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Beauty from Pain (Beauty #1) by Georgia Cates

They agreed on three months...but their love knew no boundaries.

Jack McLachlan is a winemaking magnate and easily one of Australia’s most eligible bachelors. His success and wealth make him no stranger to the complications of romantic relationships and that’s why he goes to extreme measures to avoid the hassle. He prefers simplicity in the form of a beautiful female companion with no strings attached. He arranges relationships like business deals and they’re always the same. No long term relationships. No real names.

It’s his game and his rules. He’s content to play as usual, but when Laurelyn Prescott enters his life, his strategy must change because this player is like none he's ever encountered. His world is turned on its head after he begins a three month affair with the beautiful American musician. Nothing goes according to plan and as he breaks more and more of his own rules for her, she’s exceptionally close to becoming something he never thought possible. His ultimate game changer.

Not recommended for younger readers due to sexual content and language.

Five Stars

I’m on the ledge, about to fall. Or jump. I’m not sure which, and then I hear his possessive words through gritted teeth and it sends me over the edge. “No one else touches you. Only me. Do you understand?” 

FUCK. That was so unbelievably good. Wow. Just wow. 

I wanted to read this for a long time, but I knew this was going to end in a cliffhanger, so I waited for the sequel to come out. So when it finally did, I no longer had any excuses not to; I dove right in. I cannot believe how good this was. I haven’t read an actual five-star read in such a long time; this totally relieved that ache. It had everything I craved in a book: A strong Alpha male Hero (who by the way has a sexy Australian accent --- which made me create a new shelf I love Aussies LOL!), sizzling sex and just a touch of angst. 

“I can’t wait to have a naughty with you. You know it’s only a matter of time, and when I do, I’m going to make you come so hard.” 

Jack McLachlan is looking for his next conquest, one that will share his bed for the next few months. His past conquests have only lasted three to four weeks at best, but this time, he wants it a little more prolonged. He doesn’t do relationships. He’s a very rich man and the women he use to date wanted more from him. He’s learned his lesson: Be upfront, no telling of real names, no falling in love, just sex, lots of sex, and afterwards, make a clean break. Simple. 

When he spots Laurelyn, he immediately knew his search was over. When he finds out she’s only in Australia for a few months, he knew it was meant to be. 

“No. I can’t love a lie and that’s all we were.” 

When Laurelyn landed in Australia to visit her best friend’s brother, she did not expect to meet a man like Jack. She immediately dismisses Jack’s initial proposal, but couldn’t help but be curious. She decides to live and dive into this arrangement with Jack. She doesn’t know anything about this man, not even his name. What she does find out is that Jack is willing to make all her fantasies come true. She knows she’s living in a fantasy and that it comes with an expiration date, but sooner or later the balloon is going to burst on the fantasy and real feelings start to emerge from both her and Jack. 

I love her too much to let her leave and I need to tell her right this minute. 

Laurelyn is unlike any of his past companions. He doesn’t know what to do. He wants more time with this southern belle, but his constant state of denial keeps him from really opening up to her. All Laurelyn wanted was some sort of reassurance of his feelings, but will it come too late? As I read this, a ticking clock was always in the background. I was constantly on the edge of my seat wondering how these two will pull this off. 

I loved everything about this story and I’m happy that book two is immediately available to me because that ending was simply unacceptable. OMG! I need a resolution NOW! Loved this story! 

Me, prior to having the sequel out LOL:

UGH! Once again, I was all set to read this, then BAM! Found out it ends in a cliffhanger. CURSE YOU, CLIFFHANGERS!!

My Side by Tara Brown

Erin Benson felt like she'd won the lottery when she arrived all the way from North Dakota with the keys to her first home in hand.

Crisp white walls: Check. 

Breathtaking view of downtown Boston: Check. 
Minutes from Northeastern School of Law: Check.

But home is not always where the heart is. Sometimes it’s where you find Mr. Random shacked up and sprawled out on what was supposed to be your new bed.
Between the bear spray and the handcuffs, she discovers a terrible mistake has been made.
Lochlan hasn't broken into her new home to sleep with a seedy barmaid...he owns half.

