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July 2, 2015

Shelley @GizmosReviews Liked It: The Body in the Woods by @AprilHenryBooks #YALit #Mystery @HenryHolt & Co.

Series: Point Last Seen 1
Format: E-Book | 263 pages
Release Date: June 17, 2014
Publisher: Henry Holt and CO. (BYR)
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery

Alexis, Nick, and Ruby have very different backgrounds: Alexis has spent her life covering for her mom's mental illness, Nick's bravado hides his fear of not being good enough, and Ruby just wants to pursue her eccentric interests in a world that doesn't understand her. When the three teens join Portland County Sheriff's Search and Rescue, they are teamed up to search for a autistic man lost in the woods. What they find instead is a dead body. In a friendship that will be forged in danger, fear and courage, the three team up to find the girl's killer--before he can strike one of their own.

This first book in April Henry's Point Last Seen YA mystery series.

The Body in the Woods is full of riveting suspense, putting readers right in the middle of harrowing rescues and crime scene investigations.

July 1, 2015

Loved It: Commandedby @Stacey_Kennedy #erotica #kink @readloveswept #giveaway

Series: Club Sin 6
Format: eGalley
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Publisher: Loveswept
Source: Publisher
Genre: Romantica | BDSM

Club Sin comes alive once again in this decadent new romance from USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy, perfect for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey.

A dedicated cop, Sawyer Quinn blows off steam by immersing himself in his role as a Master at the hottest club in Las Vegas. But when Sawyer goes after the perp who brutally beat his sister, he teams up with Chloe Nash, a sexy private investigator who awakens a sweet new need: to keep her to himself, away from the dungeon of Club Sin. Chloe is beautiful, smart, and too innocent for the BDSM lifestyle. Sawyer’s never wanted a woman like this before. Is her love worth swearing off the one thing that keeps him sane?

There’s something different about Sawyer: a commanding strength that pulls Chloe into a vortex of heady desire. But when she learns about his double life as a Dom, she’s shocked—and afraid she could never complete him. Then he saves her life, and just like that, Chloe knows she will be able to give him anything he desires. She is his—wherever and however he wants to take her.

Hi there! I am currently blogging while on vacation so forgive the funky format of my posts this week. This is what happens when one is unprepared. 

COMMANDED totally surprised me! I thought I got the series formula figured out by now, but Stacey Kennedy really made this installment stand out from the rest. And that's a good thing IMO because at 6 books in, series followers want something different to keep the interest moving.

What I love most about this series aside from its short length and easy pace, is none of the romantic pair-ups feel convenient. For example, Chloe and Sawyer have known each other so there's a slow burn feel to their romance.  

Sawyer mixed business with pleasure
when he asked Chloe to help him find his sister's boyfriend who beat her up. The
investigation wasn't suspenseful, it got heated in the end, which gave COMMANDED a bit of a thrill. 

The real focus, of course, is the romantic development between these two. It goes without saying that these two gave Summer a run for its money in terms of heat index! Whew! Multiple O's, superhero endurance, extreme creativity, you name it, Club Sin 6 got it! You should also know that even if COMMANDED is part of a BDSM erotic series, it's not heavy on kink at all. It's very vanilla for the most part, and I'll stop there because I don't want to ruin the surprise.

There's some cheesiness in the end.
I could honestly do without it, but it's still a good HEA so it's all good. Overall COMMANDED is another solid installment. SKennedy outdid herself with this one and I can't wait to see what she has in store for us next.

