Disliked It: Blush by Cherry Adair

Series: Standalone
Format: Mass Paperback
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Publisher: Gallery Books
Source: Publisher
Genre: Erotic Romance | Romantic Suspense

In the same pulse-pounding style as Maya Banks and Kresley Cole, New York Times bestselling author Cherry Adair delivers a sizzling erotic romance about a sexy billionaire who’s on the run—and the hit-man-turned-handyman who’s supposed to kill her.

Sex with a stranger. Learn to drive. Learn to cook. Learn to pole dance. Sex under the stars. Buy a truck. These are just a few of the things on Amelia Wentworth’s bucket list, but as the CEO and face of a multi-billion-dollar cosmetic empire, she’s never quite found the time to do them.

Until, after a series of accidents, Amelia discovers that someone wants her dead. But who? And why? She has no time for questions as she changes her name to Mia, buys a secluded fixer-upper near the Louisiana bayou where no one will recognize her, and starts checking things off her bucket list like there’s no tomorrow—which there might not be.

Meanwhile, Cruz Barcelona is a hit man who’s promised himself this will be his last job. Then he’ll take the money and move to a warm, sunny place where he doesn’t have to hide anymore. But when Cruz goes undercover to Mia’s ramshackle house, he starts to realize there’s far more to this poor-little-rich-girl than he thought—and he starts to fall for her. Which is going to make his job a whole lot harder…

I’m starting to think that it’s me and not these novels! Seriously! It’s two weeks and my streak isn’t good. Far from it! And it’s my blogiversary month, this isn’t how I envisioned June to look like. Ugh! 
BLUSH is my first Cherry Adair novel and I was excited to pop this cherry. Another incentive is this novel is supposedly a sexy romantic suspense what with the hitman falling in love with his target. I mean that has to be a very sticky situation right? How do you even begin to NOT have a dysfuctional relationship with a person who planned to kill you at one point? So I’m excited to see how Amelia Wentworth and Cruz Barcelona are going to have their HEA. 
I don’t know how Amelia survived and lived to see another day because this lady has a mild (or maybe bad) case of TSTL. Amelia had several assassination attempts made on her life which forced her to go into hiding. What I don’t understand is this: Amelia knows someone’s out to get her and though she’s hiding in a podunk town in Louisiana, she doesn’t have security, no bodyguards, hired people to help her renovate her house with zero background checks. If I escaped poisoning, staged car accidents, and shoot-out, and an elevator falling down, I think I’d be super paranoid and live inside Pentagon or go undergound, like literally. 
How did she meet Cruz? So one night, Amelia hired an escort from the internet to service her. Cruz intercepted this and without asking for any identification or confirmation, she let Cruz inside her house and had him fluck her brains out. Then Cruz managed to finagle a handyman position with not even an ID or any verification on his end, even fake, to convince Amelia that he’s not the assassin! 
There’s more but I’ll stop there. I guess y’all get the picture and sort of understand where my frustration is coming from. In as far as the suspense part this book promised, it already got an F for me at this point. 
As for the romance? As Cruz continues to boink Amelia to exhaustion, he’s still plotting to kill her in the back of his head. To “justify” Cruz’s killer instinct, he only goes after the bad guys. In this case, he thinks Amelia is guilt of child labor in China and deserves to be put down. But as this is a romance, he naturally fell for her. Well it’s hot, pages and pages of sex. I’m not one to shy away from erotic reads, but I want the plot to have substance. When the big reveal happened, after which Cruz managed to redeem himself, everything was just glazed over. Like HELLO! I know this is HEA and all but let’s make it believable at least! I mean how can you act like it was just a simple deception and still be with the guy when (1) he was hired to kill you and got $7.5M for it, and/or (2) the dude killed a LOT of people. It doesn’t matter if they deserved it or not, the one who hired him can out him. Do you realize what it’ll do to your business?! The same business that motivated your enemy to put a hit on you? The same business you were willing to DIE for?! 
I’m sorry to nitpick, I’m just very disappointed that BLUSH isn’t the fantastic read I was expecting it to be. I can deal with an average read, I draw the line on “fantasy”passing itself as contemporary romance. The conflict-resolution broke this camel’s back and I’m sure you can sense how prissy I am as I write this novel. I think I’ll have better luck with CAdair’s PNR novels, at least when something silly comes up, I can always charge it to its paranormal/sci-fi/fantasy qualities.

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Sarez Loved It: Royal Blood by Amity Cross Release Day Blitz and Giveaway

Series: Royal Blood
Format: Arc
Release Date: 8th December 2014
Publisher: Author
Genre: Dark Erotic Romance

A hit gone wrong, an impossible contract, revenge and the ultimate kicker… falling in love.

Mercy Reid is a runner.

