Review: What I Love About You

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WhatILoveAboutYou mm c What I Love About You by Rachel Gibson

3 out of 5 Licks

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Gibson returns to Truly, Idaho, and to the fate of sexy SEAL Blake Junger


Ex-high school cheerleader Natalie Cooper could once shake her pom-poms with the best of them. But she’s paid for all that popularity—her husband’s run off with what’s left of their money and a twenty-year-old bimbo named Tiffany. Leaving Natalie to manage a photo store and having to see some pictures she, well, really shouldn’t.


Then she comes toe-to-manly chest with Blake Junger. Exiled to a remote cabin in Truly, Idaho, Blake wants nothing to do with anyone. Instead, he’s determined to struggle with his demons and win—all on his own. But the last thing he needs is Natalie distracting him with her luscious curves and breaking down the barriers of his heart.

Can be read as a standalone. Returns to Truly, ID and is about the second Junger twin, Blake Junger.

While What I Love About You is the third in the series you can read as a standalone.  I haven’t read the other books in the series and I didn’t feel like I missed anything.  This was my first Rachel Gibson book and overall I enjoyed it.  Blake is a jerk, but he is honest about.  He shows his jerkiness immediately and never really tried to hide it with Natalie.  Natalie had a rough go of it with her ex husband and his family for that matter and she chooses to stay pretty quiet in order to avoid any further drama for her or her daughter.  She comes across as a bit of a push over at times, but eventually finds the strength to give some push back.  There were a few lulls in the story where it was easy for me to get distracted, but I was pulled back each time.  I’ve watched some family members battle alcoholism so at times this was hard for me to read.  in the end I’m happy with the way the author handled it.  It wasn’t blown over or treated with some easy fix.  

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Review: Assume The Positions

Assume-the-Positions-mockup9 Assume The Positions by Mari Carr

5 out of 5 Licks

When Rachel’s friend dares her to participate in a cougar affair, Rachel is tempted, yet terrified. To control her growing angst, she makes a list of eligible men then…Nothing. It’s been too long and her divorce was too painful. She’ll never be able to do this.

Ethan, one of Rachel’s physical therapy patients, is annoyed when he learns of the challenge. Not because he finds it silly, but because he’s not on Rachel’s list! So he does what any self-assured young stud would do. The luscious police officer gives her a copy of the Kama Sutra then asks her to make a new list.

It’s time for Rachel to assume the positions. With him.

I really enjoyed this sweet yet dirty story from Mari Carr.  It’s part of a series that I haven’t read but that doesn’t take anything away from this book.  I just wasn’t familiar with her friends but knowing them isn’t necessary to enjoy this one.  While there is a fair amount of sex in this short tale it still manages to show the connection between Rachel and Ethan.  I found myself smiling almost the whole time I was reading.  This one just left me with that overall happy feeling that I get sometimes after finishing a book.  A great read that will heat you up a make you grin!

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Guest Author: Crystal Jordan

Today the most darling Crystal Jordan has stopped by to talk about her Destination: Desire series.

The theme of my Destination: Desire series is travel. Getting out and seeing parts of the world you’ve never seen. Meeting new people. Making friends and maybe falling in love with a special person you met abroad.

So when it comes to romance, what city in the world makes the top of my list? It’s a little cliché, but I have to go with Paris. My boyfriend and I spent a week there last summer, and it was my very first trip to Europe. The flight was long and exhausting, my guy and I were tired and grumpy, the metro from the airport wasn’t working, and my three years of college French classes proved to be entirely useless unless I was saying, “merci” or “excusez-moi.

Now, maybe that doesn’t sound romantic at all, but after we’d slept off some of the jetlag, we went downstairs to the breakfast room in our hotel, which looked out over a charming little courtyard, and had the most amazing baguettes and cheese and ham and dates and coffee (hot chocolate for me). We sat and chatted and planned our day.

First was the Eiffel Tower, then a metro ride to the Arc de Triomphe. We walked from there all the way down the Champs Elysees to the Louvre. We made a quick stop at the Place de la Concorde (where I posed for pictures in front of the Maritime Fountain).


