Wednesday, August 31, 2016

New Review! Little Temptations by Madison Street, 4 Cranky Stars

Little Temptations (Second Chances, #3)Little Temptations by Madison Street
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

****Warning: This book contains strong sexual content, violence, and foul language. Intended for ages 18 and over.*****

In this corner, tall, tatted, with uncontrolled anger and a lady killing smile we have Taylor Monroe....

In that corner, short, sassy and sexy as sin, with the means to bring any man to his knees we have Alejandra "Harley" Rodriguez....

Harley is a lawyer who works with Taylor's best friend Rob. She's tough and strong willed always going by the book until she crashes into Taylor.

Taylor is a rising star in the MMA world. He doesn't do relationships, using women for a night or and hour works well for him until Harley.

This book is full of suspense and action. I loved how even the supporting characters shone through without overcrowding the story. The author did a great job of keeping the flow going and holding my attention. There were some grammatical errors that did pull my attention away but not enough to get a low rating.

I recommend this book to anyone looking for a highly intense action packed sexy as sin book.

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New Review! In this Life by Christine Brae, 5 Cranky Stars

In This LifeIn This Life by Christine Brae
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

***** 5 Cranky Stars *****

I have to be honest, at the beginning of this book I was worried that I wouldn't be able to finish it. There was so much going on and so many different people. Oh and the details that I thought were so over the top that they seemed like filler. Boy was I wrong. I'm so glad that I stuck it out because every last detail came to light as to why it mattered, why it was added to this beautifully written novel.

Anna comes off a bit spoiled and whiney at first but her struggles are real and heartbreaking. With her faithful best friend, Dante, at her side she can tackle any obstacle.

Jude Greyson isn't your typical ladies man. He promised his heart and soul to a higher power and never wavered until he meets Anna. His Blue with the fiery red hair and the most beautiful soul he's ever met.

Through choices and struggles, loss and love, anger and laughter they always seem to gravitate back to each other. Is it fate, or a much higher power pulling the strings?

I'm absolutely floored by Christina Brae's writing in this book. I truly believe this was a story that needed to be told. She writes of real struggles and feelings. My emotions were all over the place. When I first started reading this book I almost gave up. To me it felt like there was just too much. Too much fluff and filler but that wasn't the case at all. Every last detail that I thought of as insignificant actually came to light by the end of the story. Every detail had a purpose as did every action.

I truly loved this book and highly recommend it along with a box of tissues.

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New Review! Not the Hot Chick by N. Raines, 4 Cranky Stars

Not The Hot Chick: A BBW New Adult Serial RomanceNot The Hot Chick: A BBW New Adult Serial Romance by N. Raines
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

**** 4 Cranky Stars ****

Layla Messner is not the "hot chick". She's the quiet and shy one. She's the cute and curvy one, the good friend and Wwngman. Layla has self esteem issues which hold her back from getting what she wants.

Cameron is a bartender with a sexy ass and muscular body. He's the true definition of hot. He is part owner at The Shamrock bar and good at his job.

On a whim Layla goes with her neighbor, Jessi, to the Shamrock only to discover that she's the wing-woman for her. When the hookup Jessi wants doesn't happen, Cam and Layla carry a sick and mean drunk Jessi home. Layla and Cam hook up and sparks fly.

This story was hard for me because Layla's self esteem is so low and Cam talks himself out of anything more with her because of her appearance. Layla does get better as does Cam.

All in all it was a good book. The writer did a great job of grabbing my attention and making me like and hate certain characters.

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New Review! Phase by Michelle Irwin, 5 Cranky Stars

Phase (Phoebe Reede: The Untold Story, #1)Phase by Michelle Irwin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

***** 5 Cranky Stars *****

I highly recommend that you read the Declan series first to get the full effect of Phase.

Speed, Sexy, Soulful, Sensual and Sensitive. So many "S" words come to mind when thinking of this book. Phoebe is all grown up and struggling with so many different issues. Racing cars is her passion and she just discovered the freedom her motorcycle gives her.

She's constantly compared to her daddy, the great Declan Reede racing superstar. Her eyes, driving style, attitude and looks are just like her daddy too. The problem is that she's questioning who she is beyond her daddy's legacy.