She found the perfect place to hide, until it wasn’t.

Xavier “X” Blood always gets what he wants.

He had the perfect arrangement, until it wasn’t.

X is the mysterious tough guy from Royal Blood MC who gets shit done. Cross the Club and you get a visit from X. Only one person walks away at the end of it…and it isn’t you.

Mercy is hiding something. Something big. Looking to get lost, she runs from one hopeless situation right into the clutches of a monster.

When X and Mercy meet, something more electrifying than sparks fly. Something dangerous, passionate and forbidden.

When you deal in death, there’s only one way things can end…

Or is there?

If you like sparkly unicorns and hearts, Royal Blood IS NOT for you. If you like dark twisty anti-heroes and heart stopping roller coasters, Royal Blood IS for you. If you like teddy bears and kittens with whiskers, Royal Blood IS NOT for you. If you like unapologetic alpha males that drip sex and talk dirty, Royal Blood IS for you. You have been warned.

As a fan of Dark and gritty romances I have to admit I loved this book. It was not what I was expecting going in and that was fine but please heed the warning. If you don’t like dark romances this book is not for you. This book is raw, there is no other way to describe it. Amity has gone darker than she has before and the result of that is Mercy and X, two of the rawest characters you may ever meet.

It’s a biker book, but is not predominately a biker book. Mercy is looking to get lost and X is a man that you don’t mess around with, at all, ever, for any reason. He’s cold and calculating and just plain scary. Mercy doesn’t seem to mind, although with what has happened to her in life perhaps she just has no fear anymore.
This was a book that I couldn’t put down. It was a gripping and quite frankly scary read at some points, but so worth it. Although now I am waiting for two books from this author so I hope she gets them done soon. 
Amity seems to be going from strength to strength with her stories, delivering new characters and fresh ideas in genres that I wasn’t sure could deliver me much more. Even if you are not a fan of the dark romance but love a sexy read Amity is an author that I can wholeheartedly recommend, and if your like me and don’t mind taking a walk on the dark side then this is a book for you. Pepper Winters fans will love this book.


X

Sliding out of the booth, I sauntered across the pub and ducked behind the counter. Nobody gave me a second glance. They didn’t know who I was, nobody did, but they knew I wasn’t anybody good. Peering through the window on the door, Mercy had her back turned, wiping at her damp T-shirt. I could step into her from behind and show her how hard I was…but that wasn’t the way this game was going to be played.

Pressing the door open with the flat of my palm, she looked up at me with blue eyes that gave away two things. Her hair wasn’t naturally black and by the way her pupils dilated, she was amped up. I was interested in only one of these observations and by the way my cock began to stir, there was no guessing which one was the money shot.

Mercy glared up at me, trying to cover her surprise at my appearance.

“What the fuck do you want?” she spat, dabbing at her tiny T-shirt with a rag. “You’re not allowed back here. Employees only.”

I stepped closer, not put off by her tone at all. I’d had worse.

“I don’t give a shit,” I said.

She eyed me, her gaze raking from head to cock and back up again.

I quirked an eyebrow, my lip curling in amusement.

“If you want something, just fucking say it,” she said with an exasperated sigh. “I don’t even know who the fuck you are.”

“X.”

“X, what?” she said, putting her hands on her hips. Bitch didn’t miss a trick.

“It’s my name.”

“X as in the letter x?” She rolled her eyes.

“Got a problem?” I asked, inching closer.

“Yeah.” She nodded at me. “You’re in a staff only area. You might be all buddy buddy with Weiss, but I don’t know you from shit.”

“The mouth on you,” I breathed, totally turned on. I knew she had bite in her, but fucking Jesus H Christ. The more she bit, the harder I got. My gaze rested on her tits. Yeah, I was a tits man through and through and hers…

“You think I’m going to let you fuck me?” she scoffed, her bluntness doing nothing but turning me on even more.

My gaze snapped back to hers. “Who said I was going to fuck you?”

She pressed her hips forward, her groin rubbing into mine. “Your cock.”
My hand shot up and grasped the hair at the nape of her neck. With a sharp tug, her head fell to the side, leaving her neck exposed. If I was an asshole, I’d just take her now, but I wasn’t…fuck that. I was an asshole. Asshole was too safe a word to describe the kind of man I was.
“No,” I said, running my gaze down her pale neck and over her tits. “No, I’m not going to fuck you, Mercy.” She gave me a look that screamed ‘offended’ and it only made me grin wider. “Not here. When I fuck you, I’m not going to share your screams with anyone.”
Her entire body shivered and I knew I had her. Next time, she would come to me.
Letting her go, I let her hair run between my fingers and it took her a beat too long to step back and separate our bodies.
Giving her one last appreciative look, I turned on my heel and exited the ‘employee only’ room. I could wait. My cock strained against my jeans in protest, but this was one desire I was playing out and savoring.
I strode across the bar and pushed out the door, rearranging myself.
I could wait.