What we didn’t know was that France was having a holiday that day, so the city was packed. And I mean packed. To the point that we couldn’t go up the Eiffel Tower or get into the Louvre. So I have photos from the outside, but that’s about it.


Again, where’s the romance? I think romance can come with overcoming difficulties as a couple, sticking together, knowing you have someone you can rely on in a completely foreign (and thus slightly scary) situation.

There was also romance in walking along the Seine River holding hands, checking out the street art people were selling, perusing the mobile book shops. Romance was stumbling into the noon mass at Notre Dame, not being Catholic and not speaking a word of Latin, but sitting there anyway with my head resting on his shoulder. Romance was giggling inappropriately at the same weird modern art pieces at the Centre Pompidou. A personal favorite was three plain white canvases in a row. We turned to each other at the same time and I said, “The first one is in the wrong place. It should be last.” He replied, “No, no. Clearly the middle one is upside down.”


So, for me, the romance was in the mundane. It was just experiencing everything together and having a fantastic time, no matter what went according to plan or not. If I hadn’t already loved him madly, I would have by the end of that trip.

We’ll always have Paris.

So, where would you go or have you gone on your most romantic vacation ever?


Karen Patton’s life is falling apart. She signed divorce papers, quit her job, and moved back to her hometown into an apartment that couldn’t feel less like home. With two weeks of free time before she starts work at the Half Moon Bay Public Library, she’s crawling the walls, trying desperately not to miss the man who chose his career over her.

When an old college friend invites her to Italy for an impromptu wedding, she jumps at the chance to focus on something other than her own misery.

Tate Patton is doing his best to ignore the divorce papers that just landed on his desk. A rational, reasonable man would sign and be done with it. Instead, he seizes upon a wedding invitation to do something completely impetuous—ignore the papers and fly to Rome.

When they lay eyes on each other, the sparks fly as hot as the first time they met. Maybe the more mature versions of themselves can fix what’s broken. Their love is too strong not to try…

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While studying abroad for a year in Rome, Karen Hudson meets the man of her dreams. Tate Patton is everything she’s ever wanted—tall, smart, handsome, ambitious. Unfortunately, their year is coming to an end, and he’s dragging her along to spend their last week in a rented villa on the Amalfi Coast…with his parents.

Just what she was hoping for—to meet the family right before she gets dumped.

Tate can’t imagine his life without Karen in it. But his parents are a lot to take, and he wants to make sure she knows what she’s getting into when he asks her to marry him. Being a Patton is a responsibility, and he has huge shoes to fill, but he knows he can do it with Karen by his side.

Now he just has to convince her that their love wasn’t a temporary fantasy, but something strong enough to survive the real world.

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Crystal Jordan began writing romance after she finished graduate school and needed something to fill the hours that used to be eaten away by coursework. She spent far too many years in school and now has degrees in History and Library Science…but swears that both of them help enormously with her writing and research.

Her family sprawls from Texas to Illinois and from California to the United Kingdom. She has three brothers, several rather adorable nieces and nephews, an indispensable best friend codenamed the Mad Madam M, and her very own hero, the Professor Moriarty (who codenamed himself after Sherlock Holmes’s arch-nemesis. Who wouldn’t love a man who loves a good villain?). She credits a funny conversation with her quirky grandmother for giving her the push to start writing in the first place (and she’s sure Grams is still grinning down from heaven over instigating the naughty novel career).

Never one to stay in one place very long, Crystal has lived and worked all over the United States. Currently, she serves as a librarian at a university in the California Bay Area.

In 2006, Crystal sold the first story she ever finished to the e-publisher, Cobblestone Press. Since then, she’s sold contemporary, paranormal, futuristic, and erotic romance to Samhain Publishing, Harlequin Spice Briefs, The Wild Rose Press, and Ellora’s Cave.

Then, the day before the 2007 RWA National Conference, she got The Call to be a part of Kensington Aphrodisia’s Sexy Beast anthology. After a whirlwind month, she had an agent and an additional two-book deal with Kensington.

And she lived happily ever after.

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Review: Deceived

deceived-cover-large-200x300 Deceived by Stella Barcelona

4 out of 5 Licks

Their destinies have been set in motion by their ancestors.

