Audio Review: Dare to Desire

DareToDesire Dare To Desire by Carly Phillips

3.5 out of 5 Licks

Quarterback Alex Dare, had it all — an all-star football career with the Tampa Breakers and his choice of willing women — until a severe injury forces him into early retirement. When he is offered a ground-breaking position with a rival team, he’s intrigued, but there’s a catch. He’ll be working alongside the same woman he hasn’t been able to get out of his head for too long.

Social worker Madison Evans grew up in foster homes and knows first hand what it means to have-not. She isn’t impressed by Alex Dare’s wealth or charm. Not since she fell hard for him once before, only to discover she was just one of his too-easy conquests. This time around Madison refuses to succumb to Alex so easily.

But Alex wants Madison. And if there is one thing Alex does well, it’s to get what he wants. The playboy athlete must prove he’s got game in more places than on the field. He means to prove that he’s a changed man but no sooner does he begin to break through Madison’s defenses when a new opportunity comes knocking and threatens her new-found trust. Can he make Madison take a risk and dare to love?

I am so loving the fact that I got this series for review!  Alex is a pretty big douche bag at first.  He’s a star quarterback and living the lifestyle of a partying bachelor.  That all ends when he is injured during a game and has to give up football.  Madison knows he is no good for her, but that doesn’t stop her from wanting him.  Now they are working together and fighting the attraction becomes harder and harder.  I was really interested in the program they were trying to build.  I found myself thinking about Ian and Riley a lot throughout this one as well.  They pop up a few times and I enjoyed the look back.  Overall I enjoyed the story and I was pulled in enough to want a happy ending for these two.  I am looking forward to more in the series.  I have a hard core addiction to series books and there are a lot of family members that need a story in this one!

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Desired Blast and Contest


DESIRED: Club Sin (Book Three)

Written by Stacey Kennedy

Published by Loveswept

July 22, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-553-39118-3


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Readers of Fifty Shades of Grey are sure to love Desired, USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy’s latest seductive, electrifying novel of Club Sin, where fantasy becomes reality.


Kyler Morgan, Master at the legendary Club Sin in Las Vegas, knows how to give women what they want—too well. He hasn’t had a real challenge in a long time. Then Ella Snow enters his life. Beautiful, inhibited, and innocent in the ways of submission and domination, Ella is the new blood he’s been lusting after. Soon, the thrill of training her to embrace his world brings forth desires Kyler cannot control.


After ending an abusive relationship, Ella makes a promise to herself to start living life to the fullest. It’s one of the reasons she seeks out Club Sin. Here, Kyler’s every touch is a lesson in liberation, stirring passions that have no bounds. But as she falls under Kyler’s command, Ella discovers that some secrets are so dark they must come to light. Submission alone may not be enough to save her, leaving her Master with only one question: How can he help Ella heal while unlocking the deep pleasures she craves?



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Stacey Kennedy is an urban fantasy lover at heart, but she also enjoys losing herself in dark and sensual worlds. She lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, who gave her a happily-ever-after. Together, they have two small children who can always make her smile, and who will never be allowed to read Mommy’s books. If she’s not plugging away at a new story, you’ll find her camping, curling up with the latest flick, or obsessing over Sons of Anarchy and Game of Thrones.


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Review and Giveaway: Getting Worked Up

GettingWorkedUp Getting Worked Up by Erin Nicholas

5 out of 5 Licks

Sapphire Falls, Book 2

Phoebe Sherwood is in love with the perfect man. Well, except for the fact that he’s in love with someone else. But Phoebe isn’t the type to let a little detail like that keep her from getting what she wants. And as she’s plotting how to get him back, she meets the perfect solution—Joe Spencer. The city boy is in town to retrieve his sort-of fiancé—the woman who stole Phoebe’s man— and when he hears Phoebe’s plan to reclaim their respective soul mates, he’s in

Bright and sparkly. That’s Joe’s first impression of Phoebe. He’s always been attracted to sparkly things—like neon casino signs, sequined evening gowns and Porsches. In fact, his affinity for those things, and the trouble they can cause, are exactly why he’s determined to change his habits and settle down.

