Review for Curvy Seduction: Circus by Aidy Award

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SYNOPSIS: Angelina has agreed to let Gray train her in the ways of submission and Domination. And he’s driving her crazy. She thought there’d be lots of sexy times, specifically with him. Not so much. If Gray isn’t going to give her what she wants, she’s going to find it herself. At the Asylum.
Grayson’s head is going to explode. Angelina knows how to push his buttons, but she’s gone too far this time. The Asylum is no place for someone as sweet and tempting as his Angel, especially when Foster Bennett is in control.
A harem, a lover who can’t give up control, and a curvy girl going after her dreams is a three ring circus. Both Angelina and Gray are going to have a hard time protecting their lives and their hearts from getting trampled in the third installment of the Curvy Seduction serial.
Curvy Seduction: Circus is the third in a six-part serial telling the story of Angelina, also known as the present day owner of Angels and Devils, the BDSM club from the Curvy Love series.
Each part has a full story, but will leave you wanting oh, so much more from this tempting couple.
You’ll have lots of fun getting more and more of Gray and Angel’s story in each part of this curvy seduction.

REVIEW: This is the 3rd installment in the Curvy Series. It gives you a more in depth view of each of the characters. I liked how each individual was given their own personality and characteristics. Cade is the dom who won’t take orders from anyone. Dominic is the switch that tries to play both sides of the coin. Then there is Illario who is a submissive true and true and only wants to give pleasure to Angelina. All three men are gorgeous, daring and sexy as ever. Angelina decides to train to be a dominatrix and Grayson is having no part of it. Neither is Cade for that matter.

I was disappointed in how the story ended. I am not a fan of a cliff hanger and I don’t want to spoil the ending of the book but I was not a happy camper. That is the only reason I am giving this book a 4 Love tap.

Miss Award continues to pull me in with her story of Angelina and Grayson and I can’t wait for the next installment.

Reviewed by Mistress Mary4 love taps

Review for Renegade Heart by Nina Barrett

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SYNOPSIS: As if Vegas didn’t have excitement enough, December brings the National Finals Rodeo to the city. Heading the Imperial Hotel’s participation as a host hotel, Kerstin Hennepin is rushing to a meeting when a fall sends her tumbling into a stranger’s arms and he’s in no hurry to let her go.

Jake Aaron is a troubleshooter for the rodeo Or maybe he’s just plain trouble. Their attraction is instant and one close encounter leads to another, but Jake comes with plenty of questions. True he’s busy handing the offstage antics of rowdy rodeo contestants, but does his job also include romancing a young barrel rider and carrying a concealed weapon?

With the finale of the Finals approaching, Kerstin needs answers. But when her search for the truth reveals more is going on behind the scenes than on the arena floor, she and Jake are squarely in someone’s cross hairs.

REVIEWThis story had a little bit of everything in it. There was the suspense of figuring out what was happening at the rodeo, the romance of Kersten the activities director of the Imperial Inn in Las Vegas. Also there was the rodeo with cowboys and the miss rodeo pageant. So much going on that it kept me guessing.

Kersten is faced with a touch decision. Start a new romance with Jake Aaron or try to rekindle her old relationship with David. Kersten is a strong, smart woman and I liked how she handled being in charge of the activities while her boss was gone.

The suspense comes in with a mysterious canister turning up at the hotel and is taken to Kersten’s office and forgotten about. Until a series of break ins start occurring.

I was surprised that I liked this story. I am not a reader of cowboys so when I read this
I was pleasantly surprised. I liked it and I would recommend it.

Reviewed by Mistress Mary

 

Review for Hot Stuff by Cj Fosdick

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SYNOPSIS:  Hot Stuff takes on double meaning when klutzy Kate is faced with rookie cop Dallas looking for a stolen lawn statue. In her quiet, crime-free Wisconsin village, Kate has her hands full writing slogans for candy hearts and keeping her kleptomaniac brother with Asperger’s Syndrome inside the law. Even her grandmother’s famous snickerdoodle cookies can’t ameliorate the crime when a stolen lawn statue turns out to be a drug dispenser. Will Kate rise above her concern of what Dallas’s uniform represents and admit the charming Texas rookie is the man of her dreams?

