Review – Taking Turns by J.A. Huss

 

Taking Turns (Turning #1) by J.A. Huss

  • Contemporary Romance
  • Ménage
  • Suits
  • First In A Series

When I first saw the description and cover for Taking Turns, before it released, I wasn’t sure it was my thing. The description was kind of strange and made it sound like a captivity book. For the record, I do not read captivity, slave or true Stockholm syndrome books. They give me the creeps. This is not a captivity book! Once I started seeing the reviews roll in confirming it was not, I decided to read it. Holy. Shit. I was not disappointed.

This review is going to be mostly vague feelings about the book. To give you anything else would surely ruin your enjoyment of the story. I can’t even explain how it begins because it’s something you just have to read. It has everything a great erotica novel needs – lots of dirty bits and loveable characters. Now don’t start thinking this is all heat and no content or story. It has a strong and mysterious storyline that drew me in deep from the first page.

Taking Turns is one of those books that will stick with me. I could feel the book hangover as soon as I finished it. Hell, I considered going back to page 1 and reading it again. To say I enjoyed this book would be a massive understatement. I. Fucking. Loved. It. I know I will re-read this book, and I know it is one of my top reads of the year. I cannot wait for the second book in the series, Turning Back, to release 4.12.17.

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-My Rating-

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Review – Defy by L.J. Shen

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Defy (Sinners of Saint #0.5) by L.J Shen

Blurb:

My name is Melody Greene, and I have a confession to make.

I slept with my student, a senior in high school.

Multiple times.

I had multiple orgasms.

In multiple positions.

I slept with my student and I enjoyed it.

I slept with my student and I’d do it all over again if I could turn back time.

My name is Melody Greene, and I got kicked out of my position as a teacher and did my walk of shame a la Cersei Lannister from the principal’s office, minutes after said principal threatened to call the cops on me.

My name is Melody Greene, and I did something bad because it made me feel good.

Here is why it was totally worth it.

Defy is a smutty, insta-love, insta-lust short novella. Defy is a prequel to Vicious (Sinners of Saint #1). It is recommended, but unnecessary, to read Defy before reading Vicious.

  • Contemporary Romance
  • Teacher/High School Student (18)
  • Prequel Novella to Vicious
  • Heat Level 2

It’s no secret that I LOVED Vicious. It was a fantastic book with amazing characters (read my review here). I was so jazzed up when I saw that Defy was Jamie and Melody’s story. I just can’t get enough of the HotHoles and their crazy antics.

Defy is the best kind of novella. It read like a full length book and the story never felt rushed. Ms. Shen did a great job of managing the timeline and developing a believable, heartfelt love story, even with the taboo subject of an 18 year old student and his high school teacher. It was a perfectly crafted story that never felt wrong. Jamie is mature and responsible. There is nothing childish about him or his feelings for Melody. I loved this novella.

I can’t wait for the next character’s book in this series. I need more Vicious and the HotHoles. Defy showed us a little bit more of Vicious and why his nickname is so fitting. I’m not sure he can do any wrong in my eyes, even if he is a huge jerk. I unapologetically love him. Check this series out! It’s addictive.

-My Rating-

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About L.J. Shen

L.J. Shen resides in sunny California with her husband, son, chubby cat and wild, wild dreams.

Her passion is to write badass stories, sushi, UFC and her awesome family and friends (not in this order, though. Obviously, sushi comes before writing. Oh, and also the family part.)

She spend the first half of her twenties traveling the world and is now paying all the fun with extra shifts in front of her MacBook. Feel free to contact her on her Facebook page. She loves to hear from her readers.

