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Found by Tara Crescent

Series: Assassin’s Revenge #1
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I have a mission. Kill the man who kidnapped me. Kill the guards who raped me. I have guns and knives and I’m not afraid to use them. Nothing will stop me.

Then I walk into a bar and I notice him. He is gorgeous. For four long years, my only response to anything sexual has been revulsion and fear.This time, it feels different.

I could use him. I want to use him. I could sleep with him and make a pleasurable memory as a counterpoint to the painful ones. I’m not a frightened young girl anymore. I’m a trained assassin, capable of killing him with my bare hands.

This time, I’ll be in control.

He’s just supposed to be a distraction, this mysterious man in the bar that I have a one-night stand with. But I can’t predict the secrets he is hiding… secrets that are about to intersect my world in painful, unanticipated, and dangerous ways.

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Dominique Gerard – DILF Dave (Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway)

DILF Dave by Dominique Gerard

Series: All American Studs, #3
Source: Review by Request
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My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Ever since Josh rescued Paul from anonymity and depression in his senior year of high school they’ve been inseparable. At the end of their sophomore year in college, Josh invites Paul to stay at his house for the summer. When drunk and horny Paul catches Josh once again hooking up with a random girl at a party, he finally realises they will never be together. Paul makes a decision that will change his life forever: if he can’t have his best friend in his bed, then he’s going to pursue his ultimate fantasy hookup, the hot daddy porn star on All American Studs who goes by the name of DILF Dave.

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Tami Veldura – Blood In The Water (Review & Excerpt)

Blood In The Water by Tami Veldura

Series: An Act of Piracy #1
Source: Review by Request
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My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Kyros Vindex, treasure-hunter, has a problem. He’s carrying a torch for a fellow pirate with the sexual awareness of a teaspoon. Rumors say the man has killed hundreds. He’s determined to knock some sense into the work-a-holic that captains the Midnight Sun, but damned if he knows how.

Eric Deumont has more pressing concerns than the treasure-obsessed Kyros. There’s a creature inked into his chest that no witch in the seas will lay hands on for all the gold in the world. He knows it gives the Midnight Sun a cursed reputation and that doesn’t make living any easier. He has heard stories of spirits trapped for lifetimes inside spelled puzzle jars. Eric tracked down three of the pieces for such a jar with a lead number four. The fifth is still out there.

Even then, the spirit of vengeance that lives in Eric’s skin has no intention of giving up such easy access to the mortal realm. It craves blood and the light of the moon allows it to wreak unchecked havoc. Cursed is an insult. This is madness.

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Dominique Gerard – Prime Argentinian Beef (Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway)

Prime Argentinian Beef by Dominique Gerard

Series: All American Studs, #2
Source: Review by Request
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After dating Wall Street investment banker Dillon for almost a year, Tony is ready to take the next big step in their monogamous relationship and introduce his boyfriend to his family at Christmas time. But he discovers that Dillon is cheating on him when he picks up Dillon’s phone by mistake one evening, and reads a very sexy message from a stranger named Alejandro. 

With his relationship in ruins, Tony plots how best to take revenge on his unfaithful ex. But first he wants to know more about the Latino stud who replaced him.

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Dominique Gerard – Trailer Park Abe (Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway)

Trailer Park Abe by Dominique Gerard

Series: All American Studs, #1
Source: Review by Request
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Atwood was meant to achieve great things in his life. Instead, he had a shotgun wedding to his high-school sweetheart Jessica, and wound up slaving away every night, working six days a week in a meat packing factory to support his new trailer park family. His wife’s been cheating on him. Their house is a dump. He’s given up all hope of a better life when his brother-in-law comes up with a plan for Atwood to earn them a stash of easy cash … as an amateur performer on All American Studs, the hottest gay website on the internet. He takes on the role of Abe, a sophomore football jock in college. The solo video is a hit and he’s invited back to film a duo, which comes with a far bigger payday. This could be Atwood’s chance to leave the trailer park behind, and he might just find true love along the way.

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Sylvia Day – Afterburn and Aftershock

Afterburn and Aftershock (Afterburn & Aftershock, #1-2)Afterburn and Aftershock by Sylvia Day

Series: Afterburn & Aftershock
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Never mix business with pleasure. Never bring politics into the bedroom. In a way I did both when I took Jackson Rutledge as a lover. I can’t say I wasn’t warned.

