Publisher: Carina

Didn’t You Promise by Amber Bardan

Posted June 14, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Excerpt, Giveaway, Liked It, Review / 1 Comment
Didn’t You Promise by Amber Bardan

This is the follow up to the first book in the series, Didn’t I Warn You, and it picks up pretty much where we left off, Angelina being made completely aware of who Haithem is, why is his running, and how dangerous his life is going to be for the foreseeable future. I think the thing that struck me the most when I first started this book is how different these two characters are. In the first book they still had this push and pull dynamic, going from being a captive basically to being two people who fell for each other, so I was more focused on that in the first book. But in this book, I really noticed the striking differences. I mean Angelina is very young, and not just in age, but also in I think maturity as well, her parents are very sheltering and a lot of her life was devoted to her brother who passed away, and she missed out on I think of experiences. On the other side you have Haithem who is older, much more mature, and very comfortable with who he is. He is a very focused man, he is super driven to get this one goal accomplished and he is very fierce in both protecting the woman he has come to love, but also in getting his goal accomplished. To me while their differences really shined through in this book, together they just worked. Haithem gives Angelina a purpose she really didn’t have […]

Didn’t I Warn You by Amber Bardan

Posted April 22, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Excerpt, Giveaway, Liked It, Review / 1 Comment
Didn’t I Warn You by Amber Bardan

I like books that have kind of a darker side to them, so this book seemed right up my alley, the cover had a kind of menacing hot guy, the blurb promised that our hero would be the devil keeping our heroine hostage. Sign me up. While I did enjoy the book, I did have an issue or two, but overall, I really did like it, and more than that I want to read the sequel like now. So first off the things that I enjoyed. I liked Angelina, and the thing is she is not normally the kind of character I would like on paper, but within the book I actually really liked her. So Angelina is kind of shelter, or maybe babied is the right word, she has some serious heartache in her past, and because of that her parents and the people in her life hover. So when she runs into a hot dangerous looking guy, she is without a doubt intrigued. But when it comes time to decide if she wants to take him up on his offer of a few weeks away at sea, she backs down. But after a fall she ends up stuck on board the yacht at sea with the dangerous Haithem. I liked how she reacted to the situation, she was actually pretty believable, I mean her reactions ranged from being nice to lure him into trusting her, anger, bargaining, just everything she could think of to get of the yacht. I […]

Heat Exchange by Shannon Stacey

Posted January 10, 2016 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Heat Exchange by Shannon Stacey

I love me some hot firemen! But what I also love in a romance is characters with big families, and oh did this romance have that in spades. So when we open this book we have Lydia coming back to Boston because her sister is in a tough spot, she and her husband are separating and she works at the family bar, which is also the local firemen’s hangout, and her husband is a fireman, so she wants to avoid that whole scene for a while. So Lydia goes back home, where it’s kind of very clear she really wants in no way to be there. But she’s a good sister so off she goes. So Lydia was a mixed bag for me. I loved how much she is invested in her family, especially when she gives up some of the things she wants in order to be there for her family. But on the other side of things I also think she lets her family kind of say things or do things that she shouldn’t. Like honestly, I think her sister is kind of selfishly putting herself ahead of her sister, in the beginning I didn’t feel that way, but as time passes I almost felt like she was taking advantage of Lydia’s kindness. Also Lydia has a strong personality. Like super strong. There are moments where she comes across as super intense, sometimes to sappy sometimes too harsh, let’s just say she doesn’t really ever phone anything in. […]

Firewall by Sonya Clark

Posted August 21, 2015 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Firewall by Sonya Clark

I picked up this book a while ago, and unfortunately it was one of those books that made its way to the back of kindle and I forgot all about it. Lucky I decided to dig deep and look at all the books I forgot about, and found Firewall. Now as I have said before I am always leery about picking up a book mid-series, but the synopsis of this one just pulled me in. I have really been in the mood for urban fantasy lately, or really anything with a magical twist, so this is exactly the kind of book I was looking for. So first off the thing that stuck out to me the most when it came time to pick up this book is that its about witches, and I love me some witches. Also this book takes place in the U.S. but way in the future (okay not that far in future, I mean it’s not like we are in space or something, but its still the future). In terms of world building, I really liked the whole oppressive version of the U.S. and how the magic laws have effected so much of the population, it’s interesting to think about the U.S. being under economic sanctions from other countries because of how they treat their citizens (and can I just say I hope it never comes to that). Anyway, Clark does a good job painting a picture of the protests and the way the people living […]

Party Lines by Emma Barry

Posted August 16, 2015 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Party Lines by Emma Barry

