Stuck-Up Suit – Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

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It started out like any other morning on the train.
Until I became mesmerized by the guy sitting across the aisle.
He was barking at someone on his phone like he ruled the world.
Who did the stuck-up suit think he was…God?
Actually, he looked like a God. That was about it.
When his stop came, he got up suddenly and left. So suddenly, he dropped his phone on the way out.
I might have picked it up.
I might have gone through all of his photos and called some of the numbers.
I might have held onto the mystery man’s phone for days―until I finally conjured up the courage to return it.
When I traipsed my ass across town to his fancy company, he refused to see me.
So, I left the phone on the empty desk outside the arrogant jerk’s office.
I might have also left behind a dirty picture on it first though.
I didn’t expect him to text back.
I didn’t expect our exchanges to be hot as hell.
I didn’t expect to fall for him―all before we even met.
The two of us couldn’t have been any more different.
Yet, you know what they say about opposites.
When we finally came face to face, we found out opposites sometimes do more than attract―we consumed each other.
Nothing could have prepared me for the ride he took me on. And I certainly wasn’t prepared for where I’d wind up when the ride was over.
All good things must come to an end, right?
Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.
After reading RoomHate by Penelope Ward (see my review here!), I became a quick fan, so I pretty much knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that I had to read this book. I wasn’t disappointed in the least. I have yet to read one of Vi Keeland’s novels, but the two authors accomplished writing together with ease. The story flows evenly and it immediately drew me in; the switch off was performed so flawlessly, you can’t even tell it’s written by two different authors.
The story itself is pretty much every romance fan’s dream: rich man falls in love with a normal, slightly quirky woman who keeps him honest and constantly on his toes. Graham goes from being a complete a**hole to a lovable, actually sweet individual who is completely head over heels for Soraya. I didn’t care for Graham much at all when he is first introduced in the story (somewhat resembles Christian Grey), but you cannot help but fall in love with him as their story continues and his true character is revealed.
After some phone tag, their first in person meeting is an explosion of sensuality and passion. Their whirlwind romance continues to ignite and the way they handle each other is beautifully written. There is a huge plot twist I didn’t see coming, which was a great addition to an already fantastic book, and it’s interesting to see how Graham and Soraya handle this new development.
If you’re a fan of romance, stuck-up rich alpha men, and women who follow the beat of a different drummer, then you should definitely check this book out! 🙂
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Las Vegas Sidewinders: Dominic by Kat Mizera



(Picture taken from the book’s GoodReads page)
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Dom Gianni takes a lot of punishment in the hockey rink, but when he sees Molly McCarran getting beaten up by her husband, he’s ready to throw down his gloves and fight for her. But Molly isn’t about to trust another man—and Dom is already skating on thin ice with his NHL-mandated probation. Besides, how could a hotshot player like Dom really care about a woman so much older than he? Then a kidnapping ups the stakes. If Molly can’t believe in Dom, and if he can’t dig deep to save her, it might be the final buzzer for them both.
This was my first read by Kat Mizera, but I’m certain it won’t be my last. This book touched on several issues I’m passionate about: domestic abuse, insecurities, and learning to love again. I have to admit that I was thrown off by the age difference between the two characters, but Kat writes it so well that you come to realize age really is nothing but a number for the two of them. The heroine of the story, Molly, is incredibly concerned that Dom won’t find her attractive because of her age, what she deems to be her “frumpy” appearance and her naïveté about the world, but right from the start, Dom finds he cannot stay away from this woman with the eyes that speak to his soul. They soon start on a passionate love affair, all the while attempting to keep her away from her incredibly abusive policeman husband who thinks he is above the law.
There are several twists and turns in this story–some I didn’t see coming at all–that will keep your eyes glued to the pages. I’m very impressed with Kat’s writing, and while there are a couple very small editing errors, it is nothing that takes away from the story. Give this lovely novel a chance, you might just find a new favorite author 🙂
I was provided a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.
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Monte – Kyle Perkins and Lila Vale