At 17 years old, Phoebe is a true talent on and off the track. She rebels like any teenager would trying to find who she really is and how she fits in this world. On a mission with her BFF Angel they head to the states. What started out as a fun trip of self discovery, quickly turns into her discovering more than the sites she visits.

Beau is a cowboy with a heart of gold. He has ingrained morals and values that will make any woman swoon. There's only one thing that could make him weak and that's the turquoise eyed beauty he bumped into by chance.

This is a coming of age story that rivals all others I've read. Michelle Irwin is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. The way she puts real emotions into her stories makes them addicting. I will warn you that the ending will leave you begging for more. This Cranky reader highly recommends this.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016


New from J.B. Hartnett!

Watching the Sky Cry is an beautifully written,
emotional story releasing Fall 2016!

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Ten years is a long time when you’re thirty-two. We’d seen our share of ups and downs, but I could honestly say, they were mostly up. That’s the thing about happiness though. It lulls you into a false sense of security.

Neither one of us ever thought we’d ever be touched by crippling loss or immeasurable grief. But not all stories have a happy ending, and I knew, better than anyone, that sometimes, one of you won’t make it till the end. One of you has to go first. And one of you will be left behind to pick up the pieces.

That one is me.

But starting over isn’t what I thought it would be. I need escape from the memories that plague me, remind me. So I went back to where it all began. To the town where I was born. To the place whose beauty could pierce my pain. Where I experienced my first kiss, where I fell in love, where a man was my earth. And I…

I was his sky.

About the Author:

Julie is a southern California native, a fan of a really good story (preferably a romance with a happily ever after), really good pie (preferably pumpkin)and copious amounts of coffee (preferably Folgers).

She has always enjoyed writing and at one time thought she might be a singer/songwriter. The 'writer' part is that one that stuck.

Julie is obsessed with Pi...the equation and the food. She's allergic to cats, cantaloupe and hates mushrooms. So if you ever want to give her a gift, those are out for sure.

She currently lives with her romance hero husband and two boys in Melbourne, Australia.

Monday, August 29, 2016

New Review and Release Boost! Blind by Xavier Neal, 4 Cranky Stars

Release Boost

Aside from being blind to the fact his best friend, Maxx Hughes, is madly in love with him, Logan 'Unbreakable' Kellar has it made. He's the best amateur fighter at TKO, has a buffet line of women desperate to be taken by him, and three friends that are his family. However, when Maxx crosses over from Logan's blind spot on the side lines to the dead center of his vision, he realizes that he can't stay blind to the fact this girl, is the girl.

Blind (Senses #1)Blind by Xavier Neal
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

**** 4 Cranky Stars ****

Blind is the perfect title to this book. The drop dead sexy as sin fighter in one corner and the devastatingly beautiful and curvy book nerd in the other. The only problem is that even when the bell rings they're both to blind to fight for each other.

Maxx has lived as a shell of her true self. She's the ultimate book nerd. Even her t-shirts say so. Her dream is to be an events coordinator, oh and to be loved back by Logan of course.

Logan is an underground fighter. He's "Unbreakable" in the ring yet totally broken. He's loved Maxx for years. She's his best friend and roommate. Only one problem, Logan doesn't do relationships.

This is a cute and quirky story of unrequited love. I loved the subtext of what was going on in their heads. Of course, it never quite matched what they said which made for some great comedy. All of the characters in this story have experienced tragedy yet they all deal with it in different ways.

I look forward to reading the next book as this one definitely leaves you hanging.

Xavier Neal is an author that this reader intends to stalk without remorse.

Blear (A Senses Series Companion Novel)

Release Date: September 3rd, 2016

Aside from convincing his three year old daughter the importance of eating vegetables and his older son the necessity of space in relationships, retired MMA world champ, Logan "Unbreakable" Kellar, has one important goal in life right now, and that's making sure his pregnant wife knows how much he loves her. However, when their family vacation takes several unexpected turns, unforeseen decisions will have to be made. Will Logan be able to take the sucker punches life throws or will everything he knows as family become just a blear?

Xavier Neal is an up and coming Author and Blogger. She lives in Texas where she spends her time getting lost in writing and reading. She loves Tex-mex, fandoms, and laughing. Feel free to spend her a message any time!


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