I adore books about politics, and this is by no means my first Emma Barry book, I really liked the book I read by her before, so I was really looking forward to reading this book as well. I think what really intrigued me about this book though is that the whole thing takes place on the campaign trail, which reminded me of West Wing (my all time favorite show). One other thing that was seriously awesome about this book is that the hero and heroine in this book are on opposite sides of the political word, which lets face it the way things are these days could have easily been a recipe for disaster. So when the book starts out we have Michael and Lydia on the same plane, and let me tell you I think it was one of my favorite meetings I have read in a while. At the end of the plane ride we find out that Michael works for the Democratic campaign for president and Lydia works for the Republican campaign. Natural adversaries right? I love when unlikely couples get together, I just love when people root against other people and they make it work regardless. So on the campaign trail (we start off in the primaries) of course Michael and Lydia start running into each other, and I love, love, loved their back and forth banter. I mean they argue about all things politics, but they do it in such a way that is […]

Red Blooded by Caitlin Sinead

Posted August 12, 2015 by Kate in Blog Tour, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Red Blooded by Caitlin Sinead

I used to completely love politics, in high school it was my favorite thing to talk about, and West Wing is still my absolute favorite show. That being said politics these days is all about screaming at each other it seems like, but romance books set in the political landscape, now that’s my cup of tea. I liked the premise of this book mostly because it’s about the daughter of a political candidate. I love the idea of family members in politics, I mean they aren’t the candidate, but somehow they are under just as much scrutiny as the candidate themselves, everything is about image. And lets face it an eighteen year old girl under that kind of spotlight, its a lot to deal with, so was pretty excited to get to know Peyton. I liked Peyton, she seems to have a really good head on her shoulders. She has a learning disability, but she has managed it really well, and gives back to other kids like her, her whole experience has made her really passionate about education. But being a part of a campaign basically means that people want to dictate what she says, how she says it, and even what kind of smile she should have (in case your wondering it’s the pizza smile). So when questions start coming up about the paternity of Peyton, things really start to go crazy with the media and with Peyton’s life. I really felt for her through this entire thing. I […]

Turning it On by Elizabeth Harmon

Posted July 14, 2015 by Kate in Blog Tour, Just Okay, Review / 2 Comments
Turning it On by Elizabeth Harmon

So my guilty pleasure the past few weeks (well not really guilty because I talk about it all the time and I am totally obsessed) is the new show UnReal, a really dark look at dating reality shows. Anyway, when I saw the premise of this book, I knew I was in. I mean I don’t actually watch reality dating shows, but I figured this would be kind of like an insiders look, so I was immediately interested. So the book starts off and you are introduced to Hannah, Jack, and Vlad. In some regards, I feel bad for Hannah, and in others I just don’t like her. I mean I really wanted to. She has everything going for her to make me like her, she’s not perfect, she’s a book editor, she is well spoken and educated, and in general is an all around nice person. But I don’t like her. She’s had a crush on this guy for like her whole life, and when Jack asked her out, and they end up getting engaged, she ends up giving up a lot for him. She can’t talk about her successes because it makes him feel bad, she doesn’t have her friends anymore because he doesn’t like them, and well she ends up going on a reality show that is probably going to cost her her job and her relationship because poor Jack wants to be in the limelight. And when she gets to the island for the show, she […]

Jeffe Kennedy Guest Post

Posted July 11, 2015 by Kate in Guest post / 2 Comments
Jeffe Kennedy Guest Post

Hey guys, today I am so happy to announce we have guest post from Jeffe Kennedy. I love her writing style, and some of the scenes in her books just pull me in and never let me go! And she is here today talking about putting real life challenges in her erotic romances, I think this is an awesome topic, because I don’t know about you guys but if a character’s life is too easy and they don’t have some of the real life challenges that we all have (kids, dogs, family, health, crappy neighbors, the list goes on) they just stop being interesting. I think Jeffe does a fantastic job at bringing reality into her books and really bringing her characters to life, so without further ado, check out her guest post! Children in Kinky Romances NOT like that! But, it’s true that my newest contemporary BDSM erotic romance, UNDER CONTRACT, has two adolescent girls in it. NOT like that though! See, my heroine is raising her nieces in the wake of her twin sister’s tragic death. Tina’s nieces are also twins – and at twelve years old, not easy to handle under the best of circumstances. Compound that with their lingering grief over being orphaned and Tina’s truly disastrous financial straits, the twins add a crushing burden to her life. Then, when Tina begins a very kinky love affair with the absurdly wealthy and domineering Ryan Black, it becomes even more difficult for her to make sure she’s […]