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A Change in Tide by Freya Barker

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Everybody loves to relate to the book they are reading. And I’m no exception, especially when I can relate to the world the story is created in.

I recently read a book by a Canadian author set in a Canadian location and the characters are, you guessed it, Canadian. This may not seem like much, but it actually is to us Canadian authors.  Because our selling market is primarily the USA, we tend to write to that market. That means changing locations, changing character traits and anecdotes, hell even changing our spelling! (Can I just say I’m constantly getting caught at the day job for ‘typos’ because I forget and write the American version of words 🙂 ).

Anyway, on my way north for a family wedding, I happened to read Freya Barker’s brand new release A Change in Tide (Northern Lights Book 1)

 

Here’s the Blurb…

What impact would it have when everything suddenly faded to black? 

For Mia, a crowded subway ride changes her entire life. Retreating to the wilderness helps her cope with a world that is suddenly too loud, too turbulent.
Her existence safely contained to the small cottage on the lake, she is unprepared for the neighbor that moves across the bay

A career-ending injury has Jared permanently benched. His reputation as The Enforcer won’t survive the unanticipated responsibilities awaiting him.
Away from the public eye, he adjust to his new reality, under the quiet observation of the intriguing hermit on the other side of the water.

 

I LOVED this story and am not ashamed to say that while I should have been working on my own (rather late) story, I was reading hers.  It was compelling. It was personal. It was sweet and it was sexy. It covered some complex issues. Each character had their own story with their own hardships to struggle through. They all had flaws, nobody was perfect. They screwed up. They had vulnerable moments. They apologized. They moved towards that happily ever after.

The main characters, Mia and Jared, are likable and believable, as are the supporting cast. They made me smile. They made me laugh. They made me hurt for them. They made me root for them. They each felt broken and lost in their lives, yet regardless of their personal insecurities, they managed to find their way to each other. Their chemistry is a slow burn that finally erupts. And boy am I glad I was there to see it. I particularly enjoyed the insight they had into each other’s comfort zone, or lack thereof, and how they pushed the boundaries in a safe and secure way until the other person experienced something new and a bit scary, but better than anticipated.

While I do tend to read books higher on the heat level and on the erotic level, I absolutely love settling in for a good love story. And that’s exactly what I found in this book. This story is beautifully written and was a pleasure to read.

Admittedly this was the first book I’ve read by Ms. Barker. But I can tell you, it will not be the last. If you haven’t tested these northern shores yet, I highly recommend starting with A Change in Tide.

You can find out all about Freya Barker at her website
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#Review #Spotlight One Dom to Love

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

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Raine Kendall has been in love with her boss, Macen Hammerman, for years. Determined to make the man notice that she’s a grown woman with desires and needs, she pours out her heart and offers her body to him—only to be crushingly rejected. But when his friend, very single, very sexy Liam O’Neill watches the other Dom refuse to act on his obvious feelings for Raine, he resolves to step in and do whatever it takes to help Hammer find happiness again, even rousing his friend’s possessive instincts by making the girl a proposition too tempting to refuse. But he never imagines that he’ll end up falling for her himself.

Hammer has buried his lust for Raine for years. After rescuing the budding runaway from an alley behind his exclusive BDSM Dungeon, he has come to covet the pretty submissive. But tragedy has taught him that he can never be what she needs. So he watches over her while struggling to keep his distance. Liam’s crafty plan blindsides Hammer, especially when he sees how determined his friend is to possess Raine for his own. Hammer isn’t ready to give the lovely submissive over to any other Dom, but can he heal from his past and fight for her? Or will he lose Raine if she truly gives herself—heart, body, and soul—to Liam?

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About Author

SHAYLA BLACK

You know what they say about curiosity and the cat…but if you still want to know, read below.

Shayla Black (aka Shelley Bradley) is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 40 sizzling contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances produced via traditional, small press, independent, and audio publishing. She lives in Texas with her husband, munchkin, and one very spoiled cat. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading and listening to an eclectic blend of music.

