Review – Heartbreaker by Stacey Kennedy


Heartbreaker by Stacey Kennedy
Series: Filthy Dirty Love #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 31, 2017
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Handcuffs aren’t just part of their job in this sizzling new standalone novel by USA Today bestselling author, Stacey Kennedy.

Veteran cop, Maddox Hunt, is all about the job. Sure, there are women—lots of women, truth be told—but there’s no one special. Until a one-night stand from his past, rookie Joss O’Neil is assigned to his division. Suddenly, all he can think about is her. The scent of her. The taste of her.

Fresh out of field training, Joss has thrown herself into her job, determined to kick-start her career. And while police work has its thrills, her gorgeous new boss is what really gets her pulse pounding. Too bad he’s nothing but a distraction. Especially since he’s as devastatingly handsome as she remembers, and his sexy smile arrests her heart.

Now that Joss is back in Maddox’s life, he has a plan: satisfy her fantasies and fulfill his every dark desire. Nothing is off limits. Her pleasure is the endgame . . . but even the best-laid plans have a way of falling apart. Despite his best attempts to keep his distance and have things remain only about the pleasure, Maddox soon finds himself breaking the only law he’s set for himself. Don’t fall in love.


Damn… This book was on fire and I mean FIRE!!!

I finished this book the other night and I still seem to have the ultimate book hangover from this beautifully written story. Heartbreaker is the first book that I have read from the extraordinary Stacey Kennedy, but I know that it won’t be the last. This book completely took over my thoughts (whole body and soul) and I could hardly manage to put it down until I was so tired that I feel asleep halfway through (I now know never to start a Stacey Kennedy original so close to bedtime)!

Joss and Maddox’s story starts off as a one-night-stand hookup in a club bathroom a year prior to the main events surrounding this one-of-a-kind (kinky) romance!

Maddox Hunt is the kind of guy that girls label as a “one and done.” He’s always been a straight shooter when it comes to his love life, but Joss O’Neil has managed to break through his barrier and take over his mind. There’s just one little problem…she’s now a rookie cop working under him. What’s a guy to do? Hook-up in secret of course!

Overall, this book was a super quick read that I strongly recommend if you’re looking for a hot and heavy secret hook-up turned more! 🙂

About Stacey Kennedy

STACEY KENNEDY is the USA Today bestselling author of the Dirty Little Secrets and Club Sin series. She writes deeply emotional romances about powerful men and the wild women who tame them. When she’s not writing sensual stories, she spends her time in southwestern Ontario with her real life hero, her husband, their two young children, and her other babies: a mini labradoodle named Jax and a chocolate labrador named Murphy. Stacey is a proud chocolate, television show, Urban Barn, and wine addict. She likes her heroes in her books like she likes her coffee . . . strong and hot!

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Review – The Room Mate by Kendall Ryan


The Room Mate by Kendall Ryan
Series: Roommates #1 – Standalone
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Release Date: January 24, 2017
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The last time I saw my best friend’s younger brother, he was a geek wearing braces. But when Cannon shows up to crash in my spare room, I get a swift reality check. 

Now twenty-four, he’s broad shouldered and masculine, and so sinfully sexy, I want to climb him like the jungle gyms we used to enjoy. At six-foot-something with lean muscles hiding under his T-shirt, a deep sexy voice, and full lips that pull into a smirk when he studies me, he’s pure temptation. 

Fresh out of a messy breakup, he doesn’t want any entanglements. But I can resist, right? 

I’m holding strong until the third night of our new arrangement when we get drunk and he confesses his biggest secret of all: he’s cursed when it comes to sex. Apparently he’s a god in bed, and women instantly fall in love with him. 

I’m calling bullshit. In fact, I’m going to prove him wrong, and if I rack up a few much-needed orgasms in the process, all the better. 

There’s no way I’m going to fall in love with Cannon. But once we start…I realize betting against him may have been the biggest mistake of my life.

THE ROOM MATE is a full-length standalone romance.


If you’re looking for a hot and heavy romantic story about an unlikely pair then look no further because do I have the perfect book for you! The Room Mate by Kendall Ryan is a beautifully written love story that will melt your heart from the beginning to the end! Once I picked up this book to read it was nearly impossible to put down because the author just has a brilliant way with words.