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Trigger Warning: this is a dark erotic novella that contains scenes of a graphic nature that may be offensive to some readers. Please be aware of this and continue at your own risk.
A realist through-and-through, Victoria Wyric lives a practical life; she has no patience for the whimsical. Her friends are believers, however, and they plan a night of clumsy attempts to summon the supernatural in order to prove the naysayer wrong. She begrudgingly attends, if only to laugh at their foolishness.
That night, a mysterious, silver-tongued stranger shows up out of nowhere. An apex predator, he is as captivating as he is dangerous, and his sights are set on Victoria. In the course of an evening, everything she thinks she knows is thrown out the window.
Lured into the game of an unforgiving master, she quickly learns there is no such thing as harmless fun when it comes to the otherworldly.
Let me just begin my review by saying this: I’m not a fan of erotica. I LOVE romance, but if the book is nothing but sex–especially hardcore kink–then I tend to avoid it like the plague. However, this book surprised me. With that being said, did I skip over most of the sex scenes? Not going to lie, I did, simply because it’s not for me. But the bottom story line was intriguing enough to keep me going, and I have to admit that I don’t regret reading it. I tend to be drawn in by the paranormal genre, so I was immediately fascinated by the story line, and it was so different from other things I’ve read that I didn’t feel like I was just recycling one book for another. When I first began reading this novella, I was very put off by the initial sex scene. Like I said previously, I don’t really like erotica, and it was just too much for me. But the heroine of this novella, Victoria, has such a hysterical sense of humor and the story was so unlike anything else I’ve read that I couldn’t put it down until I finished. The last scene of the two of them together was too much for me as someone who doesn’t generally enjoy erotica, but the writing was good and with it being two different writers, it was impressive to see that the story line didn’t seem stilted and flowed just as easily as it would with one author. Kudos for that, for sure.
Also, holy cliffhanger! I am looking forward to finishing Monte and Victoria’s story, and I’m definitely curious how it’s going to continue, though I’m sure I’ll have to put my blinders on for some of it 😛
If you’re a fan of erotic fiction (especially paranormal), I would be willing to bet you would love this novella.
I received a copy of this novel from the author for an honest and unbiased review. All opinions are mine.
4/5 stars
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RoomHate by Penelope Ward


Wow. Where to even begin with this book? First off, this was my first Penelope Ward read…but I can guarantee it will not be my last.
RoomHate is the tale of Justin and Amelia, who were the very best of friends throughout childhood, but grew far apart after a misunderstanding coupled with teenage stubbornness. After fifteen years of not speaking, they are forced to live together due to unforeseen circumstances. There is plenty of animosity between the two–particularly from Justin toward Amelia–and the whole scenario seems doomed from the start.
While living together, old feelings start to resurface and confusion arises. Not only has it been years, but Justin has a girlfriend-and she’s living with them, too! To add insult to injury, Amelia has a surprising hurdle to get through, and it’s both encouraging and heart-wrenching to embark on this journey with her as she navigates new territory, with and without Justin. How will the two cope with their overwhelming feelings, and will they get a second chance? Well…you’ll just have to read it to find out 😉
For readers 18+.
5/5 stars.
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GoodReads review here.

Forgetting August – J. L. Berg


Oh. My.
Freaking.
Word.
This was a book unlike any other I have ever read before. To be honest, my brain is absolutely reeling after finishing it—I can barely think apart from the story playing out in my head. The author is a genius for coming up with this storyline, and while there are a few general grammatical and spelling errors throughout the book that I noticed, I honestly could not care less and they didn’t distract enough from the story for me to really be bothered by them. So please take this from someone who is a huge perfectionist when she reads books: DO NOT let slight grammar errors keep you from experiencing this incredibly moving story. Trust me—you won’t regret giving it a chance.
Also, be prepared for the mother of all cliffhangers, because let me just tell you—holy shocking I-did-not-see-that-coming twist at the end. Let me just tell you: April cannot come soon enough for me to continue reading August and Everly’s story! I’m crossing my fingers for a happy ending, but let’s face it; I’m going to read the book no matter what because now I’m invested. 😉 18+
HIGHLY recommend.
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The Watchers: Knight of Light


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“The Watchers” are supernatural beings in human form, charged with protecting mankind from the armies of darkness. Unfortunately, some of these Watchers go bad.
Deirdra Eden’s The Watcher’s Series is written in a traditional fairytale style with a young girl’s discovery of incredible, but dangerous powers within herself, a cast of humorous side-kicks, a quest for greater self-discovery and purpose, and villains of epic proportions.
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In England, 1270 A.D., Auriella flees her village after being accused of witchcraft. Pursued by nightmarish creatures, she struggles to accept the truth about her humanity.
Filled with fairies, dwarves, pixies, dragons, and monsters, Knight of Light is an enthralling tale that will capture the imaginations of readers young and old.
(Book description from Amazon)

I am a sucker for young adult books–particularly if they are paranormal or fantastical in nature. With that being said, when I had the opportunity to review The Watchers: Knight of Light, I jumped on it. This novel is somewhat reminiscent of Libba Bray’s A Great and Terrible Beauty and Brandon Mull’s Fablehaven while still maintaining a quality unique to itself. This will definitely be a series I’ll be following. 🙂
Filled with magic, fairies, dwarves, witches, and pixies (and all sorts of other magical creatures!), this is one of the most imaginative stories I’ve read in quite some time. The main character, Auriella, has such sass and courage, you can’t help but admire her, despite her very naive personality. It’s interesting to see her growth from the first part of the book to the end, and I’m looking forward to watching her grow in the next book (and so on…).
If you’re a fan of young adult and fantasy novels, look no further. This would be a great novel to get your kids started on. I think anyone who enjoyed Harry Potter would be a fan of this series.
With that being said, there are some editing errors that were either missed during the editing process, or the book hasn’t been edited yet. I think with the proper general editing as well as a bit more story line structure editing, this book would do wonders. It’s still a great read, but a little bit of editing could go a long way to make it that much better. 🙂
I was given a copy of this novel from the author to give my honest and unbiased opinion. I do not guarantee a good review, nor am I additionally compensated to give my review.

