Title: Black Balled Author: Andrea Smith and Eva LeNoir Genre: M/M Romance Release Date: May 11, 2015 Two dominant males, two worthy adversaries, in a business that takes no prisoners, will soon learn that fate refuses to be ignored . . . My name is Troy Babilonia, but I’m best known as Babu, a renowned …View full post
Since the death of his father Brooks Winslow has been Dad and big brother to his younger siblings. In attempt to set him up his sister volunteers him to participate in a bachelor auction for charity, but Brooks has his reasons for not seeking love. To get around his sister’s meddling he talks his friend …View full post
I was given a copy of Black Balled by the authors in exchange for an honest review. Now, let me preface this review by saying that I have read all the negative comments about the book as well as the positive comments, but I didn’t read any of the drama before I read the book. …View full post
Fierce Protector: Hard to Handle trilogy, Book 1 Zach Norcross is an ex-Navy Seal who left service after being wounded. He returned to his home in Texas to make a life as a civilian. He meets a newcomer to their sleepy little town named Eva. He is immediately intrigued by her, and when she finds …View full post
Rock Hard (Rock Kiss Book 2) Gabriel Bishop was a great success on the rugby field until an injury forced him out of the sport. He now proves to be successful in business. He loves the challenge of taking a floundering company and making it prosper. His latest acquisition needs a lot of work, but …View full post
Since the death of his father Brooks Winslow has been Dad and big brother to his younger siblings. In attempt to set him up his sister volunteers him to participate in a bachelor auction for charity, but Brooks has his reasons for not seeking love. To get around his sister’s meddling he talks his friend Skye into bidding on him. Little does Brooks know he is about to see Skye in a different light.
Brooks is handsome, wealthy, and he cares for his siblings. However, when it comes to relationships he makes sure there are no entanglements or misunderstandings. His reason for staying alone is heartbreaking, and it drew me to his character. I loved Skye! She isn’t the type of woman most people would expect her to be. Skye has demons of her own, and because of something beyond her control I think she sells herself short. Although they live in different worlds Brooks and Skye are made for each other.
Bidding on Brooks is a contemporary romance by Katy Regnery. Her novels are beautiful love stories that are heartwarming and entertaining. Her leading men will melt your heart and leave you wanting more. If you are in the mood for something sweet and passionate you should give Regnery’s books a try. I am looking forward to meeting the rest of the Winslow brothers.
Bidding on Brooks is the first of four books about the Philadelphia-based, wildly-handsome Winslow brothers who are all on the look-out for love.
(Except Preston. He’s been down that road before and still has the scars to prove it. And maybe Cameron, because he’s super hot, but too hot-headed to be decent boyfriend material…)
Railroaded into a bachelor auction by his sister, Jessica, Brooks Winslow asks his friend, Skye Sorenson, to bid on him to avoid the possibility of any romantic entanglements. Fiercely competitive and protective of those he cares for, Brooks was profoundly affected by the loss of his father at an early age. A witness to his mother’s terrible loneliness and his siblings’ grief, the ex-Olympian has never allowed himself to fall in love.
Skye Sorenson, the plucky mechanic at Sorenson Marina, where Brooks moors his three sailboats, is a credible sailor in her own right…and has quietly lusted after Brooks for years. But her longstanding friendship with Brooks has always made romance seem impossible.
When Skye agrees to bid on Brooks, the two cast off for a weeklong ocean adventure on Brooks’ sailboat, The Zephyr, where the last thing Skye expects to lose is her heart.
Return to the world created in the English Brothers books with this fresh foursome of scorching hot Winslow Brothers!
I was given a copy of Black Balled by the authors in exchange for an honest review. Now, let me preface this review by saying that I have read all the negative comments about the book as well as the positive comments, but I didn’t read any of the drama before I read the book. The authors, Andrea Smith and Eva LeNoir, in fact gave me the option of NOT reviewing it so that I wouldn’t have to worry about any negative feedback on my review sites. Of course I agreed to review the book as I don’t review books for the “likes” my page will get or the attention I’ll get from big named authors, but to share my opinion with my fellow readers and to give honest feedback to authors on their work. So, I have read the book and will now give my honest opinion….