Shayla’s books have been translated in about a dozen languages. She has also received or been nominated for The Passionate Plume, The Holt Medallion, Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, and the National Reader’s Choice Awards. RT Bookclub has twice nominated her for Best Erotic Romance of the year, as well as awarded her several Top Picks, and a KISS Hero Award.

A writing risk-taker, Shayla enjoys tackling writing challenges with every new book.

JENNA JACOB

Bestselling Author Jenna Jacob’s erotic romance comes from the heart of submission. With over twenty years experience in the dynamics of the BDSM lifestyle, Jenna strives to portray Dominance and submission with a passionate and comprehensive voice. Her stories will make you laugh, cry, and may leave you with a better understanding of the fulfillment found in the BDSM power exchange.

A married mom of four grown children, Jenna and her husband lives in Kansas. Her passions include her family, reading, camping, cooking, music, and riding Harleys. She loves to make people laugh with her outgoing and warped sense of humor. If you’re looking for hot romance with a kinky twist, pick up one of Jenna’s books

ISABELLA LAPEARL

My name is Isabella and I am a new Author of Erotic Fiction. I have recently published two short stories, one a stand-alone “Connexions” and the other is the first book in a series called The Quickening and is entitled “Scandalous.” The next two in the series, will be coming out in 2013 and are called “Momentum” and “Geminus” respectively.

December 4th 2012 was a WOW day of biblical proportions for me personally. My first novel was published, entitled “One Dom to Love” co-written by Best Selling New York Times Author, Shayla Black and by Author Jenna Jacob. I can’t even begin to express how privileged and thrilled I was to work with both these wonderful, incredible women, and how proud I am to call them friends. “One Dom to Love” is the first book in The Doms of her Life series and for those chomping at the bit already after finishing this book, you’ll be delighted to know that Book 2 is currently being written.

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One submissive. Two Doms. A very complex relationship. Nothing comes easy in this story. One Dom to Love invokes some strong emotions, both for the characters and the reader. The relationship between Hammer, Raine and Liam is complicated and absolutely volatile at times. Hammer acts like an ass most of the time, so readers will either love or hate him. I personally love him. Deep down he’s scared of losing her so he acts out. I get this about him. Liam appears to be the calmer of the two, certainly the more level headed of them. But he’s the one with the agenda, so I still can’t decide if I like Liam or not. Part of me doesn’t trust him. Both are deeply in love with her and appear to be truly concerned for her welfare, though they take it a bit far at times which frustrates the hell out of her. Raine is simply confused and needs to decide what she wants out of life. She also has some major trust issues and maybe needs time to mature a little before she can truly take on a pair of men such as Hammer and Liam.

The authors have created three characters, and each comes with some deep emotional conflict and issues to deal with. Individually they each have to find a way to deal with their internal pain, their personal issues, past hurts as well as confusion over the current situation they find themselves in. Together they are combustible—whether it be when making love or fighting.  I couldn’t decide who to root for because, honestly, I want them all to win. I love BDSM and Ménage stories. I’ve read Ms. Black’s work before, and love it. This was my first instruction to the other authors. Personally, I’m hoping books 2 and 3 have more interaction around the club Hammer owns.

Be forewarned, this is book 1 of 3 and you really need to read them in order. Also it ends on a cliffhanger. But I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. If you’re looking for angst – this book definitely has it. If you looking for hot sex – this book definitely has it. If you’re looking for emotional drama, turmoil, conflict and wounded or flawed characters – this book most definitely has it.  All this and more. It keeps you guessing. And even if you’re angry with the characters at the time, you continue to turn the page. I give One Dom to Love 4 stars. Now I’ll get back to reading book 2 in this series, Young and Submissive.

I was given a copy of this book for an honest review by the authors.

 

Review: Finder Fees by Kelly Gendron

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Finder Fees

(A TroubleMaker Novel #4)

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Kelly Gendron

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“When you find her, there are a few things you need to remember. She’s smart and manipulative. She knows how to protect herself. She’s beautiful and she’ll use it to her advantage. But, Mr. Renton, the most important thing to remember… is that she’s mine.”

