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RAW HEAT By CHERRIE LYNN

IMG_1012    RAW HEAT By CHERRIE LYNN

Raw Heat by Cherrie Lynn is the 3rd instalment in the Larson Brothers series. Damien is the youngest brother and is a successful nightclub owner with an illegal poker room upstairs. He is the darkest and most mysterious of the brothers.

Emma, Damien’s accountant, seeks out Damien regarding business and catches her addict brother Ben gambling at Damien’s game. Ben racks up such a debt that he’s willing to barter his own sister’s virtue in exchange for clearing the debt at Damien’s request. Emma has always been drawn to Damien’s deep intensity so she’s not overly upset about being his for the next 30 days, she only feels betrayed by her brother and torn that she wants to help him but in an unethical way. Raw Heat is Damien and Emma’s sizzling story.

I have loved each one of Cherrie Lynn’s books and was not disappointed with Raw Heat. I read this novel in one sitting. “Heat” is the key word here; not for the faint of heart! It can be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend reading the whole series. I rate this novel 5 out of 5 stars.

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

Reviewed: August 18, 2017. Novel Publish Date: September 5, 2017.

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HARD RULES by Lisa Renee Jones

IMG_0960      HARD RULES by Lisa Renee Jones

Hard Rules is the first instalment of the Dirty Money series by Lisa Renee Jones.

Shane Brandon, a corporate Harvard graduate, is summoned home by his ailing father to save the only legitimate scrap of the family empire that’s left from the corrupt clutches of his brother Derek who is deeply involved with the cartel.

Emily is hiding secrets and has relocated to NYC to escape her past and start over. She meets Shane in a coffee shop and the chemistry is instant and undeniable. A second-chance meeting leads to a hot one-nighter which develops into a deeper connection neither wanted or expected. Jobless, and to Shane’s surprise and utter disdain, Emily accepts an assistant position working for Shane’s detestable father. So what exactly is Emily’s angle?

This book was just mediocre for me. For starters, there was no hook. Usually this type of genre opens up with a steamy encounter to bait you before diving into the backstory, but there was nothing, nada. No encounter and not much backstory. The coffeehouse scene was hardly titillating. By about 25%, it started to get better and there were a couple scenes that were steamy but it didn’t last long and started to drag on and become repetitive. On the whole, this book had no verve or appeal. I rate it 2.5 out of 5 stars. I can say quite confidently that I won’t be reading any more of the upcoming books in the series.

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

Reviewed: July 22, 2017. Novel Publish Date: August 9, 2017.

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LUCA by SARAH CASTILLE

IMG_0958       LUCA by SARAH CASTILLE

Luca is the second instalment of the Ruin & Revenge series by Sarah Castille. A Mafia capo and a police detective lives intersect and the connection and the chemistry is instantaneous and too powerful to deny even though their professions are polar opposites and the danger of being together should be enough to keep apart. Gabrielle lost everything that matters to her and revenge is her only goal. Luca, a mafioso, is after the same target but for different reasons. An alliance is formed and a forbidden love blooms. This book will not disappoint!

I loved this book! It was so much more than I expected. I loved that it had some real meat and took awhile to get going which gave me time to become invested in the characters and see their relationship develop, not just wam-bam-thank-you-mam. This story has some grit, a few twists, and of course, a few smouldering love scenes. Everything this gal loves in a great romance novel. I didn’t read the first novel in this series and therefore feel that this book could be read as a standalone. I rate this novel 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

Reviewed: July 3, 2017. Novel Publish Date: June 27, 2017.

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RAW NEED by Cherrie Lynn

IMG_0937     RAW NEED by Cherrie Lynn

The premise of this story is about a grieving pregnant widow who falls for the brother of the man who accidentally killed her husband in a MMA cage fight. Rowan Dugas is first introduced to Zane Larson, her all-time favourite musician, at her husband’s funeral by her sister-in-law Savannah who happens to be dating Mike the “Red Reaper,” the famous MMA fighter who took Tommy’s life. Rowan realizes that it was a freak accident, but is torn between honouring her husband’s memory and moving on to being truly happy again.

Raw Need by Cherrie Lynn is the second instalment of the Larson Brothers series. This is not your typical storyline, right? I mean, who would start dating while pregnant and recently widowed? Turns out that Zane is more of a friend and support system then a wannabe lover and one can’t help but root for the pair even though the circumstances are less than desirable. Bravo to Cherrie Lynn who can wrote such a believable story. I totally lapped it up and am now a devoted fan! Can’t wait for what’s next!

