Genre: Contemporary

OUT OF OPTIONS by Angela Sparrow & Naomi Brooks

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OUT OF OPTIONS by Angela Sparrow & Naomi BrooksOut of Options by Angela Sparrow, Naomi Brooks
Series: Like it or Not Anthology
Published by Storm Moon Press Genres: BDSM, Contemporary, MM
ReviewedbyLisa

With the economy tanking Connor is barely making ends meet on his meager paycheck.  Occasionally he is forced to sell his charms for a night when he can’t cover the rent.

 

The state of the economy is also affecting the streets because Connor sees very little action.  Luckily for him Jarrett pulls up and offers him enough to make up the short fall on his paycheck.  The night goes well for both of them and in the morning Jarrett tells him to call if he’s ever hard up rather than try to hook up with another stranger.

 

Months pass and suddenly Connor’s office is being closed without notice.  He does everything he can to find another job yet no one is hiring these days and lacking a nest egg Connor fears he will be on the streets within the month.  At wit’s end he calls Jarrett who makes him a generous offer which would easily tide Connor over for several months.  He accepts and quickly finds out what he signed up for.  Sometimes a helping hand is just that and sometimes the strings will wrap tighter and tighter and tighter.

 

Observe one man’s hellish descent when he finds he’s Out of Options.  Connor is completely alone in the world. With nowhere to turn and no one to help him the naïve young man accepts an offer with unimaginable consequences.  Out of Options is not a romance.  In all honesty Connor’s relatively calm acceptance is jarring, his desires and his fantasies come out of left field.  Out of Options begins rather innocently and ends with deep submission.  Definitely not a light BDSM story.

RUNNING FROM THE PAST by Katie Reus

RUNNING FROM THE PAST by Katie Reus

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RUNNING FROM THE PAST by Katie ReusRunning from the Past by Katie Reus
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
RecommendedbyMIRANDA2

Miami socialite Emma Garcia is used to running to sales not from gun wielding psychos.  But when she witnesses her fiancé murder two women she has no choice.  Luckily, she finds a job as a horse farm chef in the middle of nowhere.  However, she never expected to find herself attracted to her hot boss.

 

Caleb Ryder is a wealthy ex-Marine.  He owns a horse farm and is in desperate need of a chef for his employees.  Caleb has a feeling the young lady applying for the job is lying about who she really is but he hires her anyway. Emma proves to be an exceptional chef.  He cannot resist her food or her body.

 

Someone get me a fan! Katie Reus sets the pages on fire with Emma and Caleb in Running from the Past.  These two are on fire with sexual chemistry.  Caleb is the perfect Alpha male to protect Emma’s body and heart. He is one of those sexy types that turn you on when he goes above and beyond for his woman.  Emma is a strong woman.  She learns just how strong she can be when she is able to be free in this new life with Caleb.  Loads of suspenseful moments and blistering scenes make Running from the Past a Joyfully Recommended Read! I could not put this down once I started!

HOLDING STRONG by Lori Foster

HOLDING STRONG by Lori Foster

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HOLDING STRONG by Lori FosterHolding Strong by Lori Foster
Series: Ultimate #2
Published by HQN Books Genres: Contemporary
RecommendedbyMELISSA2

 

MMA fighter Denver Lewis has been watching Cherry Peyton for a long time. He has been watching and wanting her fiercely.  But her flirting with other men has been holding him back from making his move. Cherry has wanted Denver since she first met him but when he made it obvious that he wasn’t interested in her, she flirted, nothing serious but just enough to soothe her wounded ego. Denver has seen enough, he’s determined to finally make Cherry his and once he does she will be ONLY his. Now that they have found their way to each other, can they survive the monster from Cherry’s past who won’t let go of his obsession with her?

 

The first two words that pop into my head when I think about Holding Strong is smoking hot!! I fell in love with Denver and Cherry and I am finding myself obsessed with their story. Lori Foster knocked it out of the park with her new Ultimate series. I’m so hooked!!! I’m not sure whose story I want next. I just know I want it right now!!!

ROCK HARD by Nalini Singh

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ROCK HARD by Nalini SinghRock Hard by Nalini Singh
Series: Rock Kiss #2
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyJo

Charlotte Baird was always very shy, but she was feisty when needed. After a viscous attack in a place that she should have been safe, now she is shy and scared. In fact, Charlotte has nick-named herself “Charlie-Mouse.” Because even the thought of having to interview for a new job can give Charlie hives, she has allowed herself to be taken advantage of at work. Charlie’s normal day at work could get even more interesting, as new CEO is coming, and he is known for taking no prisoners.

