn’t have to be the lady lawyers’ walking hemorrhoid for the rest of the week, unwanted and most unwelcome…

Jac shoved her hands under her thighs to keep from applauding Sally’s sudden outburst. The woman could stop looking for a spine donor. She’d grown one all by herself.

A glance around the table confirmed Luke’s theory that most everyone present thought Brian Evert was nothing more than a dick with ears.

My Review:

This is my second Gemma Brocato read and for the life of me - I don’t know why I haven’t read more of her work. Of the two books I have -perused, she appears to write my favorite type of book - sweet, sexy, clever, low angst, smartly written, and packed with endearingly flawed characters, amusing banter, and an entertaining storyline. What is there NOT to love about a book like that? The main characters were both teeth-grinding and driven workaholics who had casually met through a friend and shared an instant and mutual attraction. Unfortunately, they did not meet up again for another month until they both found themselves at a work-sponsored retreat for team building. Timing is everything and sparks flew suddenly and freely, until an all-consuming and volcanically hot passion erupted. Instant and meaningful connections were made that deepened by the minute. But then - work priorities interfered, conflicts and uncertainty over their individual careers and bonehead bosses got in the way… plans were derailed and then a complete overhaul was required. However, their connection never wavered. I adore this type of sweet, supportive, and sexy story with a satisfying HEA. Lesson learned - I need to read more Gemma Brocato books.

Empress DJ

Author Bio

Gemma's favorite desk accessories for many years were a circular wooden token, better known as a 'round tuit,' and a slip of paper from a fortune cookie proclaiming her a lover of words; some day she'd write a book. All it took was a transfer to the United Kingdom, the lovely English springtime, and a huge dose of homesickness to write her first novel. Once it was completed and sent off with a kiss, even the rejections addressed to 'Dear Author' were gratifying.

After returning to America, she spent a number of years as a copywriter, dedicating her skills to making insurance and the agents who sell them sound sexy. Eventually, her full-time job as a writer interfered with her desire to be a writer full-time and she left the world of financial products behind to pursue a vocation as a romance author.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Book Review: Seizing Control - Black Shamrocks MC #1 by Kylie Hillman

Seizing Control -Black Shamrocks MC #1
by Kylie Hillman

When a monster owns your past, can you control your future?

Only daughter of the volatile President of the Black Shamrocks MC and long-suffering sister to four overprotective brothers, Madelaine O'Brien has survived circumstances that would have broken a lesser woman.

Mik 'Mad Dog' Kennedy is her salvation, her reward for continuing to fight, and the matching piece of her soul.

With her life finally happy and on track, will the reappearance of the monster from her past be the event that finally breaks her? Or will he be the catalyst she needs to put it all behind her, once and for all?

They say when life gives you lemons; make lemonade. What happens when life keeps sending you demons who refuse to stay buried? Do you lie down and accept defeat or rise to the seemingly unwinnable challenge, and start SEIZING CONTROL?

Disclaimer: This story contains graphic situations that may not be suitable for all readers.

My Rating:

My Review:

If I had to describe this book with one word it would be Savage.

I have never read an MC book that has even come close to this degree of a dark and twisted plot. I don't think SONS could hold a candle to the first book in this series. There were a number of things going on this book and it felt like it took me forever to finish. I want to list all of the highlights of the book - but I think that would be giving out spoilers.

The thing I loved most was how strong the female character was.  She was beaten, abused, and torn to pieces - but she found a way to put herself back together with the help of her soul-mate and family. I think most people would break being put through everything that happened to her.

This is not a book for the light of heart. I think that if you were a K. Webster or Pepper Winters fan who also loved MC romances, you would enjoy this book. It is definitely on the darker side of the MC genre. I think the thing that surprised me the most was how much I liked this book despite all the back-flashes, as I usually hate frequent POV switches and back flashes.  But the author did a wonderful job with the flow, and the story was easy to read.

I am excited to read the other books in this series and wonder - will they will live up to this book or will they wilt in its shadow? 

