INTERBOROUGH by Santino Hassell Blog Tour Review



About Interborough
The Raymond Rodriguez from a few years ago wouldn’t recognize the guy he is today. He’s left his slacker ways far behind him and is now juggling two jobs and school. But the balancing act doesn’t allow much time for the man he loves.
David is doing his best to be supportive, but problems at work and his own insecurity leave him frustrated—in more ways than the obvious—whenever he goes to bed before Raymond gets home. The heat and affection between them is still there, but they barely have the time or energy to enjoy it. And it doesn’t help that Raymond is still hiding David from his colleagues.
The stress mounts so high that a vacation in paradise is filled with turmoil instead of harmony, and culminates on their return to the five boroughs with broken promises and heartache. They have to figure out how to stop allowing their differences to overshadow their love. It’s the only way they’ll make it to forever.
Interborough is available from Riptide Publishing. http://riptidepublishing.com/titles/interborough
About Santino Hassell
Santino was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed grunge kid, then a transient twentysomething, and eventually transformed into a guy who spends his days and nights writing romance with an edge.
Santino is a dedicated gamer, a former fanfic writer, an ASoIaF mega nerd, a Grindr enthusiast, but most of all he is a writer of LGBT fiction that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.
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To celebrate the release of Interborough, one lucky winner will receive $25 in Riptide Publishing credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on October 29, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following thetour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!



REVIEW

Interborough (Five Boroughs, #4)

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Raymond totally ‘does it’ for me. I love his gruffness and how he softens for David. I’m so proud for him too, the way he’s made so many positive steps in his life. He gives off all those bad boy vibes and does so many good guy things. He even has the looks. So yeah, male perfection, a five star, four alarm book boyfriend.
We saw David and Raymond go through states of semi-functioning adulthood to actually seeming to pull it together in Sunset Park, but really making everything work takes more than just deciding it will happen. Both are still adapting to being a we instead of an I. There are hardships that come with being a grown up and paying bills. Raymond has never been in love or had responsibilities. David tends to freak out and be overly dramatic. They have their ups and downs, and from these scenes come some of the sweetest dialogue and hottest sex ever. They’re so real. I find myself smiling and sighing and feeling the feels. Michael and Nunzio have some epic love lines too. I may have teared up.
I enjoyed this novel from start to finish. My emotions were involved. The writing is great. The characters are delicious. I can’t recommend it enough.


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The Goal by Elle Kennedy Review




She’s good at achieving her goals…

College senior Sabrina James has her whole future planned out: graduate from college, kick butt in law school, and land a high-paying job at a cutthroat firm. Her path to escaping her shameful past certainly doesn’t include a gorgeous hockey player who believes in love at first sight. One night of sizzling heat and surprising tenderness is all she’s willing to give John Tucker, but sometimes, one night is all it takes for your entire life to change.

But the game just got a whole lot more complicated

Tucker believes being a team player is as important as being the star. On the ice, he’s fine staying out of the spotlight, but when it comes to becoming a daddy at the age of twenty-two, he refuses to be a bench warmer. It doesn’t hurt that the soon-to-be mother of his child is beautiful, whip-smart, and keeps him on his toes. The problem is, Sabrina’s heart is locked up tight, and the fiery brunette is too stubborn to accept his help. If he wants a life with the woman of his dreams, he’ll have to convince her that some goals can only be made with an assist.


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REVIEW

The Goal (Off-Campus, #4)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
There could not possibly be a better man than Tucker. He’s my best-loved guy from the series for sure, and he jumped near the top of my favorite book boyfriends ever list. Just wow! I need this man in my life for real.
Sabrina takes a little more work to like. She comes off wrong sometimes, but I admired her drive. I also think she endured Tucker’s mom way better than I would have. No wonder Tucker knew just how to handle Sabrina dealing with a mom like that!
The story starts out sexy, fun and mostly shallow, but it soon brings on loads of feels and deepness. I was definitely rooting for Sabrina and Tucker to make it. Both go through quite a journey to reach their goals. I really liked and definitely recommend it.


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The Enforcer by Kele Moon Blog Tour Review

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THE ENFORCER 
Author: Kele Moon 
Genre: Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense 
Release Date: March 22, 2016
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They are the lost boys.