But if he’s going to win his girl back, he’s going to need to learn a new way of life. Country line dancing, guzzling homemade moonshine and getting rid of his custom-made suits are what it takes to fit into Sapphire Falls… and he’s got some work to do.

But Phoebe is the perfect coach.

And everything will be just fine… as long as they can keep their hands off of each other and remember which hearts they are trying to win over.

I really, really liked this book.  I loved that both Phoebe and Joe’s initial plan was to win the heart of someone else and they wound up falling for each other.  Don’t get me wrong, you can see it coming from a mile away, but it was so much fun watching them realize it.  lol  The title for this one is perfect because I found myself getting all worked up while reading it!  Phoebe and Joe were perfect for each other.  She balanced him so well and the chemistry between the two raged like an inferno.  Erin Nicolas has a way of writing that just sucks me in and won’t let go.  I wanted nothing more than to see Phoebe and Joe together forever.  I recommend starting this one when you don’t have to worry about work the next day.  I refused to stop reading this book once I started.  I can’t wait for more from this series!  I’ve only seen three covers so far but I really hope Erin writes more.  I have such a hard time letting go of her characters!

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GIVEAWAY: To further prove how awesome Erin is she gave me permission to give 2 winners their choice of an ecopy of either Getting Out of Hand or Getting Worked Up! To enter to win comment below and tell me do you have a favorite romance trope? Do you love friends to lovers, ex lovers reuniting, secret babies, or another trope? Tell me below and I’ll pick two winners later this week. :)



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Review: Getting Out of Hand

GettingOutOfHand Getting Out of Hand by Erin Nicholas

4 out of 5 Licks

Sapphire Falls, Book 1

Sapphire Falls has few good memories for Mason Riley. So what’s he doing in the middle of the annual town Festival/class reunion eleven years after leaving town without a look back?

Letting the most popular girl in town—then and now—kiss up to him.

Mason has come a long way from the nerdy outcast Sapphire Falls remembers. His genius IQ has helped him make a name for himself with everyone from the World Health Organization to the White House. He’s also got the bank account to make the Mayor of Sapphire Falls herself—the girl who broke his heart in high school and the one who now wants him to donate to the town’s big building project—take notice.

He can’t wait to tell her no in person.

Adrianne Scott loves Sapphire Falls. The sleepy little town where her college roommate was elected Mayor has been the perfect place to escape the fast-paced, high stress sales job she had in Chicago. She’s happy, healthy and the new project means her dream candy shop can now become a reality. Everything is good in her quiet life. Until Mason Riley comes home.

Mason sure doesn’t look—or kiss—like a socially awkward geek. In fact, he makes Adrianne’s heart pound like nothing she’s ever experienced. Which means she needs to stay far away from him.

A great plan, until her friends inform her that Mason’s donation to the project is dependent on keeping him away from the Mayor while he’s in town.

Now all Adrianne has to do is keep Mason busy, distracted and feeling good about—and generous toward— his hometown… oh, and avoid falling for the world-saving, nerd-turned-hot-guy in the process.

Another hit from Erin Nicholas.  Not one single time have I been disappointed in a book from Erin.  She does make me cry nearly every time I read one of her books, but in the end I always forgive her because I’m so damn happy with the couples.  I love nerdy characters and Mason is the best kind of nerd.  At one point he even takes notes ON Adrianne’s skin!  It can’t be all rainbows and sunshine though.  Mason and Ad go through a bit of a rough patch but they get back to deliriously happy in the end.  The tell tale sign you know this is an Erin Nicholas book is the use of food during the sexy stuff.  Erin loves finding new and inventive ways to use food in the bedroom, or shower, or kitchen, or back of a limo, or well you get the point.  ;)  Don’t take my word for it, go grab this book now and see for yourself.

