Friday, February 27, 2015

Blog Tour & Review: ★Inappropriate★ by Elizabeth Finn


Title: The Fight for Us & Inappropriate
Series: Bristol Island Tales
Author: Elizabeth Finn
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Hosted By: DRC Promotions
A New Standalone Bristol Island Tale.


Cohen is a man apart on Bristol Island—an outcast loved by all but separated by his position within the community. Dylan is the newest resident in town, but she arrives with a dark secret and a desire to keep it buried.

But when burning attraction is thrown into the mix, his job and her secrets are quickly forgotten—that is until one impetuous decision renders a relationship off-limits, unethical, and utterly inappropriate.

Living next door to one another on the island’s isolated peninsula guarantees their paths will cross time and time again. With fate tempting Cohen to ignore his conscience and, for the first time in his life, gamble with the rules, will he risk everything for Dylan?

And what happens when Dylan’s past suddenly catches up to her? Will she find the strength to bare her soul to him? Or will she let her secrets take them both down?

Sometimes the inappropriate relationship is the most appropriate of them all.



4 Stars
He wanted to feel all of her- every inch. The woman he couldn't ethically fuck, he wanted to fuck six ways to Sunday without a single socially acceptable barrier between them.
There's one thing that you know for sure when you finish an Elizabeth Finn book; the woman does angst and she does it well. If you like borderline asshole heroes, vulnerable but yet strong in their own right heroines, and enough angst to leave you crying for your mama then this is definitely the author for you. Luckily she gives you just enough steam to dilute the angst, which makes for one fabulous mix.

Inappropriate is book two in the Bristol Island series, but it is easily read as a standalone. The characters from the previous book do make an appearance here, and you'll appreciate it that much more if you've read The Fight for Us, but you won't be lost if you haven't read it either.
It hurts to want something you can't have so much.
The small town of Bristol Island is the perfect place for Dylan Corbett to get out of her current writer's block and perhaps find the peace that she hasn't been able to in the past few years.
Shall She wrote what she needed from the world, not what she had; she just happened to do it very convincingly, because one upon a time, she actually did have those things, until she found out she didn't.
She's an erotic romance writer and that's all you really know about her. You can clearly see that she's had a troubling past, but that's something that will not be fully revealed for quite a bit. The one thing that I really loved is the littler kernels of similarity between Dylan's books and Elizabeth Finn herself. It almost read like she cleverly wove in her own personality into Dylan in terms of what she writes, if that even makes sense. If you've read any of Finn's previous books, you'll see exactly what I mean.

Dylan meets her handsome new neighbor, Cohen, who also serves as the inspiration for the hero on the book she's currently trying to write. This is where the inappropriate factor also comes in, because not only is Cohen her neighbor, he's also the town's only doctor. And when Dylan has a pressing medical concern, she has no choice but to visit the local clinic and get the surprise of a life time.

This also had one of the most awkward and at the same time humorous situations I've ever read. I don't want to give anything away but I swear I found myself cringing the entire time I was reading it.

The sexual tension between Cohen and Dylan is incredibly potent. The 'inappropriateness' of their situation made for a long stretch of sexual tension.

But when these two finally give into the sizzling chemistry between them, let's just say fireworks go off.
While I loved the angst and the tension, there was also something missing for me. I can't even pinpoint exactly what it was but I just found myself growing bored with the story in certain places and skimming slightly. Maybe because it would go through segments of angst to a part where really nothing was happening? I'm really not sure. But there was just always something that kept this from being completely enthralling for me and demanding all my attention. I had no problems setting this book down and coming back to it later. I do love me a good asshole and Cohen certainly had his moments of it...2 VERY big ones. I wasn't sure if I wanted to jock punch him or lick him, but it all came together wonderfully.

Dylan was definitely a crier, but she also had a quiet sort of strength to her. While she's not my perfect heroine (I tend to be SUPER picky with this), I never had an issue with her bouts of vulnerability.
Cohen, there isn't a single moment when I'm with you that I'm not wholly and completely WITH you. If I say something, it's only for you. If I do something it's to you. The way I touch you is all about you. There is nothing else outside of us when I'm with you.
If you're a fan of this author, you'll definitely enjoy this book; angsty and sexy, two of my favorite things.

Don't miss the first book in the Bristol Island series

Elizabeth Finn is a multi-published contemporary romance author. Her passion is creating stories packed full of believable conflicts, characters who leave you rooting for them, and romance that might just short-circuit your e-reader. She likes her characters flawed, but they always find the best part of themselves on their journey. And her readers find themselves devoted to her honest and heartfelt voice.

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Review: ★You Only Love Twice★ by Lexi Blake

You Only Love Twice
Author: Lexi Blake
Genre: Erotic Romantic Suspense, BDSM
Release Date: February 17, 2015
Length: 360 Pages
A woman on a mission

Phoebe Graham is a specialist in deep cover espionage, infiltrating the enemy, observing their practices, and when necessary eliminating the threat. Her latest assignment is McKay-Taggart Security Services, staffed with former military and intelligence operatives. They routinely perform clandestine operations all over the world but it isn’t until Jesse Murdoch joins the team that her radar starts spinning. Unfortunately so does her head. He’s gorgeous and sweet and her instincts tell her to trust him but she’s been burned before, so he’ll stay where he belongs—squarely in her sights.

