BOOK & AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: If I Were You (Inside Out #1) by Lisa Renee Jones

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How it all started…

One day I was a high school teacher on summer break, leading a relatively uneventful but happy life. Or so I told myself. Later, I’d question that, as I would question pretty much everything I knew about me, my relationships, and my desires. It all began when my neighbor thrust a key to a storage unit at me. She’d bought it to make extra money after watching some storage auction show. Now she was on her way to the airport to elope with a man she barely knew, and she needed me to clear out the unit before the lease expired.

Soon, I was standing inside a small room that held the intimate details of another woman’s life, feeling uncomfortable, as if I was invading her privacy. Why had she let these items so neatly packed, possessions that she clearly cared about deeply, be lost at an auction? Driven to find out by some unnamed force, I began to dig, to discover this woman’s life, and yes, read her journals—-dark, erotic journals that I had no business reading. Once I started, I couldn’t stop. I read on obsessively, living out fantasies through her words that I’d never dare experience on my own, compelled by the three men in her life, none of whom had names. I read onward until the last terrifying dark entry left me certain that something had happened to this woman. I had to find her and be sure she was okay.

Before long, I was taking her job for the summer at the art gallery, living her life, and she was nowhere to be found. I was becoming someone I didn’t know. I was becoming her.

The dark, passion it becomes…

Now, I am working at a prestigious gallery, where I have always dreamed of being, and I’ve been delivered to the doorstep of several men, allof which I envision as one I’ve read about in the journal. But there is one man that will call to me, that will awaken me in ways I never believed possible. That man is the ruggedly sexy artist, Chris Merit, who wants to paint me. He is rich and famous, and dark in ways I shouldn’t find intriguing, but I do. I so do. I don’t understand why his dark side appeals to me, but the attraction between us is rich with velvety promises of satisfaction. Chris is dark, and so are his desires, but I cannot turn away. He is damaged beneath his confident good looks and need for control, and in some way, I feel he needs me. I need him.

All I know for certain is that he knows me like I don’t even know me, and he says I know him. Still, I keep asking myself — do I know him? Did he know her, the journal writer, and where is she? And why doesn’t it seem to matter anymore? There is just him and me, and the burn for more.

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ANGY’S BOOK REVIEW: 4 STARS

Last year, I had the opportunity to listen to the fourth audiobook of this series, No In Between, and I loved it. I have to be honest, when I requested the audiobook I didn’t know it was part of a series, so I was a little confused about what was happening and all, but I finished it, and I LOVED IT, I wrote a five stars review and I bought all the books of the series without giving it a second thought. I knew I’d love all the books. And guess what? I was right! I totally loved If I Were You, and Chris Merit has secured one high spot in my personal collection of book boyfriends *smirk*

The first book of the series, If I Were You, is about Sara, a high school teacher, who finds herself obsessed about one missing woman, Rebecca, and her journals – which are pretty hot -. Sara starts living Rebecca’s life, she takes Rebecca’s job and becomes friends with Rebecca’s friends. While she’s trying to find information about Rebecca, she meets Chris, one gifted artist who Sara admired since she she was in college, and what they think is just a sexual affair,  becomes something more meaningful. And there are so many secrets to be revealed, about Chris, about Rebecca, about Mark, who was Rebecca and and now is Sara’s boss.

I really enjoyed this book. It has everything I like in a book. The plot is very interesting, it is intriguing. The characters are well developed, and of course, it has super hot steamy sex. There is one thing I didn’t like, or not that I didn’t like, but it didn’t convince me much, and it was that their relationship got so intense so suddenly. I understand Chris is very dominant and he wants to control Sara and all, but I think that was too much, too soon in the storyline. For me, there needed to be more of a relationship development first before they jumped into that intensity. Even so, I did like how Sara was always able to stand up for herself, even though deep down, she wanted to submit to him.

Awesome book. I’m starting the second book right now.

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: 5 STARS

Grace Grant is definitely my favorite narrator ever. She always transmits the characters emotions with her voice. I could totally see everything more clearly in my head because she made the experience of reading the book more real. The voices she makes for the male characters are flawless. I could even hear the differences between Chris’ and Mark’s voices. Amazing audiobook. I can’t wait for the next of the series.

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N73977ew York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT SERIES, and is now in development by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland) for cable TV. In addition, her Tall, Dark and Deadly series and The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series, both spent several months on a combination of the NY Times and USA Today lists.