 

REVIEW:  This is a great love story. Kate is taken by surprise when she meets the new cop in town, Dallas. He is “Hot Stuff.” He is looking for a garden gnome that was stolen from a neighbor of theirs. Her place was the first place that the cops always looked because her brother liked collecting or stealing things for his garden in the back yard. Little does Kate know that her brother did take it and it was in their house?

She decides to try and return it but can’t take it back. Then she winds up on a date with Dallas and she has the item in her trunk when the tire needs to be changed. She worries about him finding the item that was stolen and then it is taken from her. She doesn’t want to lie to Dallas but she fears for her brother not knowing there is more to the story of the garden gnome.

I liked this short story. It was sweet with a little spice in it.  Kate and Dallas hit it off right away. I think it took them both by surprise which is a nice surprise for me the reader too.

I recommend this book.

Reviewed by Mistress Mary

4 love taps

Review for Surfacing by Daniel Stephens

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SYNOPSIS: Used to luxurious, high-profile city life, Chris’s world is shattered when tragedy takes his husband and young son. Seeking a life free from pain, Chris returns to his grandfather’s cabin on the shores of Wolf Thorn Lake, Maine. When Chris meets Jake, the earthy young man who resides across the lake, Chris faces his most challenging decision yet. Does he continue his life alone, or does he risk his heart and the potential of love he sees illuminated in Jake’s warm eyes? A young man running from pain, a rural free spirit with the ability to heal, and a wolf who haunts the shore-line of Wolf Thorn Lake illustrate the endurance of the human heart, the capacity to learn how to love again, and the heart’s ability to restore even the most wounded of men.

REVIEW:  I really liked this story. It is about a man who has lost his partner and child at the same time and he is trying to find himself again. He can’t do it in the home they built together so he goes to his grandfather’s cabin. He meets the people of the town and they all are so happy to have him there. They welcome him like family. One in particular has an eye for him, Jake. Jake is a great guy but pushes too soon and Chris runs back to the city fighting his feelings for Jake.

Jake is lost without him and hopes that Chris will figure out what he wants and come back to him.

This is a great story about love, loss and a second chance of love. It shows us how hard a loss can be and how someone has to have the strength to pull them back together. The author did a great job of showing the inner turmoil the main character was going through. He wanted to let Jake into his life but he still loved his husband and child so much.

I highly recommend this story.

Reviewed by Mistress Mary

5 love taps

Review for Third Strikes a Charm (The Lobster Cove Series) by Nicci Carrera

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SYNOPSIS:  Super student Cara Cruz made it all the way through her prestigious MBA program only to choke on the last final. Ordered by her advisor to take the summer off and clear her head, she’s home in Lobster Cove for some fun before retaking the exam. If she fails a second time, she will lose her dream job offer in Chicago. Meanwhile her best friend happens to be her ex-boyfriend’s mom, which means close contact with the man who broke her heart. Twice. This time she’ll protect her heart no matter the cost.

Ex-major-league baseball pitcher Jason Ward blew his money, his elbow, and his love life. Now at home taking care of his mom and working on a new life plan, he wants Cara back, but he already struck out, didn’t he? Maybe not, and now his mission is to win her back without telling her the truth about why he really came home.

Winning at love will be the only play that counts.

REVIEW:  Cara returns to Lobster Cove in the hopes of having some fun and relaxing before she has to redo her last exam for her MBA. She is happy to be able to see her best friend, Francie who happens to be her ex-boyfriend Jason’s mom. So of course they will see each other. You can tell from the start that they are both still in love with each other but having had already 2 strikes against them they are very leery to see if the title is true – Third Strikes a Charm.