A man on the run


Since the moment his Army unit was captured by jihadists, Jesse’s life has been a nightmare. Forced to watch as those monsters tortured and killed his friends and the woman he loved, something inside him snapped. When he’s finally rescued, everyone has the same question—why did he alone survive? Clouded in accusations and haunted by the faces of those he failed, Jesse struggles in civilian life until McKay-Taggart takes him in. Spending time with Phoebe, the shy and beautiful accountant, makes him feel human for the first time in forever. If someone so innocent and sweet could accept him, maybe he could truly be redeemed.


A love they never expected



When Phoebe receives the order to eliminate Jesse, she must choose between the job she’s dedicated her life to and the man who’s stolen her heart. Choosing Jesse would mean abandoning everything she believes in, and it might mean sharing his fate because a shadowy killer is dedicated to finishing the job started in Iraq.
5 Stars
He'd fought and fought to live and now he was going to stand here and let her do her worst.
He didn't want to live in a world where she betrayed him. He simply didn't.
I've been a huge fan of this series since the very first book. Now eight books in and it's still going strong. I think this may have been my favorite of the Masters and Mercenaries. I've been curious about Jesse's story since we first meet him earlier in the series. He's always been such a broken and tortured soul, that you couldn't help but crave a HEA for him. This is a man that's truly known suffering and needed a HEA that was truly worthy of the type of person he is, and boy did Lexi Blake deliver on that. She really gave it justice with this book.
You played me. You played me hard and well. You had me panting after you and then you pointed a bullet straight at my fucking heart. Do you see the irony, Phoebe? I was falling for you and you were there to kill me.
Phoebe has always been the super shy, clumsy and unassuming accountant for Taggart McKay. But looks can be deceiving and it her case, deadly. Having lost the love of her life in a mission gone terribly wrong, Phoebe is determined to bring those responsible for his death to justice...even if it means going deep undercover.

Jesse has been half in love with the quiet and shy Phoebe, but when he finds out who she really is, his world gets flipped. He wants her heart, but her heart belongs to a dead man.

This is probably the most emotional book in the series, or at least it was for me. Having tidbits of Jesse's problems in the earlier books, you know that his problems run deep. He lives a waking nightmare with the PTSD and the memories of a voice that tortured and almost broke him. He finally thought he found his redemption when he met Phoebe, but he knows that he can never have her.
Every second of every day I want you to remember this...
Remember every second that you could have had a man who worshipped you with his body and soul."
I really don't want to give too much away, because this is simply a book you need to experience for yourself without any major details. But I will say that I absolutely loved it. There is nothing better than a kick ass heroine for me, and Phoebe was definitely that. But she also had a broken side to her that balanced out the tough operative persona. She can handle herself in the field, but her soul was broken with the death of her husband that she adored. I appreciated that Lexi Blake never diminished her love for her husband and yet made the reader truly see what her connection to Jesse was and make it real. It didn't feel like settling, which I was afraid of. The connection between them was tangible...and not to mention super sexy
You won't be quiet when I fuck you. You'll give them a show. You'll let them know just how good it feels to be fucked by me and I will make sure you scream. Don't even think you can hold out on me. I won't let it happen. I'll fuck you so long and so hard, you'll give me everything I want.
My other concern was how Jesse would come off as a Dom. He's such a tortured soul that I was afraid he may come off as almost too broken, but that never happened. When he finally got his shit together, the man was truly a top. But he always maintained this vulnerable edge to him which was so incredibly endearing that you couldn't help but completely fall for him.

I really wouldn't recommend reading this book as a standalone as there is a story ARC that continues throughout the series. While you wouldn't necessarily feel lost, you would appreciate this story and all secondary characters and the MCs that much more if you read it in order. Of course it wouldn't be a Masters and Mercenaries book without Ian and his banter...
This is really the greatest thing that ever happened to me. Well, besides the whole wife-coming-back-from-the-dead and having a baby and shit, but other than that, getting to punch Ten at random is really the best."
You also finally get a true peak into the enigma that is Tennessee Smith, and you just KNOW that his book is bound to be a fantastic one.

I don't think there was anything about this book that I didn't love. It was action-packed, emotional, filled with heart-pounding suspense and oh so sexy. I adored Phoebe and Jesse together. Their story will equal parts break your heart and absolutely melt it.
I think what I've figured out is that we don't have a limited amount of love. It doesn't get all used up and then there's nothing left. We choose. We choose who we love and how we love, and how we love, and there is nothing between two consenting adults that brings them connection and pleasure and joy that's wrong. This is ours, Phoebe.
Of course I also loved all the secondary characters (including some new faces). Did I already mention Ian and Charlie?
Charlie, that's not a foot. It's a horn. We're having a demon. I know it."
She rolled her pretty eyes and sighed. "They're your girls so they're probably slightly demonic."