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Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 40 books translated around the world. Booklist says that Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.

Prior to publishing, Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

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AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Ripped (Real #5) by Katy Evans

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A ripped rock star with attitude. An ex-girlfriend with a reckless plan.

Pandora assumed getting her heartbroken by her bad boy ex could only happen once–until Mackenna Jones comes back to town for the biggest concert of his career. They say girls are getting pregnant just thinking about the Crack Bikini tour and it’s destined to be a huge hit.

Oh, it’ll be a hit alright–when Pandora comes out swinging. She and her friend Melanie are determined to humiliate him onstage. But when they’re caught by security and her ex is summoned, Mackenna decides not to press charges if she’ll join him on tour and follow certain conditions–rules designed to give him the upper hand and keep her in close contact with him once again. Soon, the passion they once shared is reignited, and no matter how much Pandora wants to hate him, her hard exterior starts to crack.

And worse: Mackenna knows it, too. But he hasn’t uncovered all her secrets…

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AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: 5+ STARS

I totally love this book, and listening to the audiobook was a blast for me. It meant i could re-read the book, listen to Sebastian York – sigh – and fall in love with Mackenna all over again. Sebastian York is my favorite narrator ever, and his voice was perfect for Mackenna, smooth and sexy – gimme more please – Sebastian narrated perfectly the few chapters from Mackenna’s POV – yeah, because there was so little of him, i want more – I loved every chapter with Sebastian, not only because I learned more about Mackenna, but also because Sebastian’s narration showed more of the story than when I read it for the first time. Elizabeth Louise was amazing too. At first I was thinking she wasn’t getting into Pandora’s bad mood, but then, as the story was happening, Elizabeth’s sweet voice was perfect for Pandora’s vulnerability, because all the toughness and hardness and badassness of Pandora was just a mask, she was broken in the inside and only Mackenna’s love could bring that beautiful woman to the surface again.

Amazing audiobook. Amazing book. Amazing love story with a perfect HEA.

BTW: I still want to know if Pandora and Mackenna will ever…. – I’ll stop, that’s a spoiler *chuckles* – And… I kept seeing Jared Leto as Mackenna while listening to the audiobook, just as I said my book review.

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BOOK REVIEW: Life Before Damaged, Volume 3: The Ferro Family (Life Before Damaged #3) by H.M. Ward

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Money. Power. Sex.

If I can just hold on a little longer, if I can just survive my secret, maybe I can salvage my future, too. I don’t deserve a second chance, but if I’ve got one, there’s no way I’m wasting it on a player like Pete Ferro.

Genre: New Adult Romance
This story unfolds over multiple volumes

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VIVIAN’S BOOK REVIEW: 4 Mystery Ferro Stars

Thanks to Holly Ward for the chance to read the ARC for Life before Damaged volume 3!

This was a sensual tango of an installment!

We get to see more and more of Gina’s life as a whole and we continue to learn how much she loaves being the “princess” in her parents lives. She just wants to live her own life and make her own choices, no matter the consequences. “Despite my mistakes, I’m finally discovering who I am and who I long to be, and that woman is within reach. She’s strong and smart–ready to live her life.” She finds herself enjoying things she always knew deep down inside she would but never allowed herself to. She has been learning to swingdance at Ricky’s club and loves every minute of it! And of course there’s the underlying sexual tension between her and Peter. As much as she wants to deny her growing feelings for Peter, she can’t. “I can’t deny it, there’s a magnetic pull toward him and I can’t understand why. Pete’s not my type. At all.”

There is still that “Ferro mystery” in the background…why is Peter so intrigued with Gina? What is his reasoning for persuing her…is it actual attraction or is there more to it?

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4330590H.M. Ward is a NEW YORK TIMES bestselling New Adult author, having sold over 5 million books since her debut in 2011. 

This NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, USA TODAY, and Amazon #1 bestselling writer’s series include: THE FERRO FAMILY: DAMAGED, THE ARRANGEMENT, and STRIPPED; as well as SCANDALOUS, TRYSTAN SCOTT, and SECRETS. Ward was recently featured in FORBES, the WALL STREET JOURNAL, and the WASHINGTON POST.