Black Balled was one of the most fun books I’ve read in a long time. I was excited to read it simply because I love a good M/M story, but within 10 pages I was laughing out loud and couldn’t put the book down. The two MCs Troy (aka Babu) and Larson (aka L. Blackburn) were easy to hate right off the bat. Babu is a cocky reviewer with a serious god complex who has no issue slamming authors while getting paid to write reviews. He has a huge following and admittedly enjoys his followers kissing his butt and telling him how wonderful he is. L Blackburn is an author who thinks his book is the next best seller and just can’t believe the audacity of a reviewer or fan blasting his hard work. The two have a battle of wits throughout the book but as a reader we eventually see the real people behind the tough facades. As the two come to terms with the fact they are more alike than they would prefer, they start a sexy as hell battle of the sexes. Well except for the fact they are both men, then it’s really just a battle of the sex. Throw in a jealous and vindictive ex-wife who is an employee of one of the big publishers and you have a recipe for disaster, or a hilarious chance to hand down some revenge.
Black Balled is simply one of those books that can not be taken too seriously. If you go into it thinking it’s a serious romantic M/M story you’ll be disappointed and probably even a bit angry. However, if you go into the book with a carefree attitude then you’ll enjoy it. Like I said in the beginning, I have since read all the comments and negativity surrounding this book and I have to disagree with many people. As a reviewer, I didn’t find this offensive in the least. The authors did a great job of poking fun at reviewers and authors. If you read this and didn’t laugh or at least nod your head thinking “yeah I’ve wanted to say that to an author/reviewer”, then you aren’t being very honest. There have been plenty of times, as a reviewer, I’ve run into some authors who truly believe their book is the next #1 on the NYT list and I’ve said things in my head that I’d never put on my websites. I also know that there are authors out there that would love to tell a reviewer exactly where they could stick their rotten review, but they would never actually say it. You know what, that’s what makes us all human.
I have Black Balled 4 stars. The only reason I didn’t give 5 stars was because of the lack of real depth to the story. While hot and fun to read, there was no big emotional draw to the characters.
Zach Norcross is an ex-Navy Seal who left service after being wounded. He returned to his home in Texas to make a life as a civilian. He meets a newcomer to their sleepy little town named Eva. He is immediately intrigued by her, and when she finds herself in trouble he is determined to protect her.
I liked Zach; after all what is not to like about a sexy hero? He is an honorable man, down to earth, and he is intelligent. In other words, he is the total package. Eva Montgomery has not had an easy life. What I admired about her is that she takes charge of her life to make it better.
I had mixed feelings about Fierce Protector. I liked the story’s setting in a quiet Texas town. Kane did a very good job of establishing very personal relationships between the characters. Their interactions felt very realistic. Even though there was a good plot, and interesting storyline the pace of the book seemed to drag a little. Although my feelings were mixed on this particular book I am not writing of the series, because I do see great potential. With that being said I will gladly read more from Kane.
Publication Date: May 28, 2014
Ex-Navy SEAL, Zachary Norcross, is a wounded man. Not only is he recovering from injuries suffered in an explosion on a frigid mountain in Afghanistan that killed his comrade, he’s also struggling to get over the shock of his wife leaving him for another man. Following his discharge, Zack settles back in his rural Texas hometown where he begins to put the shattered pieces of his life back together.
Evaline Montgomery is a woman on the run from a dark past. She pulled up stakes in the dead of night, leaving Chicago and a world of danger and suspicion behind her for good. Eva doesn’t stop until she reaches Texas, where she stays with childhood friends in the hopes of making a fresh start once and for all.
Things are off to a good start after Eva accepts a job making pastries at the local cafe. Zack is settling in, too, painstakingly restoring his family’s estate to its former glory when he’s not training and competing in the local MMA circuit. When Zack and Eva are introduced by mutual friends, they form an immediate connection and the sparks kindle a heat they can’t deny.
