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Review: Try, Take, Trust by Ella Frank

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Author: Ella Frank

Books: Try, Take, Trust

tl;dr recommendation: Explosive and all consuming – Try, Take and Trust are on my all time favorites list!

Book Summaries:

TRY

Try – verb: to make an attempt or effort to do something or in this case…someone.

Sex. Logan Mitchell loves it, and ever since he realized his raw sexual appeal at a young age, he has had no problem using it to his advantage. Men and women alike fall into his bed—after all, Logan is not one to discriminate. He lives by one motto—if something interests you, why not just take a chance and try?

And he wants to try Tate Morrison.

Just coming out of a four-year marriage with an ex-wife from hell, a relationship is the last thing on Tate’s mind. He’s starting fresh and trying to get back on his feet with a new job at an upscale bar in downtown Chicago.

The only problem is, Tate has caught the unwavering and unwelcome attention of Mr. Logan Mitchell – a regular at the bar and a man who always gets what he wants.

Night after night Tate fends off the persistent advances of the undeniably charismatic man, but after an explosive moment in the bar, all bets are off as he finds his body stirring with a different desire than his mind.

As arrogance, stubbornness and sexual tension sizzles between the two, it threatens to change the very course of their lives.

Logan doesn’t do relationships. Tate doesn’t do men. But what would happen if they both just gave in and…tried?

TAKE

TAKE – verb: to reach for and hold in one’s hands or get into one’s possession, power or control.

Logan Mitchell is a man who’s always been more than happy to take what he wants. It’s a philosophy that’s proven lucrative in both his business and personal life, and never was it more apparent than the night he laid eyes on Tate Morrison. After pulling out all the stops and convincing the sexy bartender to give him a try—he’s hooked.
Now, Logan finds himself in a predicament that demands more from him than a smart-ass answer and his innate ability to walk away when things get too deep.
He has a choice to make, and it’ll force him to do something he’s never done before—take a chance.

Tate Morrison knows all about taking a chance. He took the biggest one of his life the night he showed up at Logan’s apartment to explore his unexpected reaction to the man.
Ever since then, he’s thought about little else.
At first he was convinced his attraction was based solely on his body’s curiosity. But the more time he spends with the silver-tongued lawyer, the more Tate realizes that their physical chemistry is only the beginning.
He’s starting to catch a glimpse of what life with Logan would be like, and it’s one full of excitement and satisfaction—a far cry from what he had in the past with his soon to be ex-wife.

Each man will face their fears as they begin to understand the true meaning of give and take. Their feelings for one another will be tested, as will their very beliefs. But now that they’ve found love where they least expected it, will they be brave enough to reach out and take it?

TRUST

TRUST – verb: to believe in the reliability, truth, or strength of another.

Up until now, Logan Mitchell has never had much of a reason to trust anyone.
Having struggled with a self-identity crisis throughout college, he’s spent the years since then creating a sophisticated facade to present to the world.
It’s an armor he thought was impenetrable—until he met Tate Morrison.
The gorgeous, headstrong bartender he’d sat across from only months ago has taken a tight hold of his heart, and Logan is discovering that it’s time to let go.
It’s time to let someone inside.

After years of placing his dreams on hold for his family, Tate has finally chosen to do what makes him happy and follow his heart.
The one thing he never would’ve imagined was that it would lead him into the arms of a man—and not just any man—the striking, never-takes-no-for-an-answer Logan Mitchell.
Tate has fallen hard, and as his world is turned on its axis and they move forward together, he finds his life becoming more entwined with the confident, successful lawyer.

Even though neither man expected the other, it’s time to trust in their relationship—but not everything comes so easily…

Longer Review:

THIS SERIES IS EVERYTHING. Really. If you’ve never read male/male before, then you need to meet Logan and Tate. They are everything I wanted in a male/male series – and frankly, they’re everything I wanted in a series.

