Monday, September 29, 2014

REVIEW ~You Own Me by Shiloh Walker~

Title: You Own Me
Author: Shiloh Walker
Release Date: August 4, 2014

My Rating: 4 Stars
It had always been her…
Ten years had passed since the doors slammed shut behind Decker Calhoun, taking away his freedom, but more importantly, locking him away from Elizabeth Waters, the only woman he’d ever loved—the woman he’d given up everything for.

The day he was sentenced, he’d looked at her and said, No regrets, Lizzie. But he lied, because he did have one. Although he’s been out of jail for three years now, he was a year too late. Lizzie never knew how he felt and just months before he was released, she found somebody else and it’s too late.

Or maybe not. It seems that Lizzie’s boyfriend wants an open relationship and two can play at that game. Now all Decker has to do is convince Lizzie that he’s the better man…and has been all along.

You Own Me reminded me how much I ADORE Shiloh Walker's books. Lizzie and Decker are two best friends that are plagued by one moment in time. A moment when Decker reached to the most primal part of himself and jumped to Lizzie's defense. A time that irrevocably changed both of their lives and altered their paths to each other. 

In present day, Decker watches as  Lizzie see right through his compassion for her. Sure, they're still the best of friends. But he's well and truly been friend-zoned. Until her creep of a boyfriend makes a mistake that will throw Lizzie right into Decker's arms where Decker has always needed her to be. But Lizzie can't forget the events that spiraled her past out of control. She's never believed that Decker wanted her or she would have thrown herself at him long ago. Decker has to make all of the right moves at all the right times to paint a clearer past than Lizzie knows and to create a future with them together. 

Decker is your resident hard a*s sweetheart. He'd do anything for Lizzie. Literally, anything. Meaning take down anyone who hurts her, and oppositely be the loving man of her dreams. He is a true dynamic character that I loved reading. Lizzie, well she's a firecracker. Or at least by the end of the she was. She made such a transformation from page one to the end. She found her self-worth, and took what she wanted. The thought to be unrequited love stories always get me, but You Own Me gave a much deeper feeling to the plot than most books. The emotions between Decker and Lizzie offered more. Even though the book was on the short side, it packed more feeling in than some other full length books I've read. This is not to be missed!

Happy Reading!
*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

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Monday, September 22, 2014

REVIEW ~Uncivilized by Sawyer Bennett~

Title: Uncivilized
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Release Date: September 8, 2014

My Rating: 4.5 Stars
**Warning: This book is a wild, sexy beast of a read. 18+**

Putting a woman on her knees before me is what really makes my cock hard. I fuck with dominant force and absolute control. I demand complete surrender from my conquests.

Savage man, loner, warrior… I am dangerous at my core. I have lived amidst the untamed wild of the rainforest, in a society that reveres me and where every woman falls before me in subjugation.

Now I’ve been discovered. Forced to return to a world that I have forgotten about and to a culture that is only vaguely familiar to my senses.

Dr. Moira Reed is an anthropologist who has been hired to help me transition back into modern society. It’s her job to smooth away my rough edges… to teach me how to navigate properly through this new life of mine. She wants to tame me.

She’ll never win.

I am wild, free and raw, and the only thing I want from the beautiful Moira Reed is to fuck her into submission.

She wants it, I am certain.

I will give it to her soon.

Yes, very soon, I will become the teacher and she will become my student. And when I am finished showing her body pleasure like no other, she’ll know what it feels like to be claimed by an uncivilized man.

Well, this was quite an introduction to Sawyer Bennett! And let me tell you, she has a very big fan in me now. Uncivilized is definitely in a league of its own in the current book market. Carnal. Passionate. Brillant. Ms. Bennett has developed a book kidnapped my mind and held it captive from beginning until the end. A Tarzan like quality brings this books to another level. I was thrown into the foreign world of Zach's life, only to be brought back to the states and be in his mind as he discovered, and re-discovered the most basic things of our technology laden lives... There may have been a trip or two to a porn site. That scene alone caused enough laugh out loud moments for an entire book. 

While Zach is muddling through society, Moira is by his side. She's patiently teaching him what he needs to know to survive in this reality. All while harboring a strong connection to him, that she just can't kick. Zach's primal urges and needs can only be put off for so long. He advances on Moira. Despite the fact that he should loathe her for stealing him away from his jungle, he can't help the physical attraction that binds them together. What are they to do when they're right for each other in their own little bubble, but their true lives are world's apart? Can either of them truly make a complete change for the other? 

I just love this book. I loved how Moira was portrayed. An intelligent, and relatable young woman. She's a science, book smart type, that allowed her guard down. She let Zach teach just as much as she taught him. Yet, even when her heart was involved she didn't push Zach to be something neither of them thought he could be. Zach on the other hand, is pure, unadulterated sin. He wants Moira anyway he can have her, and he took her. He's brash and makes no excuses for his behavior. Yet, when he learns to love and take joy in Moira's company he becomes so utterly endearing I could hardly handle it. I absolutely urge you to go pick this book up. It is wonderful, mesmerizing, and erotically charged notch up from my normal read and I devoured it!