Sons of mafia mistresses expected to keep their fathers’ sins in the shadows. The lucky ones are forgotten.

Unfortunately for Valentino “Tino” Moretti, his brother Nova was too smart to be forgotten, and too valuable to risk when he resists a life of crime. So they punished Tino instead. Forced into the cruel world of the Sicilian Mafia at twelve, Tino was broken before he was old enough to know the man he was supposed to be. Now he’s what the mafia made him.

The enforcer.

A trained killer forbidden to love, but he did anyway. He’s loved Brianna all along.

Raw and beautiful, their romance was all consuming and far too dangerous. They were ripped apart a long time ago. It’s not until the borgata puts out a hit on her that Brianna falls back into Tino’s arms, churning up their dark past and unraveling all the Moretti brothers’ closely guarded secrets.

This isn’t the end of the story. It’s only the beginning, and it is brutal.

There’s a reason enforcers are considered too deadly to love.

“We have to be better than them. Stronger. Faster. Smarter. Lost boys have to fly.” ~Carlo Moretti, original lost boy

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Hello! It is Kele Moon, hopping through the internet to spread the word about my latest book, The Enforcer. Finally, Tino’s book is out. Here is a little snippet from the story. Thank you to all the blogs hosting the tour! Be sure to enter the rafflecopper and comment on tour posts for a chance to win a chance for one of four $10 Amazon gift certificate or one of two books of Viper.  The giveaway starts March 20, 2016 and ends April 2, 2016.

Excerpt
“Who are we hiding from?” Brianna asked as she tossed her bag on the chair by the bed.
“Everyone,” Tino said as he locked the door behind them.
He had a briefcase with him, but there were no clothes in it. Just cash and firearms, neither of which she’d been surprised by when he pulled it out of the trunk.
“Like the feds?” she asked as she stared down at the tank top she was wearing under the jacket Carina had loaned her. She glanced back to Tino as he took off the camouflage hat and set it on the desk by the door. He pulled off his jacket, tossed it over the chair, and stood there in that blue University of Kentucky shirt that was too tight across his broad, muscular chest and clung to his thick biceps. He was way too sexy for her sanity, so she quickly turned away and asked, “Is that why you’re using an ID with your father’s name on it?”
“I’m using that ID ’cause the credit cards in my father’s name are the only ones I have that Nova doesn’t know about, and nice hotels need a credit card for incidentals. The feds are the least of our problems. Where we stand right now, the feds would be doing us a favor to pick us up.”
“We didn’t have to stay somewhere this nice,” she argued. “We should’ve just gone somewhere that takes cash.”
“I’m not staying in a shithole. It bothers me, and you know why it bothers me,” he said with a glare. “If you knew where I landed when I first got to Miami last week, you wouldn’t give me merda about the hotel.”
“For a wedding?” She arched an eyebrow skeptically, ’cause Miami was clearly an issue. “Did something happen in Miami? Obviously you’re not as out as we all thought. Did you piss Don Moretti off?”
“The don pissed me off,” Tino growled at her. “And he knows it. That’s why he attacked you. His plan didn’t work, and now he’s trying to make me feel vulnerable. He’s trying to make me feel sixteen again. He’s scared.”
“He’s not the only one,” Brianna whispered as she sat down on the bed. She looked at her hands as everything hit her again. Her career was as good as gone when she had been working toward becoming a headliner since she was old enough to stand on her toes. For all the years since she and Tino had been apart, her job had been her sole source of joy, and knowing she was going to lose it after she disappeared without a word had her fighting tears. “I did the right thing. I was lonely and unhappy, but I was supposed to be secure, and you were supposed to be safe. Nova promised me.” She lifted her head and stared at him, seeing that Tino was standing there, his entire body tense, as if she had physically struck him. She wanted to feel bad, but damn it, he’d been washing hot and cold since Kentucky. “I’ve missed you. I’ve cried for you. I have closed my eyes a thousand times and tried to imagine it was you touching me instead of—”
“Don’t,” Tino cut her off, as he looked away, clenching his jaw. “Don’t talk about him touching you.”
“It makes you uncomfortable?” She almost shouted it. She was just that indignant. “It was my reality, Tino. While you were off enjoying Southern hospitality with your little strawberry-shortcake friend Alaine, I was living a lie for security, and now that’s gone too! I guess I deserve it. Maybe we both deserve it. I lied in front of God. You made me a liar.”
“I didn’t fuck Alaine. She’s married to Chuito Garcia, who, aside from being the reigning heavyweight UFC world champion, is also my best friend,” Tino said as if he didn’t hear the rest. “I haven’t touched her.”
She let out a bitter, mirthless laugh. “Oh yes, I’m sure you’ve been a pillar of chastity while we’ve been apart.”
“No.” He shook his head in denial. “I fucked my brains out since we broke up. I snorted enough blow to kill an elephant, and I drank so much Nova’s convinced I’m one more drink away from liver failure.”
“Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Tino—” Brianna started, feeling her blood pressure spike.
“I have been dying without you,” Tino said before she could finish. “I’ve been slowly dying, and no one knew it. I couldn’t tell anyone. Then I had to give up the fucking coke ’cause I thought Nova was gonna off himself over the guilt. I’ve just had to sit in Kentucky and die. Sober.” He pulled off his shirt and tossed it over his jacket. “So don’t worry, baby. I’ve suffered for your security too, but if it makes you feel better, I’m gonna make sure they pay for fucking it up.” He walked past her to the bathroom, pulling at the button to his jeans as he did. “I’m gonna make them all pay. I’m done being Cosa Nostra’s whore.”
She flinched when he said it, because that word had so many terrible implications for Tino, but he just gave her a look that dared her to deny it as he went on, “They broke me a long time ago; now they’ve broken you too. That wasn’t supposed to happen. I’ve been screwed for the last time, and you can put it on my fucking tombstone. I’m done!”