When Cara discovers her true passion is helping people in a home for elderly people she decides to change her presentation for her final exam. She organizes a group outing for the home in Lobster Cove and everyone that goes has an enjoyable time. She wants to give them some semblance of a real life.

Jason wants to start dating Cara again but with her around to see his mom he doesn’t know how to start. Cara’s mom suggests she make herself scarce so Jason can court her.  He gets up the nerve to ask her out on a date and it goes well.

Unfortunately time is against them, because Cara is soon called by her professor to retake her exam sooner so she can go to work in Chicago ahead of schedule. She is disappointed to have to leave so soon. Jason thought he had all summer to date her and work on their relationship.

Cara presents her idea of the new and improved home for elderly people and her professor says it is great. She passes the last exam with flying colors. She wants to make it a reality. She has no money though. Jason has become a great cook and wants to help her out.

They put their heads together and try to see if they could do this together. Family and friends pitch in and it seems her dream is more than a dream. She will have a place for her aunt to be and also residents of Lobster Cove’s loved ones can move there and be taken care of.

This is another edition to the Lobster Cove series and I loved it just as much as the others I have read.  Cara and Jason have loved each other all along but things kept getting in their way. When she returns home she realizes Jason hasn’t moved on and neither has she. Although they both have secrets they need to share with each other you know that they will have to come clean if their relationship is to work.

I highly recommend this book.

Reviewed by Mistress Mary

5 love taps

 

Review for The Backdoor Billionaire’s Bride by Roz Lee (Billionaire’s Brides Book 1)

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SYNOPSIS:  Ford Adams had led a charmed life, but if he doesn’t figure out how to make the equivalent of a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, and sell a boat-load of them, he and his mother might find themselves flipping burgers. Determined not to let that happen, he’ll need all the help he can get–especially from his sexy new business partner. If he can get her to take a chance on his crazy new idea, then maybe he can convince her to take a chance on him.

Becky Jean Parker’s life has been anything but what she’d imagined it would be, but she’d been content until a recent turn of events once again left her no choice. Unless she wants to wallow in bankruptcy for the rest of her life, she’ll have to go along with her new business partner’s insane plan and pray he knows what he’s talking about. The only thing crazier than Ford’s plan to sell sex toys is her attraction to him. Typical of her life, she’d had no choice but to fall for the one man she can’t have.

REVIEW:  I loved the main characters from the beginning. Ford and Becky Jean had such chemistry but both fought their attraction. Becky Jean because she thought Ford was attached and gay with a partner name Ronnie. Ford because he knew he wanted to leave once the year was up getting the company ready to sell.

Ford had been gone from his hometown of Butte Plains, Texas for a long time. He took a stroll through town and noticed in disappointment most of the familiar stores were closed and boarded up. It was turning into a ghost town and Adams Manufacturing was the only thing holding the place together.

Becky Jean was always on edge with him because she was waiting for the day he would sell the factory and move back to New York, where he has a business with his best friend, Scott.

Ford is a designer that is what he is good at and Becky Jean is the marketing expert that he needs to put the factory back on the map. When he designs a new adult toy, they are both holding their breath and hoping it will be the miracle they are looking for. Little did they know how well it would do or what kind of demand they would have.

Ford got to know his employees in the time he was there and found that the employees could make whatever he put in front of them. He started to feel comfortable designing things he wanted to design and not for someone else like his firm he owned back.

This is a wonderful story that had me scratching my head and busting out laughing at Ford’s antics a few times. I loved the fight in Becky Jean to keep the factory running not only for herself but for the people of the small town. I loved the stubbornness of Ford. He didn’t want to admit that he loved designing his own products and then seeing them come to life. They were a powerful couple together, if they would just cross that line.

This unfortunately is an everyday occurrence and happens more than we all know. Companies are closing because work can be done cheaper somewhere else. I really enjoyed this first story in Roz Lee’s new series. I can’t wait to read more from her.

I highly recommend it.