With emotions running on high, Erin is determined to tough it out until a solution can be found.
The tight quarters seem smaller with his accumulated clutter and bizarre sleeping schedule. It also doesn't help that he's the new lead singer for Thin Ice, an indie band on its rise to fame.
What happens when a quiet bookworm gets stuck with a relentless rocker?
What happens when the things you see are not the things you get?

3.5 Stars

“Safe and easy is for pussies. Be amazing and different. Be grateful for the uniqueness in you.” ~ Lochlan 

Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Another rock star book…Seriously? OMG. I’m such a fucking sucker and so fucking predictable sometimes, I make myself sick. So yes, folks…here I am again, sucked into another story involving a musician. I can’t help it. The blurb was too good to pass up. My last book was on the darker side, so I wanted something light and predicable. Is that what I got though? Yea…that’s a big fat NO. I’ll rant all about it at the end of this review. Oh yippie! lol

He was too close to me, smelling good and hovering. I liked it and I could rationalize the devil out of it, but something about him made me want to take my shirt off. 

Erin and Lochlan first met under the weirdest circumstances. She’s just moved into Boston and when she first enters her new home, she finds a stranger in her bedroom, getting it on with some chickie. So what does she do? Maces the poor guy. What they both didn’t suspect is that they have mistakenly rented the same place and are now stuck with as roomies until another place can be found. 

Erin and Lochlan are as opposite as they come, well, at least initially until we find out more about Lochlan. Erin is studying to be a lawyer, while Lochlan and his band are up and coming musicians. They’re already well known in the area and their star is quickly rocketing. 

They reluctantly become roomies for the time being, but their chemistry is undeniable. They try and try to deny what’s going on between them, but sooner or later, someone was going to crack. It was inevitable. 

“You need to look into my eyes and see the person I’m looking at. There won’t ever be anyone but you in there. When you see me at the show or signing autographs, that’s not me. This right now, with you, is me.” He stopped, pulling me into his embrace, “it’s always been me with you.” 

Lochlan is the lead singer of the band, Thin Ice, but is mostly well known for his gigantic screw up on America’s Most Talented Stars. His screw up led him to be kicked off the show. Anyway, with his star power, of course he’s a ladies man. Duh, thought you didn’t see that coming, huh? LOL. I know…predictable. Anyway, his whoring ways slowly start to simmer down, especially after he meets Erin. She has NO idea who he is and is not afraid to put him in his place. Lochlan finds that oddly refreshing and becomes smitten with his pretty roomie. She, on the other hand, is a stubborn cow. (Sorry, but it’s SO true!) She’s so attracted to him, but is always reluctant to believe that a musician like him could ever remain faithful. He constantly tries to win her heart, and every single time you think they finally have a shot, Erin’s insecurities bubbles up and ruins it. Seriously. They must’ve gone back and forth like twenty million times in the book -- hook up, break up, stay friends, hook up, break up, stay friends, hook up --- Yea you get the picture. 

“I don’t have to be a singer. I don’t have to be in a band. I don’t have to do anything in this whole world. But I do have to make you love me again." 

This book is a little on the angsty side. Believe me when I say it, but it didn’t have to be. What pissed me off the most about this book is the heroine. Shocking, I know. UGH!! I wanted to fucking bitch slap Erin so fucking badly…she had my blood pressure up and my palms twitchy. The ONLY saving grace of the story is the Hero, Lochlan. How he tolerated that selfish cow is beyond me. He made the story better. I loved how he never gave up on her. In my opinion, she wasn’t worth all the attention. Yea, she annoyed the fuck out of me. If I were to base my rating solely on her, it would’ve easily been a one to two star read. Yes, she annoyed me that badly. However, I upped it to 3.5 stars, mostly because of Lochlan, but I can’t deny that I was drawn into the drama

