Thirsty written by Mia Hopkins

9780525478638Life hasn’t been kind to Salvador “Sal” Rosas, aka “Ghost.” As a gangster, “Ghost” has paid the price for a life on the streets, spending most of his time taking part in criminal activities which rewarded him with five years of imprisonment. Now released from prison, after five years behind bars, Sal longs to retire into a life away from the gang. Given a new opportunity to learn the craft of brewing along with a chance at happiness with the one woman who owns his heart, Vanessa Velasco, Sal is in for the fight of his life.

My thoughts:

Thirsty is the first book in Mia Hopkins Eastside Brewery series. Written in first person point-of-view, Ms. Hopkins, treats her readers to the intimate thoughts of Salvador Rosas. Raw and emotional, I found this novel to be enthralling. When viewed through Sal’s eyes, readers get the unique opportunity to see the epitome of a man. Strong. Tough. Hard. Tender. Anxious. Scared. All facets of Salvador Rosas were stripped bare. 

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The Gunslinger’s Vow written by Amy Sandas

2DA26658-gunslingers_vowAlexandra Brighton is living a lie. Fearing for her life, her father sent her to live in Boston. Dissatisfied with her role as a proper lady, Alexandra yearned to return to her previous lifestyle in Montana. Newly engaged, she cannot commit to marriage without making peace with her past.

Malcolm Kincaid has done quite nicely working alone. For years he’s been hell-bent on finding his brother’s murderer. The last thing he needed was to get saddled with a prissy city woman. After reluctantly agreeing to assist Alexandra on her journey home, Malcolm discovers he may have been wrong about the beauty.

My thoughts:

In my opinion, THE GUNSLINGER’S VOW, is a must read for anyone who enjoys bad-ass heroines. Alexandra Brighton is a woman I’d like to meet. Determined and intelligent, she’s not afraid to get dirty and Malcolm Kincaid is the epitome of the strong silent type. 

I will admit, that I found the middle of this book to drag a bit. However, author, Amy Sandas rectified that during the last quarter of the book. I could hardly put it down, it was so hot. Full of passion and drama, I couldn’t help but fall in love with this rough and tough couple.

THE ROGUE IS BACK IN TOWN

Author: Anna Bennett

Pub Date: January 2, 2018

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Romance: Historical Romance

Synopsis:

In THE ROGUE IS BACK IN TOWN, Lord Samuel Travis epitomizes naughtiness. Especially, after a night of excess finds him in the bed with his neighbor’s wife. Disgraced for the last time, his older brother has him forcefully removed from the familial home with nothing but the clothes on his back. 514231FA0SL._SX298_BO1,204,203,200_After agreeing to his brother’s sinister motivation, Sam finds himself on the doorstep of one-time wallflower, Juliette Lacey and her eccentric uncle. Beautiful and determined, Juliette’s love for her uncle pits her in the middle of a love triangle between herself, Sam and his conniving brother. Tormented with the possibility that her uncle doesn’t own the worn-down town house they reside in Juliette must decipher between a web of lies.

My Thoughts:

I enjoy Anna Bennett’s romances. THE ROGUE IS BACK IN TOWN is the third book in the Wayward Wallflower series featuring three sisters who find love and happiness. Intelligent and sharp-tongued, Juliette Lacey is my favorite of the three sisters and Sam is a mess until he meets her. His attraction and need for Juliette provides readers an intimate look into the making of a man. His heart on the line, Sam’s vulnerability is truly swoon worthy.

Happy Reading!

***I received an ARC copy of this novel and was happy to give my honest review.

 

THIRSTY

Author: Mia Hopkins

Pub Date: March 13, 2018

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group-Loveswept

Romance: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis:

Life hasn’t been kind to Salvador “Sal” Rosas, aka “Ghost.” 9780525478638As a gangster, “Ghost” has paid the price for a life on the streets, spending most of his time taking part in criminal activities which rewarded him with five years of imprisonment. Now released from prison, Sal longs to retire into a life away from the gang. Given a new opportunity to learn the craft of brewing along with a chance at happiness with the one woman who owns his heart, Vanessa Velasco, Sal is in for the fight of his life.