“Mom, Dad, this is Chloe Nash.” Sawyer turned to Chloe, who was standing behind him in the hospital room. “Chloe, these are my parents, Beth and Roger Quinn.”
Chloe offered her hand to his father. “I’m sorry to meet under these circumstances, Mr. Quinn.”
His father shook her hand, arching a curious brow at Sawyer.
Sawyer smiled in return, as his parents were well aware that he hadnt had a girlfriend for more years than he wanted to count. He explained, Chloe is a private investigator who works for a good friend of mine, Porter Marshall. Shes offered to help us locate Travis.
Oh, wonderful. Please call me Roger. His father shook Chloes hand more firmly now, enclosing her hand in both of his. We appreciate any help we can get. His concerned eyes swept toward Sawyers mother, who sat in the chair next to her sleeping daughter. Im worried for Ashlyn, with Travis still out there. The dark circles beneath his eyes confirmed his concern. It was clear that neither of Sawyers parents had slept much since Ashlyns attack, and Sawyer figured itd stay that way until they caught Travis.
Ash wakes up every couple of hours, said his mother. But shes pretty out of it when she does. She ran her fingers through her curly hair. Do the police have any leads?
Im afraid not, Sawyer answered, noticing how his moms body sagged against the bed with disappointment. Have either of you eaten anything today?
His father shook his head. We havent wanted to leave her.
Why dont you go to the cafeteria? Chloe interjected, her voice soft. We can stay with Ashlyn while you get something to eat. The coffee is terrible, but its better than nothing.
Sawyers heart warmed as he saw the sincere compassion in Chloes eyes. Christ, she was a beautiful woman. Her long chocolate-brown hair flowed over her shoulders, and her striking blue eyes reminded him of the ocean in Mexico. So clear. So pure. So honest. Her body, lush and full of curves, was perfect for his hands.
What he found more beautiful was her sweet concern for his parents and sister. When he first met her, his attraction had been a sexual one. For a month now shed haunted him. How sweet would she taste? How pink would her cheeks become with pleasure? How would she sound when she moaned in ecstasy? But he hadnt counted on the way his heart tripped around her.
Smart. Strong. Caring. Beautiful. She had that something the others didn’t. Which interested him, and soon became something he couldn’t ignore.
Chloe was, in fact, unlike any other woman he’d met. Too pure. Too innocent. Not in the BDSM lifestyle. Somehow knowing that made her all the more special. Deep down in his gut, he knew he hadn’t asked her to help him find Travis only because it would comfort Ashlyn. He had asked her also because of Sawyer’s curiosity over her. He wanted to discover why this little woman had captivated his mind for a damn month.
Snapping back into the moment, he turned his attention to his father. Chloes rightyou could use some food. He placed a hand on his fathers shoulder. Well stay here until you come back.
His father nodded at Sawyer before taking his wifes hand and helping her up from the chair. Come on, Beth. A little break will give us strength. We have to take care of ourselves so we can take care of Ashlyn.
Youre right, she agreed, if a bit reluctantly. It came as no surprise to Sawyer that his mom went straight to Chloe and wrapped her in a tight hug. I dont know you, dear. But if youre helping us, that makes you a friend. I cannot thank you enough.
A slight smile curved Chloes lips as she returned the hug. No thanks required. Anyone who hurts a woman needs to be put behind bars.
I couldnt agree with you more, said his mother. She released Chloe, took her husbands hand again, and added to Sawyer, We wont be long.
Sawyer waited until his parents left the room before arching a brow at Chloe. You see why finding Travis is so important?
Chloe nodded. They look beside themselves. She approached the bed where his baby sister lay. A flurry of emotions passed over her face. How old is Ashlyn?
A soft curse issued from her mouth. Shes so young to have to deal with something like this. You will get her counseling once shes healed, right?
I hadnt thought about it. Sawyer went around to the other side of the bed, taking the seat where his mother had been. But its a good idea. Ill look into it once Travis is behind bars.
Good. Chloes chin lifted. Shell need it.
Sawyer hesitated, listening to his instincts. Do you have experience with abuse?
Not personally. Her strong glance swept to Sawyer. But in high school one of my friends got beaten up pretty bad by her boyfriend. Her parents tried to hush up the whole thingthey were embarrassed, I guess.
Another thing he liked about Chloe was the strength and confidence she emanated when she spoke. What happened to the girl?
She killed herself.
Sawyer looked at Ashlyn, resolving that such a thing would not happen to his sister. He’d make sure no one would ever blame the victim. “I would never allow Ash to go down such a dark path.”
“That’s good.” Chloe smiled softly at him. “She’s lucky to have you.”

Something in her smile stole his damn breath. He couldnt pinpoint why Chloe had gotten to him on such an intense sexual level. Her mere presenceeven her scentwas a trigger for him. On a very deep level, he seemed attuned to her.

Stacey Kennedy is the USA Today bestselling author of the Club Sin series. Growing up, Stacey’s mind wandered the path less traveled, and that path most often led to love. She has always broken rules and she continues to feed off emotion—always staying true to her heart. Those traits are now the bones of her stories. She lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, who puts any of the heroes in her books to shame, and their two young children. If she’s not on Mom duty or plugging away at a new story, you’ll find Stacey camping in the summer, hibernating in the winter, and obsessing over Penny Dreadful, Game of Thrones, and Sons of Anarchy.

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June 30, 2015

Suped Up! Hell or High Water by Julie Ann Walker + Giveaway

Series: Deep Six 1
Format: Paperback
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Source: Publisher
Genre: Romantic Suspense

In a world on the brink...

Six men. One sunken Spanish galleon. Millions in gold and silver coins lying on the ocean floor. And a past that refuses to let the guys of Deep Six Salvage forget the Navy SEAL motto: the only easy day was yesterday...

There's more than one kind of treasure...

The nation's security has always been CIA agent Olivia Mortier's top priority. But a mission-gone-wrong has begun to make her wonder if there's more to life than risking hers.

And more than one secret at the bottom of the sea...

Only two things could make Leo Anderson abandon his hunt for the legendary lost ship, La Santa Christina, and return to the world of weapons and warfare he swore to leave behind: a capsule of enriched uranium, lost on the ocean floor, and a plea for assistance from the one woman he can't seem to forget

Hi guys! Mixing blogging with pleasure here. Still on vacation so I'm writing this in bed via my phone so I'll be brief.

HELL OR HIGH WATER is book 1 of Julie Ann Walker's new romantic suspense series, Deep Six. And it is HILARIOUS! And sexy, packed with all sorts of action, led by an amazing cast of former Navy SEALS. I swooned, drooled, and fell instantly in love with Leo and his band of misfits. 

I've met this crew briefly in Way of the Warrior anthology a while back and knew that the Deep Six guys will be giving JAWalker's Black Knights Inc. boys a run for their money. JAWalker's humor on this one is spot-on, the jokes are LOL-funny, and the cammaraderie between Leo and his team is very endearing. These former SEALS are now in Florida searching for a lost treasure. So there's a  series arc in the works here that's very appealing to me. 

Anyway, in HELL OR HIGH WATER, the team is recruited by Olivia Mortier, CIA agent and Leo's girl, to retrieve some weapons from some ISIS terrorists. The mission read like a movie! It helped that I'm currently in Florida so I could easily imagine this novel happening as if it's right in front of me. The romance is fantastic too. It wasn't corny and no token sex scenes just for the sake of having one. Everything about HELL OR HIGH WATER flowed perfectly for me.

And with a colorful cast of characters, there's no dump of intros as well. Each Deep Six member is distinct and memorable. I am looking forward to the next story, (hopefully) Bran's. This dude made me laugh the most and it seems he's met his match in Maddy, a Texas pil heiress whom they've saved from being hostaged by the terrorists.

THERE'S A GIVEAWAY AND A LOT OF OTHER FUN STUFF! I'll update my post when I get back, here's the rafflecopter link for now. The prize is Julie Ann Walker's romantic suspense bundle. Good luck!

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