 

Gabriel Bishop was known as “the Bishop” on the rugby field and as one tough competitor. When an injury took Gabriel off the field, he walked into his second love—bringing companies back from the brink of ruin. The challenge of turning a shrinking business around and making it profitable gives Gabriel the same type of rush that racing down the rugby field did. Gabriel is once again stepping in to help an established and world renowned business to take its place back in the world of elite retail shopping.

 

To say that when Gabriel and Charlie first met it was all but a disaster might not be strong enough. But Gabriel has always used the assets he finds to their best advantage, and Charlotte is definitely an asset for the company. Now, if he can only find a way to bring out the feisty woman he sees in her eyes when they are together instead of the timid and scared mouse, they will be an unbeatable team. Charlie doesn’t care what Gabriel’s nickname might have been before, but she has the perfect one for him now—T-Rex. As the months go by, it’s a fun loving battle between a Charlie-Mouse vs. T-Rex. It’s one that is peppered with passion as respect turns into friendship and that turns into feelings that cannot be denied. When Charlie is once again threatened by a nightmare from her past, Gabriel is going to show just why he was so good on the rugby field, and this is one T-Rex that knows how to protect those he loves.

 

When a quiet and timid woman with a core of feistiness meets a man known to chew up and spit out incompetents, the outcome is a book you just can’t put down.  Charlotte and Gabriel have quite a journey that will encompass everything from a shaky first meeting to friendly workmates to a romance that rocks both of their worlds in Rock Hard. I just can’t tell you how many times I laughed and cheered both Charlie and Gabriel on while I watched their relationship progress. I also really loved the chapter titles that showed up, because then I couldn’t wait to see how the title was reflected in the chapter itself. But mostly, I felt for Gabriel as he helped Charlie regain the parts of herself that had been lost to violence. Charlie’s inner strength and determination will totally have you cheering for her to kick butt on her fears and grasp every element of the love between herself and Gabriel. Rock Hard is a wonderful story about beating the odds with an adorable couple that I just want to hug now that they have it all. Before reading about Gabriel and Charlie, I only wanted to see the rest of the band have their books, now I not only want that, but I also want to see Gabriel’s two single brothers find their happy endings too.

RISKIER BUSINESS by Tessa Bailey

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RISKIER BUSINESS by Tessa BaileyRiskier Business by Tessa Bailey
Series: Crossing the Line #.5
Published by Entangled Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyMiranda

Ruby Elliott is finally on the right track and more importantly happy.  She has left her life as a con and pool shark behind for the sexy NYPD Detective Troy Bennett.  For Ruby and Troy it was lust at first sight.  It may have seemed like a match made in hell in the beginning but in the end they fit together perfectly like two matching puzzle pieces.

 

Their happiness is about to be tested.  Ruby and Troy face the return of her father.  The man that taught her how to cheat and steal for a living is back with an offer she cannot refuse.  If Ruby plays one last game and wins her father will tell her the identity of the mother she’s never known.  This drives a wedge between Ruby and Troy because he doesn’t want her to have anything to do with her father.  However, Ruby can’t let this chance pass her by and Troy sees that as her not trusting him.  Will Ruby and Troy let the test drive them apart or bring them closer than ever?

 

We last saw Ruby and Troy in His Risk to Take from Ms. Bailey’s Line of Duty novels.  Unfortunately, their HEA didn’t last very long which I makes sense because there was a lot from Ruby’s past left unresolved.  Ruby has spent most of her life conning people out of their money with her father.  When her father walks back into her life asking for a favor Ruby is conflicted but resolved. Ruby and Troy are a couple with staying power and it’s a good thing because they are being pushed to their limits in Riskier Business.

 

Ruby is still tough as nails but I like seeing her lean on Troy a bit.  They still sizzle in and out of the bedroom but its the emotional scenes that stick out. I look forward to reading more in Bailey’s new Crossing the Line series.

MINE TO TAKE by Jackie Ashenden

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BROKEN OPEN by Lauren Dane

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THE COLLECTOR by Nora Roberts

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SPECIAL TEAMS by Charlie Richards

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SLEEPING ON THE JOB by Missouri Dalton

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