Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Review: Market for Love by Jill Elaine Hughes


Heroine Miranda Johansson has had a very bad day. The strait-laced, ultraconservative stock-market analyst in Chicago’s LaSalle Street financial district just lost eighty-seven million dollars of her clients’ money in a massive stock-market implosion. And if that weren’t bad enough, she just had wild, no-holds-barred sex with a complete stranger on her coffee break----and that complete stranger turns out to be her new boss! Can Miranda get control of herself without losing her job, and her mind? Or will her sexy new boss completely derail her self-discipline, her stock portfolio, and her career? (Not to mention the sudden intrusion of his manipulative ex-girlfriend---a scheming, ruthless woman who controls half of Wall Street.)
Will Miranda survive the ups and downs of her new love life, which is just as volatile and unpredictable as the market? Or will her new romance go down the tubes along with the economy? Only time will tell.
Readers who are down and out about their trashed investment portfolios can pick up a copy of MARKET FOR LOVE and forget all about the economic downturn. Read the book, and have a little fun peeking inside the unseen world of the sexy young investment bankers who’ve been pushed to the edge along with everyone else.

Jenny's Review
***I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.***
Millions of money loss, hot sex with a stranger who turns out to be her boss, manipulative ex-girlfirend, hostile takeover, blackmail and did I mention HOT SEX. Market for Love by Jill Elaine Hughes has it all and then some. . Miranda is a straight-laced, conservative stock maket analyst who is at the beginning of the worst day of her life when she meet a stranger that she seduces during her coffee break. Turns out that stranger is her new boss Max. With Miranda's initial encounter with Max, her seamless normal life is turn upside down and changes Miranda in more ways then she every thought possible. 

I liked this book.The characters were well written and I was invested in their story.The book draws you in from the first page.  There are a lot of laughs, emotional ups and downs as well as some twist and turns throughout the story. There is one particular twist within involving Max that I did not see coming. Definitely a WTF moment while reading.  And it was great to see the dynamic between Miranda and Max while they navigate the feelings that they have for each other. I really enjoyed to fast-pace of the story. There really wasn't any dull moments.  A nice surprise and a great read.

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JILL ELAINE HUGHES is a professional journalist, playwright, memoirist, and fiction author. She has written for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, Washington Post, Cat Fancy magazine, New Art Examiner, and numerous other media outlets. Her plays have been widely published and produced by theaters in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston, Atlanta, San Francisco, the United Kingdom, and Australia. She is also the author of several New Adult fiction books. Ms. Hughes also writes erotic fiction under two pen names: Jamaica Layne and Jay E. Hughes.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Review: Scent of Lavender - Part One: Scent of Love Series - Book One by Bronte Nottingham


Madalynn Melton is forty-something, overweight and unhappy. She’s unhappy with her life, her job, her body, and just everything about herself. She knows she’s capable of so much more, but she’s just not sure how to get there. Bored and unhappy after a shopping trip with her daughter, she walks into a pub and meets him. She can’t believe that he would even want to talk to her, much less dance with her. Her eyes are opened when she overhears his friend talking about her and her every fear about who she is and how others see her slaps her in the face. She runs out of the pub and becomes determined to be what she wants and stop wallowing in her own self-pity.

Lucas Greystone saw her the minute she walked into the pub and she fascinated him instantly. He is determined to keep his private and public life separate, so he doesn’t tell her that he is popular country singer, Luke Grey. He introduces himself and is planning to see the lovely woman again when his friend and manager opens his mouth and has Maddie running for the door and disappearing into the night and Lucas is sure he will never see her again.

Three years later, Lucas finds her again, but she has changed and so have her circumstances. This doesn’t change her appeal to him. Her curves and intelligence are just two of the things that attracted her to him. Lucas knows she probably wouldn’t want to see him, but maybe as Luke, he can get close to the woman he just wants a second chance with. Will time run out for him, when she finds out who he really is? And is there someone else who is determined to make sure that they never wind up together? What happens when a country singer with secrets and a romance writer running from her own fears try to start a relationship? You never know, but it does sound like an excellent beginning to a great country song....

Have fun and I hope you enjoy Maddie and Lucas’s love story.

This story is for 18+ readers only.

Part One is pretty tame with a couple of intensely graphic scenes that are sexual in nature between a couple who have their own hang-ups and fears about a relationship.

Jenny's Review
***I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.***
I absolutely loved this book!!!!! Bronte Nottingham wrote a story with characters that I could relate to. Maddie at times reminded me of myself. Maddie's insecurities, fears, doubt and not believing that someone can love her for who she is, is what a lot of women can relate to. But within her fears and doubts, there is a strength within her that is unmistakable, which is shown in a scene at a boutique she shopping at. She has amazing people surrounding her that see the best in her and are loyal and protective but she constantly have self doubt. I loved Luke!!!!! He was able to see Maddie the way that she was unable to. That she was someone special that deserve to be loved and cherished like anyone else. When he get the chance to see her again after that horrible night 3 years ago, he is determined to right the wrongs of that faithful night. The scene in the restroom between Luke and Maddie was hot!!!!!! And the dream Luke had about Maddie, WOW!!!!!! This book had the right about of emotional up and down that keeps the reader engaged and wondering what will happen next and hoping that everything will work out. I can't wait to read Part Two and see what else is in store for Luke and Maddie.

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I'm an eccentric person according to my friends and family. I love history, and doing family history research. I'm the computer geek in my family. I love to read, write, and photography.

My music tastes run across the board, so do my reading and movie tastes. However, I am partial to Disney movies, esp. those old 60s-70s ones like Pete's Dragon, North Avenue Irregulars, Apple Dumpling Gang, Ugly Dachshund, and Freaky Friday. I guess if I was completely honest, then I would admit that I'm a Disney geek.

