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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

ARC Review: Transfer by Aly Martinez

Transfer is the second book in the Retrieval Duet by Aly Martinez. Though Transfer centers around Clare instead of Roman and Elisabeth, this story is one that should be read only after Retrieval has been read. There is so much to this story that these are best read in order for full enjoyment as this book picks up right after the cliffhanger from the first book. That being said, Retrieval is one of my favorite books so far this year, so it is definitely one that I believe is worth the read and you won't be disappointed. 

Clare had thought that the handsome and charismatic stranger she met while working as a waitress was a dream come true, until they got married and everything changed. Her life soon turned into a nightmare, and her only priority became to protect her daughter. But with things unraveling with her life, Clare must soon decide who she can trust and what she is willing to sacrifice to make sure that her daughter remains safe. 

I was excited to get to know Clare and a few of the other characters that were introduced in Retrieval here, and I did like them. I have to admit that I didn't feel as connected to them though, or as invested in their story. While I did see the chemistry between them, and it was clear that their feelings were real, I just didn't feel the same way about them that I did with Roman and Elisabeth. As much as I loved getting several POVs here, including Roman and Elisabeth's, it just felt as though this wasn't really focused on Clare like the first book had focused on Roman and Elisabeth and I think that hurt the way I was able to connect with Clare and her guy here. 

Overall, this was still a really great duet and these books are at the top of what I have read this year. I couldn't put this one down just like the first, because I had to know how everything would play out for Roman, Elisabeth, Clare and the others. I still really loved the characters though, especially Clare's guy, I just wish I had been able to connect with them as much as I had with Roman and Elisabeth. This is one of the best series that I have read from Aly Martinez though, and that is saying something since I have really enjoyed everything I have read from her. If you are a fan of hers, these should definitely be at the top of your TBR list, and if you are new to her this duet is a great place to start. I can't wait to see what Aly Martinez writes next!

**ARC Provided by TRSOR Promotions**

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Guest Post with Author Liz Talley and Giveway

Meet Liz Talley author of Perfectly Charming.

Liz Talley is the author of sassy contemporary romances, including the RITA-nominated The Sweetest September. A finalist for the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award in the Regency romance subgenre, she made her debut in contemporary romance in June 2010 with Vegas Two-Step. She went on to publish fifteen more titles. Her stories are set in the South, where the tea is sweet, the summers are hot, and the men are hotter. She lives in northern Louisiana with her childhood sweetheart, two handsome children, three dogs, and a mean kitty. Readers can visit her at to learn more about her upcoming novels.

Guest Post with Author Sweden Reese and Giveaway

SWEDEN REESE writes sexy books for smart readers from her home in Washington, DC. Before becoming a novelist, she was a public relations executive, an experience that inspires the stories she writes. She lives in the US capital with her mad genius/reformed bad boy/foreign born husband and their thinker/dreamer/adventurer/sweet toddler girl. Reese’s debut novels, The Southern Gentleman Books 1 & 2, kick off the Dominant Heroes Collection, a sexy, glam new romantic suspense series.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

ARC Review: Do you Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare

This is not my first book by Tessa Dare so I jumped head first the minute this book became available to me. I do have to warn people that this book is not for the weak hearted. It was so funny I had to stop reading just so I could belt out a laugh. It came to the point where I had to read it in private so I wouldn’t just start laughing in the middle the public. Just like her previous books, Dare presents a fantastic heroine that is unique and unlike any other I have read before.

Charlotte Highwood is on a mission. She is determined to thwart her mother’s match making ambitions. To cut her off before she gets started to meets her mother’s intended son-in-law and warns him that her mother will undoubtedly try to arrange them to be seen together or spend time together. Piers Brandon, Lord Granville has never met anyone like Charlotte. She is fiercely independent, smart and determined to impede her mother’s meddling. When Charlotte warns him that he might end up engaged to Charlotte, Piers thinks that it might be an answer to his prayers. He could use a decoy wife while he is on special assignment as a spy for the English Crown. Charlotte and Piers are “thrown” together but not for the reasons that they both expect. When in the study a couple goes in for a dalliance, Piers and Charlotte are immediately accused. Piers, the honorable man that he is, accepts his duty and explains to Charlotte that they must marry. Charlotte is not having it. She refuses to be wed to man that does not love her. She will only marry for love and since she is not in love she will not accept anything less. Charlotte decides that she needs to uncover who the secret lovers really are so that she and Piers will be free.

There were so many funny parts to this book that I lost count. Piers and Charlotte were really fun to read about and Dare really kept the pacing of the book good. Charlotte was such a fun heroine. She was always up to something and Piers found her to be fun and exciting. I loved Charlotte and I also loved that Piers was the one that was ready to marry. Usually in all the books the men hold out to the very end. Slowly, Charlotte uncovers the truth behind Piers and she accuses him of not being the boring titled man that everyone suspects. To that, Piers responds that he is the boring titled man that everyone suspects. Needless to say I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read more from Dare! She is a fantastic author. The only little bit stopping me from a five stars was that I would have liked a little more chemistry between Piers and Charlotte. Do you want to start a Scandal? Does not disappoint.

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ARC Review: Jagger by Heather C. Leigh

Jagger is the second book in the Broken Doll series by Heather C. Leigh. If you have not read Junkie yet, you will need to start there as Jagger continues the story from where the cliffhanger at the end of Junkie left off. Also, beware of spoilers below if you have not read Junkie. 

Jagger has worked his way up to the top of the Austin drug world, and is now the Boss that they all fear crossing. But when he met Miri, things began to change and he started picturing a world where they weren't constantly in danger. When Jagger's enemies found out about Miri though, she was taken and now he will do whatever it takes to not only get her back but punish every single one of them that might have hurt her.

I really loved Jagger and Miri in Junkie, and that didn't change here. Their connection and chemistry was real and genuine, and you could tell just how much they had come to care for one another. It did feel as though there was a bit of a disconnect in this book though, because so much of this story was about them separated and what was happening around them. There were some really tough things that they had to go through here, and some readers will have some difficulty getting through this book at times. While I did still feel their connection, I questioned their choices at times, especially Miri's. There were a few times that she really frustrated me, but I still liked these two together. 

My biggest issue here though was that while the story was good, things were predictable. I saw everything coming and had things figured out very early on. While that didn't stop me from enjoying the story overall, it did leave me feeling as though this story was just okay when it had so much promise. I really loved that Jagger wasn't your typical drug king here though, and I do think that these books are worth the read. But I wish that things had been a bit different because this story could have been great rather than just good.

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