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BOOK & AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: After We Fell (After #3) by Anna Todd

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Book Three of the After series—now newly revised and expanded, Anna Todd’s After fanfiction racked up 1 billion reads online and captivated readers across the globe. Experience the Internet’s most talked-about book for yourself!

Tessa and Hardin’s love was complicated before. Now it’s more confusing than ever. AFTER WE FELL…Life will never be the same. #HESSA

Just as Tessa makes the biggest decision of her life, everything changes. Revelations about first her family, and then Hardin’s, throw everything they knew before in doubt and makes their hard-won future together more difficult to claim.

Tessa’s life begins to come unglued. Nothing is what she thought it was. Not her friends. Not her family. The one person she should be able to rely on, Hardin, is furious when he discovers the massive secret she’s been keeping. And rather than being understanding, he turns to sabotage.

Tessa knows Hardin loves her and will do anything to protect her, but there’s a difference between loving someone and being able to have them in your life. This cycle of jealousy, unpredictable anger, and forgiveness is exhausting. She’s never felt so intensely for anyone, so exhilarated by someone’s kiss—but is the irrepressible heat between her and Hardin worth all the drama? Love used to be enough to hold them together. But if Tessa follows her heart now, will it be…the end?

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ANGY’S BOOK REVIEW: 5 STARS

So much happened in this book. The good, the bad, and the worst. Tessa and Hardin’s relationship is finally getting stronger and they are growing up a little – Thank God -. I could tell this book has two big parts. The first half was heartbreaking, upsetting and almost made me drop the book – Yes, I have to be honest, but don’t stop, I assure you wont regret it – And the second half was refreshing, heart-warming and reveals two secrets, one of those is really shocking! –I didn’t expect it at all

As the story -the whole series- is going on, it gets better and better. It was great to read how much hard Harding is trying to be a good man for Tessa. I love it when a man changes over love, and I think Hardin wanting to change gives him a lot of credit because he’s been a real asshole to Tessa from the beginning. Hardin is that kind of character you don’t want to love but you just can’t help yourself and at the end of the book, you end up loving him crazily.

“I am so sick of Hardin doing this kind of shit to me – it’s painful and embarrassing, and it’s breaking me down. He’s breaking me down, and he knows it. That’s exactly why he’s doing it. He’s said as much before: he does these things because he knows they’ll get to me”

Tessa on the other hand is as infuriating as ever. I mean, I love her, don’t get me wrong, but, come on, Tessa, GROW UP! – I know, I know, she’s only 18, but she needs to make up her mind.- I think that if it wasn’t for the second half of the book, I would have ended up hating her. I really want them both to have a HEA, no drama, no roller coaster, they really deserve it. I’m sure Hardin and Tessa are good for each other and, just as they are beginning to doing it at this point of the story, they can have a healthy relationship.

Like I said, the ending was shocking and surprising. I don’t know how Hardin is going to take the news, but I’m sure Tessa will be a great support for him. Bring me the last book of the series fast enough please.

“I love her and she loves me, end of fucking story”

Oh, remember how much I hated Zed in the second book? Well, I still hate him, but I added Steph to the list of the most hated characters in the history of books I’ve ever read. God, that girl is just heatful. Ugh!

And Landon is my favorite character of this book. He’s the best friend ever, to Tessa and to Hardin. I have a secret crush on him, and I really hope he has his own HEA.

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Dream cast: Harry Styles as Hardin *sigh*

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Dream cast: Liam Payne as Landon *sigh*

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: 5 STARS

The narrations of Shane East, Elizabeth Louise are awesome. Despite the fact that Shane doesn’t have a voice that goes with Hardin’s age, his british accent and how he performs Hardin’s character, make him a great narrator to listen to. Elizabeth’s voice is sweet and smooth and transmits every emotion Tessa has, and I love love love the inflection she does for Hardin’s voice.

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3927354ANNA TODD is a first-time writer spending her days in the Austin area with her husband, with whom she beat half the statistics by getting married one month after graduating high school. Between her husband’s three deployments to Iraq, she worked odd jobs from a makeup counter to the IRS processing counter. Anna was always an avid reader and boy band and romance lover, so now that she’s found a way to combine the three she’s enjoying living a real-life dream come true.