Rock Hard (Rock Kiss Book 2)
Gabriel Bishop was a great success on the rugby field until an injury forced him out of the sport. He now proves to be successful in business. He loves the challenge of taking a floundering company and making it prosper. His latest acquisition needs a lot of work, but he discovers a valuable employee in Charlotte Baird and promotes her to his PA. He is attracted to the shy and fragile woman, but she just appears to want to run from him. When he learns of her horrific past he wants her more than ever, but the tough alpha male will have to change his game plan if he wants to win the prize.
Gabriel is the total package, brawn and brains. In his business he has to be a hard ass. He can also be a bit possessive, gruff, and overbearing (which earns him the moniker T-Rex from Charlotte), but he also shows a loving, patient, and compassionate side. Charlotte tries to make herself invisible, and sticks to what is safe. The only person who really sees who she is is her best friend Molly. An abusive relationship left her fractured, but as she gets to know Gabriel he begins to bring her out of her shell and closer to the woman she wants to be.
Singh hit it out of the park with Rock Hard. She brings her readers drama, romance, and a bit of humor as well. The characters are well developed, and it hard to put the book down when you emerge yourself into the lives of Gabriel and Charlotte. Rock Hard is the second book of Rock Kiss series, and in my opinion the best of the two. It was hard to let go of the characters when the last page was read. I am excited to see what Singh brings us in the next book, and I hope we haven’t seen the last of Gabriel and Charlotte!
Publication Date: March 10, 2015
In New York Times Bestselling author Nalini Singh’s newest contemporary romance, passion ignites between a gorgeous, sinfully sexy man who built himself up from nothing and a shy woman who has a terrible secret in her past…
Wealthy businessman Gabriel Bishop rules the boardroom with the same determination and ruthlessness that made him a rock star on the rugby field. He knows what he wants, and he’ll go after it no-holds-barred.
And what he wants is Charlotte Baird.
Charlotte knows she’s a mouse. Emotionally scarred and painfully shy, she just wants to do her job and remain as invisible as possible. But the new CEO–a brilliant, broad-shouldered T-Rex of a man who growls and storms through the office, leaving carnage in his wake–clearly has other plans. Plans that may be equal parts business and bedroom.
If Charlotte intends to survive this battle of wits and hearts, the mouse will have to learn to wrangle the T-Rex. Game on.
Lily Baron is crushed when she walks in on her fiancé Jack having sex with her sister the night before their wedding. Heartbroken, and needing to get away from the elite social circles she belongs to she decides to go on her Rio honeymoon alone to pull herself together.
When I started reading about Lily I initially didn’t connect with her character at all. She struck me as a socialite who was just worried about what everyone thought, and was devoid of any real personality. I am happy to say my opinion of her changed as she spent time in Rio. She began to show some strength and independence which made her character much more attractive.
Winslow is writing a character that is on a path to self-discovery. In Gilded Lily it is a discovery of her sensual side. When she begins a short affair with a married man named Gustavo, she finds a side to herself she didn’t know existed. It seems like Lily is on her way to making bigger discoveries. As a reader I am anxious to see her take charge of her life and challenge what is expected of her. This is a short read, and to me it is a setup for bigger things. I enjoyed the story so far, but I am more excited to see where Winslow takes it next.
Lily has taken over at the helm of the family business since her father’s stroke. The business is struggling a little, and there is the possibility of a takeover on the horizon. What takes her off guard is the man who wants to buy her out.
I was impressed with the way that Lily threw herself into the family business to help her father; it showed the strength of her character. On the romantic front she is in shambles. Gustavo has reentered her life and turned it upside down. I find myself rooting for Lily in hopes that she finds what she is looking for in life.
There were some twists and turns in this book thanks to Winslow. She was easily able to display the turmoil that Lily was going through. Lily steps up to run the business, but I think she is unsure if that is what she wants to do in life. Romantically her relationship with Gustavo is on equally shakable ground. There is no doubt they have feelings toward each other, but I have to question whether he is good for her. Once again readers are left at the edge of the cliff wondering what is in store for Lily.