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Author Q & A


1.     You said that each character has their own song. What is Tino’s song?

Favorite song. . . Funny, I’ve been asked that a lot. . . So I’d say a toss up between Lost Boy by Ruth B and Fight Song by Rachel Platten. . . Also, recently I found Neverland by VanLadyLove that I’ve been listening to as I write Enforcer’s Revenge and it fits very well.


2.     Which character has been the most difficult to write so far? Do you have conversations with the characters?

God, I’m boring. . . No. LOL!

I sit down and they write themselves. . . Sometimes in ways I never anticipated or in Tino’s case sometimes in ways I’m not sure I want him to. He’s very open in the bedroom. He has no boundaries and he did a few things in this book that I was like. . . NO NO NO! DON’T, TINO. . .  And you did it. . .

But those scenes came across so honest and so blatantly Tino. . .I couldn’t really change them. I had to leave them as they were. . . I owed Tino that.

LOL! Just cause I don’t talk to them doesn’t mean they’re not real (Lie to me if it’s not true!!)


3.     How do you plan to celebrate the release of The Enforcer?

I don’t know. I was discussing that with my husband the other day. . . I don’t drink much (Hard to believe reading these books!) but we’ll probably order take out from somewhere nice or perhaps make something different and fun! Maybe I can talk my husband into cooking for me ::winks::


4. What is the main factor the men of the Untamed Hearts series have in common?

I think they’re all very loyal men. They don’t trust easily, but once they do they’ll go the distance. They’re good friends to have. . . and extremely dangerous enemies.


5. How is Tino different from the others?

Tino is a bit more sentimental where the others are completely cynical, even though Tino has more reason than anyone to have lost that optimism. More than that he still wants to believe in happy endings. Maybe not for himself, but he fights for it when others around him need that support. In every book, Tino’s always been the one who stood by his brother or his friends when everyone thought they were crazy to risk it all for love, Tino was the one who got it. . . Maybe because he knows how precious true love is. He’s always known.


UNTAMED HEARTS Series

The Viper (Untamed Hearts Book 1 ) 
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Marcos Rivera is a fighter. A gang member. Someone who has seen the dark side of humankind and survived. He has lost family and gained enemies. He has stolen cars and destroyed hearts, stripping one for money and the other for pleasure. His past is haunted and his future is bleak.

Until her.

Katie Foster is a high school history teacher. Smart, strong, and sexy. She is a woman Marcos shouldn’t want. Shouldn’t touch. Shouldn’t love. He met her in Garnet, a backwards, hick town that’s the last place in the world he wants to be, but he finds himself going back, all for a taste of the forbidden.