You may think that you know what’s going to happen, but you don’t. I was pleasantly surprised with how Tate reacted to his newfound feelings for Logan and more than excited to see Logan’s determined nature push Tate (but never force). These two have so much chemistry the kindle practically bubbled over.

There’s also an insane amount of sex. I mean, they seriously can’t sleep that much they fuck so frequently BUT I’M NOT COMPLAINING. The buckles get undone and the cocks come out to play often, but their emotions actually do get the most traction. Frank does a fantastic job of making you feel what they’re feeling. You begin to hope, you get crushed, you rise *ahem* to the occasion along with the characters.

Did this really need to be three books? Probably not. But did I really care? NOPE. I was locked into the world of Logan and Tate and never wanted to leave. This is one of those series that will stay with you long after you read it. They are hands down now one of my favorite couples ever.

Get your lube out and prepared for Logan and Tate to give you a new experience you’ll never forget. Explosive and all consuming – Try, Take and Trust are on my all time favorites list!

Blog Tour & Review: Tattooed Scars by Alicia Rae

The second book in Alicia Rae’s Tattooed series, TATTOOED SCARS, releases on Tuesday, December 8th!

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About TATTOOED SCARS

Raelyn Jennings knows one thing for certain. She loves Damien Heathman with every fiber of her being. A life without him wouldn’t be one worth living.

Damien has never loved a single soul—until Raelyn. She heals the pain that has tainted the deepest part of his heart. She is his everything, his single reason for breathing. Damien’s relentless determination refuses to let anyone or anything stand in his way of being with her.

But soon, Damien’s and Raelyn’s pasts begin to collide with their future in ways they never thought possible, testing their undying love for one another.

Damien’s dark secrets from the scars hidden beneath his tattoos threaten to reveal themselves while Raelyn is faced with impossible decisions that need to be made.

Can Damien convince Raelyn to take a risk in hopes of securing the longevity of their future? Or will Raelyn choose the safe path that also comes with a limit?

There isn’t any time to waste, for the clock never stops ticking.

TATTOOED SCARS releases December 8th – add it to Goodreads here!

 REVIEW

This is book two in a three book series, so don’t get all upset when you realize there is another book to go. Of course, this book really doesn’t end in a cliffhanger. It’s an ending that leaves you wanting more – but it’s not a cliffy that will make you want to throw yourself over the edge.

We pick back up with Damien and Raelyn where we know that Raelyn’s tumor may be back but we don’t know what she’s going to do about it. And, uhhh, truth be told, she doesn’t either for a good part of this book. Which was both suspenseful and infuriating.

Oh sweet sweet Damien. His unwavering support of Raelyn holds up this book on its legs, walking it forward and carrying it at its hardest moments. His fierce strength and stubborn determination made me fall for him again and again. *swoon*

Damien may not have known was love was before Raelyn, but he’s certainly making up for it now. He is all alpha male, but so fricking sweet that you’ll want to tackle hug him. And well…Raeyln does that too. The sexy scenes are plenty sexy. I’m pretty sure Damien would walk around with Raelyn permanently attached to his dick if he could. And I was totally ok with that.

Angsty, emotional and passionate, Tattooed Scars left a lasting impression. NEED BOOK THREE NOW! 4 stars!

[I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review]

Did you miss the first book, TATTOOED EMOTIONS? You’re in luck! TATTOOED EMOTIONS is on sale now for just .99c for a very limited time only – find out more below!

tattooedemotionsAbout TATTOOED EMOTIONS

Raelyn Jennings has survived the unthinkable. She’s been given a second chance to live, to breathe, to feel. Her ability to overcome such a traumatic hurdle has created armor around her heart. But beyond her shield is fear, a consuming deep one, of the unknown. Raelyn vows to herself that she’ll solely focus on the one constant in her life, her career as the CEO for a prestigious accounting firm.