 

Amity Cross isn’t my real name. That’s no secret.


I didn’t want my Mum and my workplace to find out I wrote about doodles and tongue-in-cheek sexual innuendo.


I live in a leafy suburb of Melbourne writing about screwed up relationships and kick ass female leads that don’t take s**t lying down.


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Sarez say Suped Up: First Debt by Pepper Winters Blog Tour and Giveaway

First Debt (Indebted, #2)Series: Indebted #2

Format: Arc
Release Date: 12th November 2014
Publisher: Author
Source: Arc
Genre: Erotic Romance


“You say I’ll never own you. If I win—you willingly give me that right. You sign not only the debt agreement, but another—one that makes me your master until your last breath is taken. You do that, and I’ll give you this.”
Nila Weaver’s family is indebted. Stolen, taken, and bound not by monsters but by an agreement written over six hundred years ago, she has no way out.

She belongs to Jethro as much as she denies it.

Jethro Hawk’s patience is running out. His inheritance gift tests, challenges, and surprises him—and not in good ways. He hasn’t leashed her but he thinks he might’ve found a way to bind her forever.
Debts are mounting. Payment waiting.




 

 

Well there is so much I wish to say about this book. It was all I could hope for and more but none of this was surprising because of the fact is was written by the one and only Pepper Winters. I make no secret that Pepper is my number one go to author. She is brilliantly gifted and an absolute treasure in the book world. I have been a massive fan since I read Tears of Tess and have bought every single book she has published upon release, and the paperbacks. If you don’t know or have never read one of her books I would say do so now. She is known for her dark romances, so if dark is not your cup of tea it may not be for you but I would also say at least try Tears of Tess. Anyway onto my review.

  This series is a killer. Designed to be a serial but with full length novels, Pepper packs so many twists and turns it’s likely to make your head spin, if not explode. Especially once you get to the end and realise you still don’t know anything even though you thought you did. I absolutely adored the first book in this series and I may post my review from that later on at some point. 

The gist of the story is this. Nila Weaver’s and Jethro Hawk’s families go way back, like hundreds of years back, where something happened between the two families. There was law involved and so the debt was written. Weaver daughters were owed to Hawks for ever. And let me tell you, The Hawk men are not very nice. Actually even that is being kind. they are cruel, heartless and ruthless and they have Nila, just as they had her mother and her grandmother and so on and so forth. I am happy to say that what took place in this book gave me hope for the main characters. The first one I was left wondering how Jethro would redeem himself, not that he completely redeemed himself, but there was enough to allow me a glimmer of hope. Then there are more questions raised as more characters reveal themselves, and more secrets get discovered.

With Pepper’s work, especially this particular book you have to read every word carefully as I quickly discovered.She is a masterful author and has such a gift with words that she can write the most abhorrent scenes and characters and still make it all sound beautiful.You just to have faith while Pepper deconstructs and rebuilds her characters, because I can guarantee you will not like Jethro but there will always be some kind of Happy at the end.  

 


Excerpt #1

A small gasp fell from my lips as his fingers kissed the paper-thin skin. His eyes held me hostage. The golden brown was now a swirling bronze, raging with the same demanding hunger I knew reflected in mine.

“This sort of reminds me of the forest,” I whispered. “The trees around us—no one else.” My words fell like petals, waiting for Jethro to crush them beneath his glossy shoe.

But…he didn’t.

Tracing one hand from my wrist, along the inside of my arm, and right to my throat, he fisted my ponytail. With intensity that stripped my soul to the very essence of who I was, he pulled my head back slowly, sensually, full of sexual power.

His eyes dropped to my mouth. “I’ll let you in on a little secret, Ms. Weaver.”

I panted, my neck straining against his hold, but I made no move to break the poignant awareness.

“You won that night, but I lied when I said it pissed me off.” His mouth dropped, his tongue licked my bottom lip with the barest of grazes.

 

Excerpt #2

My stomach churned with the promise.

I will make him love me.

My conviction wasn’t flimsy or half-hearted.

And then I’ll destroy him.

 

Excerpt #3

And, if I was honest, they’d transformed me into the same kind of creature. Someone who had evolved from a single dimension and now lived with so many avenues of personalities.

I was still the quiet, vertigo-stricken girl from London, but I was also the woman who liked being tormented, who thrived on a fight, and who thirsted for sex.

And that stupefied me.

