Genre: Contemporary

SAFE AT LAST by Maya Banks

SAFE AT LAST by Maya Banks

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Source: Publisher
This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
SAFE AT LAST by Maya BanksSafe at Last by Maya Banks
Series: Slow Burn #3
Published by Avon Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyJo

Zack Covington was briefly an NFL player when an accident had him walking away from the game. It wasn’t that he couldn’t play; it just wasn’t in his heart to continue. Now he is an employee for Deveraux Security, and he spends his time protecting people.  Part of his dedication to his job is because he enjoys keeping people safe from those that would harm them, which is something he didn’t do to the love if his life twelve years ago.  For the last twelve years, besides his job, Zack has been on a quest to find out just what happened to his “Gracie.”

 

Anna-Grace Hill is no longer a young and innocent girl and has survived an experience that no girl should ever have to deal with.  If that was not bad enough, that same experience showed her a betrayal of a man that Anna-Grace loved and expected to spend the rest of her life with.  Now Anna-Grace has become the artist that she always wanted to be and is about to have her first large show in a gallery.  It is time for Anna-Grace to put the past behind her and finally move forward.

 

Zack and Anna-Grace come face-to-face unexpectedly, and the outcome puts fear in her and rage in him.  Zack is trying to figure out just why his Gracie is beyond scared of him, and Anna-Grace is wondering if she can survive meeting Zack again after his last betrayal of her.  Before Zack can get Anna-Grace to tell him just what happened so long ago, she is attacked by an old enemy of the owners of Devereaux Security and the women they love.  Now, it’s beyond personal for Zack and with Devereaux Security to both help protect Anna-Grace and bring down those that hurt her.  As Anna-Grace slowly recovers she finally confronts Zack about just what happened twelve years ago, and she receives a very different reaction—one of horror and disbelief.  Anna-Grace begins to wonder if she has been correct in exactly what she has believed for so long.  Zack has always loved his Gracie and will do whatever he needs to do to try and gain her trust and love again.  Anna-Grace lost so much twelve years ago and now it appears that she might gain most of it back if she can just find the way back to Zack again.  It’s an explosive few days when all those who hurt Anna-Grace get just what they deserve, and the how and by whom might be the bridge that bring Zack and Anna-Grace needs to find forever together.

 

When young love is destroyed and years later they meet up again, can a lost love find a way to blossom again?  Zack and Anna-Grace have just this second chance in Safe at Last.  I could almost feel the agony from both Zack and Anna-Grace when they met back up and again later as they traveled the pothole-filled path back to each other.  My heart hurt several times for both Zack and Anna-Grace as I discovered just what happened to tear them apart, and I have to admit that I cheered as Zack took care of those who hurt his love.  Then I cheered again as Anna-Grace proved just how strong she was when she put herself in danger to help save a woman who tried to protect her, and she was also Zack’s friend.

 

Safe at Last is full of emotions that will both tear your heart out and make you want to hug Zack and Anna-Grace.  Their journey back together was not easy at all and yet it had me captivated to see what would happen next.  While I will say there were several spots that were not comfortable to read, I found the entire book unforgettable and a definite keeper.  In other words, Safe at Last is a Joyfully Recommended Read and a book you won’t want to miss even if you haven’t read the previous two books in the series.

FLIRTING WITH SIN by Naima Simone

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Source: Author
This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
FLIRTING WITH SIN by Naima SimoneFlirting with Sin by Naima Simone
Series: A Noble Pass Affaire
Published by Entangled Publishing, LLC Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyNikita

Aristotle “Ari” Sincero, is a mega rock star on a path to self-destruction.  Since the devastating death of his beloved girlfriend three years prior, Ari has been on a downward spiral filled with internal guilt.  Almost at the point of no return, Ari decides to escape it all by taking a vacation where no one would expect the lead singer of the most famous rock band to be.

 

Neveah Morgan is coerced by her twin sister into vacationing in Noble Pass, Colorado as a winner of a contest that she entered under Neveah’s name as a way to get her life back on track after ending a bad relationship.  Now, Neveah is stuck in a hotel for a week with an unknown male co-winner.  Neveah’s plan is to greet him and then avoid him as much as possible.  That is until she discovers that her roommate is none other than her all-time favorite rock icon Ari Sincero.

 

With both running away from the agonies of their past, will either be willing to open their hearts to the new possibility of love?

 

I found Flirting with Sin to be an awesome read.  There are some heartfelt moments, passion-filled instants, and laughable minutes that all come together to formulate a spectacular page turner.  I simply could not put this book down.  Neveah and Ari are two people who truly deserve a second chance at love especially since each feels so unworthy of it and is emotionally damaged for various reasons.  The chemistry between Neveah and Ari is intensely hot and their impassioned sexual encounters will have you breathless and fanning your face with heated desire.  This is definitely one couple that you will unquestionably root for with hopes of a having a very happy ending.

EVER AFTER by Jude Deveraux

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Source: Publisher
This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
EVER AFTER by Jude DeverauxEver After by Jude Deveraux
Series: Nantucket Brides Trilogy #3
Published by Ballantine Books Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyVanessa

Physical therapist, Hallie Hartley, learns that she has inherited a house on Nantucket and that a potential client is staying there, but can easily be moved if Hallie is inclined to shove him aside.  Jamie Taggart is in need of more than a bit of physical therapy, but neither he nor Hallie truly knows the depths of his injuries and scars.  Revealing a different tale to the lovely Hallie, they embark on a bit of a relationship that will test the bounds of their trust and possibly provide some healing balm for the hurt that they have both endured in their lives.  Of course, a few meddling ghosts with their romantic tale doesn’t hurt to bring these two together either.