Happy Reading!
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Saturday, September 20, 2014


Title: Dare to Submit
Author: Carly Phillips
Series: Dare to Love #4
Release Date: September 8, 2014

My Rating: 5 Stars

Decklan Dare knows about the unexpected loss of loved ones and for this reason, he values control in all areas of his life. Amanda Collins enjoys the freedom she finds in casual encounters without the emotional connection a relationship brings. They meet and their physical attraction is mutual but both experience feelings that could run deeper – if they drop their guard and let each other in. Decklan is first to trust, but when he discovers the secret Amanda’s been hiding, will he forgive? Or will he rebuild every wall before she has a chance to explain?

Chapter Two

At work and in his personal life, Decklan laid out the facts and the truth. He didn’t tolerate BS or lies. With this woman, who eyed him with an intense amount of distrust coupled with a healthy dose of desire, at least when she thought he wasn’t looking, he intended to do the same.

They sat together at the bar. He ordered two club sodas and let her drink in silence, waiting until she was definitely over whatever had happened with Mike. She was. The tense quiet between them now had everything to do with them. She didn’t trust him, and his gut said the reasons went deep.

When she put down her drink and met his gaze, he decided it was time.

“I’m Decklan Dare.” He held out his hand.

“Amanda Collins.” She accepted the gesture, placing her smaller palm against his.

He immediately slid a thumb over the pulse point in her wrist, pleased with the rapid beat that told him she wasn’t immune. Just wary.

Wary he could deal with. Now that he was here, he was in for the night.

She attempted to tug her hand back, but he held on tightly, keeping his thumb pressed against her skin. It was his human lie detector, and with this one, he felt sure he’d need it.

“Thank you again for stepping in. Mike was an ass.” She bit down on her plump lower lip.

Fuck, he’d like to do the same. He merely nodded in agreement. “I’ve seen Mike in action before. At least he’s gone for good now.” He smiled. “So tell me, Amanda, what were you looking for—before your night was so rudely interrupted?”

A rapid increase in her pulse beat in her wrist. He did his best not to grin wider. In the wake of her silence, he decided to cut her some slack. “How about I tell you what I’m looking for instead?”

“I’m listening.” She blinked at him, brown eyes wide.

He rested their joined hands on the bar. “I’ll start with what I don’t want. No protocol. No games. Just hot, sweaty sex,” he told her, his cock tenting his dark jeans at the notion of sliding into her tight, wet sheath.

Her eyes darkened with hunger at his honest words. Beneath his thumb, her pulse was racing with the same desire beating inside him. Good, he thought, he’d read her correctly. Earlier, he hadn’t seen a woman looking to submit, he’d seen a female in need.

And their needs were obviously in sync. “I want you, Amanda. I want to get you out of here and indulge in what I’ve jerked off to since laying eyes on you months ago. I want my fingers on that gorgeous ass, my cock, burying itself inside you—”

“You had me at ‘I want you,’” she said. “There was no need to ruin a good thing with lies.” She rose to her feet, ready to bolt.

“I don’t like being insulted,” he warned, stopping her with his words and stern tone. He narrowed his gaze. “You said you don’t know me, so how can you think I’m lying?” He tightened his grip on her hand.

“If you wanted me that much, you would have approached me months ago, and as for my ass, it’s too large and—”

“Enough.” He changed his mind. Submission was definitely on tonight’s agenda. “Are you with me tonight?” he asked her.

Tomorrow on the Dare to Submit Chapter Hop:

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Title: Dare to Love
Author: Carly Phillips
Series: Dare to Love #1
When it comes to family, Ian Dare gives his all but in relationships he offers the bare minimum. Until one glimpse of sensual Riley Taylor arouses his dominant and protective instincts. He will do anything to possess her … and does. But any future with Riley must include him dealing his half-brother who is a constant reminder of the pain he’d rather forget. 

Riley Taylor believes herself immune to domineering men – until charismatic Ian Dare turns a simple kiss into an all out assault on her senses and she discovers she likes his brand of control in the bedroom. 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. (love story, contemporary romance, alpha heroes, beach reads, sports heroes, bad boys, billionaire)
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Title: Dare to Desire
Author: Carly Phillips
Series: Dare to Love #2

Quarterback Alex Dare, had it all -- an all-star football career and his choice of willing women -- until a severe injury forces him into early retirement. Social worker Madison Evans grew up in foster homes and knows 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. Can he convince Madison to take a risk and dare to love? 

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Title: Dare to Surrender
Author: Carly Phillips
Series: Dare to Love #3

Part of Invitation to Eden

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?
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips has written over 40 sexy contemporary romance novels that today's readers identify with and enjoy. After a successful 15 year career with various New York publishing houses, Carly is making the leap to Indie author, with the goal of giving her readers more books at a faster pace at a better price. Her Serendipity books will still finish up in January/February 2014 via Berkley as planned. Carly lives in Purchase, NY with her family, two nearly adult daughters and two crazy dogs who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. She's a writer, a knitter of sorts, a wife, and a mom. In addition, she's a Twitter and Internet junkie and is always around to interact with her readers.

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