Cannon Roth finds himself temporarily “homeless” after an ex-girlfriend decides to teach him a lesson after their messy breakup and his landlord deems him too much of a risk. Luckily his older sister convinces her best friend Paige to take him in for the next few months while he finishes his med school rotation. What starts off as an arrangement soon turns into a more intimate relationship between Cannon and Paige, but is the age difference too much?

I absolutely ADORED every moment of this book. Paige and Cannon’s story had me on the edge of my seat until the very end. I STRONGLY recommend this book and I completely believe that it is WORTH every penny ($3.99 isn’t bad at all)! Pick up your copy of The Room Mate by Kendall Ryan NOW!

About Kendall Ryan

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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Review – Dark Hearts (Light in the Dark #3) by Micalea Smeltzer


Dark Hearts by Micalea Smeltzer
Series: Light in the Dark #3
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: January 24, 2017
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I’ve learned that not everything is what it seems. If you start to look too close, you uncover things people don’t want you to see. It’s why I hide. It’s why no one knows the real me. But he sees me. He sees the darkness in my heart but he’s not afraid, because he’s like me. They say opposites attract, but we’re proof that like-and-like are a far more potent combination.

Novalee Clarke is hiding from a past she wants to leave behind, and Jacen Kensington is running from his.

The thing about hiding and running is eventually the thing you’re trying to escape catches up to you.

And when it does?

It changes everything.


I loved Rae and Cade’s story (Rae of Sunshine), adored Thea and Xander’s (When Stars Collide), but I absolutely felt every moment of Novalee and Jace’s (Dark Hearts).

Dark Hearts by Micalea Smeltzer is perhaps the best in the Light in the Dark series and that is saying something because anything written by this amazing women will leave you craving more. When I first read Rae of Sunshine on the day it was released back in November of 2014 I had no clue it was going to be part of a series, but I was super ecstatic to discover there were more to come!


I instantly connected with Nova and Jace’s story because I have been invested in their characters since the very beginning and watched as their feelings for each other developed throughout the first two books. They both have faced their fair share of horrors and have fought to be where they are today so it’s no surprise that their story would be titled Dark Hearts.

Nova and Jace’s story is so beautifully written and something that you should experience first hand so I will just say that I STRONGLY recommend picking up your copy of Dark Hearts today!

About Micalea Smeltzer

Hi. I’m Micalea. Ma-call-e-uh. Weird name, I know. My mom must’ve known I was going to be odd even in the womb. I’ve written a lot of books. Like a lot. Don’t ask me how many, I don’t remember at this point. I have an unhealthy addiction to Diet Coke but I can’t seem to break the habit. I listen to way too much music and hedgehogs have taken over my life. Crazy is the word that best sums up my life, but it’s the good kind of crazy and I wouldn’t change it for anything.

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Review – Playing Pretend by Juliana Haygert


Playing Pretend by Juliana Haygert
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Release Date: October 24, 2016
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As the Governor’s daughter, Charlotte McClain is an expert in playing pretend. High society, the men her mother shoves in her direction and a Pre-Law major are all a part of her perfect pretense. But when she pretends to be a nobody during Spring Break, she meets someone who rocks her world.

Mason Rowell knows heartbreak and Spring Break don’t mesh well, so he allows the mysterious Charlotte to seduce him. What should have been a fling, results in something deeper. After Spring Break has long since passed, he moves to Washington to pursue his graduate degree, but what he never expected to find living among the rich and pompous, was the girl who gave him the strength to change and the desire to start anew.

When the guy Charlotte can’t forget goes from a sensual memory to temptation in the flesh, her facade is put to the test. If she surrenders to his charms, she risks ruining her mother’s perfect career and master plan. Playing pretend is what Charlotte does best, but how long can she pretend she doesn’t love who man that made her proud of her true self?


Playing Pretend was a beautifully written novel that left me satisfied from the beginning to the very end! I loved every single moment of Charlotte and Mason’s story and their journey of discovery. I consider this to be a relatively quick read, but I strongly recommend taking you time to truly observe ever aspect of Charlotte and Mason’s intense relationship and all the twists and turns they face throughout their story. Trust me, you won’t regret it!

The story begins with a Spring Break hook-up in California between Charlotte & Mason…

Charlotte McClain, a governors daughter, decides to finally live a little during her spring break trip to California. On their first night in town she meets a bartender named Mason Rowell and they instantly form a connection. When the week ends they part ways, knowing that they never see each other again, or so they thought…

Spring Break is over and now it’s time for Charlotte start hiding her true self again and reassume the perfect daughter of Governor McClain. A few months later she gets the surprise of her life when she runs into Mason at an event and he finally discovers who she really is. They say opposites attract and this is no doubt one of those stories!