J.T. Renton is worth millions. He wants for nothing. When he finds Sloan Mathis, he has to have her. Problem is she belongs to another, and J.T.’s not about taking another guy’s girl. But the idea that he can’t have her. Well, it just makes the challenge driven, J.T. Renton want his latest find that much more.

Finder Fees ~ A TroubleMaker Novel

J.T. Renton is what you might call a Finder. But the one thing this former bounty hunter no longer finds is people. That is until he’s offered a finder fee he just can’t resist. What J.T. doesn’t know is his latest find comes with a hidden fee, one that could end up costing J.T. his well-guarded heart.

Sloan Mathis is on the run from her dangerous ex. So when she encounters J.T. Renton, it takes her a second to realize the arrogant, sexy, and oh-so-frustrating Finder has actually mistaken Sloan for her twin sister. And to uncover what’s going on with her gone missing sister, Sloan lets J.T. believe that he’s found what he’s been looking for.

 

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This is the fourth book in the Troublemakers series. I’ve read all of the others, and each one is fabulous in its own right. I highly recommend them.

In Finder Fees, Sloan Mathis is trying to hide from an ex-boyfriend after seeing something she probably shouldn’t have. She leaves everything behind and goes to visit her cousin Lucky at his tattoo shop where she helps him out while she also gives massages, a business she’s passionate about. But she also needs to figure out what to do to get out the pickle she’s in. Unfortunately, her latest client doesn’t want a massage; he wants her–only, not really. But because her sister seems to be missing, Sloan is willing to do anything to find her.

JT Renton is a rich man who spends his time finding things. He loves the challenge. He does it simply to return these items, or people, to their rightful owners. And right now his biggest goal is to find a very special bracelet. When he’s hired to find Max, who can apparently lead him to the bracelet, he doesn’t realize he’s actually found Max’s twin sister, Sloan. The attraction between them is instant and hot. JT hasn’t received his fee yet, but he’s currently more concerned about not losing Sloan. JT knows there’s something special about this woman, and he’s not ready to let her walk away.

I loved these characters. They are fun, spontaneous and deeply loyal. Neither of them back down from a difficult situation. Sloan is very protective of her sister. JT is very protective of Sloan. He’ll do anything to keep her safe. It makes for an interesting involvement and a fun read. I can’t wait for the next story in this series.

Each book can be read alone, but there are characters that cross each story. I give this one 4 stars and highly recommend you read the others.

A copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

 

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Review: Between the Waters by Renea Mason

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Earlier this week I gave you a highlight of the Symphony of Light series by Renea Mason. On Wednesday I provided you with an excerpt from her recently released second book in the series, Between the Waters. Today I wanted to share with you my opinion of Renea’s latest release.

 

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(Symphony of Light) Book II

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I absolutely loved Symphony of Light and Winter. It’s become one of my all-time favorite books. In my review I had called it “not your normal paranormal” and wondered if Ms. Mason could outdo herself. Well, I think she did.

Between the Waters is go, go, go right from page one. The action, the suspense, the sexual chemistry, the beasts—it’s all there, in spades!

As with the first installment, I loved the back and forth banter between Linden and Cyril. It’s amusing, it’s sexy (okay HOT) and it’s emotional.

 

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“Mr. Aristin, do not think for one moment you are going to manipulate me. There needs to be trust.”

“I couldn’t agree more. Had you trusted me, we wouldn’t be in this mess.” He sighed and in a soft tone wrapped with demand said, “Now take your clothes off.”

“Can’t I just stick to releasing souls? That was easy, and I could leave my pants on.”

“No. You have much to learn.”

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And although, the story is again told from Linden’s POV, we manage to get into the other characters heads, without actually being in their heads. This is where I think Ms. Mason truly excels in her writing. Quite often, I find that many books written in 1st person feel like a laundry list of their thoughts and actions, making the story very one-sided and lacking depth.  Not so with this series. It’s quite the opposite in fact.  I never felt as though I was missing out on what any of the other characters were thinking or feeling simply because I couldn’t see things from their personal point of view.