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Review: Love Potions

LovePotionsLG Love Potions by Michelle M Pillow

4 out of 5 Licks

A Warlocks MacGregor Novel

Contemporary Scottish Magickal Romance

A little magickal mischief never hurt anyone…

Erik MacGregor, from a clan of ancient Scottish warlocks, isn’t looking for love. After centuries, it’s not even a consideration…until he moves in next door to Lydia Barratt. It’s clear that the shy beauty wants nothing to do with him, but he’s drawn to her nonetheless and determined to win her over.

Lydia Barratt just wants to be left alone to grow flowers and make lotions in her old Victorian house. The last thing she needs is a demanding Scottish man meddling in her private life. Just because he’s gorgeous and totally rocks a kilt doesn’t mean she’s going to fall for his seductive manner.

But Erik won’t give up and just as Lydia let’s her guard down, his sister decides to get involved. Her little love potion prank goes terribly wrong, making Lydia the target of his sudden embarrassingly obsessive behavior. They’ll have to find a way to pull Erik out of the spell fast when it becomes clear that Lydia has more than a lovesick warlock to worry about. Evil lurks within the shadows and it plans to use Lydia, alive or dead, to take out Erik and his clan for good.

If you like fun, paranormal romances….then you should pick this one up!
Now, I have never read this author before, but if all of them a filled with this fun, witty, snarky, dialog…sign me up for more of her books.  So, I was sneaking reading this one at work and there were quite a few times, that I had to stop myself from laughing out loud while reading.  Loved the part where Erik is been whammied with a love potion and he is singing outside of Lydia’s house. 
The book is not all fun and games though, there are some nastys out to get at not only Erik’s power, but someone is obsessed with Lydia.  This story is full of magickal beings; warlocks, witches, ghosts, and shapeshifters and though it has all these things the Author did a great job of blending them all into a cohesive world/story.
I loved the characters from Erik and his sexy, alpha male self to Lydia, who starts out shy and reclusive but comes into her own while dealing with Erik, his family and all the things happening around her.  Erik’s family is fun, they are like a bunch of 10 year old’s living in adult bodies…they are always up to mischief but are right there to help each other out in a crisis.  I am hoping we get to see more of Lydia’s best friend Charlotte, the poor thing gets put through the wringer in this book, so hopefully she will get a HEA.
Great story and I cannot wait until the next in the series!!!
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Contest: Full Exposure


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No touching allowed …

After serving her country, Georgia Trulane craves adventure—and sex. She’s set her sights on her brother’s best friend—now her boss, since she took a temporary job as his nephew’s live-in nanny. Only problem? Eric refuses to touch her. That doesn’t stop Georgia from seducing him. But an earth-shattering encounter leaves her fully exposed, body and soul.

Eric has a long list of reasons to steer clear of the woman he has wanted for as long as he can remember. For one, he refuses to be her next thrill ride. When he claims her, it will be for good. But the attraction is undeniable, and the more they fight it, the stronger it pulls. But will it be enough to conquer their obstacles?

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Review: Full Exposure

FullExposure_300 Full Exposure by Sara Jane Stone

5 out of 5 Licks

No touching allowed …

After serving her country, Georgia Trulane craves adventure-and sex. She’s set her sights on her brother’s best friend-now her boss, since she took a temporary job as his nephew’s live-in nanny. Only problem? Eric refuses to touch her. That doesn’t stop Georgia from seducing him. But an earth-shattering encounter leaves her fully exposed, body and soul.

Eric has a long list of reasons to steer clear of the woman he has wanted for as long as he can remember. For one, he refuses to be her next thrill ride. When he claims her, it will be for good. But the attraction is undeniable, and the more they fight it, the stronger it pulls. But will it be enough to conquer their obstacles?

Sara Jane Stone is a new author to me and she did not disappoint with Full Exposure.  I am a big fan of the best friend in love with a sibling story line.  Eric is such a sweet man.  He’s taken over the care of his nephew, Nate, and is so devoted to him.  The scenes with Nate are so adorable, I fell in love with him myself.  I haven’t read a lot of books where the heroine is former military so it was a refreshing change of pace.  You don’t hear a lot about her deployment but she is clearly still working through it.  Eric is trying to help her out by providing her with a job and a place to live.  It was inevitable that the attraction would finally break the untouchable line between them and when it does it is so hot my iPad overheated.  I am thrilled to have found a new author to add to my list.  The next one in this series is sure to be just as great.  I can’t wait for September!