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BLOG TOUR & BOOK REVIEW: The Vigilante’s Lover (The Vigilantes #1) by Annie Winters, Tony West

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Spies, vengeance, and one seriously well-dressed man

“If Bourne dressed like Bond and acted like Grey, you’d have Jax De Luca.” An addictive new romantic suspense series from the desk of USA Today bestselling author Deanna Roy/JJ Knight Mia trembles as she reads the letter that arrives from Ridley Prison. Seduction. Bondage ropes. Descriptions of things Mia has never experienced or known. The man’s words are desperately passionate. He longs for a woman who must have given him a fake address. Mia’s address. She plans to send the letter back. He’s a convicted felon. But his words gnaw at her. She’s never done anything dangerous. And no man has ever talked to her like this. So Mia writes him, pretending to be the woman he desires. It’s her one dark thrill in her dull, solitary small-town life. The man is in prison for another fifteen years. It’s harmless. She is safe enough. Until he escapes.

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VIVIAN’S BOOK REVIEW: 5 STARS!

First, and foremost, thank you to Annie Winters and Tony West for providing Collector of Book Boyfriends book blog with this arc!!

This is Sci-Fi meets BDSM 😉 Adrenaline pumping! The Vigilante’s Lover starts out with a BANG! It jumps right into the plot and doesn’t allow you to put it down!

Mia Morrow is this 20 year old, shy, naïve country girl that has lost everyone she loves. She recently lost her aunt to a stroke and is living in the home that her aunt left to her. “I felt adrift, unmoored, like a boat some sailor accidently freed by tying a shoddy timber hitch.”Mia doesn’t know what direction her life should go in and the only thing that keeps her entertained, as of late, is these mysterious letters she started receiving in the mail from an inmate named Jax De Luca.

For the average onlooker that could read these letters, they would assume they are letters to a lover from a man that is stuck in prison. The letters go into great details of accounts of bondage and sexual innuendos. “Knots are useful. Everything about this language appeals to my sensibilities. Beauty. Power. Bondage. I enjoy all three.” Mia finds herself intoxicated and obsessed with the words in the letters. Her need to respond is too great to resist, so she starts sending letters back. Little to her knowledge, these letters are Jax’s way of communicating with his friend Klaus in the outside world, arranging for his prison break. As Jax starts receiving her letters, he can only assume his friends identity and his escape plan, has been compromised. Mia, in her innocents, never thought responding to these highly titillating letters would bring the man on the other end to her doorstep…well she was VERY WRONG!

Jax is determined to find out what happened to his friend, which whom he was sending the coded letters to and first on his agenda once her gets out of prison, is to give the person whom is sending him letters now, a visit. But finding a beautiful tempting girl like Mia at the safe house where his friend is supposed to be at is very unexpected. He can only assume that she is part of “The Vigilante”, so he takes her hostage in hopes to break her down until she gives up the whereabouts of his friend. “I don’t think I’ve captured a Phase One Trainee quite as beautiful as you before.” Is Mia really this naive country girl that is in the wrong place at the wrong time or is she something “special” that was hidden away in a safe house by “The Vigilante” to protect her? “There is a lot more to this girl than meets the eye. TheVigilante’s are protecting her identity from one of their own.” For some reason, the Identipad indicates that she has no record…this throws up red flags for Jax. Who is Mia?

I was completely absorbed in this book! Like shut out the world, have to get to the bottom of what is going on. The Vigilante’s Lover has everything from suspense to action to that underlying sexual tension that we readers love! Be warned, this volume leaves you on a major CLIFFHANGER! BUT…THANKFULLY volume 2 comes out Jan.27, 2015! So we don’t have to wait forever! I am going to be patiently…not so patiently…waiting for volume 2! LOL

**There’s futuristic aspects in this book, such as: mood detector sensors (a computer system that can monitor your mood changes), high-tech gadgets like bracelets and watches that can unlock doors by just swiping your finger over it, and there’s also use of holograms in vehicles (kind of like in the movie, Ironman) and vehicles can drive by themselves (kind of like in the movie i, robot). There’s also phrases thrown around like: off the grid, the syndicate, “Identipad” (a system that identifies any and all persons and shows their history from conception to death). There is no specific date or year noted in The Vigilante’s Lover, so I don’t know exactly when this takes place.**

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Annie-Winters-Vigilantes-LoverAnnie Winters is the new romantic suspense pen name for Deanna Roy/JJ Knight, the USA Today bestselling author of romances and serials. She teamed up with thriller writer Tony West for a new series that combines the best of romance and a heart-stopping action.