My thoughts:

Thirsty is the first book in Mia Hopkins Eastside Brewery series. Written in first person point-of-view, Ms. Hopkins, treats her readers to the intimate thoughts of Salvador Rosas. Raw and emotional, I found this novel to be enthralling. When viewed through Sal’s eyes, readers get the unique opportunity to see the epitome of a man. Strong. Tough. Hard. Tender. Anxious. Scared. All facets of Salvador Rosas were stripped bare.

Happy Reading!

***I received an ARC copy of this novel and was happy to give my honest review.

 

DUKE OF DESIRE

Author: Elizabeth Hoyt

Pub Date: October 17, 2018

Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)

Romance: Historical

Synopsis:

A victim of mistaken identity, Lady Iris Jordan, was kidnapped by a secret society bent on revenge. duke-of-desire-250-400Held captive by the ruthless Lords of Chaos, Iris is presented as a living sacrifice at one of their masked events. When Raphael de Chartres rescues her from the perverted society, Iris shoots him, wounding him severely.

Raphael de Chartres vowed to destroy The Lords of Chaos. The evil group was responsible for his life of darkness and despair. In order to save Iris, he forces her to marry him. Injured both mentally and physically, Iris is determined to break through Raphael’s private hell and bring him into the light.

My thoughts:

Intimacy at its best. I’ve been an admirer of Elizabeth Hoyt’s works for years. Her compelling characters are often misunderstood, gritty and raw. Ms. Hoyt isn’t afraid to reveal the strengths and weaknesses in her characters. Her talent of blending a loving relationship among insurmountable odds makes her a master story-teller. Basically, what I’m saying is any time Elizabeth Hoyt pens a new novel it is bound to be a treasure.

Happy Reading!

***I received an ARC copy of this novel and was happy to give my honest review.

 

AS THE DEVIL DARES

Author: Anna Harrington

Pub Date: March 6, 2018

Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)

Romance: Historical

Synopsis:

Mariah Winslow has dreamed of becoming a partner in her father’s shipping company since childhood. Strong willed and independent, Mariah has partaken in some pretty outlandish behavior.pic Both beautiful and intelligent, she cares little for what society thinks. However, her father is determined to turn her into a proper lady. When he does the unthinkable, enlisting the help of Robert Carlisle to assist in finding Mariah a suitable husband, she becomes a force to be reckoned with until she finds she actually likes the intolerable man.

A partnership with Winslow Shipping Company is the opportunity that Robert Carlisle has worked tirelessly for. There is only one obstacle—Mariah Winslow. To seal the deal, Robert agrees to use the Carlisle family’s influence to marry off the insufferable woman. He hadn’t planned to find himself in love with Mariah nor did he plan to have to choose between loving her, obtaining a partnership, or reconciling with his past.

My thoughts:

The chemistry between Robert and Mariah was combustible. I couldn’t put this Regency romance down. Anna Harrington is one of my all-time favorite authors and once again, she’d written a spellbinding story.

Happy Reading!

***I received an ARC copy of this novel and was happy to give my honest review.

COWBOY STOLE MY HEART

Author: Soraya Lane

Pub. Date: January 2, 2018

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press-

Romance: Contemporary

Synopsis:

COWBOY STOLE MY HEART is a sexy contemporary romance written by Soraya Lane. 51AEhEvzuEL._SY346_Famous for his excellence as a horse trainer, Sam Mendes agrees to a challenging job opportunity offered by a billionaire ranch owner to train a difficult horse owned by his beautiful daughter, Mia Ford. Sam is sure that Mia is just a spoiled wealthy young woman who has an affinity with horses. However, after observing the prize-winning horsewoman at work, Sam learns that Mia may just be the woman he’s always dreamed of. If only, he hadn’t vowed never to fall in love again, he’d be able to confess his love for Mia.

Working with Sam Mendes was a dream come true for Mia except she can’t stand the man. She has a change of heart as she watches his gentle nature with Tex. Emotionally wounded from the tragic accident of her best-friend, the loss of her mother, and the men who pursued her for all the wrong reasons, Mia has given up on marriage and children. When their mutual attraction can no longer be denied, Mia proposes a no-strings attached affair.

My Thoughts:

Emotional and heartwarming the love story between Sam and Mia is one readers won’t want to miss. The chemistry between the characters is off-the-charts and the pages sizzle with their desire.

