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Lethal Temptations
by Janine Infante Bosco
Tempted, #5
Publication Date: May 24, 2016
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance, MC Romance

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Synopsis:

BLACKIE
My name is Blackie, I’m the vice president of the Satan’s Knights MC and I’m an addict.
I’ve been trading one addiction for another for as long as I can remember.
I make no apologies for my addictions, nor do I try to hide them.
Until my latest addiction threatens to destroy not just me but her.
For the first time I want to fight the need and not gravitate towards it. I try to deny it and not succumb to it but I’m a prisoner to her purity.
I’m Satan’s soldier, a demon dressed in leather.
She’s an angel, innocent and full of light, she’s my lace.
Leather.
Lace.
Me.
Her.
A temptation so lethal neither of us may survive but, every demon craves an angel.
Guide me to the light.
Take me from the dark.
Give me back my life.
Let me share yours.
They are the selfish words of an addict and they are my truth.

LACEY PARRISH
My name is Lacey Parrish and I have a secret, one I’ve tried to deny for a long time, one I’ve tried to spare the world from.
I am a manic-depressive.
Just like my dad.
Some days I’m high on life.
Most days I try to escape it.
People think they know me, they think they see me but the truth is no one knows who I really am. No one sees the real me… a broken girl with a mind that betrays her.
Except Blackie.
He’s my savior, the man who silences my maker.
He’s my knight in shining armor, the man who puts my life before his.
He’s my leather and I’m his lace.
Two broken souls that have the power to heal one another.
This is our story, an unapologetic tale full of temptations.
A love story called Leather and Lace.

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EXCERPT:

This was Lace.
My angel.
And I was the reason she looked so conflicted. There was no maker to blame, just me.
Say it.
I see you.
“I see you, Lace,” I whispered.
“A lot of good that does me,” she replied.
I shook my head.
“No good at all,” I affirmed as I extended my hand, taking hers and pulling her against me. “You’d be better off if I never laid eyes on you,” I added, squeezing her hand before I lifted my free one to her cheek. “Too late,” I hissed. “Cause girl, I see you and now I can’t fucking forget you,” I admitted.
The song changed on her iPod and music filtered through the speakers. I watched recognition spark in her eyes as she turned her attention to the speaker.
“Did you ever hear this song?” She asked softly, her voice blending into the music.
“No,” I said, taking a step toward her, bending my knees and bringing us to eye level. I leaned my forehead against hers, taking our joined hands and bringing them behind her to rest against the small of her back.
I didn’t know what the fuck I was doing but I couldn’t stop.
My lips grazed her temple as she pressed her body against mine, dropping our joined hands to wrap both her arms around my neck.
“Listen to the words,” she demanded.
You’re saying I’m fragile I try not to be
I search for something only I can’t see
“Will you dance with me?” Her voice pleaded as she whispered the question.
I learned then that even the toughest motherfuckers had weaknesses and mine was standing in front of me asking me to dance.
I didn’t fucking dance.
But now I did.
My feet surrendered my soul, taking the steps to bring me closer to her and give her what she needed. I’ve been feeding off her light for so long, taking the sweetness of her greedily because I’ve become addicted to the hope she sparks in me.
Hope that there was a shred of decency buried beneath the leather.
Repay her.
Give her back her wings.
Make it better.
Looking at her now, the selfish reasons that brought me here faded away and are replaced by the need to put her first. To put her before me, to give her back her light and pull her from the sadness that had her crying in solitude.
Just this once I could do the healing and not the reaping.
My hands moved down her back, cupping her ass beneath the t-shirt that barely covered her and I rocked her against my body.
“Blackie,” she whispered.
“Lacey,” I groaned. “I didn’t come here for this,” I said, slipping my fingers beneath her lace panties.
“I know why you came here,” she said, pulling back a fraction as her gaze dipped to my lips. “But I will do everything I can to change your mind,” she promised.
It wouldn’t take much.

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ABOUT JANINE INFANTE BOSCO:

Janine Infante Bosco

Janine Infante Bosco lives in New York City, she has always loved reading and writing. When she was thirteen, she began to write her own stories and her passion for writing took off as the years went on. At eighteen, she even wrote a full screenplay with dreams of one day becoming a member of the Screen Actors Guild.

Janine writes emotionally charged novels with an emphasis on family bonds, strong willed female characters, and alpha male men who will do anything for the women they love. She loves to interact with fans and fellow avid romance readers like herself.

She is proud of her success as an author and the friendships she’s made in the book community but her greatest accomplishment to date would be her two sons Joseph and Paul.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookworm Delights

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten Bookworm Delights. Below are some bookish things I adore.


