~ Review – Calling the Play by Samantha Kane

Calling the Play (Birmingham Rebels, #2)Calling the Play by Samantha Kane

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Calling the Play by Samantha Kane struck me as a very well-written book when I started reading it. Then, as I got further into it and the characters began to do other things, I realized that it was more well-written than I thought it was. Books like this—ones that tend to have sex in them—are either a hit or miss for me, in general. If the writing puts me off, then I’m not partial to reading the book.

When I first read the synopsis, I was intrigued by the characters and the plot of the story, so I thought I’d give it a shot. I really liked the dynamic of the three main characters (two guys and a woman), simply because they all learn to love each other. I would say more on that subject, but I don’t want to name spoilers and I feel that that would happen if I did so.

The characters themselves are a treat; I found myself really enjoying their banter between each other and the rest of the characters throughout the book. Randi McInish, the lady of the trio, is a tough, undercover cop that doesn’t take anything from anyone. She meets her match with Tyler Oakes, a quarterback for the local football team. However, things change when readers meet Brian Mason, who coached Tyler in college. Things are different in this book, which I also enjoyed. It’s not cookie-cutter, which is always refreshing and new to read.

I would recommend this book to people, although I’d have to warn them of some things that happen near the end that they might not like, but other than that, it’s a really great recommendation in my opinion. The characters are nice, the plot is interesting and keeps readers reading, the sex is great and well-written, and the characters interactions and conversations with each other are mature and understanding. The book was refreshing for me to read for all of these reasons. For me, it’s a little hard to find a great book nowadays, because something always seems to put me off of it. But this, this was good and I liked it immensely.

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~ Review – Friends Without Benefits by Marci Boudreaux

Friends Without BenefitsFriends Without Benefits by Marci Boudreaux

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Friends Without Benefits is the third book in the Stonehill Romance series by Marci Boudreaux. This was such a beautiful love story about two people going through painful divorces as they lean on one another for support and friendship.

Dianne was the perfect housewife and mother for many years. She never cheated on her husband but unfortunately she caught him cheating on her. They divorce and she’s dealing with the pain when she meets Paul (very swoon worthy). They have something big in common (no I won’t say because it’ll ruin the surprise). Together they navigate through the pain, sadness and the anger from their personal betrayals. Dianne and Paul both feel like utter failures but in all honestly weren’t. So they look to one another for friendship and support and obviously it grew into more.

I absolutely loved the side characters in this book as well. Paul has a nosey family and Dianne’s son Sam is awesome. You add these characters in and you have an amazingly entertaining book to read.

This book really gets into the ugly side of divorce. I think some books gloss over some issues and make it more about love and it almost makes them unbelievable. Miss Boudreaux takes you on the realistic journey of dealing with the emotions, financial struggle, and we even see how children are effected by it as well. Yes it’s a love story but it’s also about healing and hope.

I loved how the reader feels every single aspect of their emotions and it literally grabs you at the throat. I got angry as well as cried along with them and slowly started to heal as I was falling in love as they were falling in love. I love Marci Boudreaux book’s. I love how she uses older people and the emotions she’s able to express in her writing are incredible. Can’t wait to read more from her.

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~ Review – The Road Leads Back by Marci Boudreaux

The Road Leads BackThe Road Leads Back by Marci Boudreaux

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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The Road Leads Back by Marci Boudreaux is the first book I’ve read from this author and most certainly won’t be the last. I absolutely LOVED. THIS. BOOK! The books starts and jumps straight into the plot and it hooks you fast. It was nothing that I expected it to be. I loved it because it was unique storyline and very believable to the characters emotions and reactions to the problems they face.

Kara was kicked out of her house when she was 17 because she was pregnant. She was sent to the opposite side of the country to a home for pregnant teens. From there she raised her son, Phil, as best as she could. Kara is more of the free spirit and used the bartering technique to help support her and her son. Now Phil is an adult and has a child of his own. The story starts right when Kara runs into Phil’s father, Harry, who had no idea he has a son let alone a granddaughter. The family dynamic has changed and they’re all trying to deal as best as they can so Harry brings them back to Iowa and they face a lot of heartache and deception from their families as well as trying to build their own family unit.

The raw emotion in this book was phenomenal. The author shed light on some very complex family issues and I think she did a great job of doing it. There were so many twists that it kept me engaged throughout the whole book. Kara has almost 30 years of pent up anger and you watch her deal and struggle with forgiving those people who lied to her. Harry has to deal with the fact that he’s been a father for 30 years and had no idea. Watching these two work through their issues brought out so many emotions in me. This book stayed with me long after I finished.

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~ Review – Fade to Red by Willow Aster

Fade to RedFade to Red by Willow Aster

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Fade to Red by Willow Aster was another 4 start read! Perfect mix of everything and even with it being a stand alone…some of her other well-known characters from True Love Story were in here. That is right, more Ian and Sparrow! In fact part of the story is told in Ian’s POV. It was so nice to be able to see how their lives have turned out and watch as they move forward into the spotlight with some wonderful new people.

In the story, Beckham Wood is about to start touring and is wanting back up dancers and another star to perform with him. Enter the Sterlings. Sparrow is now married to Ian and together they have a baby girl, Journey. Ian is moving up in the world and Beckham wants him to join the tour, which clearly Ian can’t say no to such a huge new adventure. Now Beckham just needs some dancers. During try outs Beckham seeing Roxie Taylor who he can’t take his eyes off of and demands she is one of his dancers. But she doesn’t just have looks..she is amazing and the choreographer plan to use her in some of the songs with just her and Beckham dancing together.