***I received an ARC copy of this novel and was happy to give my honest review.

 

 

THE ONES WHO GOT AWAY

Author: Roni Loren

Pub. Date: January 2, 2018

Publisher: SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca

Romance: Contemporary

Synopsis:

THE ONES WHO GOT AWAY is the first in a new series written by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Roni Loren. 22729086_10154866654876776_9147925149335983891_nOlivia “Liv” Arias and Finn Dorsey were two of the few survivors of a mass school shooting during the class of 2005’s senior prom. Twelve years later, they reconnect after agreeing to be interviewed about the horrific attack. Their mutual attraction still exists and they each must face the effects the tragedy has had on their lives. Deeply bonded, they give in to their desires and agree to a brief summer fling which quickly turns into much more.

My thoughts:

Addictive! Emotional! Hot! THE ONES WHO GOT AWAY was a page turner from start to finish. Full of emotional scars and sizzling lust, it’s a book that you won’t want to miss.

Happy Reading!

***I received an ARC copy of this novel and was happy to give my honest review.

 

CHRISTMAS IN KILTS

Authors: Terri Brisbin, Lecia Cornwall, Bronwen Evans, Lavinia Kent, and May McGoldrick

Pub. Date: October 31, 2017

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press-Swerve

Romance: Historical

Synopsis:

CHRISTMAS IN KILTS is a historical romance anthology featuring five bestselling authors. Terri Brisbin penned a sweet romance, A HIGHLANDER’S HOPE, 61R+s8NYm7Lwhich proves that love always comes to those who wait. A HIGHLAND CHRISTMAS WAGER written by Lecia Cornwall is the tale of a beautiful woman who is the object of desire between three men who make an unsavory wager. A SCOT FOR CHRISTMAS, written by Bronwen Evans is a charming story of second chances. Lavinia Kent gave readers a sizzling look into what can happen when trapped unexpectedly in a cabin. Last but not least and my personal favorite, SWEET HOME HIGHLAND CHRISTMAS. A precocious child plays matchmaker between her aunt and a handsome English officer.

My thoughts:

Set in Scotland, CHRISTMAS IN KILTS offers a holiday romance for everyone. My recommendation, curl up in a blanket with a cup of tea and enjoy.

Happy Reading!

***I received an ARC copy of this novel and was happy to give my honest review.

 

SCORING

Author: Mari Carr

Release date: September 27, 2014

Publisher: Carried Away Publishing

Romance: Erotic Contemporary

SCORING written by Mari Carr confirms the old adage that good things really do cum (pardon, the pun) in small packages. 2940046200676_p0_v2_s600x595Well-written and fast-paced, Ms. Carr has created a 5,000-word erotic page-turner that you won’t be able to put down.  Best-of-all, SCORING is available as a free e-book on Amazon and Nook. Happy Reading!

Synopsis:

Convinced that Tony Peterson’s interest in her is merely flirtatious, Melanie “Mel” Ward has managed to stifle her desire for the handsome coach. She didn’t need to become another notch around his incredibly sexy belt. It wasn’t until her girlfriends challenged her to accept one of Tony’s many requests for a date that Mel found out just how much her handsome suitor cared.

 

A MATCH MADE IN HEATHER

Author: Anna Harrington

Release date: December 19, 2017

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Romance: Historical

Synopsis:

Anna Harrington has quickly become one of my all-time favorite historical romance authors. Each of her stories feature heroines who are strong-willed and independent and heroes that simply ignite on the page. cover125136-mediumNot afraid to dig down deep to expose her characters strengths, as well as their flaws, she showcases characters that are vulnerable, passionate and exciting.

A MATCH MADE IN HEATHER is a novella set in the Scottish Highlands. Deeply in love, a penniless farm-hand, Garrick McGuiness and a beautiful Laird’s daughter, Arabel Rowland, are torn apart on the night they plan to elope. After ten years apart, they are forced to face their past when they each discover they share an inheritance. Garrick struggled to stay alive and through a military commission, he became the Earl of Townsend. Hell-bent on revenge, Garrick will have to decide between his never-ending love for Arabel or his desire for redemption.

My thoughts:

Absolutely fantastic! A must-read. A MATCH MADE IN HEATHER may just be my favorite Anna Harrington story. LOVED IT!!!!!

Happy Reading!

***I received an ARC copy of this novel and was happy to give my honest review.