Katie represents all that is good in the world, and Marcos knows he’s nothing but trouble for her perfect life. He fights and he screws. He commits crimes and he breaks the rules. He will never change and he will never escape his gang lifestyle.

Or can he?

What happens when two different people from two very different walks of life risk it all by giving into the passion that threatens to consume both of them? Can a woman who only knows how to play it safe give her heart to a man who lives hard and loves harder?

Can she survive The Viper?


The Slayer (Untamed Hearts Book 2) 
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To Chuito the apartment was a self-imposed prison for a lifetime of sins. To Alaine, the girl next door, it was salvation from her overbearing, religious father.

He was a devil.
She was an angel.

Two people who should’ve never met, let alone become friends, but it’s not until they give into the dangerous passion that’s been simmering under the surface for five years that things go to hell.

On the outside, Chuito ‘The Slayer’ Garcia is on top of the world. He’s successful. He’s wealthy. He’s a champion MMA fighter surrounded by friends who support him, but they don’t know what he was before he came to Garnet.

A gangster.
A thief.
An addict.
A murderer.

Now his past is churning up demons he can’t ignore. Chuito knows he needs to go back to Miami to end it, but there’s something holding him back, a single temptation he can’t resist before leaving.

Alaine.

She’s the one drug he can’t give up…even if it destroys them both.

“To me you’re coke. Fine. Smooth. Perfectly white. Very bad for me, but so fucking sexy I don’t give a shit. It’s worth going down for.” – Chuito Garcia




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About Kele Moon 
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A freckle-faced redhead born and raised in Hawaii, Kele Moon has always been a bit of a sore thumb and has come to enjoy the novelty of it. She thrives on pushing the envelope and finding ways to make the impossible work in her story telling. With a mad passion for romance, she adores the art of falling in love. The only rules she believes in is that, in love, there are no rules and true love knows no bounds. So obsessed is she with the beauty of romance and the novelty of creating it, she’s lost in her own wonder world most of the time. Thankfully she married her own dark, handsome, brooding hero who has infinite patience for her airy ways and attempts to keep her grounded. When she leaves her keys in the refrigerator or her cell phone in the oven, he’s usually there to save her from herself. The two of them now reside in Florida with their three beautiful children, who make their lives both fun and challenging in equal parts—they wouldn’t have it any other way. 
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REVIEW

The Enforcer (Untamed Hearts, #3)

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I could never ever do this book justice with my review. The Enforcer is definitely the best I’ve read this year, maybe the best in years. I don’t know when I have ever been so hung over. I’m devastated that I reached the end of the novel. I’d give a great deal to be able to unread it and read it for the first time again, and I will absolutely be rereading this story. Those pitiful and strong Moretti boys totally owned my heart while I devoured the pages, and they still own it.
Children born to mistresses of made men are considered lower than dirt. After the death of their mother, Nova and Tino fall under the care of their big brother Romeo. Life isn’t wonderful, but the three of them are managing to scrape by and maintain a loving home. Everything changes when their father learns that Nova is a genius. Fourteen-year-old Nova becomes their father’s yes-man because he uses twelve-year-old Tino as his whipping boy in order to make Nova toe the line.
Tino is the sweetest, most beautiful person. He tries to always please others and make them feel good about themselves despite the horrible reality of much of his life. He is physically, emotionally and sexually abused. He’s forced to deal and murder. Despite all of this, he never looses his loving nature.
This story is running over with feelings. It has loads of sadness topped with epically endearing moments. There’s plenty of humor and cuteness, and of course it has the sexy and romantic covered. The Enforcer has it all. Readers get to know the boys and the men. Oh, my heart, this truly, truly is a must read.
Also, I think the author really did her homework on the ins and outs of organized crime. It really makes everything more interesting.


***copy given in exchange for an honest review***

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TARGET ON OUR BACKS by J.M. Darhower Review



Target on Our Backs
(Monster in His Eyes #3)
USA Today Bestselling Author
J.M. Darhower
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: February 23, 2016

The best way to keep your word is never to give it.

Not long ago, in a chapel in Vegas, I swore to love Karissa for the rest of my days. But nobody’s promised an infinite number of tomorrows. Nobody’s promised forever. Sometimes, all we have left is today.

Carpe Diem
Seize the day.