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Hot Alpha SEALs Military Romance Megaset



Book Title Hot Alpha SEALs Military Romance Megaset

Date Releasing- JULY 22 (on preorder at Amazon now)

Category Contemporary Romance

Sub Categories Romantic Suspense, Military Romance


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The HOT ALPHA SEALs Military Romance Megaset is heating up your summer with the hottest heroes around—a 12-pack of sizzling Navy SEALs!

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THE KISS OF A SEAL by Award-winning Author Anne Elizabeth — Jessa Grainger’s world is rocked by the kiss of a SEAL, SO-1 Link Tyler. It wouldn’t be a problem for an ordinary person, but being a Navy Consultant working on the Amphibious Base as well as being engaged to a SWCC man make the situation very sticky.

NIGHT WITH A SEAL (Hot SEALS #1) by New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Cat Johnson —When navigating military red tape begins to present more challenges than the enemy, it makes SEAL Jon Rudnick question his future. So does Alison Cressly, the one woman he can’t get out of his head.

HOT BAYOU SEAL by Award-winning author Cindy Dees — SEAL Ford Alambeaux is a busted up SEAL on his way out of the teams. Trina Zarkos is being tossed out of SEAL training like every other female candidate…until they’re thrown together on a way off-book mission to see if she can play with the big boys or not.
DELTA: RETRIBUTION by USA Today bestselling author Cristin Harber — Fallen Navy SEAL and Titan Group’s Delta recruit Trace Reeves wants nothing more than a one-night stand to forget that his twin brother was killed-in-action. But when his one-time fling becomes his high value target, the lines blur between her rescue mission and saving himself.


WATCH OVER ME (An Uncharted SEAL story) by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Delilah Devlin — Deke Warrick’s unsanctioned detail is to keep tabs on a congressman’s niece while she vacations in the Caribbean. He’s determined to keep his distance, from the beautiful Nicky Martir—until she’s snatched from their hotel room.

SEAL’S OBSESSION (A Take No Prisoners story) by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Elle James — Mission: Halt pirate activities off the coast of Honduras. SEAL TEAM 10’s Jack Fischer goes undercover as a deck hand on a medical boat where he finds himself falling for the dedicated Dr. Natalie Rhoades.

The SEAL (a Sex, Lies & Spies novella) by USA Today bestselling author Gennita Low — Mari Lords is tasked by her father to steal the seal that is an important clue in a round-the-world treasure hunt called The Game. When her opportunity comes during a party, she finds another kind of SEAL, Angel Marcello.

UNBREAKABLE SEAL by USA Today bestselling author J.M. Madden — Maxwell Tate fights against a psychotic dream world, until he no longer knows what’s real. Lacey Adams knows she can’t save all of her cases, but can she salvage the unbreakable SEAL?

MISTER BLACK A Billionaire SEAL Story, Part 1 (In the Shadows) by Award-winning author P.T. Michelle —He is Black: a deadly enforcer and masterful seducer. I am Red: a justice bleeder and willing participant. When our secrets converge in a passionate encounter, stepping out of the shadows just might be worth the risk.

STONE HARD SEAL by Award-winning author Sabrina York —When Ryder “Stone” Maddox’s meets Lily Wilson—a senator’s daughter who is definitely off-limits—he’s determined to keep his distance, despite her irresistible allure. But Lily has plans of her own…to put his heart of stone to the test.

SEAL’S PROMISE by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sharon Hamilton —Navy SEAL T.J. Talbot, SEAL Team 3’s bad boy, makes a deathbed promise to protect and care for his fallen buddy’s wife and child. The only problem is, she hates him.

BREAKING TIES (a SEAL Team Heartbreakers story) by bestselling author Teresa Reasor — Navy SEAL Oliver Shaker is blindsided when he learns that not only does his wife, Selena, have a life-threatening illness, but she’s also pregnant. Can the SEAL code he follows see them through?