Two years later, he was back. Walking into a deal I’d worked hard to close. Under the tutelage of Lei Yeung, one of the sharpest businesswomen in New York, I had picked up a thing or two since Jax walked away. I wasn’t the girl he once knew, but he hadn’t changed. Unlike the last time we’d drifted into each other’s lives, I knew exactly what I was dealing with… and how addictive his touch could be.

The inner circle of glamour, sex, and privilege was Jax’s playground–but this time, I knew the rules of the game. In the cutthroat business world, one adage rules all: keep your enemies close and your ex-lovers closer…

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A wonderfully entertaining story from Sylvia Day!

Have you ever wanted something so bad, you couldn’t imagine not having it?

There were two things in my life I’d felt that way about: the man I’d stupidly fallen in love with and the administrative assistant position I was about to interview for.

The man had turned out to be really bad for me; the job could change my life in an amazing way.

This book is fucking awesome.

This book is written from the perspective of Gianna, a fierce modern woman determined to make her way in this world. She’s been taking the restaurant business world by storm as the protégé of the owner of Savor…

Unfortunately, her professional veneer is cracked when an old flame shows up to a business meeting. Gia and Jax had an affair two years ago which ended in Jax disappearing without a word, and Gia nursing a broken heart.

All of the emotions from their past fling are quickly rekindled. As they begin Affair Round Two, Gia is left to wonder if sheet-twisting sex can compensate for a lack of commitment…
Why did Jax leave the first time?
What brought him back into her life now?
What can she do to keep him from disappearing again?

I have a total Lady Boner for any book heroine who is strong and secure enough to tell the hot guy she’s lusting after to “Fuck Off” when the relationship becomes toxic.

In a perfect world of literary crossovers, Gianna would be hopping from book to book slapping sense into women who lose themselves in their men… Women who are so dazzled by their alpha-male that they forget they had goals of their own… I’m looking at you Ava from the This Man Trilogy...

That’s not to say that Gianna was apathetic toward her relationship with Jax. She was willing to work for it – to make compromises, but she wasn’t going to sacrifice her personality for grade-A dick.

“I’d face all that and more for a guy who really loved me,” I told him coldly. “But I’m not putting up with this shit from a jerk.”.

And yes, Jackson Rutledge is top shelf sex. Sheet-twisting, angry-fucking, multiple-orgasm-inducing sex…

Yes, Jax delivers in the bedroom, but he was obnoxious in every other way…
He kept secrets,
Was emotionally distant,
Ran from his relationship problems…

So when the shit hits the fan and Jaxon is facing an epic meltdown of both his personal and professional lives, he is the one who must make changes.

It is with regret that I must knock this down to 4 Stars, because the ending was rushed, and I think it really could have benefited from an extended epilogue. Perhaps one which shed light on Jaxon’s family post-meltdown?

Side Note:
I kind of feel like an ass for saying that I picked this up to tide me over while I wait for the new Crossfire Book (Captivated by You) but it is true. I was having Gideon Cross withdrawals…

Lucky for everyone, Sylvia Day is awesome. The only similarities between this book and the Crossfire series were the scorching hot sex, strong female MC, and an obvious love for Manhattan…

Sylvia Day – Aftershock

Aftershock (Afterburn & Aftershock, #2)Aftershock by Sylvia Day

Series: Afterburn & Aftershock #2
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

America’s premier author of provocative fiction delivers the dramatic finale to a series set within the inner circle of glamour, sex and privilege.

When it came to playing games, my lover Jax was a master strategist. He pulled strings behind the closed doors of D.C.’s most powerful political players, and somehow still found time to nearly sideline my career. What he didn’t know was that when I didn’t like the rules, I threw them out and made my own. I wasn’t going to let Jax get away with it. I wasn’t going to let him get away at all.

I loved Jax enough that it was impossible to give up. Jax loved me enough that giving up was the only end he’d consider. He didn’t think I could swim with the sharks. It was entirely my pleasure to show him that I’d already dived in…

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Do I have a few favorite book heroine?

That’s a GREAT BIG YES.