Never Have I Ever by August Clearwing

Astrophysicist-in-training Piper Minogue has a lot of control over her day-to-day life. Between completing a Master’s degree at Caltech and beginning her fruitful career at a local observatory she has little time for socializing. Until she attends one specific party that is. There, Piper is introduced to a drinking game called Never Have I Ever, and she finds herself admitting to a secret fantasy which challenges her friends’ views of her otherwise prudish nature. Her confession piques the interest of one man in particular, Noah; a handsome stranger with a darkly boyish charm. The resulting spiral of rapture and torture that follows is threatened by the demons of both their pasts. Piper's inability to give her heart to anyone, and Noah's guilt over the death of his former lover claw to the surface to tear Piper away from not only the one man who has ever made her feel like she does not have to be in control of her desires, but also the newly collected list of Nevers they both want to turn into reality. *Contains strong BDSM themes*
3.75-4 Stars

"It isn't about the violation. It's about letting go. It's about losing control and letting someone else tell you what to do for a while." 

**Deep breath**


I decided to pick this book up because, not only was it free, but I was in the mood for something different. I haven’t read a BDSM book in a while and the blurb of this story did intrigue me. So here I am, in the aftermath of it all. This is my one and only warning to you potential readers: This is NOT an easy read and NOT for everyone. Though this isn’t as dark as some dark erotica I’ve previously read, a couple scenes were pretty tough to read. So fair warning.

“I want to be taken. Hard. I don’t want to have the choice. I just want you to show up, grab me, tease the ever loving hell out of me, call me terrible names to make submit and use my body to enjoy yourself.” ~ Piper 

People would probably consider Piper to be prudish and uptight. As an Astrophysicist, it’s kind of a given that she’s smart, bookish and has a good head on her shoulders. So when playing a game ofNever Have I Ever, Piper actually admits to having certain fantasy: A fantasy that no prudish, uptight woman like her should be having. With her admission, she catches the attention of Noah Wellington. 

There was a virile nature to just being taken and used which struck a chord someplace deep inside. And in that moment I wanted nothing more than to please him, Noah, the man I barely knew. 

Noah sees a potential submissive in Piper. He wants nothing more than to make her fantasies come true. Piper and Noah start their relationship with a force. No worries, their relationship was consensual on both parties. Their sexual relationship is intense and very erotic. Piper is willing to be as open as Noah wants her to be and he constantly tests her boundaries. But there’s a part of Noah pasts that still haunts him. He doesn’t do relationships, but with Piper, he’s finding it hard to stop. In fact, he’s very afraid of losing Piper when she finds out. 

“You can do anything you want to me and I will accept it gladly because, as long as you want me, I belong to you.” ~Piper 

The beginning was a little on the slow side, but once Noah enters the picture, things start to heat up pretty fast. But like all relationships, there are roadblocks. One: Noah’s past. And, two: Noah’s brother, Ethan. OMG. Ethan. He is vile, cruel and evil. I tried to find some good in him, but in the end, what he did was beyond unforgivable. He is certifiably nuts. Just sayin. 

All in all, this story is different from your typical BDSM/Master/Submissive stories. It had some twists that I didn’t see coming which made me want to finish the story. As for Noah, he is a lot to take in. He is a good guy in the grand scheme of things and it was nice to see him and Piper have a nice ending, especially after the incident **shivers**. Seriously. Heed my warning in the beginning before diving in. In the end, I thought it was a worthwhile read. 

Repossession (Keepers Trilogy #1) by Rachael Wade

*Recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual situations, language, and mature subject matter*

Skylla only knows that she has been kidnapped and held prisoner by the foreign invaders and their human allies. And that the world is ending. Or so the humans think. The invaders have made it clear that their arrival is one of hostile intent, and as their takeover spreads, so does the panic across the globe. No one knows how to defeat them, or if it’s even sane to try.

Jet, Skylla’s human captor, is up for the challenge, though. A traitor in Skylla’s eyes, he is working with them. But Jet has his own agenda; one that doesn’t include babysitting Skylla or helping the enemies. And as the human race struggles to keep the invaders from achieving their goal, Jet and Skylla’s paths collide to reveal the truth behind Skylla’s abduction.

The invaders are headed for the water. Jet is headed for the water. But that’s the last place Skylla wants to be. That’s where the future of humanity lies, and where the bridge to their yesterdays was burned. On a mission to take back what is rightfully theirs, Earth’s population is determined to make sure this isn’t the end. But some endings were never theirs to begin with.