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BLOG TOUR & BOOK REVIEW: With a Twist (Last Call #4) by Sawyer Bennett

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Wyatt Banks is ready to give one woman the world. Unfortunately, his job as a cop tends to interfere with other goals. When Wyatt is sent deep undercover to investigate a sex slave ring, he doesn’t have time to do anything but focus on staying alive in a dark and dangerous underworld.

Wyatt isn’t alone though in his quest to save the women that are being sold into sexual slavery.

His partner, FBI Agent Andrea Somerville, is immersed just as deeply as he is, and she’s the bait to lure the sex slavers out into the open, as she poses as an erotic dancer in an attempt to snare the enemy. But danger runs as high as the sparks between them, and now Wyatt is caught between the job he loves and the woman he wants.

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ANGY’S BOOK REVIEW: 4 STARS

This book definitely has a twist.  What are the chances of an undercover cop and an undercover FBI agent falling in love while on an undercover mission?  Highly likely if the cards are aligned, right?  This is exactly what happens in this book.  It pose as a problem for the mission because protecting Andrea could cloud Wyatt’s perspective and it could mess everything up.  Want to know what happens?  You’ll have to read the book to find out. I totally loved it.

This is the first book I read of Sawyer Bennett.  I liked her style of writing.  The descriptions and conversations in this book were very good.  The action scenes were very well written that I totally saw everything in my head.  They were awesome.  The development of the characters were believable and their personalities fit perfectly for their jobs.  Andrea and Wyatt both were strong, fierceful, very determined and committed to their jobs.

“Strength,” I say as I bend down to kiss her softly on the lips.

“Determination,” I say as I kiss her jaw.

“Fearlessness,” I murmur, grazing my lips along her neck.

“You are fucking amazing,” I tell her as I pull back.

Wyatt was very domineering – which I totally love – and romantic despite the fact that he was hesitant about what to do about his relationship with Andrea at the beginning.  But once he felt sure about it, he was all in.  He was totally drawn to “Nikki O”, I mean, Andrea from the beginning. He was such a great undercover cop.  He could hide all his feelings and desires and so many other emotions he had toward Andrea while she was working with him.

She’s beautifully… stunningly… amazingly… bare, and I have a wild, insane urge to pull her off the stage. Not to cover her body with clothing but with my own.

One thing I love about this book is the little amount of drama it has.  So if you’re in the market for an almost drama free read, I highly recommend this book.  With a Twist is a fantastic book with a great plot, awesome characters and one amazing ending.  

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6950682New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Sawyer Bennett is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. Her husband works for a Fortune 100 company which lets him fly all over the world while she stays at home with their daughter and three big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn’t have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.

Sawyer is the author of several contemporary romances including the popular Off Series, the Legal Affairs Series, the Last Call Series and the Carolina Cold Fury Hockey Series.

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AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Mai Tai’d Up (Cocktail #4) by Alice Clayton

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Looking for the perfect mix of smart, sexy, and sassy? Mai Tai’d Up continues New York Times bestselling author Alice Clayton’s Cocktail series, which began with Wallbanger and continued with Rusty Nailed and Screwdrivered.

The gossip mill in the seaside community of Monterey is churning about Chloe Patterson, the newcomer who is starting a sanctuary for rescued pit bulls. It’s rumored that she’s a former beauty queen (true) who ditched her fiancé the morning of their wedding (also true). And that while she’s not looking for a new man, the good-looking local veterinarian has his eye on her. Absolutely, positively true.

When Lucas Campbell isn’t at the family veterinary clinic, he’s paddle boarding in Monterey Bay. Recently single, he’s definitely not in the market for a new relationship, but he still can’t resist taking a second, third, and fourth look at the recent arrival of Miss Golden State.

Neither Lucas nor Chloe has any interest in being tied down. Being tied up, however—now there’s a thought. But are a few Mai Tais, a moonlit night, and the music of Frank Sinatra enough to allow them both to forget their past? Let’s hope Ol’ Blue Eyes knows what he’s doing.

Mix one part tiki, one part kinky, and a splash of old black magic matchmaking, and it’s time to be . . . Mai Tai’d Up.

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ANGY’S AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: 5+++ STARS

The audiobook of Mai Tai’d Up made this book five times better. Heather Smith did an amazing job in the narration of Chloe and Lucas’s love story. I definitely loved listening the audiobook after reading the book for the first time. It gave me another chance to fall in love with Lucas, and to repeat the book, which I love doing, but I don’t have much time to do that lately. So, I’m doubly happy.