And I have to agree with another review I read; BookOverton Two is much steamier than Book One.  And why is that?  Well, in my opinion it’s because this time we get to see Overton in action. Oh. My. Yes. He’s certainly no priest. Though, if I recall, he did warn Linden of that repeatedly.

I found Linden to be much stronger in this story. She’s truly matured and taken control of the situation she’s found herself in, regardless of how many twists and turns it takes.  She also takes no shit from anyone—not even the man living inside her head.  And her life isn’t easy. She puts up with a lot of heartache and physical pain. The man she loves beyond reason is gone. Sort of. But not really. And she’s desperate to find a way to free him—all of them. But until that happens, Overton is her rock. And when she finds herself falling in love with him, she’s torn and feels a strong sense of guilt about it. Talk about another complication she doesn’t need.

Where Cyril is dark and dangerous, Overton is sweet and gentle—on the surface anyway.  He hides his true self well—I loved it. Linden sure was surprised.

I’m also pleased that we got to know Clarence, Rhys and Moreaux better.  All three very different men, who each help and protect Linden through her journey in their own way.

Definitely another 5 stars in my view. And as for the ending…well, I’m certainly not going to spoil it. Let’s just say, I WANT MORE!

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Review: Lucky Numbers by Kelly Gendron

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Kelly Gendron’s Lucky Numbers

 

One locked safe, a troublemaking tattoo, and two determined people… add up to unlocked secrets and a love that just won’t stop.

Luke “Lucky” O’Conner is a committed bachelor. His motto…“Nobody’s ever getting this Lucky.” So when Kaley Harlow walks into his tattoo shop and somehow leaves with the only record of the numbers to his new safe tattooed on her sexy little hip, Lucky’s motto is threatened. If he wants to see those numbers again, he has to get close. Closer than he’s ever gotten to any woman. And he has three weeks to do it.

Kaley Harlow, a happily washed-up former child star, is out to ruin her reputation. She’s through with people looking at her like she’s still that innocent little girl in pigtails. Not to mention, her agent has just signed her up for a movie contract. But, really, all Kaley wants is to start a new life and finally go to college.

When Lucky happens into Kaley’s life for the second time, the hot, tattooed badass is exactly what she needs to sabotage her image. But this badass has a secret, one that could ruin more than just Kaley’s reputation.

Warning ~ This book contains explicit sex scenes, graphic language, and is intended for mature audiences.
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My Review:

I became a fan of Kelly Gendron when I read the first book in this series, Broken Fences, so when an opportunity came to read the third installment in this fabulous series, I jumped all over it. I even reread the other two books first. (Note: You don’t need to read the first two, but doing so will explain the supporting cast.)

Lucky owns a tattoo shop, has a troubled past and is one hot and sweet man. Kaley is an ex child star who wants to leave her perfect image of the good girl behind. In an attempt to rebel, she ends up in Lucky’s shop and in his chair, and although he can’t figure out why she would want to blemish such perfect skin, he ends up granting her wish, but hiding the numbers to his safe within the tattoo. Now he can’t remember the numbers and needs to find her to take a peek at her ink.

What follows is a sweet, hot, sexy romance. He doesn’t think he’s worthy and she doesn’t trust men. But regardless of their pasts, their hurts and their commitment to not be in a committed relationship, they can’t stay away from each other. What starts out as a game to tarnish Kaley’s image, ends up a romantic love affair.

I liked this story for a few reasons. I loved the fact that the characters really felt like a true family. They were fun and easy to embrace. There’s angst of course, and hot sex, but there’s also humor and sweet romance. This story has everything. I highly recommend it as a great way to spend a day.

Her next installment in this series is Finder Fees, coming later this year.  I look forward to adding this one to my collection, Kelly!

To find out more about Kelly’s books and where you can buy these, visit her website.

 

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