Since I don’t want to give too much of the storyline away, I will say that you’ll love every moment of this extraordinary tale! I strongly recommend picking up this book today!

About Juliana Haygert

While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting–but equally gratifying–life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.

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Review – Girl Breaker by Harper Kincaid


Girl Breaker by Harper Kincaid
Series: Break on Through #3
Genre: Adult
Release Date: January 17, 2017
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Sometimes the best thing a good girl can do is make a bad decision.

Jessica has always been the girl with her head in the clouds and her nose in a book, only dating the “nice guys”. But when rough-around-the-edges Viking-biker-god, Mad Max, and his precocious little girl move onto her street, Jessica falls hard and fast for both of them.

Max is no stranger to women wanting to share his bed—and he’s always been more than happy to oblige them all. He’s lived wild all his life—that is, until a daughter shows up on his doorstep and he meets a redheaded angel down the block.

There’s nothing more he wants than to claim Jessica as his, to bring the gorgeous spitfire to his bed. But a man like him doesn’t get a happy ending with a woman like her. He’s got a whole other life, one he’s kept secret for good reason.

If Jessica found out what he really is, there’s no way she could love him. He should keep his hands to himself. But he’s Mad Max—he’s never done the right thing, and he’s not going to start now.

Warning: Contains a dominating alpha male who’s a lot more than he seems, and a good girl with a swirl of flavors under her vanilla.


If you’re looking for the perfect opposites attract love story then Girl Breaker by Harper Kincaid! Although this book is part of a series I believe that you can read it as a standalone, which is what happened for me. When I signed up for a chance to receive an ARC I didn’t realize that this book was part of a series, but I sure am glad that I did sign up! This also happened to be the first book I read from this author, but I can gladly tell you it won’t be the last!


I really enjoyed every aspect of this beautifully written book. In this novel we meet Jessica, a straight-laced “good girl” who always has her head in the clouds and her nose in a book, while Max is a sexy biker and single dad who has lived a very rough life. They say that opposites attract and their romantic encounter is exactly that. Jessica and Max’s chemistry is off the charts and leaves you exploring outside your comfort zone.


Overall, I loved every moment of this book and can’t wait to read more from this author in the near future. Jessica and Max’s story is truly one-of-a-kind! If you are looking for a hot and heavy romance then this is the book for you!


About Harper Kincaid

A woman with the heart of a revolutionary,
The mind of a pragmatist,
And the inappropriate humor of your tipsy BFF…

Born in California and raised in South Florida, I’ve moved around like a gypsy with a bounty on my head ever since. Along the way, I’ve worked as a community organizer, a professional matchmaker, an art teacher, a popular blogger, and a crisis counselor (to name a few). All the while, longing to have the guts and follow-through to do what I really wanted: to write and become a published author. That wish has finally come true and tickled pink with glitter over this good piece of fortune.

What else? Hmm…I love indie, lo-fi, complaint rock played on vinyl, wearing black because it’s slimming, the theater, well-informed optimism, happy endings (both kinds),and making those close to me laugh ’til they snort. I’m a self-admitted change junkie, loving new experiences and places, but have now happily settled in the cutest lil’ town, Vienna, Virginia.

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Excerpt Reveal – The Bartender (Modern Love #1) by Piper Rayne


The Bartender by Piper Rayne
Series: Modern Love #1
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: February 1, 2017


Who knew sleeping with the enemy could be this fun?

Was the one night stand a good idea?

Well, no. Probably not in retrospect.

In my defense I had just moved back into my grandparent’s house, I’d lost my dream job, and a guy on Tinder had stood me up. It was like life had suddenly stamped ‘LOSER’ on my forehead.

So when the guy behind the bar started giving me THE look…you know, the one that promised I’d be screaming his name into the wee hours of the morning? When that guy also has the perfect amount of scruff on his chiseled chin, biceps bulging out of his t-shirt, and a cocky grin you knew he’d earned in the sack…when he gives you that look, you don’t bother to figure out what your six degrees of separation are. You jump on that horse and ride it!

Pun fully and completely intended. And accurate by the way.

I fully admit to feeling sorry for myself and acting impulsively, but by the time I’d figured out WHO the bartender was, I was already falling for him.