Taylor Marlowe Bartholomew carries three of the most notable names in New Orleans society. She hoped to forge her own path in the world as an Assistant District Attorney, but that dream is dying as obligations pull her into the family shipbuilding business. In Taylor’s final days in the DA’s office, she receives a murder assignment that could unravel her perception of reality.

Ghosts of the past shadow every step they take.

Brandon Morrissey is haunted by demons that force him to keep his life simple and detached. He pours all of his energy into his thriving legal practice, until, overnight, he becomes the single father of an infant. For the sake of his son’s future, Brandon searches for a killer and faces the truth about his family’s unfortunate past.

Together they have to find the truth…before it’s too late.

Someone is willing to kill to use the past for their own ends. Thrust together, Brandon and Taylor have different views of their families’ intersecting histories. As they confront a sea of uncertainty, one thing is sure…no one is safe until they discover where the truth lies.

I love changing up my regular reading schedule.  I don’t read a ton of romantic suspense but I love a good mystery!  Deceived was awesome!  I had a hunch about who the bad guy was and ultimately I was right but Stella did a great job keeping me on edge the whole time.  I loved history thrown into it too, it adds another layer to the book.  I’m a big nerd and loved school but history didn’t generally keep me interested very long.  Apparently all you had to do was throw in some mystery and sex and I’m all in!  lol  Sex was not the main focus of the book but it is thrown in there a few times.  Brandon and Taylor weren’t always the easiest pair to like but I couldn’t help but I couldn’t help but want to see them overcome the past and be together.  The book feel like it happens over a long time span but it is really only a few days.  I really enjoyed Stella’s writing and I’m looking forward to more.  I hope the next in the series comes soon and I’ve got my fingers crossed for a happy ending for Andi!

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Review: Game On

Game On Game On by Cat Johnson

3 out of 5 Licks

In the game for love, only the winners walk away with their hearts intact…

Trent O’Shea is a superstar athlete on the football field, but for one week each year he escapes into anonymity at an exclusive resort in the Florida Keys that caters to the rich and famous. Armed with a fake identity, he’s happy to sit by the pool and do nothing except enjoy some breathtaking scenery—and maybe ask her if she needs help putting sunscreen on her back.

Laurel Burnett never met a bad boy she couldn’t catch. Cheating spouses. Deadbeat dads. Scammers. Once the determined PI sets her sights on them they all fall, and the next alleged perpetrator in her crosshairs is none other than the San Francisco Outlaws’ Trent O’Shea. The super-sexy linebacker who Laurel’s client hired her to track will be her biggest trophy yet. She’ll do anything to bring him down, even follow him to a resort paradise and use herself as bait.

But things aren’t always as they appear and Trent and Laurel both learn that sometimes even perfectly planned plays can go wrong when love and lust are involved. Then it’s game on!

A stand-alone contemporary “mistaken identity” romance featuring a rich, alpha hero athlete who also happens to be a Texas cowboy, and the private investigator heroine determined to catch him.

AUTHOR’S NOTE: GAME ON is a stand-alone story. You do not need to have read Bella Andre’s Game For Love to understand or enjoy mine.

Let’s start by talking about Kindle Worlds and the connection between Game On and Bella Andre’s Game For Love series.  In a nut shell Kindle Worlds is allowing authors to play in the world of another author.  As long as they follow the guidelines set forth an author can write books based in another authors (only authors who are part of Kindle Worlds) world and use their character names.  I have not read Bella Andre’s Game For Love series and it didn’t cause me to miss out on anything in this book.  I gather that Trent is one of the team mates from the GFL series.

Ok now on to Game On.  This one was just so so for me.  The ending felt very abrupt.  I’m the type that really wants a HEA (happy ever after).  I can accept a HFN (happy for now) occasionally too but this didn’t have that kind of vibe to it.  And I know Laurel had to check out her client’s accusations but it was pretty apparent from the start that it wasn’t Trent she should be looking for.  Her client seemed pretty stupid.  lol  There was definitely chemistry between Trent and Laurel, but not a lot of time for it to grow since she did lie to him and he kicked her out.  I’d be interested in seeing where these characters go, but I don’t know if Cat plans more for this one or not.                  