It should’ve been over, we should’ve been happy, but people are making it hard for me to live in peace. I’ve got so much blood on my hands they’ll never be clean, and somebody out there seems to want me to pay for it. Happily Ever After always comes at a cost, one any real man would be willing to pay. But that doesn’t mean I’m just going to roll over and accept these consequences.

Because when it comes to the woman I love? The life I’ve fought for?

Nobody is safe.

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REVIEW

Target on Our Backs (Monster in His Eyes, #3)

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
We all know the type of man Ignazio is. He knows. Karissa knows. Everyone knows. He makes no apologies for his past, but he is trying to lead a different life now for Karissa’s sake. The problem is that the other players don’t want to let him go.
Target on Our Backs isn’t full of unexpected or shocking moments, but so much is life-changing or life-threatening. Naz and Karissa know how serious everything is, but the vibe surrounding them is subdued. They’re so strong and practical, the perfect matches for each other.
This author is a master at delivering a powerful, stoic male lead. The fearlessness isn’t bravado. He knows he isn’t invincible. He has nothing to prove. He isn’t afraid to die even. The only thing that concerns him is the woman he loves.
I enjoyed seeing a different side of Naz, the subtle exchanges that mean so much between him and Karissa. Getting to know Giuseppe a little more is a special treat. Some new characters from Naz’s past also pop up.
I was not expecting a third book. I thought the story was over. I didn’t think I wanted more, but I was wrong. I needed this book. It gave me that consumed feeling that I haven’t had in awhile. Even days later it’s still heavy on my mind. I loved it, and the ending is perfect.


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Appealed by Emma Chase Review

When Brent Mason looks at Kennedy Randolph, he doesn’t see the awkward, sweet girl who grew up next door. He sees a self-assured, stunning woman…who wants to crush the most intimate – and prized – parts of his anatomy beneath the heels of her Christian Louboutins.


Brent has never let the loss of his leg in a childhood accident affect his ability to lead a fulfilling life. He sets high goals–and then he reaches them.

And now he has his sights set on Kennedy.
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When Kennedy looks at Brent Mason, all she sees is the selfish, Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue-worthy teenager who humiliated her in high school to join the popular crowd. A crowd that made those years a living hell. 

She’s not a lovesick social outcast anymore – she’s a DC prosecutor with a long winning streak behind her. Brent is the opposing attorney in her next case and she thinks it’s time to put him through a little hell of his own. 

But things aren’t exactly working out that way. 

Because every fiery exchange has her wondering if he’s as passionate in the bedroom as he is in the courtroom. Each argument and objection only makes him want her more. In the end, Brent and Kennedy may just find themselves in love…or in contempt of court. 

APPEALED is a sexy, humorous romance about first crushes, second chances and the final verdict of the heart.



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EXCERPT

My gaze burns into hers and my voice is almost as hard as my dick. “Rule number one—you don’t set one pretty toe out of my bed without waking me up first. Ever.”

I lean in and skim my nose up the delicate line of her neck, then I drag my tongue down the same path to her pulse point—wrapping my lips around it and sucking—hard enough to leave one bitch of a mark.

But . . . that’s the price she pays.

“I jerked off in the shower,” I hiss against her. “And I was still hard as a rock watching you in court.”

That little tidbit gets me a nice whimper. But I’m not done. “And I swear, I could still smell you on my fingers. It drove me crazy all fucking day.”

I tilt back until I’m looking into her eyes. They’re lit up with heat and sublimely stimulated.

“Stop looking at me like that,” I bark.

“Like what?”

“Like you want me to kiss you. I’m not going to kiss you, Kennedy—I’m pissed off at you.”

She squirms in her seat, her eyes flickering between my lips and my Adam’s apple. And a groan catches in my chest—because she apparently likes me pissed off at her.
Jesus, the fun I could have with that.
But I stay focused. “Ground rule two—we talk. Not about the case, but everything else is on the table. No more running away.”
Her throats constrict as she swallows—and I can almost hear her heart pounding. Or maybe it’s mine.
“Three—we take this one day at a time. You’re freaked, there’s shit between us—I get it. I won’t ask for more than you can give me.”
Her brow crinkles. “Brent, I don’t think—”
“You say that a lot. You seem very confused. So I’m going to make it real easy for you: I’m coming to your house tonight. I’m bringing food. We’ll hang out. If we happen to spend a good portion of that time without any clothes on— we’ll roll with that too. Say yes.”
Kennedy is silent for several moments – just long enough to make me realize I’m holding my breath.
Then she relents. “Yes.”
“Good girl.”
Her eyes narrow at me.
But because I’m so pleased— because I’ve wanted to all damn day—I eat my own words, lean in, and kiss the fuck out of her.