An hour and a half later and hot stuff has come around the bar to take the seat beside me and join me on my mission to get shit-faced. I have to admit, I’m enjoying his company, but it doesn’t exactly make him Employee of the Year given the fact that he’s supposed to be working.

“Won’t your boss be mad that you’re drinking on the job?” I ask.

That damn dimple makes another appearance again before he answers. “Nah, he’s cool. It’s dead in here tonight. If anyone comes in, I’ll be sure they get what they need.” His gaze rakes up and down my small frame, and I get the distinct impression that he’s picturing me naked.

Jeez, I hope my nakedness looks amazing in his brain. Given the half-crooked smile on his face, I think it must. I wonder if his imagination is good enough to picture that dimple in my ass that doesn’t ever seem to want to disappear, regardless of how much I weigh.

As if he’s tempted fate with his words, the bell over the door dings and an older gentleman walks in and seats himself at one of the bar tables across the room.

“Be right back.” Cole pats my hand before he rises from his seat.

It was an innocent gesture, but it makes me think dirty things. The heat from his hand seeps up my arm like a bee sting and settles somewhere in my chest.

I watch him walk away and can’t help but notice the way his ass perfectly fills out his jeans. It bunches and flexes as his long strides take him across the bar. Maybe Lennon is right and it has been too long since I’ve been with a man.

It’s then that I realize that Tinder dude still hasn’t shown up. The bar isn’t busy, probably since it’s the middle of the week, and I’ve been chatting—okay, flirting—with Cole and hadn’t realized how much time had passed. I grab my phone from my purse and open the app to see that I have a new message.

Pussylickr69: Not coming. Sorry found someone else who wasn’t so much werk.

Fury causes my face to heat as I type out a quick reply that might be, and by that I mean most definitely is, alcohol-fueled.

Whiteebanter: Yeah, I can see how thirty minutes of conversation is too much foreplay for you. Fuck you and your lack of knowledge of the English language. You spell work with an ‘o,’ dipshit.

There. That’ll show him. With a frown, I drop my phone back into my purse.

“Everything okay?” Cole asks as he takes the seat beside me again.

I sigh. “Yeah, I just found out that Pussylicker isn’t coming anymore.”

Cole nearly spits out the sip of drink he’s just taken and has a coughing fit before he fully recovers. “Excuse me?”

“I was waiting for a guy from Tinder to show up, but he just ditched me because apparently it was too much work to have a drink with me before taking me back to his place to bang me.” I spin my glass in place on the bar top.

“You’re trolling for guys on Tinder?” Cole howls with laughter so hard he has to hold his stomach. I love the way the laugh looks on his face—the way it crinkles his eyes at the corners and how it showcases his perfect teeth. But all that aside, it’s irritating.

“It’s not that funny.” This guy might be hot, but right now he’s working my nerves.

“Actually, it is. Why the hell would a woman like you resort to finding someone to fuck on a dating site?”

The way the word ‘fuck’ rolls off his tongue has all my womanly parts contracting and wishing that it was an invitation to do just that. But never mind that, because I’m annoyed at him, I just barely remember through my drunken haze.

“What do you mean a woman like me?” I try to do air quotes around the last part, but my balance isn’t what it was three hours ago, and I almost topple off my stool, so I quickly grab on to the bar in front of me.

“Beautiful. Intelligent. Likable. Smartass.” He ticks each word off on one hand while he speaks and he says it like he means it. I hold his stare for a minute before realization dawns.

“Hey! I’m a B.I.L.F. You know, like a M.I.L.F. Only different.” I’m so impressed that I thought of that given my current state.

Cole chuckles with an amused gleam in his eyes. “Only better,” he says.

Our gazes lock for a beat and it’s at that moment I know that if I offer myself up to this guy, he’ll be more than willing to send me on the walk of shame tomorrow morning. Heat rushes into my cheeks and I look away. As much bravado as I had earlier about my Tinder escapade, I’m not sure I can do this. Be this girl so full of confidence that she bangs a stranger with no qualms about it.

My elation has crash-landed on the ground as I realize I’m not able to pull the trigger and make an advance toward him. I also know I’ll probably regret it forever because this man is so far beyond good-looking that it’s a speck in the rear-view mirror. Not to mention the fact that he’s sexy as hell and seems to be a decent human being. Which is more impossible to find in the Bay area than someone who doesn’t think they’re allergic to gluten.