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Review – Vicious (Sinners of Saint #1) by L.J. Shen

Vicious (Sinners of Saint #1) by L.J. Shen

“Because moments like these reminded me that my life was hard, but not bad. There was a difference between the two. A hard life equaled a life full of obstacles and challenging moments but also full of people you loved and cared about. A bad life equaled an empty life. One that wasn’t necessarily hard or challenging but was devoid of the people you loved and cared about.” – Emilia

  • Contemporary Romance
  • Suit/CEO
  • First In A Series
  • Heat Level 2

Vicious is a different kind of book. It’s not always easy to follow or read, but it is totally worth it. I found myself rather lost and confused in the very first chapter. I even stopped reading and checked to see if I missed a novella before this first book that would give me some clarity. Nope, the mystery is purposeful, and the author uses this technique a few times throughout the book. You just have to keep reading to unravel the mystery and put all the pieces together. I loved this book!

Emilia aka Millie is an extremely lovable character. She is humble, strong and caring. She makes sacrifice after sacrifice for the ones she loves and never complains or dims her shine. I loved her character and wished we could be best friends. Shen does a great job of making her personality shine through, even though the story jumps between current day and 10 years before. The consistency is refreshing.

“There was a heavily made-up Goth girl leaning against a barstool. She looked at us like most people did. Like Emilia had kidnapped me or like I was her sensible brother. We were so different it was borderline comical. Me with my custom suit, expensive coat, and rich asshole air about me and her with her burgundy-wine sweater, beanie, Christmas leggings, and army boots.” – Vicious

Baron “Vicious” Spencer earned his nickname in high school with good reason. I found his character to be crude and downright mean. There were many times while reading that I just couldn’t believe the things he said! I kept thinking, “what an asshole!” and “there can’t possibly be anything redeemable about his character.” He was so vicious at points that I couldn’t believe I was still reading. He was flawed, spoiled and entitled. But I couldn’t help being pulled in by him and Emilia. By the end, I was cheering for him to turn all of his angry and negativity into a beautiful and compassionate person. I’ll let you decide if he made it there. 😉

I quirked an eyebrow at him and leaned back. “Your IT people are doing a terrible job. I’ve been watching snuff all morning.”

He laughed, and his amusement looked genuine. Rare and brief like cherry blossoms in the spring. But just like the flowers, it died quickly.

“I didn’t peg you for a kink girl, Emilia.” He tucked his hands in his pockets. “Whatever floats your boat, I’d be happy to be captain.”

This book wove an almost murder/mystery type tale with plenty of twists to keep me reading. I wanted to put my life things aside just so I could jump back into Vicious and Emilia’s lives. The supporting cast of characters pulled me into their lives as well, and I’m looking forward to reading their books in the series. I think what I loved the most is that it wasn’t your typical romance book. There were dark themes and secret plotlines happening throughout. I will absolutely be reading the rest of this series, and probably everything else L.J. Shen has written. Don’t let Vicious scare you off, he might be more bark than bite… or not.

My Rating –

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Review – Bossman by Vi Keeland

Bossman by Vi Keeland

“If you don’t change direction, you may end up where you’re heading.”

  • Contemporary Romance
  • Suit/CEO
  • Standalone
  • Top Book Boyfriend
  • Heat Level 3

Holy, swoon worthy read! I loved this book! There is a reason it was on my Top Dirty Dozen Books of 2016 list.  It has everything I love: the perfect hero, the strong, quirky heroine and a story that is outside the normal romance box.

The story begins with Reese struggling to escape a terrible date when Chase, a complete stranger, swoops in to save the date. He effortlessly creates an elaborate backstory of how Reese and himself dated in grade school. He then invites himself and his date to join Reese and her date. The hilarity and ridiculous stories take off from there and continue throughout the book.

The chemistry between Reese and Chase is sizzling. Chase Parker is hot, ridiculously smart and rich. His wit and personality put him on my list of Top Book Boyfriends. Besides being all of the things I love about normal suits, he has heart and a deeper story underneath it all.

This book is about love, forgiveness, understanding and finding the strength to go on with life after tragedy. The cover, title and blurb don’t accurately express the beauty of this story. It’s so much more than the superficial rich guy, reticent girl, sex, break up and makeup plot we are used to.

I would definitely recommend Bossman. If you are looking for a standalone romance with heart, laughs and a swoony hero, pick this one up. You won’t be disappointed!