 

 
 
 
First Debt (Book Two) Indebted Series
“You say I’ll never own you. If I win—you willingly give me that right. You sign not only the debt agreement, but another—one that makes me your master until your last breath is taken. You do that, and I’ll give you this.”
Nila Weaver’s family is indebted. Stolen, taken, and bound not by monsters but by an agreement written over six hundred years ago, she has no way out.
She belongs to Jethro as much as she denies it.
Jethro Hawk’s patience is running out. His inheritance gift tests, challenges, and surprises him—and not in good ways. He hasn’t leashed her but he thinks he might’ve found a way to bind her forever.
Debts are mounting. Payment waiting.
 
 


Pepper Winters wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero, the better, and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex… her books have sex.

She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends.

Her Dark Erotica books include:

Tears of Tess (Monsters in the Dark #1)
Quintessentially Q (Monsters in the Dark #2)

Her Grey Romance books include:

Destroyed

 STALK Pepper:

 

 

GIVEAWAY

Signed Swag Packs (2 Winners)


 
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Sarez Loved It: The Don, Sebastiano by Elle Raven and Aimie Jennison – Blog tour

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Format: ARC
Release Date: November 2nd 2014
Publisher: Author
Genre: Erotic Romance

Power. Greed. Revenge. Submission. 


Sierra Winters never planned on falling for the most powerful man in Sydney. 


One minute, she’s an everyday twenty-eight year old working class office girl the next, she is being blackmailed by Sebastiano Morassi, Sydney’s influential crime family boss, to settle her brother’s debts. 
Sierra knows she should never have gone to him to “save” her brother but she is captivated by him. His monstrous size, his malicious evil glare and more frightening is the scar that marks his left cheek. Never has she never met or seen anyone like him. The more time she spends with this frightening yet captivating man, the harder it becomes to want to escape. 
Sebastiano Morassi is pure danger. So why does she crave him? He can make her tremble with fear and make her hairs stand on end but he also has a sweetness to him that tugs at her heart. Sierra soon finds herself merged into his world full of murder, revenge, and deceit.

Meet Sebastiano, a terrifying mob boss based in Sydney Australia and Sierra, a woman who makes a rash decision to help out her brother, who has never been anywhere close to the underbelly of Sydney, a woman who quickly finds herself becoming a Mafia Princess. This book gave you more than just a love story and some romance. This had a significant dark side that pulled you in and under. Sebastiano is, as the series suggest, a stud. He is a super sexy Italian and he is The Don, and nobody but nobody messes with the Don. This book was gripping and just a little twisted but in a good way. I could have handled it to go much darker, but for many this is probably dark enough. Elle and Aimie have handled this book brilliantly and I love the little bit of Italian scattered among the pages. Very Sexy! So for those who want a tiny bit dark, a little bit of intrigue and the sexy pull of a mob boss then this book belongs on your shelf. I don’t think anyone could be disappointed in this.

Sierra 

Walking back into the church, I found Sebastiano on the steps in front of the altar. He looked agitated and ruthless as I observed him, toying with his rosary beads. His shirt looked like it had been haphazardly ripped open. He didn’t resemble the man I knew; a man who could be harmless, soft and so sweet at times. But deep down, I know he wasn’t. 

His eyes cut into mine as I approached him. And I could see it: the darkness that lay beneath. It only took one look from Sebastiano to make me tremble. Still, those looks of warning didn’t stop the traitorous feelings inside me. Maybe I shouldn’t have gone to him. I should have stayed away from him, but I didn’t want to. The pull was too strong, too urgent. 

I reminded myself that inside this man’s body, his head, lurked a monster I had yet to be introduced to. 


MEET ELLE RAVEN

Elle Raven is a new and upcoming Aussie author who lives in Adelaide, South Australia with her husband and three young children. Elle can usually be found with her iPad or laptop computer permanently glued to her. She began writing from a very young age. In fact Elle used to write plays and musicals when she was in high school. Having such a flamboyant personality she even performed in them herself Always an ‘actress’ and always the star.

Elle loves reading and writing about an alpha-male hero. If she can’t read about one that is alpha enough to suit her she will take it upon herself to write one.

Elle’s books will feature an alpha-male hero who will come tumbling to his knees in lust and love when he finally meets the heroine of his dreams. Rest assured that in an Elle Raven book, the hero will never cheat.

Elle would love to hear from you. Please email her or visit her Facebook page. She loves connecting
with people and having a chat with the readers about her books or any other books you may have in common.

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MEET AIMIE JENNISON

Aimie is a Yorkshire lass living in Western Australia, with her three boisterous boys and her husband. Aimie loves to people watch; it’s her favourite way to come up with new characters and stories. So next time a stranger is staring at you in the street, don’t panic, it could be an author basing a character on you.

Aimie has always loved to read and write. Her favourite place to listen to her characters is at the beach.

Aimie would love to hear from you. She would be happy to receive an email or post on her Facebook page; she loves chatting with likeminded bookworms.

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