4.75 Stars

When it was just you and your fight to live, the only thing that mattered was time. 

Aside from the Hunger Games Series, I haven’t read very many dystopian novels. However, I couldn't resist this one, especially when it's written by this talented author. I was truly honored to beta read this. Please let me tell you right now, it freaking rocked. 

Both the Hero and heroine are strong, badass characters, determined to survive. They both have with undeniable chemistry, and yes, there is romance, but it’s not the focus of the story, so understand that before going into the story. 

“Finger on the trigger.” 

Earth will never be the same. The alien invaders are here. Each human being is trying to survive and each have a role to play in this new world. Some were born to serve the invaders, while some are rebelling against the takeover. 

When we first meet Skylla, her abductor, Jet, holds her captive. The next thing we know, both escape and are on a cross-country mission to San Francisco to rescue Jet’s sister who is at one of the invader’s many training camps. 

“Everything about you fucks with my head, Skylla. From the moment I laid eyes on you, I’m distracted and I don’t like it For a minute, I thought it was better if I was as far away from you as possible. I tried…I tried leaving you, just walking away. But I couldn’t because my need to be near you, to protect you is so fucking strong, it knocks the wind out of me. It’s physically impossible for me to walk away from wherever you are. No woman has ever done that to me. It makes me crazy mad, okay?” 

Sky doesn’t know why she feels compelled to help Jet, her kidnapper, but he did help her escape. Weird scenario, I know, but Jet and Sky aren’t predictable in any way. Their journey isn’t pretty, especially when there are so many societal changes, along with being chased by the invaders. Along the way, they form a bond. However, Sky’s role in this invasion is more than what she, or anyone else, is to be believed. 

I did not have all the answers. I did not know what awaited us on Foundation Zero, or if our race would ever recover from all that we had lost. 
But I did know how to shoot a gun. 

The whole time I was reading this, I was in awe of what was going on in my head. The imagination and the creativity to create such a world is truly astounding. I can so picture this as a movie; it was non-stop action. Just when you start to form theories and form your own alliances with these characters, the story takes a complete left turn and you’re left in total shock. This is NOT predictable in anyway and it does end in one hell of a cliffhanger (sorry, I had to warn you). If you are a fan of dystopian stories, I suggest you to give this series a try. Looking forward to book two :)

Tangled (Tangled #1) by Emma Chase

Drew Evans is a winner. Handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. He has loyal friends and an indulgent family. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed?

He’ll tell you he has the flu.

But we all know that’s not really true.

Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. She refuses to let anything - or anyone - derail her path to success. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating. 

Then, just when Drew is on the cusp of having everything he wants, his overblown confidence threatens to ruin it all. Will he be able untangle his feelings of lust and tenderness, frustration and fulfillment? Will he rise to the most important challenge of his life? 

Can Drew Evans win at love? 

Tangled is not your mother’s romance novel. It is an outrageous, passionate, witty narrative about a man who knows a lot about women…just not as much as he thinks he knows. As he tells his story, Drew learns the one thing he never wanted in life, is the only thing he can’t live without.

4.5 Stars

“I’m fine,” when they really mean, “I want to cut your balls off with a butcher knife.” 

OMG! Where has this book been all my life? This was such a fun read; I am thoroughly entertained. I laughed, a lot. I couldn’t keep the constant grin off my face, except those times where I would inwardly groan and say to myself, “Oh, no you did not just do that?!” – Which I said multiple times. I mean that’s what you get when you read a story from a strictly male perspective. 

But here’s a fact for you – once I’m done, I’m done.I’m not the kind of guy who rides the same rollercoaster twice. Once is enough, and then the thrill is gone and so is the interest. 

Oh Drew, Drew, Drew…what am I going to do with you? Having his POV on everything was so fucking entertaining. Who knew?! This is a story of Drew, a man who up until recently had control of his life. He has the job, the money, the looks and a constant parade of women waiting to get a taste of him. Alas, ladies, he’s is the epitome of the love ‘em and leave ‘em type, until he goes does the one thing he swore he would never do: Fall in love.

