The Gilded Cuff by Lauren Smith

Every passion has its price . . .

Journalist Sophie Ryder has been following Emery Lockwood’s story since she was a little girl. There has always been something in his haunted eyes that she couldn’t resist and now, when she’s certain he holds the key to solving a string of kidnappings, she’ll do anything to speak to him. Even if it means venturing deep into the seductive world of the Gilded Cuff, a luxurious BDSM club on Long Island’s Gold Coast and Emery’s personal playground.

From the moment Sophie enters his shadowy, sensual domain, Emery Lockwood knows this tantalizing new little sub was meant to belong to him. However, Sophie wants more from Emery than just pleasure . . . she wants his past. And that is something he isn’t willing to give—no matter who is asking. But every moment he spends with Sophie, Emery feels his control slipping and he knows it’s only a matter of time before he surrenders to her heart, body, and soul.

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I always thought it interesting that people that are closest to us are hiding such mind boggling secrets. Then again, I can’t judge what I don’t know.

If someone asked me what The Gilded Cuff is about, I’m not sure I can answer that. I can say there’s an erotic element, a mystery, crime, a love story, a psychological twist, but non of them is actually what the story is about. And that’s what probably is making me review this book so difficult.

Emery suffered a trauma in his childhood. While this trauma doesn’t necessarily reflect on his sexual lifestyle, we don’t really know that and can only assume that it has. Sophie has a similar history, and it draws her to Emery. That’s probably the only thing I feel comfortable saying about the plot. There were point it felt rushed, and the ending was definitely so, at least in terms of the characters’ emotional development.

In a nutshell, I felt the story skirted a lot of different avenues in the plot, but didn’t focus on one to guide the story. Interestingly enough, I am intrigued about the rest of the story.

Bottom line, tons of potential, not enough focus, and one author with wicked imagination = 2.5star

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* Thank you Forever Yours publishing and Lauren Smith for a copy of this title in exchange for my honest review.

Intimate Geography by Tamsen Parker

I loved Personal Geography, the first book in The Compass Geography. It was fresh, well written, new. I love “discovering” authors. And Tamsen Parker made my reading time just lovely.

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Fiercely protective of her heart, India Burke let down her defenses when Cris Ardmore went from another notch on her D/s playdate belt to everything she could never admit she wanted.

But being disowned by your family and betrayed by your lover aren’t easy to get over, and India’s old fears of intimacy creep in against a backdrop of professional drama that forces her return to a place that never really felt like home.

Though she proved her loyalty when it mattered most, love is about more than grand gestures and Cris wants all of her—which may be more than India is able to give. Can Cris and India navigate to a shared future or will they forever be off course?

** Please Note: Intimate Geography is Book 2 of The Compass Series and CANNOT be read as a stand-alone. Personal Geography, the beginning of Cris and India’s story, released on December 1st 2014.**

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India and Cris’s story was cut at the end of Personal Geography with a call from Cris’s mom telling India he’s been in an accident.

You can imagine how happy I was with that cliffy. I shared it with Tamsen. Along with almost weekly rants asking when Intimate Geography will release. I think I annoyed her to the point where she just decided to personally email me letting me know it’s on NetGalley. LOL

Cris and India are dealing with their emotions and with structuring a “normal” relationship around their unique bond. They’re madly in love with each other, and thankfully acknowledging it. They’re trying damn hard, and when all else fails, another monumental relationship is facing a big hurdle in order to mend other fences.

Cryptic, aren’t I? Hehehe

Parker sure didn’t make life reading this second installment easy. It’s packed with lovely smut, a lot of flying miles, one beautiful island and a lot of dealing with fears.

I loved this story. I loved how, while unique and complex, this story actually made sense to me. I can believe there’s an India and Cris out there, facing those challenges and loving life as they should.

My rating: 4.5star

Thank you Tamsen Parker for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Mwah.

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Tamsen Parker is a stay-at-home mom by day, erotic romance writer by naptime. She lives with her family outside of Boston, where she tweets too much, sleeps too little and is always in the middle of a book. Aside from good food, sweet rieslings and gin cocktails, she has a fondness for monograms and subway maps. She should really start drinking coffee.

 

Claiming His Beauty by Ellis Leigh

*twirls*

I can twirl, right? It’s just that Beast is making me so happy. To know there’s a guy like that out there… sigh.

If you feel the need to burst my bubble about Beast being a fictional character, you can just up and leave. OKAY?

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A shifter living a life hindered by regret…
A woman praying for a chance at a future…
A moment of fate that refuses to be denied.