1. The Trees Speak Latin Mug


2. First Lines of Literature Mug

First Lines of Literature Mug


3. Go Away I’m Reading Decorative Sign


4. Baby Got Paperback Bracelet 


5. I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie Tote

I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie Tote


6. I Like To Party and By Party I Mean Read Books T-Shirt


7. IDK I Just Really Like Book T-Shirt


8. Major League Reading T-Shirt

Major League Reading


9. Books Make Me Happy You, Not So Much T-Shirt

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10. Storymatic Game

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I have to admit I own a couple of things above. How about you? What is your bookish delight?

 

Review: Ride Hard by Laura Kaye

Title: Ride Hard

Series: Raven Riders, #1

Author: Laura Kaye

Publication Date: April 26, 2016

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense

Note: I received an ARC of Ride Hard from Harper Collins through Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads Synopsis:

A shy and distrustful woman running from a controlling ex-fiance seeks shelter with an outlaw motorcycle club with a tradition of protecting those who can’t defend themselves, and falls under the watchful eye of the club’s mysterious and intense leader who’s intent on discovering all her secrets

Brotherhood. Club. Family.

They live and ride by their own rules.

These are the Raven Riders . . .

Raven Riders Motorcycle Club President Dare Kenyon rides hard and values loyalty above all else. He’ll do anything to protect the brotherhood of bikers—the only family he’s got—as well as those who can’t defend themselves. So when mistrustful Haven Randall lands on the club’s doorstep scared that she’s being hunted, Dare takes her in, swears to keep her safe, and pushes to learn the secrets overshadowing her pretty smile.

Haven fled from years of abuse at the hands of her criminal father and is suspicious of any man’s promises, including those of the darkly sexy and overwhelmingly intense Ravens’ leader. But as the powerful attraction between them flares to life, Dare pushes her boundaries and tempts her to want things she never thought she could.

The past never dies without a fight, but Dare Kenyon’s never backed down before . . .


 ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


It seems like ever since Sons of Anarchy became a big hit, motorcycle club/gang romances have been everywhere. I’ve read my fair share of them. When I started Ride Hard, I wondered what would make it stand out from the rest. The answer was the tone of the story.

Ride Hard put a more positive spin on the motorcycle club theme. While most motorcycle clubs are into smuggling drugs and guns, the Raven Riders were all about helping women and children in need. This gave the story a lighter, more upbeat feel than most of the MC romances I’ve read before. It wasn’t angsty or dark. It was fun and sexy, which is exactly what I’m looking for when I pick up a contemporary romance. Not that there weren’t any intense or violent moments in Ride Hard, there were. They just weren’t the main focus of the story. That was left to the budding romance between Dare and Haven.

Speaking of the romance, it was pretty dang sweet. I love it when a strong, commanding leader falls for a shy, wholesome young woman. It was fun to experience Dare’s resolve slowly weaken when it came to Haven. I also loved how Haven became a strong, independent woman who could ask for what she needed and wanted from Dare. The chemistry between them was super sexy.

Ride Hard was a very enjoyable read. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. Contemporary readers who are looking for a lighter MC romance are sure to love this one.

 

 

Review: Return of the Bad Boy by Jessica Lemmon

Title: Return of the Bad Boy

Series: Second Chance, #4

Author: Jessica Lemmon

Publication Date: April 26, 2016

Publisher: Forever

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Goodreads Synopsis:

He’s a mess…

Asher Knight has three constants in his life: music, beautiful women, and a bottle of Jack. He lives for the next gig, the next city, and dreams only of a life spent in front of an arena full of screaming fans. But Asher’s nomad ways come to a sudden stop when he learns he’s the father of a three-year-old from a past relationship and suddenly this rock star bad boy is forced to put down roots.

Only she can clean up

Gloria Shields is no one’s fool. Sure, the sexual chemistry between her and Asher has always been intense, but she’d never risk giving her heart to a man who has a perfect record for breaking them. Except the man desperate to make things right with his newfound son is nothing like the rock god she’s guarded her heart against for years. And it isn’t long before she starts to wonder if life with this bad boy might be the best thing that’s ever happened to her.


Return of the Bad Boy was a little confusing for me at first. I blame that on the fact I hadn’t read the first three books in the series. I’m guessing Asher and Gloria’s past was introduced in them. But once I got past the first chapter and got what was happening, I was hooked.

Gloria has all the reason not to want to reconnect emotionally with Asher. Just when she was beginning to let him in, he broke her heart. Problem is, she can’t keep her hands off him.

Asher knows he shouldn’t have let Gloria run without knowing the truth, but he wasn’t ready to settle down. Now, he’s regretting that decision. A more mature Asher needs Gloria in his life. He wants her bad. He just has to prove to her that taking a chance on him is worth it. It would be a lot easier if he didn’t have his baby mama around to remind Gloria of all the reasons she shouldn’t trust him.