When we first meet Drew, he isn’t really personifying the suave man we know him to be. He’s holed up in his apartment, apparently for seven days, claiming to have the flu. He’s a mess, no doubt, but does he really have the flu or is it something else entirely? 

I control my dick. My dick does not control me. 

Drew’s life turns upside down when he meets Kate Brooks. The moment he sets his eyes on her, he knew he had to have her – of course, preferably on her knees or beneath him…oh, how the male minds work…so typical. lol. He’s all lust, but unfortunately their initial meeting didn’t go as planned. However, it’s their second meeting that throws him a curveball: She’s actually his new associate, which is a no-no for him. Oh! And tack on the fact that Kate is actually engaged, it’s game over, right? Yea. No. He tries to convince himself she’s off limits, but you know exactly where this is heading. 

What’s that? Yes. I went to Catholic school. You’re surprised? You shouldn’t be. My profanity has a certain religious flavor that can only be learned through a lifetime of Catholic education. “Jesus H. Christ…Goddamn it…Jesus, Mary, and Joseph…fucking Christ Almighty…holy fucking shit – and that’s just what we heard from the priests. Don’t get me started on the nuns. 

Drew is fucked: It’s that plain and simple. He’s all Alpha male and when someone is sniffing around his territory, he goes ballistic. This is what happens when Drew and Kate are competing for the same account. It’s all out war between the two. Consider their endless bickering as verbal foreplay because the tension between the two does nothing but escalate and when it detonates, it’s explosive. Nothing is left the same ever again. 

I don’t want to run. I don’t even what to look away. And I don’t ever want to let go. 

I commend Kate’s character because she doesn’t make it easy for Drew. She makes him work for it and to see him practically crawling back, after doing something insanely stupid mind you, had me smiling non-stop. For readers concerned about cheating, no worries. Aside from one heated kiss, Kate is noble and never took it that far with Drew. She’s played Drew’s Achilles heel perfectly. I LOVED this story. It’s fresh, fun and entertaining as hell. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for the next book in the series. Perhaps it’ll be Matthew and Delores’ story? I can only hope :)

“Real guys don’t think like Nolan or Niles or whatever the hell that douchebag’s name was.” 
“And any man who would build a room in his house for some chick who blew him off? Any man would wait years for that same girl to show up at his door, knowing she was with someone else? He’s not a man at all.”
“What is he?”
“A big, hairy, unwaxed vagina.” 

See? Fucking hilarious. Must. Read.

Dangerous to Know & Love by Jane Harvey-Berrick

Silence is only skin deep.

Nineteen year old Daniel Colton is the guy all the girls want to date, and the man all the guys want to be. Moody, with an explosive temper, closed off and sullen, he’s also beautiful, tatted in delicious ways, with a pierced eyebrow and spiky black hair. It’s rumoured he has piercings in other places, too. Is he really mad, bad and dangerous to know?

Daniel lives with his older brother, Zef, and their home is party central. You want drugs, a good time, liquor, no questions asked? Colton’s is the place to go.

When Daniel and good girl Lisanne Maclaine have to work together on an assignment, Lisanne finds there’s a lot more to the college’s bad boy than his reputation. He’s intelligent and funny and good company. And then she discovers his secret, why he’s so closed off to everyone, and determined to keep people at arms’ length. But being his secret-keeper is harder than she ever dreamed.

Recommended for readers 18+ due to sexual references and sex scenes, some coarse language, drug references and drug use.

4.75-5 Stars

♥♥♥ Daniel ♥♥♥ Le Sigh… 


Dear Jane,

You are one talented writer. Much like your Education of…series, I fell in love. I fell in love with the characters and I especially fell in love with the story. Don’t ever stop sharing your stories because the world, and me, would seriously be sad. 

Your devoted reader for life,

“I heard you. Oh, God, I heard you.” His head dropped to his chest and he blew out a shaky breath. “I love you, baby doll. So much.” 