I didn’t know how to deal with all the emotions he’d been stirring up in me since he had walked back into my life. I kept shifting from wanting to heal whatever was wounding him to wanting to hurt him myself.

I have a total Lady Boner for any book heroine who is strong and secure enough to tell the hot guy she’s lusting after to “Fuck Off” when the relationship becomes toxic.

In a perfect world of literary crossovers, Gianna would be hopping from book to book slapping sense into women who lose themselves in their men… Women who are so dazzled by their alpha-male that they forget they had goals of their own… I’m looking at you Ava from the This Man Trilogy

That’s not to say that Gianna was apathetic toward her relationship with Jax. She was willing to work for it – to make compromises, but she wasn’t going to sacrifice her personality for grade-A dick.

“I’d face all that and more for a guy who really loved me,” I told him coldly. “But I’m not putting up with this shit from a jerk.”.

And yes, Jackson Rutledge is top shelf sex. Sheet-twisting, angry-fucking, multiple-orgasm-inducing sex…

Yes, Jax delivers in the bedroom, but he was obnoxious in every other way…
He kept secrets,
Was emotionally distant,
Ran from his relationship problems…

So when the shit hits the fan and Jaxon is facing an epic meltdown of both his personal and professional lives, he is the one who must make changes.

It is with regret that I must knock this down to 4 Stars, because the ending was rushed, and I think it really could have benefited from an extended epilogue. Perhaps one which shed light on Jaxon’s family post-meltdown?

Sylvia Day – Afterburn

Afterburn (Afterburn & Aftershock, #1)Afterburn by Sylvia Day

Series: Afterburn & Aftershock #1
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

#1 New York Times bestselling author Sylvia Day, America’s premier author of provocative fiction, delivers the debut novel from Cosmo Red-Hot Reads from Harlequin.

The realization that Jax still affected me so strongly was a jagged pill to swallow. He’d only been part of my life for five short weeks two years ago. But now he was back. Walking into a deal I’d worked hard to close. And God, he was magnificent. His eyes were a brown so dark they were nearly black. Thickly lashed, they were relentless in their intensity. Had I really thought they were soft and warm? There was nothing soft about Jackson Rutledge. He was a hard and jaded man, cut from a ruthless cloth.

In that moment I understood how badly I wanted to unravel the mystery of Jax. Bad enough that I didn’t mind how much it was going to cost me…

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How can Sylvia Day pack so much into so few pages?!?


Have you ever wanted something so bad, you couldn’t imagine not having it?

There were two things in my life I’d felt that way about: the man I’d stupidly fallen in love with and the administrative assistant position I was about to interview for.

The man had turned out to be really bad for me; the job could change my life in an amazing way.

I’ll be jumping right into book two, Aftershock, so I’m going to make this brief. This book can be read in a few hours, and it is fucking awesome.

Perhaps all the more awesome because I waited until both books in the duet were published before starting…

This book is written from the perspective of Gianna, a fierce modern woman determined to make her way in this world. She’s been taking the restaurant business world by storm as the protégé of the owner of Savor…

Unfortunately, her professional veneer is cracked when an old flame shows up to a business meeting. Gia and Jax had an affair two years ago which ended in Jax disappearing without a word, and Gia nursing a broken heart.

All of the emotions from their past fling are quickly rekindled. As they begin Affair Round Two, Gia is left to wonder if sheet-twisting sex can compensate for a lack of commitment…
Why did Jax leave the first time?
What brought him back into her life now?
What can she do to keep him from disappearing again?

I kind of feel like an ass for saying that I picked this up to tide me over while I wait for the new Crossfire Book (Captivated by You) but it is true. I was having Gideon Cross withdrawals…

Lucky for everyone, Sylvia Day is awesome. The only similarities between this book and the Crossfire series were the scorching hot sex, strong female MC, and an obvious love for Manhattan…

Ella Dominguez – Becoming Sir

Becoming SirBecoming Sir by Ella Dominguez

Series: The Art of D/s (Spinoff)
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sawyer’s story from The Art of D/s trilogy. Can be read as a stand alone novel or as a companion to The Art of D/s Trilogy.