Damien Heathman’s unrelenting determination has made him a powerful, respected man. He’s sexy and confident and utterly breathtaking. His dominance and strength is evident in every purposeful stride, every meaningful look, and every soft caress.
Raelyn has worked with Damien’s company, Heathman Enterprises, for many years, but they’ve never crossed paths—until now.

Damien’s presence fills a room. He steals Raelyn’s breath and sparks her broken heart back to life. Once Damien sets eyes on Raelyn, there is no turning back. He wants her, and he’ll stop at nothing to have her. Not even the dark secrets hidden behind his tattoos will stand in his way.

The chemistry is undeniable. The passion is palpable.

Can Damien convince Raelyn that he is worth the risk? Or will Raelyn allow her past to control her future, feeling the chance of another heartache is too great to bear?

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About Alicia Rae

Alicia Rae is a Contemporary Romance Author who lives in Dekalb, Illinois, with her husband and three beautiful boys. Alicia has a passion for reading all types of romance, writing to bring a story to life, and wedding photography.

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Review: Reclaim Me by Ann Marie Walker & Amy Rogers

Authors: Ann Marie Walker & Amy Rogers

Book: Reclaim Me (Chasing Fire #3)

Other Books in Series:

Remind Me (Chasing Fire #1) – my review is here
Release Me (Chasing Fire #2) – my review is here

tl;dr recommendation: Reclaim Me has all the feels, suspense and heat you’ve come to expect from these authors. 5 Stars!

Book Summary:

As the heart-pounding Chasing Fire trilogy concludes, a dangerous entanglement leaves Hudson and Allie wondering how much they’re willing to risk for the love they can’t live without…

There’s almost nothing Alessandra Sinclair wouldn’t do for Hudson Chase. He was her first love, and she’s determined that he’ll be her last. But when the terrible truth Hudson has been hiding comes to light, Allie finds herself caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse with a man from her past who’s determined to use what he knows to ruin Hudson. Now, the only way to save the man she loves may be to lose him forever…

Hudson has always known that the secrets he keeps could be his downfall, but he never expected them to put Allie’s life in danger as well. It’s time for him to come clean—before everything he’s ever wanted is destroyed…

Longer Review:

Unbelievably romantic and undeniably sexy, Walker & Rogers finished this series with flourish. I didn’t know if I could love Hudson more, but yet there I was, swooning and trying to climb my way inside my kindle.

We pick back up with Allie as she’s frantically trying to make covert moves to protect Hudson from Julian. Hudson, being the awesome man that he is, isn’t fooled. I have never been so thankful for their close connection than in the beginning of this book. I’m trying not to be spoilery, but my heart was jumping out of my chest and I was chewing on a nail while I prayed that the secrets would come to light. Just breathe. It’ll be ok. PROMISE.

The sex is, once again, outstanding. I am now a complete and utter believer in office sex. Sign me the fuck up. But what I love about this series is that while the sex is plentiful (and so freaking hot) this series is about so much more. Hudson’s deep growls, thoughtful planning, and panty-melting smile had my knees weak and my heart swelling.  If you’re looking for a romantic book – you need this series.

Reclaim Me is romance at its finest.

While the focus is always on Hudson – ok, my focus is always on Hudson – let’s not forget about Allie. She is one headstrong heroine and I loved her. She takes control, doesn’t fall into a haze of idiocy and runs that company flawlessly. A million cheers for Allie!

As the danger ratchets higher and higher, and the stakes couldn’t be greater, Allie & Hudson’s love shines the brightest. There are so many incredible moments in this story that you need to experience. From the searing kisses to the holding of hands, every touch, every glance, and every moment between Allie & Hudson is magic. This series swept me away.

Reclaim Me has all the feels, suspense and heat you’ve come to expect from these authors. I want to hug these books so hard. LOVED!

[I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review]

Review: Under My Skin by J. Kenner

Author: J. Kenner

Book: Under My Skin (Stark International Trilogy #3)

Other books in series:

Say My Name (Stark International Trilogy #1) – review here
On My Knees (Stark International Trilogy #2) – review here

tl;dr recommendation: Basically, I’m full on #fangirling. Five Stars.