I can't wait to get my hands on Ten's book next and hopefully Ian's brothers will be getting theirs soon after. If you like sexy espionage and BDSM all in one action packed book, this series is a definite must read!


Don't Miss The Rest of The Series!

The Dom Who Loved Me (Masters & Mercenaries #1)

The Men With The Golden Cuffs (Masters and Mercenaries #2)





A View to a Thrill (Masters and Mercenaries #7)

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Review: ★A View To Thrill★ by Lexi Blake

A View To Thrill
Author: Lexi Blake
Genre: Erotic Romantic Suspense, BDSM
Release Date: August 19, 2014
Length: 410 Pages
A Spy without a Country

Simon Weston grew up royal in a place where aristocracy still mattered. Serving Queen and country meant everything to him, until MI6 marked him as damaged goods and he left his home in disgrace. Ian Taggart showed him a better way to serve his fellow man and introduced him to Sanctum, a place to pursue his passion for Dominance and submission. Topping beautiful subs was a lovely distraction until he met Chelsea, and becoming her Master turned into Simon’s most important mission.

A Woman without Hope

Chelsea Dennis grew up a pawn to the Russian mob. Her father’s violent lessons taught her that monsters lurked inside every man and they should never be trusted. Hiding in the shadows, she became something that even the monsters would fear—an information broker who exposed their dirty secrets and toppled their empires. Everything changed when Simon Weston crossed her path. Valiant and faithful, he was everything she needed—and a risk she couldn’t afford to take.

A Force too Strong to Resist

When dark forces from her past threaten her newfound family at Sanctum, Chelsea must turn to Simon, the one man she can trust with her darkest secrets. Their only chance to survive lies in a mystery even Chelsea has been unable to solve. As they race to uncover the truth and stay one step ahead of the assassins on their heels, they will discover a love too powerful to deny. But to stop a killer, Simon just might have to sacrifice himself…


3.75 Stars
From the moment he'd seen her all those months ago, he'd been utterly fascinated. She was a mystery to him. Closed off, with more barricades around her than he could count, she still pulled him in the minute she walked inside a room.
When I think of romantic suspense with some kinky hot BDSM thrown in and some scorching romance and sex, the only series that comes to mind is Masters and Mercenaries. No one does that sexy little combination better than Lexi Blake. While each book can probably be read as a standalone, I wouldn't recommend it as each book builds off of each other. The characters of this book (like all the rest) are first introduced in the previous 2 and their story continues until their own book. It just wouldn't be the same to jump straight into this book without first reading the last 6. Besides, each book has been great, so why miss out? Now on to Simon and Chelsea.

Chelsea is many things; she's Charlotte's younger sister, Ian's (or as she calls him The Satan) sister in law, the daughter of the head of the biggest mob syndicate in Moscow, and The Broker. She's one of the best hackers in the world and she's definitely made quite the name for herself since her and her sister escaped their father's brutal and sadistic hold. Now she uses her powers for good...mostly. Weary of men in general due to her history, she's not looking for any entanglements. Especially not with a certain British Dom and past MI6 agent in a 3 piece suit that now works for Ian's firm.
But when Chelsea's life is on the line, no matter how hard she's avoided Simon in the past, he's the only one she can turn to for help. But he's not going to be easy on her. He has a requirement of his own, one he's been waiting for the right opportunity to take.
What?"
"That's my requirement for protecting you. I don't want money. You'll sign a contract making me your Master or I can call your brother-in-law back. How is the broccoli beef? I've never tried it before. Would you like some wine?"
Simon's combination of protective and demanding definitely worked for me. He was very sweet and understanding with what Chelsea needed. He's been halfway in love with her since he first met her and now he just needs to convince her that they'll be good together.

...I'm not going to take your virginity because you're curious. I'll take it when you can't think about anything but me. I'll take it when you cry out my name and tell me there's no other man you'll ever love the way you love me. Then and only then will I take what belongs to me.
This book wasn't as heavy on the BDSM or the sex either to be honest. The suspense and the emotional relationship development between the H/h took center stage. The romance was still in the center of the story, of course, but it wasn't quite as steamy as the previous books in the series. But don't get me wrong, while it may not have been as frequent, when it did happen it was definitely HOT.
Oh, my god."
"No. You say my name when I'm fucking you, love. Say it. Say 'fuck me hard, Simon."
In usual Lexi Blake fashion there were lots of twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the end, plenty of action, and lots more Ian and the rest of the team.

Unfortunately there was just something about the romance between Simon and Chelsea I never fully connected with. I can't even put my finger on what it was exactly, but it was probably my least favorite in the series. There was almost too much of a focus on their emotional issues and triggers than there was on the actual romance, at times even during the sex scenes.

I would still recommend this book for fans of the series. And if you've been curious about Jesse's story, you're definitely in for a treat here. That last chapter? Oh my GAWD. I don't think I've been that excited to read a book since Ian's story. This book really introduces Jesse and all his fucked up glory and I can't wait to get my hands on his book in February.


Don't Miss The Rest of The Series!

The Dom Who Loved Me (Masters & Mercenaries #1)

The Men With The Golden Cuffs (Masters and Mercenaries #2)




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