Beast of the Feral Breed has spent years avoiding interacting with people. Other than the two shifters he considers family, his life has revolved around the engines he loves to work on, the ink he decorates his body with, and the scars of a past he wishes he could forget. When a witch shows him a vision of his future—one with a family he knows he can never have—his solitary life implodes, and he embarks on a trip that drops him exactly where he doesn’t think he should be.

Calla wants to escape the hell she’s living, but between her low-paying job and the danger lurking in the woods, running alone isn’t an option. Desperate, she spends her time praying for someone to help free her from a life she fears will be cut short. The human woman never realized the dangers of dating a wolf shifter…until he showed his claws.

When Beast falls into Calla’s life, he’s more than a little surprised to meet his mate—a woman he knows he should walk away from. But danger hovers around every corner, and Beast refuses to leave her vulnerable. Protecting one human woman wouldn’t be a challenge, but Beast has to battle his past mistakes, stay under the radar of the local pack, and rescue two people he never expected to love. One of whom has yet to take her first breath.

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Hi, my name is Eleanor and I’m a goner for the Feral Breed Motorcycle Club.

Beast, Gates’ brother, is now “stuck” with 2 witches, Zuri’s sisters. When Amber decides to show him the full picture of snapshots she’s been seeing, she kind of messes with his head and sends him running from his mate.

To his mate.

Bwahahahaha….

But Beast, being Beast, takes it all in a stride and does the right thing. He restores Calla’s faith in men, he restores her faith in herself, and he gets a family – and a gorgeous one at that.

I loved the dynamics between them, the gradual progress he’s made with her and the involvement of the other NALB wolves. I absolutely adored Kaija’s involvement in this story – minor as it was.

I have to admit, there’s a details in this story that is not quite resolved, and I know it’s intentional, but I’m worried(ish). I hope Ellis won’t drag my poor nerves along for too long. <– that was semi cryptic, wasn’t it? LOL

And now I need the next book. Dammit.

My rating: 5

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Release Day Launch: THE RETURN by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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 We have been dying to bring you the Release Blitz for Jennifer L. Armentrout’s THE RETURN! THE RETURN is a New Adult Paranormal Romance and is a part of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Titan Series. Seth is looking to be just as dangerously delicious as we all hoped!!

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I was a half-blood, but I was also the Apollyon, a child of a pure and a half, a union that had been forbidden for thousands of years because an Apollyon was more powerful than any pure or half could ever hope to be.

And I always got to the traitors’ hideouts before they did, so the Sentinels were usually left with the cleanup, which I was sure absolutely thrilled them.

The first to enter was a female half-blood dressed just as I was. Her black hair was pulled back in a neat little knot at the top of her head. She was older, probably in her mid-thirties. It was pretty rare for a Sentinel to live that long. Her dark skin paled as she stopped just inside the entrance. She clenched titanium daggers in her hands like she expected something vicious to pop out from under the bloody mess.

The female Sentinel tipped her chin up, and the overhead light sliced across her broad cheekbones. She bore a jagged scar under her right eye, the skin lighter in tone. She saw me and froze.

My smile widened.

Behind her, another Sentinel rushed in, almost mowing her over. He saw me and whispered, “Seth.”

He’d said my name like I was the monster under his bed, and I sort of liked that. Then another Sentinel and another rolled in. The fifth took one look at my interior design work and keeled over. Slamming his hands on his knees, he hurled up his dinner.

Nice.

Our society existed completely unknown to the average mortal and had operated under what was known as the Breed Order for thousands of years. The Order had been dismantled, which meant halfs were no longer forced to choose between becoming Sentinels—hunting down violent creatures, protecting pures, enforcing laws, and otherwise usually dying pretty damn quickly on the job—or servants, which was a job that really wasn’t a job, but more like slavery. Since then, many pampered pures had signed on to be Sentinels, making up for the loss of the halfs who’d pretty much said “screw this shit, I’m out.”

This wasn’t necessarily a good thing.

For example, the dumbass puking all over my blood-covered floor was a pure. When he straightened, his face a greenish hue, he backed away, shaking his head. “I can’t,” he gasped out. “I can’t do this.”

Then he turned and hauled ass out the doors.
I sighed. This was why we couldn’t have nice things.

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THE RETURN Synopsis

The Fates are cackling their bony asses off…

It’s been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they’ve given him have been violent and bloody–which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He’s got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy’s deal might be, but it’s a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her.

But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all.

Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.

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Author Photo# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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