Book Summary:

Jackson Steele and Sylvia Brooks are back in the powerful finale of a provocative, sizzling-hot new erotic trilogy set in the world of J. Kenner’s beloved Stark novels: Release Me, Claim Me, and Complete Me.

He’s the only man I’ve ever loved, and the one man I can’t bear to lose.

Jackson Steele is my light in this world. Charismatic, bold, and always in control, he knows what he wants and how to get it—and absolutely nothing stands in his way. His hold on me is magnetic, his claim on me complete, his kiss my ultimate escape.

We both harbor dark secrets that could tear our lives apart. Though we’ve tried to bury our pasts, there are certain people who won’t let us forget. But the closer danger comes, the brighter the fire between us burns—our ecstasy consuming and soothing us both.

There’s no telling what lies ahead, but I know that Jackson never gives in without a fight. I’d do anything he wants to keep him safe, give him anything he needs. And now that we’re in deep, nothing can make me run.

Under My Skin is intended for mature audiences.

Longer Review:

I LOVE I LOVE I LOVE I LOVE!!!!! gush. flail. squeal. cheer. I’m doing all of those things. Basically, I’m full on #fangirling.

J. Kenner mixes a hot alpha man with a murder accusation, sabotage and sex so hot you’ll fall to your knees. The relationship angst is light (thank fuck) but there’s plenty of other drama to pull your interest. And throughout it all a thread of heat sizzles just underneath every.single.scene.

Jackson Steele is back and hotter than ever. We catch back up with Sylvia and Jackson after learning that the Hollywood producer we all really really hate is dead and Jackson is the main suspect. Suddenly Jackson and Sylvia are barraged with lawyers and PR people and the media circus commences.  Their private lives are no longer their own and every move is splashed across the front page of every gossip mag. Sylvia tries to deal with it, but struggles. Jackson tries to ignore it, but fails. Yet, when the two of them work together as a team – they realize that they just might be able to conquer anything.

Sylvia is awesome (for the most part) in this book. She hasn’t forgotten her promise to Jackson – the promise where he can use her as he needs to – and use her he does. PHEW! Sylvia grows so much in this series, and this book solidified my love for her. She uses what she previously believed to be weakness as a catalyst to propel her forward and stand on her own two feet. GO SYLVIA.

The Stark series is one of my all time favorites and I am so loving the continuation of this series. The brotherly bromance between Jackson and Damien was icing on the goddamn cake. They. Were. Adorable. In Under My Skin, Kenner leaves you feeling sated and completely satisfied – giving you the steamy scenes she’s known for with a slight undertone of submission. oh yes please, SIR.

ICYMI, I fucking love this series. This is a #MustRead.

[I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review]

Blog Tour and Review: On My Knees by J. Kenner

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The next part in Jackson and Sylvia’s story is available now – grab ON MY KNEES by J. Kenner today to get your hands on more of Jackson Steele!

onmykneesAbout ON MY KNEES

Jackson Steele and Sylvia Brooks continue to thrill in the second novel of a scintillating, emotionally charged new trilogy that returns to the world of J. Kenner’s beloved Stark novels:Release Me, Claim Me, and Complete Me.

I never thought I’d lose control, but his desire took me right to the edge.

Powerful, ambitious, and devastatingly sexy, Jackson Steele was unlike any other man I’d ever known. He went after what he wanted with his whole mind, body, and soul—and I was the woman in his sights. One touch and I surrendered, one night together and I was undone.

Jackson and I had secrets, dark pieces of our pasts that threatened to swallow us both. We couldn’t outrun our demons, or the people trying to tear us apart. But in our passion we found salvation, and in each other’s arms we found release.

I was scared to trust Jackson fully, to finally let go. Yet no matter the dangers that lay ahead, I knew I was his—and now that we’ve laid claim, there’s no more holding back.