Reviewed by Mistress Mary

5 love taps

Review for Affliction by Marilee Brothers

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SYNOPSIS: Twenty-two year old Honor Melanie (Mel) Sullivan has an affliction. Due to childhood trauma and inappropriate social behavior, she is diagnosed with Aspergers, a form of autism. But, Mel knows Aspergers is not her true affliction. She prefers not to gaze into a person’s eyes because she is a soul reader, and what she sees can be frightening. It can also get Mel into trouble.

After a brush with the law, Mel leaves her family home in Southern California and travels to Oregon where she meets Harley-Davidson riding William McCarty (Billy the Kid) and stumbles upon a human trafficking/baby-selling scheme involving a foreign girl from Kazakhstan, and others. Even though Mel’s life is in danger, she won’t stop until she finds the answers that will help those unable to help themselves.

REVIEW:  Mel starts her journey and has high hopes for seeing her friend in Oregon. When she gets there she finds out her friend, Dani is in a coma and her “grieving husband,” Eddie doesn’t have their daughter. Supposedly she is at a friend’s house. When Mel tries to figure out what to do she goes to the town bar and asks for a job. She also needs a place to live. She is not going home and knows it is time for her to stand on her own two feet.

The owner of the bar gives her a room in the motel he owns by the bar. She has a nice thing going there. She meets tall, dark and handsome, Billy the kid and they start seeing each other. She is a soul reader and knows that he is fighting demons of his own being out of the service. She shies away from looking anyone in the eye.

While she is trying to see her friend’s daughter, Destiny, Dani dies and she has to go to her funeral. She sees her friends dad and the good for nothing husband. She also sees a foreign nanny holding her friends daughter. She is with a wealthy couple in a car. She goes to see her and starts finding out things aren’t adding up.

She stumbles onto a baby selling market and tries to figure out what she can do to help the nanny who is also pregnant after seeing a doctor for a physical exam.

Through all this she is trying to help Billy but not get too involved. She meets his sister, Kendra and understands that she was friends with Dani. They were good friends. She is upset that Dani told Kendra about her secret of seeing souls. Kendra vows to help Dani as much as she can.

This story has a little bit of romance, mystery and danger. Melanie is afraid to go to the cops because there is someone in on the illegal activities in the police department.

I really enjoyed this book. I loved her uncle who was a leader of a motorcycle gang. He sticks around to keep an eye on Mel and help her with her investigation. She also has a surprise when a man comes to meet her and she finds out he is her father who left her mother all those years ago. He has the gift that she does and he is willing to help her with it. So she can learn to use it and trust herself. She can tell when someone is lying and that can help out with this whole case. I was pulled into this story from the beginning and can’t wait to see the next book from this author.

I highly recommend it.

Reviewed by Mistress Mary

5 love taps

Review for One Wild Ride by April Elizabeth Brock

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SYNOPSIS: It’s not that mechanic Tate McHenry can’t go out with a guy more than twice, it’s just that she’s never dated one who can keep her interest for that long. But Tate’s tired of being alone. Since she can’t find a man who’s exciting enough, she hatches a plan to make one exciting instead.

Financial adviser Jack Donovan’s high-stress career on Wall Street is slowly killing him, so he quits his job and sells his sports car. He rents a house from an old friend in the small town of Unity, Pennsylvania for one reason: to relax. But the gorgeous blonde he meets on his first day in town seems determined to destroy all his dreams of peace and quiet.

When these polar opposites meet, spark plugs fly, and being together is anything but relaxing…

REVIEW:  Tate is a very resourceful lady. She gets in a fight with her cousin who has come to town for her best friend’s wedding. They wind up making a bet about Tate finding a man for the wedding. Tate is not one to back down and she bet her beautiful restored car that she could find her own date. Now she has to come up with a guy that can hold her interest for more than a night to keep her car.

