Review: Damaged by R.R. Banks

Damaged by R.R. Banks

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 266

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Goodreads Summary: 10 years ago, I lost her.
Now only Charlotte can melt my cold heart.

I made my billions, and then I built my fortress.
I was alone on my mountain.
Till she came.
I saved her, but she can’t remember her past.
And I can’t forget mine.
The winter storm trapped us together.
But I’ll keep her safe and warm.
With every caress, I’ll show her body what it craves.
With every kiss, I’ll mark her as my woman.
I know someone hurt her.
And that b@stard wants her back.
He doesn’t know who the f*ck he’s messing with.
Charlotte is mine now, and I’ll protect her no matter what.

But will she stay mine when her memories return?

*** This is a full length novel with a happily ever after, no cliffhanger, no cheating, and plenty of steam. ***

My-Thoughts

First of all, let us discuss this beautiful cover. Hello, where can we find this man? Maybe sometimes it is okay to judge a book by its cover because once again that is what I did. I grabbed this one solely on the title and cover.

 

Without given too much away, I will try to discuss this book and explain to you why you should read it!

The author R.R. Banks paints the pictures of each scene and keeps you hanging on, page after page.

Charlotte is invited to join her family on top of a mountain, in a luxurious cabin for Thanksgiving week. However, she does not get to enjoy the time off. She finds her self with amnesia and face to face with a dog named Scout and a man she has never met…or has she?

Micah, a self made millionaire with a past that he is running from. He stays to himself on the mountain with his dog. It turns out that Charlotte is running from her past too and that was exactly what got her into the situation she is in.

Together, they will over come the past and move on. Caution: it does contain sex (duh) and domestic violence.

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Drive by Kate Stewart

Dear Mother of God. I can’t formulate coherent thoughts after finishing this masterpiece.

What was that? Amazing, glorious, breath taking, tear inducing.

Not only do you get a novel, but also a soundtrack. Which combines my two favorite things on earth; reading and music.

I am not sure how anything can possibly follow this. I will be in a coma for a week or more.

Go One Click this now. Waste no more time.

Review: Quiet Love by Helena Rac

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In Helena Rac’s second novel, best friends become roommates and discover through sloppy towel tucks, stargazing adventures, and a very sexy photo shoot that sometimes love can be found in the most unlikely place: right in front of you. Fans of Christina Lauren’s Dark Wild Night won’t want to miss this exciting new release published by Tryst Books!

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About Quiet Love:

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Title: Quiet Love
Author: Helena Rac
Publisher: Tryst Books
Series: Chapters of Love #2
Release Date: April 24, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
ASIN: B06WGRJQPB

Synopsis:

Daniel has been best friends with Rose since they were born. He’s been in love with her for years. The only problem? She has no idea, and he’s not about to tell her and ruin their friendship. The solution? Leave Chicago to travel the world, pursue his dream of becoming a photojournalist, and try to forget the red lips that he could kiss for hours. If only she’d let him…

Rose knows true love is out there somewhere; she just has to try hard enough to find it. That’s become more complicated, though, since her best friend Daniel has moved in with her after being away for two years. Somehow thoughts of him keep getting in the way, making her morning showers a little too hot for comfort. If only he’d see…

In Helena Rac’s second novel, best friends become roommates and discover through sloppy towel tucks, stargazing adventures, and a very sexy photo shoot that sometimes love can be found in the most unlikely place: right in front of you.

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Excerpt:

The night is nothing short of perfect. The air is warm, there’s barely any wind, and the moon is young, so the sky is dark, laced with thousands of stars. We find our spot along the beach, well away from the other stargazers, and set down our sleeping bags, a couple of blankets, and our cooler.
Our eighties playlist is playing softly in the background while we enjoy the night. Daniel takes photos, and every so often he shows me an image he’s caught on camera. I’m in awe. He really is amazing. The way he sees the world is so different from how most of us do – angles and frames and visions that capture the beauty of everything that surrounds us, including the stars. Even in the dark, I can see a twinkle in his eyes, that same look he has when he picks up his camera. Confident. In charge. Sexy.
I squeeze in between Daniel and the telescope and lean into the eyepiece. I’m instantly fascinated by what I see. The star flickers like it’s dancing in the sky. There are hues of red and orange and gold, and it sparkles like a gem.
I’m equally distracted because Daniel is standing right behind me. He hasn’t moved an inch. His chest presses against my back, and I tense for a moment, unsure of his intent. His scent makes its way to me, and my eyes flutter closed for an instant. I inhale and savor the way he makes me feel. My initial tense reaction gives way to a new one – one that confuses me and excites me all at the same time. Goosebumps cover my arms, and my breath hitches in my throat. I can’t help but shiver from the sparks that travel through my body.
His response is not what I expect. Yet, even though I’m afraid to admit it to myself, it’s quite possibly what I hoped for. He wraps his arms around me so they criss-cross just above my waist. He starts to rub my arms, warming my skin and melting the goosebumps – and my whole body. My mind is screaming, Do not cross the friendship boundary! No good can come of it. Thank goodness for my sensible brain. Too bad I don’t always listen to it.
On that thought, I can’t help but relax into him. His strong, lean frame envelops me, and I’m aware of the contours of his body and the heat that radiates between us. I nestle into his shoulder and look up at the stars above us. He buries his nose in my hair and inhales deeply. Here, away from the city lights, it seems as though it’s just Daniel and me and our newfound closeness.
“Hey, there’s a shooting star.” I point to where it’s trailing across the sky. “Did you see it?”
SweetBlissHope you made a wish,” he whispers in my ear, and I swear his lips graze my skin. I shiver again, unable to control my reaction.

Copyright © Quiet Love 2017 by Helena Rac

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About Sweet Bliss:
Title: Sweet Bliss
Author: Helena Rac
Publisher: Tryst Books
Series: Chapters of Love #1
Date Released: November 30,2015
Genre: Contemporary Series Romance
ASIN: B01N5Q2HA1

Synopsis:

From debut author Helena Rac, a sassy, sexy comic tale of second-chance romance and the many uses of icing. Tessa loves cupcakes. They’re tasty and comforting, and they’ve made her bakery a success. Men, on the other hand, are unreliable jerks who are bound to break her heart. Even if they’re hot enough to melt her frosting. Tessa is smitten with Luke after a less than graceful encounter on the streets of Chicago, and fate keeps reuniting them. She’s certain he’d be delicious in bed, but there’s just one problem: Tessa’s sworn off long-distance romances, and Luke lives in London. Besides, he’s proven himself to be bad news. Although Tessa’s sexy stranger swears to set aside his player ways after she carries out sweet revenge, she’s far too smart to believe in happily-ever-afters. Luke will need to use every weapon in his arsenal – including a spatula or two – to convince Tessa they’re meant to be together.

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About Helena Rac:

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Life is sweeter with romance novels. That’s why Helena Rac writes contemporary romances about sassy, everyday heroines and swoon-worthy heroes – stories that warm your heart, put a smile on your face, and make you fall in love.

When she’s not writing, Helena loves spending time with her two lovely girls and her incredibly supportive husband. She plays adult by day; enjoys cooking, traveling, and exploring the outdoors; and reads way past her bedtime.

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REVIEW!!!

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: April 24th 2017

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 Summary: Daniel has been best friends with Rose since they were born. He’s been in love with her for years. The only problem? She has no idea, and he’s not about to tell her and ruin their friendship. The solution? Leave Chicago to travel the world, pursue his dream of becoming a photojournalist, and try to forget the red lips that he could kiss for hours. If only she’d let him…

Rose knows true love is out there somewhere; she just has to try hard enough to find it. That’s become more complicated, though, since her best friend Daniel has moved in with her after being away for two years. Somehow thoughts of him keep getting in the way, making her morning showers a little too hot for comfort. If only he’d see…

In Helena Rac’s second novel, best friends become roommates and discover through sloppy towel tucks, stargazing adventures, and a very sexy photo shoot that sometimes love can be found in the most unlikely place: right in front of you.