Jude Deveraux has done it again!  Ever After is a charming romance that develops the relationship between the two protagonists over time and shows the deep, strong bond that is laid down between Jamie and Hallie.  Both, Jamie and Hallie, were fully developed and fleshed out making them seem realistic and likeable in Ever After The secondary characters in Ever After served to solidify Jamie and Hallie’s relationship instead of hindering and detracting from it.  Even the history of the house that Hallie inherited was intriguing with its entourage that came alone with it.  I found myself longing for a few of those tasty treats as well.  Ever After proved once again that Jude Deveraux still has it!!

COURTSHIP OF THE CAKE by Jessica Topper

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Source: Publisher
This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
COURTSHIP OF THE CAKE by Jessica TopperCourtship of the Cake by Jessica Topper
Series: Much "I" Do About Nothing #2
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyVanessa

Danica “Dani” James is a masseuse who is hoping to forget the one that got away.  Taking on a job travelling with a rock group, she garners another position that brings her right back into the orbit of the mysterious man who left a slice of cake under her pillow and a fire burning that he didn’t bother to quench.

Mick Spencer, cake decorator extraordinaire, has now been retained to present a cake for the upcoming nuptials of his former BFF.  However, imagine Mick’s surprise when the bride-to-be is the one he left wanting, but can’t seem to forget.  Will these two be able to work their way back to what they shared one night, or will they find that there are too many obstacles barring their way?

Courtship of the Cake was an intriguing, convoluted tale that promised a HEA for all involved.  I enjoyed Dani’s story after I got to know her more in Courtship of the Cake, and her fiancé was brought forth with his baggage that added to Courtship of the Cake.  Mick wasn’t a bad guy, but he seemed like the easy choice, and I felt that was a cop-out for Dani.  They didn’t spend a lot of time together in Courtship of the Cake, and her fiancé, Nash, seemed to be a little more fleshed out in the tale.

Courtship of the Cake has a lot more depth between its covers than a regular run-of-the-mill romance.  Dani had a story that she needed to tell, but she hid it so well in her psyche that there was really no hint of its truth, and the reader doesn’t uncover it until Dani realizes it either in the Courtship of the Cake.   I found, at times, that Mick wasn’t truly necessary for Dani’s HEA, but was more the icing on her cake!  I still think that Nash would’ve been the more intriguing match for Dani as they explored what brought them to the points in life where they intersect in the Courtship of the Cake.

A LITTLE HARMLESS FANTASY by Melissa Schroeder

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Source: Author
This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
A LITTLE HARMLESS FANTASY by Melissa SchroederA Little Harmless Fantasy by Melissa Schroeder
Series: Harmless #8
Published by Self Published Genres: BDSM, Contemporary, Menage

Miami based Dillon Securities is run by Maura Dillon after her FBI big brother Conner found love and a new beginning in Hawaii.  Her one time lover Zeke O’Brian and his lover Rory McAllister make up their trio who currently juggle all the balls in a successful firm.

 

With the Petersen trial coming up Conner’s urged Maura and the guys to take some down time on the big island.  Though her name wasn’t mentioned in the transcripts it might be better to leave Miami until the verdict is in.  Her involvement was minimal but the man on trial might not see it that way, so a vacation far away seems a good idea.

 

At one time Maura and Zeke were hot and heavy, but he couldn’t dominate her in the bedroom the way she needed.  Rory on the other hand is all Dom and proposes to use the trip as a sexual experiment of sorts.  A trial of their own to see if a mutual balance can be found.  When they return home life goes back to the way it was.

 

Confused and elated by the sexual satisfaction achieved with both men Maura is nonetheless feeling as though she’s being watched.  The guys dismiss her claims and soon regret it when the unimaginable happens.  It seems that the big island wasn’t as safe after all.

 

Sensual tricks galore in A Little Harmless Fantasy, the eighth story in the successful Harmless series.  Maura, Zeke, and Rory explore consensual erotic situations with scorching hot satisfying results. A Little Harmless Fantasy features an intelligent adult plotline with verve and sexual intensity.  A nasty twist in the story adds another level of enjoyment.  Though short on back story Maura and the guys keep readers enthralled with their spicy Hawaii week.  Truly carnal.

YOU IN MY ARMS by A. C. Katt

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Source: Publisher This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.YouContinue Reading

DEATHTRAP by L. M. Somerton

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Source: Publisher This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.DeathTrapContinue Reading

ACTING ON LOVE by S. J. Frost

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Source: Publisher This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.ActingContinue Reading

MAKE ME by Tessa Bailey

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Source: Publisher This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.MakeContinue Reading

I WANT YOU TO WANT ME by Erika Kelly

I WANT YOU TO WANT ME by Erika Kelly

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Source: Publisher This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.IContinue Reading

Header Banner by Nit_Witty Copyright © 2014
Joyfully Reviewed
Site Design, Graphics & Maintenance
by Miranda Grissom