I LOVE THIS AUTHOR. I am a HUGE fan of her Education of…series and when I saw that this was out, I was all over it. I did not hesitate, I passed go and just immersed myself in the story. If it wasn’t for work holding me back, I would’ve read this in one sitting. Yes, I kid you not. I didn’t want this to end. As soon as I finished, I just wanted to go back to page one and start it all over again. Such a wonderful and emotional ride. 

“Told you I was irresistible, baby doll,” he said, immodestly. “But I only want you.” 

Lisanne (a.k.a. Lis) thought Daniel was a prick when she first meets him. Sexy, yes, but a total jerk. From her perspective, he seemed rude and completely standoffish. Daniel has got one heck of a bad reputation at the University: Womanizer, troublemaker, full of himself, and there’s even a rumor that he’s a drug dealer. He was definitely not the type of person she should be involved with. However, when they are paired up for a class project, she learns that Daniel is keeping quite a secret. A secret that sheds a whole new light to the mystery surrounding him. 

“What does it make you feel, Lis? Because it’s all bullshit. You… me… it’s just different… 

There was nothing extraordinary about Lis that immediately caught Daniel’s eye. She’s pretty, but she probably thinks she’s too good for a guy like him. He’s got too much baggage for anyone to carry. His life and his problems are his business alone and isn’t compelled to let anyone in. But when Lis figures out his secret, he has no choice but to trust her. Slowly, Lis becomes a figure of hope to Daniel. Even after learning his secret, she doesn’t run. She’s fearless in wanting to get to know him better. She’s a game changer. 

“I won’t hurt you, baby doll. I just want to make you feel good.” 

Can I just say, right here, right now, that I absolutely LOVE it when Daniel calls Lis baby doll… total SWOON!!!! To me, this term of endearment works for this couple; it makes me love Daniel so much more. There’s just something about this story that I couldn’t get enough of. There was just the right amount of drama, angst and steam. It was a little hard to get into in the beginning, but I’m glad I stuck through it, because the rest was absolutely amazing. LOVED IT. LOVED IT. LOVED IT. I will definitely be looking out for more from this fantastic author. 

Beneath the Beauty (Beauty #2) by Skye Warren

In the long anticipated sequel to Amazon Erotica BestsellerBeauty Touched the Beast, Erin and Blake explore their new intimacy and encounter old enemies.

When Blake receives an offer to return to his alma mater as associate professor, he knows this is his chance to reenter the world—and to be worthy of the woman he loves. Erin wants this chance for him to heal… even if it means leaving her behind.

Beneath the Beauty is a novella in the Beauty serial. Don’t miss the sexy initial installment, Beauty Touched the Beast, available now.

Four Stars

To her he was beautiful. 


I have such a love/hate thing with novellas. Beauty Touched the Beast (Beauty #1) is a prime example. I really liked that story, though it was way too short, I found it amazing that Skye was able to convey how strong and palpable their chemistry was in such a short amount of time. I was salivating for more; more of Erin and Blake’s story. Thank you, Skye, for writing this and adding to their story. 

He had realistic expectations. He was ugly as sin. She was the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen. It was only a matter of time before she never came back. 

I’m a sucker for the scarred and damaged Heroes, and Blake is a prime example. He’s a soldier of war and was left badly scarred after his last tour of duty. He became a recluse; his only source of happiness came to his house twice a week in a form of his housemaid, Erin. Much to his surprise, Erin, also harbors feelings towards him. So what happens when Blake decides to go back into the real world? How will his career affect their relationship, especially when one of his associates, an ex-lover, comes back into the picture? 

And he’d known all along what had driven her – but he would interpret that as pity, not…well, what was it? Kindness? Love? She wanted him to be happy, not to worry, but the world would always judge him, would always mock and belittle him for the scars he’d earned protecting it. 

I’m so excited that there will be more to come. No worries, dear readers, these two novellas do not end in cliffhangers. They ended with the promise of more to come. Those of you familiar with Skye Warren’s work, you know some of them are pretty dark stuff. Do not fret, though, this isn’t dark; just pure erotic goodness. Thank you, Skye, for this ARC. I cannot wait to see what happens to Erin and Blake next :)

Unbeautifully (Undeniable #2) by Madeline Sheehan

Warning: This is not a story about fate or destiny. This is a story about pain, sorrow, and suffering. This is an impulsive whirlwind romance between two lovers that are not meant to be together. Theirs is not a world with sunshine and roses. Instead, their love blossoms in a secret world full of crime, violence, and death. Their story is about what can be born from nightmares.