About the Author:

Wife to a Harley riding, boating and fishing, four-wheel driving, quintessential Aussie bloke.
Mum to two crazy, adorable, and creative kids.
Crohn's Disease sufferer and awareness campaigner.
She’s also an avid tea drinker, a connoisseur of 80's/90's rock music, and is known for lacing everything she says with sarcasm and inappropriate innuendo.

Formerly working in finance, she was forced to reevaluate her plans for her life when severe Crohn's Disease brought her corporate career to a screeching halt. Restarting her childhood hobbies of writing and reading to alleviate the monotony of being sick and housebound, she found her calling and is enjoying life to the max. A typical day is spent in the "real" world where she hangs out with her awesome family and "book" world where she gets to chill with her fictional characters.

Kylie writes the books she wants to read. A lover of strong men who aren't perfect and aren't afraid to admit it, straight talking women who embrace their vulnerabilities, and real life gritty stories, she hopes these themes shine through her writing. An avid reader of all genres, Kylie hopes to release books that keep the reader on the edge of their seat- be it with suspense, heart-stopping thrills, or laughter.

Kylie Hillman is an Australian author who loves to chat. She can be contacted via email:,

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Book Review: Maybe Mandy - Slippery When Wet by C.C Genovese

Maybe Mandy

Slippery When Wet

by C.C. Genovese


You've followed Mandy as she hooked up with Braden for a night of kinky carnival fun, and traveled with her to Cancun, where she met the Latin hunk, Valentino. Now, she's on the prowl again, but this time she's headed to her old stomping ground. It's Mandy's 20 year high school reunion, where she'll introduce you to some old friends, fill you in on some of her early sexual experiences, and have a soaking wet good time with a new heartthrob.

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My Review: 

At this point of time, I have read eight books by C.C Genovese. This is not my first time reading multiple works from one author, but I can say that C.C Genovese is a writer I get excited about. He is on my list of favorites by now. Plus, I get happy a like high-school fan-girl when I go to the online parties and talk to him and his PA.  

After reading that many books, I can understand why Genovese has this banner. I think that if you masturbate, these books would be good material to use. Including his A Masturbation Companion Series. 

Of course, with any traditional high-school reunion, we learn about Mandy's only friend and old crushes. Along with the fact that everyone is now 20 years older. People spilling secrets they were too scared to tell in high school, along with living the fantasies they've had these past years. This book lived up to all the expectations I had. I love the new heartthrob, can I pull him outta the book and keep him? LOL.

About The Author:

C. C. Genovese is a male romance and erotica author who often writes from the female perspective. He has a passion for writing sensual tales that take the average woman (or man) and place them in erotic positions. Life isn't prude so why should we be? If you're under the age of 18, or if you get offended easily, please don't purchase these books. If you're ready to be entertained, aroused, and brought to emotional climax then please do.

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Mandy's an average girl with a free spirit and a dirty mind. A cheating boyfriend followed by a three month dry spell has taken its toll on her and even though she's desperate for a little attention, Mandy isn't thrilled about her upcoming blind date...until she meets Braden. He'll take her to the carnival where they'll embark on a sex-charged journey like neither has ever experienced before.

Read this book and you'll never look at a Ferris wheel the same way again.

This is a novella intended for an 18+ audience. It has graphic sexual content. Buyer beware.

Steamy Sampler:

He gripped my ass, tight, nails and all, and forced me back on top of him. His grip spread my p***y inside my panties and it hurt just a little. For a second I thought he might take me right there in the car and I silently begged him to.

“You don’t understand,” he said.

“I don’t.”

“I want you so bad right now. I want to get out, bend you over the hood, and take you right here on the highway.”

“Yes,” I agreed.

That would be one hell of a plan, I thought.

He bit his bottom lip and rapped his knuckles against the window. He seemed a bit frustrated but then he looked me in the eyes and that blue metallic sheen on them seemed to sparkle.

“We could do that,” he said “but then it would be over too quickly. You deserve more than this, not just what any other guy would do. I’m going to show you something different tonight. Let’s do this right.”