I loved the characters and dynamics of this book! This second chance romance was sweet and well written. Despite all of her insecurities, Gloria was a strong woman and was so much fun to read. I couldn’t blame her for not being able to keep her hands off Asher. He was just the right mix of cocky and sweet. They had some serious chemistry. This book was so sexy!

Now that I’ve gotten a taste of this series and Jessica Lemmon’s writing, I can’t wait to read the rest of the series! Return of the Bad Boy is definitely a novel contemporary romance readers will love.

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Review: Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker

Ten Tiny Breaths

Series: Ten Tiny Breaths, #1

Author: K.A. Tucker

Publication Date: December 11, 2012

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Fiction

Goodreads Synopsis:

Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind—all but one. Her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

But when Uncle Raymond slides into bed next to Livie one night, Kacey decides it’s time to run. Armed with two bus tickets and dreams of living near the coast, Kacey and Livie start their new lives in a Miami apartment complex, complete with a grumpy landlord, a pervert upstairs, and a neighbor with a stage name perfectly matched to her chosen “profession.” But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle all of them. What she can’t handle is Trent Emerson in apartment 1D.

Kacey doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t. It’s safer that way. For everyone. But sexy Trent finds a way into her numb heart, reigniting her ability to love again. She starts to believe that maybe she can leave the past where it belongs and start over. Maybe she’s not beyond repair.

But Kacey isn’t the only one who’s broken. Seemingly perfect Trent has an unforgiveable past of his own; one that, when discovered, will shatter Kacey’s newly constructed life and send her back into suffocating darkness.


  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Wow. I’m not even sure what to write when it comes to Ten Tiny Breaths. This review is probably going to sound like one big ramble.

The writing in Ten Tiny Breaths was simply stunning. The story was addictive and set up in a very cool way. I loved all of the characters. My heart broke for Kasey and everything she had to deal with. While not everything surprised me in it, the path to the end did. I’m really looking forward to reading the rest of this series. I’m not ready to say goodbye to the characters yet.

If you’re a New Adult fan, you need to read this book!

 

Review: Almost Matched by A.O. Peart

Almost Matched

Series: Almost Bad Boys, #1

Author: A.O. Peart

Publication Date: November 7, 2013

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Humor

Goodreads Synopsis:

Would you take another shot at love? Or just settle on a friend with benefits?

THEIR HEARTBREAKING PAST WILL MOVE YOU. THEIR PASSION WILL MAKE YOU BLUSH. THEIR ANTICS WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH OUT LOUD.

Twenty-five-year-old Natalie Davenport lugs substantial baggage. One boyfriend after the next has been a total disaster, leaving Natalie distrustful toward the male population in general. So when Colin Hampton crosses her path, she’s cautious. Her heart (and some other body parts!) nudges her to go for it, while her head wants her to run for the hills.

Colin is one of those gorgeous guys who attract women, no matter the age or marital status. With a successful career at a popular Seattle radio station, hard body, and charming personality, he is the complete package. But something dark lurks in the corners of his soul; some murky experience that has changed him—maybe for the better, but maybe for the worse.

Will he steal her heart and stomp over it like other guys did?

Will she let him into her heavily fortified world despite herself?

Or will they settle somewhere in the middle—establishing the emotional boundaries to protect them from falling in love?

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This contemporary romantic comedy blends humor, sensuality, and angst, with zany characters and witty dialogue.

***Warning: contains sexual situations (some quite vivid!), profanity, and a high dose of sarcasm. Oh, and there is a lot of appletini and beer drinking.
May not be appropriate for readers under 18 years old. Not intended for prudes and killjoys with no sense of humor***


★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆


I’m really sad that I’m giving Almost Matched 2 stars. First, because it was written by a local author. Second, because it had so much potential. The first two chapters were cute and funny. I loved the way Natalie and Colin met and their traffic run in. But then the story started to fall flat for me.

I didn’t really find Natalie and her friends’ conversations funny. It wasn’t the sexual nature of their joking around, but the forced feeling of it. It didn’t feel natural. It also felt like the author was including a bunch of information about Natalie’s friends for future stories about them, but the information didn’t really add anything to Natalie and Colin’s story.

Natalie and Colin’s chemistry was apparent in the first part of the book, but then it kind of fizzled toward the end. I blame it on the change in the tone of the story. Almost Matched went from romantic NA comedy to angsty NA romance. The shift just didn’t work for me. I also found it weird that their first sexual encounter was an entire chapter by itself, titled “BONUS CHAPTER: A PEAK INTO COLIN AND NATALIE’S FIRST NIGHT TOGETHER”. I’m not sure why there would be a bonus chapter in the middle of a book or why their first encounter wasn’t just included as a regular part of the story.

It makes me sad to say this, but I didn’t enjoy Almost Matched enough to want to read the next book in the series, Almost Broken Up. I’m happy leaving Natalie and Colin where Almost Matched left them.