Heather’s voice was just perfect for this book. It fits perfectly with Chloe’s personality: Lovely, caring, playful, funny and sexy.

Header made it flawless when Chloe was having her panic attack the day of the wedding. I could totally hear the desperation and the anguish in her voice.

And Oh. My. God. Heather’s tone of voice was awesome when Chloe was thinking about her KRYP-TO-NITE Lucas, I was daydreaming along with her *sigh*.

And of course, when Chloe and Lucas made love for the first time, it was steamy-hot! It was intense, and sexy and… yeah, you know what I mean *giggles*. Heather’s sexy narration made it even better than when I read it the first time.

I also loved the inflection in Heather’s voice for Lucas. I was melting when he was talking to Chloe the day she had to fetch her first dog, Sammy Davis Jr. Lucas was so straightforward about what could happen with the dogs, the bad things, but also the amazing things she could enjoy with this new experience. What an amazing man he is. Can I have my own ginger kryptonite for myself please?

Amazing book! Alice did great with this spin off. In addition to this audiobook review, you can also read my book review here.

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3379564Alice Clayton is a novelist with an unholy love for her KitchenAid mixer. Making her home in St Louis, she enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up afterwards, and is trying desperately to get her long time boyfriend to make her an honest woman. Hi sweetie!!

After working for years in the cosmetics industry as a makeup artist, esthetician, and national educator for a major cosmetics company, Alice picked up a pen (read laptop) for the first time at 33 to begin a new career, writer. Combining her love of storytelling with a sense of silly, she was shocked and awed to be nominated for a Goodreads Author award in 2010 for her debut novels, The Redhead Series.

Alice has penned three novels, The Unidentified Redhead,The Redhead Revealed, and coming soon in November 2012, Wallbanger. She thinks you should purchase them immediately. She’s not kidding, not even a little bit. Everyone needs some comedic erotica in their lives. She is hard at work on the third book in The Redhead Series, set to release in Spring of 2013, continuing the saucy and sexual escapades of everyone’s favorite couple, Jack and Grace.

Additionally, Alice loves spending time with her besties on Not Your Mother’s Podcast, make sure you check them out at notyourmotherspodcast.com or over on iTunes. 3 women rushing towards their forties still acting like teenagers. A saucy little mix of sex, love, relationships, pop cultural, celebrity gossip and All Things Jake Ryan.

Alice enjoys pickles, Bloody Mary’s, 8 hours of sleep, and a good pounding.

Finally Alice would also like all her readers and listeners to help her convince Mt. Alice that the only other thing that would make her truly happy is finally bringing home a Bernese Mountain Dog. She is totally serious. And done talking about herself in the third person…

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BOOK & AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Last Call (Cocktail #2.5) by Alice Clayton

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From NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton, known for her “deliciously addictive” (The Book Vixen) novels, this Cocktail series novella reunites readers with Caroline and Simon from the wildly successful Wallbanger.

Simon and Caroline are back for another round of baking, banging, and big life changes. Settling in, but never settling down, Caroline has finally struck a balance between the professional and the personal. As one of the top interior designers in San Francisco, she travels all over Northern California between nook time with Simon.

Perpetual globetrotter Simon has cut his frequent flyer miles in half over the last year, preferring to balance his professional and personal life, as well.

The next step in their lives seems preordained—toasts, veils, and the aisle of rose petals. But when an accident on a photo shoot in Southeast Asia brings Caroline the most terrifying phone call she could ever imagine, she has to ask whether “till death do us part” is a more realistic prospect than faces most couples.

It’s been a grand adventure, and Caroline and Simon wouldn’t go out without the best surprise ending ever. One part sexy, one part laughter, a dash of exotic locales, and one pink nightie, mixed with passion, and you’ve got Last Call. Served with a side of Clive.

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ANGY’S BOOK REVIEW: 5++ STARS

Love me some Wallbanger!!