Lily has weathered the storm of a hostile company takeover, but she has come out of it a little battered. She takes time out with her sister and best friend to vacation, gather herself and figure out what comes next. Her relaxing time away changes when she comes face to face with the handsome man who turned her down a short time ago.
Lily is finally starting to take control of her life and getting rid of all the things that are hindering her. Every time we encounter Lily she isn’t changing who she is at the core, but she is moving forward and learning who she is and what she needs to be happy. I love the fact that this character is resilient.
I was so excited to see how things turned out for Lily, but there were times I was really afraid she would compromise who she was deep down inside. I must admit Winslow really kept me guessing until the end! I was surprised at how much I ended up connecting to Lily’s character throughout the series. There was drama, heat, and excitement in this series, but what really drew me was Lily’s transformation. In the end that is what kept me coming back for more. I loved how things turned out for Lily, and now I must say my attention has turned to Dahlia. Lily has found what she was looking for, but will her twin find happiness? I look forward to seeing more from Winslow very soon!
Publication Date: August 23, 2014
THE COMPLETE LILY TRILOGY OF THE GILDED FLOWER SERIES — Contains all three books: Gilded Lily, Calla Lily, and Tiger Lily.
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“. . . perfect read if you are looking for something short, fun, hot, and steamy. I have enjoyed the Gilded Flower series and I am hooked.” – Book Happiness
“This series is a must read and is a great contender for the Brit Nanny Reads Best Reads 2014!” – Brit Nanny Reads
Gilded Lily (Book 1)- After catching her fiancé Jack in bed with her sister the day before her wedding, New York socialite Lily Baron escapes to Rio, her honeymoon destination—alone. There, Marcelo, the dark and sexy hotel masseur, releases a heated passion Lily had never experienced with Jack. When Lily meets handsome and powerful Brazillionaire Gustavo de Lima, she can hardly resist him. There’s just one problem. He’s married. In this uber-sensual city, will Lily’s reluctance to be with a married man, in light of her own fiancé’s betrayal, give way to her burning desire for Gustavo?
Calla Lily (Book 2) – Having experienced a profound personal and sexual awakening during her solo honeymoon to Brazil, New York socialite Lily Baron rushes back to New York upon hearing the news that her father has fallen ill. Now, Lily must take the helm of the Baron Media empire and fend off a high-stakes hostile takeover attempt. With the fate of the company hanging in the balance, will Lily be able to resist the advances of the luring, unwanted suitor in the boardroom as well as the bedroom? Things get steamy in this highly anticipated sequel to Gilded Lily.
Tiger Lily (Book 3) – Weary from battling a hostile takeover attempt of her family’s company, Lily seeks a distraction in Todd, an erstwhile bartender with a large trust fund and magical tongue. Meanwhile, a connection seems to be developing between Lily and Alejandro, a wealthy and gorgeous Cuban-American, whose brother, Rodrigo, is dating Lily’s twin sister, Dahlia. When Alejandro unexpectedly rebuffs Lily one night, she is deeply dismayed. But, after seeing Alejandro’s picture with a gorgeous Latina model in the gossip pages, Lily thinks it wasn’t just a misunderstanding. When the sisters and brothers reunite in Aspen for a ski weekend, will Lily’s heart remain frozen or will the fire between her and Alejandro rekindle and melt away the ice?
DON’T MISS THE DAHLIA TRILOGY OF THE GILDED FLOWER SERIES. ALL THREE BOOKS (BLUE DAHLIA, BLACK DAHLIA AND RED DAHLIA) NOW AVAILABLE.
ALSO AVAILABLE – WILD VIOLET AND HIDDEN VIOLET, THE FIRST TWO BOOKS OF THE VIOLET TRILOGY OF THE GILDED FLOWER SERIES. COMING SOON – TRUE VIOLET, THE FINAL INSTALLMENT OF THE VIOLET TRILOGY OF THE GILDED FLOWER SERIES
Crystal and her sister have been collecting evidence to bring their parents murderers to justice, and their means are shady. They have been training, and working as thieves with the help of a couple of men they call “Uncles.” Crystal’s sister has a relationship with a cop, and this is in itself an issue, but when Chrystal meets Kade it can put everything she has worked for in jeopardy.