“Are you inviting me back to your place?” I asked, hoping, wishing that would be the case.

“Not quite. Want to hear one of my favorite questions from the game?”

Okay, this might be interesting.

I kissed him again, this time letting my tongue seep out just a bit. He did the same but he refused to just let it go. He held back.

Damn him for holding back.

“Ask me,” I said.

“Have you ever had sex in a public place?”

Oh man, yeah, this was going to get interesting.

“Not really. In a sauna once but no one else was in there.”

He smiled and cocked an eyebrow. “A sauna? Nice.”

“Look, I don’t really want to go to a public place. Just take me somewhere private.”

I want to f**k you, you idiot, I thought.

But simple sex wasn’t the only thing he had in mind. He wanted this night to last and he had quickly formed an idea in his head. He’d planned a night that would drive me wild.

“No, private won’t do,” he said.

“So where are you taking me?”

“Where we were going in the first place, to the carnival.”

“I really don’t want to go to the fair,” I said.

He reached up under my skirt, palmed my p***y, and said, “Trust me. You do.”

And suddenly I did.


Mandy’s on vacation, from the job and from memories of Braden, but on foreign land a little WORK may be required. Sex on foreign soil isn’t just a game…it’s a conquest.

This is an adult erotic novella with graphic sexual content. Buyer beware.

Steamy Sampler:

It suddenly felt very hot in the club. The air was humid. My hair clung to my shoulders but it turned me on even more. Feeling his sweaty arm against mine made me imagine our bare bodies pumping away in the heat. I imagined his chest glistening as he spread my legs.

I leaned back against him and touched my forehead to his neck. My lips were just below his chin. I wanted him to lean forward and kiss me. He didn’t.

That bothered me.

I f***ing want you dammit. Kiss me, I thought.

I tried to look up into his face but it was too dark. I looked around us and everyone else was too shrouded in the shadows to see clearly. I found the faceless silhouettes surrounding us to be erotic. I was getting turned on by the tension in the air and the urge to f**k Valentino was becoming too much to handle.

No one could see us. No one knew the hunger growing inside me.

No one saw his right hand move around and go up under my shirt. I felt his fingers trace over my belly button and traipse up my stomach to my bra.

“I want you,” he whispered in my ear.

I want you too, right here on the dance floor. Take me back to my room, I thought.

I thought it but I didn’t say it. I couldn’t for some reason. I just froze. And has his hand made its way up to my right breast and over it, I could barely move at all. He moved his fingers over my skin, right between my breasts, and then cupped his big hand over my breast and squeezed gently.

I moaned but the loud music masked it.

His left hand moved on, making its way up my dress. I looked around to see if anyone else was watching, but it was dark, it was late, everyone in the place was smashed, and Jill had her tongue down Marco’s throat.

I put my own hand over Valentino’s and he seemed to take it as a sign that I wanted him to stop. He started to pull his hand away. I grabbed it and shoved it hard against my p***y, showing him exactly where I NEEDED his hand to be.

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Pucks, Sticks, and Diapers
by Toni Aleo - First came love, then came the NHL, then came Baylor and Jayden with a baby carriage.

Secret prequel bonus scene by Kindle Alexander -- A man must reveal his deepest secret to keep the ones he loves.

Max excerpt by Sawyer Bennett -- The Carolina Cold Fury’s hot new star shows his bad-boy teammates that even nice guys can score big in this steamy hockey romance.

Nights With Him
Bonus Epilogue by Lauren Blakey -- Life for Michelle and Jack in Paris is about to get busier...

Forbidden Nights
Bonus Epilogue by Lauren Blakely -- The night before Casey and Nate's wedding...

Prequel by Chelle Bliss - When the clock strikes Midnight on New Year’s Eve, two strangers share more than a toast.

