Saturday, April 11, 2015

A @NetGalley #REVIEW of Captive Mine @NatashaKnight13 @TrentEvansTales

Captive, Mine

by Natasha Knight and Trent Evans

The day my father agreed to testify against Terrence Randall, one of the most ruthless drug traffickers in North America, was the day I became the target of the drug lord’s enraged vengeance. I was the one thing that stood in the way of Daddy’s testimony, and the one thing that could save Randall. The man would stop at nothing to get his hands on me.

I was prepared for what was coming — as prepared as one could be when vanishing into the U.S. Marshal’s Witness Protection Program.

I just wasn’t prepared for him.

For ex-Navy SEAL turned mercenary Lake Freeman, escorting Lily Cross into the Witness Protection Program was just another job — until a better offer came along. Lake couldn’t have cared less about the life he’d been hired to protect. After all, she was a part of the very organization that had cost him so much already.

At least he never expected to care.

But when forced into a decision he never thought he’d have to make, the mission became one of survival for himself and his beautiful charge. Lake knew that in order to protect her, he’d need to bring the feisty and unpredictable Lily to heel — he couldn't keep her safe if he couldn't keep her under control.

But that protective urge quickly turned into something else, something dark ... and his need to conquer, to claim, overrode all else.

He would keep her safe. He would keep her protected. But he would make her his, as well.

Now, all he had to do was figure out how to keep them both alive long enough to do it...

Publisher's Warning: Intended for mature readers. 18 and over only! 
This is a M/F BDSM romantic suspense. Themes include: graphic sexuality, pervasive D/s, exhibitionism, spanking, bondage, anal play and other BDSM activities. If such content might offend you, please do not purchase this book. 

REVIEW
Captive Mine was delicious kinkery. Though not as dark as I expected, the sex was hot, hot, hot. Written in both first person (Lily) and third person (Lake), the style was unique and may be a result of the two writers collaborating. The characters are well developed and their interactions felt authentic.

The major disappointment is in the suspense. There was a disconnect for me with the reason Lily was Lake's captive at all. At first, he's her bodyguard but planning to double-cross her. Then he decides to protect her instead. To protect her, he needs her compliance which explains the D/s but when he should be planning the escape -maybe even doing the training he gives her towards the end all along, Lake has her locked in a room treating her as a sex slave. Then without explanation, he releases her just as the danger nears. It just felt like I was missing something.

Looking for something hot to read? Need a little erotica? Check out Captive Mine.

RATING
3 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
This book was given to us by the author through NetGalley. Many thanks.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

#REVIEW @NetGalley Guarded Passion @Bonnie_Dee

Guarded Passion (Wyatt Brothers #3) by Bonnie Dee

A struggling single mother.
Rianna Cutter strips to survive. It’s the best paying gig for a young woman with little education and puts a roof over her child’s head and food on the table. Working toward a better life for her son, she has no time or energy for love.

A tough criminal businessman.
Jonah Wyatt is ready to make a big change, moving away from his successful pot growing business into a legitimate enterprise. He’s all business all the time and has no interest in finding love he doubts even exists.

Could love be more unexpected?
Their first interaction has all the romance of a business transaction, but from that rough beginning, Rianna and Jonah tentatively reach out to one another. As their barriers dissolve, the awakening of new love is threatened by family drama.

This is book three in a series but may easily be read as a stand alone.

REVIEW
I love reading books about brothers, and these brothers had the bond only brothers can share. Focusing on the eldest brother Jonah, this story puts two people together who at first seem very unlikely but as their pasts are revealed, they make perfect sense. The connection between the two was nice, and the addition of Rianna's son was sweet. Overall, the story was a sweet romance that most romance readers would enjoy.

RATING
3 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
This book was given to us through NetGalley. Many thanks.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Ultimate Indulgence #REVIEW @NetGalley SAY MY NAME #NewRelease @JulieKenner

Say My Name (Stark International Trilogy #1) by J. Kenner

New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner kicks off a smoking hot, emotionally compelling new trilogy that returns to the world of her beloved Stark novels: Release Me, Claim Me, and Complete Me. Say My Name features Jackson Steele, a strong-willed man who goes after what he wants, and Sylvia Brooks, a disciplined woman who’s hard to get—and exactly who Jackson needs.

I never let anyone get too close—but he’s the only man who’s ever made me feel alive.

Meeting Jackson Steele was a shock to my senses. Confident and commanding, he could take charge of any room . . . or any woman. And Jackson wanted me. The mere sight of him took my breath away, and his touch made me break all my rules.  

Our bond was immediate, our passion untamed. I wanted to surrender completely to his kiss, but I couldn’t risk his knowing the truth about my past. Yet Jackson carried secrets too, and in our desire we found our escape, pushing our boundaries as far as they could go.

Learning to trust is never easy. In my mind, I knew I should run. But in my heart, I never felt a fire this strong—and it could either save me or scorch me forever.

Say My Name is intended for mature audiences.

REVIEW
What a gift! More books surrounding Stark International! And despite this book not being focused on Damien (oh, sigh), it is smoking hot. Jackson Steele matches Damien's mysterious aura and rivals him in the sexy department. The surprise is Sylvia, Damien's assistant who sat quietly in the background in previous books but jumps from the pages as her story is revealed. Sylvia is an intriguing, complex woman and a perfect match for Jackson. They burn up the pages with their feisty relationship filled with passion that both pulls them apart and closer together.

Kenner does it again, proving herself an author who can bring the heat. So I say, keep the books coming... I'll be waiting...

RATING
5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
This book was given to us through NetGalley. Many thanks.
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