This is a standalone novel, but if you want a little more background on how Zane and Rowan first met, I would recommend reading Raw Deal where they are first introduced (to read my 5 star review, visit https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/12/22/raw-deal-by-cherrie-lynn/). Cherrie Lynn does a great job of developing the characters so you can read this book without having read the first. I rate this novel 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

Reviewed: June 2, 2017. Novel Publish Date: June 27, 2017.

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MY ONE TRUE HIGHLANDER By Suzanne Enoch

IMG_0871     MY ONE TRUE HIGHLANDER By Suzanne Enoch

My One True Highlander by Suzanne Enoch is the second instalment in the “No Ordinary Hero” series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone novel. I didn’t read the first novel and it didn’t affect this storyline at all.

After Lattimer, a mere soldier, unexpectedly inherited the dukedom and became the new Duke of Lattimer, he generously gave his sister Marjorie (Ree) the London townhouse, and she has been desperately trying to fit in with the ton and failing miserably even with the help of her hired companion Mrs. Hortensia Giswell. The transition from being trained as a lady’s companion to becoming a Lady however, has proved to be a difficult one. When her brother writes that he is going to marry, Majorie impulsively decides to attend his wedding and sets off for Scotland without sending word of her impending visit. Marjorie needs a much needed break from her companions and ignores Mrs. Giswell’s words of wisdom and sets off on a walk–alone. Lo and behold, she is kidnapped by Highlanders.

Viscount Graeme Maxton is a chieftain of the Maxwell clan and his property borders that of Duke Gabriel Lattimer’s land, his sworn enemy. When Graeme’s three younger brothers kidnap Lattimer’s sister Lady Marjorie Forrester thinking to help Graeme – he is torn. He can’t afford to turn her over to the Duke at the cost of his brothers’ freedom, but neither can he let her go.

This novel is a witty, lighthearted story with likeable characters that will draw you in, and evoke an array of emotions that will have you laughing out loud or holding your breath in anticipation. After the kidnapping, it had a bit of a lull and was slow-going for a bit, but picked up about halfway through. There were also a few inconceivabilities I questioned, but it did not detract from my enjoyment. I rate this novel 3.75 out of 5 stars.

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

Reviewed: March 26, 2017. Novel Publish Date: April 4, 2017.

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RIOT by Tillie Cole

IMG_0866     RIOT by Tillie Cole

Riot by Tillie Cole is the 4th instalment in the Scarred Souls series. From the moment the storyline started in the New York underworld with a Blood Pit death match, I was enraptured. Warrior 901, aka the Pit Bull, is owned by Master Arziani and trained with the sole intent to kill for his master’s pleasure. Taken when he was a boy to become a slave or “demon shade” fighter, he was forced to live in a cage, and was beaten, tortured and trained his entire life. 901 knows nothing different. His only undoing is the “mona” or pleasure slave 152, Master’s High Mona.

This is the first novel I’ve read by this author and I quite enjoyed it. It’s a bit unlike anything I’ve read in terms of romance with an intriguing, dark dystopian setting; not your typical romance storyline. This novel is part of a series but can stand alone – that is – you didn’t have to have read the previous three in the series to enjoy this book. I rate it 5 out of 5 stars.

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

Reviewed: March 18, 2017. Novel Publish Date: March 7, 2017.

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FIGHTING ATTRACTION by Sarah Castille

img_0842   FIGHTING ATTRACTION by Sarah Castille

The erotica novel Fighting Attraction by Sarah Castille is the 4th instalment in the Redemption series and focuses on Penny and Rampage’s story. Penny Worthington, a prim-and-proper British legal assistant, has had multiple failed relationships and can’t seem to get it right. Her growing desire for bad boy and MMA fighter Jackson Caldwell, a.k.a. Rampage, is all she can think about. Rampage, a regular Joe from Tennessee, feels he’s not good enough for proper Penny, and is hiding a dirty little secret of his own. Torn between wanting to protect her and secretly dominate her into his submissive, Rampage must decide what’s best for Penny.

As always Sarah Castille does not disappoint. Great storyline and hot love scenes! You can read this book as a stand-alone and don’t need to read the prior three to follow the story as each novel focuses on a different set of characters within the same club. I rate this novel 4.5 out of 5 on the hot scale. (I highly recommend Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Club, another great series by Sarah Castille if you enjoy her writing.)

Thank you NetGalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

Reviewed: February 12, 2017. Novel Publish Date: April 4, 2017.

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