Wicked Impulse Excerpt by Chelle Bliss - Bear, the bad boy silver fox, never thought he’d fall in love again. But when Fran DeLuca, a woman who’s known more for her track-suits, transforms into a vixen clad in skin-tight pants and a killer push up bra, he’s tempted to cross a line he swore he never would. There’s only one thing worse than dating his friend’s sister – sleeping with his mother.

Sweet Cheeks Excerpt by K. Bromberg - An all new second chance romance: When invited to her ex-fiance's new wedding, Saylor gets more than she bargains for when an old flame offers to be her date.

Read the final moments in Eden Butler’s Thin Love series in this deleted scene story, My Always -- Every marriage has a moment—it defines the future, it settles doubt. That moment comes for Keira Riley-Hale when her marriage is threatened and she forgets how to find her way back to her husband. Will a brief getaway to the Tennessee mountains bring Keira and Kona to the moment that changes everything in their marriage? Or will that moment never come?

Royally Deep excerpt by Virna DePaul -- A sexy quarterback and an adventurous princess turn some serious sexual tension into the romance of a lifetime.

Dirty Work bonus epilogue by Chelle Bliss and Brenda Rothert - Former political rivals Jude and Reagan seal the biggest deal of their lives with a kiss.

His bonus epilogue by Brenda Rothert – Andrew and Quinn are settled in to their happily ever after when a friend turned foe returns.

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bonus chapter by Susan Stoker - See what happens when a Delta Force Operative, Fletch, takes single mom, Emily, and her daughter, Annie on an all-day date.



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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Book Review: Sugary Sweets - A Taste of Love Novel - Volume 2 by A.M. Willard


Sugary Sweets

A Taste of Love Novel - Volume 2

by A.M. Willard


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Zara James never expected to fall in love, leaving the hopeless romantic lifestyle to her friends. She also never imagined she’d be expecting a baby and married to the one guy she fought so hard to keep at arm’s length. Faced with life’s challenges of insecurities, pregnancy hormones, and the pressures of being a new wife in the burbs of Atlanta, Georgia, Zara tries to master them one cupcake at a time. Well, that is until her world is turned upside down by one accident that could change everything.

Hatcher James knew his smart-mouthed wife was the only woman for him years ago. He just had to figure out the correct formula to make her fall in love with him. Putting together the perfect mixture of intimacy, spice, and frosting might just do the trick, and bring joy to both of their lives.

 As Hatcher tries to come up with the right ingredients, will all the hard work end in smoke or will they conquer life’s hurdles together, one tasty treat after another? 

Sugary Sweets continues the Taste of Love series as we join the gang for some comical scenes, life challenges, friendship, and most of all, love covered in sugar.

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My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

Not nice at all, Hatcher... You are playing with fire, and you know what fire does?  It burns... I'm talking about a burn like a bad case of blue balls twisted by your hormonal wife.

I cut my eyes toward Sheila McDomepants where she is gracefully batting her eyes at my husband... I know Hatcher is faithful, but this woman makes me want to start a wrestling match...

I realized recently that life is short and when you have a bond with someone like the two of us do, you don't waste it on time.  You jump feet first and grab ahold of what you want in life.  For me, that just happens to be you, and only you.

My Review:

Sugary Sweets was a sweet and amusing delight from beginning to end.  The writing was crisp, witty, and full of clever humor.  These spirited friends flow freely with smart banter, antics, and snark.  The story was sweet, steamy, irreverent, insightful, humorous, and highly entertaining.  I will be eagerly watching for the next book. 

Empress DJ

About the Author

International Bestselling Author, A.M. Willard is a true believer of soul mates, and happy ever afters. She enjoys reading, sailing, and of course writing contemporary romance, and romantic comedy with some saucy scenes. Releasing her first novella of the One Night Series on April 12, 2014, has sent her on a new journey in life.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Book Review: On Being A First Mistress by J.I. Hatfield

On Being A First Mistress

by J.I. Hatfield

Ella Makenzie, born in the age of the millennial when anything seemed possible, when we could all live our dreams, found herself systematically disillusioned and filled with frustrated dreams. What is a girl to do when the life you thought the world was offering you is not laid at your feet? You find a way, you change and you evolve. These are the principles that Ella uses to carve out her place for ten years in the city of New York. What Ella does not know is that all of her careful work is about to be shattered by the entrance of a cast of new friends and lovers and ghosts from her past, who threaten her future.