Appealed (The Legal Briefs, #3)

4.5 stars
I love Brent! He is perfect for me. Kennedy should just step aside and let me have him. 😉 Seriously, Brent is one of my top book boyfriends, and Kennedy is definitely the only girl for him.
Brent has always had money, as in super rich, so it was surprising for him to become a defense attorney. To many, becoming a lawyer would be a lucrative job, but he already has more many than he could ever make working; so, he’s in it because it’s his calling. His money and strong work ethic aren’t even his best features in my eyes. His sense of humor is what gets me. He’s a comic book nerd and a total goof ball. *Swooning* Oh, and he’s hot of course. 😉
Kennedy and Brent grew up together. They were two peas in a pod for years. She was there during his rehabilitation from the accident that caused the partial loss of his leg. He was there during her awkwardness, braces and glasses. As happens sometimes, other people got in the way. Years later, they find themselves on opposing sides of a case.
Kennedy is a tiger. She goes after what she wants with gusto. She’s been knocked down a few times in life so she’s Ms. Tough-As-Nails Dragon Lady compared to his Mr. Charming Clown.
This story has a good bit of action, laughs, sexiness and heart. It’s a story of best friends turned enemies to lovers. And if you enjoyed the other characters, you’ll be happy to know that you get regular updates on how they’re all doing. The epilogue is beautiful—I loved the whole book really. Yes, I definitely recommend reading.


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Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley Review

Ride Steady (Chaos #3)

release date June 30, 2015
The ride of her life . . .
Once upon a time, Carissa Teodoro believed in happy endings. Money, marriage, motherhood: everything came easy—until she woke up to the ugly truth about her Prince Charming. Now a struggling, single mom and stranded by a flat tire, Carissa’s pondering her mistakes when a vaguely familiar knight rides to her rescue on a ton of horsepower.
Climb on and hold tight . . .
In high school, Carson Steele was a bad boy loner who put Carissa on a pedestal where she stayed far beyond his reach. Today, he’s the hard-bodied biker known only as Joker, and from the way Carissa’s acting, it’s clear she’s falling fast. While catching her is irresistible, knowing what to do with her is a different story. A good girl like Carissa is the least likely fit with the Chaos Motorcycle Club. Too bad holding back is so damned hard. Now, as Joker’s secrets are revealed and an outside threat endangers the club, Joker must decide whether to ride steady with Carissa—or ride away forever . . .

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Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn’t taken her first breath!).  

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.
Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).
Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up. 
And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.







Ride Steady (Chaos, #3)

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Carson/Joker and Carissa are a little different from some of my favorite KA’s leads. He isn’t a super huge alpha, and she isn’t in denial over being claimed by him. He’s really sweet. (Not to be confused with wimpy since he is an underground fighting champion, but he’s more patient and less bossy.) She’s willing to go after what she wants (read as, she pursues him).
As a child, Carson was abandoned by his mother and abused by his father. He dreams of working in car design and Carissa. Some around him see his potential for greatest, but he mostly sees himself as a looser. He moves on to a be a member of Chaos and does well working in their custom garage.
Although her parents loved her, Carissa didn’t have the perfect home life and background either. It’s been filled with hardships and deaths. She was one of the in/popular crowd in school, but now she finds herself divorced with a baby and barely scraping by.
When these two meet again years later, there’s no denying the spark between them is still there. Both have many issues, yet so much to give. Parts of their lives were emotional for me. It may be because I am a single mother, but I shed a few tears while reading. Carissa’s ex comes from a mega rich and powerful family so he calls most of the shots with their son. I felt so sad for her. Carson is exceptional with her baby which melted me into a pile of I-love-Carson-mush. It gave me heart pains and made me fall deeply for him.
Awesomely, a lot of KA’s characters from other books make appearances. Such a total treat! Also, the war that has been brewing with Valenzuela continues. Chaos is growing and changing. Major story is packed into this book. It has several aspects including strength, redemption and family. I loved the entire novel, and I cannot wait for the next installment.