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Review: Night With A Seal

Night With A Seal Night With A Seal by Cat Johnson

3 out of 5 Licks

Hot Seals Book 1

They’ve got your six…

Ten years of dedication to the Navy taught SEAL Jon Rudnick one thing—he’s not afraid to risk life and limb for his country. But when navigating military red tape begins to present more challenges than the enemy it makes Jon question his future. So does Alison Cressly, the woman he can’t get out of his head.

When Ali’s life is threatened and military rules won’t allow him to intervene, Jon decides it’s time to take back control.

A team of sexy SEALs, a terrorist threat, and an attraction that can’t be denied . . . it all comes together in this launch of the new Hot SEALs romantic suspense series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author Cat Johnson.

Another sexy one from Cat Johnson.  Not much better than getting to read about a bunch of sexy Navy SEALs. This is a quick read that is bound to get you worked up.  I was impressed that for a book this short we got a good amount of character development.  Jon and Ali don’t really talk much or learn that much about each other but you feel a real connection between the two of them.  The end is a bit abrupt but we do get a HFN for them.  I am really looking forward to seeing what comes next in this series.  It’s going to be fun following these men while they build a new future for themselves.       

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Review: The Sinner’s Club

thesinnersclub The Sinner’s Club by Kate Pearce

4 out of 5 Licks

It’s known as the Sinners Club…a private gentlemen’s club whose members have mysterious pasts and secret fantasies too hot to reveal…

Total Pleasure

Unsure of his reception, Jack Lennox adopts the guise of his own secretary upon returning to his ancestral home to claim his father’s earldom. When he arrives, he’s stunned to discover the previous earl’s lovely young widow, a woman of beguiling curves and sensual smiles, warming the bed…

Absolute Surrender

Mary Lennox is determined to remain in Pinchbeck Hall and a mere secretary isn’t going to tell her otherwise. But Jack Smith is a man of many talents and soon she’s succumbing to his erotic games of pleasure. Only Mary may have underestimated the intensity of her wanton longings and the depths of Jack’s dark desires…

Note: This book is about Jack Lennox who you met first in SIMPLY SCANDALOUS.

Kate Pearce is one dirty woman!!  And again Kate pulls me into her historical web.  It took me longer to read this one but that’s pretty par to the course with me and historicals.  There is plenty of deceit and dirty, dirty sex within the pages of this one.  Jack puts both Mary and Simon (yeah I said Simon-there is another man involved in this one) in some pretty kinky positions.  The ending feels a bit abrupt but we do see some resolution.  I’m looking forward to more in this series and hopefully more about these characters.  

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Review: Dare to Surrender

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3 out of 5 Licks

Part of Invitation to Eden Other Invitation to Eden Releases

Dare to Love Series # 3

After ending a relationship to a cheating, domineering man, Isabelle Masters takes off in her leased Mercedes, only to be arrested for grand theft and hauled to a local police station. To her surprise, she is rescued by the most unlikely person possible, Gabriel Dare, a man she’s been attracted to for far too long. Gabe offers Isabelle freedom along with an invitation to Eden, an exclusive island resort where everything and anything is possible. Although Gabe yearns to possess Isabelle, he knows all too well he must fight his primitive need to bind her to him, and instead help bring out the independent woman she yearns to become – or risk losing her for good. A woman who needs to run her own life. A man who needs to exert control. Can she surrender to his erotic demands without losing her sense of self once more?


Book 3 in the Dare to Love series starts with an arrest rather than a bang.  When Gabe happens to show up at the station and sees Isabelle he sees an opportunity to have what he’s been wanting and he’s going to take it.  This one is classified as an NA and it’s in first person.  I’m not necessarily the biggest fan of NA so that plays into my feelings for this book.  I’m not a big fan of self-created drama and NA just seems to be full of it.  I liked the Eden aspect of this one.  I haven’t read many of the books in the Eden series yet but the island definitely sounds like an awesome place to visit.  I like a strong heroine and Isabelle starts off pretty weak.  She does get her backbone though and winds up walking out on Gabe so she can find it.  Rich, dominant men have become a bit of a staple in books lately.  Gabe is pretty typical and fits into all the stereotypes.  The addition of Eden is what added enough whimsy to keep this one from being a run of the mill dominating romance.  I’m looking forward to the next book in the series. 