On My Knees is intended for mature audiences.

Read the first chapter of ON MY KNEES here!

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Find out more about the first book, SAY MY NAME: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes | Google Play

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REVIEW:

The second in the Jackson Steele trilogy, Kenner once again grabs a hold of your thoughts and shakes the feels out of you. Secrets abound. Truths are exposed. Vulnerabilities are laid bare. Lots and lots of hot tie-me-up sex is had. Basically, I’m floating in an ocean of Jackson Steele paradise.

Do I care that this cliffhanger and storyline is slightly reminiscent of Damien and Nikki’s story? no. nope. all the no.
But you might, so I thought I’d let you know that I’ve been tinged with waves of nostalgia and doused with a bit of de ja vu while reading this.

SINCE I DON’T CARE, I will tell you that I’m just about as in love with Jackson as I am with Damien. These are two brothers I wouldn’t fuck with (or wait, yes I would). Jackson pulls you to his side immediately. While he’s keeping secrets from Sylvia [AND ME], you also know that he is totally in love with Sylvia and willing to do anything to protect her. This type of steadfast loyalty had me dropping to my knees screaming ‘yes, sir’ faster than you can say ‘good girl’. Jackson knows that he’s been provided the precious gift of Sylvia’s submission, and he doesn’t intend to abuse it.

Of course, he does fuck up. But hey – equal opportunity over here – Sylvia’s not a ball of perfection herself. She’s forced to examine her own demons that are creeping up from her past. She’s a bit more giving with her secrets than Jackson, but she’s not exactly rushing to open up old wounds and split herself open while sharing her darkest memories. While the two of them endeavor to hide the darkest parts of themselves – for self preservation, I believe, more than anything else – the world doesn’t wish for that to happen and it all comes spilling out into the light.

I love that Jackson and Sylvia are stronger together than they are apart. J. Kenner writes a love story that, while not without internal strife, has you pulling for the characters to take on the world together. Jackson and Sylvia are a perfect balance to the other: Jackson seeks to control and Sylvia seeks to choose to give up control. These scenes are filled with sensual promise and teasing in ways that I haven’t read before – it’s hot, intimate, and a little kinky. YES, PLEASE. Their sexual appetite is extremely healthy, and I was more than happy to sit back and let them explore all of the aspects of their newfound relationship. Carry on.

Damien and Nikki are all over this story [I fangirled in the privacy of my own home] and you meet new characters – some of whom I’m pretty sure have shady things in the works. This second in the trilogy keeps you on the edge of pleasure and captures your interest with the threat of exposure. I’m already counting down the moments until book 3 is released!

I give this ALL THE STARS.

[I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review]

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EXCERPT

“I need you to tell me, baby. How should I touch you to get you there? Tell me what you want. Tell me what turns you on.”

My cheeks burn, which is ridiculous considering how open I am to him at this moment. But I can’t help it.

“Tell me,” he says, stepping closer. “Or have none of it.”
My eyes cut to him. “Cruel, Mr. Steele?”
“I can be. Or I can be very, very kind.” As he speaks, he moves his fingertip over my body. Literally over it, by about two inches. So that while I can imagine his touch, I do not get to experience it. Even so, it seems to me like he is leaving a trail of heat in his wake.

All that does, though, is drive home how much I will be missing if he doesn’t touch me for real.

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About J. Kenner

Julie Kenner (aka J. Kenner and J.K. Beck) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over forty novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.

Praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations,” J.K. writes a range of stories including super sexy romances, paranormal romance, chick lit suspense and paranormal mommy lit. Her foray into the latter, Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom by Julie Kenner, is in development as a feature film with 1492 Pictures.

Her most recent trilogy of erotic romances, The Stark Trilogy (as J. Kenner), reached as high as #2 on the New York Times list and is published in over twenty countries.

J.K. lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and several cats.

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