Danielle “Danny” West is the daughter of Deuce West, President of the Hell’s Horsemen Motorcycle Club. A sweet and beautiful girl, she loses her way, searching for things that are always out of her reach. Erik “Ripper” Jacobs is the Sergeant of Arms in the Hell’s Horsemen. Once a man who always had a smile on his face, his life takes a turn for the worst when a tragedy befalls him, leaving him scarred and broken. During a midsummer night, Danny and Ripper’s paths cross, forever changing their lives. Hastily, their lust turns to love until another tragedy forces them apart. On a journey that is marred with ugliness and chaos, Danny and Ripper must discover if their unforeseen connection can find the beauty in their world. 

This is Danny and Ripper’s story. 

Everything has beauty. Even the ugly. Especially the ugly.
Because without ugly, there would be no beauty

Five Stars

“I wanna rip you the fuck open,” he said, breathing harder as his thrusts became brutal. “I want all of me inside all of you, not just my fuckin’ cock, baby, but all of me. All of you.”
“Yes,” she whimpered. “I want all of you.” 

FUCK. ME. That shit was fucking awesome.

Just. Fucking. Awesome. 

I’m such a happy girl right now. Just like Deuce and Eva’s story in book one, I devoured this story of Ripper and Danny. This story isn’t pretty; no candy, chocolate-covered hearts nor flowers made any appearances. This author writes stories that are truly raw, unapologetic and just downright addictive. 

Ours was the furthest thing from a picture-perfect romance; it was more of a car crash, a metal-bending, blood-splattered disaster that left no survivors, only bad memories and heartache.
But it was ours.
And because it was ours…I wouldn’t change a thing. 

When I finished Undeniable, I was left with the thought that Deuce’s daughter, Danny, was going to end up with ZZ. So when I read the blurb and found out that it was Danny and Ripper’s story, I was a little confused, but still very intrigued. 

Ripper and Danny: What an unlikely pairing. After Frankie carved him up in book one, Ripper is horribly scarred, dangerous and teetering on the edge of going completely crazy. You do not want to be on his bad side. As for Danny, she’s beautiful, bright, and a future full of potential. Deuce wanted more for her; never to live a biker’s life. So, how did Ripper and Danny end up together?

Ripper had been walking around life pissed off, not giving a shit about anything, until he’d made the mistake of fucking a girl he’d never given a second thought to before and everything had changed. Suddenly he cared about what was going to happen next… 

The way this story was told was nothing short of creative. We start off where book one ended: At a barbeque with Deuce, Eva, Cage, Danny, ZZ and the rest of the MC. In the first chapter, we see ZZ proposing marriage to Danny, while Ripper just watches in horror, waiting to hear her response. Then immediately, we are taken back three years prior to where Ripper and Danny’s story began. 

It was the night of Danny’s senior prom. Danny’s home life with Deuce and Eva has been a miserable one ever since the night Frankie took Eva; Deuce and Eva were never the same. Everything was strained between the two and Danny was feeling the effects of it. All she wanted was to leave her prom. It was Ripper who picked her up. It was Ripper who helped her forget. Nothing was ever the same between them ever again.

“But I ain’t never wanted pussy like I want yours and…Danny, I ain’t gonna touch another bitch, don’t even wanna. Fuck, baby, since that night at the lake, I haven’t done shit but jerk myself off, thinking of you.”

The relationship between Ripper and Danny is passionate and intense. You can’t help but be immersed in it. The drama surrounding them made it even fiercer. There’s the club, Deuce, who will immediately put a hit out on Ripper if he ever found out about them, Ripper’s feeling of being undeserving of Danny, and so many other factors that can force them apart. 

We existed in a world where words weren’t needed. Everything I needed to know, everything he was feeling, I could already see on his face and feel through his touch. 