Warning: Contains detailed sexual encounters, BDSM themes, oral, anal, ménage, F/F and profanity. Not for the closed-minded, prudish, sexually inhibited, easily offended, or faint-hearted.

Reliable, trustworthy, loyal to a fault – Sawyer is the kind of man other men want to be; a real man’s man. But behind the facade of a his tough exterior and deadly silence hides a strong, tortured man with dark secrets. Always content to be in the shadows, now is the time of his sexual awakening.

When Sawyer realized that there were women who unabashedly wanted to be dominated and controlled, and there was a world that embraced such things as domination and submission – everything seemed to fall into place. Tired of pretending to be someone he wasn’t and suppressing his dominant tendencies, he takes the leap into the world of BDSM under the guidance of his friend and mentor, never to look back.

But the dark past and his heinous actions are hard to forget and even more difficult to leave behind. Will he be able to move forward and become the man he yearns to be?

This is Sawyer’s journey into becoming Dominant, Master, Sir.

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Ella Dominguez – The Art of D/s Trilogy

The Art of D/s Trilogy (The Art of D/s, #1-3)The Art of D/s Trilogy by Ella Dominguez

Series: The Art of D/s
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Complete Trilogy:
The Art of Submission
The Art of Domination
The Art of Control

Approximately 315K words. Contains moderate BDSM themes, detailed sexual encounters including oral and anal sex, total power exchange, mild edge play/blood play, and is intended for mature audiences and readers 18+. Not for the fainthearted or closed-minded individuals.

Romantic, erotic, deeply emotional, suspenseful and humorous.

Isabel is a shy artist with an abusive past who has a very vivid fantasy life and unexplored unusual sexual tastes. When her very private and naughty-natured artwork is sold without her permission, she sets out to try and retrieve her precious paintings, unaware that the buyer has dark sexual tendencies.

Dylan Young is an eccentric businessman and art collector with very specific tastes in women and sex, and serious trust issues. When he comes upon a very erotic set of paintings, he purchases them and they ignite a want and need for the alternative lifestyle he was forced to give up.

When the two meet, Dylan immediately picks up on Isabel’s submissive nature and hatches a wicked plan to teach Isabel about his alternative lifestyle. He wants nothing more than to get his hands on more of her paintings and to dominate the submissive beauty.

Their affair is intensely physical and despite Dylan’s wanting only a sexual relationship with distinct boundaries, he can’t resist her spirited nature, her eagerness and lack of fear to learn BDSM, and most of all – her immense talent. But Isabel has a hidden dominant streak of her own that only Dylan brings out and as they’re drawn closer together, their unconventional relationship is threatened as they each struggle with their pasts and for control.

This is the tale of their love for each other, their unbreakable bond, and their trials in a world that offers nothing but obstacles. This is the saga of two dynamic characters whose personalities collide as they struggle with their dominant and submissive tendencies and seek control in all things as their pasts come back to haunt them in spectacular fashion.

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This Erotic Trilogy packs a punch – Ella Dominguez has balanced panty-melting Erotica with an intriguing and thought-provoking storyline…

I’d like to share my overall impressions of this series, then encourage you to visit the links at the end of this post for the full reviews on each book…

To start with, the erotic element in these books is as beautifully written as it is sinfully hot… The BDSM inclusion becomes progressively more intense as the series continues, but never becomes more than the seasoned reader can handle…

The infusion of humor keeps the whole series grounded…

On a more serious note, we learn why the characters have come to embrace the BDSM lifestyle in each of their lives, and how their pasts have shaped their worldview. The whole Trilogy has a fascinating focus on the theme of control… Dylan and Isa each have their motives which necessitate their desire to take control sexually.

This is the first series I’ve read where we have a true Switch – someone who fully embraces the role of Dominant or submissive depending on the scene. Occasionally I read a story where the submissive turns the tables for a single scene, but the characters in the D/s Trilogy are in a relationship which allows both partners to take on the role of Top on a fairly regular basis. This adds a unique element to their dynamic, as well as their personalities. Neither character sits firmly in their established role. They are growing into their relationship together.

The inclusion of the mesmerizing artwork (from artist, Rebekka Ivacson) enhances the story and gives insight into Isa’s personality. After all, Isa is an artist, so her artwork represents a window into her tortured soul…

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