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Quiet Love is a tale of best friends. Best friends since birth, literally. Growing up together, Daniel and Rose were always best friends. When reaching adulthood, things began to change. So what was the best thing Daniel thought he could do? Leave.

When he returns, are things going to be different? He and Rose become room mates and attempt to go back to normal. But things are different, heated and awkward. One naked mishap and it has both of them scrambling to figure out what was going on.

Will it work or will things get too messy and they lose each other’s friendship? This was a GREAT book! I love friends to lovers romance stories! They are some of the best stories! Daniel and Rose’s relationship is very cool! Once things started moving along, it just felt perfect to me! I loved it!

Review: Illicit by Ava Harrison

Genre: Forbidden love, contemporary romance

Pages: 415 (according to Amazon, however, it seems shorter than that)

Published: April 4th 2017

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Summary: I was never supposed to see him again.
One night of passion with a complete stranger.
My last tryst before senior year.
But I was lost the moment his tempting lips were on my skin.
His intense touch on my body.

It should have ended there.

But he’s not a stranger.
He’s my history teacher.
And wanting him is against the rules.
Off limits.
Forbidden.

Illicit.

my-thoughts I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I have been doing reviews for awhile now so you all most likely know my favorites. I like taboo love and forbidden love. So this was right up my alley.

Honest to God, I didn’t read the synopsis or anything prior to reading this book. Going in, I had no clue it would contain forbidden love. Somehow, I was able to predict exactly what was going to happen from the get go and that’s why I can only give it 3.5 stars.

Carson and Lynn’s story is great though, just not that original. If you go through my past reads, there are several that follow the same lines as this one.

Lynn and her friends were hanging out at the Hamptons for one last hurrah prior to her senior year of high school. She was suppose to be having the time of her life, but instead she ends up alone at the beach.

Carson, also at the party, was just too bored with the scene. He wanted to start his life, he was tired of the partying. He, too, ended up alone on the beach, or so he thought.

When Lynn and Carson meet, they both were seeing stars. But a few days later, reality struck when Carson turns out to be first period, Mr. Blake. Lynn was shocked to say the least.

However forbidden as their romance was, they were unable to stay away from one another. Drawn together like a moth to a flame. They shared a lot of similarities when it came to their families.

Regardless of the predictable plot, it is still a good read.

Review: Until I Fall by Claudia Burgoa

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Genre: Contemporary Romance

Published: April 1st 2017

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Summary: ER doctor, Aspen Zimmerman is no stranger to pain and loss. The tragic death of her fiancé catapults her life into a promise of healing—of being the best damn ER doctor her hospital has ever encountered. After all, it makes her feel like she’s making a difference when she couldn’t so long ago. And when her most beloved patient suffers horrifically, all Aspen cares about is healing her—even though her son has a special way of igniting a fire she thought fizzled out long ago.

As a private security officer, Anderson Hawkins puts everyone’s life before his own. With his mother fighting for her life, Anderson is hellbent on finding a way to save her. On the plus side, he gets to spend his time with a sexy and fiery ER doctor who would do anything for his mother. Though Aspen seems to be pulling back—away from any feelings she may have for him. Now, it’s up to Anderson to prove that they can build a future together if they both let go of the past. Can Aspen trust her heart with someone when she already feels “dead on arrival?”

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I received an advanced reader copy of this book for an honest review.

This story will captivate you! It did me for sure!

This isn’t your average love story. Aspen is a ER doctor with dreams of owning her own pediatric practice with her best friend. She had endured the loss of her fiance Michael. For eleven years, she had been treading water, just making it through life with her best friends. That is until Anderson came along

Anderson “Hawk” is not your average Joe. He is a military man who’s job is a secret to most people. He is strong and courageous, but caring for his mother who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

When these two come together, its magical. There will be joy and laughter and THERE WILL BE TEARS! I repeat tears. This book will teach you to live life and love fearlessly.