Jack Donovan happens to be the man who is renting out her grandparent’s house from her brother. Little did she know the he and her brother are friends. Jack learns soon enough that Tate won’t give up and finds that the stress from his job isn’t there when he spends some time with Tate. He starts liking her and by the end of the week has enjoyed himself a lot.

I enjoyed this story. Jack was happy leaving the high-stress life to come to a small town and get the peace he thought he needed. But he really needed to get out of the city and away from his old job. One woman was going to help him enjoy his life again. She wasn’t taking no for an answer.

I recommend this story.

Reviewed by Mistress Mary

4 love taps

 

 

Review for Struck by J.M. Davis

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SYNOPSIS: After the mysterious death of her boyfriend, Abby Cox swore off men. She’s held true to that promise for the past eight years, but then, Nik happened. A stranger in the right place, at the right time, he not only rescues Abby from a destructive tornado, but also stokes her long-buried desires. For Nik’s safety, she can never act on those feelings.

Pieces of a peculiar puzzle start falling into place, throwing Abby’s entire life into an upheaval, thrusting her into a world she never knew existed. Nik is a Storm Thief, and what’s more, she is a Sky Sorcerer. This explains her ability to alter the weather, and even the strange lattice work of scars that tattoo her skin.

With the God of the Underworld wanting her dead, Abby must battle for her life.

REVIEW:  It took me a long time to get into this story. There was a lot of story in the beginning and I thought that it would get better. If I can’t get into the book in the beginning I usually won’t finish. I persevered through the beginning and found the heart of the story was much better than I expected.

Abby was pretty much a basket case with the mysterious death of her boyfriend and later with the death of her best friend’s husband who was an abuser and drunk. She didn’t know what to think about her actions but she stayed away from dating. Her cousin tries to fix her up on a date and she goes along with it only to find out Mo has paid the guy to try and kiss her. She is furious with Mo, but eventually forgives him because he is only looking out for her.

When her emotions start to turn wild, she notices the weather turns crazy and a tornado appears and it seems like it is following her. Her hero, Nik appears and helps keep the tornado calm and makes sure she is safe.

Abby has many questions to ask Nik but he isn’t anywhere around. She can feel and smell him in her back yard and wonders if he is stalking her. When Nik appears again to her, Abby’s whole body thrums with desire. She knows she wants him but she can’t kiss him because she believes her kiss is deadly.

Nik has many answers for Abby and tries to explain them to her. She doesn’t believe him at first but after a while discovers he knows what he is talking about.

She isn’t ready to take the chance to love Nik and asks him to go away and he does. She finds out that his father is no other than the king of the underworld and she has to go there to find Nik. She has to apology and let him know how she feels. His father has another idea; he wants to keep Abby away from Nik. This will keep Nik under his control.

I enjoyed this story once I got into the story. I felt that there was too much at the beginning that had me wondering if the story was going to go anywhere. I don’t think as much was needed at the beginning. I enjoyed the interaction between Abby and her cousin Mo. They really cared about each other even though they got on each other’s nerves

constantly. I also like the idea of soulmates. Abby and Nik both deserve to be happy.

Reviewed by Mistress Mary

3 love taps

 

Review of For Keeps by Veronica Lynch

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SYNOPSIS:  Meghan Muldoon is at a crossroads: struggling to balance the demands of a high stress vocation as an advocate for victims of violence and her feelings for Keenan Rossi, a man who wants to make their relationship permanent.

On Valentine’s Day, a series of routine crises force Meg to question staying in a profession which fulfills her both professionally and spiritually–or devoting the rest of her life to the one person who completes her.

Which one is For Keeps?

REVIEW:  Great short Valentines Story. The two characters loved each other but were stubborn when it came to giving up their independent jobs. Meghan realizes what is important. That is being with the man she loves, Keenan. She has to decide what to do about the all-consuming job and her love for her man.

Terrific characters make this story flow smoothly until the story is over. I was very engrossed in it and couldn’t stop reading it.

Reviewed by Mistress Mary

4 love taps