***copy given in exchange for an honest review***


toni


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The Consequence of Revenge by Rachel Van Dyken Release Day REVIEW

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After losing his best friend to another guy, the notoriously too-confident Max Emory suddenly feels lost. He may have devastatingly good looks, an abundance of charm, and a claim to one of the biggest hotel empires around, but he has no ambition anymore. So when his fed-up friends decide they’ve had enough of his moping, they sign him up to be the next bachelor on the reality series Love Island. And between his pride and his forged signature on an ironclad contract, Max just can’t say no. Now he’s stranded in paradise with twenty-four women, oneterrifying goat, and Becca, the breathtaking barista who already turned him down back home. The closer Max gets to Becca, the more determined he becomes to win her over. As she gets to know him better, things start heating up. But is Becca really after Max’s heart—or is she after the cash prize she could claim once the cameras stop rolling?

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 EXCERPT

“And . . .” She held up her hand like she was doing a damn countdown! “You’re kind of, like . . .” She leaned forward and whispered, “A bit . . .” Her eyes teased. “Metro.”
“As in . . . ,” I baited her.
“Feminine,” she snapped. “Yup, that’s the word. And Max, I mean that in the nicest way possible.”
“You mean . . .” I licked my lips, then slapped the water. “In the kindest way you can possibly say it, ‘Oh, look, Max has boobs’? Or you mean it in the way that says I lack the proper sexual magnetism to get your engine going?”
Becca rolled her eyes. “Hey, I didn’t come here to fight. I was just going to go over our date for tomorrow without the watchful eyes of Big Brother.”
“Hmm.” She was looking down at her feet. So I did what any desperate man who’d just been insulted in the worst way possible would do. I grabbed her feet, dragged her into the water, creating a huge splash, and then, when her head popped up for air, I gave her something else.
My tongue.
Kissing Becca could become a very nice, very addicting . . . pastime. Her lips were soft, pliant, but her hands were beating against my chest. Ah, classic move. Listen up, men: women fight us because they’re expected to. They have to put up the fight so they don’t come off as easy. So the next time a girl hits you in the chest, go with it, kiss her harder. It just means she wants more, especially when her chest is heaving and her tongue is doing . . . that. Yeah, exactly. Oh. Hell. Damn. Kill me now. When her tongue is doing that? Becca’s tongue pushed against mine and then she sucked.
I felt said sucking all the way through my body.
When she stopped fighting me, I wrapped my arms around her neck, pulling her as close against me as I could, and then pulled away.
Her eyes furrowed with confusion as she tried to lean forward.
I pulled back again, and swam her over to the ladder.
“Thanks, Becca,” I whispered. “I needed a little motivation.”
“M-motivation?”
“Game on.” I helped her up and followed. “And by the way . . .” I grabbed her hands and moved her flat palms from my chest all the way down to my waist. “I’m anything but feminine. Have a good night.” As I walked away, I did what any sane man would do. I paused so she could get her fill and realize that yes, I was, in fact, still naked. And when I heard her gasp, I turned around and saluted her in more ways than one.

Point. Max.

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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor. She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers! Want to be kept up to date on new releases?

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The Consequence of Revenge (Consequence, #2)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Max was probably my favorite thing about book one so I was eager to read his book. After finishing it, I like him even more.
The beginning of this novel is slapstick comedy like the first was. Some is more over the top and even a bit cheesy. I found myself literally laughing out loud. After it really gets into the meat of the story, there are actually several surprisingly deep parts. Max is quite the man. He mostly just shows his easy going, silly, well-groomed side, but he is also very smart, romantic and athletic. I was truly shocked by how hard I fell for him. One minute he had me giggling and the next swooning.
The female lead is easy to like, and her personality fits Max’s perfectly. They are a definite match. The rest of the little gang of friends also play their parts. It was nice catching up with everyone again. New characters and animals join the cast. They are great additions.
The overall plot was good, not mind-blowing, but I did enjoy it. I recommend it to those looking for something light and fun, a good-time read. On the other hand, Max, really stands out to me. He’s the total package— gorgeous looks, wealth, intelligence, excellent sense of humor and the biggest heart ever. I love him. I want my own Max.



***copy given in exchange for an honest review***


toni


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