Genre: Contemporary

FOREPLAY by Sophie Jordan

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FOREPLAY by Sophie JordanForeplay by Sophie Jordan
Series: Ivy Chronicles #1
Published by Harper Collins on 2013-11-05
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Pages: 304
Reviewed by Miranda

Pepper has been hopelessly in love with her best friend's brother, Hunter, for, like, ever. He's the key to everything she's always craved: security, stability, family. But she needs Hunter to notice her as more than just a friend. Even though she's kissed exactly one guy, she has the perfect plan to go from novice to rock star in the bedroom: take a few pointers from someone who knows what he's doing.Her college roommates have the perfect teacher in mind. But bartender Reece is nothing like the player Pepper expects. Yes, he's beyond gorgeous, but he's also dangerous and deep—with a troubled past. Soon what started as a lesson in attraction is turning both their worlds upside down, and showing them just what can happen when you go past foreplay and get to what's real. . . .

Pepper has always been in love with her best friend’s older brother, Hunter.  She has watched from behind the scenes as Hunter dated other people but now he’s single and it is the perfect time for Pepper to make her move. But there is one thing Pepper believes she needs before making her move on Hunter. She needs some skills in the bedroom and her friends have picked out the perfect guy for her to get some private lessons with.  The hottie bartender at their favorite college drinking hole.

 

Pepper is expecting an easy encounter with the bartender so she is caught off guard when she meets Reece.  Pepper can spot a troubled soul easy because she sees one when she looks in the mirror.  Reece is sexy and smooth but he might be dangerous to Pepper’s heart.  Will Reece teach Pepper the ins and outs of foreplay? Will Pepper find the family she has always wanted or true love?

 

Sophie Jordan weaves a magical spell with Pepper and Reece in Foreplay.  Their first meeting is kismet and things only get better from there.  My favorite thing about Ms. Jordan’s writing is how perfect she gets the turbulent emotions of people of her characters age.  Things are so messy when you are in the throes of first love, especially when you are carrying the baggage that Pepper and Reece are carrying around.

 

Pepper and Reece are downright steamy! Their emotions and chemistry simply drip from the pages of Foreplay!  If Pepper and Reece are the kind of couple that comes of out The Ivy Chronicles series then I am ready for book two!

MIRACLE ROAD by Emily March

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MIRACLE ROAD by Emily MarchMiracle Road by Emily March
Series: Eternity Springs #7
Published by Ballantine Books on 2014-06-11
Genres: Contemporary, Holidays
Pages: 535
Reviewed by Miranda

Coach Lucca Romano suffered through a horrific tragedy which left some of his basketball players injured and dead.  He is in need of some deep healing.  After running from the problem he has landed in Eternity Springs.  He’s hoping his time in Eternity Springs will tell him which way he should go next.  He never counted on the woman next door coaxing his heart back to life.

 

Teacher Hope Montgomery is also in Eternity Springs to heal.  She lost her child and it’s a hole she can never hope to fill. When Lucca moves in next door she sees in him what she sees in her own mirror…loss.  There is something about Lucca’s gruff attitude and sexy exterior that has Hope trying to bring Lucca out of his shell and get him back into the game.

 

Miracle Road starts off with such tragedy.  I felt that intense emotion from Lucca and Hope as they started getting to know each other.  I have really enjoyed this series so I like learning more about the characters that I have fallen in love with in previous books.  However, it is a bit much to take in at the beginning of a new book.  A new reader could easily become overwhelmed by all of these characters and their children.

 

My favorite moments in Miracle Road where the quiet moments that Lucca and Hope spent stargazing. These scenes where full of sweet honest emotion, definitely swoon worthy.  Some things about Miracle Road were off balanced.  I didn’t get that feeling that the characters truly transitioned.  Readers get their happy ending but it felt a bit forced. Miracle Road may not be my favorite Eternity Springs novel but I will be back for the next novel because I do love this idyllic town where angels and happy endings exist.

AGAINST THE ROPES by Sarah Castille

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AGAINST THE ROPES by Sarah CastilleAgainst the Ropes by Sarah Castille
Published by Sourcebooks, Incorporated on 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica
Pages: 349
Reviewed by Miranda

He scared me. He thrilled me. And after one touch, all I could think about was getting more... Makayla never thought she'd set foot in an elite mixed martial arts club. But if anyone needs a medic on hand, it's these guys. Then again, at her first sight of the club's owner, she's the one feeling breathless. The man they call Torment is all sleek muscle and restrained power. Whether it's in the ring or in the bedroom, he knows exactly when a soft touch is required and when to launch a full-on assault. He always knows just how far he can push. And he's about to tempt Makayla in ways she never imagined...