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Audio Review: Dare to Love

Dare To love Dare to Love by Carly Phillips

3.5 out of 5 Licks

Since finding out his father had another family on the side, Ian Dare swore to be the upstanding, responsible man his cheating parent had never been. When it comes to his relatives, he gives his all but in relationships he offers the bare minimum. But one glimpse of sensual Riley Taylor arouses his dominant and protective instincts and Ian is entranced. He will do anything to possess her … and does. But any future with Riley must include him extending an olive branch to the half-brother who is a constant reminder of the pain he’d rather forget.

Independent and always in control, Riley Taylor makes no apologies for choosing men carefully. Relationships have never been a priority and she believes herself hardened to domineering men – until she meets charismatic Ian Dare. He manages to turn a simple kiss into an all out assault on her senses and when he takes control in the bedroom, she’s stunned to discover she likes it. As their affair heats up, they soon realize they complete each other in ways neither imagined. But Riley’s past is closer than she cares to remember, and her struggles with Ian’s dominance might just cost her everything.

Don’t think less of me but this was my first Carly Phillips book and I am so glad I to popped my cherry!  I can also confirm that it will definitely not be my last.  I generally only listen to audio books while I am at work or while commuting to and from work, but I couldn’t stop listening to this one.  Once I started it I couldn’t stop.  I love stories involving large families because that usually means lots more to come in the series and we all know I’m a series whore.  Ian stormed his way into Riley’s life and all but forced her to go on dinner dates with him, but he managed to stay pretty likable throughout that whole process.  Being such a dominant man is was really no surprise that he made an ass of himself a few times and came dangerously close to losing Riley, but it was her insecurities that wound up coming between them.  While in the end I warmed up to Riley she annoyed me there for a bit.  Her past left her just as untrusting as Ian was but she seemed to have a much harder time moving forward.  In the end they of course wind up happy, but it was definitely not a smooth path for the two of them.  I’m excited to read more in this series.  Alex’s story is next but I hope Olivia’s is soon!  I’m dying to hear more about what’s going on with her and Dylan.  

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Review: An Unsuitable Husband

21570691  An Unsuitable Husband by Ros Clarke

4 out of 5 Licks

Theresa Chartley has no time for marriage, and no room for disappointment–especially with French soccer player Emile Renaud. Sure, he’s gorgeous, but he’s wrong for a career woman like Theresa. If only her mother would stop pressuring her to get married and let her live her own life. Finding a very unsuitable husband to shock her parents into silence and put an end to the marriage campaign is the only answer. Emile will do just fine.

Theresa’s outrageous proposal is the answer to Emile’s problem. They’re complete opposites living in different worlds, but a fake marriage will let him ditch his clingy ex once and for all. Then he’ll be free of commitment and free to live his life the way he wants to.

A contract. Twelve months. And they walk away Scott free. But a year of marriage tests them both in unimaginable ways. Maybe Emile isn’t unsuitable after all, but how can Theresa let herself love him when she signed a contract to let him go?

Sexy, French Soccer Star anyone???
Well, let me say…Me! Me! Me!
Maybe I just have not found them, but I say there should be more stories about soccer players, especially ones like Emile in this story.
I liked the premise of the two different people, who seem only to have a connection of convenience.  But what starts two people attracted to each other and need each other for issues in their lives, turns into friendship and eventually love.  Even though they seem total opposites, they are a lot a like.  They are both driven to succeed in their fields, are smart, sexy and really caring people.  I liked that the author showed different sides to the characters and made me really care about what was going to happen to Theresa and Emile.  And holy crap, they are sexy together!
Other things I liked about the story, was the setting; England and a trip to Brazil.  Being from the United States, so many Authors I read are from here and I like the different setting.  I also liked that it was about Football (soccer) and American football, which is so much more widely played around the world that I thought it was a great change from more typical stories, we see here.
This was a great story, funny, smart, super sexy.  I kept me entertained and reading until it was finished.
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