I understand Crystal’s motivation in doing what she does. I think if I was in her shoes there isn’t much I wouldn’t do to get closure for my family. The fact she is a thief doesn’t bother me in the least. Kade is working undercover to solve the string of thefts. Psychologically he is damaged, and needs a new start. When he is essentially set up on a blind date with Crystal he is immediately attracted to her, but I was curious to see what would happen between them when it was revealed who they really are.
Cooper’s story has a really exciting premise. A thief and a cop fall for each other. That is going to bring about a lot of conflicting, emotion, and drama on its own. I like the way Cooper made it about more than stealing. This is deeply personal for the two women. It is about justice, and clearing their family’s good name. I was hoping for a little more chemistry between Crystal and Kade. I was feeling the attraction, but I thought there could have been more intensity between them. Over all I did like the read and I would read more by Cooper in the future.
Publication Date: February 12, 2015
Crystal has spent her entire life training to be a thief in order to find evidence against the man who had her parents murdered. In her pursuit of justice she’s had to give up her identity, her name, and any chance at love. When Crystal is forced on a blind date with the cop who is investigating her, she plays a dangerous game of hearts that could land her in a prison cell.
Kade is in search of a new life, after losing his partner. He’s taken a new job, in a new city, and met a new girl. In order to keep his fresh start, he will have to catch an elusive thief targeting one of the largest corporations in the country. Desperate to forget the failures of his past, Kade has no intention of failing.
But secrets can’t be hidden forever.
Zoey Derrick continues her 69 Bottles tour in the second book, Craving Talon. The first book introduced us to the sexy trio of Talon, Addison, and Kyle and had me addicted in the first 10 pages. These characters will get into your system and have you either blushing or fanning your heated cheeks when they are behind closed doors. Craving Talon can’t be categorized as a M/F/M menage. No, you see Zoey Derrick steps outside the box in this story, hell she destroyed the box and I couldn’t be more happy about it. If you’re expecting the typical menage story of two sexy men with the pretty lady between them, well, you’re in for a surprise. Even with the extremely hot level of the sex in this book, it is all done in a tasteful and almost romantic way. There is such an emotional connection between Talon, Kyle, and Addison that the sex, while amazing, takes a back seat. It’s rare that I find a series with characters that stay with me long after I finish reading and 69 Bottles has done that and more. It’s not only the main characters, but the supporting characters, the other band members, that have me thinking of the story and where Zoey will take them all once the tour is over.
If you like sexy rockers, panty melting menages, with a creepy stalker thrown in for an added bonus, you won’t want to miss Craving Talon. If you haven’t read the first book in the series Claiming Addison, you have to read it first, but you’ll want to jump right into Craving Talon as soon as you’re done. I can’t wait to get my hands on the 3rd book in the series Redeeming Kyle.
About the Book:
The story picks up as 69 Bottles continues their tour, riding a surge of success thanks to an impromptu duet between Talon and Addison.
It’s a crazy turn of life for Addison Beltrand, who’s always lived to work and worked to live. Now, everything is shifted upside down—and that’s not a bad thing. Stepping on the 69 Bottles tour bus has banished the heartache of her past, and feels like a rocking new beginning.
Talon Carver and Kyle Black couldn’t agree more. The band’s lead singer and manager are falling hard for the beautiful rock chick, and will do anything to keep her in their bed—and between their bodies—forever.
The trio’s blissful bubble is popped by a danger nobody has anticipated. The band’s security team, always watchful for fan attacks on the members, isn’t prepared for what happens to Addison during this leg of the tour. Will Kyle and Talon be able to help save Addison? Or will her fear force her to pack her bags and return to LA?
Everything hinges on her decision…
Two men. One woman. A rock band. A tour bus. One Wild Ride…
Sexy, naked, bisexual rock stars…and a lot more…
This book contains, but is not limited to the following sexual content – reader discretion is advised – hot sex between two men and one woman. M/M/F, M/F/M, M/F, F/M and M/M sexual content. There are no boundaries when these three crash together, as long as you’re over 18 years of age.