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Review: Getting Dirty

Gettin Dirty Getting Dirty by Erin Nicholas

5 out of 5 Licks

Sapphire Falls, Book 3

Travis Bennett is exactly the kind of guy Lauren Davis has been avoiding for the past nine years. Religiously. Stubbornly. Successfully. She knows too well how easy it is to let lust ruin perfectly laid plans. And a small town farmer with no ambitions beyond the borders of his own cornfield is not going to change her mind. She’s got important stuff to do. Her company is literally working to stop world hunger. Her plans are much bigger than Sapphire Falls. No matter how hot those farmers might be.

The problem is—Lauren is falling in love. With Sapphire Falls. To kick her sudden desire to buy a welcome mat and start baking pies, she asks Travis to help her get over her crush. She wants him to show her what life in the small town is really like behind all the sweetness and sunshine and remind her that there’s no place for French manicures and Gucci heels on the farm.

Travis has everything he wants or needs—a quiet, simple life in his hometown, a successful farm and his friends and family all around. A hoity-toity city chick who looks down on everything from the local coffee to his favorite music is the last girl he wants sticking around. So he agrees to her crazy plan. He can definitely show her the less-than-glitzy, rough-around-the-edges side of Sapphire Falls. In fact, things just might get downright dirty.

You know that happy feeling you get when you finish a good book?  That is exactly how I feel every single time I finish an Erin Nicholas book.  That happy feeling is immediately followed by a very strong desire for more.  lol  There are plenty of other feels I get while reading Erin’s books but the overwhelming feeling is sheer happiness.  Erin will rip my heart out and tear it to pieces only to wind up putting it back together again in the end.  I am always excited to read a new book from her because I have no doubts I will be sucked into an amazing story.  Getting Dirty is no different.  There were several moments when my husband gave me odd looks because I was laughing so hard while reading this book.  The lust between Travis and Lauren is through the roof.  No one could deny these two were going to burn up the sheets once they finally made it to a bed and they did in a big way!  I was thrilled to find out there are more planned for this series.  I can’t wait to read more about Sapphire Falls!

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Brought To His Knees

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Brought to His Knees

Available for a Limited Time for $0.99! Don’t miss out on this AMAZING Boxed-Set from some of your favorite erotic authors. That’s 11 stories…in one book…from sweet to sizzling and everywhere in between!!!

The Alpha male. Strong. In control. Letting no one and nothing rule him…until he meets the one, and all bets are off. The world tilts, the bed rocks, and suddenly that tough guy finds himself Brought to His Knees—in more ways than one.

This collection of ten hot to erotic novellas and one short erotic novel will take you on journeys of lust, love, and adventure, leave you breathless and quite possibly in need of a cold shower.

Enter with anticipation. Finish satisfied…

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Beneath the Pages

Jennifer Kacey


One wicked night with her did nothing but whet his appetite. Now he’ll settle for nothing less than her complete submission.


Acacia owns and runs Fame, one of the hottest celebrity magazines in the country. She survives on convincing the rich and famous to reveal things they would normally do anything to keep hidden. She lives, eats and breathes the magazine. Day in and day out. She has no life, nothing to keep in the dark. Nothing but the night she gave herself over to the one man she never should have wanted.

Radigan, the most sought after actor in Hollywood, wants her again, and won’t take no for an answer. He had her for one night. Several hours of the best sex of his entire life, but she was gone the next morning before the sun had fully risen. His attempts to contact her have gone unanswered. Everything he’s tried so far has been a miserable failure. But he finally knows what to do to slip beneath the pages of her heart.

This time he’s playing for keeps and the exclusive rights to her body, heart and soul.

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Jennifer Kacey is a wife, mother, and business owner living with her family in Texas. She sings in the shower, plays piano in her dreams, and has to have a different color of nail polish every week. The best advice she’s ever been given? Find the real you and never settle for anything less.

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