As the two become closer the twisted mysteries of the story start to unfold. Roxie is hiding a secret from Beckham and everyone else…and it involves her adorable son, Leo. The past is pushed out into the open for everyone to see. This really pushes a stalker hidden among the tour to the light. We get little dips inside Beckham’s stalker’s head, showing us how she has been made into what she is today.

As the past and the truth comes to the light, will the new fund love between Beckham and Roxie be pulled apart? The truth can be ugly even if it can set a person free. And the past holds the key to unlocking so many secrets and clues that can save people. Will the new group of friends be able to take on someone who lives in her own messed up head and seem to have no fear of hurting someone to get to her ultimate goal: Beckham?

A must read adventure that takes you backstage with some hot rockers, dancers, and the extreme stalker.

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~ Review – Bitter Sweet Love by R.C. Stephens

Bitter Sweet Love (Twisted, #1)Bitter Sweet Love by R.C. Stephens

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Bitter Sweet Love by R .C. Stephens

FANTASTIC TWISTED READ!!

This book is an emotional roller coaster ride! Alexis White is a high school girl who has a tough childhood, she and her sister are abused buy the only parent they have. She never knows if it is safe to go home. They live in constant fear.

Dylan Priestley is the first boy to know Alexis and has found out by accident her horror story. Dylan and his family live next door and he helps patch her up after one of the long nights of abuse. He is her first love. She begins to see Dylan as her knight in shining armor, until one of the most important nights in a high school girl’s life changes everything.

Alexis leaves town to try to start over where no one knows her or her story. College is the best place to hide. She works at a local bar and parties with her best friend and roommate. The two of them go to all the frat parties they can. Soon Alexis is making really bad choices. The only rule Alexis has is to not sleep with the same guy more than a couple of times and definitely no relationship.

It is seven years since she has seen or heard from Dylan, but he is constantly on her mind. She knows that she needs to move on. Dylan has reappeared and wants to fix their broken relationship, but Alexis can’t get past the broken heart he left her with.

A very good looking French man come into the bar one night and he instantly wants Alexis. Luc, comes across to be a gentlemen and is kind to Alexis. She starts to realize he has secrets of his own and wants to help him. Everyone keeps warning Alexis about Luc but she doesn’t want to listen and blows off the warnings. A trip seem to be the perfect solution for Alexis to get Dylan off her mind, but then a major events slams Alexis with the truth. Her new husband is trouble and she is now in danger. Read this book to find out all the events and happenings in Alexis’s love triangle of a life.

R. C. Stephens captivated me from the start. Her writing moves at a fast pace and I didn’t want to put it down. I would highly recommend this book!! Five Stars!!

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~ Review – Fated to be Mine by Jodie Larson

Fated to be MineFated to be Mine by Jodie Larson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Fated to Be Mine, By Jodie Larson – Romance, Hot Alpha, Ugly Cry

Fated to be mine is the conclusion to Andrew and Tessa’s story. I would suggest reading “Fated to be yours” first.

Tessa tends to have insecurities and low self-esteem that may cause her to lose what she wants the most. Andrew is a hot alpha male who is trying to win Tessa’s heart and bring them back together again. Will they have their happily ever after?

Tessa also has some heartbreaking moments that will cause the ugly cry. I love Jodie Larsons writing, she really captures you and you feel every emotion while you’re reading. I also love a man with an accent and fell for Andrew instantly. I can’t wait to see if Jodie writes about Michael, would love to see some more of him.

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~ Review – Playing with Seduction by Erika Wilde

Playing with Seduction (The Players Club, #3)Playing with Seduction by Erika Wilde

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Playing With Seduction by Erika Wilde. Book 3 in The Players Club series.

Kendall Shaw a divorcee with a budding boudoir photography business lusts after the man she has commissioned for sexy shots she needs for one of her newest projects. With their 8 year age gap she isn’t going to go after him for herself. No matter how much she is tempted to do so. Receiving an invite to participate as part of the auctioned off persons at the Players Club, Kendall accepts with the intention of having a random night of orgasmic delight before she starts down the path of family and children she has wanted for more than 10 years.

Jase Burns sent the anonymous invitation to Kendall. Stepping up his game to get her to see him as way more than a body for her photography business. Bidding through an app he wins, barely. Watching Kendall step into his room and getting her pleasure for the night is only the start to what he wants.

Convincing Kendall that the age difference doesn’t matter is in process. Everything is going great, dates on the beach, playtime every night. Letting Kendall share her fantasies and fulfilling every one. Until one of his ignorant coworkers ruins it all with a few choice words during a picnic for Noble & Associates. Kendall is more determined to end their affair and get the plan underway for her family and children. Jase isn’t quite ready for that though. Oh but things happen in strange ways. Soon Jase will find that he’s more ready than he thought.

Dominance isn’t always about being the one on top. Erika gives you a taste of all of this within the writing of the Players Club books. The start of romance and love can be anywhere. But she shows that it’s where it ends up that truly matters. Fulfilling desires and making you aware of a few that you might not have known you had.

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