My Rating –

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Jill & Rebecca’s Top Dirty Dozen Books Of 2016

This is both of our Top Dirty Dozen Books of 2016 combined into one post. Let us know what you think and post the link for your Top Books of 2016 in the comments!

 

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Jill’s Pick – The Mother Road by Meghan Quinn

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Rebecca’s Pick – Grave Witch by Kalayna Price

 

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Jill’s Pick – Feral Sins (The Phoenix Pack Series #1) by Suzanne Wright

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Rebecca’s Pick – The Pursuit (Fox and O’Hare #5) by Janet Evanovich

 

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Jill’s Pick – Sugar Daddies by Jade West

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Rebecca’s Pick – Idol (VIP#1) by Kristen Callihan

 

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Jill’s Pick – The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon

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Rebecca’s Pick – Bossman by Vi Keeland

 

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Jill’s Pick – Black Swan Affair by K.L. Kreig

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Rebecca’s Pick – Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega #1) by Patricia Briggs

 

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Jill’s Pick – Paper Princess (The Royals #1) by Erin Watt

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Rebecca’s Pick – Magic Burns (Kate Daniels #2) by Ilona Andrews

 

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Jill’s Pick – Seducing Destiny (The Fae Chronicles #4) by Amelia Hutchins

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Rebecca’s Pick – Broken Prince (The Royals #2) by Erin Watt

 

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Jill’s Pick – A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas

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Rebecca’s Pick – Kyland by Mia Sheridan

 

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Jill & Rebecca’s Pick – Neighbors (Twin Estates #1) 

 

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Jill’s Pick – The Saint (The Original Sinners #5) by Tiffany Reisz

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Rebecca’s Pick – Dirty (Dive Bar #1) by Kylie Scott

 

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Jill’s Pick – A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas

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Rebecca’s Pick – Sugar Daddies by Jade West

 

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Jill’s #1 Pick of 2016 – Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels #4) by Ilona Andrews

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Rebecca’s #1 Pick of 2016 – A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas

 

There you have it! Our Top Books of 2016. Here’s to a great New Year!

Cheers!

Review – Neighbors by Stylo Fantome

Neighbors by Stylo Fantome

  • 5 Stars
  • Contemporary Romance
  • Suits? (Yeah, I’m going with that)
  • First In A Series
  • Heat Level 5

I honestly have been putting this review off because I just can’t find the words to explain how I feel about this book. What I do know is that it OWNS me. I find my mind wandering off to this book with somewhat disturbing frequency. I am DESPERATE for book 2. I’m not even sure my delicate psyche can wait another month. Ms. Fantome, I NEED ANSWERS.

Katya is a neat, orderly, motherly dresser and personality. Exciting to her is working on her next big baking job. She is a highly sought after and talented rising star in the baking world. Her life is perfect, right? Then one day her outgoing roommate encourages her to join a dating site. Katya creates her profile, all the while grumbling about how silly it is. Once the profile is done, and Katya is on her way, her “friend” decides to spice up the profile and make it racy. Basically, she turns Katya into a dirty, freaky, slut and posts it. I say “friend” because watch one of my friends do something like this to me. They would be out, immediately.

Later that day Katya starts to receive inquiries from the dating profile and quickly finds out what her “friend” did. I’m honestly not sure how to go on without giving anymore of this fabulous story away. Just read the book. You NEED this book. Then you will NEED answers. The book ends on one of the most brutal cliffies ever.

Patience is not my virtue. I am struggling to contain myself until I can get more Liam and Wulf in my life. I have purposely left them out of this review because there is NO WAY I can do them justice. I just can’t. The sequel is supposed to be out in the middle of January, and I might have to call in sick the next day to read it. I would recommend this book to anyone that loves romance or books or can read and is above the age of 18.

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Do yourself a favor and buy this book NOW – Neighbors

 

P.S. If you’ve read this book, I want to know who you love more! I’m a Wulf kind of girl. My kryptonite is a man in a suit. So. Sexy.