I take a deep breath and finish the last couple of gulps of my drink and push the glass in Cole’s direction.

“Another, please.”

Cole tosses back the rest of his drink and I watch as his Adam’s apple bobs in his throat while the liquid slides down.

Damn. That is sexy.

Why is that sexy?

“I’m going to join you for another as well.” He gets up off his bar stool and before walking away he comes to stand directly behind me. “Assuming you want me to stick around?”

His breath washes across my neck and my ear and I close my eyes for a brief moment to enjoy the sensation. “I’d like that,” I say with all honesty.

“Good. I know the first guy let you down, but don’t worry… I’ve been told I lick pussy like a boss.”

And with that, he walks away while I struggle to keep my heart from pounding out of my chest.

I’m out of my league with this guy. I know it and there’s a good chance that he knows it, too.

But ask yourself this, ladies… if you were called up to the big leagues from the minors, would you say no?



About Piper Rayne

Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two established authors for the price of one. You might be wondering if you know us? Maybe you’ll read our books and figure it out. Maybe you won’t. Does it really matter?

We aren’t trying to stamp ourselves with a top-secret label. We wanted to write without apology. We wanted to not be pigeon holed into a specific outline. We wanted to give readers a story without them assuming how the story will flow. Everyone has their favorite authors, right? And when you pick up their books, you expect something from them. Whether it’s an alpha male, heavy angst, a happily ever after, there’s something you are absolutely certain the book will contain. Heck, we’re readers, too, we get it.

What can we tell you about ourselves? We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We’re both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We’re both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.

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Review – Safe Bet (The Rules #4) by Monica Murphy


Safe Bet by Monica Murphy
Series: The Rules #4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 10, 2017
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Sydney Walker’s new job is perfect. As the live-in nanny to the most famous quarterback in the NFL and his beautiful wife, she couldn’t have it any better. Their kids are adorable. Her bosses are more than generous. Plus, there are hot football players at the house all the time. Life can’t get much better than this.

Until her life turns into an absolute nightmare. The media is abuzz with rumors that she and her boss Drew Callahan are having a torrid affair. Everyone knows the truth—except the public. So Drew’s wife Fable comes up with the perfect idea.

She creates a fake relationship between Sydney and one of the rookie players on Drew’s team. Wade Knox is forever indebted to Drew and Fable and readily agrees to the set up. Pretending to be in a romantic relationship with the hot nanny for a week—how hard can it be?

Crazy how it only takes one week for two people to fall head over heels in love…

(This mash-up new adult romance features characters from both the One Week Girlfriend series and The Rules series.)



Monica Murphy has done it again! I first discovered this extraordinary author during the very beginning of The Rules series, so I was super excited when book #4 was announced and jumped at the opportunity to read and review it! Although I’ve read all of the books in The Rules series, this happened to be my first experience with Drew and Fable. After finishing this book I immediately added the One Week Girlfriend series to my TBR list and I can’t wait to carve out some free-time (which is few and far in-between now that I am back in school). However, I WILL make time because I loved the idea of a crossover between the two series!


Safe Bet is the fourth installment in The Rules series and perhaps the best yet! This story follows the “fake” relationship between Wade Knox (rookie NFL player of the 49ers) and Sydney Walker (Drew & Fable’s live-in nanny). I have always adored books that have to do with a “fake” relationship turned real, so I was super excited to read this book and I can happily say that I didn’t regret a single moment of it.

Sydney Walker is nineteen years old and has never worked a single day in her life, but when her parents cut her off after lying about attending college, she must find work quickly. Thanks to her older brother’s connection, she was fortunate enough to find work as a live-in nanny for Drew and Fable Callahan, NFL royalty. Everything was going great until she was photographed with Drew and his two children leaving a restaurant without his wife. Before they knew it rumors of an affair were spreading like wildfire and they came up with the perfect solution…


…Enter in Wade Knox, the twenty-two year old newest wide receiver for the 49ers who every girl wants, but for one-week he’s all Sydney’s. Thanks to a plan set in motion by Drew and Fable (Wade’s best friends older sister) he is now in a committed “fake” relationship with the nineteen year old for at least a week. What he thought would be a fun fling to get the paparazzi of the rumor of an affair between Sydney and Drew, quickly turns into something more…but can a relationship really blossom that fast?


About Monica Murphy

Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.

She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

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