While giving her friend a helping hand, straight-laced Makayla ends up in more trouble than she can handle.  Makayla and her friend are taking money at the door of an illegal MMA tourney when she runs into a man determined to torment all her waking and dreaming hours.  Torment is a star fighter and uses his own gym for MMA tournaments.  He is caught off guard by the spunky beauty that runs into his club determined to track down a line jumper.  Once he gets her attention he is not letting her go.  Makayla doesn’t know how to handle this sexy fighter with the alpha attitude but she is willing to give it a try considering he makes her want to drool.  These two opposites are attracting but can they find love?

 

Sarah Castille’s Against the Ropes is a hard hitting romance with a hot couple and a dash of suspense.  Poor Makayla has a hysterical first meeting with Torment.  I could not stop laughing.  The humor is great but the sex appeal is even better.  Torment and Makayla definitely know how to heat things up fast!  I love Torment’s strong Alpha attitude.  He definitely has the, “you are my woman, I will take care of you” thing down pat.

COLD WAR by Kiera Andrews

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COLD WAR by Kiera AndrewsCold War by Kiera Andrews
Published by Loose Id Genres: Contemporary, MM
Reviewed by Lisa

Years and years of sometimes tortuous repetition, burning muscles, and bruises lead to pairs ice skaters Bailey Robinson and Dev Avira, at the top of their game.  Their closest competition is the Russian pair Kisa Kostina and Mikhail Reznikov who always seem to come in first.  As they finish second at the Grand Prix Final in Japan, Dev and Bailey promise each other the Gold at the coming Olympics.  In a dark mood for coming so close in the Final yet not winning, Dev begins to talk trash to Mikhail in the restroom.  Passions of another kind unexpectedly explodes between them the moment their eyes meet, and the real Mikhail, aka Misha to those close to him, is revealed.  Both know that encounter can never happen again.

 

The Olympic Games is everything the skaters have worked towards.  Dev wishes he could totally concentrate on winning but another incendiary encounter with Misha scrambles his brain.  He can’t stop thinking of Misha, his taste, his touch.

 

That moment of weakness in Dev’s mind could ruin everything – all the years of sacrifice would go up in smoke.  And what about Bailey, it certainly isn’t fair to her that he can’t get his head in the game. Passion climaxes between Dev and Misha as the Gold slips away.  But from whom?

 

Heightened emotional drama draws readers right into Cold War.  The passionate tug of war between career and chemistry defines the pairs figure skaters in this deeply intensive story.  A fascinating peek into their world is balanced with a volatile love story spinning out of control.  Exciting characters breathe life into their sport and plotline.  Cold War will have you rooting for Dev and Misha to find happiness.

HELL FOR LEATHER by Julie Ann Walker

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HELL FOR LEATHER by Julie Ann WalkerHell for Leather by Julie Ann Walker
Series: Black Knight's Inc. #6
Published by Sourcebooks, Inc. on 2014-05-06
Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
Pages: 384
Reviewed by Miranda

Black Knights Inc. #6A NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BEST SELLING NOVEL Black Knights Inc.-Behind the façade of their tricked-out motorcycle shop is an elite special ops team assigned the jobs too hot for anyone else to handle. Only a crisis could persuade Delilah Fairchild to abandon her beloved biker bar, let alone ask Black Knights Inc. operator Bryan

Delilah Fairchild is still reeling from the shootout at her bar that left one of her patrons dead.  The last thing she wants to do is ask Bryan “Mac” McMillan for help. When her uncle goes missing, Delilah has little choice but to ask the Black Knights for help finding him.

 

Black Knight operator Bryan McMillan can’t figure out why the local barkeep Delilah Fairchild gets under his skin so badly.  When Delilah comes to him and his friends for help he is propelled into action. It doesn’t take long for them to realize that there is more to Delilah’s uncle than meets the eye. Will they escape danger and find love in the process?

 

Hell For Leather is full of edge-of-your-seat action and heart racing romance.  Julie Ann Walker out does herself in the sixth installment of the Black Knights Inc. series.  Mac and Delilah really turn up the heat making the pages sizzle.  The suspense in Hell For Leather is top-notch!  Some of the scenes are written so brilliantly they make you feel like you are taking part in the action.  I warn pet lovers there are some heart stopping scenes that had me tearing up!

 

I enjoyed the characters of Delilah and Mac. Delilah is such a firecracker! While she needs help she kicks a little butt herself! I so like it when the heroines are as fierce as the heroes. Mac is your typical hero but I delighted in his inner struggle with his feelings and his fondness for dressers. I also liked the introduction of new characters and I cannot wait to learn more about them in future Black Knights Inc. books.  Hell For Leather is a great summer read!  After all, this is the season of the blockbuster!

BORN WILD by Julie Ann Walker

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HOPE FLAMES by Jaci Burton

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NO STRINGS ATTACHED by Susan Anderson

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SWEET TALK TO ME by Keiran Kramer

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AGAINST THE WALL by Rebecca Zanetti

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