Now, Ella suffers the never-ending headache of being the mentor to a stubborn younger woman, Jenny, who refuses to listen to Ella’s years of experience. She meets the mysterious Mr. Wall Street, who makes her shiver with the thrill of a new romance. She is reunited with her old mentor, Moira, the grand dame of Mistresses Inc., the brand that has kept her neck high in Gucci and high rises for the past four decades, who will stop at nothing to drag Ella back into her dangerous and lethal game of high living. An older gentleman, Mr. Oliver Martin represents the comforts that could give Ella a comfy new retirement plan. His nephew, the good doctor, Ray, may be a good friend or something more. And, finally, Ella’s former lover, the sadistic Mitchel who will not let Ella go easily. 

Join Ella and her group of eccentric fellow characters as they battle through love, heartbreak, death, friendship and much more, in a trip which will leave you breathless and asking for more. 

My Rating:

My Review:

This book is not for everyone. Take a moment and look at the title. Mistress, it means this woman has relationships with another woman's husband. If you have an issue with that, then you need to walk away.

Even though Ella was sleeping with taken men, I still enjoyed her. She was funny, outgoing, and badass. She isn't going to be someone you fuck with. This book was written in the form of a diary. I liked it a lot, mainly the character's inner struggle and the character's own development.

This story does not have your typical HEA, but will pull you in and not let you go until it's over. It was filled with many characters and a whole bunch of drama.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Book Review: More Than Miles by Autumn Jones Lake

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Blake “Murphy” O'Callaghan, Road Captain of the Lost Kings MC, has the world by the balls. Everything he wants…except the one girl who’s off limits. The only girl he’s ever loved. His best friend’s little sister, Heidi.
Now that she’s eighteen, it’s time to claim her as his. Problem is, she’s in love with her high-school boyfriend, Axel, a prospect for the Lost Kings MC.
Can Murphy convince Heidi that all the hard roads they’ve traveled lead to their happy ending, or is he destined to ride the open road alone?



My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

He's been waiting for your birthday like a fat kid waiting for Girl Scout cookie season. 

This was new and unfamiliar.  Weird and awful, but her words also warmed me from the inside out.

It's not until right this second that I think about how odd it is that Rock sort of adopted us the way he did.  How as a kid, I felt safer around a group of hardened bikers than with my own mother.

Your little fingerprints have been all over my heart since the day we met.

Yeah, it was your personality that made me love you but your hot bod that made me thank God we weren't actually related.

My Review:

While reading More Than Miles, I found was frequently frustrated and annoyed with the characters, as well as the author for torturing them so.  The main characters, most particularly bratty Heidi and smirking Axel, made one poor choice after another and were often far from likable.   Yet, I could not stop reading.  The storyline kept me engaged, despite my irritation and the characters' blind stubbornness.  The writing was observant, highly emotive, and angsty, with clever hits of humor and delicious steam.  I am devoutly team Murphy, and his narration often squeezed my cold heart and stung my eyes.  It was gratifying to see the eventual maturation of the characters as the story progressed with an ever twisting and active plot.  I also enjoyed the continuation of previous storylines and catching up with the myriad of unique and quirky characters.  Regardless of Ms. Lake's tendency to torment her characters, I find I am already eager for the next installment. 

Empress DJ

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Autumn prefers to write her romances on the classy side of dirty, and she's a sucker for a filthy-talking, demanding alpha male hero. The bigger the better. She believes true love stories never end.
Some of Autumn's favorite hobbies include reading, writing, acting, music and horror movies. When she's home, her faithful Pug is always by her side. She's an active member of her local chapter of Romance Writers of America.
Autumn was born and raised in upstate New York. She still enjoys all four seasons there with her very own alpha hero and their three rescue dogs.
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