The funniest things happened to me with this series. Back in 2013, when I read Wallbanger by recommendation of my dear friend Gretchen from the blog About That Story, I just went for it, didn’t check the background of the book or the author, I just read it and I loved it! Till that moment, everything was normal. Of course I was super happy when I knew about the other books of the Cocktail Series, I loved Rustynailedcheck my review – because of Simon, I mean Simon my Wallbanger is the best *sigh*, and I loved, loved, loved the two spin offs, Screwdriveredcheck my review – and Mai Tai’d Upcheck my review -. And… here is the funny thing #1, right after finishing Mai Tai’d Up, I found out that the names of the books were actual cocktail names *palm face* HaHaHa, yeah I know, crazy silly me, but I have an excuse, I know nothing about cocktails and less about their names in English *giggles*. And the funny thing #2 is that when I started reading Last Call, I FOUND OUT THAT THE WHOLE STORY STARTED AS A FANFIC OF TWILIGHT! What?? Really?? I can’t believe it!! I’m so happy about it HaHaHa

“The story of Simon and Caroline began somewhere back in 2009. I was part of this wonderful community of writers and readers and reviewers and all around crazy-town sillies called Twilight Fan Fiction…. And it all started with a teenage girl in a hoodie and a 107-year-old virgin vampire”

There are 4 books/series that I’ve read that started that way and I love them all. I think I should reconsider my #1 book boyfriend and make it Edward Cullen… Well because… Edward Cullen.

“This book is dedicated to Edward Cullen. Because… Edward Cullen.”

Now, let’s talk about Last Call. It takes place one year after Rustynailed. Caroline and Simon are in a very good place in their relationship, in their careers and with their kitty family – 4 cats aren’t so much, right? -. They are happy *grins*. But when things are good, they can be better, right? All their closer friends are settling down, and maybe they are feeling the pressure of it or maybe they really wanna give the next step?

I would never get tired of looking at Simon Parker in a tuxedo. Especially at the end of an aisle. Not going to lie, it gave me thoughts. Especially when during the ceremony he caught my eye more than once. Sometimes we simply grinned, enjoying the moment with our friends. Sometimes he looked thoughtful, as weddings tend to make everyone think about their future and the past. And once, those sapphire eyes burned into mine, hinting at what he’d rather be doing than standing at an altar. And what he’d rather be doing was me.”

I loved how things went on in this book. Caroline and Simon’s relationship is amazing. I love the way they treat each other. Simon is the most romantic man ever! I love how he reads every expression in Caroline, from her body language to her eyes. And I utterly love their commitment with each other. How much she loves to give him exactly what he wants and how much he loves to accept everything she has to give to him. I love how playful they are and Oh. Lord. They are so amazing in bed! I love the sex scenes written by Alice! They are not explicit, but the way she describes them makes them really hot.

I said yes, and then he kissed me. I said yes, and then he touched me. I said yes, and then he slipped inside me. I said yes, yes, yes and then he loved me”

This book has all the characters of all the books of Alice Clayton. Viv and Clark from Screwdrivered – I love love love to read more about their HEA, thank you Alice!! –, Chloe and Lucas from Mai Tai’d Up – I loved Chloe’s chats with Lucas’ cousin, Sophia ‘You mean my cousin Lucas… No, I mean my boyfriend Lucas… He’s my cousin… He’s my boyfriend…’  BwaHaHaHa -, Simon and Caroline’s best friends as couples, Sophia and Neil were so funny – The van incident was hilarious – and Mimi and Ryan had a beautiful wedding – With only one wedding dress HaHaHa -. And they were talking about Grace Sheridan and Jack Hamilton from the Redhead Series -, I was so excited!!

“Viv and Clark were there, with Will in attendance as well, cute as a button in a tuxedo onesie. And Chloe and Lucas were there too, in town visiting Sophia and Neil. And get this, Chloe and Clark were cousins. How’s that six degree of Wallbanger?”

Just like in Wallbanger and Rustynailed, the epilogue is from Clive’s POV!! It was awesome and it has one huge surprise!! *grinning like an idiot* I really enjoyed this book. It was awesome and I was laughing out loud most of the time. There was a moment, around 80% of the book, when I was crying my eyes out, but everything was perfect at the end. I totally loved the end of Simon and Caroline’s story.

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: 5 STARS

Heather Smith is a great narrator. She transmits flawlessly the humor and sexyness of Alice Clayton’s books. She has a tone of voice that goes perfectly with Caroline’s personality. Her inflections in the other character’s voices are very subtle, but I could notice the differences between characters in their conversations. The audiobook is short, almost 4 hours, and I enjoyed it from beginning to end.