I have a grown daughter and was your typical nerdy band girl in high school. I live by myself and it's nice to finally be able to write down and put out the stories that I have carried around in my overactive imagination for years. It's nice to share them with others and I hope you enjoy them.

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Blog Tour: Beholden to You by Carlie Sexton


On the heels of tragic loss, the stunning and innocent Natalie Mason, meets handsome business mogul Mac Carter. As Natalie attempts to pick up the pieces of her shattered life, circumstances beyond her control draw her and Mac into a situation she wants kept secret. The two are a matched set having both experienced immense loss in their lives. Uncertain of what she should do, she decides to give fate a chance, opening her heart to Mac, who just wants to love her.

But the past, who often times takes no prisoners, rears its ugly head in a double dose. Mac’s ex-girlfriend cannot accept that their love affair is over and takes drastic measures through deception and blackmail to ensure that Mac will be hers.

Natalie, on the other hand, has to face the one responsible for her sister’s death. As her journey begins to bring justice and closure, the past transports to her feet an unexpected surprise—a long lost love desiring to posses her as his once again.

Will Mac and Natalie’s newly blossoming love be able to endure what the past has delivered or will the victors of their hearts be the old flames who are staking their claim?

Jenny's Review
***Received this ARC for my honest review***
This is the first book by Carlie Sexton and let me say that this will not be my last. I absolutely enjoyed this book. 

Natalie Mason has been through more loss and heartache than most people wouldn't be able to deal with. Mac Carter, having loss his parents knows how the loss can affect you and the people in your life. They are instantly drawn to each other, and after a wild night in Vegas has left them connected in a way they didn't expect but are not in a rush to get rid of.  Mac Carter takes the circumstance that they find themselves in to prove that he is the best person to help Natalie with her heartache and open her up to trusting again. And Natalie, although is a little on the defense of letting someone in, is willing to take a chance with Mac. I absolutely loved Mac. As Mac and Natalie journey begins together there are obstacles that are put in there way that make it hard for them stay together but Mac will stop at nothing to keep them together.

I loved the way that Carlie Sexton told the story of Mac and Natalie. It kept me engaged and very eager to find out how their story would end. There were parts of the story that dealt with Natalie and Mac's friends that gave a peek into their own stories and I wondered why the author didn't delved a bit more, then i found out this novel is a spin off from her Killer Next Door series (which was added to be TBR list immediately). 

The story was well written and kept you guessing what will happen next. But also made you root for Mac and Natalie because you so madly wanted them to have a happy ending. 

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I have always had a passion for reading my entire life. I love it so that I dedicated my life to educating children. As a teacher, I have had the profound pleasure of teaching children to read and explore their imaginations through a good book. Just recently I decided to write a story that had been on my mind. Now I have several that I want to turn into additional books. Writing has become a passion that I dearly love.

I live with my handsome husband in Southern California. We enjoy the relaxed lifestyle that California provides. We have two beautiful dogs, but no children.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Review: Brie Learns the Art of Submission by Red Phoenix


** First published as the popular nine-part eBook serial, Brie Learns
the Art of Submission is now available as a full-length novel.

Join Brianna Bennett as she is introduced to the erotic world of submission...

Brie's life changes the day Sir comes to her tiny tobacco shop. His invitation to the Submissive Training Center is about to rock this young woman's world. The renowned school is famous for its elite submissive instruction. She has no idea what will be asked of her or the boundaries that will be pushed. One thing is certain: Brie is about to learn more about herself in six weeks than she has over the previous twenty-two years.

From formal classes, hands-on practicums and weekly auctions, Brie will confront her deepest fears and desires. In the process, she will also forge lifelong friendships with fellow submissives and fall for several of the Center's skilled Doms.

As graduation day approaches things begin to unravel, forcing Brie to make an unexpected choice of Master. Which Dom will ultimately earn her devotion and capture Brie's courageous heart?

Adult Material (18+)

Warning: This book contains sexually explicit content and scenes that some readers may find objectionable.

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Jenny's Review

Wow, wow, wow!!!!! I absolutely loved this book. If you love D/s or BDSM books this should be a part of your collection. It was released first as a 9 part serial but it is a full length novel.

The book shows the journey of Brianna 'Brie' Bennett as she trains as a submissive. The book shows different level that is is pushed to find herself as a true submissive. Her interaction with different Dominants and Dommes, learning not only from her trainers about her needs, wants, desires and limits but also learning from her fellow submissive-in-training, Lea and Mary.

In her journey of she connects on emotional level with several dominants but there is one that she feel an unbreakable bonds but circumstances keeps them apart. A lot of the scenes throughout the novel is ridiculous hot. At times I had to take a minute to stop reading to calm down. Red Phoenix writing always you to emotionally connect with all the characters and the book flows beautifully.

I can wait to read the next book!

About the Author

Red Phoenix is an award-winning erotica author who gained popularity with her book, Brie Learns the Art of Submission. Brie Embraces the Heart of Submission: After Graduation is the second book in the series. She has won 3 reader choice awards at the Indie Romance Convention in 2013 for her various novels and continues to inspire couples with her writing.
Erotica is a delicious fantasy created to entice both the mind and the body ~Red
"I am a happily married woman who believes, based on personal experience, that love conquers all. It is a running theme in my writing. I love romance and I love good sex. It is a healthy combination in real life. My books focus on the love and lust shared by couples."
Red is a mother of three and wife to one. When she is not writing, you can find her on Facebook or Twitter interacting with fans. "I heart my fans!"

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