Strawberry Summer by Melissa Brayden

Genre: Romance, LGBT

Pages: 264

Published Date: April 1st 2017

Summary: Just because you’re through with your past, doesn’t mean it’s through with you.

Margaret Beringer didn’t have an easy adolescence. She hated her name, was less than popular in school, and was always cast aside as a “farm kid.” However, with the arrival of Courtney Carrington, Margaret’s youth sparked into color. Courtney was smart, beautiful, and put together—everything Margaret wasn’t. Who would have imagined that they’d fit together so perfectly?

But first loves can scar.

Margaret hasn’t seen Courtney in years and that’s for the best. But when Courtney loses her father and returns to Tanner Peak to take control of the family store, Margaret comes face-to-face with her past and the woman she’s tried desperately to forget. The fact that Courtney has grown up more beautiful than ever certainly doesn’t help matters.

My Rating: 5 Strawberry Stars

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I received this as an ARC for an honest review.

Strawberry Summer by Melissa Brayden is a mixture of a coming of age story to a story about adults trying to get their lives together.

Margaret or Maggie, has lived in the same small town her whole life on her families strawberry farm. A small town with all the same faces, until one day a beautiful blonde walks through her classroom door, right as she is giving a speech on none other than President Abraham Lincoln.

Courtney Carrington is a department store heiress from Chicago with Tanner Peak roots as it happens to be were her father grew up and her grandmother still lives today. Her father’s dream was to have a department store in his hometown, so they uproot and move for the opening of the store.

When Courtney and Maggie lay eyes on each other it is instant chemistry. However, they are both so difference from each other.

When tragedy strikes, they find it hard to keep themselves together and struggle. Five years later, they meet again and what happens is quite wonderful.

Review: Chasing Kade

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Rockstar Romance 

Pages: 424 

Published: March 17th 2017

SUMMARY:There’s no such thing as too much fun…

Wrong.

Incredibly, immeasurably, categorically false.

Try: It’s all fun and games until someone ends up in the tabloids.

Again.


Kade Edenfield was rock royalty. If every rock god in history gathered for dinner, his seat would be at the head of the table. He was that good. His band was elevated to a level few ever reached, and he was having the time of his life.

Until one misstep too many landed him on the front page of every gossip rag around the globe, and the band’s label decided to saddle them with a PR priss whose sole mission in life was to suck the fun right out of his.

He wanted her gone.

Until he realized he just plain wanted her.


Aubrey Taylor didn’t ask to be assigned to babysit a band full of troublemakers, but she wasn’t given a choice. Wanted or not, she intended to fix the mess they’d made. She’d do it quickly, efficiently, and then she’d get the hell out of there. Unfortunately, after meeting their openly hostile singer—the one with the notoriously menacing stare—it was clear she was in over her head. When Kade made a point to challenge her at every turn, unafraid of using intimidation to get her to back down, she found herself in even deeper trouble.

While she ‘officially’ resented and feared him, their power struggle secretly turned her on.

She desperately wanted to win their little standoff, but what was she supposed to do when she realized she wanted him even more?


I received an ARC for an honest review.
Rockstars…ya gotta love em. But sometime they tend to get into trouble and that’s when PR is called in to clean up the mess.
That is exactly what happen in this book. The band Thrill of the Chase screams scandal. 
Brooding twin brothers Kade and Kane, along with three other hot rockers and you are in for a treat!
Audrey thought she knew exactly what she was getting into when she walked on board the tour bus. She was there to clean up the mess and prevent them from happening again, only its not that easy.
Her life had been uprooted not long ago with tragedy and she just wanted to recover. With her best friend and ex therapist being the little bug in her ear telling her to go for it doesn’t help.
Chemistry with both Kade and Kane! But Kane was just a friend….right? And Kade? How could she fall for someone like him? He was a troublemaker…or was he?

A Beautiful Sin by Terri E. Laine

Pages: 330

Genre: Contemporary 

Published: June 23 2016

Summary: ***From USA Today Bestselling Authors, A.M. Hargrove and Terri E. Laine, comes a standalone, Forbidden Love Story.