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3379564Alice Clayton is a novelist with an unholy love for her KitchenAid mixer. Making her home in St Louis, she enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up afterwards, and is trying desperately to get her long time boyfriend to make her an honest woman. Hi sweetie!!

After working for years in the cosmetics industry as a makeup artist, esthetician, and national educator for a major cosmetics company, Alice picked up a pen (read laptop) for the first time at 33 to begin a new career, writer. Combining her love of storytelling with a sense of silly, she was shocked and awed to be nominated for a Goodreads Author award in 2010 for her debut novels, The Redhead Series.

Alice has penned three novels, The Unidentified Redhead,The Redhead Revealed, and coming soon in November 2012, Wallbanger. She thinks you should purchase them immediately. She’s not kidding, not even a little bit. Everyone needs some comedic erotica in their lives. She is hard at work on the third book in The Redhead Series, set to release in Spring of 2013, continuing the saucy and sexual escapades of everyone’s favorite couple, Jack and Grace.

Additionally, Alice loves spending time with her besties on Not Your Mother’s Podcast, make sure you check them out at notyourmotherspodcast.com or over on iTunes. 3 women rushing towards their forties still acting like teenagers. A saucy little mix of sex, love, relationships, pop cultural, celebrity gossip and All Things Jake Ryan.

Alice enjoys pickles, Bloody Mary’s, 8 hours of sleep, and a good pounding.

Finally Alice would also like all her readers and listeners to help her convince Mt. Alice that the only other thing that would make her truly happy is finally bringing home a Bernese Mountain Dog. She is totally serious. And done talking about herself in the third person…

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BOOK & AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Beautiful Bitch (Beautiful Bastard #1.5) by Christina Lauren

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SYNOPSIS

Picking up where Beautiful Bastard left off, Chloe Mills and Bennett Ryan continue their steamy, combative relationship.

Just when Chloe’s career starts to take off, Bennett wishes it would all slow down long enough to spend a wild night alone with his girlfriend. But after he refuses to take no for an answer, Chloe and Bennett find themselves with two plane tickets, one French Villa, and a surprising conversation that, predictably, leaves them wrestling under the covers.

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ASHLEY’S BOOK REVIEW: 5 BASTARD STARS

THEY’RE BACK!!! EEK! MORE CHLOE AND BENNETT! ❤

In this novella, we get an “extended” epilogue is how I like to look at it! Which I am perfectly fine with because I LOVE Bennett and Chloe!

Beautiful Bitch is about the “who are we as a couple?” Their relationship has grown since their reunion at the end of Beautiful Bastard and they have become “inseparable” in a sense.

“I can function without you. But I don’t like being away from you. It feels like you take my home with you when you go.”-Chloe.

Beautiful So of course, we get the title Beautiful Bitch from Chloe obviously…we get to see how she is establishing herself in her career. Bitch is centered on Chloe’s new blooming career and Bennett’s ever busy career. Written in dual POVs, Bennett and Chloe explain the frustrations of having a successful professional career while also creating a solid foundation for a personal relationship…they are learning real fast that having both is difficult!

“Chloe, you’ve owned me since the first second I saw you.” *AWE SWOON*

Bennett and Chloe may be in love, but their ever present foreplay in the form of bantering was definitely still there simmering under the surface! Chloe still gave as much attitude and sass as she got and put Bennett in his place. Bennett could easily be his “panty ripping bastard” self at the drop of a hat if provoked by Chloe;) Their sexual tension was not diminished!

I would give this novella 5 Beautiful Stars!

ANGY’S AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: 5 STARS

Beautiful Bitch is MORE OF BENNETT AND CHLOE for me, which is the best. This books is the kind of books i always want when I love a book. It is their life after the HEA. Knowing how those two stubborn, perfectionist, driven and crazy in love with each other of Chloe and Bennett were building their relationship was the best. I love to know they still have the sex drive toward each other *smirk*, not to mention their urge to kill each other HaHaHa, I love the war/love between them. .

LIstening to the audiobook was awesome. I loved that it has a dual narration. Grace Grant for Chloe’s POV, which was amazing, and Kirby Heybourne for Bennett’s POV. Listening to a male voice for Bennett was so cool, even though I had to get used to Kirby’s tone of voice.

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6556689Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners besties soulmates brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced seven New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 22 languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)

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