Art Naturals Magnesium Oil

As someone who suffers from chronic pain, I’ve tried just about everything to help ease some of it. I’ve also heard a lot of good things about magnesium, but as of right now have not taken any. The magnesium IMG_5913oil was new for me; I had never seen it before, or even heard of it, until I came across this product.
First off, make sure you are spraying yourself while sitting on a surface you don’t mind getting wet, because it’s nearly impossible not to have the oil rolling off your skin onto the floor. Second, DO NOT put this on freshly shaved skin or skin that is broken in any way. I had a couple scratches on my legs that I didn’t realize we’re there and it was terrible. Talk about a burn! Third, this will dry your hands out like cray, so make sure you wash them and put on some lotion afterwards.
Now, aside from those small details, this is some pretty amazing stuff. I rubbed it into my calves to help ease muscle spasms, and I was shocked when it actually worked really well. There is a slight warming sensation I felt after rubbing it in, and I’m not sure if it’s from the oil itself or simply due to the friction of my hands rubbing my legs, but it was very nice. I also rubbed some into my shoulders and neck, and I had a significant reduction in pain. Honestly, I can see myself using this quite often.
I received this product for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions stated are my own, and I received no additional compensation for my review.
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Best iPhone/iPad Charging Cord

I have horrible luck with iPhone cords. Every cord I have ever owned ends up tearing and exposing all the “guts” of the cord, rendering the cord completely useless. Needless to say, after spending only God knows how much on iPhone cords, I have reached my limit with the “normal” cords. That’s why I decided to check out the braided iPhone cord; not only does itIMG_6423 seem more durable than the regular cords you can buy, but it also looks a whole lot nicer!
 
I had the opportunity to order this cord, and after several months of IMG_6422wanting one, I finally decided I would take the plunge and see what this kind of cord was all about.
First off, this cord is 10 feet long, so there it is PLENTY long enough to be able to continue working on your phone while it is charging. For me, this was a significant factor in my purchase. I love the ability to have my phone IMG_6420continue to charge while simultaneously allowing me to use it, and it’s not so easy to do that with the standard 6ft cable that Apple gives with their iPhones and iPads.
Next, it is extremely durable–much more so than I thought it would be. Usually around the second week mark is when I notice some wear and tear on my charging cables, and there is no sign of this cord having been used, let alone have any kind of wear. Impressive, to say the least.
IMG_6421I get a fast charge with this cord, and it also lasts quite a while. There have been absolutely no issues with it so far (knock on wood), and I have to say–I really like it. It’s definitely one I think all iPhone users should check into! Highly recommend.
I received this product for free in exchange for my unbiased and honest review. I received no compensation for my review.
 
 

The Torment of Rachel Ames – A Novella by Jeff Gunhus

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Suffering from writer’s block, novelist Rachel Ames escapes to a lake cabin to calm her mind and regain a sense of herself. The location is perfect. Isolated. Beautiful. Inspiring. It even comes with a good-looking landlord who shows an interest in her. But she can’t shake the sense that something terrible has followed cover3d-torment-of-rachel-amesher to the lake, something just beyond her consciousness, something out on the edge where the sounds of a raging fire and sirens linger whenever she slows down to listen.
Determined to make the cabin work, she tries to settle in and give her new life a chance. But when strange things begin to happen around her, she wonders if she’s made a terrible mistake. As the darkness that’s followed her manifests itself in inexplicable ways, her concept of reality is stretched thin and she realizes nothing at the lake is what it seems.
As she fights to survive with her sanity intact, she understands too late that the location she’s chosen for herself is far from perfect.
I should begin by being completely frank: the genre this book falls under is not my preferred genre in the least. While I love thrillers in the movie genre, I tend to gravitate more toward romances in the book genre. Yes, there is an underline of romance in this novella (and yes, I am woman enough to admit that it thrilled me), the actual story is what kept me reading. In fact, once I started reading, I could not put it down.
Rachel is a tormented soul (hence the title), and the journey she begins at the lake is not only enticing and shocking, but it’s completely unnerving–and at times, downright frightening. Throughout the entire story, I was wondering right along with Rachel what secrets the cabin at the lake were hiding, and whether or not she could trust anyone. Honestly, I didn’t want to trust anyone in this story because I had no idea if I could or not! And the thing is, I absolutely loved the suspense! The whole thing played out like a movie in my mind. Gunhus has an incredible way of writing; he knows exactly how to describe each scene with an imaginative amount of detail and understanding.
This is a psychological thriller that will appeal to lovers of books of all genres–take it from the romance junkie! I cannot get this story out of my head (trust me, I mean that in a good way) and I’m dying to read the rest of his works now. I am so glad I found this novella!
I received a complimentary copy of this novella from the author for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions stated are my own.
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Novella cover and blurb taken from JeffGunhus.com.