Since I was a boy, my desire was to marry the church. To give my vows and life over to God despite the corruption in my soul.

I am a sinner, the embodiment of temptation, or so I’ve been told.

Yet, I’ve never touched, never kissed, never sought the company of another until her.
She is my weakness, my salvation, my downfall and my freedom. Our sins are bound tighter than fate.

My name is Canaan. I am an ordained Roman Catholic priest, forever and always.

Her name is Haven. She may be my destiny, my destruction.

This is not a love story, but rather a confession of all my sins.

*Warning – A Beautiful Sin is a forbidden romance that blurs the lines between passion and religious faith. Please be warned, the subject matter may be offensive to some readers

My Rating: 5 Holy Stars

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I will admit that when I first realized what this was about I was a little concerned it may be a little too much taboo for me. I know that’s hard to believe but it is true! But when you get into the story and learn the background of the characters, there will be no doubt that they were meant to be together, regardless.

Canaan was just too hot to handle in the ways that Haven describes him.

This book gives us a reminder that everyone is human. No one is without sin.

Read this book!!

Review: A Star to Steer Her By by Beth Anne Miller

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 322

Published: March 20th 2017

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Summary: I’m scarred. Broken. I’ll never be the same.
But I will take this journey.

Ever since my last dive ended in bloodshed, I’ve been terrified to go back into the water. But the opportunity to spend a semester at sea is too good to pass up. I need to get my life back.

I never expected to love it this much. And I never expected Tristan MacDougall.

Rugged, strong, and with demons of his own, Tristan helps me find the courage I thought I had lost and heals me with every stolen moment we share. But the rules of the ship mean we can’t be together.

When a dive excursion goes terribly wrong, our only hope for survival is each other.

My Rating: 5 Stars!!

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I have received this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Sometimes you will get a hold of an amazing book that takes you places. This book will do just that as you travel with Ari and the reason of the crew around the Caribbean Islands and learn to sail.

Ari’s tale on full of tragedy and heartbreak with an accident that could have ended her life. This accident has disrupted her life along with her relationship with the person she is closes to, her twin.

As she boarded The Meg, she had tried a thousand times to pull out of the program, but she kept pushing herself to move on. She meets a bunch of new people, that in their own way, help her move forward. Tristan, the son of the Captain of the ship, helps her the most.

The forbidden relationship between the two, grows strong even though they both try their hardest for it not to happen. Then is was about keeping it a secret..

This book was great! I am so glad to have added it to my “Read” shelf, but with each good book you read, you grow a little with the characters. Check this one out!

Review: Papi by JC Valentine

Genre: Romance

Pages: 60

Published: March 7th 2017

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Summary: A scintillating standalone novella based on a true story coming soon from bestselling author J.C. Valentine.

Dating is hard.
Especially when it’s a younger man.
Alejandro is everything I ever dreamed of:
Sexy.
Driven.
Dominant.
He’s my Spanish lover.
My every fantasy come true.
My weakness.
And he wants me. All of me. Maybe even more than I have to give.
But the way he talks to me…looks at me…touches me drives me crazy in the best way possible.
And he knows it.
He knows the power he holds over me…and he wields it like a blade…
Straight through my heart.
Everything I have, everything I am, is in his hands…
Because Alejandro is everything and nothing I expected.
He may be my downfall…
But I am more than eager to take the plunge.

My Rating: 4 Stars!

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First off, let me start by saying that I was given the opportunity to read this novella as an ARC for an honest review.

This was my first read of the author J.C. Valentine and the story is based on real life events. WOW! Way to go J.C.

Anyways the book is about Julie, who is a newly single mother of three who wants to get back into the dating saddle. So she turns to a dating website, as many people do these days. She is pared up with Alejandro.

There are times when you meet someone, you just know that it is right. And it seems that this was true for Julie. There is a huge cliffhanger in this novella. That along with the length of this book are the only down falls for me. That is because I wanted more!!

Can’t wait to get the rest of the story!