I love immersing myself in this world that Madeline created. All this. This crazy-ass world, with its crazy ass characters, that are all beautiful and dangerously flawed, is what makes reading so enjoyable. The balance between heartache and happiness was just executed flawlessly. I love Ripper’s possessiveness and raw power, but it was his vulnerabilities that made him so lovable and beautiful. He and Danny are a perfect match. 

I was glad to see more of Eva and Deuce’s story connected with Danny and Ripper’s. I’m also ecstatic to hear that there will be THREE more books to this series:
- Cage & Tegan, 
- Hawk, Dorothy & Jase (This has insane drama written all over it!)
- ZZ’s 
I anxiously await for all of these. CAN. NOT. WAIT. 

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk.

Full of rage and without a purpose, former pianist Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone discovering her past and to make the boy who took everything from her pay.

All 17 year-old Josh Bennett wants is to build furniture and be left alone, and everyone allows it because it’s easier to pretend he doesn’t exist. When your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, a hot mess of a girl who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. The more he gets to know her, the more of a mystery she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he may ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding or if he even wants to.

The Sea of Tranquility is a slow-building, character-driven romance about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.

Please Note: This book contains mature content including profanity, drug/alcohol use, and sexual situations/language.

4.5-4.75 Stars

“I just wanted one person who would look at me and not want to see someone else.”
“Who looks at you like that?” I lift my head up and lower my hands so I can see her face, and I can’t imagine anyone looking at this girl and wanting to see anything but her. 
“Everyone who loves me.”
“Who is it they want to see?”
“A dead girl.” 

I want to start off by saying two things:

One: I’m an idiot. I’m an idiot because this has been sitting in my Kindle since September 28, 2012. That’s almost 7.5 months of just sitting there; waiting to be read. Yes, I’ve seen all the rave reviews, but it wasn’t until yesterday that I decided to finally give it a go. 

Two: Thank you, God, for FINALLY leading me to this book. I’mFINALLY out of my book funk. For the last week and half, I’ve picked up at least six to seven books and was unable to get into any of them. I was beyond frustrated. Thanks to this incredible story, I finally feel normal again, alive. 

Running away is her thing. Hiding is mine. 

This story is amazing. I have to admit it was kinda hard to first get into, but something about it kept my interest. I wanted to find out who Nastya is and who she was. What happened to her? Why is she the way she is? Why does she no longer speak? As we start to get to know Nastya, we are also introduced to Josh. He is also an enigma that I wanted solved. This is what kept my interest. What draws these two damaged people together? 

I’ve come to expect us, too. I expect her. I expect her here. I expect her at home. I expect her in my life. 
And it’s terrifying. 

I really can’t go into the story because there isn’t anything I could really say to sum up the complication that is this story. Just know that this far from a typical. Nastya and Josh’s relationship is not predictable, it’s not hearts, flowers and roses; it’s far from it. These two are broken. All they want is to be alone, to disappear and to go through life unnoticed. However, they slowly and reluctantly intertwine into each other’s lives. Ultimately they find a home, a sense of belonging, when they’re with each other. 

Maybe if I can solve him and he can solve me, we can explain each other. Maybe that’s what I need. Someone to explain me. 

This was such an emotional story. Nastya and Josh are just….sigh I don’t know. I don’t know how to adequately describe them. I love them together. The scenes where they were just together is what made them so real and beautiful as a couple. When they’re apart, something just feels missing; they are incomplete without each other. I don’t know. I feel like I’m just jabbering because this story has made a mess out of me. Thank God for that, you know? I feel more alive because of it. I just wish there was an epilogue.

Before I go, I have to just say that as much as I love Josh, I love Drew, too. Drew is Josh’s best friend and a well-reputed manwhore (or is he?). At first I wasn’t sure what to feel about him. What is his role in this story? Then as the story goes on, the more I fell in love him. He’s such a smart-ass. He’s funny as hell and all around wonderful guy. This is a fairly emotionally charged story and if it wasn’t for Drew, I think I would’ve drowned in the seriousness of it all. Drew’s humor and loyalty just made him that awesome...True story. LOVED him. LOVED this story. 

"What did you see when you died?"
"Your garage." 
Le sigh... =)